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Need Night Vision Camcorder to record self Sleep Study

I am conducting a self experiment to record my Sleep Apnea, Cpap usage, various techniques, etc... and need to purchase a Camcorder that can record in very low light conditions.

Preferably, this would have a good mic to pick up noises associated with the apnea and snoring as well.

Also, I intend to upload it to a computer for future usage; if possible, I would like to do this directly, but otherwise, I understand that it could be done with software typcially include with modern camcorders by using included cables for usb or firewire.

I am looking at the sony models, such as dcr-sr 45-85 versions for their night shot technology as well as reasonable price and quality.

Does anyone have any experience in using these models in terms of how low a light (rate at 6-8 lux) you can record with reasonable quality?

Also, it is important to be able to create a brief history/video represenatation of what happens with/without the cpap mask and make the necessary graphical additions or overlays. I should mention that I am a complete NOVICE in terms of the usage of digital media and their associated software. So, this is a consideration.

Should I instead use something like Camtasia to create the mixed information, synched, graphical clips of the apnea examples?

Any and all considerations, advice and suggestions will be appreciated.

Thanks. This is very important to me to be able to adequately measure, record and then teach about this condition.

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In reply to: Need Night Vision Camcorder to record self Sleep Study

the 2008 sonys are the last sonys that have nightvision across the board. this creates the popular greenish look youve probably seen. i would turn off the cams ir light and use a separate source which is more powerful. youll also probably want to use an external mic, which no standard def sonys support

you could also get a panasonic with the magic lux, that becomes ir sensitive with the slow shutter

no matter what you do, with the lights low or off and using nightshot, the video will be very grainly

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How about this? a HD-SDI night vision camcorder

In reply to: Need Night Vision Camcorder to record self Sleep Study

check here:
"it is the world's first self-developed professional HD night vision camcorder" according to what wrote on this page.
I see pictures taken by this camcorder in total darkness, They are very nice. This camcorder will meet your needs.
You are welcome.

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