User Manual
MobIR® M4 Thermal Camera
User Manual
Wuhan Guide Infrared Technology Co., Ltd.
No. 26 Shucheng Rd, Hongshan District, Wuhan 430070 P. R. China
Telephone: +86-27-8767 1925/ 8767 1983
Facsimile:
+86-27-8767 1927
Email:
overseas@guide-infrared.com
Internet:
www.guide-infared.com
®
Wuhan Guide Infrared Technology Co., Ltd., 2005
®
Publication No: MobIR M4 UM 009
User Manual
The Quality Management System of Wuhan Guide Infrared Technology Co., Ltd. is
approved to ISO9001:2000 for the design and manufacture, stockholding, in-house
repair and site servicing of non contact temperature measuring instrumentation.
WUHAN GUIDE Infrared Technology Co., Ltd. reserves the right to make changes
and improvements on any of the products described in this manual
without prior notice.
MobIR® M4 Thermal Camera complies with current European
directives relating to electromagnetic compatibility and safety. (EMC directive
89/336/EEC; Low voltage directive 73/23/EEC)
Copyright
© Wuhan Guide Infrared Technology Co., Ltd, 2005. All rights reserved worldwide.
No parts of the products may be reproduced, transmitted, transcribed or translated
into any language or computer language in any form or by any means, electronic,
magnetic, optical, manual or otherwise, without the prior written permission of Wuhan
Guide Infrared Technology Co., Ltd.
This manual must not, in whole or part, be copied, photocopied, reproduced,
translated or transmitted to any electronic medium or machine readable form without
prior consent, in writing, from Wuhan Guide Infrared Technology Co., Ltd.
User Manual
Table of Contents
Table of Contents ...................................................................................................... 3
Introduction ............................................................................................................... 4
Precautions ............................................................................................................... 4
Maintenance ............................................................................................................. 5
Calibration and Repair Philosophy ............................................................................ 5
Technical Support...................................................................................................... 6
Feedback to Us ......................................................................................................... 6
System overview ....................................................................................................... 6
Customer Benefits..................................................................................................... 7
System Configuration................................................................................................ 7
Technical Specifications ............................................................................................ 8
Chief Functions ......................................................................................................... 9
Parts Described........................................................................................................11
Quick Start Guide .................................................................................................... 12
Quick Reference Table ............................................................................................ 12
Introduction to Buttons ............................................................................................ 13
Button Relations...................................................................................................... 14
Using the Camera – In Detail .................................................................................. 15
Battery Charging ..................................................................................................... 32
Live Video Output.................................................................................................... 33
Troubleshooting ...................................................................................................... 34
Emissivity ................................................................................................................ 35
Typical Emissivity Values ........................................................................................ 37
User Manual
Introduction
This publication provides the necessary information required to safely operate the
MobIR® M4 Thermal Camera.
Compared with previous ones, this edition has been revised according to camera
modification, such as the extended temperature range up to 250℃, the alternative
for switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit, the background modification function, etc
It is important to fully check all equipment with which you have been supplied
The equipment should be used, maintained and serviced by suitably trained
personnel, capable of carefully following the procedures and guidelines given in this
User Manual
All User Manuals and leaflets should be read thoroughly before proceeding with
operation of the equipment
It is also advisable that all User Manuals and Instruction Leaflets supplied are kept
readily available, for reference when the equipment is in general use
Precautions
The following precautions must be adhered to at all times and must be considered in
addition to any advised precautions issued at the relevant worksite or work area
•
Do not direct the MobIR® M4 Thermal Camera at very high intensity radiation
sources such as the sun, carbon dioxide lasers or arc welders etc
•
Always replace the lens cap when the unit is not in operation
•
Do never point the MobIR® M4 Thermal Camera at high-temperature object
when switching on
•
Wait for 10 seconds or longer to restart the camera after turning it off
•
Keep the MobIR® M4 Thermal Camera steady when operating on it
•
The MobIR® M4 Thermal Camera shall work between -10℃ and +50℃
•
When the MobIR® M4 Thermal Camera is not in use or is to be transported,
ensure that the unit and accessories are stored in the protective carry case
•
The MobIR® M4 Thermal Camera incorporates precision optical equipment and
static-sensitive electronics which should be protected from shock and vibration at
all times
•
•
Do not jam the air vent on the MobIR® M4 Thermal Camera body
Do not attempt to open the camera body, as this action will void the warranty
User Manual
The MobIR® M4 Thermal Camera utilises a Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) rechargeable battery
pack. The following safety precautions must be adhered to at all times to ensure the
safe use of this equipment
•
•
•
•
•
Do not disassemble or attempt to open the battery under any circumstances
Do not expose the battery to fire or high temperatures
Do not short circuit the battery
Do keep the battery off moisture or water
Charging of the battery should only be carried out using the recommended or
supplied charging device
Maintenance
To ensure that the MobIR M4 Thermal Camera is kept in good working condition and
remains fully operational, the following guidelines should be adhered to at all times
®
Non-optical surfaces
The non-optical surfaces of the camera can be cleaned when required, with a soft
cloth dampened with water and a mild detergent
Optical surfaces
The optical surfaces of the camera lens should only be cleaned when visibly dirty.
Care should be taken to avoid touching the exposed lens surface, as skin acid left
behind from fingerprints can be damaging to coatings and lens substrates. Use only a
proprietary lens cleaning tissue
Calibration and Repair Philosophy
To ensure the accuracy and reliability of the MobIR® M4 Thermal Camera, it is highly
recommended that the instrument be calibrated at 12 monthly intervals
Contact Wuhan Guide to arrange for the instrument to be returned to Wuhan Guide
calibration centre for a calibration check, or in the unlikely event of a component or
system failure, for repair
Caution
The MobIR M4 IR Thermal Camera does not incorporate any user serviceable parts.
Never attempt to disassemble or modify the camera. Opening the unit invalidates the
warranty
®
User Manual
Technical Support
Technical support for your Wuhan Guide Thermal Imaging System can be obtained
by either contacting the address / telephone number on the cover of this User Manual
or by Email to the following address: overseas@guide-infrared.com
Feedback to Us
We have tested and verified the information in this manual to the best of our abilities.
Yet as we are committed to continuous development and progress, you might find
features of the product have been changed since the time of printing. You are
appreciated to let us know about any error you find, and your suggestions for further
editions by either contacting the address/telephone number on the cover of this User
Manual, or by Email to the following address: overseas@guide-infrared.com
System overview
Wuhan Guide MobIR M4 Thermal Camera leads another breakthrough in today’s
Infrared Thermal Imaging industry.
®
Emerging as the first mobile phone like IR camera in the world, the MobIR® M4
Thermal Camera is sized, configured and priced to open the door to many new uses
of Thermal IR Imaging.
It provides a wide assortment of unique new features enabling professional
thermographers to work with efficiency and productivity greater than ever before:
crisp thermal and visual imaging, efficient voice annotation, fully onboard image
processing, large capacity in-field storage, fast image download via USB connectivity,
low power dissipation and long durability, and more.
MobIR® M4 Thermal Camera is the only IR camera that offers all the possibilities of a
high range camera at an unanticipated affordable price, enabling high-performance
thermal imaging where never possible before.
User Manual
Customer Benefits
As an ultra-portable IR camera with big-camera power, the MobIR® M4 Thermal
Camera provides outstanding thermal imaging of the highest quality and presents a
range of benefits to the customers, which can be seen below:
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Ultra-compact, lightweight & fully integrated
Easy of carry and operation
Precision non-contact temperature measurement
Ultra large capacity in-field image storage
Plug-and-play connectivity
Low power dissipation and long durability
Robust post- processing software
Affordable price & high reliability
License free & rapid delivery
System Configuration
Please ensure that the following items have been correctly supplied:
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
MobIR® M4 Thermal Camera with visual camera
13mm IR lens
Two rechargeable Li-ion batteries
Battery charger
USB extension cable
Earphone
USB driver
Post-analysis software Guide IrAnalyser®
User manual
Leather sheathe
Soft carry bag
Packing case
User Manual
Technical Specifications
Image Performance
Thermal:
Detector type:
Spectral Range:
Field of View/ Focus:
Thermal Sensitivity:
Electronic Zoom:
Visual:
Built-in Digital Video:
CMOS Sensor, 640 x 480 pixels, 224 colors
Image Presentation
External Display:
Image display
Video Output:
2.2” TFT & 1.2” CSTN high resolution color LCD
256 level, 8 palettes (Rainbow, iron, B&W, etc)
PAL, composite video
Measurement
Temperature Range:
Accuracy:
Measurement Modes:
Measurement Correction:
Image Storage
Type:
File Format:
Microbolometer UFPA (160 x 120 pixels, 35μm)
8-14μm
25° x 19°/12.6mm
≤120mk @30℃
2×
-20℃-+250℃
±2oC or ± 2%of reading
Auto hot-spot trace, 4 moveable spots, 4
moveable areas (min, max, mean), sound alarm,
isotherm
Emissivity variable from 0.01 to 0.99 (in 0.01
increment), automatic correction based on optics
transmission, ambient temperature, distance,
relative humidity, and etc.
Built-in Flash memory (8G bit capacity)
IRI (An individual file consists of Infrared image,
visual image and voice saved if any)
Voice Annotation:
30 seconds per image
System Status Indication
LCD Display:
Sound Alarm
Camera status test, battery status indication
Automatic alarm for power shortage
Laser Locator
Classification:
Semiconductor A1GaInP Diode Laser
Battery System
Type:
Operating time:
Charging System:
Power consumption:
Li-ion battery, rechargeable, field replaceable
Over 2 hours continuous operation
In camera via USB interface from AC adapter or
in external battery charger
2W
User Manual
Environmental Specification
Operating Temperature:
Storage Temperature:
Humidity:
Shock:
Vibration:
Interfaces
USB1.1:
Physical Characteristics
Size:
Weight:
Color:
-10℃-+50℃
-20℃-+60℃
Operating and storing 10% to 95%, noncondensing
Operational: 25g, IEC 68-2-29
Operational: 2g, IEC 68-2-6
Image (thermal & visual), measurement, and
voice transfer to PC
120mm x 60mm x 30mm (Standard Model)
0.265Kg (including battery)
2 colors alternative
Chief Functions
Image
• Thermal and visual image are available and switchable between each other
• Both thermal and visual images can be controlled either automatically or manually
• All the thermal images have been 2x zoomed in before being displayed on LCD
• All the thermal images are displayed on LCD in Black/ White and multiple
256-level colors.
• Live image can be frozen on camera and captured in flash memory onboard.
• Live thermal image can be 2× zoomed in when there is no menu on the screen.
• Saved image can be transferred to PC via USB extension cable.
Freeze and Save
• Live image can be frozen on camera.
• Frozen image can be captured in flash memory onboard.
• Onboard data of live image can be frozen on camera and captured in flash
memory
• Up to 600 images can be saved and up to 30-second voice annotation can be
saved for each Image
• Voice annotation,visual image and thermal image can be captured in flash
memory
• Frozen or saved image can be processed on board
User Manual
Replay
• Saved images can be replayed on camera and in PC.
• Voice annotation and saved image can be simultaneously replayed on camera
and in PC.
• Replayed image on camera can be processed onboard
• Saved images can be transferred to PC via USB extension cable for post
processing with analysis software
Temperature Measurement
• Automatic trace for hot spot in the screen
• Automatic indication of temperature for the center of the screen
• Measurement of any spot within the screen
• Simultaneous measurement of four movable spots
• Simultaneous measurement of four movable areas, showing max, min or mean
temperature of the areas
• Measurement of any lines: temperature profiles also generated
• Isotherm measurement: display spots within a defined temperature range in the
same color
• Automatic non-uniformity calibration ensures temperature measurement stable
and accurate
Menu Setup
• Set up temperature measurement parameters and camera functions
• Automatic measurement correction based on user input for emissivity, distance,
relative humidity, atmospheric transmission and external optics
User Manual
Parts Described
MobIR M4 side view
®
1)
2)
3)
4)
5)
6)
7)
8)
9)
10)
11)
12)
13)
14)
USB interface/ battery charger interface
Microphone
Button ●
Button V
Button OK
Button M
Button <
Button Λ
Button C
Button >
Button Power
IR lens
LCD screen
Loudspeaker
1)
2)
3)
4)
5)
Visual camera
Outer screen
Button Left
Button Right
Audio output interface
6) Laser locator
MobIR® M4 front view
User Manual
Quick Start Guide
• Ensure that the battery is fully charged
• Power on the MobIR® M4 thermal camera
• Open the top half of the MobIR® M4 thermal camera
• Wait for 15 seconds and uncover lens cap
• Non Uniformity Correction (NUC) is performed automatically after switching on
• Aim the MobIR® M4 Thermal Camera at the object
• Rotate the aperture and adjust the focus to get clear image
• Press Button “●” for three seconds to switch between Auto and Manual mode
• Press Button “●” and release it instantly and then adjust brightness, contrast and
palette if necessary
• Press Button “<” to view visual image of the target
• Press Button “<” to return to the live thermal image
• Press Button “OK” to freeze the live image.
• Press Button “OK” again to store the frozen image
• Press Button “C” to resume the live image.
Quick Reference Table
ABBREVIATION
SIGNIFICANCE
On/ Off
Button Power
M
Button Menu
Λ
Button Up-direction
v
Button Down-direction
<
Button Left-direction
>
Button Right-direction
OK
Button Confirm
C
Button Cancel
●
Button ●
Left
To lighten the outer screen
Right
To lighten the outer screen
User Manual
Introduction to Buttons
BUTTON
FUNCTION
On/ Off
Power on/off
M
To enter menus and its sub menus
To select one sub menu or option under menu
To confirm parameter setup
To toggle between four spots or four areas under spot or area analysis
Λ
Button Up-direction
To toggle between sub menus under menu
To turn on or turn off laser locator when there is no menu on live image
v
Button Down-direction
To toggle between sub menus under menu
To 2× zoom in the live thermal image
<
Button Left-direction
To return to the parent menu
To change value of parameters
To switch between infrared image and visual image when there is no
menu on live image
>
Button Right-direction
To enter sub menus under menu
To change value of parameters
To perform background calibration when pressed simultaneously with
“C”
Ok
To select one sub menu or option under menu
To freeze and store live image when menu does not appear on screen.
To record voice annotation, replay voice annotation after recording and
bring up the recording menu when re-recording
To replay a selected image after preview
To switch between infrared image and visual image when replaying the
stored images
C
To cancel one sub menu or option under menu
To exit menu
To perform non- uniformity calibration when there is no menu on live
image
To perform background calibration when pressed simultaneously with
“>”
●
When menu does not appear on screen, keep it depressed for three
seconds to switch between Auto and Manual mode for either live
thermal image or visual image
When menu does not appear on screen, press it for an instant and then
release it to bring up the temperature measurement setup menu
User Manual
To stop recording of voice annotation
To save voice annotation together with an image after recording or
replaying the recording
To delete image when previewing saved images
To switch between changing area location and adjusting area size under
area analysis
Left
To lighten the outer screen
Right
To lighten the outer screen
Button Relations
BUTTONS
IN
DIALOG BOX
CORRESPONDING
BUTTONS
ON
CAMERA BODY
FUNCTION
Button Ok
To start recording of voice annotation
Button ●
To stop recording of voice annotation
Button Ok
To playback recorded voice annotation
Button ●
To save recorded voice annotation with an
image
Button C
To cancel recording of voice annotation
Button Ok
To display a saved image and data in full
screen
Button ●
To delete any or all of the saved images
Button C
To cancel an operation and return to the
file list or image gallery
Button Ok
To confirm deletion of a file
Button C
To cancel deletion of a file
User Manual
Using the Camera – In Detail
Powering on the camera
• Switch on the camera by keeping Button “Power” depressed till the two indicator
lights on the top half of the camera shine
• Open the top half of the camera
• A welcome picture as shown below will appear on the inner LCD screen.
• When the welcome picture disappears, the power on test result of the system will
display on the upper half of the screen. Meanwhile, a blue loading bar appears at
the bottom of the inner LCD screen to indicate the camera initialization progress.
• After 100% loading, a flash image below appears in the inner LCD screen.
• The camera is available for dynamic real time temperature measurement.
Note: Indicator lights on the top half of the camera
• Two indicator lights lie on the top half of the camera. Both of them brighten up
when powering on the camera and last till powering off. But the red one shines
stably till powering off and the blue one becomes flickering after the above flash
image ends.
Basic Temperature Measurement
y For basic temperature measurement first ensure that a suitable temperature range
is set and that the image is in focus, two methods are then available, dynamic
real time temperature measurement and static temperature measurement
User Manual
Dynamic Real Time Temperature Measurement
• Palette lies at the bottom of the screen, with its upper and lower limits displayed at
the two ends.
• Two temperatures are present just above the palette. The first one indicates the
lowest temperature, and the second indicates the highest scene temperature.
There are two arrows on the palette, which indicate the specific color
corresponding to the lowest and highest temperature respectively.
• The center temperature is displayed in top of the screen.
Setting the temperature range
• There are two modes available, Auto and Manual
• To switch between one mode and another keep Button “●” depressed for three
seconds, the current mode is displayed temporarily on the screen after the button
is released
• Within Auto or Manual mode the setup parameters menu can be brought up, this
is achieved by pressing Button
“●” for an instant in either mode. The item
which can be modified will be highlighted.
• Press “∧”and“∨” to change value when the upper or lower limits of the palette is
highlighted, to shift between different palettes from 1 to 8 when palette is
highlighted and to shift between Auto Mode and Manual Mode when highlighted
• Press “>” to shift between each item in turns counter-clockwise.
• Press “<” to shift between each item in turns clockwise.
• In Auto Mode, if you highlight the upper or lower limits of the palette and press
“∧”and“∨” to change its value, the mode will change to Manual Mode
automatically.
• Press either OK or C to confirm the modification.
User Manual
Static Temperature Measurement
• Keep the camera steady when you have the image in focus, press Button “OK” to
freeze the live image. The word “Frozen” will appear on the screen to indicate the
current status of the image.
• Press any key except OK to cancel this indication if necessary.
• Press Button “∧”, “∨”, “<”and “>” to move the center cursor
• The value in top of the screen shows the temp of the moving cursor
• Imaging performance varies from different temperature range and palette.
• Setting the temperature range is the same as in dynamic real time temperature
measurement
Main Menu Introduction
• This section covers all the main menu options and their sub menus. The main
menu is brought up on the screen by pressing Button “Menu”
• The menus can be navigated by pressing Button “∧”, “∨”, “<”and “>”, the
highlighted option is confirmed by pressing Button “Menu” or “OK”
• Setup Analysis: Allows for the camera functions to be setup
• Setup Target: Allows for temperature measurement parameters to be set up
• Setup Time: Allows for the date and time to be set
• Setup Default: Resume the factory configured value of all the parameters
• File Browse: To preview and open saved images
• File Delete All: To delete all the saved images
• Analysis Spot: Allows up to four spot measurements to take place on saved or
frozen images
• Analysis Area: Allows up to four rectangular area measurements to take place
on saved or frozen images, displaying maximum, minimum or mean temperature
• Analysis Line: Allows line profile measurement to take place on saved or frozen
images
• Analysis Isotherm: Allows for an isotherm to be placed on live, saved or frozen
images
User Manual
• To exit the menu system at any time and return to the image press Button “C”
Switching between Infrared image and Visual Image
• You can toggle between infrared image and visual image to view each other
• When there is no menu on live image, press Button “<” to switch between
thermal and visual image
• For replayed images, press Button “OK” to switch between infrared image and
visual image
Adjusting the exposure and gain of the visual image
• There are also two modes available, Auto mode and Manual mode
• Press Button “●” to switch between Auto mode and Manual mode. The current
mode is displayed in left corner at the bottom of the screen
• In Manual mode, exposure control (EC) and gain control (GC) is available on the
screen.
• Press “∧” or “∨” to adjust the value of the highlighted item and press “>” to shift
between EC and GC
• In Auto mode, EC and GC will be defined automatically by the system.
Laser Locator
• To turn on the laser locator option, press Button “M” to bring up the main menu,
press Button “∧”, “∨”, “<” and “>” to highlight the “Setup Analysis” option,
select by pressing Button “Menu” or “OK”
• Under the heading named “Laser”, you can toggle between “on” and “off” by
pressing Button “<” and “>”. The selection “on” is confirmed by pressing Button
“Menu” or “OK”
• When there is no menu on live image, press Button “∧” to turn the laser on or off
• To turn off the laser locator option, press Button “M” to bring up the main menu,
press Button “∧”, “∨”, “<” and “>” to highlight the “Setup Analysis” option,
select by pressing Button “Menu” or “OK”
User Manual
• Under the heading named “Laser”, you can toggle between “on” and “off” by
pressing Button “<” and “>”. Press Button “Menu” or “OK” to confirm your
selection “off”’
Warning:
• Pls do never point the laser at human bodies so as to avoid any hurt
Pausing Live Images and Saving Images
• To store an image, press Button “OK” to freeze the live image and temporarily
capture the visual image into the built-in flash memory. Pressing Button “OK”
again will store both the infrared image and visual image into built-in flash
memory.
• The frozen image can be defined as the mean of 1, 4, 8, or 16 image frames,
which is designed to reduce or eliminate noise so as to ensure better image
quality
• The image storage begins when “ ” appears on the screen. When the image is
saved, indication like “Saved as IMAGE006” will appear on the screen temporarily
and then comes to the live image capturing status.
• If voice annotation is required with the image, make sure that the “Voice Annotat”
is toggled “ON” before trying to save the image. To do this, press button “M” to
bring up the main menu, press Button “∧”, “∨”, “<” and “>” to highlight the
“Setup Analysis” option, select by pressing Button “Menu” or “OK”
• Under the heading named “Voice Annotat”, you can toggle between “on” and “off”
by Button “<” and “>”. The selection “on” is confirmed by pressing Button “Menu”
or “OK”
• Then when you repeat the steps to save an image the option to record the voice is
present
• Press Button “OK” to begin recording, with time of the recording counted
automatically. Press Button “●” to stop recording. Pressing Button “C” will cancel
recording.
• Buttons in the dialog box above change to be the ones below
User Manual
• Press Button “OK” to playback recording. Pressing Button “C” will cancel
recording. The recording can be repeated until a satisfactory recording has been
made.
• Pressing Button “●” will confirm the recording and save both the image and
recording, with the indication of “
” appearing momentarily on the screen.
Indication like “Saved as IMAGE006” will appear on the screen temporarily when
finished.
• To turn off the voice annotation option, press Button “M” to bring up the main
menu, press Button “∧”, “∨”, “<” and “>” to highlight the “Setup Analysis” option,
select by pressing Button “Menu” or “OK”
• Under the heading named “Voice Annotat”, you can toggle between “on” and “off”
by pressing Button “<” and “>”. The selection “off” is confirmed by pressing
Button “Menu” or “OK”
Note:
• Recording will automatically stop when it reaches 30 seconds
Non Uniformity Calibration (NUC)
• Non Uniformity Calibration allows the automatic adjustment of the camera
detector to ensure normalization and sharpness of the screen image.
• Non Uniformity Calibration can be performed on live image
• To perform a Non Uniformity Calibration (NUC), keep Button “C” depressed for
two seconds.
• Then the live image pauses temporarily, whilst a shutter is placed in front of the
detector
• If the image quality is still not satisfying, keep “>” depressed and at the same
time press C to modify the background. There will be “Calibrating…” displayed on
the screen when modification starts and “Finished” when accomplished
• This process takes only a couple of seconds, however for best results, please
ensure that camera is pointed at an even object with temperature similar to the
ambient.
Note: It is advisable not to modify the background too frequently. The default setting
has reserved a group of accurate data which is approved by many tests. Better
quality image can also be achieved by going back to default setting.
User Manual
Menu Setup
• Press Button “Menu” to bring up the main menu. Press Button “∧”and“∨” to
highlight the menu “Setup”
• Four sub menus are available: Analysis, Target, Time and default
Sub Menu Analysis
• Press Button “Menu” or
“>” to enter the option “Setup”. Press Button “∨” to
highlight “Analysis”
• Press Button “>”to go to the Analysis option, select by pressing Button “Menu” or
“OK”.
• Press Button “∧” and “∨” to switch between each option. Press Button “<” and
“>” to alter the setting of highlighted option.
• Options below are available: Iso Color, Mul Spot/Area, Area, Menu Trans, Date
Bkgrd, Laser, Audio Alarm, Voice Annotat, Temp Unit and Mean.
• Iso Color: 3 colors black, white and green are available for the isotherm
• Multi Spot/ Area: To toggle between one and four spots/ areas. Four movable
spots and areas are available for simultaneous analysis by setting “on”. Only one
spot and no area is present in the “off” position
• Area: To make the four moveable areas to display the Maximum, Mean or
Minimum temperature under area analysis.
• Menu Trans: 5 grades of transparency are available for the menu display
• Data Bkgrd: To turn on or off the data background. If Data Bkgrd is set as “on”,
User Manual
the data on the image will be highlighted by a black background so that the data is
easy to be recognized.
• Laser: To turn on or off the laser locator when viewing live image
• Audio Alarm: To turn on or off the audio alarm for temperature exceeding the
preset value
• Voice Annotat: To enable or disable voice annotation when saving live images
• Temp Unit: To switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit
• Mean: To define the frozen image as mean of different frames.
• Press Button “Menu” or “OK” to confirm the parameter setting and exit “Setup
Analysis” menu.
• Press Button “C’ to cancel the parameter setting and exit “Setup Analysis” menu.
Press “C” again to exit main menu.
Sub Menu Target
• Press Button “Menu” or
“>” to enter the option “Setup”. Press Button “∨” to
highlight “Target”
• Press Button “Menu” or “OK” to enter the “Target Setup” option
• The setup parameters menu will then appear. Press “∧”and“∨” to move between
each setting, press Button “<”and “>” to alter the values
• Filter: Set it as 1 or 2 according to its corresponding temperature range.
• Emissivity: Set emissivity value between 0.01 and 0.99
• Relative Humidity: Set humidity percentage value between 1 and 99
• Distance: Set distance from target (meters)
• Alarm: Set scene temperature alarm threshold for audible alarm
User Manual
• Tamb: Show the ambient temperature automatically measured by the camera.
Note: Altering Tamb value is unavailable.
• Press Button “Menu” or “OK” to confirm the change and exit the “Target Setup”
menu.
• Press Button “C” to exit the “Target Setup” menu.
• Press Button “C” again to return to the live image
Sub Menu Time
• Press Button “Menu” or “>” to enter the option “Setup”. Press Button “∨” to
highlight “Time”
• Press Button “Menu” or “OK” to enter the “Time Setup” option
• The setup parameters menu will then appear. Press “∧”and“∨” to move between
each setting, press Button “<”and “>” to alter the values
• Press Button “Menu” or “OK” to confirm the change and exit the “Target Setup”
menu.
• Press Button “C” to exit the “Target Setup” menu.
• Press Button “C” again to return to the live image
Note:
• Time refreshes in real time when the camera is working. Resetting the
parameters under the menu above interrupts refreshing. After setup, time
goes on to refresh on time.
• Resetting time is essential when it takes more than half an hour to replace
the battery
User Manual
Sub Menu Default
• Camera setup parameters remain the same after re-powering on the camera. But
they can be resumed to be the factory configured ones.
• Press Button “Menu” or “>” to enter the option “Setup”. Press Button “∨” to
highlight “Default”
• Press Button “Menu” or “OK”. Then a NUC is performed automatically.
• After NUC, all the parameters become the factory configured ones.
Menu Analysis
• Press Button “Menu” to bring up the main menu. Press Button “∧”and“∨” to
highlight the menu “Analysis”
• Four sub menus Spot, Line, Area and Isotherm are available
Sub Menu Spot
• Spot analysis is merely available on frozen / saved images.
• Press Button “Menu” or
“>” to enter the option “Analysis”. Press Button “∨” to
highlight “Spot”, select by pressing Button “Menu” or Button “OK”
• Five spots are shown on the screen, among which four are marked as A, B, C,
User Manual
and D, the four corresponding spot temperatures will be shown respectively at the
top of the screen; the one without any mark indicates the point with maximum
temperature on the screen, with its figure shown on the right corner above the
palette.
• Press Button “∧”, “∨”, “<“and “>” to move the cursor to the required position,
with the spot temperature shown at the top screen. The spot is moving with
acceleration.
• Press Button “Menu” to move to the next active cursor, repeat until all cursors are
in the correct position
• It is possible to toggle between one and four spots. Press Button “M” to bring up
the main menu, press Button “V“ to highlight the Setup option, and then select
“Analysis” by pressing Button “M” or “OK”
• Under the heading named “Mul Spot/Area”, you can toggle between “on” and “off”
by pressing Button “<“and “>”, select by pressing Button “Menu” or “OK”. Only
one spot is present in the “off” position
• Press Button “C” to exit and return to the frozen/ saved image
Sub Menu Line
• Line analysis is merely available on frozen / saved images.
• Press Button “Menu” or
“>” to enter the option “Analysis”. Press Button “∨” to
highlight “Line”, select by pressing Button “Menu” or Button “OK”
• The first point of the line can be moved to the correct location by pressing Button
“∧”, “∨”, “<”and “>”. Confirm the starting point by pressing Button M.
• To move the second point of the line, pressing Button “∧”, “∨”, “<”and “>” in the
User Manual
same manner as previously described.
• This can be repeated until the line is in the correct position.
• Press Button “Menu” to confirm the location and the profile will be shown on the
image, displaying the minimum and maximum temperature of the line.
• Press Button “C” to exit the analysis of this line.
• Repeat the above procedure to analyze new lines
• Press Button “C” again to exit and return to the frozen/ saved image
Sub Menu Area
• Area analysis is merely available on frozen / saved images.
• Press Button “Menu” or
“>” to enter the option “Analysis”. Press Button “∨” to
highlight “Area”, select by pressing Button “Menu” or Button “OK”
• Areas A, B, C, and D will appear. Four corresponding temperatures will be shown
respectively at the top of the screen as well as the temperature measurement type,
Minimum, Mean or Maximum
• Move the rectangular areas. Press Button “∧”, “∨”, “<”and “>” to move area A
to the correct position. Press Button “Menu” to move on to area B and press
Button “∧”, “∨”, “<”and “>” to move area B to the correct position. Repeat this
procedure until all areas are in the correct position
• Change sizes of the rectangular areas. Press Button “∧”, “∨”, “<”and “>” to
move on to area A, press Button ● to enter the mode of adjusting area size.
Press Button “∧” and “>” to enlarge the area and Button “∨” and “<” to shrink it.
Press Button ● to confirm the new size. Press Button “Menu” to move on to area
B and repeat the procedure above until its size is suitable. Repeat this procedure
until all areas have appropriate sizes
User Manual
• Rectangular areas can be set to display the Maximum, Mean or Minimum
temperature. Press Button “M” to bring up the main menu, press Button “V“ to
highlight the Setup option, and then select “Analysis” by pressing Button “M” or
“OK”
• Under the heading named “Area”, you can toggle between “Min”, “Mean” and
“Max” by pressing Button “<”and “>”, confirm by pressing Button “M” or Button
“OK”.
• It is possible to toggle between one and four areas. Under the heading named
“Mul Spot/Area”, you can toggle between “on” and “off” by pressing Button “<”and
“>”, select by pressing Button “M”. Only one area is present in the “off” position.
• Press “C” to exit and return to the frozen/ saved image
Note:
• Pressing Button ● can switch between the two modes: changing area
location and adjusting area size. Under each mode, pressing Button ● will
switch to the other.
• The original size of rectangle areas is the smallest size for all the time.
Sub Menu Isotherm
• Isotherm can be performed on live, frozen and saved images.
• Press Button “Menu” or
“>” to enter the option “Analysis”. Press Button “∨” to
highlight “Isotherm”, select by pressing Button “Menu” or Button “OK”
• Press Button “∧”and “∨”to set the maximum temperature of the isotherm band,
Press Button “<”and “>” to set the minimum temperature of the isotherm band.
User Manual
• There are three Isotherm colors to choose from. To select them, press Button “M”
to bring up the main menu, press Button “V“ to highlight the Setup option, and
then select “Iso” by pressing Button “M” or Button “OK”
• Under the heading named “Iso Color”, you can toggle between Black, White and
Green by pressing Button “<”and “>”. The selection is confirmed by pressing the
Button “M” or Button “OK”
• Press Button “C” to exit and return to the frozen/ saved image
Menu File
• Press Button “Menu” to bring up the main menu. Press Button “∧”and“∨” to
highlight the menu “File”
• Two sub menus Browse and Delete All are available
Sub Menu Browse
• Press Button “Menu” or
“>” to enter the option “File”. Press Button “∨” to
highlight “Browse”, select by pressing Button “Menu” or Button “OK”
• The list of saved images appears. Icon
indicates the file contains voice
annotation. Numbers at the right bottom of the list shows which file is highlighted,
and number at the right top shows specific time at which the highlighted file was
taken.
User Manual
• Now you can open or delete the highlighted file. Or you can open or delete it after
viewing its thumbnail image.
—
Opening and Deleting Images under File List
y If the file number is known, Press Button “∧” and “∨” to locate it.
y Pressing Button “OK” will display the full saved image and data on the screen.
y Pressing Button “OK” again will switch between infrared image and visual
image.
y If voice annotation has been recorded it will play back automatically when a
saved image is opened.
y Repeat above operations to open other thermal images
y To exit and return to the file list, press Button “C”
y To delete a file, press Button “∧” and “∨” to move on to the target file.
y Pressing Button ● will open the dialog box below. Press Button “OK” to
confirm undertaking deletion, then the file will be deleted. Press Button “C” to
cancel deletion.
y Press Button “C” to return to the file list
—
Opening and Deleting Images from Thumbnail Image Gallery
y When the file list shows on the screen, press Button “M” to switch to the
thumbnail image gallery
y Number on the left bottom of the screen shows which file is highlighted, name
User Manual
of the highlighted file shows on the left top. For a file with voice annotation
saved, Icon
shows at the right bottom of its thumbnail image.
y Press Button “<”, “>”, “∧” and “∨” to move on the file to be opened. Then a
black frame will surround it.
y Pressing Button “OK” will display the full saved image and data on the screen.
y Pressing Button “OK” again will switch between infrared image and visual
image.
y If voice annotation has been recorded it will play back automatically when a
saved image is opened.
y Repeat above operations to open other thermal images
y To exit and return to the image gallery, press Button “C”
y To delete a file, press Button “∧” and “∨” to move on to the target file. Then a
black frame will surround it.
y Pressing Button ● will open the dialog box below. Press Button “OK” to
confirm undertaking deletion, then the file will be deleted. Press Button “C” to
cancel deletion.
y Press Button “C” to return to the image gallery
Sub Menu Delete All
• All the files saved in the built-in flash memory can be deleted using this command
• Press Button “M” or “>” to enter the option “File”. Press Button “∨” to highlight
“Delete All”, select by pressing Button “M” or Button “OK”
• Pressing “M” or Button “OK” will open the dialog box below. Press Button “OK” to
confirm undertaking deletion of all the saved files, then the files will be deleted.
User Manual
Press Button “C” to cancel deletion.
• Pressing Button “C” will exit sub menu File
Transferring Files from the Camera to your PC
• Before transferring files to your PC, ensure the Operating System of your PC is
Microsoft® Windows 2000 or higher, USB driver and software Guide IrAnalyser®
are properly installed
• When there is no menu on live image, correctly connect the USB interfaces of the
camera and your PC with the USB extension cable
• Prompt “USB Mode!” will appear on the live image
• Run software Guide IrAnalyser®. Go to sub menu M4 Device under menu File
and use the Device Manager command to get images from the camera
Power Alarm
• There is indication of power status at the right top of the outer screen of the
camera
• When there is insufficient power, sound alarm will automatically turn on every five
minutes; there will be also a prompt as “
indicate the power insufficient.
” on the right top of the screen to
User Manual
Battery Charging
Two methods are available to charge the battery.
• Charing in an external battery charger
• Charging in the imbedded battery charger
Charging in an external battery charger
• Insert the battery into the battery charger
• Connect the charger plug to a wall outlet (96-250VAC)
• The charge lamp (orange) will light and charging will begin
• When the charge lamp changes to be green, normal charge is completed.
• If there is something wrong during charging, the charge lamp will change to be red
• Once the battery is fully charged it can be used with the camera
• The approximate charge time is 300 minutes for normal charge and 360 minutes
for full charge
Charging in the imbedded battery charger
• Connect the 5VDC plug of AC adapter (96-250VAC) to the converter supplied with
the AC adapter
• Insert the USB plug of the converter into the USB interface of the camera
• Connect the AC adapter plug to a wall outlet (96-250VAC)
• The charging will begin and the white indicator light under the outer screen of the
camera will blink
• When the white indicator light shines steady, the battery is fully charged
• The approximate charge time is 360 minutes for normal charge and 420 minutes
for full charge
Note:
y When charging the battery in the imbedded battery charger, Button
Power is unavailable
y Charging time may vary from the battery condition or the environment
temperature
y It is normal that battery and the charger get heated during charging
process.
Additional Information
• The battery shall be charged in temperature between 0℃ and +45℃
• Never dispose the battery to fire or try to heat the battery
• Do insert the battery with the terminals connected to correct polarity
User Manual
• Do not short circuit the battery by directly connecting the metal terminals
• Ensure that no metal objects touch the battery terminals
• Do not direct the battery at bright sunshine or put the battery in an over-heated
environment
• Always remove the battery from the equipment or charger when it is not in use.
Store the battery in a cool, dry place
• All rechargeable batteries gradually lose their charge over time when they are left
in storage. If the battery is to be left in storage or for a period of non-use, a 'top-off'
charge should be carried out prior to use
• Do stop using the battery when it heats abnormally or emit peculiar smell or
distorts
• If liquid in the battery splashed into your eyes, please wash your eyes with fresh
water flush immediately and go to see a doctor
Live Video Output
Composite video output (PAL) option is available in the camera. With this option you
can view the live image captured by the camera on a monitor or a recording device.
Before trying to use this option, ensure that the camera is switched off.
• Properly connect the camera to the monitor (or recording device) with the video
cable supplied together with the camera
• Power on the monitor
• Power on the camera
• Enter the submenu Analysis under menu Setup, choose option Video Output and
set its value to be ON
• Press button M or Ok to save the setup and return to the live image
• Live image is available in both the LCD screen of the camera and the monitor (or
recording device)
• Power off the camera, monitor (or recording device) and disconnect the cable
User Manual
Troubleshooting
The camera does not turn on
Battery improperly installed. Remove battery and
install correctly.
Battery contacts are dirty. Clean battery contacts.
Battery charge is low. Recharge battery or replace
with fully charged item.
Battery performance is poor
Battery may be defective. Replace battery.
Image is blurry
The target is not in focus. Adjust focus.
Brightness and contrast are inappropriate. Adjust
brightness and contrast
Image contrast is low or there
Temperature set points Tmin and Tmax are
is no image
inappropriate. Change the lower set point and upper
set point to values that are more consistent with
target temperatures in the room.
Emissivity setting is incorrect. This affects the
temperature range set points. Check and amend the
emissivity setting.
The lens cap is on. Remove lens cap.
Condensation on camera lens. Place camera in a
dry area at room temperature until condensation
evaporates.
Non-uniformity appears in the image. Perform a
non-uniformity calibration
Temperature measurement is
Emissivity setting is incorrect. Check and amend the
inaccurate
emissivity setting.
Temperature set points are inappropriate for this
temperature measurement. Select Tmin and Tmax
settings that are closer to the target temperature
being measured.
Condensation on camera lens. Place camera in a
dry area at room temperature until condensation
evaporates.
User Manual
Emissivity
What Is Emissivity?
The standard of radiation is "blackbody" radiation which exists in any enclosure
whose walls are at a uniform temperature. The shape of the enclosure and the wall
material have no effect on this radiation, it being a function of temperature alone.
A small hole in such an enclosure only affects this radiation level very slightly. The
area of the hole should not exceed 5% of the area of the walls of the enclosure, when
the radiation passing through the hole is within about one part in a thousand of the
blackbody radiation level defined by the wall temperature. Such a device is fairly easy
to build and forms the source on which all thermometers are calibrated.
A surface always emits less radiation than would a black body at the same
temperature by a factor called the "emissivity" of the surface.
Emissivity = Radiation emitted by surface
Radiation emitted by black body
How Do We Deal With Emissivity?
If we ignore the emissivity altogether and infer a temperature from the thermometer
output, we shall get a temperature lower than the true temperature by an amount
depending on the value of emissivity and the characteristics of the thermometer. This
temperature is known as the "apparent" or "brightness" temperature of the surface. If
the emissivity is constant, this temperature rises and falls in exactly the same way as
the true temperature and this may be sufficient for some purposes.
More often the true surface temperature is required. We have:
Actual output = E x output when viewing blackbody
To obtain the true surface temperature we must divide the actual output by the
emissivity value E before we convert to temperature.
This is done by setting the emissivity control to the appropriate value.
It is therefore necessary to know the value of the emissivity. There is a vast amount of
data available, unfortunately much of it is confusing because substantially different
values are quoted. This is because emissivity depends upon:
a) The basic material
b) Surface condition - roughness and oxidation
c) Temperature
d) Angle of view
e) Wavelength
User Manual
For materials with smooth, clean (unoxidised) surfaces, emissivities are usually in the
range 0.05 to 0.50 and are usually very wavelength dependent, being higher at
shorter wavelengths. The appropriate settings for the MobIR® M4 IR Thermal
Cameras are given in the following tables. It must be remembered that these are only
guideline figures. They can be substantially increased if the surface is rough or even
slightly oxidised.
The values quoted for oxidised metals assume that the metal is heavily oxidised. Thin
oxide layers will give an emissivity value between this and the value for an unoxidised
surface.
If a more precise emissivity value is needed or more information is required on how to
obtain the emissivity value of a specific material, please contact: us.
User Manual
Typical Emissivity Values
Refractories
Alumina
Red Brick
0.40
0.93
Alloys
Brass
Oxidized
0.10
0.61
Metals
Aluminium
Oxidized
Chromium
Cobalt
Gold
Iron & Steel
Oxidized
Lead
Oxidized
Magnesium
Nickel
Platinum
Silver
Tin
Titanium
Tungsten
Zinc
Oxidized
0.05
0.30
0.15
0.18
0.02
0.18
0.85
0.16
0.63
0.12
0.15
0.10
0.03
0.09
0.30
0.13
0.05
0.11
Miscellaneous
Asphalt
Carbon
Graphite
0.90
>0.90
0.85
Soot
0.95
Cement & Concrete 0.90
Cloth
0.85