You are looking for an infrared camera conversion service? Check out this global list of providers, their services and other useful details.

The purpose of this listing is to give you an overview of companies offering some form of infrared camera conversion service.

Originally part of the Infrared Photography Tutorial, I decided to dedicate a separate article to this topic as the list of companies grew longer. As an additional benefit, I have now included additional information for each of the companies.

Why a global infrared camera conversion service catalog?

There are actually three reasons why I decided to publish this catalog:

  1. You might simply not be aware of some of the companies listed, or the type of service they offer
  2. “The world is a village” – sending cameras around the globe is easy these days (just make sure you follow the recommendations at the end of this article)
  3. I am not aware of an existing comparable list. There are some for just the US, but I have not found anything covering the entire world.

Instead of just listing links to the companies, I tried to add information about the type of services they offer. For example, which camera brands they can modify and how long a conversion might take. On purpose, I have not included pricing information.

IR conversions: what do I need to pay attention to?

There are a couple of things I would recommend paying attention to, when it comes to IR camera conversions:

  • Be aware that converting your camera will usually void the manufacturer warranty, unless noted otherwise. For this reason, it is usually best to use an older model which is no longer under warranty. The one exception seems to be Optic Macario in Germany, they claim to convert Nikon cameras without voiding the manufacturer warranty.
  • Filter quality: The replacement filter should be made out of high quality optical glass, not plastic material. It makes a difference optically and when you need to clean your sensor at some point (plastic scratches easily).
  • Conversion type: Make sure you understand the differences between the various filter options. In my Infrared Photography Tutorial, you will find some helpful comments for each of the filter options.

Infrared camera conversion service providers

Advanced Camera Services (ACS) [United Kingdom]

Website:Advanced Camera Services (ACS)
Address:Unit 10 Linmore Court
Threxton Road Industrial Estate
Watton, Norfolk
IP25 6NG
United Kingdom
Opening hours:9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday
Phone number:+44 1953 889 324
Email address:[email protected]
Type of conversions offered:Ultraviolet, Infrared, Full Spectrum
Camera brands:Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras as well as all Fuji X Series cameras, Panasonic Lumix G Series, Sony Alpha or NEX cameras, Pentax, and some compacts
Approximate turnaround time:n/a
Warranty on modification:6 months guarantee for parts and labour
Other comments:Clean air environment

Camera Clinic [Australia]

Website:Camera Clinic
Address:56 Easey Street
Collingwood VIC 3066
Australia
Opening hours:Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Phone number:+61 3 9419 5247
Email address:[email protected]
Type of conversions offered:Ultraviolet, Infrared, Full Spectrum
Camera brands:Nikon, Canon, Leica, Fuji
Approximate turnaround time:n/a
Warranty on modification:n/a
Other comments:

Kolari Vision [United States]

Website:Kolari Vision
Address:South Suite B15
1124 US-202
Raritan, NJ 08869
United States
Opening hours:9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday
Phone number:+1 844 565 2741
Email address:[email protected]
Type of conversions offered:Infrared, Full Spectrum
Camera brands:Most major camera manufacturers
Approximate turnaround time:Usually less than 5 business days
Warranty on modification:General 30 day warranty
Other comments:Dust free ISO Class 5 clean air bench; duty and VAT free infrared conversions in the EU are available through authorized partner

Life Pixel [United States]

Website:LifePixel
Address:13024 Beverly Park Road
Suite 101
Mukilteo, WA 98275
United States
Opening hours:Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm PST
Phone number:+1 866 610 1710
Email address:[email protected]
Type of conversions offered:Infrared, Full Spectrum
Camera brands:Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony
Approximate turnaround time:Usually 7 to 10 business days, quicker turnaround options available
Warranty on modification:1 year warranty on all camera conversion services
Other comments:Class 5 clean air environment

MaxMax.com – Llewellyn Data Processing (LDP LLC) [United States]

Website:Maxmax.com
Address:220 Broad Street
Carlstadt, NJ 07072
United States
Opening hours:Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM EST
Phone number:+1 201 505 1566
Email address:[email protected]
Type of conversions offered:Ultraviolet, Infrared, Full Spectrum
Camera brands:Any Canon or Nikon DLSR made during the last 20 years
Approximate turnaround time:Usually 1 or 2 days after receipt
Warranty on modification:n/a
Other comments:Class 100 optical clean bench

Optic Macario [Germany]

Website:Optic Macario (in German)
Address:Aachener Straße 61
41061 Mönchengladbach
Germany
Opening hours:Mo – Do 10:00 – 17:00 Uhr
Fr 10:00 – 16:00 Uhr
Phone number:+49 2161 175711
Email address:[email protected]
Type of conversions offered:Ultraviolet, Infrared, Full Spectrum
Camera brands:Nikon, Canon, Sony, Leica, Konica-Minolta, Pentax, Panasonic, Fuji, Progress, others
Approximate turnaround time:(no information)
Warranty on modification:6 months, see details
Other comments:For Nikon models, the manufacturer warranty will remain intact

Spencer’s Camera & Photo [United States]

Website:Spencer’s Camera & Photo
Address:696 Grove Drive
Alpine, UT 84004
United States
Opening hours:Monday through Thursday 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM Mountain time. (Open some Fridays)
Phone number:+1 801 367 7569
Email address:[email protected]
Type of conversions offered:Infrared, Full Spectrum
Camera brands:Almost every digital camera on the market
Approximate turnaround time:Only a few days or less
Warranty on modification:12 month in-house warranty
Other comments:Cleanroom

Please note that I have no affiliation with any of the companies above. But I do have experience with conversions done by Advanced Camera Services, Life Pixel and Spencer’s Camera & Photo. Advanced Camera Services did convert for me a Nikon D50 in 2009. Life Pixel did convert for me a Nikon D3200 in 2013 and an Olympus OM-D E-M5 in 2014. Spencer’s Camera & Photo did convert for me an Olympus OM-D E-M1 in 2016. I was happy with the conversions done by either company.

Which company should I choose?

What probably makes sense for you is to choose a company close to you or at least within your economic area. For example: if you live in Europe, you should probably choose a company located within the EU. Otherwise you have to be careful when sending your camera abroad.

In 2013, I sent my Nikon D3200 (which I bought in Austria) for conversion to Life Pixel in the US. Everything went smooth, until they shipped the converted camera back to me. At this point, the Austrian tax authorities wanted to charge me import tax and VAT (again) for my own camera.
It took me days of phone calls, discussions and sending documents to authorities to get my camera back. Now I understand that you need to formally register your camera before you send it abroad, to avoid what happened to me.

Please help make this list even more useful

There are at least two ways you can help make this list even more useful to anyone trying to find the right provider:

  1. Are you aware of other companies offering infrared camera conversion service? Please leave a comment below or contact me and I will gladly add it to the list.
  2. Do you have past experience with one or more of the listed providers? Good or bad, we would like to hear about it. Please leave a comment on this page, describing your experience.

Thanks for your help to keep the ultimate list of infrared camera conversion service providers up-to-date!