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July 15, 2008

Soul Snatchers: The Best Digital Cameras for Ghost Hunters

ghosthuntercamera.jpgSo we all know that digital cameras have caught on with the general public, but did you know that Ghost Hunters are into them now too? Imagine that. If you dabble in paranormal research and are in the market for a digital camera to capture your spooky evidence, look out for the following features: (via Suite 101)

Auto and Manual Settings

When it comes to photographing semi-transparent matter (i.e. mist, ectoplasm) you'll want to be able to override your camera's automatic settings on flash and depth of focus.

Variety of Shutter Speeds
You'll also want to be able to set your own shutter speed--sport settings (high-speed shutter) will help you capture orbs and light vortices while slow shutter speeds (don't forget to use a tripod) will help you with things in motion (i.e. Myrtle floating down the stairs).

High ISO
The higher the ISO, the less light you need to get an exposure. Note that the higher the ISO, the greater the grain in your shot. Digital grain can be pretty icky depending on the quality of your camera and number of megapixels... it tends to take on a muddy blue cast.

Many Megapixels
If you're going to have any luck proving your phenomenal theories, treat yourself to some megapixels. The more megapixels, the better the detail in the shot and the more flexibility you'll have to crop into a shot or compare Casper with his dental records.

So which camera?
For the ultimate control, seriously consider a digital SLR. They pain the wallet, but you can't beat the capabilities if you know how to use them. One of the key features of the Canon EOS-40D ($900) is that it's designed to shoot at a high ISO with very little grain (sometimes called noise). Nikon's D3 SLR ($4,700) has one of the highest ISO settings available (25,600 -- no, that's not a type-o) and 12-megapixels to see right up the nose of your ghost. For a more affordable option, most Kodak EasyShare ($200+) cameras are a good bet--just be sure to get 6-megapixels or more.

The truth is out there, folks. It's up to you to capture it.

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Posted by Susan Moriarty at July 15, 2008 6:15 AM
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