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Cameras are a ghost hunters perfect tool for collecting and documenting actual paranormal evidence. Some people just have a knack for capturing ghost on film. Often some regard the importance of a A 35mm camera with black and white film and/or infrared film as being useful for capturing any pictures. Always make sure you have plenty of film. For best results use a film speed of no less than 200. A speed of 800 may produce better results although it will be very grainy. It is also important that your camera has flash either its own or slave flash. Have all the film developed by experts and don't forget a tri-pod to avoid camera shake.

Some investigators have gotten results from Polaroids, but you could also take these along with a 35 mm camera, disposable and digital camera so you can compare the final ghost photo results. When you develop 35mm film you don't need to go to a specific camera shop, the local drug store or department store is fine.

Always let them know in advance you want all the pictures developed, even if they deem them unprintable, so that you get the pictures that they might deem as bad ones. These "bad ones" are normally your best pictures of actual ectoplasm, shadows, orb or strange anomalies and ghost mist vortex photos.

IS-50 QD

The IS-50 QD lets you leave any additional flashes at home, too. It boasts an advanced twin flash system along with an Intelligent Variable-Power Flash system to help provide the appropriate light under a number of photo scenarios…automatically. The Auto Color-Balancing Flash system detects artificial and fluorescent light sources to determine the most appropriate setting for more difficult lighting situations. And the Super FP flash system delivers flash synchronization at shutter speeds up to 1/2000 seconds to further maximize the IS-50 QD's performance.

 

 

Powerful 28~120 4.3x zoom lens with ED glass elements for sharp, colorful pictures
Built-in twin flash system helps determine appropriate flash for various lighting situations, including Auto Color-Balancing to preserve natural color in artificial/fluorescent light


Programmed Auto Exposure setting lets you choose between Full Auto, Stop Action, Portrait, Night Scene and Landscape modes
Sleek and ergonomic design makes it easy to hold and easy to use


Large LCD panel lets you easily keep track of settings in use


Quartz Date lets you imprint your photos with one of four date/time formats
Dioptric adjustment provides comfort for the user


Self-timer with 12-second delay
Spot metering and exposure compensation
Multi-coated Lens
Lens (f4.9-6.9) - 15 elements in 10 groups
Variable-Power Flash with Super FP Activation for flash synchronization at shutter speeds up to 1/2000 second
Aperture priority and Long Time modes
Predictive autofocus
24" close-up macro shooting
TTL metering system: Fuzzy logic ESP, center-weighted average
Optional remote control

Type Fully automatic 35 mm autofocus single-lens-reflex camera with built-in 28mm to 120 mm zoom lens.


Lens Olympus lens (Filter available : 52mm filter diameter) 28mm to 120 mm, F4.9 to F6.8, 15 elements in 10 groups (4-group zoom construction),1 ED lens included
Shutter Electronic control system, vertical focal plane shutter Shutter speed: 1/2,000sec. – 4sec. in Programmed mode; 1 sec. – 60 sec. in Long Time mode.

Film Format 35 mm standard DX-coded film.

Viewfinder Single-lens-reflex system, magnification ratio 0.72x (at 50mm)
Finder view field: 85% of actual view field.
Viewfinder Information: Autofocus frame, Spot frame, Autofocus indicator, Flash indicator (also used as flash warning), Exposurecompensation overexposure/underexposure warning.
Focusing TTL phase-difference detection system with autofocus focus lock. Auto focus beep available. Auxiliary flash activation in low light. (Available at distances up to 6m, determined under Olympus’ test conditions.)


Exposure Control 1) Program AE: Full-Auto, Stop Action, Portrait, Night Scene, Landscape
2) Aperture-Priority AE
3) Long Time (Manual)


Self-Timer Electronic selftimer with approx. 12 sec. delay.
Remote Control (Optional) Infrared remote control unit with approx. 3 sec. Delay.
Flash Built-in IVP (Intelligent Variable-Power) flash system with Super FP Activation. Manually flipped up.
Flash-shutter Synchronization: Under 1/100sec. (Full synchronization up to 1/2,000sec. with Super FP activation in Portrait Mode:)
Flash Recycle Time: Approx. 0.2 to 4.0 sec. (at normal operating temperature)
Flash Modes Auto Flash (Automatic flash activation in low-light, backlight and fluorescent light), Red-Eye Reduction Flash (same as Auto otherwise), Fill-in (forced activation) and Super FP Activation.


All Weather N/A
Quartz Date Up to year 2032.
Panorama No
Print Type N/A
Focusing Range 0.6 m to infinity in macro shooting; 0.6m to infinity at wide angle and 0.9m to infinity at telephoto in standard shooting
Exposure Counter Progressive, displayed on LCD panel


Exposure Compensation ±2EV (1/2- Step)
Film Speed Automatic setting with DX-coded film with ISO 25, 32, 50, 64, 100, 125, 200, 250, 400, 500, 800, 1000, 1600, 2000 or 3200. Other intermediate film speeds will be automatically set for next lower speed.
Film Loading Automatic loading. (Automatically advances to first frame when camera back cover is closed.)


Film Advance Automatic film winding.
Film Rewind Automatic film rewind (automatic rewind activated at end of film, automatic rewind stop). Rewind possible at any point with rewind button.


Data Recording Imprinting from behind film. Types:
1) None.
2) Year-month day.
3) Month-day-year.
4) Day-month-year.
5) Day-hour-minutes.
Diopter Adjustment -2 to +1
Power Source Two 3 V lithium battery (CR 123A or DL 123A).
Battery Check Displayed on LCD panel.
Dimensions 4.9”(W)×3.4”(H)×4.9”(D) in. (excluding protrusions).
Weight 22.9 oz. (excluding batteries).


Actually some Ghost Hunters have taken exceptional and phenomenal ghost photos with disposable cameras. You never know when a ghost photo is going to happen, you could be at a haunted battlefield on vacation not even thinking about a ghost photo or investigation. You say not even investigating and capture a real ghost on film? Isn't this how a lot pf people get interested in the subject in the first place? Weddings, kids parties, any occasion where you might use one is aptly the right time when a ghost can appears on your film. So why not take them with you on actual investigations. The more you document the more chance yo have of capturing a real ( Live) ghost on film.

Several Investigators have reported giving several disposable cameras to home owners or the business's they are investigating, asking the people to snap photos randomly or when something happens, or if they feel something strange. The results have often proved very successful. As they always say, "I wish I had had a camera then I would have had my proof of a real actual Ghost haunting!" Most big names in Ghost Hunting will tell you. "bring them something positive in a picture as ghost to look at and they will investigate it.

Fujifilm QuickSnap Flash 400 Disposable 35mm Camera
Other products by Fuji

Technical Details
Disposable one-time-use camera in compact body
Very sharp pictures with a 10-foot built-in flash
Fun and easy to use
Great for taking pictures indoors or outdoors
Loaded with Superia X-TRA 400 film, 27 exposures

With this new technology now within reach of the average person, digital photography has reached a level where it is finally acceptable in paranormal research. By using cameras that start at a level of no less than 5 megapixels and taking advantage of all of the options available to us, we can actually gather evidence with our digital camera that is comparable to that of a 35 mm camera.

Digital Camera - Regardless of what you've heard digital cameras are great tools for ghost researchers, digital cameras should continued to be used in ghost research... Once upon a time they had their limitations and problems but that is no longer the case. Not only do they allow you to see instantly if you have a positive photo, they can also take photos in limited infrared range of light.

These cameras have always been excellent for documenting a location and also as a secondary, back-up camera. The problem came when the digital cameras were the only cameras used in an investigation. This was (and still is) and incorrect use for the camera and it has led to some disastrous results for the credibility of paranormal investigations. Many ghost hunters are out snapping hundreds of digital photos at random, using nothing else for their “investigation” but the camera.

Pentax K100D Digital SLR Camera 28-200mm Zoom Lens

Capture all of life's greatest moments from close, or afar with the powerful zoom and convenience of this Pentax K100D Digital SLR Camera.
6.1 MP APS-C size CCD with high-performance imaging engine and advanced image-processing technologies
High-precision SAFOX VIII 11-point auto focus (9 cross-type sensors) system with single and continuous AF


Includes Tamron AF 28-200mm Super Zoom F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical XR (IF) Macro Lens
Sensitivity equivalent to ISO 200 to 3200 with an auto mode that takes advantage of the entire range
Mode Dial includes the standard Exposure Modes, Auto Picture Mode, Picture Modes, and now Scene Modes
Large 2.5-inch LCD monitor with 210,000 pixel resolution, wide viewing angle and 12 time zoom
Sophisticated 16-segment multi-pattern metering determines the optimal exposure settings

Warranty: 1 year -- manufacturer
Materials: Electronic components
Model No: K100D
Dimensions: 5.1 in. W x 3.6 in. H x 2.8 in. D

sample ghost photos .

5 megapixel and greater cameras. These newer cameras not only offer clean and crisp images that do not have the problems with false “orbs” but some models also offer “Night Shot” technology and all of them even offer a way to authenticate the images that is as trustworthy as a negative. One of the options of a higher quality camera is access to what are called Raw Data files. These files are uncompressed and unprocessed and an anomalous image that is examined using this option can actually be authenticated – perhaps with even more detail than in a photographic negative. In addition, the newer cameras also offer access to the EXIF information about images that are photographed. EXIF is data that is embedded into the image once it is taken.

EXIF, It contains everything about the camera that took the image, including camera settings, date and time the image was taken, if flash was used, the ISO settings and more. If anyone attempts to manipulate the image, the EXIF data holds this information too. In this way, a person trying to analyze a digital image will be able to see if it has been manipulated or not. If anyone attempts to alter the EXIF data, it will destroy the image. In this way, it becomes a “digital negative” of every picture that is taken.

Motion Activated Camera- This camera comes in two kinds, digital and 35 mm. These are made for wildlife photography but have been adopted by paranormal investigators.


Tired of wasting money on game cameras that don't work as expected? You're not alone! Introducing the PixController DIGITALEYE™ trail camera designed from the ground up to be the ultimate scouting tool. This system includes a 6.0 MegaPixel removable Sony DSC-S600 digital camera for every day use, so when your trail camera isn't in the woods you can use the camera for other purposes. The large LCD display will let you view all of your photos right in the woods without needing to carry along a card viewer. You can also read the time and date the photo was taken on the LCD display. This system is very small too, which means you can easily conceal it in the woods. The DIGITALEYE™ trail camera runs off of a single 9V battery lasting for 4-5 months, even in the coldest conditions. This ensures your system will be light, and easy to carry deep into the woods unlike other systems that use 4 to 6 C or D cell batteries only lasting weeks at a time, and expensive to replace!

This system is built from our premier PixController Universal motion controller board. The PIR motion detection electronics used are second to none in the industry today. With a detection range of 80+ feet, so you won't have to worry about missing any photos. You won't have to worry about false photos either like you see on many commercial game cameras on the market today.

Unlike many game cameras made today this system uses the higher end and more sensitive CCD imaging sensor to capture your high resolution photos. Almost every commercial game camera on the market today uses the less expensive CMOS imaging sensors that are much less sensitive to light and produce fuzzy/soft photos. With this Sony CCD imaging sensor your photos will be sharp and crisp, and you will be able to make out every inch of that trophy buck!

When the DIGITALEYE™ is setup in our exclusive Trail Mode™ feature it will guarantee you will capture more photos than other game cameras on the market today. Did you ever notice that almost every game camera on the market today needs a minimum of 1 minute to store a photo before it can take the next photo? In a true "trail" situation this is totally useless! What happens when you have a string of doe on a trail, or a mature buck following a doe during the rut? Why settle for a game camera that only captures the lead animal on a trail?

Frustrated with trying to setup your current game camera? Don't know how to program it or can't even figure out how to easily attach it and lock it to a tree? Never have those problems again with the PixController DIGITALEYE™! With our easy to setup DIP switch you can easily adjust delays between photos, day/night and 24 hour operation, and even setup for movie mode. With just one switch to turn your system on is all you need to do when setting your PixController DIGITALEYE™ out to start scouting.

PixController, Inc. specializes in motion detection based camera systems and OEM motion based controller electronics. PIR motion detection electronics require both body heat and motion to trigger the controlled camera. Innovative designs include control of Cellular PDA Smart Phones, Video Camcorders, Digital Cameras, and DVR "Digital Video Recorder" systems. PixController, Inc provide complete turn-key systems as well as OEM electronics and parts to design/build your own system. To read more about PixController, Inc. , http://www.pixcontroller.com/

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Types of cameras
Compact
Compacts are just that small cameras. Compacts can fit in a pocket, and are available with basic features such as zoom, video and good LCD screens. Compact cameras are generally an excellent value, and fit the needs of most casual photographers.

Ultra compact
Consider the ultra compact the sexier version of the compact sleek, able to fit in the palm of your hand, and the coolest camera available. While ultra compacts are available in high megapixel versions, they don't always deliver high-quality results these are the fashion-over-function types.

Enthusiast
This is the camera for the more serious photographer who wants SLR-type features (faster shutter, manual controls for f-stop and white balance, better lenses) without the SLR price tag. They are just under full-size to full size, and offer higher quality images, higher mega pixels and versatility.

Super zoom
Super zooms take the enthusiast camera up a notch in zoom, but is for those who prefer automatic controls. It is not a digital SLR, but offers a 10x or greater optical zoom, and some offer image stabilization a very important factor when you zoom close.

Digital SLR
D-SLRs are the Porsches of the digital camera set; professional performance, top image quality, manual or automatic control over exposure and color, interchangeable lenses and a load of other features. You'll also pay top dollar for this top performer; these are best for the dedicated amateur or true professional who needs the best in equipment and quality.


Features
After you determine the style of camera that best fits your style, it's time to determine which features you will use. Remember bells and whistles are great, but add to the coast of the camera, and budget is usually the determining factor for most people when purchasing. So really think about what features are most important to you.

Mega pixels
Size does matter but mega pixels can be misleading. Digital images are made up of small squares; each megapixel represents 1,000 squares. So a 3mp camera shoots an image made up of three million megapixels. Megapixels don't translate into the quality of the image, but rather determine how large the image will be. The higher the megapixel, the larger the image can be printed or viewed, and the more you can crop an image without losing quality.

Image quality
Look for a camera with high image quality sharpness, color accuracy and color exposure. How can you tell if a camera has high image quality? Check its sensor size. A larger sensor means each individual pixel is larger, which equals a better image quality.

Zoom
Optical zoom is ultra-important and is different than digital zoom. The optical zoom refers to how close you can get to your subject the higher the optical zoom, the closer you'll get. Digital zoom refers to the software function which allows you to magnify or crop an image during editing.

Photo storage / Memory
Digital cameras use a wide variety of memory cards, with a wide variety of storage space. Most new cameras come with at least a small amount of memory. There's XD, SD, CF, and so on. While there's not a lot of difference in the performance of the various memory devices, how the camera transfers the images to your computer for editing, printing and sharing is something you should consider.

Many cameras offer a USB cable for transferring images, and the cards of course can be removed from the camera and inserted into an external card reader for viewing.

Speed
If you're the parent of the next big sports star or ballerina, then be sure to look for a camera with a faster shutter speed, otherwise you'll be frustrated by blurry action photos. Many cameras offer a rapid-shot option, which allows a quick succession of images to be taken.

Video recording
Many digital cameras offer video recording allowing you to record short videos, with or without sound.

Batteries
Battery types vary as much as the cameras available. Many offer removable, rechargeable batteries, which are not always included in the purchase price of the camera. Even the least expensive compact camera uses up a lot of power; invest in a set of rechargeable batteries and a charger if possible.


Finally: The buy
Now that you've done the research, it's time to buy. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you've narrowed down your choices.

Buy the best camera within your budget; go for the top number of mega-pixels and most features that are important to you.

The larger and brighter the LCD, the better; a bright LCD makes it easier to see your photos, as well as organize them.

Be clear about what is included in the purchase price of the model you choose. Those little extras memory cards, cases, straps add up quickly, so be sure you're making an apple-to-apple price comparison between models.

If the camera store offers a how-to class, seriously consider taking it. You may be surprised by the tips and techniques that you can pick up in a short course on your new camera.

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