Primos Proof Cam 01/August 10, 2017

Manufacturer model #: 64054.

The Proof cam 01 is the entry level in this year’s Proof cam line up, notated as “Gen 2”.  If you head to the store to buy one make sure you see the Gen 2 or check the model number as it is very similar to previous models with the same name.  This is a relatively small camera with a solid color exterior that is a green color with an LED array the encircles the camera lens.  The LED array is black in appearance even though this is definitely a red flash camera.  Present is the python strap around the front of the camera which in my opinion is a good design for those who do not want to spring for the steel lock box but want better than average security.  This design at least keeps someone from opening the camera and tinkering with it or removing the SD card.  It is a better design for the Python in my opinion.  This is not a new design and I am glad the designers kept this feature.  The bottom of the unit supports an external battery port and a threaded insert for mounting while the back/sides offer a strap slot.  I have a small complaint about the strap slots because I can’t use my CustomOne Enterprises adjustable mount with this camera.

Once upon a time …. there were several manufacturers who built cameras with switches that were easy to use in the field as an alternative to a viewing screen.  I have always liked this switch type setup because I think it is easy to use and change when you are in a hurry and have 18 more cameras to go check and set up, although in the dark you will need a flash light.  The little LCD screen on this camera is used to set the date and time and to indicate number photos taken and provide status information.  Using a tiny screen and some switches should keep manufacturing costs down which means a better buy for the consumer.  If you are like me, then you do not use the viewing screen to study photos and watch videos in the field.  I wear glasses for a reason and trying to discern detail on a 1.5″ screen is not going to happen. So, it does not bother me at all to lose the screen.

This little camera offers everything the average consumer needs in a camera with an easy to use interface.  i had the camera up and running quickly.

Manufacturers specifications:

    • Captures 12MP crystal-clear images
    • Records 720p HD video and time-lapse
    • Offers 0.7-second trigger speeds so you won’t miss a thing
    • Auto-exposure feature eliminates whiteouts
    • Fast one-second recovery rate delivers more images with fewer blanks
Choose the affordable Primos Proof Cam 01 12 MP Trail Camera for reliable, simple-to-use scouting in your best hunting spots. Improved with faster recovery, better detection distance and new features, the Proof Cam 01 delivers the best possible images as they happen. An auto-exposure feature ensures optimal light detection, eliminating whiteouts. Fast one-second recovery rate delivers more images with fewer blanks. Captures 12MP crystal-clear images and offers 0.7-second trigger speeds so you won’t miss a thing. Records 720p HD video and time-lapse catching your trophies in action. The 36 low-glow LEDs illuminate night images out to 80 ft. Simple setup with illuminated sliding switches for night and low-light visibility. Powered by eight AA batteries (not included) for up to one year.
5.1″H x 3.4″W x 2.8″D

The MSRP on this camera is around $99.99.

Chasingame Test Results:

Test PerformedResult
Flash RangeVery bright, nearly over exposed. Usable detail out to 60 feet.
Trigger Time without flash0.65s
Trigger Time with flashavg 0.68s
Video Trigger Timeavg 0.93s
Photo Recovery Timeavg 0.78s
Video Recovery timeavg 4.10s
Day RangeGood clarity well beyond 60 feet even when zoomed. A bit of a redish hue to the photos.
Battery Life3068 photos (70% with flash) and 173 video clips over five weeks
Filter ClunkNo
Invisible FlashNo
Motion Blur
Sensing Test60+ feet at 83F degrees

Photo Samples captured in HI setting.

Video Samples captured in HI setting.

Note: There are pops in the audio for these clips. I verified that the pops are in the original clips. The audio is low volume so be careful when you turn up your speakers because of the loud pop.

2017 Primos Proof Cam 01 Gen 2 from on Vimeo.

Progress and Activity
08-10-2017 Update: Unboxed
I unboxed this unit and find it has a familiar look to units I have tested in the past for Primos. I have placed this camera in the queue to get tested.
08-12-2017 Update: Range tests and Photo samples
I placed this camera on the range and grabbed some shots and tested the sensing which was very good.  The range image is very bright like the Bushnell trophy cam Essential E3 I am also testing right now.  Lets hope this camera does not have a white out issue.  during the dawn transition period the camera was alternating color and monochrome and there were no white outs..  Its “auto exposure” feature is designed to eliminate this.  I managed to grab some day and night samples as well.  The night shots are very well illuminated, almost too much.  The day shots show natural color and decent detail.
08-14-2017 Update: Video Samples
I managed to grab some good day and night video clips in HD (720p). The video quality is good but the audio randomly has loud pops in it and the volume is low on the audio track, which in turn causes you to turn up your speakers then you get the ear cracking pops. So, be careful with your volume. Another thing I noticed is that even though I set the duration to 5 seconds on video the clips seem to have random lengths.
09-18-2017 Update: Battery Life
The batteries have finally died in this camera today. It captured 3068 photos (70% with flash) and 173 video clips over five weeks. This review is now complete.



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