Thermal Imagery 101: Wildlife

One question that is asked most frequently from our clients is what is the biggest difference between a £300 camera and a £3,000 camera? The answer, the quality and resolution of the end result which is ultimately what you see and what drives your decisions going forward. The better the camera, the better the picture and better the decision making.


Wildlife professionals, film crew and vets often have to make big decisions depending on their circumstances. For example, when a wildlife expert such as Sir David Attenborough looks to detect an animal, the quality of the thermal camera can play a key role. Often an animal will not exhibit many outward signals when first arriving at a vet, however, what will determine whether there is a potentially dangerous problem would be a scan which uses thermal imagery technology. There are many ways in which the safety of animals lie with the power of thermal imagery and cameras. Even down to the simple case of trying to find out where your cat is hiding!


Now don’t worry, we’re not going to scare you with any horror stories or share of any animals being harmed in any way. However, we thought we would share with you one key area where the quality of the thermal camera can play when a researcher or film crew looks to detect an animal...yes you guessed it. The body temperature of an animal! Sometimes the differences can be so meniscal, which is another reason why a quality thermal camera is so important! Take a look below at how small these differences can be when it comes to some of our favourite animal species: