Well the deer season here In Oklahoma wrapped up on January 15th. And so did my review thus far of the SPYPOINT cameras. Over the past few months I have compared photos straight up against every other camera I could get my hands on trying to place them in the same locations to compare the quality of photos, as in the depth of the photo the clarity, battery life, ease of use, and reliability of the camera itself to function.
Personally as far as SPYPOINT cameras go I am running 3 FL-A cameras one powered by an external 12volt rechargeable battery and the other two simply on six (6) double “A” batteries. With these cameras there is no need to lug heavy “C” or” D” cell batteries or the large bulky square 12 volt batteries in and out of the field or the need to check your batteries life as often. The cameras will run half life on (3) three double “A” batteries with only three(3) in one of my cameras I was able to log over seven hundred (700) yes there are two zeros after that seven; On only three batteries with the unit set on high quality photos with an “IR” infrared unit in place of your typical flash module. With the flash module in place on a full set of batteries six (6) double “A” batteries I was able to log nine-hundred (900) high quality pictures before needing to replace batteries. The external 12volt battery lasted up to sixteen hundred (1600) images before needing to be charged with the flash module in place. Also as like most other cameras you have the option of many accessories such as a solar panel to keep your camera running when you may be away from it for long periods of time which I never felt the need to use being in such close proximity to my running units. I kept two of my three cameras on baited stations and the other on trails that would only catch quick movement of anything as it came by. As well as spending a day on the edge of a pond to catch photos of ducks.
For the sake of the website (huntonly.com) and the names of other manufacturers I will leave product names out of the review, all but in one minor case where I have to make a point about where the camera stood out the most in my mind. The field of view or (FOV) on these cameras is amazing. I couldn't believe the difference there was between the most expensive cameras I own to the new SPYPOINT cameras I am currently favoring (and I don't see that changing any time soon.) Over the last few months since late August until now I have over twelve thousand (12,000) images on my hard drive. That's the main reason for getting this review done so I can clean up some space on my computer. I will also be barrowing some images from the ranch I guide for from last spring and summer to show some amazing shots. To let you understand how unbiased my rational and comparison was from SPYPOINT to every other brand you can name, to give you an Idea; when the season ended I pulled down nine (9) cameras.
This is where I will now begin my dive into the ease of use section of my review. All of us that have used trail cameras know that positioning the camera can often be the hardest of all parts of hanging a camera. The SPYPOINT cameras nearly eliminate any need to find a perfect tree or place for your camera to be placed on a tripod or fence post, they latch on to the tree with a strap that locks on with a simple latch that you tether the strap through and pull down snug. There are cup like structures on the back of these cameras that have tooth like groves to grab onto the tree trunk or whatever will serve as its base. Some of my shots were taken from hanging the unit on metal T-Post common in fencing as well as many taken from a blown over trough feeder in my front yard that the camera was latched to a wooden 4x4 post, and of course trees. In every application I encountered there was no need to “shim” the camera to make it level. I even toyed with hanging it at odd angels that left me with almost only a vertical shot as you will see in a photo or two I will provide however as expected the (FOV) in this hanging position was minimized drastically. For more ease of use other than the actual hanging your camera you have the option of using typical SD memory cards up to 8GB or you can view your pictures on your TV screen with an Audio Video (AV) adapter, (the yellow and white cords) that we often get and never use. During my testing period my hunting pack always had at least four (4) fresh clean cards and a set of latex gloves in it for checking cameras. This I personally recommend for keeping your hunting area as scent free as possible.
Now on to the meat of the review; photos. I will start with a photo from one camera that has a photo of a buck, from a different brand and then a comparison picture that shows the same buck but there is a vast difference in what you see. In both cases the cameras were in the same place (hung on the same tree, same height, within days of one another).
You can see that the picture the (SPYPOINT) photo has a greater FOV. When I caught this photo of the same free ranging buck in nearly the same exact position I had to pull them both up on dual screens to believe the difference. What if in the “other” brand cameras picture there was another deer to its left? I will never know but with the SPYPOINT I know for sure that for at least ten feet on either side of the feeding station there were no other animals. These cameras (SPYPOINT) do a great job not only at feeding stations but also on passing animals on quick trails I will also show evidence of this in additional photos which I have many to choose from. There are many hunters out there that believe the flash from a camera can spook a deer and prefer to use infrared cameras. I took that into consideration and took the time to replace my flash module with an Infrared module for some time. However I prefer flash and over this testing period I can promise you that the flash has zero effect on deer to my belief. One buck in particular I have over 1800 photos of all flash photos. Not once did he quit returning to the area until the rut heated up and he disappeared, cruising for receptive does. He did manage to make it through the season and I can only hope he comes back bigger than ever next year, he is an absolute brute!
In summarizing if you have a need to purchase a new trail camera I think you should seriously give SPYPOINT cameras a hard look, it will be an easy decision when you weigh the pros and cons. With the great picture quality and the accessories available you cannot beat what SPYPOINT has to offer at least in my mind. May god guide your arrows and bullets making them fly true.