One reviewer wrote this: "I still had questions, so I dropped Cliff the founder of Cleveland Paranormal Supply an e-mail and loaded it with questions. I wanted to know who made this camcorder, and how was the quality, and if it had a hot shoe for mounting an IR light. Cliff was very prompt in responding and answered all of my questions. The camcorder is made by a company named Ordro. This name is not familiar here in the US because they do not make camcorders for the US market, only Europe and Asia. We could not find out exactly if this was a company owned and operated by Samsung or Sony, but the few reviews I was able to find hinted at one of those two companies as the possible manufacturer. The camcorder was consistently compared to the old Sony Night Shot camcorders for functionality and reliability. The camcorder has all of the features that the old Sony Night Shot and Super Night Shot camcorders used to have but with lots of upgrades. I did find those few reviews were positive. I did see a place or two over in Europe who was selling these, and the price as right on the $200 mark plus or minus, so Cliff has a very fair price on these given that he needed to have them tweeked for the Full Spectrum feature."
Jeff, it's been a good camera. To me it REALLY closely resembles the Bell and Howell, but the image seems to be more stable than the B&H. There doesn't seem to be any bad reviews from anyone else, either. In regard to the quality-made name brands, tell you the truth, I've had a pretty lousy piece of Sony gear. Sure, they've been THE hallmark of years of professional 3/4" analog action cams for news agencies, and tech/quality leaders in the industry, but I had a single channel DVR/duplicator of theirs that I got less than 25 hours out of before it pooped entirely and ended up at the recycler's. It wouldn't even load up pre-recorded rental disks anymore...and the warranty had expired due to it being a piece of infrequently used backup equipment. On the other hand, my mom had a $29 piece of poop total offbrand chinese DVD player that she used regularly (at least weekly) for over 7 years which has recently gone to my sister and still plays like a charm...go figure!?! In any case, good luck!
Well this is a full spectrum camera so you would need to block all visible light with a ir filter unless ur in a location that is pitch black, but this camera has a fixed focal length and no optical zoom just digital, so I would not recommend this cam for anything that may be at a distance, maybe the Bell and Howell DNV16HDZ-BKFull 1080p HD 16MP Infrared Night might be better..... it has 10x optical zoom but is a ir cam not full spectrum. Both would need ir filter tho if u want to capture pure ir image only with no visible light. The bell uses 37mm filter this one is a 34mm.
It can be plugged in via USB as a webcam, for file transfer, or printing, but there's no way to use it in "normal" camera mode without the battery. USB is the only external power source - and works without the battery - but only as an external webcam connected to a computer.
No cold shoe it is a great camera though only issue I had was getting the image that's recorded to look the same when days was transferred when you watch it on the screen it looks great but is used an external light to make it brighter since I was ghost hunting but when hooked to a tv it looked so dark I dk maybe I just need to twerk some stuff but good camera tiny and compact . Extra battery is a must get a dozen cause this thing sucks them dry quick
Yes, Here is a link to my YouTube hunting playlist that shows a daytime and a nighttime hunt with the camera mounted behind the scope. I put it on a .22 so there would not be heavy recoil. Also, the IR light on the camera is only good for 10-15 feet. You will need to get a IR light mounted inline with your sight. Bookmark me and I'll do a review of my rig. Here the link. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4D01B18A8F145F7F
you can charge and record I've done it with mine. and as for memory it can hold up to 64gb sd card so i think it can record up to like 6 hours unles you add a second micro sd card . also if you have a computer it will record to the computer instead provided the drivers install and it works like a web cam so it could record all night.
Close, it's a USB with yellow(video) and white(mono audio). Since there is only one mic there is no need for the red (right channel stereo audio). The video quality is excellent too! But if shooting IR outdoors or in large rooms it's best to have additional IR emitters... Hope this helps!