Spypoint IR-7 Camera Review

2012 Spypoint IR-7/May 05, 2012

 

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SpecificationValue
ClassOptics
CategoryScouting Cameras
Model Year2012
ManufacturerSpypoint
ModelIR-7
Flash TypeRed IR Flash
Battery Type6 x AA
MSRP
2012 Spypoint IR-7 Specs
Test PerformedResult
Flash Range50+ feet
Trigger Time without Flash1.98s and replacement camera was 1.62s
Trigger Time with Flash2.23s and replacement camera was 1.62s
Video Trigger Time
Day Range
Battery Life3223 pictures and 39 videos over a span of 80 days
Filter Clunk
Invisible Flash
Motion Blur
Sensing TestAdjustable
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2012 SpyPoint IR-7 Red flash 46 count 7 MP (fixed) digital camera review

The very familiar IR-6 and 7 that many found appealing last year is now upgraded for this year. Those features that were deemed negative in the previous models has been attended to and we will see just how well they work this year.

The big issue was of course the delay having a minimum of one minute. This is still the case for normal operation but they have added a method of lowering it to 10 seconds. This is done by turning the camera off and holding down the up button and then turning the camera back on. This will change the minimum one minute down to ten seconds. They have also added sound recording (be sure to open the rubber plug for this) in the video mode. They still use the same camera in the box design and upgraded the latch that holds the camera in, to prevent the inside unit from falling when the box is opened. This kind of year to year upgrade keeps their cameras out front of many because of the attention to detail. Both Moultrie and Stealth seem to have slipped somewhat in this category. A good example is last years Moultrie mini cameras had a very good high grade image sensor but they seemed to have dropped down to a lesser quality this year and that is reflected in the poor picture quality.

If you just go through the programming procedure (switch), you can see that sensing, burst, video length, and resolution are all adjustable.  Selling for what we understand of about $160 is hard to beat when coupled with what has been reported as first class customer service. The array grill that breaks up the array pattern has the same camouflage as the case and this is a big plus. The blacked out PIR lens is also a nice touch. Unlike the black IR model the white emitters do show up. The PIR sensitivity is adjustable with a wheel next to the SD card (32 gig) slot. The hardest thing to do in the set up is setting the date/time. Which is a real piece of cake to do.

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