Stealth Cam Deceptor (Cellular) Review

Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:

82/100

Stealth Cam Deceptor Cellular Trail Camera Review

The Stealth Cam Deceptor is an impressive unit for a great price. This Stealth Cam cellular trail camera surprised us on how well it will detect motion. It captures images as soon as the object is in the detection zone and reached out to 120', blowing the other cellular cameras away.  This is a dual sim unit and will work for AT&T and Verizon. - TCP Staff

Model #STC-DCPTR

 

Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:

82/100

Picture Quality:89/100

  40 Mpxl Photos (interpolated)  |   1440p Video Resolution

Battery Life:               2.7 months (pics) 

 Using 30 pics day + night 

Trigger Speed & Detection:                                                           100/100

 Trigger & Recovery: 0.22 s.  -  43.4 s. (Pictures)  |  0.79 s. trigger (Videos)  |  120 ft. Range

Quality of Design:                                                           84/100

  8 AA Batteries  |  12 V External Battery Jack 


Stealth Cam Deceptor Review

 Pros

  • Great detection out to 120'
  • Great trigger speed
  • Automatic Network Coverage
  • On Demand Photos
  • Burst intervals
  • Operating Hours
  • Camera location

 Cons

  • No internal viewing screen
  • 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:  40 mpxl (interpolated)

Video resolution:   1440p

Flash Type:  No Glow IR


 


Battery Life:    50/100

Picture Resting Power (on): 0.57 mW

Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 30.4 Ws | 53.5 Ws

Here are your best battery options:

Trailcampro Choice: AmpTORRENT Rechargeable AA Lithium

If this camera were to take 15-day and 15-night  every 24 hours, it would last 1.8 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 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 2.7 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:     100/100

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.22 s.  |  43.4 s.

Video Trigger & Recovery Speed:  0.79 s.

Detection Range & Angle: 120 @ 39.4° detection angle (41.1° field of view)


Quality of Design:     84/100

Dimensions: 5.75" x 3.75" x 2.75"

Battery Type:  8 AA batteries

External Battery Jack: 12-volt

SD Card: Up to 32GB

Case Design

  The Stealth Cam Deceptor feels like a solid, affordable camera. However, the latch operates smoothly and the battery compartment seems to hold the batteries really well. The antenna port is on the top of the camera as this can cause moisture in the entry port. There is a threaded insert on the bottom of the camera for a tripod mount and it has a bracket for a python lock.

Camera Setup

  • Download Stealth Cam Command app and create an account (or sign in)
  • Add device (hit + button). Access your QR code underneath the battery tray. Follow instructions to finish
  • Tap on your camera within the app and select "Camera Setup" to access settings. 

 

Test your camera connect at any time by pressing the Sync button. This will take a test photo and instantly attempt to upload it. If your camera is successful you will see the photo appear in the app. Otherwise, one of the following LED codes will display:

  • Flashing green battery indicates checking camera hardware status
  • Solid green battery and flashing network indicates checking camera for internet connection
  • Solid green battery, Network and flashing account indicates checking camera for account
  • 3 Solid LEDs indicate account found and camera is successfully registered
  • All 3 LEDs will blink green to indicate photo upload in progress. LEDs will turn off to indicate camera is asleep and ready for deployment
  • Solid red battery indicates low battery or no sd card
  • Solid green battery and solid red network indicate no sim card, low signal, or no data plan
  • Solid green battery, network and solid red account indicates no account found

 

Data Plans

 

Monthly Plans

$5 - 600 photos (includes HD)

100 Video Previews

$8 - 1,200 photos (includes HD)

334 Video Previews

 

$20 - Unlimited photos (includes HD)

Unlimited Video Previews

10 HD Videos Per Month

Annual Plans

$48 - 600 photos (includes HD)

100 Video Previews

$721,200 photos (includes HD)

334 Video Previews

$120Unlimited photos (includes HD)

Unlimited Video Previews

10 HD Videos Per Month

 

 

 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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