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2010 Primos TruthCam 35

 

June 22,2010
Filter Clunk Update:

Because of the reports from the field the management at Primos has been hard at work with their supplier to correct the filter clunk issue on their cameras. They have sold a few 60 and 35 series cameras that have this problem. I did not find it that offensive like the clunk that we had with the Stealth 540. At least I did not hit the ditch and cover up when it went off. For those who are going to order now they say that the supply should now be the upgraded cams with out the clunk. They have not mentioned if they have a plan to do any kind of a exchange or upgrade to those who have already purchased and would want a change.

 


 

2010 Primos TruthCam 35 3MP 35 count Red Flash Camera Review

We've had  these cameras for a long time during the prerelease period and we ran all of them through their paces and noted all deficiencies. These notes were taken back to the factory and corrections made. This is a thirty five count red flash three mega pixel camera that lists for under a hundred dollars. It will do video and record pictures. It has delay settings of 10 seconds, 1 minute, and 30 minutes. Stack those specs up against that Cudde IR and see which one shines the best. 

This cam is the low end of a set of four different models. I really like cameras that are anywhere between 1.3 and 3.1 MP. They don’t fill up the old hard drive and I can E mail a bunch of them at a time. It comes in a satin black non reflective case and is only 9 inches tall. This not exactly a mini cam with its 7 inch width but will still hide very well on the tree just fine. This is described as being a three MP camera but it switches to 1.3 for the night IR shots like the Predator cams. The array is under a little roof at the top front with the status lamps and PIR just below. A small LCD window is in the door just below the motion sensor. SD card and external battery ports are at the bottom of the cam. Strap slots and tree grabbers are on the back and mounting inserts for the optional angle bracket. 

 Undo the latch and open the door you will see the battery tubes left and right for the four D cells and centered is a small LCD and a set of switches to enter date and to turn the camera on and off. Above that is five slide switches to control function. The first is the off/photo/video switch that is labeled status. The next is to select the video length of 10/30/60 seconds. The delay switch is next with three settings of 10 seconds, 1 minute, and 30 minutes. The Multi shot (burst) switch with settings available at 1, 3, and 5 pictures per trigger. Last is the sensitivity of the PIR that can be adjusted from high through normal to low. 

A quick look at the pictures showed they were very good day and fair night quality. I will hold a little on the night pictures until we go to the hill for sample pictures but the color day pictures were very good for this priced camera. Slipping back to the shop and the trigger time table and found that most of my tests were less than 1.5 seconds unofficial. This is a little butt kicker if the rest of the evaluations don’t fall apart. 

No internal memory or TV out/USB ports so all images will have to be taken care of by removing the card and taking it to an external device to read. Most people do this anyway. The documentation was lacking the specification chart and other than that worked ok for the data I needed. If this is their bottom of the line then the “Truth X” will give the higher valued manufacturers a fit when that gets reviewed shortly.

06-12-2010 update:  After a very long haired meeting about our procedures we have decided to maybe show a little more of our testing procedures. Some of which we still need to protect but will show that the trigger times are very solid. This camera for both with and without flash turned in a very respectable 1.29 second trigger time. We will for the first time show one of our monitors with the readout. We have some folks that want to copy or one up on our procedures so we will keep the main portion of these tests still behind wraps. This little cam is going to be hard to beat for the price.       

06-13-2010 update:  This is a hundred dollar Wildview style camera that achieves its programming through a series of switches. The frills like internal memory and TV out are not built into this camera so something to read your cards is needed. With that said, this rascal pumps out pictures and video’s pretty darn good. Sensing range at 85 degrees was fifty feet. Flash range is just past 40 feet and the IR picture quality was a little fuzzy or maybe hazy. A quick test with editing software would remove this condition and clear up the pictures. Both this camera and its big brother the TruthCam 60 have a narrow sensing area which is a little bothering but the trigger times seem to keep most captures close to the center of the picture. I would like to see this moved out closer to the FOV of the camera lens.

06-21-2010 update:  We got whacked in the back of the head with a sack full of whiteout pictures. This camera does not like the transition period (day/night) when placed under heavy canopy. We got many pictures that ranged from total white out to just the black and white clear pictures. It has a hard time telling its self whether or not it is day or night. This means that this camera probably will do best in more open areas where the light is brighter. The color pictures were clear and have good color and the full IR pictures maintained that bit of fuzziness but very readable. The picture count was way up there so the sensing having a narrow look still managed to get a ton of pictures. The edge of a field or an opening in the deep woods would be a prime place for any camera that has a hard time getting enough light into the light sensor.

07-11-2010 update:  This cam has ran from June 4 and was found dead in its tracks on our property down south. The batteries ran out after 262 videos and 360 pictures. We had moved it to an area where it did not have to deal with heavy over head canopy and we did not see any white out problems. We did see where one big doe spooked and was caught on video bolting. The cause of this may have been the flickering array because of being in the video mode. There may have been a clunk to draw attention to the array but we cannot prove this. It has done well for us in this location.

08-01-2010 update:  Another three weeks and we gathered a bunch of pretty good pictures. Still hanging in there with no white outs in this location. There is a real difference when you understand what the cameras likes and do your setup to match its strong points to the area and it seems to just want to give you as much as it can.

08-14-2010 update:  Of the three big cameras from Primos I grew found of this camera because of its simple methods of everything. It has done a real good job for us and will probably be one of our long range test cameras we will use once we get the load down to a slower grind. It has been a good solid little camera and has its preference to areas where there is a little more son and it will perform well. We are closing this review for now.

 


 

Trigger Times without flash

Trigger Times with Flash



 

Flash Range Tests


 

 

Photo Samples 3MP

Video Samples

 
 
 


 

 

   

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