Can any camera be modified to be infra-red?

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Zawwar Khan

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Can any camera be modified to be infra-red?
« on: 06/05/2010 09:30:03 »
Zawwar Khan  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi, I had a  few questions for Dave Ansell.  

I saw a show on Discovery channel, in which you modified a camera to make it infrared.  Which handy cam did you use?

Can it be done on any digital/video camera?

What kind of filter did you attach to the front?

Thanks a lot,

Mark

What do you think?
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Can any camera be modified to be infra-red?
« Reply #1 on: 06/05/2010 11:44:04 »
The details of how it was done are here:
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/kitchenscience/exp/make-an-infra-red-camera/

Depending on how firmly the IR filter is fixed in it can be a fairly brutal process (cameras generally aren't designed to be "user servicable") so the advice would be not to try it on a camera you want to be sure of still being able to use afterwards..

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Can any camera be modified to be infra-red?
« Reply #2 on: 21/05/2010 11:20:05 »
Yes any digital camera will work in the near infra red if you take the filter out. I had forgotten about that interview, I worry about what it ended up being like...