Reconyx Hyperfire HC500

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Reconyx HC500 Manufacturer Specifications

     - Model #

Photo Resolution
Video Resolution
Time Lapse Settings
3.1 Mpxl (1080p)
No video
1, 5, 15, 30 or 60 minute settings

Photo Stamp
Hybrid Mode Temperature Range
Time, date, temperature and moon phase
-20° to 120° F.

Field of View
Start/Stop Time
Password Protection

SD Card Overwrite
PIR Settings
Flash Settings
Low, Med or High
High quality, fast shutter, max range

External Battery Jack
Batteries Required
Owner's Manual
12 AA
Reconyx HC500 Owner's Manual

2015 Reconyx HC500 Review

     - Last update 11/16/15

Quick Facts
Picture Trigger Speed:
Video Trigger Speed:
Picture Recovery Time:

Video Recovery Time:
Detection Range:

Flash Range:
0.22 s
No video
0.9 s.
No video
70 ft.
40-50 ft.
12 AA
5.5" x 4.5" x 3"

  • Super fast trigger speed
  • Near instant recovery time
  • Good battery life
  • Setup is user-friendly
  • Incredible durability


  • No video capability
  • Night pictures lack flash range

Trailcampro Star Rating

4.4 Stars

Trailcampro Analysis

     We have been reviewing and using Reconyx game cameras for many years now.  Their attention to detail, incredible speed, picture quality and durability have rightfully placed Reconyx at the top of the trail camera mountain.

     When you buy a Reconyx, you are getting an American made manufacturing marvel.  Just hold the camera and you can instantly tell this was made by folks who take great pride in their work.

     We have an old Reconyx RM45 that has been on a farm in northern Missouri for ten years now.  It works as well today as it did ten years ago.  Don't let the sticker shock of a Reconyx camera scare you away, these cameras are built to last.

Detection Circuit       4.5 stars
     With a 0.22 second trigger speed (about the time it takes you to blink), you won't miss a thing.  Even better, the recovery time (time between first and second picture) is nearly instant.  You get roughly 1 picture per second if there is movement in front of the camera.

     This is one of the fastest detection circuits on the market. Since this camera does not take videos, we could not calculate a video trigger or recovery time into the rankings.

     The detection width matches the field of view perfectly.  As a whole, this detection zone is nearly perfect. 
The detection range consistently hits 70 ft., which is in the upper echelon of cameras, but not the very top.
Picture Quality       4.1 stars
     The difference from the HC500 to the HC600 is the glow that is produced from the infrared emitters.  The HC600 is completely covert, you will not see a red glow.  The HC500 produces a faint red-glow that is visible really only when looking directly at the camera or close by.

     The day pictures are crystal clear, with almost no blurring.  The colors are rich and vibrant and in our opinion, the best on the market.  The lighting, clarity and color are exactly what you would want.  This above picture perfectly signifies what you get with a Reconyx.

     Reconyx has produced several firmware updates for their cameras that continue to tweak and improve their photos even more.
  If pictures like these don't get you excited, then nothing else will.
    The night pictures are clear and have minimal blurring.  They don't have the greatest flash range but the lack of blur is what Reconyx is going for.

     The only fault you can really find with the camera is it doesn't have the "traditional" video option.  What it does have is "near-video."  Aka - the camera takes nearly 2 pictures per second.

Battery Life       4.5 stars
     The HC500 uses 12 AA batteries.  With an extremely low resting current draw and a low current draw while taking a photo the Reconyx will last several months in the field. 

     As you can see in the data below, the total power consumption for both day and night photos is tiny.  This is a testament to quality engineering.

Resting Power (on)
Daytime Power Consumption
Nighttime Power Consumption
1.62 mW
1.15 Ws
2.3 Ws

mW = Millimatts
Ws = Watt Seconds

     Reconyx cameras work perfectly with the Tenergy Nimh Rechargeable Batteries.  We like these batteries for the cost savings.  We have noticed as of the summer of 2012 that the battery meter on the Reconyx cameras has been spotty and incorrect quite often.  It has been giving incorrect readings.

     Lithium batteries will give you the longest battery life and the best night picture quality. 

Ease of Use       4.7 stars
     The camera is tiny.  It measures in at 5.5" x 4.5" x 3."  As soon as you start the camera up for the first time, you realize this isn't your same-old game camera.  This is the real-deal.  Instantly, it asks for the year, date, time, what type of batteries you are using and so on.  All this information is then saved.

     The only knock on the camera is the battery meter reads the battery life incorrectly.

     The buttons are crisp and you immediately realize the quality in your hands. 
The clamps on the camera are strong and snap loudly, letting you know the camera is securely shut.  This is manufactured in Holmen, Wisconsin and their attention to detail is world-class.

     Let's answer the original question, is the Reconyx HC500 worth the high price?  In our opinion, is is absolutely worth the price.  This camera is built to last 5-10 years with unmatched speed, picture quality and battery life.  Better yet, if something does go wrong with the camera, Reconyx is able to fix their cameras and get you up and running again. 

    Want the best trail camera ever made?  Look no further.  We promise you will instantly be hooked.  This is a camera trap enthusiasts dream come true.

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

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