Tasco trail cameras are famous mainly because they are cheap. You can find them eg. in Walmarts and various online stores equipped with price tag of less than $50. Many people consider Tasco trail cameras as cheap chinese crap. But we believe that they have their own place in today’s trail camera scene. Besides majority of today’s trail cameras are manufactured in China anyway, and what comes to Tasco as a brand, they have been operating in sport optics market for more than 50 years and nowadays they are actually part of ATK Sporting Group, a consumer branded products company that is dedicated to producing top-quality products for example for hunters. Also Bushnell and Primos are part of the same group.
Tasco Trail Camera, model number 119223C is a 3 megapixel trail camera that is as basic as a trail camera can get. It lacks every fancy feature that today’s trail cameras typically have. Basically only selections you can make are shooting mode (video or still photos) and resolution (3MP or 1.3MP).
The camera is capable of recording short, 15 second video clips at the resolution of 640×480 @ 15 frames per second.
This Tasco trail camera features traditional incandescent Xenon flash that has effective range of about 16 feet. So even though the flash range is somewhat limited when compared to many other trail models out there, you will be getting full color night pictures with this camera.
Tasco claims that the camera is able to function up to 90 days with one set of 4 C-cell batteries. The pictures and videos are stored on SD memory card, this model accepting memory cards up to 8GB. Photos come tagged with date, time and moon phase info.
Tasco 3MP features
- 3 megapixel image resolution
- full color day and night pictures
- photos stamped with time, date and moon phase info
- 640×480 AVI video (15 seconds) @ 15fps
- trigger speed approx. 1.6 s
- incandescent Xenon flash with range up to 16 ft
- LCD screen to display settings
- PIR indicator for easier set up
- powered by 4 C-cell batteries
- battery life up to 90 days
- adjustable mounting strap
- SD card slot, supports SD memory card up to 8GB
- weatherproof casing
- padlock hole for improving security
- two years limited warranty
As mentioned in the very beginning of this Tasco review, this trail camera is almost as cheap as it can get, so price is definitely one of the biggest strong points of this camera.
The picture quality of the camera is rather good for a trail camera with 3MP resolution. One could say that on picture quality Tasco competes on an equal par with the original Primos Truth Cam 35. A small bonus is that the night pictures are in full color.
Setting up a trail camera could not be easier. You mount the camera, insert memory card, press few buttons, close the camera, test it, and its good to go. The control panel is really simple with only five buttons and the plain LCD panel supports you in the process.
Battery life of Tasco 119223C is rather good. The actual battery life depends heavily on how many night time shots the camera takes. This is because the Xenon flash tends to eat batteries more than IR LED flashes typically seen in trail cameras. Anyhow you should expect a battery life to be somewhere between 50 and 90 days.
Even though the casing of the camera is not camouflaged, this camera is still easily concealed due to its compact size (4.6″ x 5.3″ x 2.05″).
Limited warranty of two years is definitely a nice bonus if you happen to encounter any technical problems with the camera.
The trigger speed of 1.6 seconds is actually quite good.
Xenon flash is nice if you appreciate color night time pictures, otherwise it can be considered as a burden. First of all it consumes batteries faster than LED IR flashes. Second, bright flash reveals the camera location (if you use it for property surveilance) and can spook the game when used as a trail camera. Third, the flash range is very, very limited. And last but not least, xenon flash means that you can’t record video during night time. So even if you are operating the camera in video mode it actually automatically switches into still shooting mode for the night.
This trail camera is very basic, so especially if this is your first trail camera, it is very probable that you will start craving for more features and better performance quite soon after the first-crush.
As we stated in the very beginning, Tasco 3MP has its place on the trail camera market. It is easily approachable entry level camera that does not place heavy burden on your wallet.
If you are on a tight shoestring budget, can live with the limited picture quality (compared to more expensive models) and really don’t need any additional features, Tasco is a good choice. But if you can invest another $20 or so, you should definitely check this review of Moultrie A-5 before making any buying decisions.