Converting Powershot to IR

EOBeav

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I have a Powershot G9XmkII, and was considering converting to IR (720nm). I understand the need to shoot RAW, convert the WB, exchange red/blue channels, etc... and I also understand that a Powershot isn't going to produce the same quality of images as a DSLR with L glass. I thought this might be a fun, reasonably affordable way to be able to shoot IR images without the need for (and hassle) of an IR filter. Any thoughts on this subject? Anybody with experience doing this? Thanks in advance for your helpful comments and suggestions.
 

Bennymiata

EOS 6D MK II
There must be companies in the US that offer the service to turn your G7 into an IR camera.
I know a few of them in Australia that do this, but it's not cheap. Especially in a point and squirt where everything has to be disassembled to get to the sensor etc.
Do a search on Google.
 
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PCM-madison

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I used Lifepixel to convert my EOS M to IR and have been very happy with it. One important issue with an IR conversion is that some lenses give an IR-specific optical artifact often called a "hotspot." If you convert a camera with changeable lenses, you just avoid lenses that have IR hotspots. With a point-and-shoot camera, you would want reliable data that the fixed lens did not have this IR optical artifact.
 
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EOBeav

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Thank you for the replies. Yes, I was specifically looking at Lifepixel, but I think there are a few others. It looks like I need to do a little more research to find out if my compact has that IR artifact. That would be a huge consideration. I'll report back here when I get more information.

There must be companies in the US that offer the service to turn your G7 into an IR camera.
I know a few of them in Australia that do this, but it's not cheap. Especially in a point and squirt where everything has to be disassembled to get to the sensor etc.
Do a search on Google.
I used Lifepixel to convert my EOS M to IR and have been very happy with it. One important issue with an IR conversion is that some lenses give an IR-specific optical artifact often called a "hotspot." If you convert a camera with changeable lenses, you just avoid lenses that have IR hotspots. With a point-and-shoot camera, you would want reliable data that the fixed lens did not have this IR optical artifact.
 

EOBeav

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So after doing some sleuthing around, I've come up with the following information from a few different sources: Yes, this camera can be converted. It does have a hot spot that starts to get noticeable after about f/4. Most compacts have this problem.