I am looking to purchase a camcorder to replace my recently broke Sony dcr-hc38 handy cam. i really only used the camera at night with nightshot.
From what i can tell sony no longer makes cameras with nightshot, or at least ones in my price range.
I am looking to get a camera from either sony or canon but i need it to be able to see IR light in complete darkness.
From what i can tell from some things posted online is that some of the new recent model camcorders can do this but only certain ones.
Does anyone know for sure what cameras can do this?
If its not possible how would i be able to make the camcorder see Infrared with like a filter or something.
I really want to go get one tommorow because a bunch of models are on sale and the sale ends tommorow.
My price limit is $650 before tax.
Thanks for any help
The camera does not have to have nightshot it just needs to be able to see ir light.
From what I read on a "ghost hunters" web site, they say the following models work :
Hdr - cx 190
Hdr - xr260v
vixia hfr 300
Vixia hfr 32
Now this is just a website saying this. Nobody can confirm this for me.
Who knows if the cameras have been modded . I just want to be able to use the camera in complete darkness with ir.
Thanks for any help
Example, I have no experience with this hunting camera
Normal video cameras have an IR blocking filter to exclude IR because it produces such an unnatural video. For example, cigarettes, in particular, appear very bright in the videos.
I am not familiar with the SONY cameras but if they produce both normal looking pictures and at the same time can video IR then the IR filter cutoff wavelength may only extend just beyond the visible wavelength limit at about 700 nm, to say, 700-750 nm for example. ? What is 'nightshot' and its spectral transmission. ? Cameras designed for near IR response can exclude visible and cover farther, say, from 710-1050 nm. ??
What is your application?
And I'm just using the camera indoors mostly in the dark
Nothing high end or anything mostly just playing around.
But I do want a better quality camera because I do use it to film graduations and events like that.
So I do not want a hunting or security camera for that and I don't really want to purchase 2 cameras.
The guy at the store told me I was expecting to much . But I told him I don't think I'm expecting to much when my 300$ handycam did it and now I'm willing to spend $650
Please let us know if you find a current camera to duplicate its visible and IR results.
Im trying to get ahold of some people that say they use these newer cameras for IR , but this is proving to be very difficult.
I dont know what to do, i cant afford the canon xa10 as much as i would like to get it
A close in video:
Close, medium, and disappearing out of IR light range:
http://store.sony.com/p/HVL-HIRL/en/p/HVLHIRL#features ($66 street price)
The light is powered via the active interface shoe and is coordinated with the nightshot button on the camera (HDR-CX760V). With this combination you have extended-range IR shooting and excellent regular video as well.
This camera does not support IR mode. Nothing anywhere says it does. On the other hand, that is a feature of the 760 and 710.
Yes, if the Infrared Cut Filter (ICF) is removed, practically any camera should be able to see near-IR light. The difficulty is that some cameras/camcorders use a coated lens as the ICF, which means that focusing will be messed up if it is removed. As long as the ICF is a separate, flat sheet of glass right next to the sensor, there should be no problems focusing after it is removed (been there, done that).
Camera sensors (both CCD and CMOS) can see a rather wide range of frequencies beyond visible light. The sensor's pixels also have no concept of color. So, to get color, a Bayer Filter is employed inside the sensor. The Bayer Filter is basically a mask of alternating red/green, green/blue filters. With this filter, certain pixels can only see red, some only blue, and some only green. However, those filters are "leaky" and will let some IR light through. Also remember that the sensor itself doesn't have any concept of color; the software interpreting the data from the sensor has to know what color filter is over each pixel. Then, the data is encoded in the YCbCr colorspace using either JPEG (photo), or H.264 (video). Thus, no colors beyond the YcBcR colorspace are physically encoded. To see near-IR light, we are depending on the "leakage" of the Bayer Filters to allow some IR light to reach the individual red, green, and blue filtered pixels. Generally, the green filter leaks very little IR light, while the red and blue filters are quite leaky to IR light. Because of this, IR light is seen as purple in photos (or videos) shot with a color camera where the ICF has been removed.
If you haven't got what you were searching for yet, than you should try one of the new Panasonic Camcorder series, more specifically the HC-W850, which has native Night Vision (IR - Night Mode) Built-in capabilities for a very reasonable price too (about 750$).
Here is the official store link: http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/HC-W850K
Beside the Sony HDR-PJ790V (2013 model), there are even more camcorders with Night Vision (NightShot) capabilities from Sony in 2014... for example the HDR-CX900/B and the FDR-AX100 4K, but witch unfortunately are more expensive (in the range of 1500 - 2000 $)...
You can check out the detailed specifications for each of these camera's on the following site: http://www.smartreview.com/sony-camcorder-model-lineup-and-comparison
A camcorder made by any one of the following mfrs: Sony, Cannon, Vivatar, B&H, Panasonic, Olympus, LG
It must have nightshot/ vision and IR capability.
Resolution: As close to 1080P HD as is possible.
IR illuminator & a IR illuminator connecter / shoe.
A viewfinder as well as a LCD /LED viewscreen.
Hand held format and weighing less than 5 pounds.
Lens interchange or attachment is welcomed if available.
Hard drive or flash memory.
Built or mfrd. prior to 1998.
Cost < $500.