Make Basic Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera for Cheap ! Convert Any Camera Into Infrared Thermal Camera

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Introduction: Make Basic Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera for Cheap ! Convert Any Camera Into Infrared Thermal Camera

About: Ideas Into Reality !

How To Convert Any Camera Into Infrared Thermal Camera Very Cheap But Useful Hack . Every Camera Sensor Has Ability To See Infrared i.e. Thermal Part of The Light But The Infrared Blocking Filter Inside Digital Camera's Protects The CCD Sensor From Burning With High Energy Infrared Light Such as Sunlight .

Now , If We Remove The Blocking Infrared Filter The Camera Can Also Able To See Infrared Part of The Spectrum of Light ! Which Is Pretty Cool Because After This Hack You Can See Hot Objects With Your Camera Glowing More As They Emit More Infrared Energy & Many Other Things You Can Do Like See Through Some Clothes , Black Objects Which Takes Teardown To a Next Level !

Even The Cheapest Seek Thermal Camera Is 200$ Compared To This DIY Which Can Be Done with any cheap HD Video Camera ! Which Seek Thermal Camera Don't Have .

Now You Have Ability To See Through Objects & Know The Temprature Almost Like The Professional Camera's Fujifilm X-T1 & Sony Xray Cameras or The Seek ,Flir Thermal Imaging Camera Just For Very Cheap !

Watch Full video Here https://youtu.be/IdJgxNVVrs4

Step 1: How Does It Works ?

Every Digital Camera Has CCD Sensor Which Is Capable To See Infrared Spectrum of the light ,but since long exposure of infrared light can cause permanent damage to the sensor ,so infrared blocking filter is used to solve this problem .

If We Remove Infrared Filter From Lens It Is Possible To See Infrared Beauty !

1)In First Image You Can See Normal Image Vs Infrared Image

2)In Second Image There Are Different nm lens Filters Are Used To acchive Different Effects .

So Theoretically You Can Use Any Camera For This Hack Like Your Dslr, Cellphone Camera or a(10$) Dashcam Just Like I Used , Remember Cheaper The Camera Easier Your Job Will Be

Step 2: Modify Your Camera !

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1. Open Your Camera

2. Remove The CCD Sensor By Disconnecting Flex Cable

3. Detach Lens Mechanism From Sensor

4. Now You Have Successfully Separated Lens From CCD Sensor

5. Into The Lens Part Remove The Collimating Lenses

6. You Will See Reddish Looking Infra-Red Blocking Filter

7. Remove This Infra red Filter With Screwdriver

8. Now Insert The Collimating Lens again in Its Place

9. Fit The Camera Properly

Step 3: Things Under Infrared Thermal Camera !

Here Are Few Things Under This Infrared Thermal Camera Which Are Looking Interesting!

1. A USB Lighter Showing Heat More Sensitively Than Normal Camera

2. Moto E Showing Normal Led

3. Moto E Showing Proximity Sensor Flasing

4. You Can See Circuit Board Inside Logitech Harmony Hub

5. Heated Soldering Iron But You Cant See Heat In Normal Camera

6. You Can See Heated Part of Soldering Iron Glowing

7. Clearly See Electronics Ics's or Componenent's Numbers

8. This Can Be Helpful If You Have Lots Of Unlabled Component Boxes

9. See The Part Number In Very Congested Spaces

10. A Normal Green Laser Pointer

11.A Normal Green Laser Pointer Also Emit Infrared Light In Random Direction

12.You Can See Through RFID Tags Easily

Step 4: Sample Images From Camera

Here Are Some Sample Images From Infrared Thermal Camera

1. Heated Soldering Iron

2.Eye Focused At Infinity

3.Eye Focused At Very Close Distance

4. A Usb Lighter Glowing

5. Looking Circuit Through A Harmony Hub

6.A Chip & Coil Inside RFID Tags

7.See Parts Number Very Easily

Step 5: Benifits & Features

1.Its Cheap Than Cheapest Thermal Camera Which is 200$ Seek Thermal camera I Built This Camera In Just 10 $

2.You Can Record 1080p Videos Which Is Not Possible With Any Thermal Camera In The Market Todate!

3.Take High Resolution Pictures

4. If You Want A Simliar RGB Thermal Camera Looks You can use Thermal Camera Android Apps

Step 6: Tell Me Your Thoughts

Here I Just Touched The Tip of The iceberg There's More To Explore Tell Me Your Thoughts


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94 Discussions

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ermockler1
ermockler1

4 weeks ago

I know it's not thermal, but I'm wondering if I can use it to see the pattern of a copper LTE antenna underneath black tape. Peeling it up would be destructive, I just need to duplicate the copper tape pattern. All plastic otherwise, so if it's warmed up the copper should show through.

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MacM46
MacM46

7 months ago

Ya think the writer hasn't bothered to read the comments? Wow. Had you written it, I believe you'd have noted your mistake and would not make the same one in the future... or am I wrong?

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ptkrf
ptkrf

4 years ago

What you made here is IR camera but not THERMAL camera. Thermal camera is capable of detecting light with lower energy, which are emitted through black body radiation of relatively cold objects (such as us, humans) while IR camera you made is not sensitive enough for such radiation. The reason you see anything with your camera is that sun emits lots of IR spectrum and that light is differently adsorbed or reflected by different objects, yielding a greyscale image of IR light lidt environment.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wien%27s_displacemen...

read above article to learn why thermal cameras are able to "see" warm bodies

And I am quite certain FLIR sells thermal camersa for android and IOS devices for 150€... I doubt SEEK is the cheapest.

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MacM46
MacM46

Reply 7 months ago

Stop mixing apples and oranges. Infra-red cameras exist. Thermal cameras are unique... they have unique applications and environmental requirements. One, as of today's technology, cannot make a thermal camera for everyday cell phone use. I do not think the writer was checking the definitions or their differences. Human beings make mistakes. You and I are no different.

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bradwick1
bradwick1

4 years ago

Thermal imaging requires liquid nitrogen and is not in the infrared spectrum.

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MacM46
MacM46

Reply 7 months ago

I disagree. A condensate is only needed when a catalyst is required. That particular (liquid nitrogen) condensate isn't anywhere NEEDED for thermal imaging... unless you speaking to astrophysics using ground/space telescopes. This issue pertains to 'down-to-earth' imaging (which has already been engineered and in use). They don't need liquid nitrogen... ergo, they found another way to make it work.

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EyalM
EyalM

Reply 4 years ago

Today most Thermal imaging by Flir and the Seek Termal work with out liquid nitrogen.

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bradwick1
bradwick1

Reply 4 years ago

So what DO they work with? Thermal implies temperature sensitivity. Temperature differences would not be possible to detect without a zero degrees or less, measureable baseline for thermal differences.

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Ardutronico
Ardutronico

Reply 4 years ago

See this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermographic_camera#Uncooled_infrared_detectors. And thermal imaging at ambient temperature is on the IR spectrum, but the wavelength is longer than a normal camera can image (between 3000 and 14000 nm).

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xreyfiler
xreyfiler

4 years ago

Why are the words on this Instructables start with a capital letter?

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MacM46
MacM46

Reply 7 months ago

Grammar is never part of an individual's thought process. Grammar is a personal thing among each and everyone of us. Some of us really don't mind it... others offer 'tirades' over broken rules of Grammar. So be it.

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GianlucaG1
GianlucaG1

Reply 4 years ago

It's very annoying...

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SherylinRM
SherylinRM

4 years ago

In spite of all the negative haters. I think you did a great job of explaining how to do the conversion.

Take heart in the fact that not everyone here has a moral IQ of zero or less.

Thanks for this instructable :)

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MacM46
MacM46

Reply 7 months ago

I agree 'effort' was there, but outcome not achieved. I've made several comments regarding the merits of IR camera. It is 'DOABLE,' but not with a cell phone. The requisite is a camera which is specifically designed to do this... cell phone cameras are NOT.... even if you are a degreed engineer, you'd have to RE-design it. Then, that would be a brand new feature available in cell phone cameras (and it would make billions).

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spatial guy
spatial guy

4 years ago

Hi, as stated below, this process is not thermal imaging. It is Near Infrared imaging. In my field of Spatial Science, It is often used via aerial photography to determine crop health and vegetation types. It's a nice useful instructable..though I too wish there was a moderator to amend the title of some instructables, my heart was racing with excitement until I realised it wasn't thermal.

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MacM46
MacM46

Reply 7 months ago

YES! we all need to return to school when we cannot KNOW what is truly attainable. Takes time, patience, enthusiasm, realism and brain effort (scientific method) before outcomes are predictable (sometimes by accident).

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noahspurrier
noahspurrier

Reply 4 years ago

Well the author could correct the title as well as the egregious errors and misleading statements in the text if he were so inclined. But since pointing, shouting, shaming, heckling, mockery, jeering, and ridicule are discouraged on Instructables it could be a long wait. This policy may seem a pity in this case, but in general it's probably for the best to encourage the ignorant n00bs to express themselves without fear of a swarm of hateful screed targeting their tender egos for annihilation.

Sigh... I, too, felt a bit let down when I realized this article was merely Near IR, not Far IR.

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spatial guy
spatial guy

Reply 4 years ago

Well balanced & fair comment Noah. I meant no discredit to the inventor and encourage him to continue his great and interesting work. I too would loathe this wonderful site/experience to degrade to the level of comments and brutal ego driven (or just incomprehensible) attacks seen on the likes of YouTube.

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GiedriusD
GiedriusD

4 years ago

Funny thing - had exactly the same unused dash camera. Thought will do experiment and ended up completely destroying it because i was impossible to remove lenses and when used a bit of force it simple broke into pieces... So be careful ;) BTW total loss for me £5.00. No big deal :)