2010 Spypoint IR-8 Camera Review - September 08, 2010

2010 Spypoint IR-8

2010Spypoint IR8 8MP 46 count Red Flash Camera Review

We are still in the process of going through the IR-6 camera which is a switch based camera. This is a view screen and program through the LCD type camera. With each new camera coming from this company we see that they hold to their quality promise in construction. Slipping a new set of AA batteries into this camera brought the programming/view screen alive once the switch hit the on position. This will be discussed a little later but I will say their setup procedures are very simple and easy to do.

Measuring five and a half inches wide and seven inches tall this camera fits the mini cam size. It is only about two and a half inches thick and wears a rough finish fall camo coat that does not reflect much light except for a couple small areas where the lenses are. The main lens is high on the front with the grill covered array just below. The PIR sensor lens is the multi zone style and measures one and an eighth inches. Across the bottom are the solar/battery ports and tri-pod insert. The back of the camera has nice contoured bark grabbers and small strap loops up under the top bark grabbers. The case is very solid and has two aggravating latches that want to be in the wrong position just about the time you want to close the camera. Once arranged in the proper position these latches do securely close the full gasket tight against the other side to keep out the bad weather. This is a cam in a box type of arrangement. This means that once the door is opened the camera can just be removed and put in your lap to program or to change cards. The case remains on the tree so you never loose aim. The camera is just a view screen/programming switches and on off switch. The rest of the space is taken up by a six AA battery holder compartment that has a snap on cover to keep the batteries stable. The right side edge of the camera unit has the TV out/USB ports. Just below that is the SD card (32 gig) slot and PIR sensing adjustment wheel.

As promised above, we would talk a little about programming. The first thing I looked at was the minimum delay setting and (four letter word) it only went down to one minute. So this made me look to see if the burst mode (multi shot) could back up this design. They have a six burst (one every 10 seconds) per trigger. This means that as long as the buck following the doe is hot on her tail within one minute this camera will catch a picture. Let him come one minute and 5 seconds later he would be missed because the camera now is forced to go into its delay period which is a full 60 seconds. Most could probably live with those figures as long as we see a sub two second trigger on this camera. Its little brother turned in a sub 1.5 second for both with and without flash so we feel we will probably see decent times with this camera also.

Documentation in English is well written (needs some help on the spec sheet) and has everything stuffed into 13 pages. All programming is done on the view 2.4 inch view screen. One feature setting this cam apart from others is the continuous adjustment PIR sensing adjustment wheel. This is a fully functional sensitivity adjustment that actually works not like those we seen on the KT cameras. On the High Quality setting the camera takes Full 8 MP color day/IR night pictures at 3264x2448 in dimensions. The Normal setting produces pictures that are 2560x1920 while the Low setting produces photos at 2048x1536 . The delay can be set at increments up to 30 minutes. The photo strip has time/date/temp/moon phase printed on each photo when selected. Auxiliary power can be delivered by an external battery (optional) plus there is a solar panel port to also keep the battery topped off.

The quick check of photo quality was done in the normal setting which we feel is 5 MP (not listed on the spec sheet) showed that the picture quality is the typical Spy Point above average quality. The Night with IR had very good white black contrast which is one of the markers out system looks for when the quality is analyzed. All this you can see once the sample pictures are gathered. The array seemed to be on way to long during the night capture. Their other cameras we tested were much shorter in duration.

The new programming feature they came up with to aid those who want to use the camera for security operations. This is the continuous mode which means that an 8 gig card can hold 8k pictures and when full the camera will still continue to record pictures and then erase the oldest picture until you shut down and change the card. Then under the power mode you can choose to either use batteries or electricity. The optional AC adapter is used in the electricity mode plus it moves the trigger time down to about .4 seconds which means there is no wake up as used on batteries. The electricity mode cannot be used while just on batteries and the trigger time then will be stretched out to about 1.3 seconds.

09-10-2010 update: Found a little time so we got the trigger times done and they came out at 1.39 seconds (varies +/- .1 depending on light conditions) with out flash and 1.25 with flash. The six burst has the following times:

which shows they are a good solid 9.5 seconds apart. This means that when the six burst is selected the camera will have a full 57 seconds of continuous pictures 9.5s apart and then enter the mandatory one minute delay period. We then moved to the hill and captured the day range/8 plate pictures and they came out nice and clear. The camera gave us a sensing distance set on maximum of 48 feet at 75 degrees. The flash range showed that this camera will pump a lot of light just like the IR-6 down range past the 50 foot marker. This is another camera that we are going to like from this company this year. They are working on alternative means to maybe lessen the delay period when the camera is hooked to an external battery. Being they only have six AA cells for power, battery life is one of the main reasons for the one minute delay. Less pictures correlates to better battery life. This would not be the case if external power is being used.

09-25-2010 update: Sample pictures a plenty and the battery still shows Full. The pictures are all good with a little blur just like the IR-6. We did not have any whiteout issues or other indications of issues. Just about everything about this camera and its little brother the IR-6 have performed pretty well. Motion blur is there but is limited and not too bad but probably enough to aggravate the purists. It does work well for our situation though.

10-27-2010 update: We did manage to get a few more videos but due to the pressure our deer have left the area and we have a very low picture count at this time. We decided to set up inside to finish out the battery life.

11-15-2010 update: Well we can now bring this review to a close with this camera taking its last picture and having finally ran out of battery steam. We got a total of 2105 pictures over a 57 day period before we lost power from the standard alkaline batteries. So we now will call this review closed.

Trigger Tests
(without flash 1.39 seconds)

(with flash 1.25 seconds)

Flash Range


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