Palmer Wahl

Press Release

Ultra High Sensitivity Thermal Imager from Wahl Instruments, Inc.


z150 Series Imager


Asheville, NC – March 25, 2015 - Wahl Instruments, Inc. announces its new Ultra High Sensitivity Wahl Heat Spy 170 Thermal Imaging Camera. Useful in an array of applications, the Heat Spy 170 is beneficial for electricians, plumbers, building inspectors, facility managers, and MRO employees in a variety of industries.
         170 Series Imagers now feature SpyLite™ thermal view to reveal only the temperatures above or below a set point. Overlaid on the visible light image, SpyLite™ emphasizes only the temperatures of interest in the scene. Use this unique feature to draw attention to specific concerns or areas requiring further assessment. Utilize the Picture-in-Picture setting to display all temperatures in the scene displayed thermally over the visible image to orient your thermal view with visual landmarks.
         Take advantage of the 170’s thermal and visible video recording feature to document your temperature surveys as video or image files in any of the four viewing modes– visible, thermal, SpyLite ™, and Picture-in-Picture. Files are stored on the included 8GB Micro SD card. Use the Bluetooth connectivity feature to transfer files to your PC, manage imager settings and files, or view live video output. Connect a Bluetooth headset to record and play back audio image annotations hands-free.
         The 170 Heat Spy has a 384 x 288 detector for more than 110,000 individually calibrated pixels, with a thermal sensitivity of ≤ 0.04°C to distinguish even minimal temperature differences. Coupled with the High Resolution 640 x 480, 3.6” LCD Touch Screen display, the 170 presents a clearly defined image excellent for inspections and analysis.
         Heat Spy 170 imagers have a 25° x 19° Field Of View with a 3.2 Megapixel CMOS image sensor for visible light images. Enhance the functionality of your camera for your specific application by adding an additional lens - two additional wide angle lenses (0.5x and 0.25x) and two additional telephoto lenses (2x and 4x) are available separately. Integrated dual LED bulbs can be used as a flashlight when needed to produce clear, well-defined images even in low light conditions. The built-in laser pointer allows the user to pinpoint the area of interest on screen or determine the location of a potentially hazardous hotspot.
         The 170 Series housing is impact resistant and designed to withstand a two meter drop for dependability with daily use in rugged environments. For extra protection, the 170 Series includes Spy-Care, our No- Fault warranty. Wahl will replace your camera for two years for any reason, even if it’s your fault (see details at
         The 170 Series Heat Spy is available through Wahl Instruments, Inc. and its network of domestic and international distributors.

For additional information please contact us at or call 1-800-421-2853,
fax 828-658-0728.
Write to Palmer Wahl, 234 Old Weaverville Road, Asheville, NC 28804.
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About Palmer Wahl Instrumentation Group

Palmer Wahl Instrumentation Group, with 175 years of continuous product innovation, started as America's first thermometer company in Cincinnati, OH in 1836. Since that time, Palmer Instruments has steadily evolved through product development geared exclusively towards industrial process measurement, test and calibration. Operating from a modern facility in Asheville, NC since 1987, and acquiring Wahl Instruments, Inc. in 1997, Palmer Wahl Instrumentation Group is uniquely qualified to provide application/technical support, calibration services and product selection from an extensive line of the finest instrumentation products. For more information, visit