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hbpowerwall

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Does anyone have experience with Phones that include a thermal camera, how good are they, is the normal camera 4k? Perhaps I could grab one to use as a daily Tube fone..

TIA
 

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Someone made reference to one a few weeks back in a YT comment, can't find it again _ haven't looked at googles as I want hands on experience not a guess
 

100kwh-hunter

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I think the build in ones (phone)wont give any satisfaction, depend on your use of course, for cells they would be oke.
The build in camera is a extra chip and not your regular camera, those two work separate.

You can better look for thermal cameras that will work on/with(usb) your phone, cheaper and much more choose.
Install the software and done.
Advance is: you have higher quality images/video's, longer distances up to what you want and smaller temperature differentials aka half a c could be seen at 100 meters.(scale)
As example:
The reasonable camera for 100 meter with 1c scale would start at ~500 euro. more close ~10 meters a 150-200 euro.
Up to 500 meters with 0.5c scale: up to----->25000 euro(military stuff)
For checking insulation in your walls with 10c difference (inside and outside)a 500 euro camera will do.
Mine was 5500 euro, but i need it for my company (insulator).
For back yard purposes, check your distance you want and the quality you want.
You want to see the contours of a hare at 100 meters or a kangaroo as a "hotspot blob" at 100 meters.
Lizards are a different story:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:....

Perhaps a light enhancing camera can do the trick as well, but they give no thermal images.
All i can offer is a dutch site, transport would be costing to much, even if i would send it to you.

Hope this helps and would give some inside

With best regards, Igor
 

watts-on

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I don't know about any built in ones, but depending on your use case, it may be better to get a separate plug in one. For example if you want to also use it for your board level repairs, I can recommend the Seek CompactPro, plus one of those after market macro lenses. They're available for iOS or Android.
I bought one and was blown away by the image quality. You can see individual components right down to 1005s (that's 10 by 5 thousandths of an inch) making it pretty simple to find that pesky little component that's getting hot when it shouldn't be.
I have no affiliation with that product/manufacturer, just a happy customer.
 

100fuegos

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Does anyone have experience with Phones that include a thermal camera, how good are they, is the normal camera 4k? Perhaps I could grab one to use as a daily Tube fone..

TIA
Check this out. It is from the same Kiwi guy you just shared the hydro turbine in FB.


 

daromer

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CAT have it. Its just an extra camera at the side so they sit at the side of the normal camera. So you see both images.

They work but they are no flir... :p
 

cadric

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Hi Guys,

I owe a CAT S61 with integrated IR Cam, in fact this was the reason to get the phone in 2018.
Because I wanted to control my Powerwall setup and cabeling and see issues as fast as possible. And therfore it is doing it's job perfectly.
It is not the fastes one, and it's not compareable with my wifes new Samsung s20+ but the IR camera helped me a lot of times though.
I also hade some funny situations with this IR cam.
For example, one day I was able to rescue a little mouse our cat had brought into the house.
The mouse could escape and hide herself behind the baseboard. suddenly I remembered that I have an IR cam, and I was able to see where the mouse was hiding. I placed a big pipe at the end of the baseboard and put a stick behind it on the other side and moved it towards the mouse.
and suddenly it escaped into the pipe and I was able to take it outside and let it slip away without harm.

Attached you can see a screenshot of the APP, what you see is my Monitors and the powersupply behind.( I resized it to 50%)
Screenshot_20210106-154310.png

And here you see, first my Hand and then 10sec after I've taken it away(both resized to 30%):

flir_20210106T154958.jpgflir_20210106T155013.jpg

Downside is, I can't expect to get an Android update for Android 10 or so, I will be stuck with 9.xxx.

@daromer: I'm sorry to correct you, but this integrated camera is a FLIR camera.

The new CAT S62 is not as good anymore like the S61 was when it came out.

CAT S61

So from my point of view it was a good decission and this is the right Mobile Phone for my tasks.
And when I bought it, the price was 800€, now you can get it for under 500€ and it still is a good phone.

regards

cadric
 
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daromer

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What i meant is that they are no stand-alone flir. Should have written that perhaps :) I know they use the FLIR tech. 2 different types are used in different.
The Cat do a good job for sure but they are expensive to what you get unless you buy them for the flir function :)
 

100kwh-hunter

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What i meant is that they are no stand-alone flir. Should have written that perhaps :) I know they use the FLIR tech. 2 different types are used in different.
The Cat do a good job for sure but they are expensive to what you get unless you buy them for the flir function :)
Flir has some pretty good camera's! incl rec or photo function
 

hbpowerwall

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Lost me at Android lol but thats a HEAP of good info, might be worth it as a shop phone still tho.. Really should learn android but I'm such an iPhone fan boi it'd probably break me lol
 

Korishan

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Android is a LOT easier to operate and most settings are common sense locations. :p

Ohhh, and you won't have to worry about an update that'll tank your processor, slow it down, uninstall apps, or any other non-sense that Apple has done to their older phones "to save the device and make it run longer".
lol
 

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What i meant is that they are no stand-alone flir. Should have written that perhaps :) I know they use the FLIR tech. 2 different types are used in different.
The Cat do a good job for sure but they are expensive to what you get unless you buy them for the flir function :)

There is a Chinese rugged phone that has an attachment port for FLIR, endoscope and other things but I don't remember the name. I think all rugged phones including CAT have reliable hardware, but their software is not so reliable. But if you need those features (CAT even has an air quality monitor for solvents) then it's a nice option. If you are building big packs at home I think a phone with FLIR is a good investment for safety.
 

Techedfred

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I've got a ulefone armour 9 with built in flir camera. I was going to get a separate camera attachment but then I realise I needed to upgrade my phone anyway so...
 
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