2010 Plot Watcher Clone (PWC) Review - May 21, 2010
2010 Plot Watcher Clone (PWC) Garden Time Lapse Camera by Brinno
Below is a screen shot of the included player. There is a slider on the bottom for manual seek forward and back. Underneath the video are a set of buttons which include STOP, PAUSE, BACKWARDS PLAY, PREV FRAME, NEXT FRAME, FORWARD PLAY. Of note is also the motion search feature which provides a motion threshold. THis will scan through the video frames using a mathematical algorithm to detect motion. If there is a lot of background motion caused by wind blowing, you may need to increase the threshold. Conversely if you are missing animals in the search then lower the threshold.
05-25-2010 update: I had an interesting conversation with one of the gurus on the phone and found out that the reason I could not find the day/night sensor is because they do not have one. This function is controlled by the firmware and it monitors the lighting conditions and determines if there is enough light for the pictures. The 15 hours a day that it is working now is getting started at first light and ending near dark which for being under the canopy seems to work quite well. They also let me know that they have a way to upgrade whenever they determine they have the need to do so. They are working on something now but would not elaborate until they have proved and tested and then will let us know what is going on. I am pretty happy with the way it is working now.
07-27-2010 update: We had very good results and found we had positive reports from the field about this camera. The limited battery life was the main complaint but it did better than its big brother. We are closing this review until this fall when things cool off and we approach the season.
10-24-2010 update: We have good news about this camera and that is we it all powered up and deployed with its belly full of new software also. They now have a much better version which allows for the images to be viewed in much the same way as the Plot Watcher. With its much better battery life and better software it is a real contender to give the others a run for their piece of the market. Back out in the woods and clicking away so we now have many more of the time lapse cameras to look at but will be only reporting on some as time allows.
02-14-2011 update: The final days worked well without issues. This camera has done well for us and we are curious as to what is hiding in the wings for the 2011 model. This review is closed.