Monday, December 02, 2013

IR: First Crack, LCD TV and a Laptop

Finally got down to setting the camera up and wow, that was a fun first run. It has a very intuitive interface and is easy to use. Unfortunately, I'm somewhat aware of its limits and the infrared spectrum -- it's a lot harder and more complicated than it looks. So, why not just admire it for its coolness.
Laptop
First shot, bad quality, sorry?
Here are a few videos shot freehand. Why does the quality kind of suck?

Because an infrared camera with a resolution of 640x480 costs as much as a mid-sized car. The one I have is 160x120, which is actually pretty good. With similar features as the ones on this camera, a 320x240 would cost about as much as a sub-compact. Auto-focus is also not included, so I'm still getting used to having to manually focus by turning a knob. And the sensitivity is relatively high (poor) in this day and age.

Videos

Watching TV with an Infrared Camera
This is an LCD TV running off a cable box that is also in the video. Yes, both devices are switched on and were allowed to warm up for a while. The front of the screen does have an anti-reflective coating and even with black screens, visible light is barely visible. I can't see anything reflected with brighter colors on the screen. Doesn't look like TV would be very fun watching this way...

Laptop
A laptop that has also been turned on for a while. The screen is not in sleep mode and didn't once enter it since being turned on. There is an exhaust port with a fan on the left side of the laptop's body. And the laptop is sitting on a clipboard with the shiny steel lip on the right side.

Reminder: Temperatures are not accurate.


Related
Body Heat and an Infrared Camera

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