- Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:16 pm
I can't speak for everyone but I do perfer the 5 and 10 second delay settings myself because I like to view the footage in a near video like format. With the shorter delay settings I can see where a deer enters the field,the route he travels accross the field,what he does in the field, and last where he leaves. With a 1 minute or more setting I would just have a deer standing there middle of the field first pic next picture he is gone???? To me that is really not gainig alot of info other than that deer passed through once. I set a plot watcher up on a feeder for about a month with 30 second delay since the animals hangout longer at that spot and I could get 2 weeks run time using 6-8 hours a day active time and was pretty pleased with the footage I had. The 1 minute delay would be the max setting I ever used maybe for something like watching a stock pond for trespassers,a camp site, barn for Security but for game you would miss alot of action. also you are right 1.5 to 2 days looks to be about max you would get from my testing using the 10 second delay. Alittle extra info I used a MAX Flash class 6 SDHC card and brand new tested "commerical branded Ultra Pro AA Rayovac Alkaline" in the Moultrie Plot Stalker.I used a sandisk 8GB USB in the plotstalker same batteries. These are the AA's batteries I use 90% of the time I buy them in by the #500 for savings. Maybe a Duracell AA could provide a few more pics I am not sure but I wouldn't expect anything more than 10% plus or minus. I am going to go out on a limb and say most all the trail cams out there that offer a time lapse feature right now will be in the same boat as the Plot Stalker maybe 5-10 thousand pics per set of batteries without running external power of some sort. That really limits how true time lapse camera should be used in my mind. I am not thrilled about the 7-10 day battery life I get will my perfered settings I use on the Plot Watcher but when you look at the competition in time lapse cams out there right now no one else is even close to that. I think I had somewhere around 25,000+ pictures on my last plotwatcher USB I pulled from the farm two weeks ago and batteries still had some power left. I am also very interested to see just how many pics the Plot Watcher will take in this test as I normally don't pay alot of mind to picture count when viewing all the footage.