Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Paul Westwell, Oct 2, 2004.

  1. Hi all....

    Is there more to nightshot then the camcorder just having an infrared
    emitter? If you put an external IR emitter on a non nightshot camcorder
    would it work?

    Just interested...


    Paul Westwell, Oct 2, 2004
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  2. Paul Westwell

    Guest Guest

    Most camcorders are sensitive to IR ( just point one at an otherwise
    invisible remote control LED), so yes, using lots of near-IR will help in
    total darkness.
    I think Nightshot switch on Sony cameras mechanically removes an IR filter
    from in front of the CCD, but may also affect the gain and colour balance.

    Remove my PANTS to reply.
    Guest, Oct 2, 2004
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  3. I just tried moving the Nightshot switch on my Sony very slowly, you can
    see the distortion as the IR filter moves over the CCD but it also
    changes how it reads the CCD as halfway through moving the filter it
    flicks instantly between colour(normal)/black&white(nightshot).

    With the Nightshot off any IR LED (remote control for example) just looks
    like a very dull purple light, with it on any IR LED shows up as bright
    Ridwan Hughes, Oct 4, 2004
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