- Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:42 pm
Some updates: I have been running two of these for a little over a week on the 30 s interval.
1. Morning time delay -- Has become much more accurate. Pictures are now being taken around 6:25 am which is officially before sunrise, but after nautical dawn.
2. Official response from Primos is that the DPS can not be firmware upgraded to the Turkey Tracker; however, this sounds piss poor as we know it is the same camera with different firmware. However, $65 is cheap enough not to expect anything more. The turkey tracker does have the 60s option, and is running around $100.
3. Software -- Definitely still an infant....It has locked up a couple times on me. I have not switched to just downloading and using Scouting Assistant or Microsoft Movie maker yet, but I am not far away. I have not tried to stitch a movie together using multiple days; however, it does not look promising.
4. Image clarity -- still 1.3MP so don't expect too much. However, clarity is pretty decent... everything is focused at 100+ yards. Don't expect to zoom in on anything at 100 yards, but you can definitely see what is happening.
5. SD Cards -- This seems to be fixed. I purchased 8GB Class 10 Sandisk Extreme Video SD Cards, and they are working fine. I had an old 2GB Kodak SD Card and that worked well also. Lastly, I tried a 8GB cell phone micro-sd in a full size SD adapter, and that worked well also. I did format all cards in the camera before use.
6. Since this started off as a thread to convert the DPS to a turkey tracker to obtain the 60s interval, some calculations below are based on the max interval of 30S.
Number of pictures a day: 1560 (13 hours of pictures a day right now)
Avg size of picture: 380K (range: 280K - 420K)
Amount of space used per day (Average): 593MB
8GB Card: 13 days (safe estimate). I would switch to 10 days between April - July to account for the longer days.
Batteries: Still too early to tell. Both cameras read full batteries, and they test like new batteries after a little over a week.