Spartan SR-1 Black Flash Camera/April 26, 2015
- Photo: Yes
- Video: Yes
- Display: 2″
- Photo/Video Playback: Yes
- Live Preview: Yes
- Photo Resolution: 3, 5, 8MP (4:3)
- Video Resolution: 720P HD/ VGA
- Widescreen Video: Yes
- Trigger Speed: 1s
- Burst Mode: 1-5
- Video Length: up to 30s
- Audio Record: Yes
- Quiet Time: Up to 60m
- Time Lapse: 2X
- Duty Time: 2X
- Photo Stamp: Time/Date/Temp/Moon
- Overwrite: Yes
- Night Flash Distance: 60′
- LED Number/Type: 44 / Low-Glow
- SD Card Capacity: 32GB
- Batteries: 4-12AA
- Weight: 13.5 oz
- Dimension: 6x 5x 3.5 inches
|Flash Type||IR Black flash|
|Battery Type||12 AA|
|Flash Range||60 feet. some noise present because of 940nm.|
|Trigger Time without flash||1.45s|
|Trigger Time with flash||1.46s|
|Video Trigger Time||3.25s|
|Day Range||Good clarity and contrast, natural color.|
|Battery Life||7886 photos and 487 10s video clips over 4 weeks|
|Sensing Test||70+ feet at 58 degrees F|
The brown UPS truck arrived yesterday and delivered several boxes, one of which was the new Spartan SR1-BK black flash camera. This camera is the sister to the Spartan wireless cameras I have been testing and will review shortly. It is the standard camera in the front door style. This is a sturdy feeling square box with mild sex appeal. No space alien look here but who really cares.
There is a sturdy, one handed operation, latch that securely seals this camera up. The front and back halves meet against a flat uninterrupted planar surface that makes a really good seal. I have had no leaking with this line of cameras in the testing I have done. Where the front and back halves meet, the back half of the case recesses into the front.
The camera accepts 12 AA batteries and will run on the first 4. A menu driven operation makes for simple setup and I did not need any instruction manuals to configure it. The camera uses a native CMOS sensor of 5MP and supports interpolation up to 8MP. The unit comes in both a dark brown and a camo exterior. The buttons are easy to read and operation is smooth.
The LED array is black but without a break up offers a shiny reflective surface as is typical with many cameras.
The SD card is easily accessible. For security, there is a python through hole on the top back as well as a strap slot. I would recommend a lock box as the python would not stop someone from opening the camera and removing your SD card.
There is a threaded insert on the bottom that accepts a standard tripod mount.