The phone boasts two distinct features that set it apart from mainstream counterparts. A built-in infrared night vision camera and an integrated thermal imaging sensor make the DOOGEE S98 Pro the perfect device for taking photos or videos while exploring allegedly haunted locations at night.
Unlike other smartphones with low-light camera capabilities, the DOOGEE S98 Pro’s night vision camera goes a step further. It houses not one, but two infrared illuminators, allowing it to capture images and video in complete darkness using its 20-megapixel camera. The sharp, full-HD footage is delivered in a characteristic black and white, which will be familiar to users of night vision cameras.
Alongside the night vision capabilities, the DOOGEE S98 Pro’s regular 48-megapixel camera provides an optional wide-angle mode, enhancing the standard imaging capabilities of the phone. This versatility further extends to the professional-grade thermal imaging sensor, a feature useful for detecting cold spots and unusual temperature fluctuations, often associated with paranormal activity.
What further elevates the DOOGEE S98 Pro is its robustness, a testament to its original outdoor-focused design. The device is chunky, heavy, and undeniably solid. The phone, with a screen protector included, can be confidently tossed into your equipment bag without concern for its safety.
Having tested the DOOGEE S98 Pro on numerous field trips, including Chester’s My Haunted Hotel and the historic Ancient Ram Inn in Wotton-Under-Edge, its proved itself as a reliable device. The phone’s battery life seem reasonably good. After capturing around 35 minutes of footage, the battery still retained 70% of its capacity from a full charge.
The DOOGEE S98 Pro, though slightly lacking in the premium feel of high-end Android or iPhones, still comfortably serves as a primary phone. However, its true value lies in its addition to your ghost hunting gear as a trusty secondary device.
That said, the device is not without its downsides. The thermal imaging camera does have a lower frame rate than the main and night vision camera, and lacks image stabilisation, which can occasionally result in shaky footage. Another disappointment is that you can’t access the IR or thermal cameras via apps like Facebook or YouTube, which means you can’t stream live video using these features.
Both models are available on Amazon Prime, with the convenience of next-day delivery. The DOOGEE S98 comes with a price tag of around £200, while the Pro model will set you back at least £440.
While the DOOGEE S98 Pro may not be the best smartphone on the market, especially if you’re after a phone with a great camera for regular day time use, its unique combination of features and robust design makes it a great addition to any paranormal investigator’s toolkit.