A thermographic camera or infrared camera is a device that forms an image using infrared radiation, similar
to a common camera that forms an image using visible light. Instead of the 450–750 nanometer range of the
visible light camera, infrared cameras operate in wavelengths as long as 14,000 nm (14 µm).
Originally developed for military use during the Korean War, thermographic cameras have slowly migrated
into other varied fields such as medicine, archeology, energy conservation, and the paranormal world. More
recently, prices have begun to drop, fueling the adoption of infrared viewing technology in a more
affordable price for paranormal studies. Advanced optics and sophisticated software interfaces continue to
enhance the versatility of IR cameras and the results can be amazing.
Regardless of the wide number of tools like digital cameras and digital thermometers already available and
affordable for paranormal investigations, thermal cameras have undoubtedly become the most effective
tools for spirit research, and the most sought after equipment.
However, the expensive equipment is also the most difficult tool to use, and use properly requiring
extensive training. Yet that does not detour making the top choice for every paranormal investigation team
serious about research.
The reason thermal cameras are such a popular choice for paranormal
investigations can be attributed to the large number of benefits derived
by its use. In fact, once a team possesses this technology, they will find
that thermography will become an integral part of their investigation
activity. As the thermal imaging cameras capture heat, not light, and
can easily be used in total darkness. This is a major benefit that not
even the most sophisticated of cameras can offer over a thermal
imaging device. And that includes foggy and smoke, and now widely
used by many firefighters during rescue operations.
One of the most distinguishing features of a thermal camera is its
ability to capture and indicate that an entity may be present, that would
otherwise go undetected by the naked eye. As the most common claim
associated with a paranormal event is the occurrence of temperature
change in the presence of an entity (warmth in cold air, and cold in
Extensive research has demonstrated that only a small fraction of
noticeable paranormal activity is realized by a temperature change.
Experience dictates that most of these temperature changes can be
attributed to a ‘normal’ occurrences. A thermal imaging camera on the other hand, is the perfect tool to
easily distinguish between temperature fluctuations caused by a ‘normal’ event and a ‘paranormal’ source.
Owning one of these exclusive tools, is therefore on every paranormal investigators ‘wish list.’ And there
are good values to be had for the thermal imaging devices over the Internet.
In the Shadows Paranormal Project
Our team is lucky enough to have used two of the FLIR Thermal Imaging
Camcorders and at times other similar devices. In the field of
paranormal investigating, we use them to detect both heat signatures
and the Infra-red spectrum in identifying potential paranormal activity.
FLIR has led the industry in its innovation of the devices that have most
commonly been used to detect heat loss, high-power line problems with
electric and utility companies, to home insulation issues. In the
paranormal world world however, it was discovered to be able to
identify cold/hot spots often felt during a paranormal, and even
those that areas of a paranormal occurrence where no heat or cold
fluctuation were even noticed. Making this device useful in
detecting anomalies at even a great distance. The biggest drawback
has been the cost, and had been quite prohibitive for many teams to
own this units. Often in the neighborhood of $5,000 - $8,000, without
a digital recording device, and exceeding $10,000 with those that do!
Today the prices have dropped dramatically and can often be purchased for half the mount. Rebuilt units
offering the best values. (But buyer beware - get them from a reputable reseller, and from the manufacturer
who will often certify them for a short period.)
Our two units are state-of-the-art uncooled infrared spectrum detectors that produce crisp thermal images
that reveal even the most subtle temperature variations, including in electro-mechanical signal. The EX320
can detect the slightest hot and cold spots, often before they are even felt by the living, if at all. Our two
units are different options of the same model, one a black and white unit with full digital recording
capability, and the other a full color infra-red without the ability to record. Together they’re a superb
addition to the ITSPP team arsenal.
Caught in the Act
Thermal Imaging Devices
Ghost Hunting 101
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