A few months ago, I reviewed Seek Thermal's first thermal camera for smartphones, and I was very impressed with its performance, especially at its low price. To be honest, I wanted the thermal camera to use in my reviews of computer hardware; the ability to see how products perform thermally is an invaluable capability. However, while the original Seek Thermal camera was very affordable, it left me wanting more for macro circuit shots. I ended up purchasing a marco-lens off EBay which worked great, but limited the camera to only take pictures from exactly three inches away.
When I was at CES, Seek Thermal invited me to see their newest product, the Seek Thermal XR, which had a lens capable of focusing, something I felt was missing from the original product. While there is an internal shutter (its audible) which helps refine the image, the ability to manually focus is one feature I was extremely excited to use. I have had the Seek Thermal XR for over a month now, I have taken over 600 pictures for reviews and recorded a few videos. Follow me as I tell you what I think about their new camera.
There are two versions of the Seek Thermal XR, one for Android and one for Apple phones, you will need to check their website to confirm your phone supports the camera as it requires your phone to provide power. The Seek Thermal and Seek Thermal XR are basically identical internally, they have the same specifications and they use the same application. The image metadata is also identical between the two cameras.
Here the manufacturer has provided the different ranges that each camera supports. By default, the Seek Thermal XR zooms in more than the Seek Thermal, which means if you want the same image, you need to take a few steps back with the XR model. Later on, I will compare images between the two.
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