2010 Spypoint FL-A 4 MP white/red flash digital camera.
This is the same
camera that we reviewed in 09 but with improvements.
Please refer to
09 review for all the normal description and specifications and
this review will concentrate on all of the new improvements. This
company is like Leaf River because they are working year around
making upgrades to their existing cameras plus inventing just what
new stuff they can come up with for the next year. Just because it
may look the same from a distance you can bet there are a bunch of
unseen changes and also a few that you can see.
Once we get further
into things it is our plan to put a few of these little bombs up
against each other in a little shootout.
Here are the mechanical modifications:
- Easier manipulation of the LED and FLASH module: We added a plastic
part to be easier to remove or install the modules.
- The outside
housing is now with a rough finish which is better to does not
reflect the sunshine and the housing will be more difficult to
Here are the electrical modifications:
- Changed some parts to be more resistive at cold temperatures, down to -22 Fahrenheit.
- Changed some parts in the power supply to reach a very low power standby mode. (100 uA)
So, it increases the battery life of around 5 times.
- Flash module is more stable.
Here are the firmware modifications:
- Charge the flash to be ready for a picture only in PHOTO mode (improves the
battery life in video mode)
- Correct the problem of occasional
white out pictures during the rising and falling sun.
- Write “LOC” on LCD if the customer forgets the card with its switch in lock the position. So, no more bad surprises.
- Write the amount of pictures in real time on LCD after each recorded picture or video.
- Changed the calculation of the battery level to be more precise and it extends the battery life.
As I said above, some things you can see and some are hidden. This slick little
camera has earned some respect from us so far during the past year
of hard use. Now we are going to put this camera through its paces
and see if these written claims are actually there.
04/10/2010 Update: We tested the trigger times this
morning and we see an improvement over the original version.
The trigger times came in at 2 seconds with and with out flash.
Our short time with this camera has raised a couple eyebrows
as to just how good a couple of the new updates have been
received so far. The first is the mat look to the case is a big
“wow” compared to the last years look. It hides very well on a
tree and with a couple of new spring sprigs of vegetation stuck
around the cam it becomes hidden very well. This cam would
benefit some from one of the great mask covers to the arrays
like Reconyx came up with for their new cams this year. The
picture quality for the day shots is sharp and clear but still
has that small amount of fuzz in the night pictures. The flash
range shows very good flash range in the IR hookup and we will
get to the white flash very shortly. This camera is also a
candidate for the new Uway Extendir flash setup which we will
also test and show the results. So far we are favorably
impressed with the performance during the initial testing.
04-18-2010 update: Another week or so under the
trees and we have managed to get some really nice clear
pictures. This camera comes in the white flash version for just
over a hundred dollars. We tested the Cudde Capture white flash
and it had a slightly faster trigger time but the only thing it
would do is take pictures with a delay that seemed to be a week
long. The support at Spy Point is far superior to that other
company also. This camera will do video and pictures with a very
low delay plus so far we have not seen all the card issues that
all the Captures had. This camera is about half the size and has
better security features. I hate to single out a brand name for
comparison but even the Moultrie white flash has better features
than the Capture. I would say that for the price you could
either have a switch able red/white flash FL-A or even two white
flash FL-A cameras and still be in the price range of a single
Capture. I tried and was actually able to call someone on the
phone and speak with them about the Spypoint cameras. That is
something that we were not able to do during several attempts to
acquire information on the 2010 Cudde lineup for our report on
2010 cameras. I am much more pleased with what we are seeing so
far with this camera than what we saw last year but one thing
for sure the last year’s camera is very much upgradeable as far
as firm ware is concerned. We are presently stopped on our
Bushnell XLT review because of waiting for a final release
camera which we thought we had after making a couple catalog
purchases. So the shoot off is on hold for now.
update: Running battery life since 4-10 and so far we
have collected 2087 pictures and the battery reads 50%. We
managed to catch our first fawn picture this year with this
camera but it was in the transition so we did not get it in
color. Everything so far is running good with this camera.
06-20-2010 update: We went today and checked this
camera and the batteries were dead. What was strange is that it
had not taken another picture since our last report yet the
cells were dead. The camera took a total 2088 photos which is
respectable. We had intended to do a three camera shootout with
this camera and the Bushnell XLT along with the Scoutguard 560.
Well we had to cancel that plan because we have not been able to
keep any of the Bushnell’s running long enough to do that test.
The Scoutguard is deployed and will get brought back in sometime
soon. Maybe when the new WGI mini and the Stealth Mini get here
we can set up something then. This is still a slick working
07-08-2010 update: Out of curiosity we dug up
another set of batteries and re deployed this camera and let it
run another two weeks to make sure we did not experience a
problem because of the way it had shut down. It just went on its
merry little way taking pictures as before without issue. We
have really enjoyed working with this camera and we have been
notified that we have two more new items inbound from this
company so we are going to go ahead and close out for now and
possibly a little later as we get a weather change get it back
out in the deep woods down south. This review is closed.