Predator camera detects those thermal 'telltale' signs

Publish Date: 
Oct 11, 2013
By Bruce Steever

NEW YORK, N.Y. - You’ve got a clogged radiator, or perhaps a cylinder that’s missing intermittently. Either way, you’ve got a problem that will leave a thermal telltale that would easily help you find the exact location, if only you could easily check the temperatures of the area quickly.

You could use an indirect infrared thermometer, but wouldn’t you rather just see the results directly?General Tools and Instruments' line of Predator line of thermal imaging cameras reportedly do exactly that.

Like the classic movie alien, each Predator camera allows real-time imaging of heat sources with an accuracy of 2 percent of measurements. Images are displayed in a 3.5-inch LCD display, and can be saved in .jpg format for easy storage and diagnosis later on the included 2GB MiniSD card.

The Predator cameras are built to withstand impact, water and all the other common abuse that tools can take and can run a claimed five to six hours on a single charge.

Finally, a variety of accessories expand the functionality of the unit, such as additional lenses to change viewing angles, mounts, charging adaptors and advanced reporting software.

The Predator camera is a an expensive addition for most shops, starting at $1,999.99 for the base model, but the convenience and pure tech appeal make it worth consideration.