Randy Sarafan shows you how to mod your digicam to take infrared pics, then solder up a big ol’ infrared LED light that mounts to your cameras tripod threading. Randy writes, “this special camera captures even the most difficult shots in low-to-no light photographic brilliance.”

Night Vision Camera

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • http://twitter.com/dbrunker Dave Brunker

    One thing that didn’t get mentioned, there may be no need to modify your camera.  Turn your camera on and aim a TV/DVD/whatever remote at it.  Push some of the buttons on the remote and see if the front of the remote lights up as you look in the camera’s LCD.  Odds are it will.  Now all you need to do is add a IR flashlight and you’ve got instant night vision!

  • http://profiles.google.com/nebularvisions4 Bill H

    adding the infrared filter will allow you to only capture light in the  infrared portion of the spectrum. Another form of IR filter is the inside of a floppy disk, or a roll of developed film (with no pictures taken with the camera). In some places this can be easier to get than the professional lighting filters. I have used the floppy disk and it works great for my multi-touch setup.

    Also you could probably get a way with a giant 3-5 watt led that will light a larger area will consuming close to the same power.  However your enclosure would be much smaller.

  • Anonymous

    the cheaper the camera the more chances are it doesn’t have an IR-cut filter built in. Mobile phones work like a charm without modifications!