HCO infrared cellular trail camera
HCO Spartan GoCam Red Glow
HCO Spartan GoCam Red Glow
HCO Spartan GoCam Red Glow
$379.95

HCO Spartan GoCam Red Glow

We currently have 18 in stock.

3.7 Stars

- This red glow cellular trail camera offers incredible value.  This cell camera has plans starting at $8 a month.  Setup is easy and pictures are good.  It does use a lot of battery though.  - TCP Staff

Read our full review below.

HCO Spartan GoCam AT&T Red Glow Review

Model # GC-ATTi (AT&T) and GC-VZWi (Verizon) | Cellular Setup Instructions

3.7 Stars

Pros
  • Low resting power
  • Cellular setup is relatively easy
  • Good picture quality
  • Solid case design

Cons

  • High day/night power consumption 
  • Slow trigger speed

Trailcampro Analysis

     The HCO Spartan GoCam is a red glow infrared cellular 3G trail camera. Red glow infrared simply means the camera emits a red glow when it takes a picture at night. For this reason, we would classify the Spartan as a wildlife camera and not a security camera. The Spartan GoCam works on AT&T or Verizon towers (you will need to specify the carrier the camera will use when ordering), but can send emails/texts to any phone no matter what carrier the phone uses.

     One of the biggest challenges for cellular cameras the last several years, has been the availability and hassle of getting the correct sim card. The Spartan GoCam has simplified the process and erased the need to go to a local AT&T or Verizon store and haggle over which sim card to get. The cellular setup for this camera can be done over your home computer, in just minutes. There is no contract and you can start/stop service at any time. We will talk more about cellular setup a little later, for now, let's see what else the camera has to offer.

Quality of Design   4.5 Stars

Dimensions:  6" x 5" x 3.25" w/o antenna |  Battery Type:  12 AA Batteries  |  External Battery Jack: 6 Volt

     Ease of use is our favorite category for this camera.  Cellular setup has given us nightmares lately with some of the cellular trail cameras.  The GoCam can be setup from your home computer, in just a few minutes.  

HCO Spartan Gocam Red Glow AT&T Reviews Setup Process:

     Activate the service at www.att.com/buyasession.  From here, you create an account and select your desired monthly plan.  Here are the options for U.S. customers:
  • 250 MB of data fir 24 hours - $5.00
  • 250 MB of data for 30 days - $14.99
  • 1 GB of data for 3 months - $25.00 (in our opinion this is the best value)
  • 3 GB of data for 30 days - $30.00
  • 5 GB of data for 30 days - $50.00
     There is no contract with these plans, you can start and stop at any time all with the click of a button. As with any AT&T cellular camera, the Spartan GoCam needs good AT&T cellular reception. We recommend taking an AT&T phone to the area you will set the camera, taking a photo with your phone and texting it to someone. If the picture goes through quickly, the camera should work in that area. One or two bars of reception will not be good enough for this camera.


     This camera is only capable of sending pictures to an email address, it does not text pictures to a phone. However, you can bypass that by entering the phone number as 5555555555@mms.att.net for AT&T phones or 5555555555@vzwpix.com and it will come as a text message.

HCO Spartan Gocam Red Glow Verizon Reviews Setup Process:

     Activate the service at http://www.hcooutdoors.com/products/service/vzwservice.html.  This is $25 per month.

     As with any cellular camera, the Spartan GoCam needs good Verizon cellular reception.  We recommend taking a Verizon phone to the area you will set the camera, taking a photo with your phone and texting it to someone.  If the picture goes through quickly, the camera should work in that area.  One or two bars of reception will not be good enough for this camera.  You need a minimum of 3.

    This camera is only capable of sending pictures to an email address, it does not text pictures to a phone.  However, you can bypass that by entering the phone number as 5555555555@mms.att.net for AT&T phones or 5555555555@vzwpix.com and it will come as a text message.

     During the HCO Spartan Gocam Verizon Review we found the setup is relatively simple, but we are available for consultation for our customers. Due to cellular setup taking quite a bit of time via a phone call, we do charge $30 to walk you through setup if you do not purchase from us. If you did purchase from us, we will spend any amount of time walking you through it free of charge.

GoWireless Premium
HCO has a premium service you can subscribe to for $4 per month. Benefits include:

  • Enables two-way communication from user to camera (remotely) 
  • Option of increasing thumbnail image to 1280 x 960 (which is up from 640x480).  This makes objects/people easier to identify
  • Up to 10 scheduled events per month. i.e. Tell the camera to send a status report or take a photo.
  • Change or add email address' that the camera sends to .
  • Check the battery status, signal level, temperature, SD card space, and number of photos taken
  Since HCO charges for this service, we did not include these benefits in our rating of this camera.  If they were to give it away for free (which we think they should do), then our ratings would reflect these added benefits.

    Case design is pretty flawless in our eyes.  The latch is big, sturdy and easy to operate (even with cold fingers!).  There is a threaded insert on the bottom of the camera for a Slate River Mount and the back bracket is designed to fit a Python Cable as well.

    This is a new camera so durability is unknown at this time.  From the design and "feel" of this camera, we wouldn't expect any problems but we can't say that with any certainty.

Detection Circuit      3.0 Stars

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 1.20 / 62.6 s.  |  Video Trigger & Recovery Speed: No video in cell mode  |  Detection Range:  80 ft.

      The trigger speed on the Spartan GoCam is 1.2 seconds, which by today's standards is below average. The camera takes approximately 62 seconds to recover after each picture taken. This is very typical for a cellular trail camera.

     The detection range is 70-80 ft. and wide. This camera can detect a rather large area and makes it useful in a variety of situations.

Picture Quality       4.0 Stars

Photo resolution: 8, 5 or 3 mpxl  |  Video Resolution: No video in cell mode  |  Flash Type:  Red Glow Infrared

     The sample pictures you will see in this review are directly from the camera via email.  Any picture that is emailed is a compressed file, so the resolution and size are smaller.  The full size image will be saved on the sd card.

     Daytime pictures are very solid.  Good color and clarity are on display.  We did not receive any blurry daytime photos.  If you sign up for the premium service, the picture resolution can be set to 1280 x 960.  This makes a huge difference in picture quality.

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     If you sign up for the premium service, the picture resolution can be set to 1280 x 960.  This makes a huge difference in picture quality.

Battery Life      2.3 Stars

Verizon Data:  Resting Power (on):  1.02 mW  |  Daytime Power Consumption:  50.21 Ws |  Nighttime Power Consumption:  52.24 Ws
AT&T Data:  Resting Power (on):  0.78 mW  |  Daytime Power Consumption:  48.95 Ws |  Nighttime Power Consumption:  38.92 Ws

     Resting Power is incredibly low and very impressive.  This camera could sit inactive for a long time.  When the camera takes a picture and transmits it, the power consumption skyrockets.  The day and night picture consumption is exorbitantly high.

    The camera operates on 12 AA batteries.  We only recommend lithium batteries for this camera, as they deliver a high and consistent voltage that alkaline and rechargeable batteries simply can't maintain.

HCO Spartan GoCam Cellular Trail Camera Conclusion       3.7 Stars

    The HCO Spartan GoCam didn't take long to become a favorite in our eyes.  The big detection zone, picture quality and excellent case design makes this an excellent choice for anyone who needs a cellular wildlife camera.  Most importantly, the cellular setup is extremely easy and affordable.  This would not be a good nighttime security camera as the red glow infrared flash could give away the cameras location.  However, we highly recommend this camera for anything else.

Enjoy our reviews?  Please consider purchasing your next trail camera from us.

 

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Dear International Customer:

Trailcampro has shipped to practically every country on the globe and is dedicated to the highest standards in International Customer Service.

We ship via FedEx International Air (fully insured) with an ETA of 2 to 8 days, depending on your location. Due to our high volume with FedEx, we can offer discounts of 35% to 40% off their list carriage rates.

We ask that you first contact us by email at internationalorders@Trailcampro.com with your proposed order. We will calculate the packaged weight and promptly provide a carriage quote and estimated delivery time. If the quote is acceptable, simply provide us with your credit card information (Name, Credit Card Billing Address, Account Number, Expiration Date and the 3 Digit Security Code on the back) and your order will be on its way. Alternatively, payment can be made via bank transfer to our International Swift account with Bank of America. Additional Notes:
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Customs duties and/or related taxes are the buyer's responsibility.

Our goal is to make sure your International buying experience exceeds your expectations. If you have any questions, or would like references from our customer base of large institutional, research or university clients, please feel free to contact me anytime at rich@trailcampro.com


Rich Howell
President & CEO
Trailcampro L.L.C.
800-791-0660

Trailcampro's 2 Year Warranty | 90 day Return Policy

trail camera warranty

     You deserve to be completely satisfied with any product you purchase from us.  Buy your next trail camera or accessory from us and we will protect your purchase with our 90 day return policy and our exclusive 2 year warranty.

    Most manufacturer warranties are only one year.  In our opinion, that simply isn't good enough.  Our customers get a two year warranty, directly from us.  You will never have to call the manufacturer again!

Trailcampro's 2 Year Warranty

    Our two year warranty is simple.  If the trail camera you purchase from us goes defective within two years of your purchase, we will quickly replace it.

    We strive to make the warranty process as quick and easy as possible.  Simply fill out our warranty form.  We want to get you back in the field collecting wildlife pictures as quickly as possible! 

Trailcampro's 90 Day Return Policy

     We believe you have the right to return any game camera that does not meet your expectations.

     You may return any product purchased from us, for any reason, within 90 days.  This guarantees your 100% satisfaction.

     Our return policy lets you field test products, at no risk to you!

  • Buyer's remorse? Return the camera to us for a full refund.
  • Purchased the wrong camera? We will ship you the right camera.
  • Something wrong with the camera you received? We will replace it at no cost to you.

     Need to return a product?  Simply fill out our return form.  Need to talk to a trail camera expert?  Contact our friendly staff.

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