Spypoint Flex S Cellular Trail Camera Review
- TCP Staff
Model # Flex-s
Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:
36 Mpxl Photos (interpolated) | 1080p Video Resolution
Battery Life:2.1 months(without solar panel)
Using 15 vids day + night
Trigger Speed & Detection:95/100
Trigger & Recovery: 0.38 (Pictures) | 1.28 (Videos) | 100' Range
Quality of Design:81/100
8 AA Batteries | Solar Panel | No Internal Viewer
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- Solar Panel to keep the battery running (not used with our battery test)
- Connects to all national carriers
- Continues takes photos while transmitting
- Antenna is secure
- GPS Camera Locator
- Simple Setup
- Photos Available on Demand
- Automatically connects to all major cellular networks (Including US Cellular)
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.
Photo resolution: 36 mpxl (interpolated)
Video resolution: 1080p
Flash Type: Red Glow
Picture & Video Resting Power (on): 1.41 mW
Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 64.3 Ws | 67.2 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 1.4 months in the field - per charge - on a set of AmpTorrent Rechargeable AA Lithium batteries without the solar panel.
There are a number of benefits to these batteries:
- Up to 1,200 charges
- Consistent 1.5 volt operation
- Charges with the included USB cable
- Eco-friendly (less batteries in a landfill)
- Batteries pay for themselves after 2-3 charges
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 2.1 months in the field on a set of Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries without the solar panel.
Ultimate Lithium batteries are the longest-lasting battery choice due to their incredible consistency and capacity. We've loved these batteries for a long time. However, in recent years they have become cost prohibitive and forced us to seek out a more affordable, eco-friendly option.
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.38 s. | n/a
Video Trigger & Recovery Speed: 1.28 | n/a
Detection Range & Angle: 100' @ 45° detection angle ( 49.1° field of view)
Dimensions: 3" x 3.75" x 9"
Battery Type: 8 AA batteries (Optional)
External Battery Jack: Has Solar Panel, port to charge
SD Card: Up to 2 to 512 GB Micro SD
The Spypoint Flex is a sharp little camera with a sleek appearance and an outer shell that feels solid when in your hands. This is an upgraded unit compared to the Flex with an additional solar panel on the top of the camera. 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. The antenna port has a great guard around it and allows the antenna to stay up well.
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.
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.
- Download the Spypoint app and create an account
- Click the + button in the cameras tab to add a camera
- Follow the instructions (Takes maybe a minute)
- Turn the camera on
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!
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