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http://www.wildviewcam.com/index.html

 

 

This camera was ordered from Cabelas as soon as they announced it. They just advertised it and actually did not have them in stock. About two months later this backorder finally arrived. Out of the carton came a 9 inch by 12 inch red box. When I turned this red box over there was a tiny (5X7X1 ˝ inch) camera. Included was a strap for mounting and a USB cable. The instruction booklet was a little vague but seemed to work except we found the specs are not very accurate. The one min. delay should be nearly one and a half mins.. The switch arrangement is much like the Bushnell's and super easy to do that part of the programming. The only difficulty was when setting the date/time was the instructions said to hold the set button for two seconds. I had to play with this button for a while to get the time/date to finally lock in. This data is lost during battery change. Battery type is C cells and it takes four or you can elect to use an external 12 v lead acid battery. I made a cable using a plug and alligator clips from Radio Shack in about 15 mins., this was then connected to a 12 UPS battery for testing. Our first field tests will use Duracell's to give us accurate battery life information. This cam has no security chain or cable with it. I feel that the super simple chain device in our camera mounting  link on this site can be adapted to this cam for adequate field security. Trigger time was a constant 5 seconds and the flash range is pretty good for the size of its tiny flash (see pics below) Field testing will be delayed until the second week in Dec 05 due to other commitments.

12-5-05 update: This cam has been out two days along with an old Cuddeback 1.3. The Cudde had 22 pictures both day and night and the Wildview 2.0 only had 4 night time pictures. This camera does work but not very well.  The pictures appear to be sharp and clear but the sensing leaves a lot to be desired. To be fair the night temps for the past two days has been in the 50s. Tonight will be in the 30s so we will see if another 20 degrees helps this cam find the game that it is suppose to sense.

12-6-05 update: Big turnaround for the Wildview last night. It took more pictures than the Cuddeback. The day pictures were sharp and clear but the night pictures were somewhat grainy. We think the batteries in the Cuddeback were getting low and this may be the cause.

12-14-05 update: When properly aimed and put into a situation where this little cam has time (5 seconds plus) to see the game animals it functions extremely well. The sensing circuits are very good and in some cases it actually outperformed more expensive cameras. If a person wants a camera to watch a feeder, scrape, crossing, or food plot where the critters are around for a while this would be a good choice. We would have a hard time not to recommend this cam for those purposes. The only thing that is keeping this camera from being first choice between the Moultrie's and the 119000c Bushnell is the lack of a better trigger time.

 

Trigger time is 5 seconds

Flash Tests

Sample Photos

More Samples on the ChasinGame Gallery!

 

Wildview Extreme 2 (2006)

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Mounting Bracket:

Using the easy to bend 1/4 in rod and the perforated strap from home depot and a couple of welds produced a security bracket that will keep the door from being opened. To access the cam just loosen the Python cable and rotate the cam out of the bracket.

 

9-01-06:  Boy what a difference the change from the Roman numeral II to the ol standby #2 made. The new Wildview Extreme 2 for 06 has adapted the same flash as the upcoming Wildview 3. These folks have monitored the consumers complaints about flash range and figured out that the old advertised 15 foot flash was not adequate. Out of the package we found the same camera in appearance except for a much larger flash and all the extras like water tight case and strap and a 128 SD card. Returned is the same switch arrangement as before and a good battery holder for 4 c cells. The external battery jack is still included which is a plus because in the past we found an issue with battery use. This is an area we are going to be giving a lot of attention because of our previous experience. We sent one of our cams to the tech folks at Stealth to take a look at this situation about battery the external battery life and they felt that it was not the fault of the cam but in fact a charging issue with the SLA batteries. This has yet to be confirmed by us but will be strongly looked at in the coming weeks. The instruction manual is well written and the only noticeable change from the 05 camera was more emphases on the use of the external battery. When I did the trigger time tests I had my fingers crossed and evidently it worked cuz it turned in a repeated 4 second trigger time. Not up the Bushnell standards but very good for most applications. This camera has an adjustable delay time which 1, 5, 10, 20, minutes can be selected. This is one of the areas that folks complained about on the 119200 Bushnell’s. This camera is still a 1.3 MP camera which gains its 2.0 MP rating through interpolation. The rez switch can select the LO 1.3 setting or the HI 2.0 or the QVGQ (AVI video) setting. The programming was a piece of cake and very simple. Just remember to hold the set button for “that” two seconds to enter and exit the programming. We already know that this camera has the needed sensing ability and adequate trigger time with picture quality that is better than most but will the battery life be the issue that will cause a poor rating. We will be looking very close to this area. This camera also has an internal memory that is small but being it comes with a 128 card, most folks would just add another card and never use the internal memory. Should you chose to use it there is a supplied cable to connect the cam to your computer to view the pictures. Walk test mode and a lo battery indicator are some of the standard features this cam has that is found on most of the cams we see today. Our flash range tests on the ol 05 Wildview II showed that deer could be seen at 40 feet though it was only advertised to be 15 feet. Being this camera has a much improved flash thos pictures should be better. I will be doing the flash range tests tomorrow morning and then we will be putting this cam in the field for some sample pictures and then do an extended battery life test.  

09-02-06: Flash range tests proved that the upgraded flash will reach past 40 feet. This morning we had 72 degrees and this camera would sense me consistently at about 32 feet. So, this is the way it looks so far. This is a small easy to use camera that has good sensing and a good flash. Picture quality judging so far from the flash range tests are sharp and clear. We will be gathering field test pictures to post and then on to that ever important battery life test. We had reported on the forum and on the site about using the Stealth locking bar for security on this camera but even though it will work we found that the door can still be opened using that method which leaves the memory card open to theft. I am going to spend some time today trying to design a simple method of securing this camera and will post results soon. We have found that more and more that the advertised delay time for a lot of cameras fall short of the claim. This camera is one of them. Set for the one minute delay it would sometime go as much as 30 seconds past the one minute time before it would shutter another picture. This in most cases is not a problem unless you are watching a trail and the animals are coming single file and you have this camera set to the single image setting. To get around this the burst mode 3 picture setting must be used.

 

09-21-06 Update:  We have been running this little cam in the field for the past three weeks on its original c size energizers and it is still going strong. To date it has taken 781 pictures that are mostly night with flash. As soon as the c cells die we will start a long range test using a SLA battery to see what we can expect out of an external battery. This is a cool little cam.

 

10-30-06 Update:  The original batteries lasted for 27 days, mostly flash and took 1004 pictures. The external battery test is still on going. We have a tendency to complicate things by always putting a hood over the cam to keep the weather off the cam. When situated under the summer canopy of the trees and on top of that having a metal hood situated directly above the camera, we force the camera to try to make a decision whether or not it is daytime. This causes some picture quality issues because the flash is still going off during the early morning and late evening times where the natural light is failing. To prove this we have it out in the open now in an attempt to see how much the whiteout morning and evening pictures decreases. So far it looks like this is a really great little camera. The final results of the external battery test is 379 pictures over 45 days.  This concludes the initial review on this camera.

 

Trigger time is 4 seconds

Flash Tests

Sample Photos
note: The night photos have a bit of lens fog



 

 



Wildview
Extreme 3 (2006)
 

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http://www.wildviewcam.com/index.html

10-6-06: The little 3.1 MP Wildview 3 arrived this afternoon and I scanned all the documents and found that about every thing that we have written about the Wildview 2 BF will apply to this camera With the exception that on the low setting it is 1.3 MP and 3.1 MP on the high setting. This camera has a much better trigger time of about 2.5 seconds with flash. I could not get the delay to be under 1.25 minutes. Being 3.1 MP has its drawbacks because a 32 MB SD card will only record 20 images where a 1 GB card will only record 640. Documentation says that this camera will take a 2 gig card which is supposed to get 1280 pictures before topping out. We have to deal with many different cameras and these toggle switch cameras are sure a pleasure to work with because programming only takes a few minutes to do. Just remember to hold the set button to enter programming and to lock in selections. Security bracket on the sidebar of the WV 2 review will also work on this camera. My first couple of digital trail cameras were in the $500 range and would not work. This little camera is $ 140 in the Cabelas catalog and believe me, it appears to work very well. We, from time to time are faced with having to go through a long review on a cam that is basically a pain in the foot to work with. These cameras are so simple and work so well they are fun to work with. I can already say that the flash range will be the same as the WV-2 because this camera is also blessed with the big flash. I will do the flash range in the morning and get this thing in the field within the next couple days. Time after time on reviews where everything goes well and it gets time to view the pictures and then everything goes bad due to bad picture quality. I have crossed about every digit on my body with hopes that we get some really sharp and clear test pictures. I went out side just now and performed the without flash trigger time test and it came in at a very good 1.5 seconds. I had performed this test several times and there was one of the tests that showed 3 seconds but it must have been a sensing issue for that particular trigger. I re installed the card and did it again and all tests were 1.5 seconds. There were some flowers behind the camera and they came in very sharp and clear. What else can I cross to make this test come out good. We might just have a little piece of dynamite in a 5X7 inch package. Stealth cams WD series have really showed that they are quality cameras and now the Wildview maybe cam get in line with their big brothers. I performed the flash range tests and sensing range tests this morning and flash range is 40 feet and this 60 degree morning this little cam would catch me at 50+ feet every time. Unless most pictures are day time this cam might have a problem of out sensing the flash range. This is a much better problem then the flash out running the sensing. It will be on its way to the field testing area for sample pictures. Looks like this is a real great little camera.

10-13-06 Update: This camera was on a feeder for a few days and we were able to get a few pictures. The daytime pictures were very good and clear. The night pictures with flash showed that the flash range is not as strong as it should be for its sensing ability. The feeder was 40 feet from the camera and it was hard to make out the animals at that distance although with enhancement you could see limited detail. All in all this so far has proved to be a great little camera and now if the battery life holds up we may see a few of these on someone’s Christmas shopping list.

10-26-06 Update:  Battery life with the original batteries was 14 days with 228 pictures. While doing the battery life test we moved the camera to another testing area where it was much closer to the feeder. The strap was a little loose and the camera sagged a little so the night with flash pictures were really bad because the flash was hitting the ground in front of the animals. Daytime pictures were great. We found that there might be a slight alignment issue between where the camera is looking and where the flash is hitting. What we thought was a loose strap situation was not a fact. The animals were pretty well centered in the pictures but the flash was still hitting in front of them. Moving the aim up a little and putting the target animals lower in the picture allowed the flash to do a much better job and we saw an improvement in the flash picture quality. We have given the old 3.0 Cudde some raves as to picture quality. But if you compare this cameras color quality to what we seen with the Cudde, it has more of a real natural like hue and not that false exaggerated color presented in the Cudde pictures. The color tones are the same as if you were standing there looking at the animal. Some folks may like the brighter color in pictures but I like it to look as if I were standing there myself. We have not yet decided to do an external battery test on this camera because we have other reviews in progress at this time and it is also hunting season.   

 
 

Day time trigger time is 1.5 seconds

Nigh time trigger time is 2.5 seconds

Flash Tests

Sample Photos



 



Wildview
Extreme 4 (2007)
 

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http://www.wildviewcam.com/index.html

 

STC-TLG4M 4.0 MP Wildview Extreme 4 Review 07-19-2007

The upward climb in MP ratings of all cameras seems to be the trend. We started off testing the Wildview Extreme, next came the Wildview 2 and Wildview 3 and now the Wildview Extreme 4. These small well designed cameras have always been a favorite of ours because of the ease of programming using switches to perform most of the programming functions. We are assuming that this upward climb in MP ratings will give us much better picture quality than its predecessors. As near as we can tell this cam has a 1.3 sensor and the balance of the resolution is through interpolation. These little cams also incorporate Stealth’s burst mode which captures up to 3 pictures in seconds. The Extreme 5 is also on the way and hopefully we will be able to provide some side by side examples of the 3.4 and 5 Extremes. All the programming and features are the same as all previously tested cams. When they came out with the #2 Extreme they jumped up the flash to a larger size which extended the flash range out further. This cam still runs on C cells or on an external battery. Having the external port for the battery is a real good feature and we are seeing more manufacturers turning to this, which Stealth has always had. The External battery kit is around $35 depending where you shop. This is about the cost of three packs of good alkaline cells. The external battery kit is rechargeable and can be used over and over. I always get excited with these tiny cams because they are so easy to use and function very well for the $100 cost. I can hide one of these cams in places where other cams cannot go. This is a big plus when old sticky fingers is out and about. All the security brackets (see Camera Mounting) will work for this cam. The High setting is 4.0 MP and the low setting is 1.3 MP The same owner’s manual applies to all the Wildview cameras and the only difference is the MP rating of each of the cams. Out of the box this particular cam had its little flash compartment full of a black soot looking residue that I had to clean out prior to use. The flash caught me off guard and I took a direct shot to the eyes and from that experience I feel that the flash range tests will show out past 40 feet. I installed a set of new tested energizer C sells and proceeded to program. To set the date/time do not forget to hold the set button down for 2 seconds to enter and exit this function. When I opened the battery compartment and removed the desiccant pack there was an extreme foul odor that came from inside this camera. I had to set it outside for a while for it to air out. I hope that this was not some joke that some factory worker had let off in there and locked it up for me to find. My nose hairs are curled up right now. My quickie check of the trigger time was not very impressive and hope that maybe I might have been infringing on the delay period a little. Off to the flash/sensing tests and on to the field. After having some bad luck with some of the other cams with the door gasket leaking or coming out I purposely inspected the gasket for tightness and it was will in place. This case does have two small weep holes located at the bottom of the case that look to be large enough for some small critter to maybe enter and set up house keeping. This could also leak if the case were to be set down in water bottom first. We have never had a moisture problem so far with all previous Wildview cams tested, and they also had the weep holes. For you folks that have ant problems a small piece of tape would stop them from getting in. The IR version of this cam is on the way to us also and we feel that these small less expensive but fully functional cams have found a nitch that other manufactures have missed. On the high setting the picture count can be up to about 700 pictures on a 1 gig card. On the low setting the count would be about 1650 and movie mode a count of around 500 can be expected. It seems that even though this cam is advertised to be able to accept up to a 2 gig card (selected) that they would increase the card size because of the much greater MP rating. Flash range went as expected and showed good coverage past 40 feet. The sensing range for this 74 degree morning was between 25 and 30 feet. The unofficial trigger time appears to be between 2 and 3 seconds. This is the third day and one of those days this cam spent the day outside with its door opened in the 90 degree sun. Even after all that outside exposure this cam still reeks of a foul odor. It is not as noticeable when closed up but I am wondering whether or not this would have an effect on animals when placed in the woods. The flash range pictures were clear and readable but not up to the 4 MP rating. This camera sells for around $100 and appears to be well worth the money. We just have to get past the smell issue.

 

08-14-2007 update:  Though the trigger time results were somewhat disappointing (3 to 4 seconds) this little camera turned out some very readable pictures. During our 5 Wildview camera side by side comparison we could see improvements in the sensing over the previous Wildview cameras. In about two days both the WV-4 and WV-5 and WV2-IR took an average of ten more pictures than the old WV-2 and 3. We will have to see just how long we can make the batteries last and we can wrap this thing up. Movie mode testing is underway and results should be out in a few days.

 

09-06-2007 update:  We completed all the testing and gathered some pretty good movies from this little cam. All the picture/movie samples were good and readable. Due to the amount of cameras that was in progress we could not leave this camera out any more to judge just how long the batteries was going to last. We feel that it will be the same a the Wildview 3 and 5 cams tested. I just like the little small cameras and their switch setup. We are going to call this review complete and maybe if necessary it might get pulled back out to do a shootout with another cam.

 
 

Trigger time w/o flash is 3 seconds

Trigger time w/flash is just under 4 seconds

Flash Tests

Sample Photos

High Resolution






 
Low Resolution





 

3 Shot Burst Mode
(The shots are 6 seconds apart)

Movie Samples

 


Wildview
Extreme 5 (2007)
 

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http://www.wildviewcam.com/index.html

 

 

Wildview STC-TGL5M review 07-25-2007

Camera Purchased from TrailCamPro.Com

This camera is an exact duplicate of the Wildview  STC-TGL4M and everything in that review applies to this camera as far as physical and electrical specifications, with the exception that this camera has a 3.0 MP sensor and is interpolated to 5.0 MP. All operating and programming functions are exactly the same also. Both cams even use the same owner’s manual. We will report on the difference in picture quality and trigger and flash differences if we find any. Otherwise just refer to that review for all information.
 

07-28-2007 update:  Trigger time tests were very disappointing. Our initial results were very bad so we re did the tests several times and it looks like around 5 seconds. This is highly out of the normal and looking back to the WV-3 which turned in less than 2 second times and then the WV-4 with 4+ times we are probably not going to spend a lot of time on this camera, unless things change very fast. We will take a close look at picture quality and see if this camera has some favorable attributes. As of now this camera is definitely a big disappointment.

 

08-14-2007 update:  Field tests showed that the WV-5 has upped the flash on this cam and it really kicks some butt. It is comparable to the I-450’s flash. The day and night pictures are very sharp and clear and the color hue is great. Just like the WV-4 this cameras trigger time leaves something to be desired. If this cam had a one to one and a half second trigger time it would kick every cuddebacks butt. With all these slowpokes proper camera placement is paramount in order to get close to desirable results. We really like this camera but do wish it had a much better trigger time. This is most definitely a feeder cam. The lower rez sample pictures and movie mode is yet to be done so this test is still on going. We have a Prowler hanging around waiting for a chance to be looked at but we must try to get a few of these “in progress” cams a little further through the review process before we can start on the next batch.

 

08-19-2007 update:  Took this cam back to the woods and put it through some movie testing and though the results were very readable they showed quite a bit of pixelation. The color is very true on this camera and I just wish that some guru of electronics could come up with a trigger time module that could just be plugged in and be a fix for all these great cams with sorry trigger times.

 

08-20-2007 update:  This next step was the flash range tests which proves that compared to its predecessors this cam does have a good flash. Things past 40 feet are very readable. The sensing range was at 25 feet for this 76 degree morning which is respectable. Tonight we will have this cam back on the hill to complete the battery life test and further rez tests.


08-25-2007 update:  The end is near on this camera. The battery low light is on but still taking pictures. So far this cam has taken  583 pictures/74 movies and the batteries have lasted from 08-11-07 to 09-09-07, which isn’t super great but better than many we have tested. This is a great little that takes sharp clear pictures, we hope the factory folks go ahead and work on that firmware to get that sub 2 second trigger.
 

Battery Life Test completed

 

 

Trigger time w/o flash is just under 5 seconds

Trigger time w/flash is just under 5 seconds

Flash Tests

Sample Photos

High Resolution




 
Low Resolution



 
Movie Samples

 

 

Wildview 2IR (2007)
STC-TGL2IR
 

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http://www.wildviewcam.com/index.html

 

Wildview STC-TGL2IR. Review 08-06-2007

With the ominous Stealth Prowler lurking in the background this manufacture has brought out one of the long anticipated cameras just ahead of the formal release of their new top of the line camera.

With rez settings from 1.3 to 2.0 this camera falls right in the very space that I like. Full black and white day/night pictures are the order of the day. There is no clunky filter to make noise when it is time to switch modes and it still maintains its simple setup set of switches and easy date/time programming. We found a lengthy trigger time on the recent tested 5.0 Wildview and I am crossing everything I have in order to make sure that this cam is not plagued with that same feature. Small, light, easily programmable, easily concealed and in the right mega pixel range this should be a very good camera. With more (24) IR emitters than the Bushnell Trail sentry 2.1 There should be no problem with night time illumination during flash out to 30+ feet. The little Bushnell does a very good job with its IR array so I feel we will find this cam will match that performance. As with all previous Wildview cameras the owners manual and programming remains the same and folks should have no problem following these instructions. No card came with this camera and the only supplied extras were a strap, USB cable and CD. The internal memory is 15 MB and this cam will up to a 2 gig SD card. The 12 volt external battery system will work with this camera and all previously designed security items (see) will work with this camera. The suggested retail price ( $150) is the same as the I-40 Moultrie which is much larger and incorporates other features. This is a very simple black and white camera that hopefully will provide quality sharp readable images. Only the field teats will provide. I don’t think this cam will kick the Prowlers butt but will do some serious damage somewhere above the kneecap. It is a total shame that these good things happen when the Georgia weather decides to be 100 degrees plus for the next few days. It sure does not make the testing very valid under these conditions. We need that good fall weather to truly evaluate the sensing ability but the summer light conditions seem to make for some pretty extreme pictures with good colors. I inspected the seal around the door and paid attention to the smell of this camera after what I went trough with the 4 MP recently tested. The seal was in place and this camera did not have that offensive odor that I experienced with the 4.0 Wildview. With a 256 card stuck in its little orifice I am going to attempt to judge an unofficial trigger time in a few minuets inside under all this really nice air conditioning. I was unable to make it to the two count so that is good news. I will get this thing in the back and do the flashrang and sensing (don’t forget the summer conditions) range and then haul it over to Anthony to stick it in the field for some hot weather testing.  

 

08-07-2007 update:  Flash range tests showed that things were readable past 40 feet but good for most cases out to 30 feet. The sensing range tests were a flop. This morning at 0400 hours the temperature was nearly 80 degrees and this camera had a problem seeing me past 20 feet. I moved the sensing test to the inside of my shop and turned on the air for a while and brought the temperature down to around 72 degrees and there was a remarkable difference in the sensing range. In most cases a cross walk could be caught at around 40 feet and a direct approach to the cam averaged 35 feet. That small 7-8 degree difference really made a difference. During the fall temperatures this cam should perform very well.  

 

08-14-2007 update:  Somehow the little WV 2-IR escaped the trigger tests and ended up in the field. Close inspection of the picture results (high rez) showed that the pictures are very readable both day and night. The only weak feature we found was the flash strength. Even being good to 30 feet it still showed room for a little brighter flash. We will get to the movie testing and do the other rez setting shortly. Battery life will also be closely looked at. I am very much in love with this little cam even with its weak flash. Being so small and easy to use and giving acceptable results is what I like about it plus not putting out the cost of a side of beef for it. I did the flash test on the Prowler this morning and it pretty well puts a lot of cams to shame with its results. Knowing I could have three of these in my jacket pockets for the same price of the Prowler I think I could find a way to keep my setup close enough to get some pretty good results.

 

08-19-2007 update:  Things have been happening around here when the Prowler fell on its face when it came to trigger times. That left its little brother to carry the load for the company. This cam turned in a 2.5 to 3 second trigger times on repeated tests. So now it has gained status as being a trail camera and a very good feeder camera it hit the hill running for a AVI test to see if the movie mode if worth a flip. The picture quality in the movies are pixilated but very readable. To our surprise the IR illumination in the movie mode is much better that during the picture mode. We are just going to have to keep this one around for a while longer and see if it passes the battery life test and then maybe we will do the external thing and leave it in the field for a longer period. So far this cam is a keeper.

09-15-2007 update:  Going through all the settings and understanding just what this little cam is all about, has been pretty satisfying. We installed the first set of batteries on 08/11/07 and as of today they have failed. That gave us a total of 34 days operation and 4228 pictures with about 46 movies. So far this cam has been pretty impressive for the cost. The flash range is the big issue. So those of you who choose to use this little cam will have to move in pretty close for those night shots. The 2 MP black and white day shots still up to par and fine for scouting. We are presently testing a cam that cost well over $ 500 and even though there daytime pictures are color they only wish they were this good. They have lots of those B and W (bells and whistles) but a sorry CMOS to go along with it. Its big brother the Prowler got replaced and is back in good light again. And so far has a stellar performance, even with a 4 second trigger. I think this little cam will spend a lot of time with us like our old GS- 100 Moultrie that just keeps on clicking away.
 

09-16-2007 update:  This little cam died on us last night after 34 hard days of hammering away. A new set of energizers lasted 34 days and this cam took a whopping 4228 still pictures and 46 movies. We will get it powered back up and catch a few low rez pictures and try the burst mode to see how well it functions. I am very pleased with the function so far, I wish someone could come up with a slave flash for this critter, so we could get past that weak flash.

 

10-10-2007 update:  Another two dollars worth of gas to get a $12 pack of batteries so we could go on with a couple more things with this camera. The first sample night pictures we got after the new batteries were installed showed a distinct improvement in the IR lighting. We were thinking that we might have had some external light from another camera that may have caused this. We then stuck this little camera with its new camo skin (camo project) out on its own corn pile and again we had really good night illumination. This must have been something to do with the first set of batteries because it is still pumping out good night shots each week. This is just a great little camera.

 

 

Trigger time w/o flash is 2.5 seconds

Trigger time w/flash is 3 seconds

Flash Tests

Sample Photos

High Resolution (corn pile is 15 feet away)



 
3 Shot Burst Mode (Low Resolution)


 

Movie Samples




 

 

 

Wildview Camo Decal for TGL cameras

Wildview Camo Decal for TGL cameras. (STC-DECTG),---While I was going over a recent  promotion sent out by the folks at Stealth on their Wildview cameras I seen that they have a simple self adhesive camouflage Realtree hardwoods pattern decal kit for the front of the Wildview cameras. The package says that it is for the TGL-1,2,3, but it could be easily adapted to all Wildview cameras. There is enough material per kit to do two cameras. Included is a template that you would place over the camo material and take a razor knife and cut it out, leaving holes for the sensors and lens openings. Then peel the back off and place it onto the front of the camera. This is a pretty slick way to make this tiny camera disappear from those eyes that might just decide to abscond with your property. Check out the before and after pictures. I would like to see more of the manufactures making this kind of kit available for their cameras.
 

The kit comes with a single decal that will cover two Wildview cams.


Use a knife to trace the pattern and cut the decal below.


Although not in the pattern, I sliced 4 cuts above and below, left and right of the sensor to allow the decal to lay flat.


I cut off the little flaps left over on the corners with the razor knife:


I then used the blade to cut open the seam to allow the door to open:




Two cams camo'ed !


Wildview
3IR (2008)
STC-TGL3IR
 

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Wildview STC-TGL-3 IR (red flash) 3 MP camera 08-10-2008

Out of the wood work crawled another of the Wildview cameras. To date we have been very pleased with the Wildview cameras and we are looking forward to seeing just what this little box can do. If you have seen one you have seen it all. The factory likes to play around with the internal parts and then call it something better than what they had put out last year. This is the same 2X6X7 inch green case camera that has wrapped around all the Wildview cams to date. The switch arrangement and battery compartment also remains the same. What is different this year is the trigger time. This company has gone from pretty good times to some pretty rotten times. I did a preliminary test fresh out of the box and the dust from the new Energizers had not hit the floor yet when I had my first results. I came very close to just shoving it back in the box and forgetting this idea as being a bad choice. I spent about a week on the Timber Eye refuse so I can spend some time on this little camera. It seems that this camera and the I-430 and the Sniper 6.0 s Stealth’s have the same camera in them as this camera. The old WV IR-2 has the same camera as the Timber Eye and the Bushnell 911305. It sure is a small world out there in the business. The control software that makes things work and the box they stick it in is where the difference is along with which type PIR sensor is chosen. We did the camo option last year on a couple of these cameras and they came out real good. That option is cheap and fairly easy to apply to the camera. The case locks up tight with a good gasket but there are two small weep holes at the bottom of the door that could be a problem if you are plagued with those pesky ants that like to clime trees and disturb anything electrical. This can be fixed with a small amount of tape. What led me to this camera was some good news that was finding its way onto a couple of the outdoor forums. Of course we know that most folks could not do a formal trigger test without having the equipment but the picture and function results that I viewed were somewhat positive. So here we are and I am in the middle of this cam need to get some flash range and sensing range tests done before I can get it out in the field to get some sample pictures. I am going back to the bench and spend another hour or so doing the unofficial trigger times to see if what I had learned before still holds true before I write it down. Well do do, the times came out the same and seems to be at the five second mark with flash. We have another feeder cam on the market. So its off to the hill for some feeder pictures.
 

8-11-2008 update:  Did the flash range tests and all went well. This showed the flash is good to 40 feet easy and the sensing range for this 70 degree morning was 35 feet. One strange thing is that the cam quit the information strip (time/date) and just printed some marks across the bottom of the picture. I will see what this is all about and see if we can continue the tests.  Pulled the batteries and reset the time date and everything works fine now. Lets hope this does not repeat.

 

08-12-2008 update:  Just like all the previous 08 Stealth’s tested this cam came in with a really bad trigger time of 4.5 seconds without flash and over 5 seconds with flash. Also Anthony had problems with the cam locking up in the on position and would not turn off by the switch. The issue with the information strip (time/date) also happened to him and as you can see on the trigger tests.  He had to reset the cam again. We went ahead and deployed it on the hill and once we capture a few sample pictures we will have to take it back to the retailer for an exchange or refund. This camera is a full two seconds slower than the IR-2 tested last year????? Folks we have to talk to these people and see if they can turn things around. Instead of getting better, things are starting to slip in the wrong direction.

 

08-14-2008 update:  The hi rez pictures were not to bad but somewhat fuzzy and the low rez were about the same. I know this cam cost only a little over the century mark but they are good enough to tell what is running around in the woods. We are going to grab some video samples and see if I can get the folks at the store to give me another one that will give me a date time.

 

08-17-2008 update:  We captured a bunch more very good pictures using the burst mode and everything was flying good but now the date time is just a bunch of dashes. We are going to just call this review finished and say this cam has done a very good job and this is based on the fact we were running tests on several cameras at this same time and all were much more expensive but this little camera had just as many pictures and actually better pictures. If it was not for the time/date issue we would be doing a long term review on this camera. It is going back to the vendor and not replaced.

 

Trigger without flash 4.5 seconds
Trigger with flash 5.5 seconds
 
Flash Range
 
Samples low res 1280x1024


Samples high res 2048x1536



 

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