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2012 Spypoint BF-7



 


2012 SpyPoint BF-7 46 count black IR 7 MP digital camera review

The very familiar IR-6 and 7 that many found appealing is now upgraded for this year. Those features that were deemed negative in the previous models has been attended to and we will see just how well they work this year. 

The big issue was of course the delay having a minimum of one minute. This is still the case for normal operation but they have added a method of lowering it to 10 seconds. This is done by turning the camera off and holding down the up button and then turning the camera back on. This will change the minimum one minute down to ten seconds. They have also added sound recording (be sure to open the rubber plug for this) and the now popular black IR flash. At this point we are calling it black IR until that feature is fully tested and we will see if it makes the true black flash category or will be in the low glow category. 

They still use the same camera in the box design and upgraded the latch that holds the camera in, to prevent the inside unit from falling when the box is opened. This kind of year to year upgrade keeps their cameras out front of many because of the attention to detail. Both Moultrie and Stealth seem to have slipped somewhat in this category. A good example is last years Moultrie mini cameras had a very good high grade image sensor but they seemed to have dropped down to a lesser quality this year and that is reflected in the poor picture quality. 

If you just go through the programming procedure (switch), you can see that sensing, burst, video length, and resolution are all adjustable. This on top of it being classed black flash and selling for what we understand of about $199.99. That is hard to beat when coupled with first class customer service. The array grill that breaks up the array pattern has the same camouflage as the case and this is a big plus because this being a black IR camera the emitters hide very well behind this grill and makes the camera harder to pick out when deployed. The blacked out PIR lens is also a nice touch. 

Here are the specifications:

 

Photo recording:

  • Photo resolution 7 MP

  • File format JPG

  • Multi-shot Up to 4 pictures per detection

  • Stamp Date, time, temperature and moon phase

  • Capture mode Color by day, black and white by night

Video recording:

  • Video resolution 640 x 480

  • File format AVI

  • Sequence length Adjustable from 10 to 90sec

  • Capture mode Color by day, black and white by night

Sound recording: Automatically recorded in video mode

Memory storage: SD/SDHC card up to 32 GB (No internal memory)

Viewing:

  • TV output Composite video (PAL/NTSC)

  • Computer output USB 2.0

Power supply: (accessories sold separately, see “Options”)

  • Alkaline or lithium batteries 6x AA

  • Lithium battery pack Rechargeable battery pack (LIT-09/LIT-C8)

  • External (12V jack) 12 volt battery (KIT-12V/BATT-12V) /12 volt adapter (AD-12V)

  • Solar panel Solar panel (SP-12V) combined

  • with rechargeable battery pack (LIT-09)

Detection system:

  • Motion sensor PIR

  • Detection angle 30°

  • Detection range Adjustable from 5 to 50ft

  • Delay between each detection Adjustable from 1 to 15min

  • *Additional 10 sec. setting (see DELAY)

Night time illumination system:

  • Infrared LEDs 46 infrared LEDs (IR-7 model)

  • 46 Black Flash infrared LEDs (BF-7 model)

Optical field of view: 50°

 

The next step will be all the general testing and report then off to the lab for trigger evaluation. Once we get done with that we will get the range testing done.

05-05-2012 update:  The first act in the lab was to see about how well this company managed to get their act together when it comes to producing a black flash camera. After a couple hours in the dark room I can probably say that we are going to have to class this camera in the true black flash category. I can see the flash go off but only a very short distance and that is not easy. The 10 second can be achieved by holding down the up button and turning the camera on. This tested out to be very close to the 10 second mark. Of course this setting will cause many more pictures to be taken and the result of that would be somewhat shorter battery life. Initial testing went very well.

05-12-2012 update:  Seems the flash range is still keeping very much like the tiny and HD-12 with the 50 foot range. The day pictures came out very good but the night black flash pictures had the normal degree of fuzziness most BF cameras seem to have. View the sample pictures below that were taken on the high setting.

07-14-2012 update:  We have brought this to the end with the battery life lasting about 70 days and during that time we captured 3681 pictures and 132 videos. We also tested the trigger to video trigger time which came out at 2.78 seconds. This has been a great camera to work with and we are now going to close this review.

 

 

Trigger Tests
( without flash 1.62s)

( with flash 1.64s)

Video Trigger Test
2.78s

Dead Pixel

Flash Range

Day Range 8 Plate

 

Photo Samples HIGH

Video Samples HIGH


 

 



 



 

 



 




 

 

 

   
   
   
   

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