If you've used camcorders as far back as 1997 (a decade ago), you're remember the small black and white (or, gasp
, color!) viewfinders many consumer-level camcorders featured back then. These small viewfinders are a far second to huge LCD screens on current camcorders, but if you're just itching to use that old, clunky camcorder for something, here's your chance
All you'll need is an older camcorder viewfinder, about a dozen infrared LEDs, a 9-volt battery, some resistors and assorted electronics items, a black box to house all this stuff (sans the actual viewfinder) and there you have it -- a full-featured night vision device
with video output capability should you wish to create a video recording to that pocket-size camcorder lurking on your person.
This should really come in handy next Halloween when you visit that darkened haunted house since you'll be able to see those creepy, scary ghoul-tastic figures and actors way before you get scared. While that may take the fun out of it, I'm sure you'll find many neat uses for this cheaper-than-cheap night vision setup. Even if you have to pick up a used VHS camcorder on eBay for a Jackson
or two, it'll be worth it.