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British explosion proof digital camera is first to offer integral screen and flash

30 March 2010

Hazardous area instrumentation specialist CorDEX spotted a gap in the market for its new Centurion XP Dual explosion-proof digital camera. The camera, which CorDEX believes is the first to offer both flash facility and integral viewing screen, is ATEX certified for use both above and below ground.  And unlike other cameras it is supplied with two interchangeable lenses for high accuracy close-up and wide-angle imaging.

The Centurion XP Dual is the only ATEX Certified Explosion Proof digital camera for hazardous environments that enables the capture of crystal clear images at distances of between 50mm and 100mm with a standard macro lens. A typical use would be the documentation of detail on equipment rating plates, enhancing the scope of the camera, adding value to the inspection and ensuring more comprehensive visual records.

Equally suited for use in the petrochemical or mining environment, the XP Dual captures still images at a user-selectable resolution up to 10 Mega pixels. AVI movie capability is also standard providing a resolution of 640 x 480 at 30fps.  The camera’s 4Gb memory allows high capacity image and movie storage and both can be downloaded via high speed USB in a safe area.

The standard features also include 4x zoom, autotimer, scene modes, white balance and two illumination options for low light working conditions.  A high intensity strobe flash enables wide angle illumination for still shots whilst a detachable low intensity LED lamp (shown attached in this illustration) is designed for close-up shots and movie capture.

Housed in a permanent anti-static over-moulded aluminium case, the Centurion XP Dual has a rugged feel and is supplied with a removable/rechargeable battery, safe area charging station, communication wand, battery removal tool, optical accessory adaptor, macro and wide-angle lenses. The detachable fully certified LED lamp and a hard transport case completes the kit, which is currently priced at £1,700. The camera is available through a UK regional and international distributor network, details of which are available from the CorDEX website.

The Centurion XPG and XPM2 digital camera ranges recently received certification from the South African Expolabs inspection authority for use in that country's mines, petrochemical and processing facilities. CorDEX is working towards full international certification for the XP Dual, with CSA approval (USA) due to complete in June of this year.

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