Ridgetec Outdoors Edge/November 5, 2017

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The second camera I will be testing from Ridgetec Outdoors is the Edge.  This is a mini sized camera, just a bit larger than the Browning cameras I am testing this year.

Information on Ridgetec Outdoors
A quick review of Ridgetec’s website reveals they have a strong dealer network across Canada but currently limited dealers in the USA. They told me they are establishing a USA distribution center and actively starting to pursue USA dealers, Prostaff, and marketing.  Please visit the Contact page for details.

Ridgetec Outdoors Web site

The camera has a hinged style chassis, with the camera in the rear half as a removable unit similar to styles I have seen in the past from Spypoint and others.  The unit holds 8 AA batteries which should give this unit plenty of battery power.

The camera is a black flash camera and the flash is definitely not visible.

The front surface of the camera is covered in a nice camo pattern while the back is a monochrome olive green-grey color.   The LED array has a dark blue appearance and is split into two parts either side of the camera lens.  The bottom of the camera has a battery port  which is documented as a 6V port.  The back of the camera supports strap slots, python and a threaded insert.

The camera will actually pull out of its outer shell and sit easily on the table, a book shelf or hidden anywhere in your home and makes an excellent small security camera this way.  There is a slide panel on the back that opens to allow the 8 AA batteries in.  I like the size and shape of this camera.  Make sure it is in its camo shell before going outdoors.

The unit uses two latches which creates a very tight, secure hold. On the inside of the camera is a 2.0″ color display and full compliment of buttons.  The SD card slides in the side and on the bottom is a USB port.

The camera ships with a booklet and strap.  I was able to easily set up the camera from the menus without the need for a user guide.

Steel security boxes are available for this camera model from Ridgetec.

Manufacturer model #: EDGE.

Manufacturers specifications:

Modular camera design for versatility in mounting the camera.

Time Lapse Scheduling – to assist you in monitoring large areas.

Duty Time Scheduling – to give you complete control in turning on and off the camera for security applications.

Live Preview courtesy of a front facing, high resolution 2.0″ color screen to make mounting the camera a breeze.

Innovative 10 zone PIR motion sensor with ‘Sneak By Protection’ ensuring more reliable movement detection.

  • 8 MP Photos
  • High Definition 1280 x 720 Video
  • 34 No Glow High Output Black Flash LEDs
  • Ultra-Night Sensor
  • 2.0″ True TFT viewer screen
  • Time-Lapse Mode programmable
  • Programmable Duty Time
  • Fast trigger speed: <0.7 Sec
  • Delay time: 5 Sec – 60 Min
  • Auto IR light metering
  • Video length: 5 – 60 Sec
  • Video sound recording
  • Photo burst: 1 to 3 sequence
  • Multi-zone PIR detection : 60′ +
  • Requires 8 AA batteries
  • Ultra-Low power consumption
  • Date, Time, Temperature, and Moon Phase stamp
  • External memory: up to 32 GB
  • 6V external power adapter
  • 4-digit password protection
  • Live Preview for positioning assistance
  • Photo and video playback
  • Compact innovative design
  • Low battery indicator
  • 1 year standard warranty

The MSRP on this camera is around $159.99.

Chasingame Test Results:

Test PerformedResult
Flash RangeGood white balance. Usable flash beyond 60 feet. A little bit grainy
Trigger Time without flash0.74s
Trigger Time with flash1.32s
Video Trigger Time2.45s
Photo Recovery Time5.06s
Video Recovery time6.04s
Day RangeNatural color. Decent clarity to 60+ feet
Battery Life
Filter ClunkNo
Invisible FlashYes
Motion Blur
Sensing Test70+ feet at 58F degrees

Photo Samples captured in 5MP setting.

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Video Samples captured in HD 720p.

2017 Ridgetec Edge from Chasingame.com on Vimeo.

2017 Ridgetec Edge Video Samples Day from Chasingame.com on Vimeo.

Progress and Activity
11-05-2017 Update: Unboxed
Today I got started with a second camera from Ridgetec Outdoors called the Edge.  Thus far I am pleased with the operation of this camera. I like the case design and the size of this camera. It appears to have good features for the price range it is in.  In the photos I took of the camera it nearly blends totally into the oak tree.
11-06-2017 Update: Photo Samples
I left the camera out for a day and night but due to hunting pressure since rifle season began my deer herd is becoming more nocturnal now. I will keep trying to get some day photo samples but the night shots look good. The camera does not have white out but will have a darkish image during transition periods before it switches from color to IR. This is not uncommon. At least the dark photos can be lightened up with software to reveal good detail.
11-07-2017 Update: Video Samples
As with my photo samples, the video samples are mostly at night. I am going to need to get lucky to get some good day time footage this time of year. I feel the video quality is good on this camera and the videos are well illuminated with good contrast. The audio is nice as well. The samples are HD 720p.

I will continue trying to get some day photos and videos from this and all the cameras still out in the field.

11-11-2017 Update: Day Photo Samples
I managed to get a few deer during day light hours and got those samples online. I have no areas that are full sun and most of the leaves are still hanging on here.
11-26-2017 Update: Video Samples
I captured some more video clips and got several during daylight hours and added a second video set to the review.

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