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The FLIR TG130 Spot Thermal Camera – In Depth Review

The FLIR TG130 (now replaced by the TG 56) is a really affordable real-time thermal imager suitable for a wide range of professional applications.

The TG130 doesn't have many features. That said, it’s a fast and accurate spot thermometer and imager, and it couldn't be easier to use.

Just don't call it a 'camera' - because it doesn't store images.


  • Home projects
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Repairs

Noteworthy Features

The best aspects of the TG130 may be the fact that it doesn’t really have many features. This device is straightforward as you can get with a thermal imager. It has one job and it does it well.

The FLIR TG130


With the TG130, there are no complicated controls to figure out, or any weird touchscreen stuff that can sometimes only further complicate your task. It has one color palette, one view, and does just one thing.

Squeezing the trigger on the other side of the imager’s ergonomic handle causes the TG130 to freeze the image for analysis. Once you are ready to move on, squeeze the trigger again to toggle back to the real-time view mode. That’s about it.


The TG130 weighs less than half a pound, which means you aren’t going ot get tired when using it for an extended period of time. If you’re conducting long inspections, a light thermal imager is more than appreciated.


The drawbacks to the TG130 are precisely why it has its advantages -- hardly any features are present. There are a few that stand out.

The FLIR TG130 Thermal Camera

No Saved Images

The TG130 does not save images after capturing them. No SD card, no wifi, nothing. You simply get a frozen image on the screen until you are ready to move on.

This limits analysis of the image to right there in the moment, rather than uploading images on your computer to enhance and study up on later. If you are needing a detailed analysis of an area or object, you’re out of luck.

Screen Size

For a thermal imager that only provides freeze frames of shots, you would think that the TG130 would have a bigger screen, but it doesn’t. The 1.8 inch LCD screen is hardly enough to be able to fully examine your photos. Sure, it makes for a smaller and lighter camera, but at the expense of the images you are trying to view in great detail.


  • Resolution: 80 x 60
  • Temperature Range: 14°F to 302°F
  • Weight: .46 lbs.
  • Sensitivity: N/A


The FLIR TG130 in Package

The TG130 may fall short with features, but it is a reliable thermal imager that nearly anyone can use in a matter of seconds.

The ease of use and durability of the body makes the TG130 a solid choice for anyone looking to get started with infrared radiation when it comes to basic home inspections inside and out.

Buy this if you want a thermal imager with many uses to keep around the home, but at a fraction of the cost a higher-end imagers.

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