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I was wondering what feature does that camera have that can record in the dark?

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some sonys have nightshot, it uses ir light for visibility
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thanks for the quick response, that really helped. I have critters that come out at night and i don't want to stay up to watch them, so a cam that can record at night would really be great. a high end one. $1000 is the budget, do you have a recommendation?
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The Sony camcorders have an nightshot mode. If you record all night, a HDD model such as the HDR-XR500 (or the newer 550) would be appropriate.

You can also get a underwater case for the Sony to protect it from ectoplasm.
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The Sony camcorders have an nightshot mode. If you record all night, a HDD model such as the HDR-XR500 (or the newer 550) would be appropriate.

You can also get a underwater case for the Sony to protect it from ectoplasm.

LOL, I almost spit coke through my nose!
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The Sony camcorders have an nightshot mode. If you record all night, a HDD model such as the HDR-XR500 (or the newer 550) would be appropriate.

You can also get a underwater case for the Sony to protect it from ectoplasm.

But can the Sony's hotshoe accept a PKE-meter?
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I'm not sure about the new models but my TRV740 has nightvision and when it's pitch dark the range is about five feet, if that. You can increase that distance by slowing the shutter speed.

If there is a slight bit of light, like in a dimly lit nightclub, it's possible the entire room will be visible.

One other note... I also have an HVL-IRH2 light for the hotshoe. The literature says it will increase viewing distance up to 30 meters, or about 100 feet. When it's pitch dark and I lower the shutter to 1/4 I can attain that distance.
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In addition to the onboard IR LED, it is rather simple to build an IR LED light array of your own. All the parts you need are available at Radio Shack and/or online from some place like mouser.com or Newark.com with a well placed home made IR flood light, you can light up a large area (for the camera) without actually lighting it up.

Alternatively, they do make trail cameras for hunting that are specifically designed to "turn on" and capture the image/video of critters moving by in the night. They have a motion sensor and flash, etc. Might want to google around on the subject.

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I've got some queer pictures with the help of my WingHome trail camera, when I first saw this pile of pictures, I just don't know why they are standing up vertically. And I have thought about it for a long time, finally I notice they are just standing up to eat the fruits on the tree.

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I've got some queer pictures with the help of my WingHome trail camera, when I first saw this pile of pictures, I just don't know why they are standing up vertically. And I have thought about it for a long time, finally I notice they are just standing up to eat the fruits on the tree.


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I've got some queer pictures with the help of my WingHome trail camera, when I first saw this pile of pictures, I just don't know why they are standing up vertically. And I have thought about it for a long time, finally I notice they are just standing up to eat the fruits on the tree.
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