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Kind of Camera We Can Converted to Infrared

Sunday, July 24, 2011

IR-Converted Compact Zoom Digital Cameras

The  smallest and cheapest digital camera, called pocket camera or point and shot camera, are easy enough to converted to infrared camera, due the cheap price, there is only small risk doing the conversion, and its fun too, but dont ask for a DSLR  quality result. Please do not compare it. It just a point and shoot camera. Many of it don’t have any manual seting, so what you do it just follow the camera want. But Some of these cameras have manual control too, so maximize it. On exposure modes that allow you to set the lens aperture; if your camera has this feature, set the smallest aperture available (largest f/number). Adjust the white balance with custom white balance if  your camera have it, and  set ISO as low as possible , the  result is not comparison to SLR standards. But don't let that stop you from having fun, because its cheap, you can have 2 or more,   And its small, you can carry everywhere without have to make a big preparation .
The cons
Using a pocket camera mean you have to compose using LCD screen. On bright day light LCD screen are become hard to see. Well all pocket camera does this problem isnt it?  
The prosumer  camera, the midle weight class

The Cons
A prosumer camera, as a bridge to DSLR , in my opinion, are not very good on when converted to infrared on practice. The bulky size, only a litle smaller than DSLR with the quality image that lower than dslr  because it use small sensor just  like pocket camera( actually the result are  little bit better than pocket  because it ussualy  use a better lens and have more aperture), The power of prosumer  is the lens, with capability of ultra zoom. But I guess is not needed in infrared, I never see an infrared image taken with 300mm lens equalent.
The expense of filter as same as DSLR, with result quality less than DSLR.  In my country after converted 1 prosumer, I stop to convert or accept modification of prosumer camera. Its not worth to make. , leave it as it is.

The Pros
is  the camera has an electronic viewfinder (EVF), we can  compose and place the filter in front of the lens, then wait for the image in the EVF settle down and compensate for the filter's density. You can see the IR effect in the EVF . this really help you to compose image without wory about dark hard to see LCD image like pocket.
The DSLR Camera

The best of infrared cameras, are using DSLR. Well the best for taking normal  images is a DSLR too, wkwkwkwk, using a good gear will give us good quality image, but good images? Its depend on the photographer. The difference is camera based on the single-lens reflex (SLR) principle uses a mirror to show in a viewfinder the image that will be captured.  That’s mean we see in mirrored actual image, not from a lcd. The other benefit  because they allow an accurate preview of framing close to the moment of exposure (no shutter lag), and because DSLRs allow the user to choose from a variety of interchangeable lenses Its give us lot of creativity.
The great image from DSLRs basicly because  their larger sensors compared to most compact digitals. DSLRs have sensors which are generally closer in size to the traditional film formats. These large sensors allow for similar depths of field and picture angle to film formats, and give us great quality images.

Its bulky, expensive, and big risk when doing the IR conversion. That’s why converting DSLR is expensive
I accept conversion for DSLR only on my country. But its definitely worth to make


  • itswoots says:
    January 10, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Can you do the conversion on an existing camera or do you sell them already converted?
    Thank you again.
    G. Lentz

  • shadecamerahack says:
    January 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    i do both in indonesia, but for foreigner, it seem not wise to send their camera to me for modification, than i had to send it back to them , it makes the shipment cost double it can cost you US$60 only for shipment. its cheaper ( at least you get a brand new camera than modified to infrared , i dont sell used camera) to buy a camera from me if you live not in indonesia.

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