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Uway UM562 Review

     -Last update 1/21/14 Discontinued Model

Quick Facts
Trigger Speed:
Recovery Time:
Detection Range:
Flash Range:

1.201 s
7 seconds
100 ft.
60 ft.
12 AA
5.5" x 4" x 3"

Trailcampro Star Rating

3.8 Stars

  • Cellular Trail Camera
  • Excellent for security surveillance
  • Dependable, consistent cellular delivery
  • Sends picture within 60 seconds
  • Nice detection zone
  • Takes significant time to set up for cellular delivery
  • 60 second recovery time when in cellular mode
Trailcampro Analysis

     The Uway UM562 is a cellular trail camera that can be set to send pictures, via cellular signal, to your phone or email (or both). 

     Cellular trail cameras can send MMS text messages to any personal cell phone that has the capability of receiving MMS messages with any carrier such as AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, Virgin Mobile, U.S. Cellular and many others.  However, it is important to know that this camera itself only works on GSM networks, which in the U.S. is AT&T or T-Mobile.  Thus, a sim card with the appropriate cell plan must be purchased from an AT&T or T-Mobile retailer.  Read the Setup Guide for step-by-step instructions on camera setup.

     The Uway UM562 is more consistent in picture delivery, in weaker signal areas, than other cellular cameras.  Picture delivery to phone/email is within 60 seconds of the picture being taken.  Imagine if someone was walking across your property, at any given time, and 60 seconds later you know who it is and where they are.  This is invaluable.

Security Use
     As valuable as this camera is for wildlife surveillance, it is even more valuable as a security camera.  Put the camera up overlooking your business, watching your house while you are on vacation, on a gate entering or exiting your property and countless other options. 

     Within 60 seconds of a person entering the field of view of the UM562, you will have a photo of them with both the time and date stamped on the photo.  Next step is contacting local authorities and prosecuting!

     The above photo is a trespasser on the Trailcampro Farm.  We had both an email and a text message of him seconds after he walked by.

Detection Circuit    
  3.0 Stars
     The 1.2 second trigger is average to above average but the 7 second recovery time is nice.  The downside to that is the camera takes 60 seconds to send a picture, so if the camera is in cellular mode, the recovery is actually 60 seconds. 

     A 52 ft. detection range combined with a wide detection zone helps the camera cover ample area in front of the camera.

     While the detection circuit, overall is slightly above average, compared to other cellular cameras it is top notch.

Picture Quality    
  4.1 Stars
     The day pictures from the UM562 are clear and have excellent color.  When the camera transmits a photo, it transmits in 640 x 480.  The transmitted photos are not as sharp in quality (because there are less pixels) but they are still clear and easy to distinguish the animal or person in the photo.

     Night photos have plenty of flash range and are very bright.  The camera has tons of infrared emitters and it shows when looking at the night pictures.  As with most infrared cameras, there is some blur on movement but overall the night pictures are very good.

Battery Life    
  3.3 Stars
     The battery life rating is only a comparison based on the other cellular trail cameras on the market.

     The resting current draw is excellent.  The day and night current draws are what you would expect from a cellular camera.  The battery data is highly dependent on how quickly the camera connects to the network.  In other words, the better the cellular signal, the better the batter life.

     Not just from our testing, but from our extensive field work with the UM562, this camera has excellent battery life for a cellular trail camera.

Resting Current Draw
Daytime Power Consumption Nighttime Power Consumption
0.18 ma
10770 ma
11781 ma

ma = milliamps

     Overall, the battery life is really solid compared to other cellular models.  Plus, you can use Tenergy Nimh Rechargeable Batteries in this camera (12 pack is require) and get long battery life in both warm and cold weather.

Ease of Use    
  4.7  Stars

     Cellular cameras, in general, can be quite finicky to setup for cellular transmission.  However, a recent firmware update on the UM562 has made setup much more user friendly.  You should still expect to spend some time getting the camera properly setup if you plan on using as a cellular camera.  Getting the correct sim card is crucial.  If you are not an existing AT&T member, you MUST get the AT&T Go Phone Plan (without the phone), 10 ¢ per minute plan, this is a month to month plan, no contract required.  Activate the plan when the camera is out, deactivate it when you aren't using it.  Add unlimited text messages to this plan.  This should cost $19.99 per month.  For whatever reason, some AT&T sales folks will try to tell you that you have to add minutes or anything else.  DON'T DO IT.  It will not work with any other plan (other then the one described earlier).

     If you are already an AT&T customer, you can add a line for $10 a month.  You don't want data or minutes - just unlimited text messages.

     Read our Uway UM562 Setup Guide for step-by-step instructions on getting the camera ready.  If you have any cellular setup questions, feel free to call us (1-800-791-0660).

     The case design is simple and well constructed.  The UM562, as opposed to the Scoutguard SG580M, does not use a remote to program the camera - this is a plus.  To date, the durability of the camera has been excellent. 

     If you can perform basic tasks on a computer, programming will not be a problem. 

     In conclusion, the Uway UM562 is an incredible product and we highly recommend this camera to anyone with AT&T or T-Mobile cell reception.
UM562 Sample Photos