Stealth Cam introduced its new G-series trail cameras in the beginning of 2014. Two feature packed trail cameras, Stealth Cam G42NG and Stealth Cam G30 were presented to public. We have reviewed Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo and were impressed by the value that the camera offers. You can read the detailed review of G42 in here. In this review we dig into G42’s little brother model, Stealth Cam G30.
Let’s start with the price, shall we? List price of Stealth Cam G30 is somewhere around $160 but already you can find it on sale at Amazon.com roughly at $100. This pricing makes G30 a worthy alternative to game cameras like Moultrie D444, Browning Spec Ops and Covert MP6, just to name a few.
Stealth Cam G30 succeeds in comparisons also when it comes to features and performance of the camera. G30 takes 8 megapixel images and records HD video with audio. Already these properties are respectable for a trail camera equipped with this kind of price tag.
Nice Images, Loads of Fetures
Quality of the night time images is at least on the same level with G42NG. The flash range of G30 is approximately 80 ft. and the IR flash has plenty of power to illuminate the objects nicely throughout the scene. Actually G30 tends to have more consistency than G42NG when it comes to quality of night time shots.
There are very few blurry or otherwise failed images. Only problem with G30 night shots is the whiteout of close objects. However this problem is not nearly as bad and frequent as in G42.
Other than flash range and type and the image resolution, there are very few differences between G30 and G42NG. The trigger speed and recovery times are roughly the same and the same burst mode, time delay and time lapse mode options can be found from both cameras. G30 also has the same Quick Set mode that allows you to set up your trail camera in no time.
Stealth Cam G30 Features
- adjustable image resolution 8,4 and 2 MP
- 16:9 image ratio
- full color day pictures, black and white night pictures
- photos stamped with time, date, moon phase, temperature, name and Geo Tag GPS info
- HD video clips with audio up to 180 seconds (1280×720 or 720×480)
- trigger speed 0.5 seconds, recovery time approx. 5 seconds
- 30 LED IR flash with range up to 80 ft
- detection range up to 60 ft.
- Quick Set Mode
- Burst mode; 1-9 images per trigger
- Delay mode; 5-59 seconds to 1-59 min trigger interval
- Time Lapse mode
- Test Mode
- backlit LCD status display
- operates on 8 AA batteries
- 12V external power jack
- Python® cable lock compatible
- ¼” -20 socket for tripods and tree mounts
- supports SD memory card up to 32GB
- weatherproof casing
- Dimensions 5.5” x 4.0” x 2.5”
- one year warranty
Changing the batteries is an issue you won’t be dealing with very often with this camera. The battery life of G30 is excellent and the camera can operate months with one set of batteries.
The trigger speed is surprisingly fast for an affordable trail cam like this. The recovery time of 5 seconds should be ok for most users.
Quick Set up switch is brilliant if you don’t want to waste time setting up your camera. Just use one of the three preprogrammed options and your camera is ready to shoot.
The case design of G30 is solid. The case is small, durable, weatherproof and it allows you to use external mount due to ¼” -20 socket. The camera comes equipped with adjustable mounting strap, but if you are not planning to use a security box, it is recommended to at least secure your camera with Python cable lock. G30 has similar battery tray as in G42NG so changing the batteries is a no brainer.
Some night time shots suffer from whiteout, especially if the object is close to the camera.
Day time image quality could be better, especially when you compare it to photos of Stealth Cam G42 NG. There is quite lot of variation in the quality; some shots are perfect while others appear dim and slightly out of focus.
Stealth Cam G30 is a good option for those who are not after the cheapest trail camera on the market, but who also don’t want to empty their wallet completely. G30 offers wide range of features, ease of use, and excellent battery life at reasonable price. While it does not excel in picture quality, it still offers average or above average images.