Stealth Cam G30 Camera Review

Stealth Cam G30/May 08, 2014

 

ImagesFactory SpecsCG ClassificationCG TestingTriggerSamples

TRIAD Equipped:

  • 8.0 Megapixel (3 resolution settings) 8mp / 4mp / 2mp
  • HD Video recording 5-180 seconds w/ audio
  • Time Lapse Function with PIR Override

FEATURES:

  • Quick Trigger Speed\
  • 30 IR Emitters / 80 ft range
  • Quick Set
  • Burst Mode 1-9 images per triggering
  • 5-59 sec / 0- 59 min recovery time out
  • External LCD status display
  • Time / Date / Moon Phase / Temperature
  • SD Card slot up to 32GB
  • Test Mode
  • Low Battery indicator
  • USB output
  • Operates on 8 AA batteries
  • External power jack for 12V battery box
  • H: 5.5″ / W: 4.0″ / D: 2.5″
SpecificationValue
ClassOptics
CategoryScouting Cameras
Model Year2014
ManufacturerStealth Cam
ModelG30
Flash TypeIR Red Flash
Battery Type8 x AA
MSRP129.99
Test PerformedResult
Flash Range60 - 70 feet
Trigger Time without flash0.79s
Trigger Time with flash1.06s
Video Trigger Time
Day RangeMinor fuzziness with natural color
Battery Life1161 photos and 107 video clips over 10 months.
Filter ClunkNo
Invisible FlashNo
Motion BlurModerate control with Reduce Blur setting
Sensing Test37 feet at 81 degrees F

These sample photos were taken with Reduce Blur=Standard

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This is a small camera similar in size to the Moultrie M-880 cameras we are reviewing this year.  The display is a two line LCD thus no photo viewer on this one.  The G30 uses a hinged, camera in the back design which is convenient as the camera does not flop around when you open it..  It requires 8 AA batteries which are stored in a pop out tray.. It has slots for a wide large buckled strap and a python cable hole on the back of the camera as well as tripod mount on the bottom. It supports photo, video and time lapse modes.  The LED flash array cover has some lines etched to provide break up of the shiny leds.

The set up was easy, did not use the book and I had this camera taking photos on the range quickly.  There are some new button switch settings and labels.  These are OFF, 01, 02, 03, CUSTOM, and TEST.  I used Custom to configure the typical camera settings.  Apparently the 01, 02 and 03 are quick presets for ease of use.  This camera supports Photo, video and Time Lapse + Motion.  Like the Moultrie’s we are testing this year, the camera comes with a setting to control motion blur called “Reduce Blur” which makes more sense to me than Moultrie’s “Motion Freeze” terminology.

I managed to get some range sample pictures. The sunny photos have a realistic color profile with a minor degree of fuzziness.

I managed to get the range photos captured. With Reduce blur on Standard there is a good bit of IR burn and the night photos are a tad over bright.  I prefer the brightness levels with Reduce Blur set to Enhanced although I don’t see a lot of difference there.  There is a definitely usable flash beyond 60 feet.  I performed some sensing tests at 81 degrees and the camera would not sense beyond 37 feet.  I would expect better than that.

 

Progress and Activity
05-16-2014 Update
05-16-2014 update: I managed to capture some good photo samples (see below).  I have moved the camera into video mode now.
06-07-2014 Update
06-07-2014 update: I pulled a nice set of videos from this camera and I believe this is what I like best about it. Both the G30 and G42 are nice in video mode with good audio.
06-17-2014 Update
06-17-2014 update: I have moved this camera out to pasture to complete its battery life with a large SD card in photo mode. We will let it do its thing in a remote area of the woods.
02-05-2015 Update
02-05-2015 update: This camera has finally run out of juice. It lasted 10 months on a single set of alkaline Rayovac batteries which i feel is decent. It had low activity though. This review is now closed.
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