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Marcus Rowland

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For my birthday I treated myself to a basic thermal imaging camera, the FLIR One, a little module which plugs into an iPhone. It takes a lowish-resolution thermal image (60x80) and superimposes the colour onto a 480x600 visible light image. It finally turned up earlier this week and I've been amusing myself with some fairly simple photography. A couple of examples:

 

View from the back of my flat (the white blob in the sky is the sun)

 

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Heat plume above a candle flame

 

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Plant on a window sill with cold glass

 

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I'm still learning its capabilities, eventually I want to try stitching images etc. At the moment I don't think I'll eventually be going for higher resolution gear, but it's interested me enough that I'll be keeping it. An album here, I will probably be adding more in due course:

 

Thermal Imaging | Flickr

 

Anyone else using this technology?



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Added a lot more, e.g. swans, squirrels, the Albert Memorial and other subjects, in the Flickr gallery above.



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"COOL"

 

I worked with digital Thermal IR 40 years ago and got a tour of the FLIR factory. Forward Looking Infrared. FLIR. 

 

It is so nice to see them around!



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I think they launched the iPhone attachments five or six years ago, too late for me to have one before I retired, when I was an educational lab technician and could have made a lot of use of it. Not having to include a screen etc. dropped the price down to a level where I could afford one second hand just to play with it - except that until recently I was using an older iPhone that had the 30-pin connector and couldn't use the camera. I got a new phone at the start of last year, then almost immediately the lockdown started in the UK so I had a long wait for one to turn up 2nd hand from an on-line seller I trusted.

 

Incidentally, I got the resolution wrong, it was the first version that was 80x60. The one I got is 2nd generation, 160x120 superimposed onto a VGA-resolution visible light image. Oddly, the basic version of the more recent 3rd generation model, the FLIR Pro LT, is LOWER resolution, although it allegedly has better reliability, and the top-end of this series is the same resolution, though again allegedly more reliable.