PerfectPrime IR0005 Infrared Thermal Imager Review 

 May 10, 2019

By  Miranda Jones

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The demand for thermal technology has been on the rise in recent years. As a result, the price hikes for thermal cameras has increased. Luckily the difficulty of finding a cheap thermal camera camera is in the past as PerfectPrime offers infrared devices at affordable prices.

PerfectPrime is one of the leading brands in thermal technology at the moment. Now homeowners have access to economical thermal technologies thanks to the innovation and trusted value of the company. 

About the Manufacturer:

The PerfectPrime company was founded in 2013 and started out with only a handful of staff members. The company has since opened up six branches worldwide in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Australia, and Hong Kong.

They’re a growing corporation that’s developed trusted partnerships with online retailers such as Amazon, eBay, Walmart, and Alibaba since their inception. In 2019 the company announced that new innovative technologies will be developed by PerfectPrime in the months to come.

One of these projects includes the Smart Indoor Garden. PerfectPrime states the garden will be sustainable and it will provide healthier produce for people in the comfort of their own homes.

We’ll have a look of one of this company’s impressive products.

The PerfectPrime IR0005 Thermal Camera 

PerfectPrime IR0005 Infrared (IR) Thermal Imager & Visible Light Camera with IR Resolution 35,200 Pixels, Thin Size, Black

The IR0005 infrared thermal camera is the latest design (now updated with PerfectPrime IR0006) from the PerfectPrime imaging line. It has all the advantages of the Perfect Prime IR0018 but in a sleeker compact design. The IR0005 is more ergonomically designed and it’s user friendly.

It’s a small device that fits easily into a pocket or small bag so you can use it around the house or for work. 

IR0005 Design

The PerfectPrime IR0005 is as small as a SmartPhone and weighs about 7.2oz. It comes in elegant black and the unit fits most people’s hands perfectly.

The IR0005 has easy to use navigation buttons with a quick on and off switch, a selection entry key & a navigation key that allows you to toggle up and down the screen. 

PerfectPrime IR0005 Infrared (IR) Thermal Imager & Visible Light Camera with IR Resolution 35,200 Pixels, Thin Size, Black

The thermal camera has the following functionalities:

  • Infrared imaging sensor 
  • LED lighting lamp
  • Micro USB port
  • Image capture key
  • Visible light camera
PerfectPrime IR0005 Infrared (IR) Thermal Imager & Visible Light Camera with IR Resolution 35,200 Pixels, Thin Size, Black

What are the Specs? 

PerfectPrime’s IR0005 thermal imaging camera provides different palettes to customize your application such as:

  • Cool
  • Iron
  • Spectra
  • White
  • Black

The IR0005 has a 3.2" screen that provides crystal clear images at 35 200 pixels. Images can be displayed as clear thermal imagery or as visible light images. The thermal camera can accurately detect hot or cold spots as it has a sensitivity level of 0.7. The temperature range is -20 to 300 °C/ -4 to 572 °F

PerfectPrime’s IR0005 infrared camera has wavelength coverage of 8um - 14um with a field of view of 26° x 35°. The Infrared resolution is 220 x 160 which helps you accurately conduct inspections. You also get a 3GB micro SD card for storing images which will be in JPG format.

You get built in rechargeable ion lithium batteries that require no maintenance, only a quick charge when the batteries run flat. You can use the USB port to charge your camera on any device such as a laptop or PC. 

What is the IR0005 used for?

The IR0005 can be used for a number of projects such as plumbing, construction work and and HVAC inspections. The camera can detect hot or cold temperatures easily to assist in finding a problem with pipes, electrical wiring and HVAC issues.

Pipe Leaks:

It can be difficult to locate where the problem lies with pipe leaks. A thermal camera aids in locating the damaged pipe quickly and easily which saves you time. It also saves money as you don’t have to rip through walls to find the leak. Thermal cameras detect where the abnormal temperatures are coming from when there is a potential leak, which helps you identify the exact location of where the water is coming out of.

Electrical Inspection:

thermal camera for electrical inspections

Thermal cameras help electricians detect high voltage areas quickly and safely. The camera can identify faulty wiring before it causes any further damage to infrastructure. With the IR0005 you can take high quality images. Scheduling regular maintenance checks and using this thermal camera for them is an ideal application.


Can it display a mix of thermal and visual images like the FLIR MSX? 

The IR0005 displays visual and thermal images similar to  FLIR's MSX for optimal inspections & reports on any maintenance project.

Is this camera sensitive enough to see inflamed areas in a person or animal?

The accuracy on the IR0005 is +/- 2.5 C which can only detect temperatures of this level. While it can help you detect leaks or faulty wiring, it can’t detect inflamed areas internally. 

Does it record videos?

The IR0005 can’t record videos as it’s only designed to take high-resolution images. You can use these images to compile a report of your maintenance projects. 

PerfectPrime IR0005 vs. FLIR C2

Product Name



Product Preview

PerfectPrime IR0005 Infrared (IR) Thermal Imager & Visible Light Camera with IR Resolution 35,200 Pixels, Thin Size, Black

Thermal Resolution

220 x 160

80 × 60

Visual Camera

640 × 480

640 × 480


35° x 26°

41° x 31°

Temperature Detection Range

-4° to 572°F

14° to 302°F

Thermal Sensitivity



Refresh Rate

9 Hz

9 Hz

Color Palettes

Spectra, iron, cool, black and white

Iron, Rainbow, Rainbow HC and gray

Screen Size



Image blending (thermal +visual)

Full infrared or full vision. Visible image blending with  25% increments

Yes, using proprietary MSX technology

Image storage capacity

3Gb memory, up to 2,000,000 images

Approximately 500 images

Visual Video Streaming



Battery Life

2-3 Hours

2 H


While the IR0005 and the FLIR C2 have similar shape and have the same purpose, there are slight differences. The FLIR C2 is about $100 more expensive than the IR0005 but it also has more software functionality such as image editing. 

With the FLIR C2, you can store up to 500 images with 4,800 individual thermal measurements that you can analyze and edit using the FLIR tools software. The FLIR C2 also has a 42° field of view which means you can capture more of the area being inspected in images. 

Unlike the IR0005 the FLIR C2 allows you to stream live videos from your camera using the LCD screening or the USB port. It has an operational temperature range of –10°C to +50°C (14 to 122°F) and –40°C to +70°C (–40 to 158°F) storage range.

The FLIR C2 and the IR0005 both have five different palettes to select from as well as a 9Hz image frequency. Both also have thermal and visual image blending. 

Final Thoughts

Make your maintenance jobs easier whether you’re a home owner, plumber or electrician by using thermal imagery technology. Leaking pipes and faulty wiring are hazards so detecting these problems fast & easily is vitally important for your and others’ safety.

Use the PerfectPrime IR0005 infrared thermal camera for all your maintenance needs as it's compact, light and easy to use for any onsite or offsite projects.

About the author 

Miranda Jones

Miranda Jones is Smart Scouter's Product Research Manager. Miranda ensures that Smart Scouter stays at the forefront of thermal and night vision technology and knowledge so that our readers know they are getting the most up-to-date information. Miranda has been involved in the thermal industry in various capacities for 12 years. Miranda is a graduate of the University of Ohio and in her spare time enjoys camping and traveling across the US.

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