2012 EYECON Storm/April 27, 2012
|Flash Type||IR Black Flash|
|Battery Type||6 x C|
|Flash Range||60 feet|
|Trigger Time without flash||0.78s|
|Trigger Time with flash||0.84s|
|Video Trigger Time|
|Filter Clunk||Noticeable at transition|
|Sensing Test||25 feet at 70 deg F|
2012 Eyecon Storm 36 count Black IR 9 MP digital camera review
I will start this review by saying that as of now we have no idea if this company will actually support this camera. I have tried to E mail them and I have also tried to phone them and have had zero success contacting them. Our collection of material during the ATA show has given us a good long time to get hold of them. We see that this camera is now becoming available through some catalog outlets.
We have acquired our test unit and will proceed with the review as normal. We are also asking for any input from the field from other users. This request is because this is the first year and the need to keep other potential purchasers informed is essential.
Out of the box first impression was that I am looking at a WGI camera in a different case. Buttons and programming are very much the same. The power arrangement is 6 of the old big C cell batteries which makes this camera not exactly in the mini class. The outside case is a good brown fall camouflage color. Both the array and PIR sensor are blacked out. There is a cable grove across the front of the camera that is similar to the old Scoutguard 550.
The camera is about seven and a half inches high and four and a half inches wide. It sticks out off the tree about three inches. The Array is in an arch over the main lens and the PIR sensor is just below. This is in the top half of the camera. The bottom half is a drop down door that exposes the view screen (2.5 diagonal) with the control buttons just below. The SD card slot is up under the edge below the array behind the door. There is no internal memory. There is no USB port or TV out jacks. There is an optional rechargeable battery pack that can be snapped onto the back for extended battery life and will work with the internal cells. There is an advertized 1 year warranty, which will only be functional if company access finally becomes available and a reliable customer service is established. In the mean time I would insure that the purchase place has a very good return policy with a return label like Cabelas in case the company fails to become accessible. There is no security built into this camera other than the cable grove.
The image sensor is 5 MP and is interpolated up to 9 MP for the top resolution. Delay is advertized as being down to 10 seconds. Most other specifications are relatively standard except for the claim of being a true invisible flash, which will be tested very shortly.
Documentation did not have a specification chart but most of the instructions were easy to follow. At the tail end of the booklet was the warranty data which calls for a mandatory mail in card to authorize the use of the warranty. It is a one year setup and like Bushnell it is a pay to play type that requires $20 fee to get it looked at. The back board in the package did however have the camera specifications printed on it.
The initial dark room tests showed that this camera will qualify as being black flash. The temperature was at about 70 degrees but it seemed that the sensing was not as good as it should be. Casual moves did not seem to trigger the camera. I would have to take a full step to the side to make it trigger while watching the array through the black flash analyzer. It will also be interesting to see if it will make that 1/3 of a second advertized trigger time when we put it on the bench. There is a very noticeable filter clunk at transition. I could hear it very easy at 20 feet. The SD card instructions say best up to 16 gigs but will take up to 32 gigs. The instructions also state that the SD card needs to be the SDHC type.
I was getting ready to do the drop and leak tests and boy does it leak. When latched closed the latch still has over a 32nd of an inch play which allows the door to not close tightly. I had to shim the latch to get it to close tight enough to be somewhat weather resistant. I also contacted a friend who also has one and he also had to shim his latch to protect his camera he received yesterday.
We are going to put it on the bench and get a trigger time then get range tests then this thing is going to be shelved once that is finished. It cannot be deployed as is. Maybe later in the year when these have been pulled back and fixed, we might try again.
The trigger tests got performed and as suspected they did not meet the advertized specifications. In fact this camera is fast but our tests showed times that were more that double the advertized amount. The range/8plate tests showed very weak color and fuzzy night pictures. The black/white color in the night pictures was good.
To further clarify the contact data, I have not attempted to contact the company since I have had the camera in house the past three days. Until we hear positive proof of customer service, we can not give any additional information on that. This review is closed.