Smartphone Thermal Camera Body Temperature Measurement Tested (FLIR / Seek)

By Rob Kilpatrick, Published on Apr 10, 2020

Thermal cameras have exploded in popularity due to coronavirus, but can portable smartphone thermal cameras be used for temperature screening?

IPVM Image

IPVM bought and tested the FLIR One Pro and Seek CompactPRO, looking at these key questions:

  • Can they accurately measure body temperature compared to a typical thermometer?
  • How do measurements change due to sunlight exposure, exercise, and other factors?
  • How simple are the mobile apps to use?

Warning:

******* **** *** **** recommend ***** ********** ******* be **** *** **** temperature ***********, ** **** believe **** *** ****** not ******** ******. *******, some **** ***** ** if **** ***** ** used *** ***** ********, and** ***** *** ************** ******** ** *** the **** *** *** for *********. **** **** in ****, ** ****** these ******* ** *** how **** ********* *** general ****** ** ******* measurement ***** *** ***** to ********* *******.

*******

***** ** *** *****, the **** *** *** and **** **************** ***** **** *** *********** screening, ** **** *** simply *** ******** ******, with ************ ************* ***** than **** *********** ******** by *** ******** *********** in ****** **** ********.

******** ******* **** **** inconsistent ********** *** ***, with ******** ******** *********** varying ******* ******* ********** a *** ** ******* despite ***** ********** ********* the ****.

*****, ** ***** ** be ** ******** ** possible, ***** ******* **** to ** **** **** close ** *** *******, ~1', ****** **** ** recommended ** ******* ****** distancing **********.

*******, ******* ****** *** a ****** ****/*** ***** mode ***** ******** *** user ** ******** **** temperature **** ******* ********* systems *** **** **** on ***** ********* ******* measurements. **** ****: **** offers * **/** **** measurement ****, *** *** alerts.

Screening ****** ******* ******

**** **** ** *** working ** ********** *** obtaining ****** ********* *******. Update:**** **** ******* *********** Screening ****** ******

Camera ******** *********

**** *** **** *** Seek ******* ******* ******* a ***** ***** *** use *** **** **** the ****** ** *** phone. ** **** *** Lightning ********* ******** ** our *****, *** ***** USB *** *** * models *** **** *********.

Inaccurate **** *********** ********

****** ******* ******* *** FLIR *** *** ** the **** ********** ********** measured * ******'* ***********, confirmed ***** **** *** infrared ************. *********** ************ of *** **** *** Pro **** *** ** 4-8° **** ********* *** subject's ********. ************, ******* were ************, ******* ********** the *** ******* ** major ******* ** ******** level ** ******* ***********.

*** *******, *** *******'* body *********** *** * consistent **.*°* (**.*°*) ** the *** ****** *****, taken ***** ** **** apart. ******* *********** *** activity ***** **** *********, but ******** *********** ******* from **.*° ** **.*°*.

IPVM Image

*** **** ********** ******** even ***** ** **** same ****, ****.

IPVM Image

**** *** **** ********** in *** **** **** period, ******* **** **°-**°*, but **** **** **° below ****** ******** **** temperature.

Close ***** ****** *** **** ******** *******

*** *** **** ******** readings, *** ******* ****** to ** ~*' ** less **** **** *** thermal *******. ****** ********* resulted ** ***** ********. For *******, ***** *** FLIR *** ***, *********** dropped **** **.*°* (~*° below **** *********** ******** with * ***********) ** 93.1° **** ****** **** 1' ** *' ********.

IPVM Image

*** **** *** **** using *** **** **********, though ** * ****** extent. *********** ********* ~*°* for ***** ~*' ******** from *** ******.

IPVM Image

Hot/Cold ******* ******* ** ********

**** ******* ******** *********** changes ** ******** **** temperature *** ** *** or **** ******* ******* to *** ********. ***, example, ******** * *** towel ** *** ******** for * *** ******* raised ******** *********** ** over ***°*, ****** ****** body *********** ******** ~**.*°.

IPVM Image

*********, **** ******* **** to *** ******** ******* measured ***********.

IPVM Image

Physical ******** ********* ******** *********** ************

*********, ** ******** ******** before *** ***** ******* laps ****** *** ******** and ***** ****** **********. Measuring **** *** **** One ***, *********** ********* by ****** *°*, **** 90.5 ** **.*, ****** in **** ***** **** below *********** ******** ****** (98.2°F).

IPVM Image

Little ********** ** *********** *** ** *** ********

*** ******* ******** ******* difference ** **** *********** after ******** **** ******* to ****** ******** *** extended *******, **** *** forehead ****** ** *** touch. ** ** ******** that *** ****** ******* temperature (* **** ** ~70°F / **°*) *********** for ********* *** ** sunlight. ******* *** **** significantly ** *** ** cold ****.

***** *** **** **********, temperature ********* ** **** ~1°F, **** **° ** 90°.

IPVM Image

*** **** *** *** actually ******** * ***** decrease ** *.*°*, *********** the **** *********** ****** and *****.

IPVM Image

FLIR *** *** ********

*** **** *** *** includes **** **** ****** and ******* ** ******** for ***********. ***** ****, only *** ******* *********** is *********, *** * maximum *** *******, ** accurate ******** ****** ** taken. *******, *** **** meter (*********) ****** * very ***** ******, **** a *** ******, *** can ** ********* ** position ** *** ******* parts ** *** ******* consistently.

Seek *** ********

****** ****, **** ******** a "**/**" **** ***** highlights *** ******* *** coolest ***** ** *** image, ****** **** *********** measurements ******. ******* ** FLIR, ** ****** ******* color ********, ********** *********** display *****, ***.

Battery ******* / ****** ****** ***** *****

******* *** **** *** Seek ******* *** ** operated ***** ********, ******* making **** ********** *** screening ***. *** **** One *** **** * built-in ************ *******, ***** Seek **** *** ******* of *** ********* *****.

Versions ****

*** ********* ******** **** used ****** *******:

  • **** *** ***: *.*.*
  • **** *******: *.*.*.*

Comments (8)

*** ****/****/***** **** ** difficult ** *** ** accurate ****, ** **** they * ***-*****? **** curious, ****** *** *** insightful ****!

**** *** **** **** it ********* ** *** a ******* ******* **** block *** ******** *** hair ***** **** ***** if **** ******, ***** do *** ***** ** they *****'* ** *****.

***** ******** **** **** it’s *** ***********! ***** to ****.

**** *********** ** *** DIRECTLY ********** ** * FEVER (** **** *******), UNDERSTAND???

** *** ****** ** error *** *****, ***** may ** **** ******* to *****. ** *** margin ** ***** (******** or ********) ** ***** (in ***** ******* *** attempts), *** ****** ** adopt ********** ****.

***, *’* ******* ***** at **** *** ***** other ********** *******.

*** ***** *** *******.

**** ****** ******** ******** claims - ***** ******** are ******* *** **** calls *** ******* **** for **** :*********** ****** *** *** New ****** *** *.*. Retail

**** *********** ** *** going ** ***** **** body ***********, *** ** will ****** ***** ** various *******. **** ********** of *** *************** ** a ******* ********* ** almost ********* *******, *** what *** ******** **** the **** ** ***** range ** *** *********** a **** ** **********.

*** *** **** ***** halfway **** *** ****:

***** ***** *** **** :: *********** ** *** human ****

*****, ******, ****** **** image *** ******* / ease ** *********:

** ***** ** ****** to *** **** ****** to ******* **** ************ among * ***** ** people. *** *** *** average *** **** ******* whether ****** ** ***** that *******. ***** ******* on **** ***** **** never ******** ** ******* your **** ***********. ****'** not * ***********. ** you *** ********* * leak ** * ****, you *** ** ** see ***** *** **** is. *** ** **** you *** ***** *********** of *** *** ***** in *** ****. ***, FLIR **** **** * 510(k) ****** (*******) **** the ** **** *** Drug ************** (***) *** select ****** ****** **** the * ****** **** have ** *** ***********. Also, *** ********* *** temperature ** *** **** spot, ****** ** *** eyes ** ****. ******** works, *** ** **** test **** ******** ***** different ********* ** *** forehead.

******* *** * **** range ** *********** *********. Different ******* *** ******* on ********* ********* *********** ranges *** ********* ************. A **** **-* ****** camera ** **** ** detect ************ ****** *** flash ***** ** *****. That's * ********** ********* temperature ***** **** **** temperature. *** *** **** more *****.

******* ******* *** ********* Elevated **** *********** | FLIR *******

** *** *** ** obvious, *** ** *****'* specifically ******* ****, *** Danny ** * **** Field ********.

** ***** **** ** is ******* *****.

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports

TVT Temperature Measurement Terminal Tested on Jul 23, 2020
While Dahua and Hikvision get the most attention for China temp products,...
China Bems Temperature Measurement Terminal Tested on Sep 22, 2020
Guangzhou Bems (brand Benshi) is the manufacturer behind temperature...
Axis Thermal Camera / Grekkom Human Temperature Control Tested on Jun 10, 2020
While Axis has a temperature detection camera (the Q2901-E), they has been...
Worst "Fever Detection" Terminal Tested Yet (Aratek) on Aug 17, 2020
Temperature tablets have performed badly in IPVM tests but our newest test of...
FLIR Screen-EST Screening Software Tested on Jun 30, 2020
In our FLIR A Series Test, the cameras' biggest drawback was their lack of...
FLIR A Series Temperature Screening Cameras Tested on Jun 04, 2020
FLIR is one of the biggest names in thermal and one of the most conservative....
Beware Rigged China Fever Cameras on Sep 08, 2020
Many China fever camera manufacturers have rigged algorithms dynamically...
Dahua Temperature Measurement Station Tested on Jun 17, 2020
Dahua hit the market hard with its original 'fever' camera (tested here)....
Dotty "Hot Or Not" Elevated Body Temperature App Tested on Jun 01, 2020
What if you could take an existing phone or tablet and transform it into...
Meridian & Goodview (BEMS Relabeller) Temperature Screening Tested on Oct 13, 2020
A lot of temperature tablets look exactly alike and that is because they use...
Injes Tiny Temperature Terminal Tested on Jul 17, 2020
While temperature terminals have trended bigger, the Injes DFace801 is...
Face Shields Impact On Temperature Measurement And Mask Detection on Jul 27, 2020
First, the use of face masks, and now, plastic face shields are rising...
Provider Admits Seoul Bus Station Temperature Screening Wrong on Aug 31, 2020
The South Korean company, EHOO, providing the temperature tablets highlighted...
Mobotix Thermal Detection Camera Tested on Jun 09, 2020
For years Mobotix has struggled but now sales are surging driven by Mobotix's...
Telpo China Temperature Tablets Tested on Aug 10, 2020
The provider for overseas companies ranging from Canon Singapore to US'...

Recent Reports

Deceptive Meridian Temperature Tablets Endanger Public Safety on Oct 21, 2020
IPVM's testing of and investigation into Meridian Kiosk's temperature...
Honeywell 30 Series and Vivotek NVR Test on Oct 21, 2020
The NDAA ban has driven many users to look for low-cost NVRs not made by...
Ubiquiti Access Control Tested on Oct 21, 2020
Ubiquiti has become one of the most widely used wireless and switch providers...
Mexico Video Surveillance Market Overview 2020 on Oct 20, 2020
Despite being neighbors, there are key differences between the U.S. and...
Dahua Revenue Grows But Profits Down, Cause Unclear on Oct 20, 2020
While Dahua's overall revenue was up more than 12% in Q3 2020, a significant...
Illegal Hikvision Fever Screening Touted In Australia, Government Investigating, Temperature References Deleted on Oct 20, 2020
The Australian government told IPVM that they are investigating a Hikvision...
Panasonic Presents i-PRO Cameras and Video Analytics on Oct 19, 2020
Panasonic i-PRO presented its X-Series cameras and AI video analytics at the...
Augmented Reality (AR) Cameras From Hikvision and Dahua Examined on Oct 19, 2020
Hikvision, Dahua, and other China companies are marketing augmented reality...
18 TB Video Surveillance Drives (WD and Seagate) on Oct 19, 2020
Both Seagate and Western Digital recently announced 18TB hard drives...
Watrix Gait Recognition Profile on Oct 16, 2020
Watrix is the world's only gait recognition surveillance provider IPVM has...
Intel Presents Edge-to-Cloud Ecosystem for Video Analytics on Oct 16, 2020
Intel presented its processors and software toolkit for computer vision at...
Best Manufacturer Technical Support 2020 on Oct 16, 2020
5 manufacturers stood out as providing the best technical support to ~200...
Microsoft Azure Presents Live Video Analytics on Oct 15, 2020
Microsoft Azure presented its Live Video Analytics offering at the September...
Worst Manufacturer Technical Support 2020 on Oct 15, 2020
4 manufacturers stood out as providing the worst technical support to ~200...