Recon Outdoors HS200/March 30, 2013


ImagesFactory SpecsCG ClassificationCG TestingTrigger

  • 5, 8 or 12 Mega Pixels
  • 50′ plus IR Flash Range
  • Less than one second Trigger Speed
  • Long Battery Life using AA
  • Built-in Color LCD Screen
  • Pictures and movies with sound
  • SD Card
  • 1 Year Warranty
CategoryScouting Cameras
Model Year2013
ManufacturerRecon outdoors
Flash TypeIR Red Flash
Battery Type8 x AA
Test PerformedResult
Flash Range
Trigger Time without flash1.57s
Trigger Time with flash1.62s
Video Trigger Time3.89s
Day RangeGood clarity and natural color
Battery Life
Filter Clunk
Invisible FlashNo
Motion Blur
Sensing Test

This camera is a mini-cam about the size of my hand.  Opening the hinged case reveals the camera in the door and a covered battery compartment that opens on a flap like we’ve seen before on some cameras.

The camera runs on 8 AA batteries that reside on a foldout door and are thus protected from jar when closed. The setup is extremely easy and menu driven on the color display and picture viewer.  I did not need a book to figure it out at all.  There is one thing worth mentioning and that is that the SD card pushes in to the hilt without any resistance or spring loaded catch like I am used to.  I have a bit of fingernail and am able to pull the card back out with ease.

I think the yellow color on the info strip is a bit hard to read on daytime shots. I like having a background color to offset the writing.  This is something that could be changed with the firmware I would guess.

My first impressions are that the day time photos are crisp and sharp with realistic color.  Some of the cameras we are testing right now have a haze to the shots whereas these are nice and crisp without haze and provide good contrast.  I will work on the flash tests tonight on the range and see how those come out.

This camera provides a feature for setting the frames per second on video.  This gives the user a choice of quality vs file size which is nice. I think 15 fps will work for me and the files will be smaller than 30 fps.

Progress and Activity
04-03-2013 update
04-03-2013 update:  Having heard from Recon about the new model called the HS300 that is coming out soon, we are going to wind this review down since it will be replaced by the new HS300.

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