HCO Panda GSM Camera Review

HCO Panda GSM/December 13, 2012


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  • 6MP high quality photo
  • Sends photos to phone or email via GSM wireless network, 2G GSM/GPRS network compatible
  • Built in 1.5” screen for programing and photo playback
  • High-output Invisible IR LEDs
  • Fast trigger time of 1.1s
  • Two Phase Time lapse: 5s+ interval
  • Overwrite function


CategoryScouting Cameras
Model Year2013
ModelPanda GSM
Flash TypeIR Black Flash
Battery Type8 x AA
Test PerformedResult
Flash Range30 - 40 feet
Trigger Time without flash1.31s
Trigger Time with flash1.09s
Video Trigger Time1.67s
Day RangeGood clarity with natural color
Battery Life1984 photos of which 819 transmitted over 30 days
Filter ClunkNone
Invisible FlashYes
Sensing Test50 ft at 61 degrees F
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As we have done with others we are going to refer readers to the standard HCO Panda camera review for all the particulars and this review will only deal with the GSM function. Unless otherwise noted trigger results and flash results are identical on this model to the standard camera.

This company has some very good experience in Cell based systems and systems that are in the hands of the users are working well. We expect this camera will also fall into that category.

The over all appearance and assembly of this camera displays a high degree of attention to detail. The gasket seal is very tight and there are three latches to ensure that there is pressure all the way around the door. The small size and great dark color will make it fit in the woods very well, except maybe on a very light grey barked tree. The box included the strap and USB cable along with a small antenna for the Cell function. The balance of this review will be the screen shots and setup procedures needed to get this little camera working on the air and start sending pictures back to our computer.

Battery life will be done by one of our friends once we finish with all the necessary review work. I do not think anyone will be disappointed with this camera.

Progress and Activity
12-17-2012 update
12--09-2012 update
12--19-2013 update
01--20-2013 update
01--12-2013 update

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