2010 Primos Truthcam 35 Camera Review - June 04, 2010
2010 Primos TruthCam 35
Filter Clunk Update:
Because of the reports from the field the management at Primos has been
hard at work with their supplier to correct the filter clunk issue on
their cameras. They have sold a few 60 and 35 series cameras that have
this problem. I did not find it that offensive like the clunk that we
had with the Stealth 540. At least I did not hit the ditch and cover up
when it went off. For those who are going to order now they say that the
supply should now be the upgraded cams with out the clunk. They have not
mentioned if they have a plan to do any kind of a exchange or upgrade to
those who have already purchased and would want a change.
Primos TruthCam 35 3MP 35 count Red Flash Camera Review
We've had these cameras for a long time during the prerelease
period and we ran all of them through their paces and
noted all deficiencies. These notes were taken back to
the factory and corrections made. This is a thirty five
count red flash three mega pixel camera that lists for
under a hundred dollars. It will do video and record
pictures. It has delay settings of 10 seconds, 1 minute,
and 30 minutes. Stack those specs up against that Cudde
IR and see which one shines the best.
This cam is the low end of a set of four different models. I really like
cameras that are anywhere between 1.3 and 3.1 MP. They
dont fill up the old hard drive and I can E mail a
bunch of them at a time. It comes in a satin black non
reflective case and is only 9 inches tall. This not
exactly a mini cam with its 7 inch width but will still
hide very well on the tree just fine. This is described
as being a three MP camera but it switches to 1.3 for
the night IR shots like the Predator cams. The array is
under a little roof at the top front with the status
lamps and PIR just below. A small LCD window is in the
door just below the motion sensor. SD card and external
battery ports are at the bottom of the cam. Strap slots
and tree grabbers are on the back and mounting inserts
for the optional angle bracket.
Undo the latch and open the door you will see the battery tubes left
and right for the four D cells and centered is a small
LCD and a set of switches to enter date and to turn the
camera on and off. Above that is five slide switches to
control function. The first is the off/photo/video
switch that is labeled status. The next is to select the
video length of 10/30/60 seconds. The delay switch is
next with three settings of 10 seconds, 1 minute, and 30
minutes. The Multi shot (burst) switch with settings
available at 1, 3, and 5 pictures per trigger. Last is
the sensitivity of the PIR that can be adjusted from
high through normal to low.
A quick look at the pictures showed they were very good day and fair
night quality. I will hold a little on the night
pictures until we go to the hill for sample pictures but
the color day pictures were very good for this priced
camera. Slipping back to the shop and the trigger time
table and found that most of my tests were less than 1.5
seconds unofficial. This is a little butt kicker if the
rest of the evaluations dont fall apart.
internal memory or TV out/USB ports so all images will
have to be taken care of by removing the card and taking
it to an external device to read. Most people do this
anyway. The documentation was lacking the specification
chart and other than that worked ok for the data I
needed. If this is their bottom of the line then the
Truth X will give the higher valued manufacturers a fit
when that gets reviewed shortly.
This cam has ran from June 4 and was found dead in
its tracks on our property down south. The batteries ran
out after 262 videos and 360 pictures. We had moved it
to an area where it did not have to deal with heavy over
head canopy and we did not see any white out problems.
We did see where one big doe spooked and was caught on
video bolting. The cause of this may have been the
flickering array because of being in the video mode.
There may have been a clunk to draw attention to the
array but we cannot prove this. It has done well for us
in this location.
Another three weeks and we gathered a bunch of pretty
good pictures. Still hanging in there with no white outs
in this location. There is a real difference when you
understand what the cameras likes and do your setup to
match its strong points to the area and it seems to just
want to give you as much as it can.
Of the three big cameras from Primos I grew found of
this camera because of its simple methods of everything.
It has done a real good job for us and will probably be
one of our long range test cameras we will use once we
get the load down to a slower grind. It has been a good
solid little camera and has its preference to areas
where there is a little more son and it will perform
well. We are closing this review for now.