2010 Spypoint FL-A 4 MP white/red flash digital camera.
This is the same
camera that we reviewed in 09 but with improvements.
Please refer to
09 review for all the normal description and specifications and
this review will concentrate on all of the new improvements. This
company is like Leaf River because they are working year around
making upgrades to their existing cameras plus inventing just what
new stuff they can come up with for the next year. Just because it
may look the same from a distance you can bet there are a bunch of
unseen changes and also a few that you can see.
Once we get further
into things it is our plan to put a few of these little bombs up
against each other in a little shootout.
Here are the mechanical modifications:
Easier manipulation of the LED and FLASH module: We added a plastic
part to be easier to remove or install the modules.
housing is now with a rough finish which is better to does not
reflect the sunshine and the housing will be more difficult to
Here are the electrical modifications:
Changed some parts to be more resistive at cold temperatures, down to -22 Fahrenheit.
Changed some parts in the power supply to reach a very low power standby mode. (100 uA)
So, it increases the battery life of around 5 times.
Flash module is more stable.
Here are the firmware modifications:
Charge the flash to be ready for a picture only in PHOTO mode (improves the
battery life in video mode)
Correct the problem of occasional
white out pictures during the rising and falling sun.
Write “LOC” on LCD if the customer forgets the card with its switch in lock the position. So, no more bad surprises.
Write the amount of pictures in real time on LCD after each recorded picture or video.
Changed the calculation of the battery level to be more precise and it extends the battery life.
As I said above, some things you can see and some are hidden. This slick little
camera has earned some respect from us so far during the past year
of hard use. Now we are going to put this camera through its paces
and see if these written claims are actually there.
04/10/2010 Update: We tested the trigger times this
morning and we see an improvement over the original version.
The trigger times came in at 2 seconds with and with out flash.
Our short time with this camera has raised a couple eyebrows
as to just how good a couple of the new updates have been
received so far. The first is the mat look to the case is a big
“wow” compared to the last years look. It hides very well on a
tree and with a couple of new spring sprigs of vegetation stuck
around the cam it becomes hidden very well. This cam would
benefit some from one of the great mask covers to the arrays
like Reconyx came up with for their new cams this year. The
picture quality for the day shots is sharp and clear but still
has that small amount of fuzz in the night pictures. The flash
range shows very good flash range in the IR hookup and we will
get to the white flash very shortly. This camera is also a
candidate for the new Uway Extendir flash setup which we will
also test and show the results. So far we are favorably
impressed with the performance during the initial testing.
Flash Range (click the pics for full size originals)