When we are investigating, we use several different kinds of camcorders and cameras but the two most common are the infrared camcorder and the full spectrum camcorder.
The infrared camcorder has the ability to record our investigations in 0 light conditions. Because the camcorder is using the infrared floodlights to illuminate the area the footage shot with this camcorder has a light purple color. A lot of the time when our team is investigating I will leave this camera running on a tripod so that it can record everything that we are doing. There have been many times that it has captured movement or anomalies that we had no idea were happening at the time. That's what can make the long hours of reviewing data exciting, when you come across events that were played out around you without you being aware of them. We have also captured class A EVP clips on this camcorder when nobody was anywhere near the camera. The other great aspect of the infrared camcorder is the fact that to the naked eye, the floodlights emit next to no light. When we have been investigating in the dark for awhile there is nothing worse than being blinded by a bright camera light and ruining your night vision.
The full spectrum camcorder has the ability to record video in the ultraviolet spectrum of light, the spectrum of light that is visible to us, and the infrared spectrum of light. Footage from these camcorders are also slightly purple in tone, but like the infrared camera they still record high quality video. The only downside to this camcorder is that the floodlights are incredibly bright, and you can very easily blind enough investigator for a few seconds if you're not careful. If you place this camera in a position to pan a room and have it angled so that the chance of someone momentarily being blinded is less they are great to have on an investigation.
The great thing about full spectrum gear is that it allows us to utilize all three of the light spectrums at once. Babies and young toddlers are born with the ability to see a tiny fraction of the ultraviolet realm of light. In most cases this fades very quickly, much as our vision fades over time as we age. This could explain why babies will sometimes focus on something that we can't see, and it also could explain why people often comment that they are constantly seeing something in their peripheral vision, but when they turn to face it they don't see anything. The brief ability to see into the UV realm of light is in a child's peripheral. With this camcorder, we can record something that our naked eye wouldn't register.
Both of these camcorders can be purchased for about $350 Canadian funds, but they do not come with a bracket for the lights or the floodlights. I believe both of the camera set ups pictured above ended up costing me about $500, perhaps a little bit more. If you are going to purchase camera gear, Creepy Hollow is a very good company to purchase your infrared and full spectrum floodlights from.