FLIR E53 Thermal Imaging Camera Review 

 July 18, 2019

By  Randy Angwin

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Wouldn’t it be great to seamlessly track air leaks and moisture directly to the source?

To diagnose electrical faults with the push of a button?

To troubleshoot mechanical breakdowns with an ease that was thought impossible not so long ago?

Couple these applications with a built-in mic for voice annotations and report generating. This sounds like the FLIR E53 may be just the tool you need to help simplify your life and streamline your work. 

FLIR Systems – The World’s 6th Sense

Established in 1978, FLIR Systems, Inc. made a name for itself by pioneering the development of low-cost, high-performance thermal imaging systems for airborne applications.

Thanks to numerous clever collaborations and investing, today the company is well known around the world. They’re famous for designing, developing, manufacturing, marketing and distributing technologies that enhance perception & awareness.

FLIR Systems prides itself on being at the forefront of innovative solutions. This relates not only to consumers but also for government, defense, industrial, and commercial markets.

FLIR Exx-Series and Ex-Series

FLIR is very well known for its range of advanced thermal imaging cameras, namely the Ex and Exx Series of products. Both series are effective troubleshooting tools for building, electrical and mechanical applications.

The Exx Series is packed with professional features and more powerful thermal cameras but the Ex Series boasts some impressive specifications too. The latter is fast catching up in terms of features within this price range - there seems to be an option within the series to meet everyone’s needs.

Wouldn’t it be ideal if there was a camera to fill the gap between the top E8 of the Ex-Series and the professional E75?

Introducing: The FLIR E53

FLIR E53-24 Advanced Thermal Camera with 240 x 180 IR Resolution, Meterlink Ready, MSX Image Enhancement and 24 Degree Lens

On February 18, 2018, FLIR proudly introduced The FLIR E53; the entry-level camera into the massively popular Exx line of products.

This new thermal imaging camera combines sleek, modern design and the latest technology that FLIR Systems is known for, all packed into a redesigned thermal imager. 

Upon closer inspection of the FLIR E53, you will note that a few key features that can be found in the E75 are present here. The good news is that you get it without the heftier price tag - making this an ideal solution for users with varying needs. 

What Makes The FLIR E53 So Special? 

FLIR E53-24 Advanced Thermal Camera with 240 x 180 IR Resolution, Meterlink Ready, MSX Image Enhancement and 24 Degree Lens

This device is packed with features that will make troubleshooting a breeze.

Avoid costly equipment failures in power and electrical systems & mechanical systems with The FLIR E53. In building applications, the high level of sensitivity and resolution make detecting moisture, identifying leaks & inspecting insulation problems quick and easy.

We’re going to take a look at what is included with your purchase of the FLIR E53. Also check out an overview of the product specs, discussions of some of the features that make this product stand out from the rest and get your answers to some frequently asked questions. 

What’s Included?

When you purchase the FLIR E53 you can expect to receive a bulky box upon delivery! With your package you will find quite a lot of additional content included: 

FLIR E53-24 Advanced Thermal Camera with 240 x 180 IR Resolution, Meterlink Ready, MSX Image Enhancement and 24 Degree Lens
  • Infrared camera with lens
  • Lens cap
  • Lens cap straps (hand & wrist)
  • Lens cleaning cloth
  • Lanyards
  • Hard transport case
  • Power cord for the battery charger
  • Battery
  • Battery charger
  • Front protection
  • Front protection fastener
  • Cables (USB 2.0 A to USB Type-C, USB Type-C to HDMI adapter & USB Type-C to Type-C cable)
  • 8 GB SD card
  • Torx T10 wrench & screws
  • Carabiner hook
  • Printed documentation

Overview Of Product Specs

  • Detector Type: Uncooled microbolometer, 17µm
  • Accuracy: ±2°C (±3.6°F) or ±2% of reading for ambient temperature 15°C to 35°C (59°F to 95°F) and object temperature above 0°C (32°F)
  • IR Resolution: 240 × 180 (43,200 pixels)
  • Object Temperature Range: -20°C to 120°C (-4°F to 248°F) 0°C to 650°C (32°F to 1200°F)
  • Dimensions (L x H x W): 11.0” × 4.6” × 4.4”
  • Weight: 2.2lb

Features Of The FLIR E53 

FLIR E53-24 Advanced Thermal Camera with 240 x 180 IR Resolution, Meterlink Ready, MSX Image Enhancement and 24 Degree Lens

Digital Camera

The 5 Megapixel digital camera has a 1-4x continuous digital zoom option.

Field Of View 

The Field Of View provided by the E53 is 24° × 18° with different image modes of infrared, visual, Picture-in-Picture and MSX®.

3 Spot Meters 

The E53 offers 3 spot meters, measures up to 650°C and provides a live on-screen display of the min/max temperature within an area.


The LCD 640 x 480-pixel rapid-response touch screen ensures image clarity. Also, the auto-rotation aspect (160° viewing angle) allows you to monitor the thermal image as you work.


The FLIR E53 comes with an 8GB removable SD card. Media is stored in the image file format of a standard JPEG with measurement data included.

GPS Tagging

The Compass GPS includes automatic GPS image tagging for your convenience.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding The FLIR E53 

Here are answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the FLIR E53.

What Is The Battery Life? 

The Li-ion battery provides up to approximately 2.5 hours with typical use. The battery can be charged in-camera or through a separate charger which is included with your purchase.

Are There Streaming Options?

Yes. The FLIR E53 offers different streaming options.

Radiometric IR video streaming takes place over UVC and Non-radiometric IR video Streaming takes place over UVC or Wi-Fi. You get H.264 or MPEG-4 over Wi-Fi and MJPEG over either Wi-Fi or UVC.

What Is The Warranty?

The E53, like all Exx-Series cameras, is supported by FLIR’s solid 2-year full protection on parts and labor warranty as well as 10-year coverage on the detector. You must register the product with FLIR though. 

Final Thoughts On The FLIR E53

It’s clear to see that the FLIR E53 was built with its user in mind. Its rugged, water-resistant design ensures that it can withstand tough environments while its agile user interface is easy to use.

Look at the incredible product specs and features offered by the E53. Combine this with enhanced connectivity capabilities, FLIR’s industry-leading knowledge, expertise in the field and innovative focus on user-friendly products. Then, the decision to purchase the FLIR E53 should be an easy one. 

About the author 

Randy Angwin

Randy Angwin holds a master of science degree from University of Florida. He is an expert in infrared and night vision technology. His knowledge helps us staying on top of the latest trends in the thermal industry. When not working, Randy likes to hunt and spend time with his two German shepherds.

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