FLIR One Pro LT Review: What’s So Special About It?
The FLIR One Pro LT thermal camera is a high-end, professional thermal imaging device designed for use with smartphones and tablets. Its main features include a 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor (compared to the 1/4″ sensors used in most other thermal cameras), a maximum resolution of 640×480 pixels at 30fps, dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope, a built-in LCD screen and microphone.
Flir One Pro LT is available in three models: FLIR ONE Pro Lite ($399) which includes only the camera; FLIR ONE Pro ($499); and FLIR ONE Professional ($799). Each model comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.
FLIR ONE Pro Lite: The FLIR ONE Pro Lite is a great value for those looking to take better photos without spending much money. For $399, it provides a very good thermal image quality, but lacks some of the advanced features found in the FLIR ONE Pro. That being said, if you’re just interested in taking pictures and don’t need all the bells and whistles, then this might be your best bet.
FLIR ONE Pro: The Pro version is $100 more, but includes more features, such as advanced filtering (sharpness and contrast), spotmeter, and temperature display in change (ºF or ºC). It also comes equipped with the FLIR ONE app, which allows you to easily save images or videos directly to your device.
FLIR ONE Professional: This version is identical to the FLIR ONE Pro, however it comes with a hardshell carrying case for extra protection and organization. It also includes a battery pack capable of doubling the camera’s operating time on a single charge. If you’re looking for a complete package which offers everything you’ll ever need out of this device and are willing to spend a little more, then I would definitely recommend the Professional model.
Is It Easy To Use?
Yes and no. If you’ve ever used a point-and-shoot camera, then the controls should be fairly easy to figure out. All you need to do is turn it on, set up your parameters (choice of color display or brightness, temperature scale, measurement units), and use the record button to take a picture or start/stop recording.
Flir One Pro vs Flir One Pro LT
If you’re not familiar with FLIR, they also manufacture a product called the FLIR ONE, which has been on the market for several years. Although the prices of both devices are similar, the One Pro is definitely the better option of the two.
Although both cameras produce quality images and videos, the Pro is superior in almost every way. It has a higher resolution, offers better image stabilization, and allows you to capture images of moving subjects (whereas the One requires subjects to be relatively still when taking pictures).
In my experience, the battery life on the One Pro is also much better – I can get through an entire fishing trip (with GPS and Wi-Fi activated the whole time) on a single charge. With the original One, I would have to swap out batteries every hour or two.
The One Pro also comes equipped with a built-in speaker and microphone, allowing you to play sounds at specific locations within the image (great for attracting fish or wildlife). It also has a setting to record sounds when motion is detected, allowing you to add your own commentary to the images.
Finally, the One Pro is equipped with a couple of extra ports – an HDMI port for connecting directly to a TV and a USB port for external storage or a wired connection to your PC.
Should You Buy It?
If you’re looking for a good quality camera which doubles as a thermal imaging device, then the FLIR One Pro is a great option. It’s priced reasonably, easy to use, and works like a charm. With a little practice, you’ll be able to effectively locate and identify objects (or animals) behind barriers and even determine the water temperature in different locations.
The only significant downsides are the short battery life and the fact that it’s not really a full-featured camera. If you don’t mind swapping out batteries every couple hours and only taking pictures occasionally, then this won’t be an issue.
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