Hikmicro Pocket 2 review: The ideal thermal camera?

A handheld thermal imaging camera that’ll appeal to DIYs and Pros

HIKMICRO Pocket 2 thermal camera
(Image: © Adam Juniper / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

With hybrid thermography, decent thermal resolution, and a smooth 25Hz refresh rate not seen on many competitors, this is a brilliant tool. It is a little frustrating that the optical camera produces poor images and calibration can sometimes slow you down, but the fusion mode works well and the device is both robust and not short of features.


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    Relatively high thermal resolution

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    Rugged design can survive a few drops

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    Good selection of visualization options

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    Frame rate makes video recordings look good


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    Hikmicro’s apps promise connectivity seemingly missing

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    Occasionally re-calibrates itself at inconvenient moments

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    Optical camera could be better quality

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For those looking for the best thermal camera (or at least cameras within reach of consumers and small businesses) has three form factors: pistol grip, phone attachment, and compact camera. 

This is one of the latter, in hard rubber, which makes it suitable for anyone taking on electrical, plumbing, roofing, or HVAC tasks, or DIY. A built-in optical camera also helps make thermal images easier to comprehend as well as easing data acquisition for pros creating reports. Hikmicro also offers their high frame rate thermography, the advantage of which we’ll come to.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

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. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook