Perfect Prime IR0005 IR Camera

The left photo below is what my IR0005 camera thinks of EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier on TV – not a lot it would seem. Below-right is the camera itself in it’s case along with USB lead, manual and strap.

I received my (not inexpensive) IR0005 camera from Perfect Prime a few weeks ago and it arrived damaged (the screen was actually cracked – Fedex are you listening?). I quickly wrote off an email to Perfect Prime and was taken back by the friendly, helpful response – no fobbing me off with a request for a video of the package etc., – anyway, the replacement arrived in the UK in a matter of days.

Perfect Prime IR0005 Camera

“Perfect”. I’ve had several IR cameras in the past, mostly comparatively lo-res and already I’m impressed. The provided booklet as well as being generally comprehensive, tells you about expected thermal radiation from various objects.

The visible original of that above TV capture prominently featured the EU chief negotiator, but as you can clearly see, the camera is not AT ALL interested in visible colours – hence the total absense of detail on the TV screen other than to light up the centre of the screen in white – as it is understandably slightly warmer than the outside of the TV set.

Pointing the camera into our garden on a bright but cloudy, chilly day yielded similary wierd results (for those not familiar with Infra-Red photography) with normal visible colours having virtually no effect on the IR image other than their effect on heat retension. One obvious use for these devices is for measuring heat loss in buildings – in our case the heat loss through a 200-year-old stone wall comes as something of a shock if you expect thick walls to be great insulators. Modern 2-layer + insulation walls are WAY better at keeping in the heat.

The camera lets you switch between different modes to let you capture both visible and IR information and you can turn the on-screen measurements on and off, as well as exporting images via USB.

Infra-red resolution is 220×160 and visible resolution is 640×480 (200k pixels). Thermal sensitivity on this camera is 0.07 degrees C with a measurement precision of +-2%

IR0005 IR images around my desk (Perfect Prime)

The manual states that you should connect the camera to a PC via USB to export images. I quickly mastered camera exports to show you (above left) an IR image of my Raspberry Pi 4 running with peaks no higher than 34c thanks to my dual-fan + heatsink arrangement. See the dual-fan + full heatsink on my RPi 4? No overload worries there. Images are quickly transferred by USB.

The above-right image is one of several I’ve taken around my office desk. That mess in the middle of the image is a 4-way power control module cluttered with cables and a Sonoff device – I had no idea any of that stuff got warm. Other heat spots in my office include wall sockets, my PC and monitors obviously along with various IOT controllers. Did I mention temperature range? That is stated on the back of the camera at -20c to 300c – so, handy for checking everything from icy weather through to kitchen appliances too. I see a bright future for this device already.

“Thermal imaging cameras” translate thermal energy (heat) into visible light. The image produced is called a thermogram – and at the time of writing I’m guessing that some of you may be interested in knowing how this camera handles body heat. Accurately, I would suggest and that is reflected in the price. The more I get into this – the more uses I find for this device including checking for heat spots on PCBs and a boatload of other uses around the house and office.

Various Perfect Prime Images

Above, you see a set of four images taken with the camera, the first is a forehead shot of my conveniently seated wife, showing 33.4c – no fever problems there. The second shot is our freezer, showing -24c at the rear. Thirdly, steam from my electric kettle – and the last photo is the kettle itself shortly after use, showing a peak of 86c.

These are but a few ideas, the first one leads on to a whole new set of opportunities – a close friend of mine has a hospitality business which will be opening up in July following months of shut-down due to Covid – of course, worldwide in 2020 – things are NOT business as usual and as soon as he knew I had this camera, he said he would like to use it to check guests on entry for signs of fever, over the first few months of re-opening.

I’m sure there are countless other uses I’ve not yet imagined.

You can easily get more specs from the Perfect Prime website. So, spills and leaks, fire fighting, heat loss, drug-law-enforcement, moisture detection, body temperature, night vision, electronic components and PCBs through to building inspection are just a few of the potential uses for this device. The company claims it is the ideal selection for electricians, maintainance personnel, technicians and emergency personnel. I’ve always wanted a decent IR camera and now it is sitting in front of me.

Not only do the company provide useful online manuals – but video manuals as well. Enjoy. The IR0005 is but one of their range of IR cameras.

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6 thoughts on “Perfect Prime IR0005 IR Camera

  1. Pete, could I suggest that you start reviews like this with an indication of the price of the item that you’re reviewing?
    This thermal camera sounds great – until you go to the website and find that the list price is around $450
    Had it been a quarter of that price I might well have considered ordering one as a handy addition to the toolkit, but I for one would find it very difficult to justify paying this sort of money for an item that would just get occasional use.

  2. Hi Peter. The problem with that is that prices are different all over the world.

    For example if I were to talk about Sonoff BASIC, I’ve seen some Americans pay 8 or 9 dollars or more in the USA, I get them from Banggood (previous model) for £4 and AliExpress sometimes even less (though I never trust AliExpress pricing). I’ve no idea how much they will cost when I get to Spain.

    So I tend to leave pricing for those interested to pursue… there are cheaper IR cameras, I had one a while ago, but this one is neither cheap nor downmarket. And who pays list price? And… for someone in a company ordering kit on the company, the warranty and support is important, price not so. For the individual, price is likely to be key.

    See what I mean, it’s easier to leave that out.

    Regards

    Pete

  3. Pete, I agree with Pete Knight, If I had had an idea of the price beforehand I would not have followed the link, and not been disappointed that the price was way out of my ballpark.

    1. Hi Gary

      Yes guys I guess I should have pointed out earlier that this looks more oriented toward dedicated markets (but then I’m still learning what most people use these things for). I showed it to Aidan who spends a lot of time working on heat control and retention in his very large business property and I think it is interesting to him – I get everyone from hobbyists through to hardened business users on the blog – and often forget to indicate who I’m pointing at 🙂 Anyway I hope you found it interesting – if you still like the camera, no doubt someone will have used it and then moved it onto Ebay – I’m holding onto mine for a while. I’m sure there’s a market for hiring them out 🙂

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