2012 Primos Ultra 35/June 04, 2012


ImagesFactory SpecsCG ClassificationCG TestingTriggerSamples



CategoryScouting Cameras
Model Year2012
ModelUltra 35
Flash TypeIR Red Flash
Battery Type8 x AA
2012 Primos Ultra 35 Specs
Test PerformedResult
Flash Range
Trigger Time without Flash1.09s
Trigger Time with Flash1.13s
Video Trigger TimeNear 1s
Day Range
Battery Life15,556 pictures and 98 videos over a span of 50 days
Filter ClunkSlight at transition
Invisible FlashLow Glow
Motion BlurModerate
Sensing Test
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2012 Primos Ultra 35 Red flash 35 count 3/1.3 MP digital camera review

Last year the big old 35 camera from this company became one of my favorites and has been on constant duty ever since. I am hoping that this Ultra version of the 35 will fall into the same zone. I am not going to report on any of the particulars which are all listed in the Blackout review so just refer to that for all the dimensions and such. The only differences in this camera and its big brothers are a smaller image sensor and a different array. The sensor is listed as 1.3 and is interpolated up to 3 MP to reach the top resolution setting.

The balance of the differences is just the flat (satin) black case which does not bother me and a lesser flash range. All the programmable features are the same and use the exact same set of switches to accomplish that task. This appears to be a big step up in design from last year and if the function is also in that same class then this will be a sweet little unit.

Out of the box it was determined that the sticker has to go on this camera also. Here is a hundred dollar camera that does time laps and video and has a near one second trigger time. It will also do TL plus PIR if selected. Everything is done by switch. The switches in this camera are far better than the switches I had on to original Blackout version. This camera also has good strait springs in the battery holder. So far I have seen any of the issues found of the BO version.

I headed for the dark room and captured some flash pictures and evaluated the delay and all that was in order. The flash duration is in the one second timeframe. The delay was running the 6 second range unofficial. The flash pictures were a bit fuzzy as expected and the day pictures have that low cut good color saturation. That same white tint that we seen in the other two Ultra cameras is also seen on these pictures. The firmware upgrade on those cameras did help some. We do have another firmware for this camera that we are going to be trying when the time comes.

Progress and Activity
06-05-2012 update
06-05-2012 update: Another day and a couple more items to talk about. This camera does have a slight filter clunk at transition and as stated on the BO and 46 reviews you should not clean the array lens with any type of lens cleaner because the faint camouflage treatment will just wipe off with that as a solvent. A soft cloth dampened with water only and a gentle touch is all that is needed to clean this surface. The dead pixel test did not show any flaws.
06-10-2012 update
06-10-2012 update: Just finished scoping out the details on the new low glo Wildview camera and then began to go through the pictures from this camera. Like I said in that review, there are a whole lot of cameras that work much better for less money. This is one of them. I know this is red flash and that accounts for some things but for picture quality there was just no comparison. Any way we shot ourselves in the foot and this review is void. We went ahead and upgraded to the new firmware we had before we finished this review in the other resolutions and video samples so this review is closed until we start with another camera.
06-13-2012 update
06-13-2012 update: Just like last year this little camera has gained the top notch spot for the three Primos camera’s so far this year. It has just provided us with what we feel is better pictures and videos than its big brothers. Please review the sample pictures/video’s and evaluate for your self. The very near one second trigger time and low delay makes this camera fit just about anyplace in the hunters or security managers needs. We are waiting for the latest BO version from this company so it still has a chance to pull the spot to the top but we feel maybe that is going to be very hard at this point. We borrowed a camera to keep things going until our replacement arrives and we will continue to look and see if there is any difference in the picture/video quality.
06-15-2012 update
06-15-2012 update: The borrowed camera was returned and the replacement has now taken its place in the review. We will go back through our findings and compare to see if any of these replacement cameras have any different characteristics. The borrowed camera did not so let’s hope the replacement falls in that same path.
06-27-2012 update
06-27-2012 update: All has gone well with this little camera. The final picture count was 15,556 and 98 videos for a total of about 50 days on a set of standard AA cells. This has been a little work horse and will find its way into our security service along side its big last year’s unit with the same designation. This review is closed.

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