How sensitive is the FLIR Lepton thermal camera built into the Blackview BV9800 Pro?

I’ve had a thermal camera for a few years, and found it to be a very useful diagnostic tool, but since picking up a Blackview BV9800 Pro which has a built-in FLIR Lepton thermal camera, I’ve been seeing the world around me in a very different light.

Once question I got a lot after posting about the Blackview BV9800 Pro was this — how sensitive is the thermal camera? Another, more to the point question was — is it useful or just a gimmick?

Must read: Can a simple charging mistake cause your MacBook Pro to overheat?

Rather than try to tell you how sensitive it is, I thought I’d show you by sharing a few different videos I captured.

In testing, the camera seems pretty sensitive. The other day I watched a cat leave thermal footprints as it walked outdoors on asphalt one evening. That seems impressive to me, doubly so that I wasn’t looking for the footprints, but just saw them.

Note: If you have any ideas of things you’d like to see through the FLIR camera, let me know in the comments below, or via Twitter!

Thermal: MacBook Pro USB-C charger (plugged in, no load)

[embedded content]

Thermal: MacBook Pro USB-C charger (plugged in, under load)

[embedded content]

Thermal: Placing my hand on a yoga mat

[embedded content]

Thermal: Seeing through walls

[embedded content]

Thermal: Hand on wall

[embedded content]

Thermal: Turning on a lightswitch

[embedded content]

Thermal: Walking my fingertips across a wall

[embedded content]

Thermal: Hand on wooden banister

[embedded content]

bitcoin
Bitcoin (BTC) $ 56,752.00
ethereum
Ethereum (ETH) $ 2,339.57
binance-coin
Binance Coin (BNB) $ 571.62
xrp
XRP (XRP) $ 1.40
tether
Tether (USDT) $ 0.999062
cardano
Cardano (ADA) $ 1.26
dogecoin
Dogecoin (DOGE) $ 0.310260
polkadot
Polkadot (DOT) $ 35.05
litecoin
Litecoin (LTC) $ 265.96
bitcoin-cash
Bitcoin Cash (BCH) $ 947.81