Spypoint HD-12 Camera Review

2012 Spypoint HD-12/May 05, 2012

 

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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°

SpecificationValue
ClassOptics
CategoryScouting Cameras
Model Year2012
ManufacturerSpypoint
ModelHD-12
Flash TypeBlack IR Flash
Battery Type6 x AA
MSRP
2012 Spypoint HD-12 Specs
Test PerformedResult
Flash Range50+ feet
Trigger Time without Flash1.75s
Trigger Time with Flash1.75s
Video Trigger Time
Day Range
Battery LifeNot performed
Filter Clunk
Invisible Flash
Motion Blur
Sensing TestAdjustable from 5 to 50 feet
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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.

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.

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