Stealth Sniper Shadow ZX7 Review

     -Last update 11/11/12

Quick Facts

Trigger Speed:
Recovery Time:

Detection Range:

Flash Range:


0.343 s
7 s
40 ft
60 ft
8 AA
6" x 4.5" x 3"

Trailcampro Star Rating
3.1 Stars
Model:  Stealth Sniper Shadow ZX7

  • Quick 7 second recovery time
  • No Glow IR (invisible to human eye at night)
  • Small/compact design
  • Bright night photos
  • Excellent day pictures
  • Poor battery life
  • "White out" on close objects

Trailcampro Analysis

     This is one of Stealth Cam's first cameras to come with "No Glow" infrared.  No Glow infrared simply means that the camera does not produce a light that is visible to humans when it takes a picture at night.  Normal infrared cameras, aka "red glow," produce a faint red glow when they take a picture.

     This cameras primary focus is for security surveillance or wildlife monitoring in an area that has trespassers.  In fact, while reviewing this camera, we caught a trespasser walking through (his picture is on the right).

Detection Circuit       3.5 stars
     Stealth Cam recently remodeled the detection circuit on the Sniper Shadow, old models had a trigger of 1.8 seconds, the new models are 0.343 seconds.  This is scorching fast and we applaud Stealth Cam for making these changes.  The recovery time remained the same at 7 seconds (still a very good time).

     As with all Stealth Cam's, the Sniper Shadow has a wide detection zone that will pick animals up quickly.  This makes the camera useful not only on trails, but also on open fields or food plots. 

Picture Quality    
  3.8 stars
     The most impressive feature of this camera is the bright night photos.  The bright, clear photos were especially impressive with this model.  On the flip side, objects within 10 feet of the camera experienced "white out" during photos at night.

     The day photos showed excellent color and clarity.  This is one of the best features of the Sniper Shadow.

Battery Life    
  1.8 stars
     Battery life on the Sniper Shadow is, quite simply, below average.  The resting current is 4.56 ma (compared to the Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Max, resting current draw of 0.19 ma).  What does this mean in the real world?  Well, the Sniper Shadow would last 40 days in the field if it did not take a single picture.  A Bushnell would last over 1,000 days in the field if it never took a photo.

     The actual day and night current draws of the Sniper Shadow are ok.  However, the high resting current draw really puts this camera in a tough situation right from the beginning.
Resting Current Draw
Day Current Draw
Night Current Draw
Duration of Photo
4.56 ma
308 ma
486 ma
6 s
     We used Tenergy Nimh Rechargeable batteries with good luck.  In order to get the longest battery life, you should use lithiums.  However, you will spend a small fortune replacing the lithium batteries every 5-8 weeks.  To be cost effective, use the Tenergy Nimh Rechargeable batteries.

Ease of Use       3.2 stars
     As you can see in the picture of the camera itself, this is a black trail camera with a digital "breakup" that helps the camera blend in with the surroundings.  We have never seen a camouflage quite like this but it seems to do the trick pretty well.  The buttons on the inside are cheap and don't have the high quality feel of some other cameras on the market.

     The camera is small, measuring at 6" x 4.5" x 3."  The camera is easy to conceal and easily packs into your camera trap station.  The case design is simple, it does not have any extra "fluff" that can be damaged or lost. 

Overall, if you are looking for an inexpensive no glow infrared camera and long battery life is not a requirement, this would be a solid choice.  The bright night photos, 7 second recovery time and excellent day pictures make this an easy choice for $170.

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