IR Lights & $29.95 vid cam - No. Cal gouls

From:  Bill Noble [SMTP:william_b_noble-at-email.msn-dot-com]
Sent:  Saturday, April 11, 1998 10:43 AM
To:  Tesla List
Subject:  Re:  Re:IR Lights & $29.95 vid cam - No. Cal gouls

instead of paying $30 for a cheapie toy camera, go to a swap meet and buy an
old video camera - many are available where the recorder part is sick but
the camera part is fine - these cost well under $50 and will give you more

>From:  Jim Fosse [SMTP:jim.fosse-at-bjt-dot-net]
>Sent:  Thursday, April 09, 1998 3:39 PM
>To:  Tesla List
>Subject:  (fwd) Re: HALL: Re:IR Lights & $29.95 vid cam - No. Cal gouls
> Toys R Us has a very useful little toy video camera. Not a
>good as a "real" video camera, but at $30 very useable for those of us
>that don't have a camcorder yet. It is also IR sensitive with the
>existing filter in place. Great for telling if that pesky IR led is
> jim
>>Just thought I'd pass this along from another list-->
>>Subject:      Re: $29.95 video cameras
>>>> Toys R. Us is closing out the Tyco childrens video camera at $29.95.
>>>> This unit contains a small single board camera that is easily removed.
>>>> It has an onboard 5 volt regulator and pulls 50ma at 6 volts. Video
>>>> output is standard NTSC composite, (RS-170) at 1 volt P/P into 75 ohms.
>>>> Due to agc action, video level clips at 90 IRE units.
>>>> Sensitivity is good including IR. It "sees" in total darkness with just
>>>> a few IR LEDs providing light.
>>>> While I would class this unit as "surveilance grade" it is certainly
>>>> good enough for most hobby applications. Quality can be improved by
>>>> replacing the plastic lens if you can break the glue loose.
>>      ----------------------------------------------------
>>and at following address shows inards(not for squimish)
>>of the Tyco cam & info on the electronics and detail
>>data on the chip. http://www.reality.demon.co.uk/tyco.htm
>Awk, and a home made jet engine site to Boot! Just what I need,
>another hobby;)
> jim