Hikmicro Mini2 Thermal Camera for Android Review

The Hikmicro Mini2 isn't the only thermal camera you can plug into your phone, but is it the best?

HIKMICRO Mini2 Thermal Camera that attaches to Android phones
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Hikmicro Mini2, although only Android friendly, is an impressive camera with a smooth 25Hz frame rate and a cunning hybrid option. If you like having easy-to-read images, this is a great choice. The flexible extension cord is a potential winner for many, too. There are cheaper alternatives out there, but this deserves shortlisting.


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    Compact form factor

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    Thermal selfies possible

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    Rugged case included

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    Extension cord handy for fiddly inspections

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    Well-designed software

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    High refresh rate


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    Won't fit directly on rugged phones

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    Fusion (hybrid) images are difficult to align

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    Fusion (hybrid) images are impossible with the extension cord

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    No macro lens

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Adam Juniper
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With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

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