Thermal imaging for iPhone
£454 FROM Seek, thermal.com feat ure S Lightning connector, -40°C to 330°C range
The iPhone’s rear camera just keeps getting better, which is good news for photographers, but what if your needs lie in other spectrums of light?
The Seek CompactPro thermal imaging camera is a Lightning-connected lens that offers near pro-level thermal imaging for iPhone. It’s tiny – think Olloclip lens size – and the images it’s able to reproduce are pretty staggering. You’d expect to see this kind of quality used in devices for surveyors or even engineering firms.
Thermal imaging on the iPhone isn’t a new idea, but cheaper devices such as the Flir One (flir.com) don’t have anywhere near the temperature range and have a lesser resolution than the 320x240 of the CompactPro. The 32-degree field of view is also reasonable, given that most things you would want to look at are likely to be fairly close. Having said that, the camera can see heat from an astonishing 1,800ft away!
There’s a focus ring on the front of the camera too, which is actually a bit more natural to use than a digital focus, and the thermal lens itself is recessed a bit to prevent any damage or fingerprinting.
Plug in the camera, open the Seek app and you’ll see temperature around you.