Argus 4 HR 320 Firefighting Thermal Imaging Cameras
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Argus 4 HR 320 Firefighting Thermal Imaging Cameras

The Argus 4 HR 320 is the latest in thermal imaging cameras for fire fighting. Professional fire fighters trust the Argus 4.
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Argus 4 HR 320 Firefighting Thermal Imaging Cameras for Fire Fighting Professionals

Battery capacity screen output for the Argus 4 HR 320 Infrared Camera

Battery capacity screen output for the Argus 4 HR 320 Infrared Camera

With an industry leading High Definition thermal sensor the Argus4 HR320 and its advanced digital imaging technology provide you with he sharpest picture quality of any fire fighting camera on the market. Unlike many other “firefighting thermal imaging cameras” available today, the Argus 4 is designed and manufactured from the ground up to be a fire fighting thermal camera. Many other systems use “universal camera engines” designed by third party companies for applications other than fire fighting. The technology in the Argus 4 HR 320 was designed specifically for fire fighting applications so you get the very best performance and finest in after sales support for the life of your investment. Always innovative, the HR 320 is packed with just the right features for fire rescue professionals. Many unique features can only be found on the Argus thermal imaging camera systems.

UNIQUE NEW FEATURE ONLY ON ARGUS 4 Firefighting Thermal Imaging Cameras

Onscreen battery charge display for the Argus 4 HR 320 Infrared Camera

Onscreen battery charge display for Argus 4 HR 320 firefighting thermal imaging cameras

New fully charged batteries will operate the camera in excess of 4 hours, though after hundreds of cycles naturally the operating time of the batteries will lessen.

New and Exclusive to the Argus Product Line is a feature to aid the user in proper battery maintenance.

1) Access the Menu on the LCD with remote > About … Listed is (a)current charge on the installed battery, (b) capacity of the installed battery and (c)amount of times the battery installed was short cycled, giving the user information previously unavailable for proper maintenance and longevity.

2) Battery Indicator also has a new feature-Capacity Status Bar. Located on the right side of the battery indicator, this yellow bar will move to the left as the capacity of the battery diminishes after many charges over time. The battery will then only charge up to the yellow bar informing the user the expected remaining life of the battery.

Power for the ArgusTM4 HR320 is provided by an integral battery pack located on the top of the camera. The camera has a single on/off button with a delayed off operation to prevent accidental power-down during use. The camera will display a start-up screen until a useable thermal image is produced.

The ArgusTM4 HR320 is constructed from high quality Radel®R-5100, which has been chosen for its strength, resistance to heat, water and impact. Protection from shock is provided by a combination of rugged components, optimum mechanical design and protective bumpers. The camera is sealed to allow short-term total immersion in water (IP67). The camera is supplied with side straps and a removable handle, which provides flexible operation and transfer between users.

No end-user maintenance is required other than recharging of batteries and post-use external cleaning with a soft cloth.

Argus4 HR-320 Firefighting Thermal Imaging Cameras

Firefighters trust the Argus 4 HR 320 Infrared Camera

Firefighters trust the Argus 4 HR 320 Infrared Camera

The ArgusTM4 HR320 is the latest generation of the highly successful ArgusTM Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC) from e2v technologies. The ArgusTM4 HR320 uses a high-resolution 320 x 240 pixel, Microbolometer Detector.

The ArgusTM4 HR320 offers the same simple-to-operate configuration of the standard ArgusTM4. It is a robust, self contained camera, with fully automatic operation, and no control or adjustment is required in use.

The camera has been specifically designed to help firefighters to see through smoke, identify and rescue casualties and locate hot spots or the seat and spread of the fire. It has many further applications where temperatures require monitoring such as preventative maintenance and condition monitoring of equipment. It also provides vision where light is unavailable

Key Elements:

Enhanced Dynamic Scene Colorization (EDSC)
Colorizes the thermal image to allow the fire-fighter to pinpoint the hottest areas within the fire scene. With the ArgusTM4 HR320 the dynamic scene colorization has been enhanced to give the user greater information.
Direct Temperature Measurement (DTM)
Displays the temperature of objects within a defined area of the thermal scene.
SceneSaveTM Digital Image Capture
The ArgusTM4 HR320 can capture and store up to 100 images. These can then be viewed or deleted using the control supplied. Using the software provided, the captured images can be downloaded to a suitable laptop/PC and exported in various formats.
Tri-Mode Sensitivity
The ArgusTM4 HR320 now has an expanded third level of sensitivity for very high scene temperatures to enable clear imagery at all temperatures. This expanded temperature range means that temperatures in excess of 1000 °C can be viewed.
Customizable Start-up Screen
Brigade logos or station names can be added to the start-up screen for asset tracking and/or personalization of the camera.
Ambient Temperature Measurement
A sensor fitted to the front of the camera, which measures the ambient temperature of the local environment. The temperature is displayed on the viewing screen.
X2/X4 Zoom
Allows the user to zoom in on the scene, from a distance, for improved investigation and identification of hot spots and dangers.
Time and Date
The time and date is displayed at the top of the viewing screen.
Remote Control
The ArgusTM4 HR320 is supplied with a remote control that allows the end user to adjust LCD settings, set the dynamic scene colorization and set the time and date.

What’s Included with the Argus 4 HR 320 Firefighting Thermal Imaging Cameras

The complete Argus 4 Fire Fighting Infrared Camera Kit

The complete Argus 4 Fire Fighting Infrared Camera Kit

The ArgusTM4 HR320 comes with the following standard accessories:

  • Handle
  • Soft carry case
  • Side straps
  • Remote control
  • Two rechargeable battery packs
  • Battery charger with mains plug (US, UK, Europe)
  • Neck strap
  • USB Connection Lead for PC/laptop
  • User manual
  • End-user software

Argus4 Thermal Imaging Software Images

Check out the easily-readable interface and some sample images.

  • A screenshot of the Argus Thermal Camera software
  • Sample images taken from the Argus 4 HR 320 Infrared Camera

Practical Applications

  • Firefighters enter buildings with clear visibility through smoke by using a thermal imaging camera
  • Fire Fighter search and rescue of fire victims in burning structures
  • Hot spot detection – thermal imaging cameras ( TIC ) can detect smoldering hot spots to prevent flare up
  • Exterior hot spot detection
  • Wildfire and forest fire clean up and hot spot detection
  • Wilderness search and rescue for fire fighting and rescue personnel to easily spot victims with a thermal imaging camera
  • Fire fighting cameras with recording capabilities are useful for firefighter training
  • Reduce the time that fire fighters need to be in a burning building searching for victims because thermal imaging cameras see right through smoke

Firefighting thermal imaging camera (TIC)
Since man has walked the earth fire has been both a blessing and a curse. It warmed our homes and cooked our food but also lashed out at us with tremendous destructive force. Since man first saw that water put out fire there have probably been firefighters. In all that time, however, relatively little advance has occurred in the technology of fire fighting. An article in the Los Angeles Times Newspaper stated that “at no other time have advances been greater in equipment to protect them and make their jobs safer” and that out of recent technological advances they site the thermal imaging camera “the best advance in fire equipment in the last 25 years” (LA TIMES NEW FIREFIGHTING GEAR ). There are two main advantages that thermal imaging cameras have in the world of fire fighting technology.

1. A thermal imaging camera can see through smoke like it is not there. Most all smoke is completely invisible to the TIC. When a structure is filled with smoke it is completely black inside. Your eyes cannot see through the smoke at all. Traditional methods of clearing a building involve firefighters feeling their way around the building for victims. A time consuming and dangerous process. With a firefighter thermal imaging camera you can see through smoke like it is not even there.

2. A thermal imaging camera can detect heat that you cannot see with your eyes. Just because there is no flame does not mean that the fire danger is over. Many materials will smolder and burn without a flame and will reignite a structure that has been thought to be put out already. With a fire camera you can literally see what is hot and take measures to insure the fire is completely out.

It is clear that if you are in the business of firefighting, you need to have this tool in your arsenal.

Product Specifications


Compliance Data

Emissions – BS EN 61000-6-3:2001
RFI/EMC Immunity – BS EN 61000-6-2:2005

Safety IEC 60950-1 and related national standards Vibration/Shock BS EN 60721-3-2 Class 2M3. Restriction of the use of Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS). All parts of the system are compliant with EU directive 2002/95/EC

Environmental Data

Thermal conditions – The camera has been designed to operate for:
• 45 minutes at 80 C (176°F)
• 15 minutes at 150°C (300°F)
• 5 minutes at 260°C (500°F)
• Minimum operating temperature is –10°C (14°F)
Sealing – The camera is sealed to allow short-term immersion in water (IP67)
Impact – The camera has been designed to withstand a drop from a height of 2 meters (78 inches)
Vibration – The camera has been design to withstand transportation vibration defined by BS EN 60721-3-2 Class 2M3
Storage – The camera can be stored for extended periods. It is recommended that for maximum effective operational life, the storage temperature is kept between –10°C and +40°C (14°F and 104°F) and the camera is retained in its carry case when not in use.

Optical Data
Sensor type – Uncooled Microbolometer
Sensor material – Amorphous Silicon (ASi)
Resolution – 320 x 240
Spectral response – 8 – 14μm
MDTD -(Minimum Discernible Temp Difference)– 0.1°C
Dynamic range – -40°C to 1000°C (-40°F to 1832°F) using 3 ranges with auto-switching between ranges.
Refresh rate – 60 Hz
Spot temperature range – -40°C to 1000°C (-40°F to 1832°F)
Ambient temperature range – -15°C to 150°C (5°F to 300°F)

Lens material – Germanium
Focal length – 8.6 mm
Focal distance – 1 m to infinity, optimized at 4 m (3 feet to infinity, optimized at 13 feet)
Horizontal aperture – f/1.0
Field of view – 50°horizontal

Display type – Transflective, active matrix color TFT
Display size – 90 mm (3.5 inches)
Backlight – White LED

Mechanical Data

Overall dimensions (H x W x D) – 130 mm x 185 mm x 185 mm (5.1 x 7.2 x 7.2 inch) (nominal) including handle (H x W x D) – 295 mm x 185 mm x 185 mm (11.5 x 7.2 x 7.2 inch) (nominal)
Weight without battery – < 1.2 kg (2.6 pounds)
with battery – < 1.5 kg (3.3 pounds)
with battery and handle – < 1.7 kg (3.7 pounds)

Outer camera case – Radel® R-5100
Rear bumper – Multiflex®
Front bumper – Multiflex®
Neck strap – Nomex®
Side straps – Nomex®
Handle – Radel® R-5100 overmoulded in Santoprene®

Electrical Data
Power supply Power consumption – 3 W typical
Start-up time – 5 seconds typical


Type – Ni-MH Rechargeable Battery
– 2300 mAH
Battery life – 4 hours @ ambient temperature (22°C, 72°F)
Charge time – 2 hours nominal
Recharge cycles – 500 @ 80% capacity
Length – 125 mm (4.8 inches) nominal
Width – 55 mm (2.2 inches) nominal
Height – 50 mm (2 inches) nominal
Net weight – 220 g (0.1 pounds) nominal
Charging temperature – 0°C – 40°C (32°F – 104°F) 65°C (150°F) can be tolerated
Sealing – IP56

Power requirements – 100 – 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 1 A max
Length – 105 mm (4 inches) nominal
Width – 65 mm (2.5 inches) nominal
Height – 35 mm (1.4 inches) nominal
Net weight – 220 g (0.1 pounds) nominal
Operating temperature – 0°C – 40°C (32°F – 104°F)
Protection – Over-voltage and over temperature protection built into the charger and battery.
Compliance – EMC Directive 89/336/EEC, Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC BS EN60335 Part 1 and Part 2-29
RoHS – All parts of the system are compliant with EU directive 2002/95/EC
Sealing – IP20

Charging Shoe
Length – 150 mm (5.8 inches) nominal
Width – 70 mm (2.75 inches) nominal
Height – 50 mm (2 inches) nominal
Net weight – 200 g (0.1 pounds)
Operating temperature – 0°C – 40°C (32°F – 104°F)
Sealing – IP20

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