Camera Reviews

Infrared Camera Reviews (Point and Shoots)

Before you buy, its good to know how a camera performs. With infrared cameras, thats a problem. At best, there are manufacturer specifications and a few sample pictures available. These reviews are based on performance of converted cameras, not cameras with an external filter, all sample pictures below are from the reviewed camera. We’ve reviewed point and shoots first because their performance is less flexible from the fixed lens, and there is more variation in sensor response

Please note, these reviews are for how the camera works in infrared, not on general camera features. These rankings are only in regards to how it handles IR versus normal functioning and ignores overall features. While a compact camera and DSLR might both receive the same overall ranking here, keep in mind that we ignore many key features that will otherwise distinguish the camera’s general performance.

Hotspot Rating refers to how prone the camera is to hotspots.

Color Performance refers to how well the camera (720nm) performs for false color purposes. 590 and 665 filters may vary.

Features refers only to features related to infrared, such as RAW, aperture priority, manaul focus, custom white balance, etc, and ignores common features like megapixels, zoom, power on time, etc.

Black and white is not reviewed much because performance in black and white tends to be consistent with the cameras normal picture quality.

We are working hard to review more cameras, but we can only write about so many. For practical purposes, a lot of cameras close in model number perform very simularly for infrared purposes, and often times manufacturers reuse the exact same sensor and lens. Our review of one model will usually follow through for other models in the series as well, but sometimes lenses can unexpectedly form hotspots so be cautious.

Also take a look at our Gallery page for more pictures

6 thoughts on “Camera Reviews

  1. have a converted Lumix g6 and have used 25 mm 1.7 pancake and 14-42 zoom with no issues. Am going out tomorrow to try 14-140 mm 3.5-5.6 zoom to see if it works naked as well as with a Polaroid cheap macro converter. Will let you know. Absolutely love the IR results so far.

  2. Kolari did my D7100. My review of my camera is as follows: The D7100 works very well in infrared. There is only one issue which is not the fault of Kolari. The D7100 will not white balance after the conversion. I looked everywhere online to track down the problem and all I could find was comments about how you have to white balance in the manufacturer’s Software and shoot in Raw, so keep that in mind. Also, if you use the camera in aperture priority make sure you add about 1 stop of exposure. Once you white balance in the Nikon software you will find your images will be come a bit darker and you will need that extra stop of light to get a stronger image.

    1. I heard you have to white balance to the grass..or green …I dont know or I have not tried this..

  3. Although I haven’t receive my equipment yet and I will post another when I do so far I had the best experience between two countries. I order the Canon SX60HS full spectrum and the Evolva IR T67 torch that works with the camera for long distances. I have send approximately ten emails plus so far asking questions and these people have answered all my questions and were always polite and happy to serve. I cant wait to see what the camera can do. I paid for it and had no reservations because of the excellent reviews the company has.

  4. I had a camera converted to full spectrum at Life Pixels in 2017, and have not been satisfied with the results.

    A few months ago, although living on the west coast, I decided to have another camera converted, and this time with KOLARI. I could not be more satisfied, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and more.

  5. I have a mint Pansonic Lumix LX3. What is your rating for converting this camera?

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