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USB IR webcam


Big Bri e2
13 15.7k United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 12:33PM
Can anyone recommend a webcam that connects via USB (or USB plus wifi) that has genuine IR night vision (not just a bunch of bright LEDs on the front), at a reasonable price (ie. say less than 50 quid)?

Ta very much

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5 Jul 2013 12:54PM
You may not find a ready IR webcam, but it is quite easy to make one from any webcam. You will find plenty of manuals for it on the Internet. Usually it is a half an hour job with household instruments used.
Ade_Osman e2
11 4.5k 36 England
5 Jul 2013 1:06PM
Can I ask what they are for Bri???
Big Bri e2
13 15.7k United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 1:09PM
It's for watching / recording the goings on in my garden at night (hedgehogs etc). I've looked at the standalone ones that record to a media card, but I want to stream a live feed via my server.
Ade_Osman e2
11 4.5k 36 England
5 Jul 2013 1:19PM
The same as mine then Smile

I use the ones that only glow very softly, but they don't bother the Hedgehogs, Foxes or the Wood Wice......Here's a very basic one camera kit that will get you started that comes complete with a USB Capture device, though you may need to buy an extra long power lead depending on where you want to site the camera.

See http://www.spycameracctv.com/spycamera/usb-receiver-wireless-day-night-infra-red-camera

This system allows you to add 3 extra cameras depending on your requirements, but be aware it will only allow you to watch one feed at a time......

Our's is on 24/7 see Ade's Garden & Hedgehog Cams though you'll have to wait till darkness falls tonight to see night-time performance.....It's good enough for my needs.
Coventryphotog Junior Member 1 149 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 3:22PM
You can use any ir camera, just run it through a composite to usb converter - I use an old Hauppauge usb tv box, which does the same job..... I think maplins do the converters cheap.

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