FLIR E5-XT review

FLIR’s pistol-grip thermal imaging camera is designed for a tough day

FLIR E-XT thermal imagine camera being tested
(Image: © Adam Juniper)

Digital Camera World Verdict

While there are other devices out there that feel like better value, and there are certainly more modern ones, the FLIR E5-XT’s build quality and adequate – if not impressive – storage and wi-fi features are well equipped for most pros. The app also offers extensive options for taking readings, averaging, and exporting which pull the rating up.


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    Easily understood ‘MSX’ hybrid thermal images

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    Rugged design with built-in lens guard

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    160 x 120 thermal resolution

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    Replaceable battery

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    App allows detailed examination


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    Significant investment

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    No access to FLIR Ignite cloud

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    Micro-USB charging port feels old-school

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    Storage (circa 1000 images) smaller than some

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Teledyne now owns FLIR, a leading brand in thermal-imaging cameras calling themselves ‘the world’s sixth sense.’ This device, however, pre-dates that acquisition, but regardless of company politics FLIR’s extensive thermal offerings include phone attachments (see our FLIR ONE Edge review), compact cameras (see our FLIR C5 review), and professional tools. 

That means each series has a specific customer group in mind, and if you’re looking at this rugged, trigger-grip design we’d imagine you’re looking at using it in some tough situations – and fairly frequently too.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

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