PROS: Wide temperature range, IP54 rating, low price.
CONS: Low IR resolution, no visual camera, thermal sensitivity and accuracy are not published.
INNOVA 3360 Specifications
|Resolution||32 x 32|
|Temperature range||-4 F to 1112 F (-20 C to 600 C)|
|Battery capacity||3 x AAA batteries|
|Refresh rate||9 Hz|
|Applications||HVAC inspection, Electrical inspections, Plumbing, Roofing, Automotive Diagnostics|
|View Angle||37.2 x 50|
INNOVA 3360 – Specs & Review
The INNOVA 3360 is a handheld thermal camera which comes with a thermal sensor but doesn’t have a visual camera to support it. Now given the low resolution of the thermal sensor, this is quite a big disadvantage.
There’s no wireless connectivity, but you can download images to your personal computer to edit them via its USB-C port.
INNOVA 3360 – Thermal imaging quality
Now the important thing to note here is that the thermal imaging camera has an infrared resolution of just 32 x 32 which accounts to 1024 thermal pixels. That’s quite low, especially in this price range where you can expect to get 4800 from other cameras. The description that is put up on Amazon is quite misleading because there it says “320 x 240”, however that refers to the resolution of the LCD color screen not the IR sensor.
Now 32 x 32 doesn’t mean that it’s not good enough, it just means that you have to get closer to what you are measuring, so you’ll still be able to take accurate measurements.
And it gets a bit worse because there it says that the camera can achieve a 30 FPS refresh rate, but actually that might refer to the software itself because in reality the refresh rate doesn’t feel like anything above 9 Hz.
INNOVA 3360 – Temperature Range, Accuracy
The confusion continues when you start looking at temperature measurement capabilities because Innova Electronics has not specified what the thermal sensitivity of their camera is and that one is not as easy to guess like the refresh rate. What they do mention though is the temperature range and that looks particularly impressive since it spans from -4 F to 1112 F (-20 C to 600 C). This is almost double what you can expect to get from thermal imaging cameras in the same price range. You don’t usually get this kind of measurement range from infrared thermal cameras but rather from infrared thermometers.
They don’t mention the accuracy either. This is slightly worrying when a manufacturer doesn’t mention the thermal sensitivity and accuracy because this raises some question marks as to why those two figures are not mentioned.
INNOVA 3360 – Battery life & Memory
Interestingly, the camera doesn’t use a rechargeable battery, instead it uses 3 x AAA batteries. Sure, the reasonable user will most likely purchase rechargeable batteries plus a charger because it just makes sense. The batteries will be bigger than what you get on the market and the cost of use will be much lower.
The entire housing is IP54 rated so it is waterproof and dustproof. But because the last digit is a 4, it means it can withstand rain, but not immersion so be careful not to drop it in water.
As we mentioned before, it uses a 2″ color LCD with a 320 x 240 resolution and 30 Hz refresh rate.