Seek Thermal Seek Compact XR Extended Range Thermal Imager for Android
- Same clarity and resolution as the original Seek Thermal camera, but twice the magnification and a focus-able lens for precise macro thermal imaging.
- Over 32,000 individual thermal pixels with a range of detecting temperatures from -40C to 300C
- Prior to Seek Thermal, this type of resolution was only available in cameras costing $3,000 and above
- Perfect for Hunters, Boaters, Outdoor Enthusiasts, Home Owners, and Electrical Engineers.
- Works in total darkness, broad daylight, or obscured visibility conditions.
- Thermal Imager Applications: imager features Chalcogenide Lens that offers 20° field of view. 1800ft Viewable distance captures images of animal or dangers which help to prepare us in advance.
- Portable Imaging Accessory: 206 x 156 Seek Thermal XR Imager is lightweight and easy to use, and plugs directly into the smartphones. Translates thermal energy into a visible image on smart phones
- Compatibility: mUSB Thermal Camera for Android devices. Miniature optical sensor technology optimized to use with most android devices running 4.3 or higher. Samsung Galaxy (S3,S4,S5), Samsung Galaxy Note (2,3,4),Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, Motorola Moto X (1st and 2nd gen),Motorola Moto G
- Durable Detection Accessory: tragedy perceiving tool comes with a pocket-sized waterproof carrying case for resistance from abrasion, and features Vanadium Oxide Micro bolometer, 12μ pixel pitch that helps to enhance visibility. Magnesium housing ensures durability and works with batteries, and provides uninterrupted services for 8 long hours
- Thermal Sensor: features Long Wave Infrared 7.2 – 13 Microns and -40F to 626F Detection spotting scope converts a smartphone into a professional thermal imaging tool. Suitable for use during day as well as night time, and allows you to spot people and animal even on the darkest night
Seek Thermal Seek Compact XR Extended Range Thermal Imager for Android
Made for Android
Powerful and portable, the Seek CompactXR is a state-of-the art thermal imaging camera that connects directly to your smartphone. Using over 32,000 thermal pixels, CompactXR detects invisible infrared light and displays a visible heat signature on your phone.
Sometimes you need to see further—and with Seek CompactXR, you can. With its narrow 20 degree field of view, CompactXR has nearly twice the distance as Compact, making it perfect for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. Simply connect-and-detect at up to 1800 feet away.
- 206 x 156 Thermal Sensor
- 1,800 ft. Viewable Distance
- Narrow, 20° Field of View
- Detectable Range of -40° to 626° F
- Operates in Total Darkness
- Free Mobile App Included
Seek. And stay hot on the trail.
CompactXR makes it easy for hunters to scout and track game from up to 1,800 feet away. Day or night, through fog and light brush, even the most camouflaged animals can’t hide from CompactXR. Simply plug CompactXR into your phone, tap the app, and stay hot on the trail.
Seek. And see the world.
Packed with military-proven thermal technology, nothing locates wildlife faster than the powerful and portable CompactXR. Now you can explore and discover even the smallest animals at a distance—and in any lighting conditions. What you Seek is completely up to you.
Seek. And see the danger before it sees you.
Keeping out of harm’s way is a whole lot easier when you can see in the dark. By allowing you to spot people and animals even on the darkest night, CompactXR delivers greater peace of mind. With Seek Compact, the entire world is a light bulb.
Reviews of Seek Thermal Seek Compact XR Extended Range Thermal Imager for Android
Review 1: A review from someone who uses high-end thermal cameras
As a firefighter, I’ve regularly use thermal imaging cameras (TIC) that cost $2000+. For the price, this thing is great! Keep in mind, it’s like comparing a Nikon CoolPix that you buy at Walgreens to a DSLR camera. People say the resolution is bad, and it is going to be a little pixelated. The image sensor is just not as big as a high-end TIC. The frame rate is also slower than a more expensive unit, but these can all be expected from a unit this small. The TICs we use in fire and rescue are as big as a camcorder.
Some things to note: if you’re trying to look around your house, and the room(s) have been sealed for a long period of time, everything that does not generate heat is going to be at a similar temperature (walls, furniture, floors, counter tops, etc). Think of heat as light for the camera, and everything is the same brightness. But, if there is something that generates heat, it will be easy to distinguish. I am able to pick out my smoke detector on my ceiling, which only has a couple of degrees difference. I am also able to see the veins in my arm. Play with the different filters in the app (which as worked well for me, running Android on a Galaxy S5), as different color schemes work better in different scenarios.
If you have a case, or something that covers your micro usb or lightning port, I suggest an extender. I have a Magpul case on my phone; and, while the camera still plugs in and functions fine, I do have to twist my port cover out of the way and I don’t want to break it off.
Lastly, the focus works well, as long as there is enough differentiation in heat.
Review 2: Read the specs online before you buy and you won’t be surprised.
Now I may be biased as I’ve been waiting for a price effective thermal camera for years.
But I don’t need it enough to pay more than $300.
I searched the web thoroughly before I decided what to buy. I considered the Flir One and Therm-App and read all I could about them as well.
The first thing I noticed was that temperature range is way better on the Seek.
Thermal-App can’t detect high and low temperatures (from 5°C to +90°C (41°F to +194°F)) so that limits the
usefulness for me and the price is quite high (almost 6 times the Seek).
Flir doesn’t go subzero at all (32 °F to 212 °F (0°C to 100°C))
So with (much) better range and a good price the choice was easy (I live way up north and intended to use it outside some of the time and it actually gets that cold here sometimes)
When I got the camera I liked the retail packaging. Feels as a good product even before you open it. (My seal was broken by Amazon for “inspection purposes” – I expect someone couldn’t help themselves to try it out – I’m not complaining and I understand – hope you had fun).
The camera was much smaller than I had anticipated (I knew the specs but never thought of size as an issue). The carrying case was sturdy and watertight (I removed the camera and held the case under 2 feet of water for 45 minutes without any leaks – I floats by the way also with the camera inside).
The camera itself felt rough as well, nice magnesium body and very light.
There’s no instructions what so ever other than to get the app and plug in the camera. The app has a reasonable size and I had downloaded it before I got the camera.
If you buy directly from Seek you will have to setup an account (I got cameras directly from Seek and from Amazon).
When you attach the camera you can setup another account (not the same as the one you setup for a buy).
And if you want to ask questions on their support site – you’ve guessed it – you have to setup a third account.
I use a wallet type case for my phone and had no problem fitting the Seek without the case getting in the way. It seated just fine. I realize that this may not be the case (no pun intended) with all case types but depends on design of your specific type of case.
First thing I realized using the camera was that 20° FOV (Field Of View) is very narrow.
I had to keep my distance from objects if I wanted an overview of things.
It was the cause of a little irritation to begin with but now I’m used to it and it works fine both indoors and outdoors.
It’s not that I have to stand 20 feet away as other reviewers has claimed. I was able to take reasonable pictures in a small room 6 × 6 feet.
Next thing was the software. It’s not intuitive at all. Often you have to look for the right button and while in changing settings you have to go through 2 steps to get back before you can take a picture or movie (not sound on the movies by the way – but you know that if you read the specs).
That is a constant source of irritation together with the fact that some controls switch places and gets mirrored when the camera (phone) tilts.
I hope an update will change that one day (updates can update your camera’s firmware by the way).
The focus lens (not a zoom lens) works as expected. I’ve successfully focused on objects as close as 4 inches and as far as 1500 feet. On short ranges a picture can get very detailed because of the good resolution. On a distance it makes a difference as to how small and how far you can detect a heat source. Pictures from afar does not get sharp but you would know that if you researched just a little (you still “only” have 32,000 measuring points).
Focusing on most objects with just a little texture shows how accurate this camera is. It’s possible to get very detailed pictures.
Most low resolution thermals produce blurry picture and Flir introduced the msx technology to outline the picture so you can see what it was you took a picture of, but in most cases the Seek pictures are very clear and objects are easily distinguished. Provided there’s enough contrast in temperatures. Therm App (384 × 288 gives more than 110,000 temperature measurements in a picture) has a higher resolution than Seek but as mentioned the price is way up and temperature detection is much narrower than the Seek.
I bought an extension cable for my camera because I’m lazy and won’t bother to get out of my car. I can hold the camera out the window and it works fine. It can be a little difficult to point but it does work. Only thing you have to take in to account is that the app orient itself according to the phones position and not the cameras. (You can take pictures that shows upside down on your computer, but even native programs on any Mac or pc can easily turn them).
I wrote to Seek regarding EXIF and thermal data in the pictures. There’s no data stored with the pictures and what you see is what you get (other companies saves thermal data with pictures thus making it possible to process the pictures later on a computer – change the color scheme for instance).
Seek wrote to me that they might update firmware later to include this data witch would be a major improvement but not necessarily something all users need.
In the settings you can change what temperature scale to use (Fahrenheit, Celsius and Kelvin).
Aspect ratio can be set to 4:3 or 16:9. The first will utilize more of the thermal sensor and the latter fits better on modern screens (but be advised that what really happens is that the 4:3 picture is cut to fit)
It’s possible to ad watermarks to your pictures. You’ll find 3 options in the settings: “Date & Time”, Location and Seek Logo. They can be chosen individually and the fact that you can turn off the Seek Logo is a plus (not possible on Flir cameras – don’t know about Therm App)..
The date, time and location is taken from your phone so if the date or time is off so will the watermark be. If your location on the phone is turned off you won’t be able to get a precise location on the picture (I don’t know why I have to tell you this but apparently not all think about this)
The camera I heavily relying on the phones cpu and that’s what keeps the price down.
The software allows you to change between 9 different color palettes: white, black, iron, cool, amber, indigo, tyrian, glory and envy.
They will each show temperatures in a mix of gradient and different colors.
I’ve found that the same motive can be more or less clear/obvious depending on the palette used.
it’s possible to have the temperature shown on the picture either in spot mode (temperature measured and shown in the middle of the picture) and High/Low mode where highest and lowest temperature within the frame is shown.
There is a search mode where you can have the camera highlight temperatures higher, lower or exactly a given temperature.
In the thermal+ mode you can use the camera together with the phones camera and slide between the 2. If you double press on the normal picture you’ll be able to zoom and pan the picture so it fits the thermal picture. With a little practice the 2 pictures can be lined up to almost perfection a feature that is very useful.
When you take a picture in this mode 2 pictures will be saved to the phone. An ordinary and a thermal. Within the app you can still slide between the two but that is not the case when you export the pictures or see them in your phones image viewer (goes without saying, but still saying it)
If you take the picture in one of the temperature modes the temperature will be shown on both pictures.
All in all I’m very satisfied with this camera.
I have both ios and android version and this review goes for both.
Only difference I’ve noted is that the ios version seems to fit firmer in the phone and can be set both ways in the phone.
For the android version, on a phone with the micro usb turned the “wrong” way a small cable works fine.
The narrow field of view can be irritating at first but when you get used to it it’s not a problem.
I’d say that the fixed focus on the regular version would be a greater source of irritation to me.
Pros: price , temperature range (-40C to 330C), adjustable focus, size (smaller than expected), sturdy carrying case, build quality, app has many useful features, range of detection (from macro to long distance), ability to adjust normal and thermal picture to line up (thermal+ function)
Cons: flat photos (no exif or thermal data saved with the photos, thus no possibility of tweaking the photos on computer later), fov is very narrow, (20 degrees compared to regular versions 36), app is messy and not intuitive (some controls even move around on the screen when entering functions or tilting the unit),
Review 3: Great camera!!
Been wanting a thermal imaging camera for some time and was considering the FLIROne, but not interested in a product that works ONLY for a single phone (what were they thinking?) so held off. I know FLIR is making a model similar to the Seek’s design, but as we were getting new windows in our house, I had the perfect rationalization to buy one! 🙂
First, this thing is small and sturdy, and the case is likely bulletproof. Once I started inspecting things around the house, I just ended up keeping it in my pocket (in the case) pretty much all the time. It’s not much bigger than some of the “smart” car keys, and a camera isn’t any good if you don’t have it with you. My wife and friends have commented on the geekiness of having a thermal camera with me at all times, but I think they’re just jealous.
Image quality is very good, though you can clearly see how low the actual resolution of the sensor is, and you can see small details well. Checking the insulation around a newly installed large, double window from about 10 ft away, I could easily see where they missed the foam insulation in a thin layer about 1 inch long. That’s not a big deal as far as the windows go, but I may as well seal it up completely as long as we’ve got things apart. On a cold night, I’ve scanned the new windows and the old single-pane windows and the inside of the glass is about 5 degrees colder on the old panes.
Useful for checking electrical systems. See the photos of an extension cord I was using with my electric car charger. During charging, the plug was heating up to 161 degrees, even though it was rated for the load it was using. Removing it from the chain, the charger plug only heated to 89 degrees. I also found two circuit breakers that run hotter than the others in the box – not scary hot, but just hotter – so I’ll be investigating the load on them.
At a commercial building, I was able to see the steel studs through the drywall in an uninsulated interior wall. Can’t see the wooden studs in my house though.
Software isn’t perfect, but has been reliable (has crashed the phone once, and I’ve got to restart occasionally, but only when I’ve been putting the camera on and off many times in the day). The split-screen mode that uses the regular camera at the same time as the thermal also captures both images when you take a shot and you can use the split-screen capability when viewing later too, not just in the live mode. The high/low temperature boxes are a little bit large and it would be nice for them to be off to the side of the actual hot/cold spot with a connecting arrow or line, but that’s a nit-picky detail.
One thing I’d like to use this for is locating owls that we hear in our back yard woods. Technically, I think it would work, but the lens is a little too wide angle for this to be realistic for the distance and even a big owl is going to be pretty small and hard to see. It would probably work with larger wildlife though.
The refresh rate for video is not very fast though, so something moving fairly rapidly across the image will display multiple ghosts. The only time this was really glaringly obvious was when I was taking video of a train out the window of a slowly moving car – people on the sidewalk showed up as 4 or 5 ghosts of themselves – not exactly a major limitation.
Overall, I haven’t regretted buying this for a second. It works well, is a terrific design, and lets me see a view of the world I can’t get otherwise. As silly as it sounds, the well designed case makes this a massively more useful/enjoyable camera since I can comfortably and easily have it with me all the time.