The New FLIR ONE Cell Phone Camera

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(Thanks go to Rick Elliott]( for providing link)


By “enhancing the perceived 640×480 resolution of the thermal image” is another way of saying the photo saved in the camera is enhanced to LOOK LIKE the resolution mentioned. TESTO does this too with their cameras and they call it SUPER RESOLUTION of the image, but it is not what is seen on the viewer screen. FLIR is using MARKET SPEAK to fool the novice. The image at the bottom of this post is from the promo page and it is not your normal 640x480 resolution by any means.

This is achieved with MSX blending, which embosses the visible camera onto the thermal image without eliminating any thermal information, greatly enhancing the perceived resolution of the thermal image.

The FLIR ONE actual resolution on the viewer screen will be closer to 160x120 resolution (4 times the original model) But it does not specify the mk sensitivity level, much must be low enough (100 mk) to be considered functional for a PROFESSIONAL LEVEL camera and meet the RESNET standard.

Original model 80x60 = 480
Estimate of new model 160x120 = 19,200 (4 times greater)

I noted in the ad content it does not say it is a PROFESSIONAL LEVEL camera, which is the text FLIR uses for true higher resolution cameras that can be used by PROS. It is not even promoted for building inspection purposes.

From the one image displayed on the promo page, I can see why FLIR does not promote this new camera as a PROFESSIONAL LEVEL camera. Blobs of heat lack the needed details to produce reliable results for a infrared building inspection. We need more details to know what this camera is really producing.

Thanks for sharing John.

Actually, I really like the Flir One!

After all these years trying to convince home inspectors to save their pennies and get a viable camera option for doing home inspections, FLIR has proven without a shadow of a doubt what we have been discussing all this time!

Just as these conversations have gone ignored by many, many are still blinded by the ridiculously low price tag for thermal imaging and ignore the obvious photographic (thermographic) proof!

Thermography 101: the most important three steps in any thermal scan to properly utilize focus, camera range, and distance.

Autofocus doesn’t cut it.
Camera range is fine for home inspection.
Distance: the camera is incapable of distance because of the spatial resolution, spot size ratio capability of the equipment and optics.

The second most important step is thermal tuning. Without the above three things, there is no thermal tuning capability. There is very little, if anything you can do to improve the above scan. MSX does not improve anything but your perception.

Can you tell me with absolute certainty, without fear of lawsuit from incorrect assessment, that this man has wet feet or not?