Primos Truth Cam ULTRA 35 Review: Is it the Best Hunting Camera?

Primos Truth Cam ULTRA 35 (model number 63014) is the successor of Primos Truth Cam 35, one of the best selling trail camera models ever made.

Features Primos Truth Cam ULTRA 35
Flash 35 IR LEDs flash
Trigger speed 1 Second
Capturing modesTime-lapse mode
Burst mode shooting 1 to 5 images
Detection range40 feet
Battery 8 AA batteries
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You can actually still find Primos Truth Cam 35 ranking near the top spots on many trail camera sales charts. Thus you could think that the improved model of Truth Cam 35 would be another best-seller.

However, Truth Cam ULTRA 35 has not been selling as well as its predecessor. Read the rest of this review to find out why.

Truth Cam ULTRA 35 is super compact, one of the smallest trail cameras on the market today. It is also as easy to set up like the previous model, all the main controls are handled with simple slide switches.

Primos Truth Cam ULTRA 35 review

Build and design

One of the first things that you’ll notice with the Primos Truth Cam 35 is that it doesn’t look like your typical trail camera.

Though the color doesn’t allow the camera to look like it is part of the bushes and the trees, it is still dark enough to look discreet.

And since it is small enough to fit in your hands, you don’t have to worry that it looks obvious to animals you are looking to observe. 

However, don’t expect it to be smaller than Primos Truth Cam 40. 

The plastic casing does a great job in protecting the important parts inside the trail camera. Compared to other trail cameras, its plastic casing is at par when it comes to protecting the trail camera from dust and moisture.

It can also function well despite being exposed to the harsh weather of the outdoors. 

You can also make use of a cable lock to set up the camera to a tree. Even if it is your first time to use the camera, the trail camera is easy to install, plus it is also stable once you have everything locked in. 

Camera

ULTRA 35 provides 4-megapixel photos and is able to record 60-second video clips with audio. It also features a time-lapse mode and burst shooting mode.

Primos TC ULTRA 35 features Early Detect Sensor, a 45° PIR sensor that picks up motion earlier, so you don’t miss the object walking in front of the camera. Trigger speed is on the average level, roughly one second. Recovery time is mediocre as well, roughly 7 seconds.

ULTRA 35 is equipped with red glow IR flash, consisting of 35 IR LEDs. The flash has range up to 40 ft which is ok, but nothing special when compared to competing models like Moultrie D-444.

Photos come tagged with burst count, moon phase, temperature, time, date and day of the week info. TC ULTRA 35 accepts SD memory cards up to 32 GB and is powered by 8 AA batteries.

Detection circuit

  1. Picture trigger: 1 second
  2. Picture recovery: 7 seconds 
  3. Video trigger:  1 second
  4. Video recovery: 7 seconds
  5. Detection range: 40 feet

If you are going to read the manual for the Truth Cam 35, it says that it takes a shot in one second the moment that it reaches the 40-foot detection range of the camera. In reality, this is quite accurate. 

When it comes to its distance, it isn’t exactly superb. Though it doesn’t stand out given the fact that there are trail cameras that can detect movement as far as 100 feet away.

It still does a good job especially if you are observing a small space or maybe if you are using it as a home security camera. 

It does a good job of getting everything almost in real-time. It is a great option for those who are looking to observe animals that are walking in the area.

However, if you have animals that are moving too fast, unfortunately, 1 second isn’t enough. Most likely, it won’t have a clear shot. 

As for the recovery of this camera, it takes around 7 seconds for the camera to be ready to take another shot. This means that you only have one chance to take a video or a picture of the animal that you are looking to capture. 

Power

Just like most trail cameras in the market today, the Truth Cam 35 is powered by 8 AA batteries. In addition to this, it works well with a 32 GB SD card. You can store a lot of photos and videos on this SD card. 

When it comes to its ability to last, you can set the camera up and you don’t even have to change the battery for the next 9 months.

However, there are several factors at play. For instance, you have to consider the fact that it might not last that long if it consistently took videos. 

And also, if you are going to use the camera at night, the 35 LEDs, though power efficient, can still drain the batteries and therefore make you change the batteries earlier.

If you want to make the camera last for months, you’d want to set it up only in the morning and just take photos. 

Pros

  • Overall Truth Cam ULTRA 35 is a very well designed trail camera.
  • It is small, the case design is smart and durable, and the toggle switch controls make setting up the camera a breeze.
  • One of the most impressing features of TC ULTRA 35 is battery life. The power consumption of this model is really low.
  • Primos actually promises an incredible 9 months battery life for this model, and you can easily extend the battery life with an external power source like a battery pack or solar panel.
  • And as TC ULTRA 35 is powered by AA batteries, you can use rechargeable Lithium or NiMH batteries that will cut down your operating costs even further.

Cons

  • A small drawback of ULTRA 35 is the picture quality. The quality of daytime pictures is nothing special, you could expect better pictures from a camera in this price category.
  • Night pictures are quite good, at least if the animal is rather close to the camera. The flash of ULTRA 35 really is not that powerful.
  • The quality of daytime pictures is nothing special, you could expect better pictures from a camera in this price category. Night pictures are quite good, at least if the animal is rather close to the camera. The flash of ULTRA 35 really is not that powerful.
  • Truth Cam ULTRA 35 is also slightly more expensive than competing models that provide the same amount (or more) of features and better picture quality.

Conclusion

Primos Truth Cam ULTRA 35 is not a perfect trail camera but it is a very solid basic model.

If you are looking for a camera that is really, really easy to use, and if you can live with the mediocre picture quality, then TC ULTRA 35 is a camera for you.