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2012 Spypoint HD-12



 


2012 Spypoint HD-12 46 count Black IR 12 MP digital camera review

This new camera is yet another example of the creativity of this company. The advertized specifications and function, (if true) will most definitely make this a deluxe camera. The top resolution is somewhat of an over kill, but many may find favor with that size of file. I believe most will tone that down through programming to one of the lower settings. 

The new feature that has not been featured on production cameras in the past is the use of a remote wireless detection (PIR) box. A total of 4 (one comes with the camera and additional sensors are optional) can be set up and programmed into the cameras. The main PIR sensor is also active for directly out front and it has a distance control (knob) depending on the ambient temperature. This main sensor will cover the normal zone area that most trail cameras (except Cuddeback) will cover. The zones out past the normal (center, left, right) can now be covered if desired by a wireless motion sensor that talks to the camera (range to 500 feet) and tells it to go ahead and take the picture. These sensors are very small and very easy to conceal. The captured picture would be a distant shot but it is your choice to choose that top resolution which should respond favorably to a detailed zoom inspection of the subject. I also can now hear the bells going off in a few heads thinking just how well this kind of configuration would work in a security situation where hiding a camera sized box would be difficult. The fist sized remote sensor could be placed in a number of places and not be seen. It could still remotely tell the distant looking camera that someone was in the zone. The true functional distance of the remote units is something I will have to thoroughly test. The warm pre season days where the PIR sensing distance is cut down by the ambient temperature this system should be a big plus and extend the sensing range back out to a greater distance. 

This camera is in the same size case as the recent IR series cameras. The removable interior has been a bit up graded with a latch to hold it inside the case to prevent it from falling out once the case is opened. Previous cameras had a bit of trouble with that latch. The outward appearance remains the same as the IR cameras so we will not have to do further comment on that. The external trigger module is called the WRL-B and is just a small box with a PIR lens centered in the front. On the side of the module is a small foldable antenna. On the back is the strap/cable loops for hanging with the supplied strap. This device has a usable range of 0 to 50 feet. 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 PIR sensor lens is also blacked out. 

The interior is not at all like the BF-7 which was all switches to set the program and this camera is set up with a large view screen and also programming screen. Just below the programming/view screen is the associated buttons and microphone for playback of any sound recorded during video mode. SD card slot is on the inside edge and will take up to a 32 GIG card. PIR sensitivity is adjusted with a small wheel by the SD card slot. There is no internal memory, so the card is needed to boot up. The tank takes 6 AA batteries either rechargeable (switchable) or alkaline cells. 

The following is the specification charts.

Photo recording:

  • Photo resolution 12 MP

  • File format JPG

  • Time Lapse Predefined intervals from 30sec to 1h

  • Multi-shot Up to 6 pictures per detection

  • Stamp Date, time, temperature and moon phase

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

Video recording:

  • Video resolution 1280 x 720 (720p)

  • 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:

  • Built-in screen 3.0" LCD

  • 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 (camera) / WRL-B device (see "Settings, WRL-B" for details)

  • Detection angle 30°

  • Detection range Adjustable from 5 to 50ft

  • Delay between each detection Adjustable from 10 sec. to 30 min

  • Electricity option Instant trigger time (Connected to a 12V DC Main source only)

Night time illumination system: Infrared LEDs 46 Black Flash infrared LEDs

Optical field of view: 50°

 

This camera is loaded with features and only time will tell just how well it is accepted. And it is well laid out in the documentation. We do know that in the recent past that the company would jump on any issue that we found and go to work to come up with a solution. This was the case with the Tiny camera which resulted in a complete re work. I am going to do a group of preliminary tests prior to getting off to the trigger table and flash/8 plate range testing.

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:  Flash range showed about the same range as the tiny which is 50+ feet. The 8 plate shots showed a normal degree of fuzzy that is expected with black flash. View the high setting samples for both day/night pictures below. The extended PIR will be tested last and separately in this review.

05-24-2012 update:  We are in the process of designing a setup where we test the external trigger module that is associated with this camera. The requested input from some of our camera users offered a number of suggestions. One of the questions that some asked was “if the flash range is about 50 feet, why would you want to exceed that zone with a trigger system? Well, we do have some answers. First main suggestion was to use this extended sensing in conjunction with this same company’s flash Extender to cover that additional area. This suggestion would solve the “at night” with flash limit talked about with this main question. Another excellent suggestion was to use it to broaden the PIR foot print when you deploy your camera high and have it looking down on a particular area. There should be no questions about the daytime function. Many target areas have more than one approach zone that will fall into the FOV of the camera and this device can cover a different area of approach while the main PIR can cover the other. This in conjunction with burst or video mode should work well. 

I pulled out one of our flash Extenders and put batteries in the Xmitter and then I went through the ordeal of trying to find D cells that would work in the main flash unit. Energizers would not fit so I went and bought Duracell’s and they also were too big to fit in the holes. I then made it to Battery Plus and bought some Ray O Vac D cells and they were tight but would fit into the holes. So we are now about ready to proceed with the test.

Doing the setting up and getting the booster ready plus double checking the correct switch settings on the camera, we discovered that this camera will control the booster also. This means that we can remotely trigger the camera out past 50 feet and also have the camera remotely trigger the wireless booster at the same distance. So our previous concerns have now been answered. “It is amazing what you can find out if you really read the instructions”. All we need is for our resident herd of deer to pay attention to our instructions and hang out in that detection zone on down the range. If they do we can produce a series of sample pictures of that function.

06-03-2012 update:  This camera works as a stand alone unit but not with its accessory sensor (WRL). This review is closed.  We will not be completing a battery life on this camera.

 

Trigger Tests
( without flash 1.75s)

( with flash 1.75s)

Dead Pixel

Flash Range

Day Range 8 Plate

 

Photo Samples HIGH

Video Samples (720p HD samples)

 



 



 

 



 




 

 

 

   
   
   
   

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