How Do I Convert Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1 to Infrared?

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How Do I Convert Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1 to Infrared?
Before you convert your pictures to black and white, they will appear red in colour. (infrared trees image by bawinner from Fotolia.com)

Released in 2005, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1 is a 5.3 megapixel compact digital camera equipped with a 10x optical zoom lens. The camera is designed to be a bridge model compact digital camera offering more features than entry level point and shoot models, but lacking the flexibility available in digital single lens reflex (DSLR) models. While the camera may have been a leader when it was first released, by 2010 it pales in comparison to current models. You can convert the camera to record in infrared, which opens up a new genre of photography.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Precision screwdriver set
  • Infrared filter

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn the camera off and remove the battery from the camera.

  2. 2

    Remove the small screws from the bottom and sides of the camera. Use a small slot screwdriver or butter knife to pry the camera casing apart.

  3. 3

    Remove the LCD screen and circuit assembly from the camera casing and locate the digital sensor behind the lens assembly.

  4. 4

    Carefully remove the IR blocking filter from the sensor. This is a thin piece of film that is bluish green in colour.

  5. 5

    Install an IR filter in the same place you removed the IR blocking filter. This will block visible light from hitting the sensor.

  6. 6

    Carefully reassemble your camera, and it will be ready to be used. You will need to focus the camera manually since visible light will now be eliminated, and autofocus systems work with visible light.

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