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FLIR ONE: Giving your Smartphone Imaging Superpowers

- 7 years ago

This natty thermal imaging camera attachment from FLIR has been making waves recently, giving ‘super-power-like’ imaging capabilities for every iOS and Android smartphone user

The device that attaches to smartphones and tablets via lightning port or equivalent, offers an experience, unique to smartphone users, by exercising non-contact spot temperature measurement, patented MSX Technology, and automatic shuttering.

Also, the FLIR ONE App offers thermal panoramas and time-lapses.

The device features both FLIR’s revolutionary Lepton thermal camera and a VGA visible light camera. Using proprietary MSX Technology, the FLIR ONE combines images from both cameras to produce thermal images with heightened detail and resolution.

The FLIR ONE enables you to measure the temperature of any spot in a scene between -4°F and 248°F [-20° to 120°C]. It can also detect temperature differences as small as 0.18° F [0.1° C].

So, the big question: what is it for?

Well, as far as superpowers go, the FLIR ONE certainly gives you access to a relatively inexpensive gadget that would ordinarily rest in the domain of a professional tradesman. In that event and in practical terms, the device allows you to check out issues like water leaks. Issues at home, such as general energy efficiency; the identification of wet areas and potential leaks, and can detect overloaded electrical connections before they become a danger.

In more fun terms, the FLIR ONE is a brilliant tool for observing wildlife, navigating trails in complete darkness or even for more restful nights by checking your campsite or garden for wildlife. Imagine how different you could make a night-time game of hide and seek!

Availability and pricing:

The FLIR ONE is available now for both iOS and Android priced at £199 [rrp]

About the author

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Simon Skinner

Co-founder // Editor

Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.