FLIR’s improved One cameras are ready to take the heat

Here's one that we missed in our CES coverage—perhaps because we weren't looking in the IR spectrum? FLIR is releasing two new models of its FLIR One thermal imaging smartphone attachment. The first model, an updated version of the FLIR One model, offers some quality-of-life improvements and a lower price tag. The new FLIR One Pro, meanwhile, has an improved thermal sensor and more powerful tools.

For those not in the know, FLIR's One device offers a convenient way to get thermal imaging. As we found in our hands-on initial review, the device connects to a smartphone's Lightning or USB port, and has a dual-camera system for capturing thermal data. The company's MSX technology combines a regular camera visualization with the relatively low-resolution thermal images, letting users see more detailed and intelligible images.

The next generation of the One aims to iron out a few wrinkles in previous model's user experience. The original Android version of the One connected to phones with a micro-USB connector, which meant that the device could only be oriented one direction. Users can now avoid that problem by opting for a version that uses a USB Type-C connector. FLIR also made the length of the connector adjustable so that users won't have to remove their smartphone from its case to attach the One. Finally, FLIR redesigned the device's app to make the process of taking and sharing pictures a little easier, and offers more tutorials to get users started.

The higher-end FLIR One Pro addresses a couple of concerns that reviewers like ourselves had with the original device. First up is the resolution of the thermal sensor. The original device's 80×60 resolution was sufficient for getting useful thermal data, but left room for improvement. The Lepton sensor in the One Pro quadruples that resolution to 160×120. Users of the One Pro will also have access to more advanced tools in the device's app. Notably, the radiometry tool will now give users the ability to identify multiple temperature spots in the same picture.

FLIR plans to release both new models in the second quarter of 2017. The next-generation FLIR One comes with a welcome price drop, as it will now sell for $200. The FLIR One Pro will command a heftier price tag at $400.

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    • VinnyC
    • 3 years ago

    Speaking as someone who’s bought a thermal imaging device in the past year…

    I bought a Seek RevealXR Fast Frame last year and think it’s pretty dang sweet. During the winter I can point it at the walls and see the studs behind the drywall, I can press my hand on the wall and then see my handprint clear as day. I can even see footprints on carpet! Using it outdoors is pretty cool too. I’ve spotted deer, cats, etc in complete darkness. I honestly mostly bought this as a toy (for camping / whatever) and can say it is the bee’s knees. The reason I didn’t go with either a FLIR or Seek model the plugs into a cellphone is because to me that just seems like something that’s going to break off or get lost. The RevealXR FF is a rugged outdoor device with a higher resolution sensor, really bright built-in flashlight, and costs roughly what the FLIR One Pro’s MSRP is (look on amazon for cheaper though). I’m not sure what the FLIR One Pro’s refresh rate is, but Seek’s Fast Frame devices had a dramatically faster screen refresh compared to the older Flir devices. The one I’ve got has almost zero lag from what I can see. Apparently older ones had a noticeable delay. Since then Seek has made an even higher-end one but that one is a bit out of my price range.

    • Pez
    • 3 years ago

    Nice idea, and $200 is not expensive really to get an entry to market. Be very handy for enthusiasts looking for hotspots etc

      • tay
      • 3 years ago

      I need one for my home. I live in a 160 year old home and it has a few drafts 😀
      Going to pick one up soon, find out what the problems are, and then sell it 2nd hand.

        • UberGerbil
        • 3 years ago

        You can learn a lot with just one of those cheap handheld IR thermometers (like [url=https://www.amazon.com/Champion-Infrared-Thermometer-Non-Contact-Temperature/dp/B01DQBP8BA/ref=pd_lpo_469_tr_t_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=J98BS74H59TJ5H57RX3T<]this[/url<], though I don't have that particular model). It's just slower and bit more tedious, since you can't immediately see the cold spots -- though seeing a suspicious spot and then shooting it with a red laser dot to confirm your hunch is kind of satisfying in an odd sort of way. But maybe that's just me. Plus it's one more thing for your pets to chase.

          • Voldenuit
          • 3 years ago

          Cold, drafty house? Next up, Spirit Camera from Fatal Frame!

          • tay
          • 3 years ago

          Hah yeah that would work too, though my cat is fat and lazy and doesn’t chase any toys or lasers.

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