Primos TruthCam Blackout Super Charged HD/September 16, 2014


ImagesFactory SpecsCG ClassificationCG TestingSamples
  • Beyond 12 months battery life
  • Captures photos, video and HD time lapse
  • Video mode records audio
  • 55 ft night range
  • 1 second trigger speed
  • 60 LEDs
  • Blackout LED filter technology
  • 7 megapixels
  • 1 year warranty
CategoryScouting Cameras
Model Year2014
ModelTruthCam BlackOut Super Charged HD
Flash TypeIR Black Flash
Battery Type8 AA
Test PerformedResult
Flash RangeGood to 60 feet. decent contrast on night shots
Trigger Time without flash0.76s
Trigger Time with flash0.75s
Video Trigger Time2.37s
Day RangeUnderexposed dark day time pictures
Battery Life3214 photos and 42 video clips over 4 months
Filter ClunkNo
Invisible FlashYes
Motion BlurModerate
Sensing Test42 feet at 75F


2014 primos truthcam bo sc hd 1280×720 from on Vimeo.


This camera appears basically the same as the 2013 Ultra Blackout we tested which has still not completed its battery test! We will test the function of this unit without the super charger battery pack as no doubt it will help keep this unit going a year or more.

For information on the super charger battery pack please refer to this camera from 2013. It looks and functions the same. This line of cameras promote switches for setup rather than the menu driven style on many cameras. I like this feature as it is quick and easy to set up in the field. A simple LCD screen to set up date and time saves production costs which should be passed on to the consumer.

One of the most noticeable differences this year is the addition of HD video with audio. I do not see a way of disabling the audio if you do not want it. Video tests do reveal 720p video with audio.

The base camera runs on 8 AA batteries and settings are changed using the switches which means quick and easy setup in the field. The python through design provides better than average security without a lock box. This camera is shipped as a package with the Super Charged battery pack which adds 16 more AA batteries to the original 8 in the camera. This means 3 times more amp hours over the 8. The camera will operate without the battery pack but according to the documentation this provides a higher amperage to the led array boosting the flash range. Keep in mind we will not test with the super charger attached.

Dark room tests reveal true black flash, no visible light in photo or video mode and no filter clunk that I can hear. Thunderstorms just rolled in so I will attempt to get some range shots tonight and day shots tomorrow.
I found a few moments of dappled sunlight in between storms and managed to capture some day range shots. These appear dark and underexposed. The 8 plate is fairly crisp but I will have to monitor the day time exposure. This time of year the canopy is full and pretty dark in any case.

This camera is a consistent performer with the right ingredients. I think it wins the award for longest name though. Just what will they call next years model?

“Primos Truth Cam Blackout Super Charged Ultra HD MAX”

Range Shots Captured:

Progress and Activity
09-14-2014 Update
09-14-2014 update: Last night rain continued so no range shots were captured. Today we have a constant light drizzle so I put the camera on the trigger test bench and captured those results. The tests revealed 0.76s without flash, 0.79s with flash and 2.38s for video trigger.
09-20-2014 Update
09-20-2014 update: It has continued to rain every day and evening hindering my efforts to perform good flash range tests. The weather has broken and its clear today. I have updated the review with photo samples and video samples. I am pleased with both photo quality and video quality. Tonight I will grab a flash range and sensing test. Tonight I performed the flash range and sensitivity testing. The flash pictures are decent with a small bit of haze to them. The sensing was maxed out at around 42 feet for this 75 degree night.
01-14-2014 Update
01-14-2014 update: This camera has continued to take photos without its battery backpack till today. The juice has finally run out after about 4 months. We are calling this review closed.

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