Filming Nocturnal Wildlife using the Cat S60 Smartphone

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

A couple of weeks ago, I was delighted to be invited to the launch of the new Cat S60 Smartphone, and even more excited to get to bring one home to try out with the kids for a few weeks. As well as featuring all the specifications you would expect, the rugged build of this new generation android smartphone exceeds military specs, is the first smartphone with a built in thermal imaging technology, and is the world’s most waterproof phone – making it an amazing tool for so many people, and an absolute dream device for a blogging family with an obsession for wildlife and the local lake!

 The revolutionary Cat S60 allows you to see the world from a totally new perspective – with this device you really can capture everything. One great feature of this fabulous phone is that it is waterproof to a depth of 5 metres using it’s unique Lockdown Switch Technology, allowing you to take both photos and video underwater. Check us out using it to film in our local lake. The Cat S60 is also the world’s first thermal imaging smartphone, and frankly this feature is mind blowing!

We have been trying out the Cat S60 Smartphone and finding out how it can help us find, and record wildlife using it's thermal imaging camera, and it's ability to film underwater #CaptureEverything

I have never used any thermal imaging devices before, and was really hoping that I’d be able to use it to locate some of our nocturnal wildlife that we get to see so rarely. Despite that being my main objective, it hasn’t stopped me thermal imaging just about everything – the photo below is of the lane we live on, taken late evening, I had no idea before I tried the Cat S60 that everything was radiating so much heat!

We have been trying out the Cat S60 Smartphone and finding out how it can help us find, and record wildlife using it's thermal imaging camera, and it's ability to film underwater #CaptureEverything

As we hoped, the Cat S60 has been amazing for locating and filming wildlife that we’d never normally get to see – the video below shows a bat flying around our attic. It was pitch black, and although I am sure the bat was aware of my presence, I was able to locate, and film him, without disturbing him in any way.

The photo below shows a pair of swallows roosting in our shed – again I managed to locate them in the dark without disturbing them.

We have been trying out the Cat S60 Smartphone and finding out how it can help us find, and record wildlife using it's thermal imaging camera, and it's ability to film underwater #CaptureEverything

Without doubt, the most exciting thing about being able to try out the Cat S60 Smartphone and it’s thermal imaging camera has been finding and filming hedgehogs in our garden. Here in the UK hedgehogs are seriously on the decline, and it is a privilege to even capture sight of one of these shy, and rare, mammals. Thanks to the thermal imaging capabilities of the Cat S60 Smartphone we have not only managed to locate and film them, but can now find them easily, and even know which route they take around our garden each night. Being able to see them in the dark, without having to use artificial light, means that we can observe them without causing them any distress, and they seem perfectly happy to go about their business foraging and eating with us just a few feet away from them.

We really are grateful for having had the chance to try out the Cat S60 Smartphone. The kids and I have had so much fun with it, and have loved being able to see into the secret world of our underwater and nocturnal wildlife – it has been an awesome experience!

We have been trying out the Cat S60 Smartphone and finding out how it can help us find, and record wildlife using it's thermal imaging camera, and it's ability to film underwater #CaptureEverything

 
 

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12 comments

Lindsey July 18, 2016 - 7:22 pm

It’s amazing the things that we’re able to do with technology these days. What a cool experience!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 19, 2016 - 11:29 pm

We’ve really enjoyed trying it out Lyndsey – I don’t normally hanker after phones, but must admit I’m very taken with this one!

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Nikki Frank-Hamilton July 18, 2016 - 3:43 pm

This is the coolest thing ever! I can’t imagine all the fun you and the kids had with this phone, underwater and thermal imagaging capabilities? Whoa! I love the vids you took, and how you can be right out there with the wildlife and see how they go about their lives.

LOL? A bat in your attic? And he just gets to hang out up there free of charge? I’d be freaking out a bit. Bats get me!

Can’t wait to see what you do with this thing in the future. They surely chose the right family to test this thing out!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 19, 2016 - 11:28 pm

Ha ha – Bats are highly protected here – think they’d get priority over us! Fortunately we all like them, and it’s been really fun to be able to see them with the Cat S60 – there’s no light up there, and it’s not a place you’d normally want to hang out – it’s pretty rustic up there!

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Gina July 18, 2016 - 2:29 pm

This is so cool!! That’s awesome that a phone has thermal imaging!! I had no idea! What cool wildlife! It’s like seeing into a secret world. 🙂

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 19, 2016 - 11:24 pm

It really is, Gina – and although we are really wildlife orientated, there’s loads of other situations where a thermal camera would be hugely helpful – it’d be brilliant for the emergency services for starters. You can even tell which seat has been sat in recently from the thermal signature that is left – it’s fascinating!

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Robert Lopez July 18, 2016 - 9:59 am

Cat S60 looks awesome at work..

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 19, 2016 - 11:22 pm

It’s a fab device, Robert – we’ve been really impressed with it’s features 🙂

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Lynn Spencer July 17, 2016 - 9:26 pm

What fun you have had with that phone/camera. I’m not sure we have it in the US, but will look for it when my contract comes up for renewal. Loved seeing that little hedgehog and hate that their numbers are declining.
Thanks for taking us along on your CAT phone journey.
Hugs, Lynn

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 19, 2016 - 11:21 pm

We love the camera Lynn, and being able to see hedgehogs in our garden is such a treat – they are such sweet little creatures 🙂

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Jessica July 15, 2016 - 8:22 pm

Wow! This is so cool! How crazy that it’s included in a smartphone!!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 15, 2016 - 11:37 pm

It’s such a cool device 🙂

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