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Ir illuminator

Discussion in 'Night Vision Optics and Illumination' started by scottwood, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. scottwood

    scottwood Engaging Member

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    Hi all

    Just wondering what ir illuminator is suitable to use with a camcorder as I know LED ones dont work.

    Thanks
     
  2. neiled

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    Check the night vision section and then contact Terry on this forum as the IR torch he does is spot on.
     
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    Have you tried one with a camcorder?
     
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    N1000ap laser or pulsar L808 if you can find one ....not the L808S,laser's work best with cam-c imo.
     
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    I can't answer these questions from any real personal experience so these are considered thoughts. Most camcorders have small sensors, a good bit smaller than the 1/3" sensors normally found in the cameras used for night vision add ons. These small sensors aren't very good with ir or low light conditions in general so they benefit from better illumination. The laser illuminators are usually shorter wavelength light, 800nm or so as compared to the 850nm led illuminators, and are more efficient although the downside of that is that the red glow from the laser is going to be more visible.
    I have a Sony nightshot camcorder and that works with 850nm led illumination although I have never compared it using a 800nm laser.
    A decent led torch will have more than enough illumination with any half decent camera at air rifle ranges and should be adequate for use with a camcorder as long as it has nightshot capability and I believe that there are people who are using them with good results.
     
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    Do you know where I could get a decent ir led torch?
     

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