Majority of trail cameras on the market today are equipped with so called low-glow IR flashes, meaning that the IR flash emits very little visible light. In most cases the flash is barely visible to human eye. However more an more cameras are popping up equipped with no-glow IR flashes. For now these no-glow cameras have been on the expensive side, but there are few models out there that can be catecorized as affordable. Wildview TK40 is one of those models.
Wildview TK40 is a sister model of Wildview TK30 which is a low-glow trail camera. Both cameras are equipped with new ZX7 processors for increased battery life and trigger speed. The trigger speed of TK40 is really impressive, less than one second. The downside is that the minimum delay (recovery time) between triggers is 20 seconds. Long recovery time can significantly limit the use of this trail camera, as it may not be the best option to capture fast moving trail. TK40 does however feature a burst mode that captures 1, 3 or 6 pictures per trigger. This mode can in some circumstances compensate the long recovery time.
In addition to burst mode, Wildview TK40 features four different delay options, a time lapse mode and HD video recording with sound.
The 50 ft range of the IR flash is quite nice considering it is a No Glow flash that does not spook the game. Wildview TK40 actually lets you select the amount of LEDs to be used in the flash (30 or 40) which allows you to extend the battery life. The detection zone of TK40 is also quite good, reaching out to 50 ft while the detection angle is 50 degrees.
Setting up TK40 is really quick and easy as everything is controlled with a few toggle switches.TK40 is powered by 8 AA batteries which allows you to use recharegeable batteries and save tons of money in the long run. Wildview TK40 stores the photos and videos on SD memory card and it supports SD cards up to 32GB.
TK40 Product Features
- 8MP image resolution (2 settings 8MP and 5MP)
- full color day pictures, black and white night pictures
- photos stamped with date, time, moon phase and temperature info
- HD video clips (15/30/60 seconds)
- trigger speed less that 1 s
- 40 no-glow IR LEDs flash with range up to 50 ft
- LCD text screen for settings
- Time-lapse mode
- burst mode 1/3/6 shots per triggering
- delay time range 20 seconds, or 1 / 5 / 10 minutes
- powered by 8 AA batteries
- SD card slot, supports SD memory card up to 32GB
- integrated mounting strap
- weatherproof casing
- USB connection and 12V external power jack
- size 4.2″ x 6.2″ x 9.8”
- one year limited warranty
One of the biggest benefits of Wildview TK40 is the fast, less than one second, trigger speed. Fast trigger speed combined with nice detection area, and the fact that the detection angle (50 degrees) is actually little wider than field of view (48 degrees), makes TK40 a trail camera that seldom misses a shot.
Another big bonus is the no-glow flash that does not spook the game. The flash has adequate range and in general TK40 produces quite nice night time pictures.
Thanks to toggle switch contols, TK40 is really easy to set up and operate. Most likely you won’t be needing the instruction manual at all.
Even though the battery life of TK40 is below the average, the good thing is that it does use AA batteries, which allows you to use rechargeable Lithium or NiMH batteries with it and save money over time.
One of the biggest drawbacks of TK40 is the long recovery time of 20 seconds. This really limits the use of this model, making it most suitable for feeders and bait stations.
Another big flaw is the fact that TK40 misses all the accessory features that most other trail camera models nowadays have as standard. While TK40 does have integrated strap loop for mounting, it has no Python cable compatibility or threated camera mount insert.
Wildview TK40 is an option if you are looking for affordable no-glow camera. It is also an option if you are looking for easy to use camera to feeder or bait station. It can also be used, with some limitations, as a security camera to monitor your property.
TK40 has its flaws though and therefore you should familiarize yourself with other low cost no-glow options, like Moultrie D-555i, or Browning Spec Ops or with corresponding cheap low-glow trail cameras, before making a buying decision.