2012 Digital Game Camera Reviews
Content Provided By: Brian Stephens, StickemArchery.com Pro Staff
I do not think any hunter would argue with the topic around the value of game cameras at locating and scouting big game animals. Digital Game Cameras may be one of the most important tools you have access to help you become more successful in the woods. Scouting and Trail Cameras have many roles from locating specific animals, taking inventory of animals, and learning more about their travel/feeding patterns. Now that we all agree with the value of digital scouting cameras let’s talk about what cameras to choose from. There are soo many on the market now and the technologies have really improved among the cameras. With that said I do believe there are a lot of “me to” or similar cameras with just another name on them. The below list of Primos, Spy Point, Moultrie, Cuddeback and Stealthcam game cameras is not all inclusive to what is available on the market. This is just part 1 of our 2012 game camera reviews. Here are a few things to consider when determining what camera or cameras to buy….
- Value or Cost of the camera – becareful you may get what you pay for
- Image Quality – How many mega pixels do you want or do you need? The higher the mp the higher the price tag will be…
- Video Capability – Do you want video capabilities along with still images, Do you want HD video?
- Types of Batteries – Do you want AA, D cell, C cell batteries?
- Ease of Use – Is it easy to set up, view pictures, download pictures, set up features?
- Trigger Speed – Consider this if you are placing over bait or travel zone
- Wireless Capability- A great feature if you want up to the minute pictures without going to camera site
- Remote Capability- Great feature if want to minimize scent or pressure
- LCD on camera- Instant viewing of pictures on the camera
|STEALTHCAM UNIT OPS
Another new release in 2012 for Stealth Cam is the Unit OPS camera. The Unit OPS is similar to the Sniper Shadow in that it uses “No Glo Night Vision” technology to capture night time photos without your trophy ever knowing the Unit OPS camera is taking his picture. The IR range is exceptional at 50 ft. The camera features BurstMode which shoots 1-9 images per trigger and has a 2x and 4x digital zoom. TRIAD Technology makes the Unit OPS an extremely versatile tool in that it captures video, 8MP still images and even offers a time-lapse video (allowing hunters to review a day’s worth of activity in a matter of minutes). The unit is powered by 8 “AA” batteries and comes black in color. I do like the No Glo Night Vision aspect of this camera for specific situations and if your deer do get pressure. This will help to minimize any extra disturbance to the deer if they are coming to feeder or food source.
The second camera in the Sniper series is the Sniper Shadow. Two things set this camera apart from other cameras in the stealth lineup. For starters, the Sniper Shadow comes with “No Glo Night Vision” technology wary game animals will be clueless as to the cameras presence. And with a 50 ft range, you’re sure to capture that elusive buck as he passes by. The second feature of the Sniper Shadow is its ability to perform 3 different functions. Using what Stealth Cam calls TRIAD Technology (3 functions in 1), this camera can take video recordings, 8mp still images, and even offers time-lapsed video(allowing hunters to review a day’s worth of activity in a matter of minutes).
|SPY POINT TINY-W2
With a list of possibilities, the new Tiny-W2 is sure to make would-be thieves think twice about taking what isn’t theirs. Thanks to a Blackbox Receiver, which can be placed up to 250ft away from the main camera, each picture that is captured by the main unit is automatically sent to the minuscule backup box hidden discretely some distance away. In the event that your camera is stolen, you will still have access to the images; allowing you to still see the deer activity at your site, but more importantly, the last person who stood in front of your camera. Additional highlights include 8MP images,3 sensors for a total of 7 zone detection range, compact design, 38 infrared LED’s for night time illumination, adjustable periods of operation, time-lapse mode, instant trigger time, date/time/moon/temp stamp, and video recording. This camera is one of those that is a game changer for me. The fact that you can set up your camera and not have to go to it to see what pictures you have is outstanding. Especially, if you are hunting a giant mature deer. The reality is we get excited and want to continually go check pictures and then leave our scent. This camera minimizes your “presence” in that area to limit the pressure on that animal you are hunting. I can not wait to use this set up this upcoming season.
|SPY POINT BF-7
Making quite a statement in 2012, SpyPoint has one of the most impressive lineups on the market. First on the list is the compact IR-7. Measuring roughly 4x6x2 inches, this 7MP infrared surveillance camera has a plethora of features; including 46 infrared LED’s for night time illumination, 10-90 sec video recording, date/time/moon/temp stamp, adjustable distance detection sensor (5 to 50 ft) sound recording, and 4 shot burst mode. An additional feature is the removable camera for easier use. Unlike other game cameras, the camera actually separates from the housing; allowing easier handing of the unit. With identical features as the IR-7, the BF-7 has the added capabilities of completely undetectable infrared flash; aptly named “Black Flash”.
|SPY POINT LIVE 3G
Keeping up with the fast-paced world we live in, the LIVE 3G instantly sends a 3G Cellular photo through the SpyPoint website. The camera also allows you to choose which images you wish to download to your smartphone or laptop in high resolution. And, with a theft-alert notification, you are instantly sent an e-mail telling you that your camera has been moved. Camera configurations can also be made wirelessly via the SpyPoint website. Unit is available in camo or black finish.
|MOULTRIE GAME SPY M-80 XT MINI
Don’t let the name “Mini” fool you. The M-80XT is big on features. Utilizing 4 different Moultrie technologies, the XT is sure to be a favorite among bowhunters everywhere. New features include the FastFire continuous mode, and Plot Stalker Hybrid mode which enables users to capture images at pre-set intervals; in addition to images triggered by game movement. Other features found on the 80XT include Motion Freeze Blur Reduction Technology which reduces infrared nighttime blurring, and Illumi-Night Sensor which provides the brightest and clearest nighttime infrared pictures. The unit operates for up to 1 year on 4 or 8 AA batteries, with a built in battery life indicator and info strip stamped on each 5mp image.
|MOULTRIE GAME SPY M-80
If you’re looking for the ultimate in covert game-tracking technology, then look no further than the Moultrie series of “Black Flash” cameras. Topping the list is the M-80 mini. This sleek, compact camera emits no visible LED light for ultimate concealment. With a 50 ft night range, you’re sure to get a glimpse of those nocturnal bucks. Versatility is also a strong point to of the Mini thanks to its 3 operational modes: IR Trigger Game Camera, Hybrid time-lapse plot camera, Plot camera by day, infrared camera at night. Additional features include a 1-year battery life, 16:9 widescreen images, New FastFire Continuous Shooting Mode (capturing 3 images per second), and temperature, moon phase, time and date ID Stamp.
|CUDDEBACK AMBUSH IR
No stranger to the game camera business, Cuddeback has been helping customers catch images of wildlife for years. New for 2012 is the Ambush IR. Its small stature makes it great for placement along trails, rub-lines, and scrapes. And, thanks to its ¼ second trigger speed, you’re sure to capture that elusive game animal no matter what time or how fast it passes through your hunting location. With 5-second camera delay, and 10 sec. video clips, the Ambush performs just like cameras half its size. Bowhunters can expect 6 month operation from the 8 “AA” batteries that power the unit. The Ambush also comes with Cuddeback’s Centered Subject Technology and produces high quality 5MP images.
|BUSHNELL TROPHY CAM HD
From the company that started the “tiny” game camera revolution, Bushnell adds a comprehensive list of upgrades to its highly popular Trophy Cam lineup. All 2012 models now feature true HD video resolution with audio and new Field Scan 2x for two windows of image capture. Some models will also include the stealthy Hyper Night Vision no-glow black LED’s for the ultimate in covert image capture. The Trophy Cam is also fast with a 0.6 second trigger time; tacking 8MP images in the blink of an eye. A Field-Scan time-lapse mode also allows images to be taken at set intervals. One-year battery life and programmable trigger interval round out the features.MSRP: $229.99CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE WITH SAME DAY 2-DAY SHIPPING
|CUDDEBACK ATTACK IR
Attack IR takes 5 MP images both day and night. The IR images are stunningly clear. And, Attack IR uses 36 high-power IR LEDs for a true 50-foot flash range. The Rapid Pulse Illumination Technology™ minimizes IR LED glow by pulsing LEDs for just 1/4 second. Cuddeback’s exclusive Correctly Exposed IR Technology assures IR images are correctly exposed regardless to how far the deer are from the camera. I have used this Cuddeback Attack IR Camera on our Georgia Farm. Overall, I am pleased with it’s performance. There is no question the trigger speed is fast and the Video is high quality. What I did not like is the mounting system. If the bracket brakes on the back that secures to the tree it is difficult to mount. The price is a little steep but overall a quality camera.New features for 2012• Camera delays of 5 seconds – 30 minutes
• Video length of 10, 20 or 30 seconds
• Time lapse mode w/ delays 1min – 24 hrs
• Selectable operating time – day only, night only, day and night
1/4-SECOND TRIGGER™ SPEED At 1/4 second, Attack’s Trigger Speed is
fast enough to catch a deer running over
20 feet per second!
CENTERED SUBJECT TECHNOLOGY™
Combines fast animal with fast trigger
Attack IR takes high-quality 10, 20 or
SMARTCOLOR IMAGE TECHNOLOGY™
During the day, Attack IR takes color images which feature Cuddeback’s SmartColor Image Technology.
Retail Price: $249.99
|PRIMOS TRUTH CAM X BLACKOUT
Like the Truth X Cam, the Truth X Cam BLACKOUT™ provides the ultimate trail camera experience. The Truth Cam X BLACKOUT™ captures exceptional images out to 50 feet during night hours employing the full power of its 62 blackout LEDs. The Blackout LEDs produce no visible light that is undectable to animals and humans. Trigger speeds are super quick at just under 1 second out of sleep mode and daytime image resolution can be set as high as 7.0 MP and nighttime at 5.0 MP. Captured images or video can be viewed on the spot through the unit’s 2.5-inch color screen, which is great for hunters headed to the stand that day and trying to determine if and when deer are on the move at that location. The same screen can also be used to get a live screen preview for setting the camera for a perfect field of view every time. Multi-shot bursts can be set to take 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 images per triggering. The Truth Cam X BLACKOUT offers additional security features such as password protection for operating the camera. It’s available in all black and includes a heavy-duty hook strap.
Retail Price: $199.99
|BIG GAME BLACK WIDOW
The final 2 models in the Big Game lineup are sure to find a home in any hunter’s neck of the woods. The Black Widow carries all of the same features of the Storm, with the exception of 5MP images, a 40ft. night range, and a 1.2 second trigger time. The Quick Shot carries the same features as the Black Widow, with the exception of the Epic camo finish and Invisi-Flash.Retail Price: $159.99CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE WITH SAME DAY 2-DAY SHIPPING
|WGI Pulse 10x wifi
This 10 megapixel trail camera features a 90 piece high intensity infrared flash which makes for clear day and night time pictures and videos. The Pulse 10X has rapid trigger speeds and a PIR sensor range of up to 90 feet. Its large LCD screen makes it easy to view and easy to program.
|WGI Pulse 10 Wifi
This palm size 10 megapixel trail camera features a 36 piece high intensity infrared flash which makes for clear day and night time pictures and videos. The Pulse 10 has rapid trigger speeds and a PIR sensor range of up to 50 feet. Its large LCD screen makes it easy to view and easy to program.
|WGI Red 6 IR
This 6 megapixel trail camera features a 36 piece high intensity infrared flash which makes for clear day and night time pictures and videos. The Red 6 has rapid trigger speeds and a PIR sensor range of up to 50 feet. Its large LCD screen makes it easy to view and easy to program.
Originally posted 2012-03-11 12:06:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter