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




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

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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

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) Dash Cam

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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66 Discussions

Such a brilliant idea! I appreciate the knowledge. :-)

Hey man great mod. Which make and model camera did you use? The Amazon link just takes you to a bunch of different cameras.

Also could you use this as a thermal camera? Or would you need IR illumination to see anything in the dark?


nevermind after reading the comments i wouldnt buy one so is ir possible that a digital camera or web cam or dash cam really be converted to be like a seek or flir camera im also a bit confused why people online are writing things like make an ir/thermal camera as if its the same thing to my knowledge they are not the same thing and a thermal camera is much better than an ir camera i like the look of a flir one and flir tk pocket outdoor thermal imager but at 500 and 150 gbp no chance of me paying that amount.

Cool one! Is there a way to see only UV light? Any kind of filter that can block the part that is viewable to the human eye?

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Yes there is. The sensors on digital cameras are all sensitive to IR, visible light and UV. The sensors have a filter that blocks out the IR and UV so only visible light passes through to the sensor.

I know you can have a sensor modified with an IR and Vis light blocking filter so only the UV passes through to the sensor.

Unlike normal film (sensitive to only visible light) digital sensors are sensitive to UV,VL & UV.

UV is a much higher frequency range. Visible light is about 760nm to 380nm with IR being about 500nm to 760nm. The wave of light has a physical length which matches the microscopic etchings in the CCD chip. As you can imagine, it is much easier to detect a larger wavelength that a smaller one. UV goes from 380nm all the way down to 1nm! REFERENCE HERE

They installed a filter to block the lower frequency range (IR FILTER) so in theory... if you installed a filter to block out IR through the entire visible light range... you could pick up some of the lower spectra of the UV light. REFERENCE HERE

It is possible to get a UV-Passing Filter, this would accomplish this without modification to the camera. If you search AMAZON for a UV PASS FILTER you can find them.
Note: The clear filters are UV REJECT filters which block UV light.

Thanks! I couldn`t exactly find a filter that blocks under 350nm but there are some astronomy filters out there with reasonable prices. By the way is there 3rd comparison of different wave lenghts yours? If so how did you get it?

@askjerry: Typo in your IR info. IR is roughly 800nm to 1mm.

True... but then you get into the FLIR cameras not the CCD. I'm pretty sure the CCD tops out around 750-800 area... could be wrong.

though UV is easier IR(heat) is the point here.

many artists, engineer, technicians etc. need to be able to record IR .

this gives them a cheap way to do so instead of $1000 FLIR cameras.

Yes, use a UV Pass filter like I stated in the comments.

i have taken apart 2 different cameras looking for this filter.. neither have had them on the lens, if anything the filter seems to be on the component that is attached to the circuit board that the lens sits on top of.. and advice on how to remove it from there? some kind of solvent maybe?

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The filter is on the sensor. That filter blocks IR and UV from the sensor as digital sensors are sensitive to IR, Visual light and UV.

this is not a thermal camera! this is just a IR pass through - sensors in a cheap camera does not have the right Indium or galium substrate please dont mislead people

I agree with a previous poster who could not get the lens to come apart. I purchased this exact model from eBay purely to modify it into an IR camera. I had no problems until the time came to separate the lens. Mine broke into pieces as well. Simply "remove the collimating lens" doesn't cut it when the collimating lens is impossible to separate from the main lens without destroying it.

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 :)


2 years ago

-Bom trabalho.

Nicely done instructable. it was articulate and concise. And while I do have to agree with the "haters" that the premise is misleading, it's a nice guide for near Ir conversion. I did a similar project a while back. I used a galaxy s3 and mounted it in a cheap plastic vr headset with a did IR LED array to make poor man's night vision goggles. they work really well. just never got around to doing the instructable.

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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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.