Choosing a Thermal Imaging Camera – What are my options?

There are a number of factors which come into account when choosing a thermal imaging camera, and not just the price. Depending on your individual application, somewhat careful selection is required to ensure the camera provides the neccessary features and is right for you.


Why invest in a thermal camera?

Thermal cameras are used in a number of industries, and often have many day to day uses within each specific profession. From heating engineers checking blocked pipes, to production engineers checking high end equipment is running smoothly, thermal cameras provide instant and contactless analysis, which no other technology can offer. Here are some of the main advantages:

Non-Intrusive – If you suspect a problem in for example pipework or underfloor heating, you can detect and locate the source of the issue immediately, without causing any damage



Why waste time digging around trying to find leaking pipes? With a thermal imaging camera you can locate leaks in a matter of seconds


Don’t let it become a problem – In many cases you can locate potential problems, before they become an issue

Show customers the issue – They provide the user with the facility to show customers the source of the problem immediately


Why choose testo?

Testo thermal cameras provide real value for engineers and professionals, and aren’t simply a gimmick you use once or twice. If that’s what you’re after then a testo camera might not be for you. What testo camera’s offer is a robust and quality tool which can be used for a number of day to day applications. The main advantages of testo thermal cameras include:


Undeniable quality – Testo cameras are far more robust and quality tools than lower quality alternatives

Higher image spec – this then equates to better image quality. You might not think this is that important but it really is. Low spec thermal images often provide unclear images, which don’t uncover the real issues



Testo cameras are designed to be used as tools, rather than just a gimmick


Free Super Resolution – All testo thermal imaging cameras now come with Free SuperResolution technology, so the resolution of all images is effectively doubled. This will make findings even clearer


The value of having a thermal camera at your disposal really is invaluable for many professionals. If you’re after something to take a thermal selfie and have laugh with you’re mates, then perhaps you should look elsewhere. But if you want to invest in a quality piece of equipment to add to your toolbox, then a testo thermal camera might just be for you.


Which Thermal Camera is best for me?

Deciding which camera is best suited to your requiremements can be difficult. Testo provide cameras ideal for smaller companies right through to large industrial applications. Below we have tried to summarise the features of the Testo range of infrared cameras and how they compare against each other.

If you would like full specifications on any testo camera please visit our website: If at any point you have a question about a camera and its capabilites please feel free to contact us on 01420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help.


testo-870-thermal-imaging-cameraTesto 870 – Thermal imaging camera

The testo 870 is our best ever value Thermal Imaging Camera. It combines quality with value to offer you the perfect entry level TI camera, at an affordable price. At under £1000, the testo 870 is the only thermal camera with a 120 x 160 pixel resolution, available for less than £1,000. It’s also the only camera in its class to offer automatic hot/cold spot recognition. In addition to this, testo 870’s now include SuperResolution technology as a standard feature. This effectively doubles the image resolution (so resolution increases to 240 x 360).

The 870-2 variant also has a built in digital camera, so a visual image is automatically taken and stored in parallel with the thermal image.


testo-875i-thermal-imaging-cameraTesto 875i – Thermal imaging camera

The T875i Series offer fantastic thermal sensitivity, an inbuilt digital camera, extended temperature range and laser pointer. It has a screen resolution of 160 x 120 pixels,(Super Resolution – increases res. to 320 x 240), sensitivity of NETD < 50 mK, measuring range of -30 to +350°C, Field of View of 32°. As with all our cameras this includes Free Super Resolution technology.



testo-882-thermal-imaging-cameraTesto 882 – Thermal imaging camera (high end)

The testo 882 Thermal Imaging Camera provides exceptional resolution as standard and is the ideal thermal imaging device for a number of applications. The already impressive standard resolution of 320 x 240 pixels can be further enhanced with the addition of testo SuperResolution Software giving your camera an output resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, providing crystal clear thermal images and indepth insight for a fantastic price.

You can carry out non-intrusive thermal inspections for building and industrial applications with the testo 882. The testo 882 in ergonomic pistol design, with 320 x 240 pixels, stands out thanks to even more precise infrared images. With 76,800 temperature measuring points, it sees every detail on the measured object. This makes it even easier for you to detect anomalies and weaknesses from greater distances.


testo-885-thermal-imaging-cameraTesto 885 – Thermal imaging camera (high end)

You can carry out non-intrusive thermal inspections for buildings and industrial applications with the testo 885-1. Thanks to the 320 x 240-pixel detector, in combination with the high-quality Germanium optics, the testo 885-1 achieves an excellent image quality. This allows weak spots and problems to be reliably detected. In combination with the Testo SuperResolution technology, the testo 885-1 records high-resolution thermal images in excellent quality (640 x 480 pixels) meaning all readings will incredibly accurate.



Testo 890 – Thermal imaging camera (high end)

The ultimate in precision thermal imaging. Thanks to the 640 x 480-pixel detector, in combination with the high-quality Germanium optics, the testo 890-1 achieves the highest level of image quality. In combination with the Testo SuperResolution technology, the testo 890-1 records extremely high-resolution images in megapixel quality (1280 x 960 pixels). This means that even the smallest or very distant measurement objects can be thermographed with an extremely high level of precision.


For more information on testo thermal cameras or any testo products please visit our website: or give us a call on 01420 544433

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About Testo Limited

We offer an extensive range of instruments for many parameters and applications including; Temperature, Humidity, Velocity, Gas analysis, RPM, Pressure, Light, pH, Sound. testo instruments are widely used in the following sectors: HVAC-R: heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. Process Industry: manufacturing industries, service companies and utilities. Food Sector: including food manufacture, transport, storage, distribution and retail. Thermal Imaging: for building surveys, maintenance, electrical inspections and production monitoring.

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