Go Back  HuntingNet.com Forums > Outdoor Gear > Trail Cameras
Can a camera still see if the no-glow IR LEDs are two feet away? >

Can a camera still see if the no-glow IR LEDs are two feet away?

Trail Cameras Post your trail cam photos, reviews, tips, and suggestions here.

Can a camera still see if the no-glow IR LEDs are two feet away?

Old 02-14-2017, 07:39 PM
  #1  
Spike
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 1
Default Can a camera still see if the no-glow IR LEDs are two feet away?

I have never purchased a game/trail cam and would like to learn from those who have.

Here's what I understand:
1. Some game/trail cameras can work in near or total darkness.
2. Some don't emit any glow at all. I understand they work by "infrared".
3. When you buy a no-glow cam, both the IR LEDs and the camera/lens are conveniently housed in one unit.

I'm considering starting a small project where I have my camera and the no-glow IR LEDs in separate locations. Will this work? Can the no-glow IR LEDs be, say, 2 feet away from the camera?

The model that i have in my mind is that no-glow IR LEDs work like, say, a regular flashlight. You don't need the beam of light to be coming exactly from the same angle as your eyeballs. A friend 5 feet to your right can be holding the flashlight and can be pointing it in front of you two, and yet you (your eyes) can still benefit from the light. The light just has to bounce back into your eyes. Is my model correct? Do no-glow IR LEDs work like that?

P.S. In case you're curious, my project involves having no-glow LEDs in various places of a small "room" (5 feet by 3 feet by 4 feet) and several cameras in other places in the same room.

Last edited by goodwillhunter; 02-19-2017 at 11:53 AM.
goodwillhunter is offline  
Old 02-19-2017, 04:31 AM
  #2  
Nontypical Buck
 
MudderChuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Germany/Calif.
Posts: 2,241
Default

The IR light source doesn't have to be anywhere near the camera (or optics) within reason.

One consideration is matching the light output to the camera.

My experience is with military optics and not trail cams per say. But too much light can wash out optics, to little light and the results are less than optimum.

It also depends on what you are trying to illuminate, some things absorb IR light, while some reflect it. to various degrees.

I have no idea if trail cams have built in light meters, doubt it. More likely the light emitters are roughly matched to the camera.
MudderChuck is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.