Reconyx 4G SC950C Review
Model # SC950cvz | Reconyx SC950c Owner's Manual
The American-made 4G Reconyx SC950c is the most dependable and durable cellular camera on the market. It also scores high marks in picture quality, case design, and trigger speed. It does fall behind in battery life and the lack of a smartphone app (lack of two-way communication). This is a lot of money for a trail camera, but it remains the only choice for true durability and longevity. -TCP Staff
- Made in the USA
- Excellent picture quality (day and night)
- Fast trigger speed and dependable detection zone
- Excellent case design and unmatched durability
- No smartphone app or two-way communication
- Below average battery life
Photo resolution: 3.1 mpxl
Video Resolution: None
Flash Type: No Glow Infrared
Since this is a cellular game camera there are two types of pictures, those stored internally on the sd memory card and those sent to your phone/email. Pictures stored to the SD card are full resolution. You can expect clear, sharp, properly colored daytime photos and clear night photos with good contrast. These are some of the best no glow IR pictures you will find on the market.
Pictures sent to your phone/email are compressed. They are 512 x 384. These are substantially different from the full resolution image. We tell folks to use these images to see what is in front of the camera and act accordingly. These are not pictures that can be enlarged or blown up. Larger pictures must be retrieved from the sd card.
Resting Power (on): 2.07 mW
Daytime Power Consumption: 103.1 Ws | Nighttime Power Consumption: 105.7 Ws
If this camera were to take 15-day and 15-night pictures every 24 hours, the SC950c would last 1.6 months in the field on a set of 12 AA Lithium Batteries.
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.28 s. / 62 s.
Detection Range & Angle: 70 ft. | 43.2° (42.9° F.O.V.)
The trigger speed is very fast but the recover speed is slower than many of the cell cameras on the market currently.
The detection range is average but the detection width is perfectly matched to the field of view, meaning false triggers rarely happen.
Dimensions: 5.5" x 4.5" x 3"
Battery Type: 12 AA Batteries
External Battery Jack: 12 volt
When you receive the camera, Reconyx has included detailed instructions on sim card setup. The instructions have setup information, plans that you can use and so on.
You must use the Go Phone Plan for $30 a month ($25 if you use autopay). You will need to enroll the camera and activate it through AT&T's website. You can't call AT&T or activate through a store. Must be done on their website.
$30 a month is about double the cost of most cell camera data plans. Most data plans for cellular trail cameras range from $5-15 a month. Big thumbs down on price.
To activate the cellular setup, simply call Verizon and provide the camera's model number. While conducting the Reconyx SC950c Verizon review, we found current Verizon customers can add the 950c to their existing plan and share data for just $5 per month. A $20/month is available for customers that do not have an existing Verizon account. This process is really simple and quick.
The camera also comes with a CD you must install on your computer for cellular setup.
Next, you will need to set the camera to send the pictures to the proper email or phone number (s). You can use up to two email address' and four phone numbers. From the image on the left, you can see how simple the programming is.
Enter the recipient (s) and hit ok. From this window, you can have the camera send a photo every day (from 12:00 to 12:30 pm). This will simply let you know that the camera is still operational.
You can set operational times in 15-minute increments with two schedules. Users can set specific hours for two (2) time periods. For instance, Mon-Fri on from 5 pm to 9 am. and weekends on 24 hours/day when no one should be there.
The SC950c set in "burst mode" can take up to 10 images (spaced by a time interval that you set) and then transmit all 10 photos. This is invaluable for security situations. Instead of one transmitted picture of an intruder, you get five.
Outside of data plan costs, our biggest hangup on the usability of the SC950c is the absence of a smartphone app to enable two-way communication with the camera and to have a more efficient way of checking pictures. As it is, the camera will send the photos to an email or phone number, this means every picture is a new email/text. It is time-consuming to have to open 100 different emails to view 100 new photos. It would be much easier if it went to an app and you could scroll through the pictures while in thumbnail mode. Hopefully, this is something Reconyx can add in the future.
The camera's case is extremely well-made and durable. The latch is beefy and manipulates flawlessly. The antenna is short, which could possibly help make the camera less conspicuous if you have a trespasser problem. The battery tray allows for easy insertion and removal of AA lithium batteries. Overall, the case design is excellent in every way.
Through our 2-year warranty program (this is double Reconyx's manufacturer warranty) on the trail cameras we sell, we are able to track warranty rates on all trailcam manufacturers. We do not publish this data but durability on Reconyx trail cameras is unmatched. These cameras are engineered and produced in Holmen, Wisconsin by some of the brightest minds in the business.
We have not had any warranty concerns to date with this camera. If an issue were to arise, we will update this review accordingly.
Reconyx SC950C Cellular Review:
The American-made 4G Reconyx SC950c is the most dependable and durable cellular camera on the market. It also scores high marks in picture quality, case design, and trigger speed. It does fall behind in battery life and the lack of a smartphone app (lack of two-way communication). This is a lot of money for a trail camera, but it remains the only choice for true durability and longevity.
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- 4G Modem
- No glow IR flash
- 42.9° field of view
- Cellular security camera
- 3.1 mpxl pictures
- No video
- Time Lapse: 1, 5, 15, 30 or 60 minute settings
- Photo Stamp: Time, date, temperature, and moon phase
- Start/ stop time: Yes
- Password protection: Yes
- SD card overwrite: Yes
- PIR settings: Low/Med/High
- Flash setting: High quality, fast shutter, max range
- Temperature Range: -20° - 120° F.
- Field of View: 42°
- Requires 12 AA batteries
- Accepts up to 32 gig SD card
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Reconyx SC950C Accessories
Here are a few of the accessories we like to use in the SC950c.
- There is no downside to using lithium batteries. Long battery life, extreme durability and better night pictures. You will be happy you did.
- This solar panel is large and heavy, but it is capable of capturing light and turning it into power to keep the SC950c running smoothly.
- Use this to protect your new camera from bears and thieves. It provides much-needed peace of mind when leaving your camera out in nature.
- Use this with the security case, or just the camera itself. The SC950 has brackets on the back specifically for this lock.
Start at $9.95
- SD cards store your pictures and videos for easy removal. We give you a free SD card with the SC950, but most people use two SD cards. If you have two cards, you can swap them out when you retrieve the pictures.
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