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Game Cameras | Trail Cameras – What to get?

by on Sep.09, 2011, under Equipment

Game Camera used in paranormal investigationIt was a while back when I watched Ghost Adventures, and I saw Zack with a Moultrie I-40 Game Spy camera. I picked one of those up and used them on various investigations. It’s a great game trail camera. I get a few emails asking about what is a good game camera to get for paranormal investigations. I think when you’re ready to purchase a trail camera you need to ask yourself a few questions.

– What are my features? (video, IR, water proof, storage capacity, ease of use, built in viewer, sound, etc).
– What is my quality requirements? (megapixel for example)
– What is my budget?

Once you have these defined, you can start shopping and looking around. For some of you that aren’t familiar with game cameras at all, then I’ll break down some of the features needed.

You should have a camera that IR (infrared). It needs to shoot in the dark as well as in the daylight. Video is nice to have as well, but not necessarily required. Video will use more of you SD card, etc so you need to plan ahead with that. Some cameras actually shoot HD video and record sound. This will definitely use more memory and you’ll need to consider that for long investigations. I purchased the Moultrie Game Camera because it records time and temperature as well as lunar cycle. I like the temperature, especially during investigations people will discuss how cold the room has gotten. With the game camera in the same room, you can verify temperature drops.

I would also look at the megapixel of the images. You want good quality images when reviewing evidence. The higher the better, but also understand the higher the megapixel or MP, the higher the cost of the unit.

Now-a-days cameras are getting smaller and smaller, which is great. If you’re team is wanting to cover a large area or multiple rooms, a trail camera is a great asset to have in the investigators toolbox. You should expect to pay between $100 – $200 for a quality camera. Obviously you can pay much more and get deals below $100, so like I mentioned above, first get your requirements in budget in place. That will help with your decision.

If you’re looking to purchase a game camera, check out GameCamerasOnSale.com which is a great place for locating deals as well as seeing images and video in the blog. It’s a great way to see what type of footage a camera is capable of. Note – most of these will be images of wildlife, but you should be able to get an idea of what the camera can and can’t do.

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Infrared digital photography for ghost hunting

by on May.09, 2009, under Equipment

On a recent ghost hunt, I was thinking it would be cool to use a IR digital camera. I’ve seen a few for sale on eBay, but thought it would beĀ  a good project to modify an existing digital camera. The project was a success, and I’ll post a how-to in a later post.

One of the theories surrounding IR digital photography is that it will be possible to capture paranormal activity during daylight hours. This opens the possibility of more sites to investigate, and it provides a way to investigate in plain site.

You can view some image and more information here: http://www.ghostsrus.com/infrared.html

The idea of capturing orbs or anamolies within the IR spectrum can be performed with a digital camera is very interesting for me. After I made my modification I went to a old cemetery in my home town. I took photos with a tripod and took them in series. Meaning, I took three shots in sequence before picking a new shot. I particularily like this theory to see if you can catch something odd with one of the three shots. By taking the shots close together you can eliminate the possibility of someone walking into the shot, etc.

Below are some photos I took with my modified IR digital

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As you can see these images are quite cool. Unfortunately, I took many many photos, but nothing interesting came up. I know I’ll be using this for future sessions. Since the camera has been modified to be IR, it can also take night shots. It will need a IR light source to see in the dark. I did some initial testing using a nightshot enabled video camera. The range is very poor with that particular IR beam. I’ll be working on modifying a flashlight to be IR. I also have a LED brick on the project list, basically making a block of IR LEDs.

Let me know what you think!

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