FLIR FX: A Versatile Wireless HD Video Monitoring Solution
Keeping a watchful eye on the things you care about most just got easier, thanks to the FLIR FX wireless HD camera. The portable and cordless camera has built-in Wi-Fi and lets you control it and view a live video feed directly on your iOS or Android mobile device at any time and from any place. More than a traditional home video monitor, the FLIR FX system includes multiple mounts and housings that allow it to adapt to a wide ranges of applications. Two base packages are available: an Indoor option that includes a stand for desktop use or wall mounting indoors, and an Outdoor option that puts the camera inside an IP67-rated weatherproof housing intended for outdoor installations. Additionally, an optional Dash Mount is available for using the FLIR FX as you would a traditional dashboard camera, as well as a 65' waterproof-rated acrylic Sport Housing for action-camera type recording.
The camera features a 1/3" 4MP CMOS sensor that delivers up to 1080p video at 30 fps and 4MP still images. It is equipped with an ultra-wide 160-degree lens that captures nearly everything in front of it, making it great for capturing an entire room, entrance, or dynamic action sport shots. It also has a built-in microphone and speaker to enable two-way audio communication, making it well suited for baby monitoring. A compact design and built-in two-hour battery make the camera both portable and cordless when you need it to be. For a boost in battery life, the Indoor Stand has its own built-in battery that doubles the overall run time to four hours. For applications that require the camera to be powered for longer periods of time—which is likely if you’re using it for home monitoring and surveillance tasks—then it can be plugged into the wall using a supplied power USB cable and power adapter.
Video can be recorded directly to a microSDHC/XC memory and reviewed directly through the app on your mobile device. You also have the option to send WVGA resolution files directly to FLIR’s Cloud server to access across multiple devices. A free Cloud Basic option is available for storing up to three videos on the cloud for up to 48 hours. For unlimited clips and longer storage duration, paid Cloud Plus and Cloud Premium subscriptions are available. An added benefit of the Cloud Server is a “Rapid Recap” feature that makes it easy to review a day’s worth of footage into shorter clips, saving you from having to scrub through hours of footage.
A useful feature found in the camera, called Smart Zone, lets you use the mobile app to select specific areas of interest, such as a door, and have recording triggered and an alert sent to your smartphone whenever motion is detected in the region. Another useful monitoring feature is night-vision capability, thanks to six Infrared LEDs around the camera’s lens, which provide a range of up to 33'. When used inside of the Outdoor Housing, these IR LEDs are deactivated and replaced with four stronger IR LEDs built into the housing itself that provide an enhanced range of up to 65'.
The Outdoor Housing comes with a wall/ceiling mounting bracket and a 13' power adapter cable to keep the camera and housing powered. In this setup, the camera’s built-in battery serves as two-hour backup power in the event you lose power. It is important to note that should you have to revert to battery power, the IR LEDs on the Outdoor Housing won't be powered, so you'll lose night vision until power is restored. The physical buttons on the camera are also blocked, but you’ll still be able to access all settings using the app.
If you have a desire to capture 1080p action footage, simply remove the FLIR FX from its Indoor Stand or Outdoor Housing and pop it into the optional rugged and waterproof Sport Housing. To facilitate immediate use, the Sport Housing comes with a ball-and-socket stand and three 3M adhesive mounts, useful for attaching to boards, helmets, and more. When traveling in your car, you can even use the FLIR FX as a dashboard cam using the optional Dash Mount. The Dash Mount includes a suction cup for attaching to a windshield, a USB cable, and a car charger to keep the camera powered for long trips. When attached to the Dash Mount, the FLIR FX uses its integrated motion sensor to provide a wide range of intelligent driving-specific features. Additionally, the still image capture button is re-mapped to provide an emergency 50-second record feature.
If you’re looking for a versatile home security camera with wireless monitoring and the ability to adapter to a variety of different environments and applications, then the FLIR FX might be just what you’re looking for.