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Xray photography information

 (xray photography is a slang for daytime infrared videos, coined up during the discovery of what an infrared camera can do in the year 1997)Warning please read this!

Is it legal to use an infrared camera for xray?

In most states it is illegal to film voyeuristic films, and you should check your local laws first.  It is not illegal to own such a camera, but you can be made accountable for your actions, these cameras I sell are merely infrared sony video cameras that have been made to be used for better infrared filming.

Info for the know it alls:

If you think that you can just buy and put an infrared  filter on a camera and turn on the nightshot and shoot an infrared video, you will get minimal results.

Try removing the infrared filter in full sunlight with nightshot on, and see what kind of video/photos you will see, they will be white!...............And you will see nothing! 

Some newer cameras will show a white screen with nightshot on and full sunlight (no filter on)

A modified camera can be turned on with nightshot on and full sunlight and be fully functional.

A lens modified camera will be 100% infrared all the time, normal mode is used during the daytime (with a filter is best) nightshot during the daytime/ no filter, the camera will white out!

You will get grainy videos, If you can get the camera to see anything, it will be a darker grainy picture, the lens can not compensate for the depth of the filter, and the shutter speed will not permit a high quality picture.  As I have said before, a camera made after July 1998 needs to be modified to work.

An unmodified DCR TRV250 with an infrared filter on at 75 feet:

Does this picture look extremely grainy?  Can you see through the material at distance?  

Some poor sucker paid over $250 for this $125 camera?

How good is the nightshot on a sony camera?

You will get about 10 to 12 feet from a camera with nightshot, so that does not mean very much.  

  A camera that is modified will be better able to pick up images in lower light situations, similar to a digital or SLR camera with an ISO setting .  Another way to project light is to get a light made by Sony for projecting infrared, those are good for 50 feet at best.

Important to know:

Nightshot does not mean X-ray!

An infrared camera does not depend on nightshot or infrared light from the camera when shooting outdoors in the daytime and sunlight.  The sunlight has a massive spectrum of infrared light and all you need to do is screen out the unwanted light waves.

What is better?  Unmodified or Modified?

Some people are made to believe that the old unmodified cameras are better.

I prefer modified........why?

  • super strong zoom power as opposed to 72x

  • digital 8 as opposed to analog

  • newer cameras made in 2000 to 2004

  • higher resolution videos, and super high compression in digital 8, or in High Definition

  • better video quality, and still capture quality

  • the ability to view a video frame by frame in digital quality


Infrared abilities are the same on all cameras, the only difference is:


 1) the quality of the video (digital vs "old" analog)
 2) the ability to playback in super slow motion and frame by frame (digital quality)
 3) big LCD for easy shooting and spotting subjects
 4) downloading functions to computer, USB or firewire and now hard drive to computer

 

The expensive digital quality cameras will replay the video the same like a 4 head VCR (or better) in slow motion.

The analog cameras can not play back the video in slow motion as good as the digital ones, and will  playback a video in slow motion same as a 2 head VCR (oldies!) it will not show a clear picture.

Why is playback so important? 

You get to see everything played in detail, frame by frame.

NEW:
The Modified hard drive cameras can transfer videos right onto a computer, some of the hard drive cameras are far better suited to night vision type filming, you can record hours of footage and transfer it easily.

I like the hard drive cameras for night vision/ spying. My favorite is the SR 42, SR45 and SR80 and any of the SR models, I especially like the imaging of the
SR300, SR200 and SR100

Now we are offering full 1080 HD high definition cameras with HDMI ports

I showed my camera to a US federal marshall and he compared it with a starlight night scope, the only difference was my camera did not have an infrared light source, if it had one, the range would of been better, we were looking at a hotel about 250 feet away and backlit, you could clearly see stuff going on. The federal marshall liked my camera, because it could record stuff for "documentation and prosecution purposes".

My modified Sony hard drive video camera at night 300 feet surveillance/ spy type photos through smoke mirrored glass download here.
 

What does 0-lux mean?

According to the International System of Units, "LUX" is defined in terms of lumens per meter squared (lm/m2). One lux is equal to 0.00146 kilogram per second cubed (1.46 x 10-3 kg / s3). It would seem that now we need to know what a "lumen" is: it is defined in terms of candela steradians (cd multiplied by sr). One lumen is the amount of light emitted in a solid angle of 1 sr, from a source that radiates to an equal extent in all directions, and whose intensity is 1 cd. A "candela" sounds a bit more familiar, something to do with candles... it is defined as the luminous intensity, in a given direction, of a source that emits monochromatic radiation of frequency 540 x 1012 hertz and that has a radiant intensity in that direction of 1/683 watt per steradian

So what does all that crap mean?  It means that a camera with a low rating will have better recording capabilities in lower light situations, ex: 0 lux.

 

Articles on Sony Xray cameras from the internet:

From Newsweek:

The unfulfilled dream of x-ray vision remains a compelling fantasy, adolescent or otherwise, as proven by a recent maelstrom of interest in a particular consumer electronics product. In a manner said to be completely unintended by its manufacturers, a Sony camcorder equipped with an infrared night vision function can apparently see through clothing.

That's one step better than x-ray specs, kids, since you get everything down on tape for later...and Sony should have seen what they were missing -- which was the strange things that might happen if someone used the NightShot feature in broad daylight. Sony must have assumed, logically enough, that people would only have need for infrared illumination at night.

But it's bad business to count on consumers being logical. In a discovery that was first publicized by a Japanese men's magazine, it so happens that in a well-lit setting, in certain instances, a NightShot camera can seem to penetrate fabric, revealing the underwear of fully clothed individuals, or making people in swimwear appear virtually naked. Of course, the NightShot is only a harbinger of the prurient progress that tomorrow holds in store. Sony may not have intended to design a camera that turns people naked, but you better believe somebody else eventually will. Newsweek(1999)

All currently manufactured Sony camcorders will shoot a white washed-out picture in daylight situations when in Niteshot mode without an IR filter! For a brief period a few years ago, some Sony handycams/handicams could shoot in daylight when in 0-Lux Niteshot mode. Then, some users discovered the ability to see through some fabrics in certain situations (The infamous X-Ray effect). When Sony found out, they changed the camcorders so that when you are in Niteshot mode, the aperture is forced to full open and slow shutter speed. The result is that if you try shooting in daylight situations when in Niteshot mode, your picture will be completely washed-out and overexposed. Further, even if you use neutral density filters to compensate, the depth of field is very shallow meaning that your focus will only be correct in a narrow range. Also, the slow shutter speed will blur moving objects.

Don't be mislead by others selling normal camcorders with the Niteshot feature. Unless the camcorder has been re-enabled, the you may not be able to shoot outdoors in Niteshot mode will be with the addition of neutral density filters depending on the light and your particular model camera. Make sure when somebody tells you the camcorder is "modified" that you understand if it was modified to shoot Niteshot during the day or modified by Sony NOT to shoot during the day!

Modified Cameras:

These camcorders retain full functionality in regular mode and looks absolutely identical to the normal camcorder meaning you can use this just like a normal camcorder in regular situations. However, when you want to shoot in Niteshot mode, you just move the Niteshot switch, and the camera shoots in Niteshot mode in daylight with aperture and shutter control turned on in full automatic! When in Niteshot mode, this camera does not turn on the invisible Niteshot illuminator.

Sony Modification - Concerned about negative publicity associated with the so-called X-ray effect, Sony disabled daylight infrared recording on its entire product line permanently beginning in 1999. 

It did so by disabling aperture control while in NightShot mode (effectively setting the aperture to wide open, which rendered infrared recording in daylight impossible due to over-saturation of the CCD and complete whiting-out of the image). However, the very few Sony NightShot CCD-TRV65 video cameras which were manufactured in 1998 have full aperture control making it the only outstanding daytime infrared recording camera, making it a true collectors item.

 

 

2 types of modifications   Can I shoot normal color videos?   Color infrared?

Many cameras can be modified to shoot infrared videos, I do not go into how it is done, or offer advise on how to do it, it is a risky operation, and irreversible damage can be done to the camera.  Cameras like this can be used as normal cameras too.  Some of these cameras have working nightshot, while some cameras need an infrared light source or infrared "flashlight" to see in the dark.  Most infrared photography is done in full sunlight with a infrared pass filter.

The 2nd way a camera is modified is even more risky, and the camera will not be able to shoot "normal colors" and is considered to be an infrared dedicated only camera.  Nightshot is a working feature, and regular videos come out in "color infrared" as the camera has the infrared blocking device removed and replaced with a infrared passable device.

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