Thermal Imaging Camera Competition (FLIR ONE vs SEEK Thermal)

Hey guys i have been keeping an eye on the thermal imaging market trends.  Recently FLIR launched their new thermal imaging camera for the iphone 5!!  Thermal cameras traditionally sell for thousands of dollars for even an entry level unit but with the introduction of the FLIR ONE thermal camera these prices are being challenged.  The FLIR ONE is designed for the iphone 5 and retails for $350.  Well now FLIR has some competition!!  Seek thermal has just launched (9/25/2014) there thermal imaging camera for android and iphone which will retail for $200.  Some specs  of each below.....


  • Fits iphone 5 and 5s only (it is designed to mount to a supplied i phone cover)
  • Thermal image resolution???? (uses their Lepton thermal camera)
  • Uses FLIR's thermal mixing (basically its the thermal image with a visible light image overlay to better outline the actual image)

Seek Thermal:

  • Available with either a standard iphone connector or with a micro USB connector (see their website for compatibility)
  • Thermal image resolution:  206 x 156 Array (uses the Vanadium Oxide Micro Bolometer)
  • 32136 pixels
  • No thermal mixing as in the FLIR ONE 


Seek Press Release:

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Comment by armen t on September 27, 2014 at 6:10pm
So not worth ordering the Seek?
I know thermal isnt new its just a lil more affordable to me.
Comment by Gary McCray on September 27, 2014 at 6:28pm

Hi Armen,

Near IR (The one made by pulling the IR filter off of off the shelf cameras can be really valuable for multispectral imaging especially for crop and ground water determination.

But Far IR like the SEEK (Thermal) lets you see heat emitting bodies and even tell what temperature they are.

Until now Far IR has been ungodly expensive, but the 2 cameras in this article are very inexpensive and the Seek is very high resolution for this kind of sensor - certainly at the $200.00 price.

Near and far have different uses, but far IR is certainly not outmoded by near IR.

Comment by armen t on September 27, 2014 at 6:37pm
Thank you Gary
Comment by John Hestness on September 28, 2014 at 7:05pm

I got an order confirmation email form Seek.  It says they have high volume and there will be a 5 to 7 day delay in shipping.  Fed Ex ground shipping in the U.S. appears to be included in the price.

Comment by armen t on September 28, 2014 at 7:34pm

thank you John Hestness for replying. cant wait to get one!

Comment by TBD on September 29, 2014 at 2:14pm

Ooo, finally. Good to see that they got off the ground.

Hope they make a mark 2 version, that'll be what I go for. That 150ft quality at 1000 ft would be perfect.

Comment by Bill R on September 30, 2014 at 11:47am

The web site says it is not optimized for iPad.  Does that mean it will have lower resolution?  Can someone explain?

Comment by armen t on September 30, 2014 at 11:58am

@Bill R  just email them, they responded to my email very quickly!

Comment by armen t on October 7, 2014 at 10:01pm

android app went live today! that means we should be getting feed back and they should be processing orders quicker now(hopefully).

Comment by jwong on October 11, 2014 at 2:02am

FLIRone is 80 x 60, $350 for iphone

SEEK is 206 x 156, $199 for iphone/android

If there is a 320P, or 640P lightweight and portable thermal camera (with recording to SD card and WiFi streaming), for this spec -- how much would you be interested in buying one for some serious shootings?

Or, for serious shooting you will simply resort to FLIR Tau 2 or other high-end stuff?


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