Spartan SR1-IR Camera Review

Spartan SR-1 Red Flash Camera/May 16, 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 / IR
  • SD Card Capacity:  32GB
  • Batteries:  4-12AA
  • Weight:  13.5 oz
  • Dimension:  6x 5x 3.5 inches
SpecificationValue
ClassOptics
CategoryScouting Cameras
Model Year2015
ManufacturerSpartan
ModelSR1-IR
Flash TypeIR Red Flash
Battery Type12 AA
MSRP169.99 USD
Test PerformedResult
Flash Range70+ feet
Trigger Time without flash1.04s
Trigger Time with flash1.26s
Video Trigger Time2.87s
Day RangeGood contrast with natural color
Battery Life
Filter ClunkNo
Invisible FlashNo
Motion Blur
Sensing Test70+ feet at 73 degrees F

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The new Spartan SR1-IR red flash camera has been sitting on the table staring me down, waiting for its chance to shine.  I found some time this morning to get the review started on this camera.  The camera is identical to the Spartan SR1-BK camera I have been testing with the exception of flash type.  This is not the invisible flash but the IR Red Flash.  This means that it will have improved night vision and some what better battery life in theory.  It is the standard camera in the front door style.  This is a sturdy feeling square box with some break up molded into its face plate. 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 exposes those shiny clear leds, though a vein running through the leds provides  a break up pattern to help minimize this bright spot.

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.

 

Progress and Activity
05-16-2015 Update
Finding a little more time this week end, I pulled this camera out, got 12 more batteries into it and started with my testing. I captured the Day range pictures. Now I will move on to the trigger testing.
05-18-2015 Update: Trigger tests
After getting some odd results on my trigger testing, I was contacted by HCO about the trigger tests with a new “loader” to try on the off chance that this is not a hardware issue but a software issue at the factory.  Well, folks, I put the loader in just like a firmware update and the trigger time improved dramatically.  Test Results have been updated.
05-22-2015 Update: Flash range
The rainy weather finally quit and I have a nice clear cool night to perform the flash range test and the sensing tests. Results updated.
05-24-2015 Update: Sample photos
I managed to capture several hundred photos, three of which were night shots. I will have to gather more samples. My deer herd seems to hide at night. why don’t they do this during deer season?
06-07-2015 Update: Sample HD Video
I managed to capture 2 night videos out of several hundred.  These animals just wont cooperate.  If I can get more night video samples I will get them online.  The video looks good and the audio is clear.  Illumination os good.  i have noticed that this camera has a wide sensing zone that is wider than its camera field of view.

 

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