Spypoint Flex G-36 (Cellular) Review

Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:

78/100

Spypoint Flex G-36 Cellular Trail Camera Review

- TCP Staff

Model #flexg36 | Spypoint Flex G36 Owner's Manual

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Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:

78/100

Picture Quality:89/100

  36 Mpxl Photos (interpolated)  |   1920 x 1080 Video Resolution

Battery Life: 1.7 Months (pics) 

 Using 15 vids day + night

Trigger Speed & Detection:95/100

 Trigger & Recovery:  0.27 s  - 1.8 s. (Pictures)  

Quality of Design:81/100

  8 AA Batteries  |  12 volt External Battery Jack  |  No Internal Viewer


Spypoint Flex G-36 Review

 Pros

  • Great Flash Range 
  • Easy Setup
  • Superfast Detection
  • Free 100 photo plan
  • Time Lapse
  • Time Lapse +
  • Multishot
  • Sync times per day
  • Take photo/video at next sync
  • Cellular on/off
  • Automatically connects to all major cellular networks (Including US Cellular)

 Cons

  • No Internal Viewer
  • Battery Life

 

Be Wary Of Megapixel Ratings

Megapixel ratings for trail cameras seem to increase more & more every year. In reality, the native resolution of 99% of all trail cameras is 5 megapixels or less.  Manufacturers artificially inflate megapixel ratings for advertising purposes through a process called interpolation. Interpolated photos are enhanced by software to mimic the file size of a higher megapixel photo, but seldom offer additional clarity or resolution.  The result is an exponentially larger file size photo which takes longer to load and slows down the speed of your camera.  We always program our cameras to capture photos at the image sensor's native resolution. This allows our cameras to operate as efficiently as possible and store more photos to memory.  With shorter load times,  this also allows us to review photos at a much quicker pace.  To put things in perspective, the trail camera widely considered to be the "Gold Standard" and used by more professional researchers than any other unit is just 3 megapixels.

 

Picture Quality:  89/100

Photo resolution:   36 mpxl (interpolated)

Video resolution:   1920 x 1080

Flash Type:  Red Glow IR

 

 


 


Battery Life:    50/100

Picture & Video Resting Power (on): 4.48mW

Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 71.39 Ws | 77.11 Ws

Here are your best battery options:

Trailcampro Choice: AmpTORRENT Rechargeable AA Lithium

If this camera were to take 15-day and 15-night pictures every 24 hours, it would last 1.1 months in the field - per charge - on a set of AmpTorrent Rechargeable AA Lithium batteries. 

There are a number of benefits to these batteries; up to 1,200 recharges, consistent 1.5 volt operation, charges with the included USB cable, eco-friendly (less batteries in a landfill), and the batteries pay for themselves after 2-3 recharges.

Longest Lasting Choice: Energizer Ultimate Lithium

If the this camera were to take 15-day and 15-night pictures every 24 hours, it would last 1.7 months in the field on a set of Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries. 

 

Ultimate Lithium batteries provide the longest-lasting battery choice due to their incredible consistency and capacity. We have loved these batteries for a long time, however, in recent years they have become incredibly expensive and not the most cost-effective option. 

 


Detection Circuit:     95/100

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.27 s.  |  1.8 s.

Video Trigger & Recovery Speed:  n/a

Detection Range & Angle: 100-110 ft. @ 45.4° detection angle (49.1° field of view)


Quality of Design:     81/100

Dimensions: 5.5" x 4.5" x 3"

Battery Type:  8AA

External Battery Jack: 12-V

SD Card:  Up to 512GB Micro SD

Case Design

 The Spypoint Flex G-36 is a sharp little camera with a sleek appearance and an outer shell that feels solid when in your hands. The latch is unorthodox and opens top-down, which is just note worthy but not particularly important one way or the other. You can pull the battery tray out of the bottom of the camera. We keep having issues with one column of batteries that wants to pop out, which is annoying but hasn't affected performance. 

The camera has a threaded insert on the back of the camera for a slate river mount and a built-in python bracket. The lack of an internal viewer makes you almost completely reliant on the smartphone app and remote setting controls. There are a few lights on the camera that will light up for certain functions like bars of reception.

Camera Setup

 

 The setup is as simple as you hope it will be. Shouldn't take longer than a minute or two, even for folks that hate technology.

  1. Download the Spypoint app and create an account
  2. Click the + button in the cameras tab to add a camera
  3. Follow the instructions (Takes maybe a minute)
  4. Turn the camera on

 

Durability

The vast majority of consumer-grade trail cameras are inexpensive, imported devices exposed to harsh conditions 24/7/365.  Most manufacturers only offer a one-year warranty.  We stock only the most durable units and provide an additional year of warranty at no extra charge. The Trailcampro exclusive 2-year warranty allows you to deal directly with Trailcampro avoiding long wait times on hold with the manufacturer and prolonged periods without a replacement camera.  We turn around most warranties in just one business day!

 


 All test results are achieved through the use of proprietary equipment used exclusively by Trailcampro.  Any re-publication of this data without prior written consent is strictly prohibited by law. COPYRIGHT TRAILCAMPRO, L.L.C. 2023, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 

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