Nearly all camcorders today will capture and record infrared light. Many models include a built in infrared light emitter that you can use to record in the dark. For models that do not have this capability there are inexpensive add-on infrared lights that you can buy that can be attached to your camera. A good example of this is using the well-known Flip video camcorder with an attached night vision video light.
Once you know that your camcorder can easily see in the dark and if you do a little thinking outside the box you can think of a number of interesting ways to use your portable night vision video camera.
Here are some ideas that might help you to break out of the mold and take your camera out into the dark.
Night Time Wildlife Photography:
While we sleep, the animal kingdom comes alive. You might not manage to walk around and sneak up on animals in the dark, but you might be surprised what you might see if you set your camcorder up on a tripod. Find a spot you want to monitor and let the camcorder record for an hour or two.
Play it back in fast mode until you notice some movement or action. You will be surprised at what kind of creatures decide to make use of your garden or yard as you sleep. A great time to record is to begin at least an hour and a half before sunrise. A lot of the members of the animal world are early risers. If you are lucky you might record some delightful video.
Ghost Hunting or Ghost Busting, Whichever You Prefer:
If you want to take video of paranormal beings, the night vision mode on your camcorder is your best friend. Whether you wish to capture spirits, sprites, spooks or specters, you will need to have night vision switched on. With your video camera recording while you are away there will be no living human aura to scare away any wandering supernatural creatures.
And if you lean the other way and would like to really determine what goes bump in the night, recording night vision video will work just as well for you. If you are continuously being annoyed by noises at night coming from the garage or yard (or hopefully not, the attic) just turn on night vision mode and let the camera record. It won’t take many sessions and you will determine once and for all what type of ‘ghost’ you have.
Make Up Terrific Games For The Kids:
Night vision camcorders have become very affordable. Plus the same can be said for low cost add on rechargeable infrared lights. Get hold of a low cost unit and turn it over to the kids. They’ll definitely have a blast thinking up ways to use it and record at night.
On a camp out or even just tenting the backyard, a group of youngsters can have a ball using their own night vision ‘spy’ camera. It won’t take them long to make up games and projects that will get them active and moving around. And this is way better than having them sitting and playing video games.
If you don’t think this is an excellent idea, pretend that you are 12 years old again and what you’d do if your folks would have given you something like this.
There’s A Lot More Uses For Night Vision:
It is just up to you to come up with ones own ideas. Get the camcorder out. Switch it to night vision mode. Turn out the lights and see what happens. BOLA TANGKAS