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Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« on: September 29, 2022, 12:08:49 pm »
I thought a discussion of the recently released Infiray P2 Pro was warranted as it tells us something about Infiray as a company :)

The company

Infiray is a very interesting company as it is not just another “screwdriver” manufacturer of thermal imaging cameras. Infiray and the venerable IRAY are effectively one and the same as they belong to the same owner. IRAY manufacture uncooled microbolometers so their sister company, Infiray, effectively have an in-house source of one of the most important elements of a decent thermal imager…. The Microbolometer FPA. Such a close relationship helps to ensure an Infiray product that can deliver the best performance possible from the microbolometer. How ? well through better understanding of its capabilities and integration needs. I have seen “screwdriver” manufacturers truly mess up a thermal cameras performance through a lack of understanding of the microbolometers integration needs for decent imagery.

The products

Infiray produces a decent range of thermal imaging products to match the needs of a large array of end users. They produce both thermal imaging cores for OEM use and finished thermal imaging products for consumers. I have been monitoring the development of products by Infiray and had my first chance to test one of their cores a while ago. I must be honest and admit that I was not expecting much from the Infiray S0 core that I was testing as previous cores coming out of ASIA had exhibited mediocre image quality, with quite high image noise levels. I connected the Infiray S0 core to a Windows PC and awaited the thermal image produced by the windows Software……. After adjusting the focus I was presented with an image that impressed me. The resolution appeared adequate and the image noise levels were excellent when compared to other miniature cores that I had tested. I immediately liked the Infiray S0 core  :-+ It was the core that I had been waiting for in the marketplace…..compact, affordable and good image quality…. plus it offered 25fps frame rate ! My first thoughts were that both FLIR and Seek Thermal now had some serious competition to their Lepton and Mosaic cores. I actually considered the S0 to be a Lepton and Mosaic killer as it offered significant advantages over the USA sourced cores. Infiray had themselves a winner.

The S0 is a miniature thermal imaging core with great performance, but it was the size of a Seek Mosaic. The marketplace really needed an even smaller thermal imaging core for integration into all manner of modern devices, both civilian and military  ;) Think mobile phones and miniature drones. Infiray were clearly up for the challenge and released the Infiray Tiny1-x series of thermal imaging cores. Things were about to get a bit crazy ! This Tiny1-x core was tiny by name “Tiny One”  :-DD and by nature. It is an amazing feat of engineering, much like that of the FLIR Lepton, and it promises significant advantages over FLIR’s core. Not least of which are higher resolution and decent frame rate. Great for drone use ! The Tiny1 is like an S0 that has been slimmed down to make it a minimalist physical package. It’s small size should not be considered a sign of low performance however. It likely uses the same microbolometer die found in the S0 and has been mounted in a less bulky chassis. The Tiny1 is available in different formats to suit an OEM’s needs. The Tiny1-B is a rectangular PCB with the microbolometer and lens installed at one end. The Tiny1-C is a smaller footprint microbolometer and Lens PCB plus a separate processor PCB. This makes the Tiny1-C a more versatile format for compact deployments. It also has the potential to separate sources of localised heating from the sensitive microbolometer die. Seek Thermal did this with their Mosaic core to separate the microbolometer from the hotter processor components.

It will come as absolutely no surprise to hear that the technology developed for the Infiray S0 and Tiny1-x cores has been integrated into the finished thermal imaging camera products that Infiray offer to the marketplace. These finished products offer excellent value for money thermal imaging as a result. The Tiny1-x core technology is to be found in several hand held thermal imaging cameras that come to mind. Guide Sensmart have designed their own miniature thermal imaging cores and these have also found their way into the more budget orientated end of the handheld thermal imaging camera market. Not taking anything away from what Guide Sensmart have achieve with their TIMO series of cores, but the Infiray Tiny1-x is, in my opinion, a superior product.

The Infiray P2

So what has all of the above got to do with the Infiray P2 Pro mobile phone dongle thermal camera ? Well the last paragraph says it all really. Infiray created the diminutive Tiny1-x thermal imaging core and then included that technology in handheld thermal imaging products. The market for thermal imaging cameras includes those who wish to attach a compact module to their very capable modern mobile phones. We already have the FLIR One, Seek Thermal, Thermal Expert and several other dongle type cameras on the market but it has room to develop. Infiray wanted a piece of that “Dongle” market. The result was the Infiray T2L and it’s variants. That dongle is basically an S0 core in a dongle chassis and very capable it is too. In order to go smaller than the T2L, Infiray looked to their Tiny1-x core series. The Tiny1-x is fixed focus and more compact so it presented the opportunity to create a really small thermal imaging dongle…. And that is what Infiray did  :-+ The P2 is so compact that users would be excused for thinking it’s imagery would be poor due to size induced compromises. That is not the case however. Those who tested the P2 have been pleasantly surprised by its imaging capabilities. It looks like we had a new “darling” of the thermal imaging dongle marketplace to consider when buying a mobile phone dongle thermal camera  :-+

Now remember that I said the Tiny1-x series are fixed focus. ….. well the focus can be adjusted but not when the core is secured inside a dust tight casing as found with the Infiray P2. I was pleasantly surprised to see the P2 used a large lens protection window in front of the imaging core. It would have been cheaper for Infiray to use a much smaller protection window, as found on the FLIR One series or even no protection window, as we see on many Seek Thermal Mosaic core deployments. Infiray chose to protect the core but that removed access to the cores focus mechanism. Some users desired a closer focus capability than can be easily achieved with a fixed focus camera system. Whilst the P2 may be capable of decent focus at quite short distances, it was not really designed for PCB analysis duties without some help from a close-up lens. The use of ZnSe close-up lenses on thermal cameras is well known and understood on this forum. It has normally been a case of an end user creating their own solution using commonly available CO2 laser ZnSe focussing lenses though. These laser focus lenses are not optimised for such duties, but they do work well. It is not common to see a camera manufacturer offering an add-on close focus lens for consumer grade products. They are offered for some professional grade Industrial cameras, but at horrendous cost ! Infiray have addressed this situation with their new "baby".....

The Infiray P2 PRO

It is time to introduce the latest offering from Infiray…… the P2 Pro. There has been some “chatter” about this new release from Infiray on this forum and I hope to test this camera in the near future. It offers some interesting advantages over the standard P2 model. The P2 Pro is capable of temperature measurement up to 550 Celsius whereas the P2 was limited to 170 Celsius. This will appeal to those wishing to image the high temperatures found on power electronics or during reflow/soldering operations. The increase in maximum temperature measurement capability is a welcome improvement to the standard P2 specification. That said, 170 Celsius is more than enough for many users of this technology ! Now the interesting bit……… Infiray appear to be a company that monitors users activities in thermal imaging and have chosen to ‘tune’ one of their products to better match the needs of a certain group of users …. namely those of us who use thermal imaging in electronics inspection and analysis. Infiray created a novel add-on close-up lens for the P2 camera series. I was pleasantly surprised to see the very nicely designed close up lens that neatly mounts onto the relatively flat front of the P2 casing using magnets. For me, it was as great to see Infiray deciding to create such a niche, but very useful option for their camera. I strongly suspect that the infiray close-up lens will have better optical performance than the ZnSe laser focus lenses that we often use. This definitely gets a  :-+ :-+ from me.

Reviews of this new P2 Pro model ?

The P2 Pro will soon be tested and reviewed by end users so we can expect to see the new models enhanced capabilities being shown on forums, such as this, and Youtube channels, such as Mike’s. I think we are in for a treat  :-+ Such a compact camera format lends itself to all manner of deployments. It does not have to be mounted directly on a mobile phone, it can be used with a long USB cable to increase versatility. Mounting on a microscope stand for PCB analysis work would be simple  :-+ I own large Android tablets that will happily interface the Infiray P2 Pro so that offers me large screen PCB thermal analysis  :) I suspect Windows PC’s might also be an option for a Host in the future as I was able to use my S0 core based camera with a bespoke Windows 10 thermal analysis program. Infiray may already offer a Windows SDK for their Tiny1-x cores so that might be a path that members of this forum will explore.

I can see all manner of 3D printable mounting accessories being created for the diminutive P2/P2 PRO  :-+ 

Well I have written enough for now. I see the Infiray S0 and Tiny1-x based products being a minor revolution in future thermal imaging. You get a lot of bang for your Buck !

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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2022, 11:06:35 am »
Continuing the discussion of the Infiray P2 and P2 Pro…..

If you had such a compact thermal imaging device, what would you use it for ?

Uses that come to mind, in no particular order, are :

1. Home heating surveys of your home to seal air leaks and improve insulation in these times of increased fuel costs.
2. Wildlife and pet observation (I cannot resist thermal imaging my cats  ;D )
3  PCB thermal analysis for electronics design and repair
4. Thermal analysis of a PC to check for hot spots due to poor air movement within the casing
5. Artistic photography … this camera is so small that it will not attract attention when out and about in public.
6. Automotive maintenance …. searching for faults that present a particular thermal signature. Such as warm fuses due to overload or unexpected current draw when a circuit is supposed to be unpowered.
7. Thermography experiments to learn more about thermal imaging and what can effect measurements.
8. Electric Solar panel inspection to check for poor connections or failing PV modules.
9. Monitoring the temperature of batteries as they are fast charged, looking for cell anomalies.
10. Monitoring the temperature of a PCB during a reflow operation.
11. Thermal astronomy ? Much would depend upon the availability of a suitable LWIR capable telescope.
12. Checking brake disk temperatures on a car to assess braking performance and potentially seized callipers.
13. Science experiments to teach children/adults about thermal energy
14. Veterinary care - observation of inflamed tissue with elevated temperatures
15. Potential Search and Rescue (SAR) operations (within the capabilities of the camera and lens system)
16. Thermal Bore-scope for inspecting inaccessible areas
17. Monitoring the input and output ports of house radiators to check central heating system balance etc.
18. Checking the thermal output of equipment that is in stand-by to see which are drawing significant power when “off”
19. Checking soldering iron barrel (oxidised) temperature (a thermocouple at the tip is better though)
20. Experiments with resistor wattages vs surface temperature and heat sink effectiveness in electronics
21. In a modified form…. Intruder detection using webcam motion detection software
22. Passive night vision using thermal signatures rather than traditional starlight or active IR illumination plus a night sight.
23. Plumbing - pipe blockage detection & location. Leaking underfloor heating water pipe detection and location.
24. Electric under floor heating inspection
25. Blood circulation checks on human limbs ( knowledge of techniques required). Cold “digits” may indicate circulatory issues in some circumstances, such as Raynaud’s Disease.
26. Illicit use of houses or rooms for growing unusual plant crops under artificial lighting and heating ;) Local privacy laws apply !
27. Creating a thermal microscope, with a supplemental lens, for biology examination. For example plant thermal distribution whilst growing or Insect wing muscle thermal profiling. Basically examining “bugs” in the thermal domain  ;D
28. FUN ! Use it for whatever makes you happy  :-+

Any other suggestions ?
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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2022, 11:28:49 am »
good review. Pro2 is very interesting. I saw that P2 dropped in price, but the temperature limit is a bit low.

What degree limit do you need for electronics error searching?
 

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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2022, 11:35:53 am »
Next….. mounting options  :-+

The P2 and P2 Pro are designed to plug into a mobile phone but such a deployment is not always the best for the task at hand. Some thoughts on alternative mounting options…….

1. A bracket holding the P2 camera to the rear of the mobile phone with a short umbilical cable for the data link
2. A combined “pistol grip” and bracket holding the P2 camera to the rear of the mobile phone with a short umbilical cable for the data link
3. A GoPro compatible mount to permit use of the many GoPro mounting options. A USB umbilical cable can separate camera from Phone/tablet
4. An articulated arm + P2 holder for bench working hands free. A USB umbilical cable can separate camera from phone/tablet.
5. A microscope type mount and holder for bench working hands free. A USB umbilical cable can separate camera from Phone/tablet
6. The combination of a small handheld holder and long USB umbilical cable to permit use of the camera in confined spaces separate from the bulky phone it tablet.
7. A holder that incorporates a standard tripod 1/4” x 20Tpi thread for use of photographic mounting options. A USB umbilical cable can separate camera from Phone/tablet
8. A protective casing for camera use in harsh environments. A thin Germanium window may be incorporated into the design.
9. A mount and lens adapter that permits supplemental lens use for thermal microscopy using reversed thermal camera lenses. (Specialist use)
10. A pole mount plus long USB umbilical cable to separate the camera from Phone/tablet. This enables use at heights for building inspection use.
11. Drone aircraft mounts (specialist use requiring a suitable Android host system)
12. Larger casing format, like a compact camera design, to make hand holding easier. A USB umbilical cable can separate camera from Phone/tablet or the phone can mount on the rear of the larger camera casing. Much like the FOTRIC 200 series cameras.

Many/all of these mounting options may be produced via 3D printing. There are already clip on adapters for the P2 in the public domain. Some of these clip on case designs could be adapter for different applications.

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5420751

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5482343

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5339383


Any more ideas for mounting options ?
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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2022, 11:43:08 am »
Tomasis,

For general electronics I would say 120 Celsius is adequate. Anything getting hotter than that had better be designed to cope with high temperatures or it is going to degrade quickly. Many IC’s state 70C maximum long term operating temperature. Ceramic power resistors can operate at high temperatures of ~350C but how often will you come across those in daily life? In such a case, an electrically insulated thermocouple would likely solve the measurement challenge if the thermal camera could not.

Have a look at my suggested uses and see how many would likely see temperatures exceeding 120C. The P2 offers 170C which is good and the P2 Pro has the advantage of the low sensitivity mode providing measurement as high as you are ever likely to need at 550C maximum.

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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2022, 11:45:57 am »
Tomasis,

Note that this is more of a P2 series discussion thread than a review. If I receive a P2 Pro I will produce a much more detailed review of it, as I did for the DYT CA-10 PCB analysis system.

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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2022, 12:18:08 pm »
Look at the housing RuneHansen created for his T3S dongle camera …..

https://www.eevblog.com/forum/thermal-imaging/thermal-imaging-windows-application-for-infiray-t2-t3-thermal-cameras/

Lovely design  :-+ Similar could be made for the P2 series if a more ‘box’ like design is needed for an application. It is so much easier to install a small camera into a larger enclosure than it is to reduce the size of a large camera to fit inside a smaller enclosure !  ;D

RuneHansen has also written a Windows application for some Infiray camera models. Maybe the P2/P2 Pro could be added to the compatibility list ?

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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2022, 01:58:50 pm »
So you are thinking about buying one of these tiny P2 series thermal dongle cameras but do not have a suitable phone or a phone that you want to use for such an activity, what are the options ?

The good news is that the Infiray P2 uses a USB C connector. This is a connector that is not orientation sensitive thanks to its design. This avoids the issue that some users had with mobile phones equipped with micro USB connectors that pointed the wrong way for the dongles use.

USB access is nothing to be scared of. If your chosen phone does not have a USB C port, buy one if the many compact adapters that are available or use an umbilical cable that also adapted a USC C connector to a Micro USB connector. If working with a phone that uses micro USB, be aware that accessories that plug into the micro USB port often need to activate the phones OTG Host mode using a OTG activation pin on the port. If using any form of adapter or cable with the phone, it should be one that supports OTG or the phone will not go into Host mode.

Owners of Apple products are out of luck as the Infiray P2 does not natively support iOS or Apple products…. But read on, all is not lost !

So you have a mobile phone that is either incompatible with the Infiray P2 series or you just do not want to use it with a thermal camera (side loading unapproved software issues for example) What are the options?

I faced this situation and found a very affordable solution that works well for me. I went on eBay and bought used phones that would meet my needs and some were very inexpensive as I will explain.

If you buy a used mobile phone on eBay, you need to make sure that it works enough to be used as a host fir a thermal camera dongle. If you see ones that do not switch on, have broken displays or are “sold as see”…. walk on ! If however you see a “Spares or Repair” phone that is perfect except for a faulty Phone SIM card port…. It is perfect as a Host to a dongle camera. Wi-Fi may be used for application downloads and file transfers. A USB cable may also be used to transfer image files etc. you likely do not need the phone call functionality for thermal imaging, so take advantage of that fact ! I bought phones with failed earpiece speakers, microphones and SIM card ports that were damaged through attempted use of a SIM card size converter. I also bought phones that were less popular (cheaper) because they were locked to a network. When buying a used phone, do make sure that it is not locked-out through incorrect password attempts or ant-theft countermeasures. Those phones are about as useful as a brick, and for good reason.

When buying a host phone for your dongle camera, do consider which models are best suited to your needs in terms of quality processor power, size, battery life and operating system support. Old Android phones with their older Operating Systems will eventually drop out of support and a modern dongle camera may not work with the older operating systems. If you have the option to buy a decent used phone that uses a Type C USB port, no adapters will be needed for direct on phone use  :-+

I bought all my “Host” phones for less than £30 each, so do not over pay ! Remember what I said, a phone with a fault that only effects the phone cal, side of things, is an excellent candidate for a thermal camera host. It is basically an Android Tablet computer after all !

Talking about Android Tablet computers……

Remember that the Infiray P2 Series is compatible with Android devices…. That means you can use it with a nice large screen Android tablet computer. I have a few very nice rugged models that I can use and the smallest screen is 7” and the largest 12”  :-+ It may also be possible to use Android computers or their TV Box variants !

The Android App fir the P2 series is side loaded onto the host.

If we see decent Windows support by 3rd party software developers, it will open up the host options to include Desktop PC’s, Laptops and Windows Tablet PC’s.


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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2022, 03:38:56 pm »
lol, I got convinced by Frasiers posts here so I withdraw the order of the uni-t camera and I order P2 series camera to keep my post relevant here. It is a P2 though.

Does Infiray sell P2 Pro Macro lens separately? It would be nice.

I got some ideas because extension of USB-C cable (why i haven't thought it before).

A 3d printed pistol grip with a holder for phone above the grip. Also, a holder for p2 series camera placed behind phone in the middle. So, in overall, it resembles a typical thermal camera.
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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2022, 03:44:22 pm »
I understand that Infiray do sell the Macro lens separately but I saw a price of ~$70 so it might be better to just get a Pro model to start with or print one of the ZnSe holders for the P2 that are available on Thingiverse.

Which Uni-T camera were you going to buy ? Some of those Uni-T models are pretty good. The lower resolution ‘a’ versions use a Guide Sensmart TIMO core and are lower resolution than the P2.

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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2022, 03:48:18 pm »
It was UNI-T 260A/690A 200€ camera.

Good idea re 3d print for smaller ZnSe lens. What mm and diameter do suggest you?

I have a 3d program that I can build 3d print files with. It will be fun to make some prototypes.
 

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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2022, 04:14:27 pm »
Ah yes, the UT690A  model. As we have previously discussed on the forum, the UT690A is capable of doing some useful PCB analysis work when combined with a close focus lens to get closer to the PCB. It is, however, close to the minimum useable resolution for such activities and, given the choice, I would elect to buy a higher resolution thermal camera like the P2, even if it meant buying a cheap used mobile phone and constructing a pistol grip holder for the phone/camera combination.

Technical spec comparison…..

Uni-T UT690A

Core: Guide Sensmart “TIMO”
Optical Resolution: 120 x 90
Pixel count : 10,800
Lens FOV: 38 Degrees Horizontal x 50 Degrees Vertical (in Portrait format)
Temperature measurement Range: -20C to +400C

Infiray P2 (Standard Model)

Core: Infiray Tiny1-x technology
Optical Resolution: 256 x 192
Pixel count: 49,152 pixels
Lens FOV : 56 Degrees horizontal x 42.2 Degrees Vertical (in Landscape format)
Temperature measurement range: -20C to +170C

As can be seen, the FOV figures are similar but the P2 has ~4.5 times the number of pixels covering the target area at any given distance. The greater number of pixels for the similar FOV is a significant advantage over the UT690A where PCB analysis or even home thermal survey work is concerned. The 256 x 192 pixel microbolometers are now what I consider “entry level” resolution and replaces 160 x 120 as “entry level” in my opinion. 80 x 60 pixels and 120 x 90 pixels are still better than nothing, but it takes 160 x 120 pixels before the thermal scene becomes easier to interpret without a visible light image overlay.

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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2022, 04:40:56 pm »
Some mounting options created for other dongle cameras that may stimulate thoughts for the P2 cameras  :-+
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« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2022, 04:43:16 pm »
Mount examples Continued….
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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2022, 05:10:39 pm »
For anyone interested in handle options to make a nice “pistol grip” format camera using a mobile phone and Dongle camera, here are some examples that are currently on the market. Lots of choice. I like the Digiclip with its built in SLR style grip and tripod mount on the bottom.
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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2022, 05:21:15 pm »
Thanks to the modern trend of using smart phones for photography and video recording, there are many options for attaching a smart phone to a tripod or pistol grip handle. Choose one that suits your needs and budget ! The P2 is so compact that it woukd easily mount on the rear of the brackets with nothing more sophisticated than Velcro tape. A more sophisticated holder for the P2 could, of course, be designed and made. There is the obvious option to use thecP2 as intended and leave it attached directly to the USB socket at the end of the handle mounted phone.

A short OTG compatible cable between the phone and the camera will be required, but such are not hard to find.

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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2022, 05:36:35 pm »
If wishing to use a close-up lens for PCB work, a thermal camera dongle may be attached to an inexpensive microscope stand…….
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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2022, 05:37:52 pm »
More microscope stands……
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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #18 on: October 01, 2022, 05:57:14 pm »
Tomasis,

Regarding a close-up lens….. I recommend a 20mm diameter lens and suggest two focus distances ~100mm and ~50mm (two lenses and lens holders needed)

By using a 20mm diameter lens you use the central lens area and less of the outer, lower performance area.

The best choice of lens type would be a meniscus type rather than Bi-Convex or Plano-Convex, but such are not as common cheaply.

There are two qualities of ZnSe lens commonly available on eBay…. PVD and CVD. CVD is the better quality lens. The price difference is small in most cases so go for CVD if you can.

We have yet to test the Infiray macro lens on the P2 but that lens may well out-perform our simple Plano Convex ZnSe lenses as they are, after all, just repurposed CO2 Laser focus lenses not intended for thermal imaging applications. The AR coating is likely something more appropriate as well.

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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2022, 07:44:47 pm »
I found its smallness useful today - I was tracing a hot PCB track on a board with quite a lot of wiring in the way - the ability to plug the camera in via the ( supplied) USB-C extension cable & get close to the PCB was very handy

A feature I've not seen before is a "burn protection" mode, where it keeps the cal shutter closed if the scene is too hot.
   
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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2022, 07:54:07 pm »
Thanks Mike,

That burn-in protection mode is a great idea. I am surprised that we have not seen this done on thermal cameras previously.

The little P2 Pro operating on the end of an extension cable sounds very useful, especially where you might wish to survey the inside of an equipment rack with the phone outside the rack at a comfortable viewing position. Hence my comment on a thermal borescope. We just need a decent thermal image and a compact head assembly. The P2 offers us both  :-+

I will be honest and say that dongle type thermal cameras have not been my favourite format since owning the FLIR One G2, G3 and Seek Thermal Classic units. The affordable T2L and P2 are changing my opinion of dongle type thermal cameras though. Versatility is their great advantage over larger “all in one” type camera formats  :-+

I am looking forward to your video review of the P2 Pro. I will be producing a written review with various tests and saved images and it will appear on this forum  :)

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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #21 on: October 01, 2022, 07:58:08 pm »
Out of curiosity I tried the P2 Pro on an ancient 2016 Samsung J5 running Android 6, via a small christmas tree of adapters to get from USBC to mini-b
It does work, but framerate is rather low.
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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #22 on: October 01, 2022, 08:37:03 pm »
Mike,

Interesting. I have a Motorola Moto G5 and a Samsung S5 to use with the camera. It will be interesting to see what frame rate I see. I am also interested in testing the P2 on a Windows platform but that may be at some time in the future as I am unsure whether any currently released 3rd party software supports the P2.

Thank you for sharing these initial snippets of news  :-+

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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #23 on: October 01, 2022, 09:27:33 pm »
Size compared to Seek compact pro
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Re: Infiray and their P2 Pro - discussion
« Reply #24 on: October 01, 2022, 09:50:20 pm »
I would describe that as “Dinky”  :-+

What is the approximate focus distance for the add on “Macro” lens please Mike ? Hopefully it is 100mm or less.

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