Full spectrum cameras are a tool that ghost hunters have used for a very long time. Some more than others. In fact, despite their rise in popularity with the ghost hunting community, there are still those that have not given it a chance. They might have had their night vision camera by their side for quite some time now and don’t really see why that should change. I mean, it’s able to get a pretty good picture at night, right? Isn’t that all that matters? Well, not really.
When it comes to ghost hunting equipment, one of the main deciding factors on what to get, actually comes down to personal preference. Paranormal investigators are creatures of habit and tend to stick with what they know best. However, that is not always the best option or the smartest one either. In this post, I will discuss what full spectrum cameras are, how they work, how they compare to night vision cameras, which one I think is better, and my top choices.
Full Spectrum Cameras
In simple terms, a full spectrum camera refers to a device that is able to receive and process all types of light in the spectrum. This includes even the wavelengths that the naked eye is not able to see. These cameras are able to use the entire spectrum of light to create an image for us to see. From ultraviolet light to infrared, and everything that falls in between, which is where they get their name from. Full spectrum as in absolutely the entire scope.
How Does Full Spectrum Cameras Work?
As stated above, a full spectrum refers to the idea of being able to see beyond what the human eye can on its own. This includes visible light, infrared, ultraviolet, and anything that falls in between. The light spectrum ranges from infrared on one end and ultraviolet all the way on the other extreme. Cameras can then be customized to be able to see more of each end of the spectrum through a conversion process. The conversion process itself is what is commonly referred to as “Full Spectrum”.
Here is an image of the full light spectrum:
Different Full Spectrum Conversion Methods
There are different processes that create a good full Spectrum. One of these methods requires removing the camera’s filter completely. Therefore, allowing all light to be absorbed and used by the device. Other methods, however, mean removing the filter and replacing it with something else. This other item will be able to see both Infrared and Ultraviolet, but filter out any visible light.
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Best Full Spectrum Method For Ghost Hunting
To me, this seems like an easy choice. I consider removing a camera’s filter completely a far better method for capturing paranormal activity. In fact, I do not fully acknowledge the other choice, where visible light is filtered out, as full spectrum. It seems to be more of multi-spectrum adaptation instead. It cannot be a “full” spectrum if some light is not being used.
A multi-spectrum adaptation may be useful for daylight paranormal investigations. During the day there should be a sufficient amount of visible light can overpower any ultraviolet or infrared light. Images taken during that period of time should be very useful and high in quality. That, however, won’t be the case for investigations that are taking place at night. Most ghost hauntings take place in low light and dark situations and will require as much light as possible. The filtering out of any amount of light, regardless of how small it is, can have an extensive impact on the images. It could potentially be the difference between capturing a ghost on camera or not.
Full Spectrum vs. Night Vision Cameras
A night vision camera is basically a device that has the ability to record video footage under extremely low light circumstances. These devices are able to detect infrared light which is invisible to the human eye. Through a process of enhancement, it then turns the infrared light into visible light. Night vision cameras allow the user to see in complete darkness. But, what are they really being able to see? The truth is that it’s only infrared light and nothing more.
As a matter of fact, most night vision cameras will actually remove all other light so it’s able to the infrared light available. Others even use a short band of light, which only allows a very small and specific amount of infrared to be detected. Consequently, even though it allows the user to see in the dark, it takes away their ability to see any other light. Which, can drastically diminish the chances of being able to document any light oddities during a paranormal investigation. This is why full spectrum cameras can work much better for ghost hunters.
What Makes Full Spectrum Cameras Better For Ghost Hunting?
What makes a full spectrum camera better is simply its flexibility. While night vision will only allow infrared light to be used, full spectrum sees it all. This gives the user complete freedom and adaptability under any situation. As a ghost hunter, you will not be restricted to night time investigations and specific types of light. The more amount and type of light that is being used, the better quality that the images will have. This is extremely important when it comes to capturing any paranormal activity.
Some people decide that they want to hunt for ghost during both day and night or simply indoor and outdoor. A full spectrum camera will get both jobs done with better results. There won’t be a need to be switching back and forth between equipment to get a good image.
Best Full Spectrum Cameras for Ghost Hunting
Although there are a lot of different full spectrum cameras out on the market, there’s a few of them that simply get the job done drastically better. Below I will give you a few of my favorite ones for capturing ghostly images.
This camera was specifically modified for ghost hunting. A company by the name of Paranormal Playground customized it so that it would be able to record the full light spectrum, as well as night vision. It also has a motion detection setting, which allows the investigator to step away while the camera continues to work. If any sort of movement is detected, the camera will activate and begin recording automatically. This has to be one of a ghost hunter’s favored quality. We all know the importance of being able to in two places at once! The Ghost Pro is able to give up this amazing ability.
Furthermore, although it is not from the same brand/company this device looks exactly like a GoPro camera. It is compact in size and allows to be mounted to pretty much any surface, including the users’ own body. Despite the different brands GoPro accessories are still compatible and can be used with this camera.
- Full HD 1080P Video Recording
- 12MP Digital Still Images
- Waterproof Housing
- Full Spectrum
- Night Vision (Illuminator Not Included)
- Motion Detection Feature
- Supports up to 32GB SD cards
Full Spectrum Camcorder
This particular camera was also modified and created by Paranormal Playground. Just like the Ghost Pro, it will be able to capture the full light spectrum as well night vision. It has more of a traditional camcorder look, instead of that of a GoPro. Despite this fact, it is still small in size, affordable, and very user-friendly. The perfect tool for any ghost hunter to add to their arsenal!
- High definition wide angle lens
- Card reader
- Extra super power battery
- FHD 1080p video recording
- Infrared Mode (night vision)
- External infrared light
- high-quality microphone
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Ultra-bright infrared light and High lumens Dual LED fill lights
- 1080p HD Sony Exmor CMOS Sensor
- 3″ TFT-LCD touch screen with 270-degree rotation
Cleveland Paranormal Supply Company
This camera was created by the Cleveland Paranormal Supply company. It was specifically designed for the use of ghost hunting and has a few features that set it above the rest. The Cleveland camera is able to record in 4k, which makes its image quality extremely high. This is can be especially beneficial when it comes to recording paranormal activity. We all know just how tricky being able to get a ghost on footage can be. Being able to record in 4k allows for higher resolution images that will be more detailed and clear. Last but not least, this camera is also extremely easy to use. It has a feature that allows the user to switch between normal, infrared night vision, and full spectrum with the click of one button. No more having to mess around with every setting for hours!
- Ports: HDMI, SD Card, USB 2.0
- Wide 3″ Touch Screen LCD
- Industry standard H.264 – AVI format
- Comes with Tripod mount
- Supports up to 128GB Class 10 SD Card
- 30x digital zoom
- Built-in Wi-fi for remote viewing
- Built-in microphone
- 4K Ultra HD (3840px X 2160px) video capture (24 fps)
- QHD (2560px X 1440px) video capture (30 fps)
- Full HD (1920px X 1080px) video capture (60 fps)
- Built-in Infrared Light (5 feet distance)
- JPEG still pictures up to 24MP image resolution
- Full Spectrum Mode
- 2 Rechargeable Batteries are included
- Full HD IPS Screen
What camera you choose to take to your next paranormal investigation will ultimately depend on personal preference. Maybe the night vision camera you are currently using has been with you for years and you are having a hard time letting it go. However, that might not always be the best option. A full spectrum camera has everything that a ghost hunter wants and needs in order to make their job easier.
This device will be able to capture images in almost all settings without disrupting the environment. A crucial quality to any paranormal investigator trying to protect the integrity of his/her work. The user’s sight will not be affected by the constant snapping of bright lights created by a flash. It even allows the ghost hunter to do his work without the need to carry around additional ghost hunting lights. The camera’s LCD screen can be carefully monitored to see and track everything that is going on.
It might just be time you leave that old camcorder behind and invest in a full spectrum camera! Who knows, this might be just what you were missing. Have you ever used a full spectrum camera before? How did you like it? Which one do you like the most?