Stealth Cam P12

Stealth Cam P12 reviewed

Stealth Cam P12 reviewedThere 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 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,stealth cam stc-p12 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 triggerstealth cam p12 quick dial
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

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Conclusion

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.

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Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo Trail Camera

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History of Stealth Cam goes way back. Stealth Cam trail cameras were launched by GSM Outdoors already in the year 2000 and they can be considered as “the brand” that made trail cameras mainstream.

In 2004 Stealth Cam went digital by introducing Wildview brand and combining digital cameras with the simple user interface in their trail cameras.

After these milestones, Stealth Cam has been leading the way in the development of hunting cameras by introducing the world’s first HD trail camera in 2009 and 3-in-1 trail camera (TRIAD) in 2010.

Stealth Cam G42 Review

Due to the increased amount of trail camera manufacturers and intensified competition Stealth Cam as a brand may not be as popular as it used to be in the early days of trail cameras. But that does not mean that they can’t make excellent trail cameras anymore.

Actually, the opposite is true, and Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo is a great example of that.

Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo Trail Camera is currently one of the best selling Stealth Cam models. It is not among the cheapest hunting cameras on the market today, but with a price of roughly $125 it surely belongs in the group of top affordable trail cameras.

Stealth Cam G42NG competes for nip and tuck with Moultrie M-880, Bushnell Trophy Cam and various Browning models both in price and in features.

Superb Image Quality

Stealth Cam G42NG open Case

G42NG is a 10-megapixel no-glow trail camera, also capable of recording up to 180 second HD video clips with sound. G42NG actually allows you to select the image resolution from four different options (10MP, 8MP, 4MP, and 2MP).

We recommend purchasing the biggest possible SD card and then using the 10MP option of the camera as the images the camera produces with this full resolution are just outstanding.

There are also two options for the video resolution; 1280×720 and 720×480.

The flash of this Stealth Cam model is a beast. 42 no-glow IR emitters provide a range of 100ft. In some occasions the flash is almost too powerful, leading to white-out on close objects.

Otherwise, the night time shots are exceptionally good for a no-glow camera. There is plenty of illumination and very little graininess or blur in the night time shots.

Full of Features

Stealth Cam (2) G42NG

Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo truly is a trail camera for those who love to play with different features. There is a burst mode that takes 1-9 shots per triggering, blur reducing option, time-lapse mode, time delay mode, test mode for testing detection area, etc.

One of the brilliant features is the Quick Set Mode that allows you to select from one of the three preprogrammed modes.

Preprogrammed modes are simply selected by slider switch and that’s all there is to it. And in case you are not happy with any of the preprogrammed modes, you can put the slider switch in the custom selection and program the camera the way you want it.

Lightning Fast, Excellent Detection

G42NG Features

Stealth Cam G42NG is one of the fastest trail cameras on the market when it comes to trigger speed. Thanks to Stealth Cam’s Reflex™ technology the trigger speed is lightning fast 0.5 seconds and the shortest recovery time is only 5 seconds.

The detection area of the camera is both wide and deep. Stealth Cam uses so-called Multi-Zone detection that allows accurate coverage at angle & distance, maximizing the cameras triggering capability. G42NG can detect motion even up to 60ft.

Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo Features

  1. adjustable image resolution 10,8,4 and 2 MP
  2. 16:9 image ratio
  3. full-color day pictures, black and white night pictures
  4. photos stamped with time, date, moon phase, temperature, name and Geo Tag GPS info
  5. HD video clips with audio up to 180 seconds (1280×720 or 720×480)
  6. trigger speed 0.5 seconds, recovery time 5 seconds
  7. 42 LED no-glow IR flash, range up to 100 ft
  8. detection range up to 60 ft.
  9. Quick Set Mode
  10. Burst mode; 1-9 images per trigger
  11. Delay mode; 5-59 seconds to 1-59 min trigger interval
  12. Time Lapse mode
  13. Test Mode
  14. backlit LCD status display
  15. operates on 8 AA batteries
  16. 12V external power jack
  17. Python® cable lock compatible
  18. ¼” -20 socket for tripods and tree mounts
  19. supports SD memory card up to 32GB
  20. weatherproof casing
  21. Dimensions 5.5” x 4.0” x 2.5”, 11.4 ounces
  22. one year warranty

Pros

  • Daytime images are really top quality. Focus is perfect and the images are vivid and full of color. There is no blur in daytime pictures.
  • Detection circuit works very well. As mentioned the trigger speed is lightning fast. The recovery time could be better but is still on a good level.
  • G42NG is really easy to set up and thanks to Quick Set slider switch you have your camera up and running in no time.
  • The case design is excellent. The case is durable and the camera can be mounted either by using a strap or external mount thanks to ¼” -20 sockets. The camera can be secured with Python cable and in addition protected with a password. A battery change is made really easy by a removable battery tray.

Cons

  • In general night time shots of No-Glo trail cameras tend to be grainy and dim.
  • Stealth Cam G42NG doesn’t have these problems so in that perspective the night time images are good. But the biggest problem is that the powerful flash white-outs the objects in close distance, especially if the objects are in the center of the image.
  • Luckily this problem does not occur in every shot, and hopefully, this is an issue that will be fixed by a firmware update at some point in the near future.

Conclusion

G42NG is an excellent trail camera and goes to our Top Five list of affordable trail cameras. It offers excellent day time images and videos and plenty of features to play with. The only real problem of this model is the white-out in some night pictures. But in principle, there really is no good reason why you should not buy Stealth Cam G42NG.

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Browning Strike Force BTC-5 Trail Camera

Strike Force Review
Strike Force Review

Browning Strike Force represents the new Sub Micro Series of Browning trail cameras. And it continues on the same path as the previous Browning models. No compromises have been made what comes to overall quality of this camera. And what’s best, compared to other similar trail camera models, the price of Strike Force is already at fairly affordable level.

Now don’t get me wrong, this camera is not among the cheapest ones on the market, far from it. Thus if your main concern is price you should check the reviews of cheaper models. But if you are looking for a high quality, value packed trail camera at $130 price range, then you should definitely read the rest of this review.

strike force trail camera

Browning Strike Force trail camera (model number BTC-5) features 10 megapixel images and comes with powerful IR flash that has range up to 100ft. These features ensure that both day and night photos are quite astounding. Strike Force is also capable of recording HD video clips with sound.

Other impressive features of Strike Force include possibility to take up to 8 multi shot images or up to 6 rapid fire images, programmable picture delay options and time lapse mode.

Strike Force also excels in detecting the movement. Trigger speed is only 0.67 seconds, and the camera recovers in less than 2.5 seconds. Strike Force should be able to detect motion up to 50 ft and since the detection angle is wider than the camera’s field of view, you should not miss any animals (or humans) passing the lens.

Browning Strike Force 5 is powered by 6 AA batteries and the manufacturer claims that it can take up to 10,000 shots on one set of batteries. Like in most modern trail cameras, photos and videos are stored on a SD memory card (max. 32GB).

Browning Strike Force Features

  • 10MP images
  • HD videos with sound (up to 2 minutes)
  • IR LED flash with range up to 100ft
  • Timelapse mode
  • Multi Shot mode, up to 8 images
  • Rapid Fire mode, up to 6 images
  • Programmable picture delay (5 sec. – 60 min.)
  • Trigger speed 0.67 seconds, recovery time less than 2.5 seconds
  • TV out, USB port and 12V external power jack
  • Images tagged with time, date, temperature, moon phase and camera ID info
  • Supports SD memory cards up to 32GB
  • ¼” -20 socket for tripods and tree mounts
  • Python Cable Lock compatible
  • Powered by 6 AA batteries
  • Camo finish
  • Small size 5” x 4” x 2.5”
  • 1 year warranty

Pros

Daytime photos don’t get much better than this. Shortly said they are outstanding. Night time shots are excellent as well, thanks to powerful flash and Browning’s “Zero Blur” technology. Only if the animal is really close in front of the camera some whiteout may appear. Other than that, the night time shots are bright and clear.

Strike Force BTC 5 can really detect even the fastest moving animals due to fast trigger speed and recovery time. Prepare yourself that you will be getting plenty of beautiful images with this camera.

Browning knows how to make trail cameras that are user friendly. First of all Strike Force is one of the smallest trail cameras on the market. Combine this to excellent camo finish and you have yourself a trail camera that is easy to conceal. You can install the camera with a strap or use a tree mount and secure it with Python cable lock if you like (who wouldn’t).

What comes to setting up the camera, it is easy, that’s all you need to know.

Battery life of Browning Strike Force 5 is excellent. It is recommended to use Lithium batteries to get the best operating time possible. In case you really want to set and forget your camera for a long period of time, you can use external power pack.

Cons

It is really hard to find big flaws or any flaws at all from this trail camera, but here are couple of minor ones.

Some customers might expect that you would get a viewing screen at this price, like in Browning Spec Ops, but Browning has decided to leave it out from this model and make the camera smaller instead. Whether that is a good or bad thing is up you to decide.

Buttons that are used for setting up the camera are rather small and not as convenient as slide switches that are typically used in trail cameras.

Conclusion

Browning Strike Force is an excellent package. It is versatile, offers impressive features, outstanding pictures and the price is more than reasonable. Only real competitors offering similar features at this price level are Browning’s Spec Ops and Moultrie M-880. There are minor differences between each model, but they are all quality choices.

All we can really say is that if Strike Force fits into your budget it will surely be a purchase that you won’t regret.

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