Primos Proof Cam 03
- Need a no glow camera that takes incredible day and night pictures? You'll want to read this review. The Proof Cam 3 is fast, efficient and programs in seconds. - TCP Staff
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Primos Proof Cam 3 Review
Model # 63056 | Primos Proof Cam 3 Owners Manual
- Incredibly fast picture trigger speed
- Beautiful colorful daytime pictures
- Exceptional flash range and night pictures
- Battery efficient
- Easy programming
- Slow video trigger speed
This has been one of our go-to no glow infrared trail cameras from 2015. Fast trigger, great pictures and easy programming have made this a fan favorite.
Quality of Design 3.5 Stars
Dimensions: 5.25" x 4" x 2.75" | Battery Type: 8 AA Batteries | External Battery Jack: 12 Volt
The case design is simple and strong. The camera works well with both the Slate River Mount and the Python Cable Lock. The cable lock goes around the front of the camera, locking both the camera shut, and the camera to the tree.
The programming is incredibly easy. Throw away the owner's manual, you won't be using it. Simply slide the toggle switches to your desired setting, and put in the time/date and off you go. The only downside to the programming is the lack of advanced options. Here is a breakdown of some of the more popular settings:
- 1-5 multi-shot
- 5 s. - 60 s. video clips
- Time Lapse: 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 m. intervals - Daylight Hours
- Photo Stamp: Time, date, temperature and moon phase
- Picture + Video Mode: No
- Start/Stop Time: No
- Password Protection: No
- SD Card Overwrite: No
- PIR Settings: No
- Flash Settings: No
Durability has been hampered significantly by bad battery connections. The connections have been falling out and are cheap and flimsy. This was a problem with many of the early models. Inventory after Nov. 1st has been corrected. Our current inventory consists of the good battery connections.
Detection Circuit 3.6 Stars
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.20 s. / 4.1 s. | Video Trigger & Recovery Speed: 2.70 s. / 4.7 s. | Detection Range: 70 ft.
The Proof Cam 03 enjoys a scintillating picture trigger speed of 0.20 seconds. This is in the very top percentile of all trail cameras. The recovery time is fairly average, hovering around 4 seconds. The video trigger slows down quite substantially, however, the video recovery remains in the 4 second range.
The detection zone on the Primos is nearly identical to the field of view (35.1° to 34.6° respectively) and the camera detected out to 70 ft. The field of view is about 7° more narrow than most trail cameras and thus, the camera covers that much less an area. We did get a high number of false triggers in this years Detection Shootout.
Picture Quality 4.5 Stars
Photo resolution: 12 or 3 mpxl | Video Resolution: 1280 x 720 HD w/ audio | Flash Type: No Glow Infrared
Primos cameras are gaining a reputation for outstanding color and clarity in their daytime pictures. The Proof Cam 03 certainly lives up to that reputation. The daytime pictures are crisp, clear and offer nearly anything you could expect from a trail camera photo.
The Proof Cam 03 is a no glow infrared trail camera. They seemed to have toned down the flash from last year, which is probably a good thing. The flash seems even, with good contrast and impressive but not overpowering range. The whiteout that was common on 2014 Primos cameras is still somewhat present, but nowhere near the same extent. This camera won our 2015 Flash Range Shootout with an incredibly well-lit photo.
In the past, many people get confused with the megapixel ratings trail camera manufacturers advertise. Don't get caught up in this. We consider 99% of megapixel ratings to be a marketing gimmick. Companies inflate the mpxl rating to attract eyes to their products. They do this through interpolation, which digitally adds megapixels to a photo without actually improving the picture. The only way to judge picture quality is through the pictures a trail camera takes. For instance, the Proof Cam 3 interpolates its photos out to 12 mpxl (if you choose the highest photo quality in the settings). We consider interpolation completely unnecessary, however, every manufacturer employs this tactic. You will notice this the most when you zoom in on a full size image that the camera has taken. The details of the photo will appear hazy or even digitized. This is normal, and to be expected.
Videos display the same quality of color and contrast as the photos. These are among the most vibrant videos we have witnessed this year. The only downside to video quality, is the audio the mic picks up is pretty poor.
Battery Life 3.5 Stars
Resting Power (on): 1.8 mW | Daytime Power Consumption: 4.01 Ws | Nighttime Power Consumption: 6.03 Ws
Battery life appears to be strong on the Proof Cam 03. The resting power is very low while the day and night consumptions are pretty middle of the road. The increased night consumption is undoubtedly due to the power required for a strong no glow infrared flash.
The Proof Cam 3 will use lithium, alkaline or nimh rechargeable batteries. We recommend the lithiums if you want trouble-free, long battery life. If this camera were to take 35 day and 35 night pictures every 24 hour time period, the Proof Cam 3 could still last an impressive 7.1 months in the field on a set of Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries.
Primos Proof Cam 3 Conclusion 3.8 Stars
Overall, this is an incredible no glow trail camera for a very affordable price. Picture quality has blown us away, the detection circuit is quick and the camera is battery efficient. This camera doesn't lack much, if anything. This could be the best value of 2015.
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