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Sony CCD-TRV138 IR Enabled

Model: XNiteSony138



Please Note: Sony no longer produces the CCD-TRV138.  We can occasionally find new cameras, but can mostly only find refurbished or used cameras in very-good to excellent condition.  Because of limited supplies, we can no longer guarantee that you will get a new camera for this model.  You may also send us in your camera for conversion.

We have a fully functional, 0-Lux Infrared (IR) capable Sony Camcorder CCD-TRV138 that has a Re-Enabled Niteshot Function that permits you to shoot in broad daylight with full shutter and aperture control.  This modified camera is completely normal as a regular Handycam but and can also film at up to 1200nm even in daylight.  You can use this as your regular camcorder and also as your infrared camcorder.

Externally, there are no visual changes. Internally, we have modified the optics so that the camera can see from 330nm to 1200nm versus a stock camera which can see from about 380nm to 750nm

Click Here For Actual Pictures Taken With our Camcorder and Normal Camcorder

Click Here For A Comparison Of Our Different Filters

All currently manufactured Sony camcorders will shoot a washed-out picture in daylight situations when in Niteshot mode without an IR filter!  For a brief period a few years ago, some Sony handycams/handicams could shoot in daylight when in 0-Lux Niteshot mode.  Then, some users discovered the ability to see through some fabrics in certain situations (The infamous X-Ray effect).  When Sony found out, they changed the camcorders so that when you are in Niteshot mode, the aperture is forced to full open and slow shutter speed.  The result is that if you try shooting in daylight situations when in Niteshot mode, your picture will be completely washed-out and overexposed.  Further, even if you use neutral density filters to compensate, the depth of field is very shallow meaning that your focus will only be correct in a narrow range.  Also, the slow shutter speed will blur moving objects.

Don't be mislead by others selling normal camcorders with the Niteshot feature.  Unless the camcorder has been re-enabled, the you may not be able to shoot outdoors in Niteshot mode will be with the addition of neutral density filters depending on the light and your particular model camera.  Make sure when somebody tells you the camcorder is "modified" that you understand if it was modified to shoot Niteshot during the day or modified by Sony NOT to shoot during the day!

This camera has been modified so that in normal mode, the camera see both infrared and visible light simultaneously.  This means:

1:  If you want to only see the infrared spectrum, you need to use an infrared pass / visible light blocking filter such as our XNite IR filters.

2:  For normal photography, you will need to use an XNiteCC1 color correct filter which blocks Infrared light and passes visible light.  If you don't use an XNiteCC1 filter, the camera will see both IR and visible light simultaneously which will result in strangely colored pictures especially outdoors.  

3:  In NiteShot mode, the camera operates like a stock camcorder.  The IR illuminating IR LED's turn on, exposure and aperture control is limited and the picture is tinted green.  You generally will only use the factory NiteShot mode when taking pictures at night where when you want the IR illuminating LED's to turn on.  Otherwise, the normal mode is better for IR photography including low light photography where you don't want or can't use the IR illuminators.

The 37mm filters for this camera are available Here.

Would you like us to convert your camera? We can convert your camera for $225 + return S&H ($20 insured UPS ground domestic USA).  Camera should be shipped well packed, insured, with lens cover and battery for testing.  Turnaround is typically 1 or 2 days depending on how busy we are.

Our Performance Guarantee  If you are not satisfied with your IR enabled camera, we will put it back to stock at no additional charge other than return shipping.


bulletVideo input type
bulletDigital zoom
bullet990 x
bulletEffective sensor resolution
bullet2.0 megapixels
bulletGross sensor resolution
bullet3.2 megapixels
bulletOptical sensor size
bullet1/6 in
bulletOptical sensor type
bulletMin illumination
bullet0 lux
bulletDigital video input format
bulletImage effects
bulletSlim, Sepia, Mosaic, Pastel, Stretch, Negative Art, Solarization
bulletImage stabilizer
bulletElectronic (Steady Shot)
bulletVideo head qty
bulletDigital scene transition
bulletStripe, Black fader, White fader, Mosaic fader, Monotone fader
bulletMin shutter speed
bullet1/60 sec
bulletMax shutter speed
bullet1/4000 sec
bulletShooting modes
bulletNormal movie mode
bulletShooting programs
bulletLandscape, Spotlight, Beach & ski, Sports mode, Portrait mode, Sunset & moon
bulletWhite balance
bulletWhite balance presets
bulletExposure modes
bulletProgram, Automatic

Lens System

bulletLens aperture
bulletOptical zoom
bullet20 x
bulletLens system type
bulletZoom lens
bulletInterchangeable lens
bulletMin focal length
bullet2.5 mm
bulletMax focal length
bullet50 mm
bulletAuto focus
bulletTTL contrast detection
bulletFilter size
bullet37 mm
bulletEquivalent 35mm focal length
bullet42 - 840 mm
bulletManual focus
bulletManual, Automatic
bulletZoom adjustment
bulletMotorized drive

Memory / Storage

bulletMedia type

Viewfinder / Display

bulletDisplay type
bulletLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5 in - Color
bulletDisplay form factor
bulletDisplay resolution
bullet123,000 pixels
bulletViewfinder color support
bulletBlack & white

Audio Input

bulletAudio input type
bulletMicrophone type

Expansion / Connectivity

bullet1 x Composite video/audio output, 1 x DC power input
bulletCables included
bulletA/V cable

Additional Features

bulletVideo input features
bulletTBC, Auto power save, Date/time stamp, Built-in speaker, Backlight compensation, Digital noise reduction
bulletRemote control
bulletSoftware type
bulletDrivers & Utilities
bulletIncluded accessories
bulletLens cap, Camcorder shoulder strap


bulletBattery type
bullet- Lithium ion
bulletPower supply included
bulletPower adapter - External

Physical Characteristics

bullet3.3 in
bullet5.9 in
bullet3.9 in
bullet1.8 lbs





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Last modified: June 18, 2015