2012 Primos Turkey Tracker/May 19, 2012
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2012 Primos Turkey Tracker time lapse camera review
When I first seen this come out and read the specifications and the “wide angle” approach to a time lapse only camera was very interesting. Being the main target animal is a small bird compared to a deer sized animal you would need to be much closer for the time lapse pictures to be of value. Being up close would normally cause the field of view to be much smaller.
Adapting a wide angle approach with the camera could allow the close in function and still cover the entire food plot or field. This unit does not have the mid day skip feature and is all day only capture device.
Same frame as their previous released DPS that many found very useful, this camera looks the same except it has a lighter colored camo finish. Single lens with external battery port on the bottom and strap loops on the back is about all the description of the exterior needed. Inside is the small programming LCD and the control buttons with the 8 AA cell battery holder just below. There is some instruction stickers on the inside back. The door has a full gasket and locks up tight.
Programming and date setting is easy and fairly simple. To arm just watch for the “on” indication of the LCD and wait a bit and it will start taking pictures at the selected frequency. I viewed a few samples and they were very good for the 1.3 MP size.
I have been using my DPS almost continuously since I got it for some security type of applications. I needed a day/night time lapse for a job so I pulled the DPS in and deployed one of my Plot watchers for that task. Being both the DPS and Turkey Tracker were both on my bench I decided to just evaluate just how much wider the field of view the TT was over the DPS. I devised a lock down mount so I could situate both cameras in exactly the same position and hit go. Both cameras had its turn in the mount and the cards were pulled and compared. Whoa, something is wrong because both the DPS and the Turkey Tracker have the same field of view. I wonder why they classed this wide angle and not the DPS? Neither one appears to be that because one of the regular trail cameras that I just removed from that same bracket has maybe a wider FOV than the TT camera. I guess my dream of the wide angle TL camera just got stuffed.
No trigger of flash tests with this unit and only normal field deployment.
The following range photos compare the Turkey tracker and the last year’s DPS cameras. Mounted in the exact same spot allows us to consider the “wide angle” of the Turkey Tracker: