So called black flash (a.k.a no-glo) trail cameras have been on the market for quite a while but in the past two years they have really become more mainstream. Most trail camera manufacturers already have at least one or two no-glo models in their selection, in addition to regular low-glow IR trail cameras.
The main benefit of a black flash camera is of course its invisibility. It does not spook the game or reveal its location when used in surveillance purposes. The downside is that night time image quality can sometimes be subpar. Also the prices of black flash models tend to be on the higher side when compared to corresponding regular IR flash models.
Luckily there are more and more affordable no-glo trail camera alternatives out there. Spypoint BF-6 falls directly into that category.
A Simple No Glo Trail Camera
BF-6 was designed to be a reliable and easy to use entry level trail camera, and to provide only the most useful features at affordable price. We think that Spypoint has succeeded quite well in this task.
BF-6 provides images at 6 megapixel resolution. Daytime pictures won’t send shivers down your spine, but there is also nothing to complain about. The pictures are clear, sharp and well in balance overall.
Night time pictures are pretty decent quality, considering this is a black flash camera. There is plenty of graininess in the images (from time to time) and the images tend to be bit dark. On the positive side, the illumination is well spread throughout the field of view and whiteout of the objects should not be a problem with this camera.
Detection sensor of Spypoint BF-6 works pretty damn well. BF-6 uses 5 zones detection sensor that detects motion well up to 60ft with a detection angle of 30°. And since the trigger speed is less than 1 second and the field of view of the camera is 50°, you will not end up getting false triggers and empty frames. A nice bonus in this trail camera model is the adjustability of the detection range. It is a feature you may find useful for example in surveillance use.
As mentioned before, BF-6 offers only the basic features. The camera records standard 640×480 video clips, knows how to tag the images, and has multi-shot and delay modes, but that’s about it.
BF-6 is famous of exceptionally good battery life. It is actually powered only by 6 AA batteries which still keep it running for ages. But if you want to extend your battery life even more, you can use Spypoint’s lithium battery pack that lasts three times longer than standard alkaline batteries. It also withstands cold better than the normal AAs.
- adjustable image resolution, 6MP (Hi) or 3MP (Lo)
- full color day pictures, black and white night pictures
- photos stamped with time, date, moon phase and temperature
- AVI video clips up to 90seconds at 640×480 resolution
- approx. 1 second trigger speed, recovery time 10 seconds
- 35 No Glo IR flash with range up to 50 ft
- adjustable detection distance from 5 ft. to 65 ft., detection angle 30°
- field of view 50°
- Multi Shot mode up to 4 images
- Delay mode; 1 to 15 min interval
- Set/Test Mode for detection testing
- LCD status display
- powered by 6 AA batteries
- USB and TV Out connections
- 12V DC input for external power
- Python® cable lock compatible
- ¼” -20 socket for tripods and tree mounts
- supports SD/SDHC memory card up to 32GB
- weatherproof casing with Camo color
- Dimensions 5.1” x 6.9” x 2.6”
- one year warranty
Spypoint knows how to make trail cameras that are very simple to set up and use. What they also know is how to make awesome user manuals. The manual is really worth checking out, since everything is well laid out with pictures and text. Nothing is left uncovered. And for additional support on the field there is also a quick instruction manual printed inside the camera case.
The fact that the whole internal camera unit is removable makes the handling of the camera very easy. It is so handy to change the batteries or SD card and modify settings when you can take the whole camera unit out.
Battery life is simply great.
Detection sensor works really well and there are very few empty shots.
Night time image quality leaves room for improvement. This is a common problem with most no-glo IR trail cameras though.
Spypoint BF-6 is a good option for the less technically inclined customers. It really offers only the basic features, is easy to use and provides decent images (and video).
If you are looking for an affordable game camera for surveillance purposes, this is probably one of the best options at the moment.