PROS / The Flir FX's overall video quality is the best in our review.
CONS / The camera's mobile app can be difficult to use.
VERDICT / The Flir FX has exceptional video quality and clarity, especially during the daytime. However, its setup process takes longer than most, since you have to charge its internal battery first.
The Flir FX earned the highest score for overall video quality in our wireless camera tests, and its unique RapidRecap feature summarizes hours of recordings in a short clip. In addition to the excellent video quality, it has good audio and Wi-Fi connection, helping it earn our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award for best wireless cameras.
Video & Audio
During our tests, we found that no wireless camera is perfect in all lighting conditions. However, the Flir FX had the highest combined score of any camera in our review between both daytime and nighttime video quality. In daylight tests, the camera had excellent clarity and produced great details both near and far from the camera. In low-light environments during the day, the camera lost a little clarity but still performed well.
At night, however, the Flir FX didn't have the same quality as the top nighttime wireless camera. However, it tied with two other products to claim second place. Its video clarity was good for objects within 10 feet of the lens, but the camera's infrared LEDs lost effectiveness at a distance. The Flir FX's 160-degree field of view is the second widest among the cameras we reviewed. This lets it see more of a room than most of its competitors can.
Operation & Convenience
Setting up this wireless camera isn't as easy as it is for some others in our review. The main factor in this is that you need to charge the camera's internal battery for 30 minutes before setup, which adds an artificial delay not found in other cameras. The camera has two batteries, one in the camera and one in the base, which add a valuable backup of four hours. This is the only camera in our review with a battery backup.
In our tests, we had to look through a few options in the camera's app before we found the video stream. Normally this is on the main screen of an app. However, the app does support RapidRecap, a feature that takes the last few hours of recordings and creates a short clip that gives you a summary of everything the camera saw. Every movement in the video comes with a time stamp so you know when it occurred. This can be hectic to watch, but it's certainly better than fast-forwarding through hours of recordings.
Among the cameras we reviewed, the Flir FX is one of only two that offer both cloud and local storage. Its cloud storage comes in either a free plan or a paid plan. On the local storage front, it supports up to a 64GB microSD card.
Help & Support
The Flir FX's one-year warranty is similar to most competing cameras' warranties. Flir offers customer support across each of the three channels we looked for in a wireless camera: email, telephone and live chat. If you have a general question about the camera, you can look it up on Flir's support website in the FAQs section and tutorials.
In terms of overall video quality, the Flir FX is the best wireless camera in our review. Its video is clear and detailed, especially during the day. The wide field of view is more than enough coverage for the average room. The app works well enough to let you view and record videos, but it's not without a few quirks. The camera's most unique features, battery backup and RapidRecap, solidify its place as one of the best wireless cameras.