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Figure 24 - The completed night vision camcorder conversion project
Figure 24 - The completed night vision camcorder conversion project

Figure 24 shows how my completed night vision camcorder conversion project looked after fastening the battery pack and wiring to the camera body. All of the components can be easily removed if necessary. Switching between color daytime recording over to stealthy night vision mode only requires a few presses of the menu buttons.

This rig also offers what was once referred to as "x-ray vision", a controversial feature offered on some camcorders to remove the built in infrared filter. I say controversial because it was found that in the daytime, certain clothing would appear opaque to the camera due to the ability of certain fabrics to pass infrared light. The company that offered this mode quickly removed it from their firmware, but many hackers figured out how to restore this functionality. Feel free to experiment with this "interesting" phenomenon, but be careful who you point your camera at!



Figure 24 - The converted night vision camcorder can see in complete darkness
Figure 24 - The converted night vision camcorder can see in complete darkness

The completed night vision camcorder is shown pointing at my parts closet (Figure 24 top left) as seen by the camera used to make these project photos. The top right image in Figure 24 is what the camcorder sees with the room lights off when using its own built in color imaging system - not much at all. Switching over to the external low lux black and white security camera (bottom left image), the camera does a little better in the dark since the spy cam has a much better ability to see in low light conditions. With the infrared illuminator powered on (bottom right image), the scene looks well lit, yet I cannot see anything unless I view the scene through the camcorder's viewfinder.

The nice thing about using this system as a night vision viewer is the ability to record what you are viewing, just as you could with the original imaging system on the camcorder. Navigating a room by looking through the image on the viewfinder is fairly easy to do as well, so this project is both a night vision viewer and stealthy security recoding system. For total stealth operation in complete darkness, place some black tape over the camcorders red indicator LED, but other than that, you can see in complete darkness with this unit and your operations will be completely invisible to anyone in the room. Have fun on your covert spy missions!
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