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Review Flir One & Flir One Pro Cameras for iPhone – Thermal Imaging Camera for Smartphones


hey everybody its la inside banan we’re taking a look today at some thermal imaging cameras for your smartphone from FLIR these are called the FLIR one cameras and we’ve got the Pro Edition here along with their consumer model and what these cameras let you do is basically turn your smartphone into a very sophisticated thermal imaging camera and you can see here what my little MacBook is doing heat wise and you can look around your house and try to find areas where you’ve got air leaking in or maybe some spots that are running a little bit too warm and you might have some electrical problems these are great devices for contractors and for consumers and what we’re going to do in this video is take a look at the differences here between these two models and figure out what might be best for you depending on your circumstances now I do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure that both of these came in free of charge through the Amazon vine program however all the opinions you’re about to hear are my own nobody is paying for this review nor has anyone reviewed or approved what you’re about to see before it was uploaded so let’s get into it now and see what these devices are all about so let’s take a closer look now at the hardware both cameras that we got in are for the

iPhone with a lightning connector but they do have an Android version available with a USBC connector that will perform the same as these two will in fact I think they cost the same as well so you’ll get a good feel as to how the Android version works even though we’re using an iPhone today in this video now the consumer version here the FLIR one costs $199 the pro version cost 399 because it does have some better optics onboard and we’ll take a look and see what those differences are in a few minutes but otherwise they function very similar to each other and in fact they use the same app on your phone now on the lower portion of the lens’s here you’ve got the IR sensor for picking up heat and then above it is the optical sensor for picking up the details of the images that you’re looking at so for example here if I point it at my macbook you can see that we can see the keys here and the thermal signature and what it’s doing is combining the IR data from that thermal sensor along with the optical sensor to be able to give you the detail of what you are looking at and generally it lines up pretty nicely but you can make some fine adjustments in the app if you need to now these have separate batteries that have to be charged and on the bottom of each is a USB type-c connector the battery life is very short it’s only about an hour maybe 45 minutes tops so you’re not going to get a lot of continuous usage out of these things and if you are a contractor and are on site all day you probably want to have a battery with you to charge them up it doesn’t draw any power from the phone which means it won’t drain your battery all that much but the batteries inside of these things just do not last very long they also have an independent power switch that you have to switch on before connecting it up so it’s not totally elegant in how it gets

itself going but it does seem to work quite well provided you can work within the short battery life now it has a really neat connector here for the phone so if you have a big thick case like I do it should work with it this little dial here will adjust it up and down so you can get the best fit with your phone and it locks in pretty nicely but you want to be careful not to drop it or try to move too quickly with your phone because you could have it disconnect unexpectedly they also give you a little carrying case in the box for carrying it around with you the consumer version here looks a little bit different but it has everything pretty much in the same place but there are a few differences between these two so let’s jump into image quality now and see what the differences are and then we’ll take a look at the app and see how that works so the consumer version here has a temperature range between negative 20 degrees Celsius and 120 degrees Celsius that is negative for Fahrenheit to 248 what’s interesting is the pro version here has the same low temperature sensitivity again negative 20 Celsius or negative 4 degrees Fahrenheit but it can read heat up to 400 degrees centigrade or 752 Fahrenheit so that’s a pretty big difference in range between these two and there’s also better detail in the images that come out of the pro edition so if you look here on the left we took an image of my circuit breaker box here while my wife was running the clothes dryer and you can see here that we just get more detail in that thermal image on the

pro version versus the consumer version the consumer versions enough maybe to find a draft somewhere or see if you’ve got some outlet that’s running too hot or something but if you really want to get detailing yet and exact ideas to wearing that heat isn’t emanating from I think you’re going to do better probably with the pro version as you can see from this image I’ll show you a few other ones as well it give a good sense of the differences here this is a shot of my cold and hot water pipes and you can see that the pro here just has a much clearer image especially for the hot areas versus the consumer model another shot here of my cable modem gives you another ideas – just how much more precise the pro version is again over the consumer model so I think if you are someone who is a contractor working with electric or plumbing or something along those lines you’re just going to get more accuracy and a greater temperature range out of the pro camera versus what they’re offering to consumers and that’s why the price tag on the pro version is a little bit higher both will take video images which is pretty cool so I lit up my gas stove as you can see here I took an image with both the Pro and the consumer camera to give you an idea as to what both look like and it’s kind of neat to see the things you can’t see when you’re doing everyday tasks around the house and I think you can have a lot of fun not only trying to find things to fix but also just seeing how things work as well and it’s really nice to be able to have something that’s actually relatively affordable that can do some pretty cool thermal imaging that you couldn’t do with this price tag just a few years ago so let’s take a look at the FLIR one app this is running with the pro camera right now and you can see here we’ve got my macbook back in frame and you can see the range of temperatures that we’re picking up blue here is the lowest and if I drag this little icon down here to the bottom you can see that’s about 76 degrees and then at the hottest point we’re looking at about 90 or 94 degrees or so and that’s the temperature range that the camera is currently picking up so

the hottest area will show up very white here as you can see but it doesn’t mean it’s about to catch on fire and that was one thing that I got a little nervous about when I first started playing with this because I have a few of those outlets with the ground faults on them and those draw a little bit of current and they were warmer than the outlets that didn’t have it and they were showing up as these huge red blobs on my camera when I first plugged it in nothing to be worried about just make sure you check the temperature before you freak out about something it’s going to give you a range and it’s going to visually show you the hottest and the coolest then whatever that range is even if it’s not all that hot it’s going to look that way on the screen now the pro camera here has a lot of features that you’re not going to see on the consumer camera in a minute I’ll plug in the consumer camera so you can see what is missing so right now I have it in MSX mode which combines the optical and the thermal I could just look at the thermal if I wanted to which does pick up some of the key detail here or I could just look at the visual which is just your standard camera output and then of course MSX puts them all together I have the ability to choose a pallet so if I don’t like what I’m looking at here I can maybe change it to a different color if I wanted to so you have that option available to you you can also adjust the the adjustment of the thermal and optical sensors here so if I move this here you can see that image moving a little bit I haven’t found much need to adjust this at all but that’s something you can do there now because the camera can detect a wide range of temperatures on the pro version they have some settings to adjust the gain which is the temperature range so you can set it for low or high temperatures I believe high temperatures is the default they also have the ability to adjust the scale here as well so let me clear out that thing and I selected the IR scale here and if I adjust it now we can get a better feel for how hot my Mac really is if you’re seeing a lot of hot spots and you really want to see something that’s a lot hotter you can adjust the gain here on the left hand side as you move

your finger up and down to get a better sense of what temperature’s you are looking at there’s also the ability on the pro camera to set multiple measurement points so right now I’ve got a single point on there and it’s often hard to see that measuring point given that it’s not very high contrast especially when you’re in a lighter area but I can add some additional ones so I can add a another spot if I wanted to I could also add a rectangle or a circle to give me a little bit more of a wider area to read a temperature from so you can do a couple of these things here on the pro version which you can’t do on the other one you also have some options for taking pho and videos or time lapses again just keep in mind the battery life on the camera here is only about 45 minutes to an hour so you won’t get much of a time-lapse but it is there if you want to play around with that I’m gonna detach this real quick and hook up the consumer camera to show you what is missing okay so we got the consumer camera connected up right now let’s take a look at what the images look like in here it looks very similar but again I think you can see more detail on the pro version of the camera now if I select the settings screen here you can see we have a lot fewer options available to us the only thing we can really do here is adjust the distance between the optical camera and the IR camera I don’t have any of the other things we just saw as far as setting temperature ranges and that sort of thing there what you do have though is the ability to add a single spot here on the consumer camera for tracking so you can see that one in the middle there but I can’t add any additional spot cameras so again this is good enough I think for consumers to play around with but I think if you are a contractor or someone who needs more precision the pro camera is probably going to be the better choice of the two so hopefully this video gives you an overview as to how these two cameras differ from each other

I’m very pleased with how they function but the image quality out of the pro version is much better so I think if you are looking for problems and don’t want to fix them this camera is probably best for you but if you are the one fixing them you’ll probably want this one my only gripe with them is the battery life it really isn’t very long especially for a device that’s designed to be out in the field for extended periods of time so you’ll want to use them sparingly if you don’t have a USB battery nearby to charge them up again if you are an iPhone user I would be a little concerned with the lightning connector here because Apple could decide in the near future to switch to USB see at which point these things would require some additional dongle or adapter to function but at the moment it works quite well with my iPhone and again there’s a USBC version for Android phones and they are pretty easy to get up and running and get some pretty cool images that you couldn’t get all that affordably just a couple of years ago so it’s nice to see all this cool technology getting shrunken down and put into a package that is affordable for consumers and contractors alike until next time this is lon Simon thanks for watching this channel was brought to you by the lon TV supporters including gold level supporters the four guys with Porter’s podcasts Tom Albrecht Brian Parker Callie an Kumar if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to land TV slash support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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