$15 Flashlight Camera Housing

Use a flashlight to house a video, still or security camera, the example in this video is for a camera which needs protection from pyrotechnics, this video is very detailed in method and there is plenty of scope to expand the idea for all sorts of applications.

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    Darla JZ

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice Instructable! You presented many ideas that I will incorporate into other projects. Also, appreciate the tip on the "Magic Arms".

    Thank You


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Nicely done! Well described, edited and presented.

    I wonder if the ER dolphin light could have a hood fixed to the inside of the front lens to cover the camera lens, might remove the occasion for any stray reflections?

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for your lovely comment, to be honest this site is completely new to me, I'm sort of youtuber deep down and there is a huge difference in quality here, and in saying that I reveal the big issue with youtube, the gems are hidden behind the piles of crap. A very good work friend suggest this site to me, I can tell you I am very impressed with what's on show here. The big issue with reflections when housing a camera are usually reflections of the camera lens itself, especially if it has a silver surround, and any gap which is set up between the camera lens and housing lens has to be minimal, one thing I did not point out in the video is I spray matt black paint inside the housing as the black plastic finish is quite shiny, any sort of light reflection can cause issues. Lots of features here which youtube need...spell check...how nice.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Excellent instructable, well documented and a well made device on the cheap. And something I would definitely use. Is it possible to use this process (or a variation of it) on one of the more expensive aluminum flashlights, and to make it watertight for an underwater housing?

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    Thanks for your kind comment, I usually only do youtube, a good friend pointed me here after I uploaded the video, and boy was I impressed with the content here..its amazing. Yes, I believe if a more expensive flashlight was chosen it could be made water tight, these housings were made for a quick job where cameras needed good protection on a fireworks barge, and sure it rained that night, the cameras came out dry, but my method is designed for this type of work, I did see flashlights which could be possible water proof contenders, they were a little more expensive. I did like the ER dolphin light, but it has a slanted front lens, I need a flat lens for it to work without reflection issues once inside.