There are two distinctive groups when it comes to affordable trail cameras. First, there are the more advanced cameras with better image quality, perhaps HD video recording and various different shooting modes to choose from. Typically cameras in this group are priced somewhere between $100 and $135. The second group consists of very basic and cheap trail cameras. These cameras typically include only the most essential features and provide mediocre images. Cameras in this group are typically priced between $40 and $70.
Stealth Cam STC-P12 is a 6 megapixel trail camera that clearly belongs to the latter group. It is an easy to use basic trail camera that gets the job done and that’s it. STC-P12 features quite modest 12 IR LED flash, EZ Dial Programming with Quick Set, burst mode and programmable trigger interval.
Daytime images provided by this trail camera are surprisingly good. The images are sharp and colorful with good contrast. There is very little or no blur in the images even though the trigger speed of Stealth Cam P12 is not among the fastest ones.
Unfortunately quality of the night time images is average or below. Moving objects are blurry more often than not, and the modest IR flash is able to provide adequate amount of light only on the center of the field of view. On the other hand, modest IR flash ensures that you should not experience whiteout in the pictures with this camera.
One of the best features in this model is the EZ Dial Programming with Quick Set; a simple dial switch that allows you to select one of the three preprogrammed settings or use a custom setting of your own. The quick set options are as follows:
QSET1: 6MP images – 30 sec delay – 3 images per trigger
QSET2: 6MP images – 30 sec delay – 1 image per trigger
QSET3: VGA video– 30 sec delay – 10 sec length
CUSTOM: 4MP images – 5 sec delay – 1image per trigger (This is default setting but can be changed by user)
TEST MODE: Mode for determining camera’s PIR sensor coverage area.
Stealth Cam P12 is powered by 8 AA batteries and can support SD memory cards up to 32GB. One set of batteries should keep the camera running easily at least for 3 months, in most cases even longer depending the way you use the camera (images vs. video shooting) as well as the weather conditions.
Stealth Cam P12 Features
- 6.0 Megapixel Images
- adjustable image resolution (Hi 6MP/Med 4MP/Lo 2MP)
- video recording 30/15/5 seconds (VGA 640×480)
- 12 IR LED flash with range up to 50ft
- images stamped with time, date and moon phase info
- trigger speed >1second, recovery time 5 seconds
- Quick Set Dial
- Test Mode for testing the PIR sensor coverage area
- Burst Mode 1-6 images per triggering
- 5/10/15/30/60/120 second trigger delay options
- external LCD status display with battery indicator
- SD Card slot up to 32GB
- USB output and external 12V power jack
- durable Digital 3-D Camo Housing
- Python cable lock compatible
- operates on 8 AA batteries
As already mentioned in the beginning of this review, one of the biggest assets of this trail camera is the daytime image quality. The images are simply beautiful for a cheap model like this.
Using Stealth Cam P12 is a no brainer. EZ Dial Programming allows you to set up the camera in no time.
Price is definitely one of the strong points of this mode. P12 is one of the the cheapest quality trail cameras out there.
Night time image quality is below average.
Trigger speed could be better. The manufacturer has not defined trigger speed of this model, but it is estimated that it is above 1 second. The shortest recovery time is 5 seconds, which is also quite long.
Stealth Cam P12 is already among the top 15 best selling trail camera models at Amazon.com. It is highly probable that it will be among top 5 in the near future. The price is roughly at the same level with the leading competing models (Moultrie A-5, Primos Truth Cam 35) and feature-wise P12 is at least on the same level.
Only time will tell if big flaws will be found from this model, but so far it seems that this trail camera is solid Stealth Cam quality, making Stealth Cam P12 definitely one of the best budget trail camera options out there. Not necessarily a recommended option for fast game trails, but without a doubt an excellent choice for example for deer feeders.