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Hands-on: FLIR One thermal camera gives your phone superpowers

The third-generation FLIR One camera attachments connect to smartphones via USB Type-C to produce high-resolution thermal images.

Published onJanuary 12, 2017

Update, January 12: We’ve updated the post with hands-on images and a video walkthrough of the FLIR One thermal camera.

Original post, January 4: Thermal imaging tech manufacturer FLIR Systems has revealed its new camera attachments for Android. The FLIR One cameras connect to smartphones via a USB Type-C port to take thermal photos and videos or provide a real-time look at the temperature range of an object or scene.

The third-generation of the FLIR One features an all-new image processor, a higher resolution camera and is less expensive than its predecessor from 2015, launching for $199 compared to the $250. In addition, the new model has an adjustable dongle which allows it to be used when the smartphone is housed in a case (this previously required use of an adapter).

The company has also introduced the FLIR One Pro, an even more durable version with a more powerful thermal sensor. As the name suggests, the Pro version is targeted at professionals with more specific functions like “multiple spot temperature meters” and “one-touch reporting capabilities.”

The FLIR One Pro will go on sale for $399 and both it and the third-generation FLIR One will be available in the first half of 2017.

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