comscore New FLIR One thermal imaging infrared camera lets you shoot photos in the dark from your iOS and Android smartphone

New FLIR One thermal imaging infrared camera lets you shoot photos in the dark from your iOS and Android smartphone


FLIR One thermal imaging infrared camera was launched last year as an iPhone only accessory. The company has now announced its next-generation FLIR One camera that not only supports iOS, but also Android devices, and is even smaller, lighter with better detector resolution in the dark. Also Read - Oppo foldable phone likely to feature Galaxy Z Fold 3 like design, tipped to get 50MP triple camera

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The updated thermal imaging infrared camera got better optics (160 x 120 Lepton thermal sensor a four times boost in resolution), streamlined software and an improved compact design allowing it to work with more devices. The most interesting thing is FLIR s new SDK that will now allow third-party apps to also take advantage of thermal imaging. Also Read - Using Paytm Transit card you can travel in metro, bus, train and more cashless

The original FLIR One was only compatible with iPhone 5 and 5S, and Android users never got a chance to use the device. However, the new FLIR One is much smaller and lighter, and can be used in almost any smartphone and even a tablet. It can be connected with iOS devices using a lightning connector, and Android devices also have a compatible microUSB version.

What this device does is basically turn your smartphone into thermal image sensor, that can see a person’s body heat and is widely used by the police and military. It is very useful in low light and can find a person even in total darkness. The FLIR One brings along the dual display that shows the original and the thermal image side by side for better reference.

The FLIR One is a simple device with a 350mAh battery of its own. It gives the camera about an hour s worth of battery time on a 40-minute charge. It also has a power button to turn on and off, and has a feature that automatically shuts the device few minutes after you exit the app.

The biggest improvement about the upgraded FLIR One is the price tag. Even with so many improvements, the new FLIR One comes with a $100 price slash and is officially priced at $250. The new FLIR One is currently available on the company website, and will arrive on Best Buy, Amazon, and Apple s online stores from July.

Watch the new FLIR One in action here:

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  • Published Date: June 26, 2015 5:52 PM IST

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