PerfectPrime IR0102 Budget Thermal Camera Attachment Review 

 September 16, 2019

By  Randy Angwin

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Thermal imaging cameras were originally developed for military use. But since the development of this innovative technology many variations have been manufactured for commercial and home use.

Today thermal imaging cameras are typically used to detect temperatures by rendering infrared radiation as visible light. 

A thermal camera is versatile because it can be used in different industries such as hunting, search and rescue missions & home-based inspections. Home owners use thermal imaging cameras to repair HVAC systems and to find leaks in their water pipes. 

So can a thermal camera assist you in your business or your home even if you’re a beginner? If you’re looking for a budget thermal camera to get you started the PerfectPrime IR0102 application is the device you need. Take a look at what the PerfectPrime IR0102 has to offer you with this short product review. 

About the Manufacturer

The PerfectPrime brand provides you with innovative and versatile thermal imaging applications for commercial & home use. PerfectPrime manufactures products that are affordable for any business or homeowner without compromising on quality.

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The PerfectPrime IR0102 is a compact device weighing as little as 0.8oz because this thermal imaging application attaches to your Android smartphone. The thermal camera in most cases will be the same width as your SmartPhone making this an ergonomically designed application.

On top of the application, there’s an integrated output that’s compatible with most Android SmartPhones. Simply use the output to plug the device into your phone so you can start using your PerfectPrimes IR0102 camera. 

Thermal Resolution

PerfectPrime IR0102 thermal sensor

The PerfectPrimes IR0102 camera has a thermal resolution of 32x32 with 1024 pixels. The IR thermal resolution isn’t of the highest quality so it can’t be used for heavy-duty industrial applications. It’s best to use the IR0102 camera for easy homebound tasks.

Image Frequency

PerfectPrimes IR0102 thermal image frequency is 9Hz which is standard for budget applications. Tracking moving objects or using the IR0102 for hunting purposes won’t be ideal as this is not what the camera is used for.

The application is simply used to detect variations in temperatures from objects which help with tasks around the house such as plumbing and HVAC inspections. 

Image Mixing

PerfectPrime’s IR0102 image mixing is similar to FLIR’s MSX as it has a visual image camera of 0.3 megapixels. The thermal imaging sensor at this resolution is quite low but if you pair it with the built in visual camera it can work well for minor projects.

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Thermal image blended with visual image

Onscreen Controls

The onscreen controls are user-friendly and it will only take a few minutes to master the controls.

There’s a cursor that allows you to click on the objects you’re scanning to display their temperature range. The temperatures detected for each object will be displayed on the top right corner of your SmartPhone screen. At the top left corner, the range of maximum and minimum temperatures will be shown.

On your menu, you’ll have access to your picture gallery and to switch from thermal to thermal-visual modes. 

IR0102 controls

Image Storage

Images and videos capture with the PerfectPrime’s IR0102 will be stored directly to your Android SmartPhone. Your phone’s capacity will determine how many videos and pictures you’re able to store.

Color Palette

The PerfectPrime thermal imaging camera has 13 color palettes for you to pick from. Simply go to the PerfectPrime settings displayed on your phone and pick the color display you’d like to use.

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Connection Type

PerfectPrime’s IR0102 has a USB C connector that allows you to plug the device into your phone. But you’ll also receive a micro USB connector for older phone models.

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What is the PerfectPrime IR0102 Used For?

As mentioned before the PerfectPrime IR0102 isn’t suitable for heavy-duty inspections but it can be used to detect issues with HVAC systems and electrical checks around the house.

Does it come with an App?

The PerfectPrime IR0102 comes with an app that’s free and easy to download. Simply visit your Google Playstore to download the app onto your phone (or tablet) so you can start using your thermal camera.

PerfectPrime’s app allows you to change settings, view thermal imaging temperatures and provides you with a full view display. The app allows you to link your thermal camera to the storage space on your phone so you can have a gallery filled with your images and videos.

Use the app to browse through your images and videos hassle-free as it will place all your content into a specified PerfectPrime folder for easy access. 

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Setting Options

Once you’ve downloaded the app onto your SmartPhone, you’re able to browse through the settings options easily. The settings allow you to perform the following tasks:

  • Change temperature units from Fahrenheit to Celsius and vice versa
  • Select your color palette
  • Add face detection
  • Set an alarm that goes off when high temperatures are detected

You can customize the temperature ranges that will set the alarm off when you’re performing inspections. 


Does the PerfectPrime IR0102 Have a Warranty?

The PerfectPrime brand offers you 60-days money back guarantee which provides you with an opportunity to send the product back if there are any faults with the application. Simply return the product for a full refund if there are any problems with your application during the risk free guarantee period.

Final Thoughts

The PerfectPrime IR0102 thermal imaging camera is ideal for people who are not familiar with thermal technology. It’s the perfect device to start off with as it’s inexpensive and easy to use.

Once you understand how the temperature features work and how to detect infrared radiation correctly you can buy a more expensive application with higher IR & visual image resolutions.

Get yourself the PerfectPrime IR0102 and share your product experience by giving the application a review. This will help other users with more information about how the IR0102 thermal camera works. 

About the author 

Randy Angwin

Randy Angwin holds a master of science degree from University of Florida. He is an expert in infrared and night vision technology. His knowledge helps us staying on top of the latest trends in the thermal industry. When not working, Randy likes to hunt and spend time with his two German shepherds.

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