Spartan SR-1 Black Flash Camera/April 26, 2015


ImagesFactory SpecsCG ClassificationCG TestingSamples
  • Photo:  Yes
  • Video:  Yes
  • Display:  2″
  • Photo/Video Playback:  Yes
  • Live Preview:  Yes
  • Photo Resolution:  3, 5, 8MP (4:3)
  • Video Resolution:  720P HD/ VGA
  • Widescreen Video:  Yes
  • Trigger Speed:  1s
  • Burst Mode:  1-5
  • Video Length:  up to 30s
  • Audio Record:  Yes
  • Quiet Time:  Up to 60m
  • Time Lapse:  2X
  • Duty Time:  2X
  • Photo Stamp:  Time/Date/Temp/Moon
  • Overwrite:  Yes
  • Night Flash Distance:  60′
  • LED Number/Type:  44 / Low-Glow
  • SD Card Capacity:  32GB
  • Batteries:  4-12AA
  • Weight:  13.5 oz
  • Dimension:  6x 5x 3.5 inches
CategoryScouting Cameras
Model Year2015
ManufacturerFrontier Pursuits
Flash TypeIR Black flash
Battery Type12 AA
MSRP199.95 USD
Test PerformedResult
Flash Range60 feet. some noise present because of 940nm.
Trigger Time without flash1.45s
Trigger Time with flash1.46s
Video Trigger Time3.25s
Day RangeGood clarity and contrast, natural color.
Battery Life7886 photos and 487 10s video clips over 4 weeks
Filter ClunkNo
Invisible FlashYes
Motion Blurmoderate
Sensing Test70+ feet at 58 degrees F

2015 Spartan SR1-BK from on Vimeo.

The brown UPS truck arrived yesterday and delivered several boxes, one of which was the new Spartan SR1-BK black flash camera.  This camera is the sister to the Spartan wireless cameras I have been testing and will review shortly.  It is the standard camera in the front door style.  This is a sturdy feeling square box with mild sex appeal. No space alien look here but who really cares.

There is a sturdy, one handed operation, latch that securely seals this camera up.  The front and back halves meet against a flat uninterrupted planar surface that makes a really good seal.  I have had no leaking with this line of cameras in the testing I have done.  Where the front and back halves meet, the back half of the case recesses into the front.

The camera accepts 12 AA batteries and will run on the first 4.  A menu driven operation makes for simple setup and I did not need any instruction manuals to configure it.  The camera uses a native CMOS sensor of 5MP and supports interpolation up to 8MP.  The unit comes in both a dark brown and a camo exterior.  The buttons are easy to read and operation is smooth.

The LED array is black but without a break up offers a shiny reflective surface as is typical with many cameras.

The SD card is easily accessible.   For security, there is a python through hole on the top back as well as a strap slot.  I would recommend a lock box as the python would not stop someone from opening the camera and removing your SD card.

There is a threaded insert on the bottom that accepts a standard tripod mount.

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Progress and Activity
04-26-2015 Update
Today I managed to capture a few test pictures in dappled sunlight on our range.  Afterwards I moved on to the trigger testing bench. I captured the triggers and they are as follows. Time without flash is 1.45s. Time with flash is 1.46s. Video trigger time is 3.40s.
04-28-2015 Update
Last night I tested the flash range and sensitivity on this camera.  It has decent night shots with flash to 60 feet.  There is some noise due to this being a black flash camera using the 940nm LEDs. Sensitivity tests show 70+ feet at 58 degrees F.
05-02-2015 Update
I captured a nice set of photos and have switch this camera over to video mode in HD with audio.
05-10-2015 Update
I managed to capture a nice set of HD videos on this camera and got some good night samples as well. The illumination at night was good but limited in range compared to a IR Red flash. Being a Black Flash camera this is normal. The video and audio quality are very nice. I did not see any white out issues during transition times on this camera.
05-31-2015 Final Update
The 12 Rayovac alkaline batteries ran out of juice today.  This camera has performed well in all categories.  It is solid technology that you can have confidence in.  this review is now closed.



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