Full Spectrum video and cameras has become a great tool for paranormal investigations. Here is a little info explaining exactly what Full Spectrum is, how it can be used and some suggestions if you’re looking to get geared up with some Full Spectrum gear.
What is Full Spectrum?
The term Full Spectrum refers to being able to see further into the spectrum of light than our naked eyes can see. We can see only a portion of light that actually exists in the world. Beyond that is ultraviolet (or UV) and infrared (or IR). Some theories suggest that paranormal entities can and will show themselves in the UV or IR ranges explaining why we generally cannot see them with our naked eye or catch only a quick glimpse of them. The ability to record within these ranges have the possibility of documenting these entities that are beyond our vision.
Full Spectrum Modification
Most cameras and camcorders can be modified to view further into the light spectrum than what we can see. There are a few different conversion methods out there. Although the camera body itself may look the same with different companies it does not mean that the process for the conversion was the same.
One process for Full Spectrum modification involves removal of the filter and in others it is replaced to see IR and UV but NOT the visible spectrum. Allowing visible light and enhancing that (when possible) allows for a great image including all potential evidence possible within the full spectrum of light. The latter, where visible light is blocked, is referred to as Multi-Spectrum – not Full Spectrum. Although they may call it Full Spectrum because that may be the fashionable term it, in fact, is blocking out a good portion of light. Although this method may have practical uses in daylight situations where bright visible light can overlap the IR and UV this is typically not relevant when conducting paranormal investigations in mostly low light environments. You want the most light possible to capture any evidence that may happen. Blocking a portion of light is like wearing blinders. You clearly may miss something. Additionally, because these cams block visible light, the amount of light coming into the lens is very low resulting in dark and generally bad quality images.
Light to a camera is like fuel for your car. The more quality light you get equates to better quality images. If the light source is too low, most cameras use software to ‘fix’ the image resulting in a worsened quality image.
The comparison grid to the right shows a clear difference between the Full Spectrum modification and a Multi-Spectrum in our tests. This quick test makes it quite obvious that, in dark situations, blocking visible light can be quite detrimental to documenting anything.
Suggested Full Spectrum Camercorders
Full Spectrum HD Camcorder – This is the best Full Spectrum Camcorder out there. It’s HD quality picture is higher than any other out there. The best part is that you can control the amount of light coming into the lens allowing for a great image no matter the light situation. We HIGHLY recommend this one.
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Full Spectrum Cameras
Full Spectrum Professional Digital Camera – This Full Spectrum camera made by Fuji (and professionally modifed) offers a great quality picture with professional grad features and function.
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Full Spectrum Digital Camera – This economic Full Spectrum camcorder shoots full spectrum pictures in a small, more affordable package.
Lighting for Full Spectrum Camcorders and Cameras
As mentioned above, light to a camera is like fuel for your car. More light equates to better quality images and distance. Since Full Spectrum includes IR and UV, to fully take advantage of these cams you need a light source that includes IR and UV. Simple white light sources like flashlights and white video lights usually do include IR and UV as well as visible light. With that you will get a good picture and take full advantage of the Full Spectrum capabilities. The downside is that you will be lighting up the room, blinding fellow investigators and generally worsening your own eyes’ night vision.
We suggest using a light source that has seperate IR, UV and minimal visible light (if using a true full spectrum cam). This will give provide the IR, UV and visible light the cam needs for a good picture while maintaining a low light situation during investigating. You don’t want to blind your investigators!
Full Spectrum Light – This is the only Full Spectrum light of it’s kind that includes IR, UV and visible light giving the Full Spectrum Cams enough light for a great picture and distance. All you see with your naked eye is a mild blue hue in the room. You can mount it right to a tripod or to your camcorder with an optional bracket.
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