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The versatile Flir FX home security camera delivers a slick forensic feature

Michael Brown | April 8, 2015
Mention Flir Systems to a security aficionado or a defense-industry watcher, and they'll probably mention thermal imaging, the technology that lets you see where the bad guys are--or where they've been--based on their body heat. Today Flir announced its entry into the increasingly crowded home security camera business with the Flir FX. While we're disappointed to report that the Flir FX isn't capable of thermal imaging, Flir has come up with a trick that could be even more useful when you're looking for evidence of a crime.

The camera has a 160-degree field of view and is equipped with infrared LEDs that can deliver up to 33 feet of range in a dark environment. The $200 camera can be enclosed in an IP66-rated outdoor housing, a waterproof sport housing ($60), or installed on a dashboard mount ($50). The outdoor enclosure includes powerful LEDs that increase the camera's night-vision range to 65 feet. Flir also sells the Flir FX preconfigured with the outdoor housing for $250.

As with many products in this class, you'll need a paid subscription to get the most benefit from the Flir FX. Unlike most of its competitors, however, Flir offers a free tier that stores video motion events dating back 48 hours and enables you to create three RapidRecaps per month. Flir Cloud Plus provides seven days of storage and an unlimited number of RapidRecaps for $10 per month (new cameras come with a 30-day free trial to this level of service). If you need even more cloud storage, Flir Cloud Premium delivers 90 days of cloud storage for $20 per month.

Flir is taking preorders for the Flir FX now and expects to begin filling those orders by the middle of April.

 

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