Poll results: Would you buy a phone for the thermal camera?

Poll results: Would you buy a phone for the thermal camera?
Yesterday, we asked you if the presence of a thermal imaging camera would be a unique enough feature for you to splash a bunch of money on a phone, ruggedized or not. Turns out you would, if the price is right, and the rest of the specs sheet is decent, as that's the answer of more than half of our respondents. About 24% say they will have no use for a thermal imaging camera, though.

Cat, the maker of extremely rugged phones that you might have seen in the hands of construction workers or your car mechanic, is out with its newest darling - the S60. Not only is the Cat S60 the most advanced and elegant (well, comparatively) such gear that the company has ever devised, but it has also outfitted it with a unique differentiator in the form of an embedded thermal imaging camera.

Cat is using FLIR, the standard in commercialized thermal imaging, so that you can use the phone for stuff like "detecting heat loss around windows and doors, spotting moisture and missing insulation, identifying over-heating electrical appliances and circuitry, or and seeing in complete darkness. The adjacent thermal camera app allows for things like changeable heat palettes, temperature spot metering, and min, max, as well as average temperature data readouts. This type of thermal imaging can be used in plethora of circumstances, as Cat explains:


Would you buy a phone for the thermal camera?

Yes
24.83%
Depends on its other specs, as well as the price
51.15%
No
24.02%

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14 Comments

1. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

What is the point of a thermal camera unless you visit the wild often?

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Checking out if a babe is hot or not?

10. Ashoaib

Posts: 3299; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

well said +1

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Ghost hunting lol.

6. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

You can check where heat is escaping in your house, or leaking in, you can use it to see if a particular electrical circuit in your breaker box is overtaxed because it will be hotter. There are plenty of uses. You just have to think about them.

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Taking pics of your overheating SD810

3. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Not much real world use except for laughing at a hot crotch.

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LOL! that and ghost hunting.

9. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Nope. Checking the thermals on a device such as Laptops. Dave Lee uses them in his reviews

7. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well having work in Refineries, Power Plants and other industrial process, this phones looks very nice for Enterprise who services or work in those environments. It can help preventing serious injuries by touching a hot pipe, and it can discern fluids, leaks, etc... But yeah the majority will just use it to fool around.

11. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Predator hunting!

12. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Getting a PIN from a keypad. Seeing if the electronics have been used. Finding pets

13. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

To see if a dude is hot or not.. lel

14. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

well. the best use it that you can see in the Dark. the only reason I want a thermal camera is this

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