Super resolution thermal imaging technique

FLIR Systems has published a technical note describing how its unique UltraMax technology combines the information from multiple original thermal images into an image with higher resolution and less noise. UltraMax images produced on FLIR thermal cameras are consequently clearer and larger, enabling better thermal analysis of even small details. Because the technique generates an increased number of pixels covering the same target area, UltraMax also decreases measurement spot size. As a result you can achieve greater measurement accuracy particularly on small details.

UltraMax™ – the Ultimate Resolution
Enhance your FLIR Tsc-Series camera up to 1.2 Megapixel Resolution

With UltraMax, researchers can further improve the resolution of their native thermal images for even greater clarity and a higher level of temperature measurement accuracy.

Available on FLIR’s latest T430sc, T450sc, T630sc, and T650sc cameras, UltraMax is an image enhancement technology which captures a series of thermal images in their original resolution in a rapid burst, which are then transformed via FLIR ResearchIR software into a single much higher definition UltraMax image with all radiometric data fully intact, ready for post-processing analysis and report generation.

Up to four times as many pixels

Using UltraMax, thermal images captured with a 640 x 480 resolution Tsc-Series thermal camera can be turned into an ultra-sharp image with up to 1280 x 960 pixels. Likewise, a 320 x 240 Tsc-Series image can be converted to 640 x 480 pixels via the software and UltraMax algorithm. With up to four times more pixels covering the target area, UltraMax allows for more detailed analysis of smaller components. More pixels not only boost image quality, they also improve the distance to spot size ratio for even greater measurement accuracy on small or distant objects.

Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging (MSX)

UltraMax functionality can also be combined with FLIR’s patented Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging (MSX®), which etches key details from the visible light image onto the thermal image. This helps users to see easily recognizable features such as numbers, labels, and texture onto live, stored, and UltraMax thermal images for easier orientation and locating. The end result is extraordinarily higher thermal image definition that researchers and scientists can put to new use for testing and developing innovative solutions.

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