This is a website dedicated to showing you how to convert a Nikon 1 camera to take infrared photos.
The modification will permanently change your camera rendering it unable to take ‘normal’ photos. It will however enable you to take photos in infrared without the need for an external filter. It will also increase shutter speeds so that you will be able to take hand-held photos (compared to the 10s of seconds needed for using an external filter on an unmodified camera.)
It is not a terribly difficult modification, and it requires no soldering. If you have built your own desktop or put your own fusion drive in a Mac mini then it is of a similar difficulty. One thing I would suggest though is if you have big hands, you may find it a little difficult to reattach some of the cables.
If you have any questions, first check the FAQ and if you can’t find what you want, let me know.
Ok, so lets begin.
You will need –
1 – A Nikon J1 Camera (other models are likely similar.)
2 – A IR filter. I used a 72nm sharp cut filter.
I used a sharp cut 72nm filter, but there are many others available.
The cheapest place I could find to buy one was here:
3 – A can of compressed air.
(or blower, basically you want something to help you remove any dust from the sensor.)
4 – A 1.5mm phillips screw driver.
All the screws take the same size screwdriver.
5 – A plastic spudger.
Useful for prying off the cable holders. Use plastic as it won’t short anything out should you slip.
6 – A pair of needle nose tweezers.
Not essential but can be useful for reattaching small cables,
7 – An anti-static wristband.
I didn’t use this, but it would have been a good idea. It will help prevent static electricity from damaging the electronics.
8 – A pair of gloves.
Again, I didn’t use these, but it would have been a good idea. You certainly don’t want a finger print on your sensor.
9 – An ice cube tray.
I think these are the best way to store the screws, as you can also keep a not of the order in which they come out.
There is also my youtube video with another walkthrough (much the same as this site tbh) but there might be some details I missed here..link (opens in a new window)