2010 Primos Truth X Camera Review - July 26, 2010

2010 Primos Truth X

2010Primos Truth X 7MP 62 count IR Camera Review

I am about ready to kick someone in the chin because this is another camera that came out of the package with another instruction book that has no specification chart. I am going to have to pull and search every corner to get the data. Most will have to come off the package and the rest from the catalogs. Then I will have to start to look at file size for more. Now that rant is out of the way, let me start moving into the review and try to keep my un biased thoughts while I get busy. When the package arrived I was expecting more of the same findings as the dozen or so of this manufactures camera that I have dealt with the past few months. To my surprise it is of an al together different design and everything about it makes me think that they went to some high classed supplier for this camera rather than the same place as the other cameras came from. The fit and feel and look is design is very well thought out. From all we had seen in the catalogs this camera was thought to be small, but out of the package came not a monster sixed camera but a full eight inches tall and about five inches wide. The thickness is three inches with good bark grabbers and pipe through for a security cable on the back. I was trying to figure the over all look out as to what it reminded me of. The first thought was Aztec, with all the triangles and raised portions to break up the silhouette. I believe the camouflage is called Matrix I think. It is a nice fall brown and easy on the eyes to look at. There are two triangle extensions about inches out on each side that have holes for the supplied heavy duty mounting strap. There is a little door at the top front with a block centered on the door with PRIMOS in black with an OD background. This somehow did not stick out so much on the other three models we tested so it seems as if those two fellows are definitely proud to put their name right out front. This little door hides all the controls and the view screen/SD card slot/USB port/on-off switch and control buttons. I like this very much because my first thought was just set up and turn on the view screen and wiggle the cam around while watching the screen and bam you have the perfect aim. There is no weight to the door so closing and securing will not disturb your setup. This little door has a wide solid latch that fits tight and there is a rubber seal to keep out the moisture. Moving on down the front of the camera is a wedge shaped array selectable 32/62 count mounted on a camouflaged background to break up the look. Next items below the array are the function indicator, main camera lens, and the light sensor. The multi zone PIR lens is centered at the bottom. The bottom of the cam has two battery tubes that hold two each D cells with the polarity picture down inside. These tubes are closed by screw in covers that are tethered to the camera so they will not get lost. There is a un labeled external battery port (6 volt I think) because of the 4 D cells and normally it is center positive but this is not indicated.

Four D cells and a little effort to close everything up and this camera was ready to take a new SD card in its mouth. The click of the first button once the LCD came alive told me that I am dealing with a little more supplicated and higher quality camera. Things went well through the programming and the way it was laid out and executed was very easy. Again I can see why those two guys wanted their name up front and centered. Programming started at live preview, image viewer, camera mode, photo resolution, photo burst, delay interval, number of LEDs, set date/time, set password/security, battery type, format card, and last camera information. You use the up/down to toggle through and the left right to enter and the OK to select settings. The M button is also the back button. I just picked up my Cabelas Archery catalog and looked up the price and was a little shocked to see that this camera is listed about $280 which puts it in the neighborhood of $30 dollars above the average cost of cameras and yet still cheaper than some more that are listed in the same section. I am going to stretch out a little and say that I think that because of the fit, feel, and setup function I have seen during these first few hours of doing the lap dance and trips to the yard for tests that there is going to be a whole lot of more expensive cameras that will have a hard time matching what this camera does. I hope I am right but more than one of my picks have fell apart on one or more of the testing stations. This camera just acts different so we will see.

All initial testing of pictures and flash along with trigger times went so good I am not going to dilly dally around I am going to move this camera out to Anthony to get all the real official work done. To bad there is a line of cameras ahead. Stay tuned you should not be disappointed. I take that back a little, you should not be disappointed with the camera but the guide book needs work.

08-15-2010 update: We have had more stops with this cam than a San Francisco trolley. Maybe this time we will be able to continue and get some things done. Brand new out of the box and again a round with the trigger time testing. This proved the times were in the 1.3 second time frame for both with and without flash. My first glance told me this might be a little bit of a competition kicker and so far it looks to be well on its way. The day range/8 plate tests showed very good true natural color sharp and clear pictures. The zoom on the plate showed very good detail at 200%. The tests all went fast because of the sensing and low delay time settings. This is just a fun and nice camera to work with especially after spending some very precious hours with a BTC re evaluating yet another set of issues yet to be published. With our fingers crossed we hope we finally have a camera that will fly through a review on its own with out hours of research to find out why there is a lack of function. Off to the wild now where only the camera and its targets are involved along with Mother Nature.

08-21-2010 update: Just as things get going we have yet another problem shows up and it has us stopped again until we get it figured out. It looks like there may be a glitch in the firm ware, but until we know we are again stopped. Primos has been on top of this and we expect fast results. The problems seem to be related to SD card incompatibility.

08-22-2010 update: A short discussion with the good people at Primos leads us to the old card compatibility issue that so many cameras recently have had is the problem. We are looking at possible format problems and other things but we now have the camera working well with certain brand name cards. We are now doing the format tests and will have more to relate once we get through with these tests.

09-25-2010 update: Putting this camera through card testing was not easy. The end results were that the SanDisk cards seemed to be the favorite. The Toshiba worked somewhat and our Ridata cards did not work at all (purchased from NewEgg.com cheap). Kingston cards are supposed to work well also but we did not have any. We are in the process of building a deck of brand name cards up to 2 gig for this purpose but we could not find a single vendor who carried a wide variety of card brands so we could place an order. Went ahead and put the cam out and collected a bunch more sample pictures and the whole event went well and we could see no issues. During the burst mode tests we could see the light metering kicking in and out but all pictures were very good. I think that Primos now has another winner that is wearing their name but save yourself some trouble and purchase some compatible SD cards up front.

01-23-2011 update: Due to the many starts and stops with this camera over firmware updates and sd card incompatibility an accurate battery life test was not possible. However, our photo count was greater than 2410 photos over a 3 month period. We are now closing this review.

Trigger Tests
(without flash 1.31 seconds)

(with flash 1.33 seconds)

Flash Range

Illumination using 62 Leds

5MP Photo Samples (rainy/foggy conditions)
Movie Samples (not original quality but very close)

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