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Old April 15th, 2004, 02:40 AM   #1
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Is it possible to simulate Sony's Nightshot with a PD-150?

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While experimenting with some IR lights tonight for our third DVD (www.ffkgvideos.com) i used my TRV-17 with fantastic results. By setting it to Nightshot, the whole range was easily visible in COMPLETE darkness. But can anything be done with the PD-150 to make it as sensitive to the IR? We had it wide open, shutter speed reduced, gain maxed...no usable image.

Does the Nightshot feature actually shift or filter its sensitivity? Has anyone had succes with using IR lights and the PD-150?

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Old April 15th, 2004, 10:17 AM   #2
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Old April 15th, 2004, 11:30 AM   #3
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Nightshot is created by removing the IR filter that allmost all camcorders have in front of their CCD(s). CCD sensitivity peaks in the IR end of the spectrum, not the visible portion.

So you cannot get there on the 150 because you cannot remove the IR filter short of disassembling the camera.
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Old April 15th, 2004, 12:32 PM   #4
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Thanks Mike, that's what i was afraid of. Well, looks like the TRV-17 is going to be the primary camera for the no-light shots.
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