We have not been able to order cameras from Tactacam to inventory, we had to purchase several cameras from a retailer in order to test the Tactacam Reveal.
Trail Camera Review
- TCP Staff
Model # TA-TC-XA | Tactacam Reveal X Owner's Manual
Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:
Picture Quality:In progress
Mpxl Rating | Video Resolution
Battery Life:3.6 Months
Resting Power(on) | Daytime Power Consumption | Nighttime Power Consumption
Trigger Speed & Detection:In progress
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed | Video Trigger & Recovery Speed | Detection Range
Quality of Design:In progress
Dimensions | Battery Type | External Battery Jack
Trail Camera Review
Photo resolution: 16 mpxl (interpolated)
Flash Type: Red Glow IR
We are placing cameras in the field and will post samples when we get them.
Night IR Blur Test
The equipment for the test consists of a target moving along a track from left to right at a constant speed controlled by a stepper motor and a sensor to trigger the capture of a picture near the center of the field of view of a trail camera.
The target is moving at 1.25 feet per second and is 10 feet from the camera at the center of field of view. The test is conducted in a dark room. Two pictures are taken, one with the target not moving and one with the target in motion. A visual comparison can now be made of the two pictures. All settings that affect the quality of night photos will be tested.
What if you purchase from us and aren't happy with the image quality?
This is a common question and we have a very simple solution. Call, email, or chat with us and we can take a look at the images and offer suggestions or immediately tell if something is wrong with the camera. If so, we will warranty the camera for you (with the free 2-Year warranty you receive from us) or return the camera for a full refund (within 90 days of purchase). You have control of the process, remember, we work for you.
In the past, many people get confused with the megapixel rating trail camera manufacturers advertise. Companies inflate the mpxl rating to attract eyes to their products. They do this through interpolation, which digitally adds megapixels to a photo without actually improving the picture.
The best way to judge picture quality is to look at actual pictures. You will notice this the most when you zoom in on a full-size image that a camera has taken. The details of the photo will appear hazy or even digitized. This is normal, and to be expected.
Picture & Video Resting Power (on): 1.22 mW
Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 31.2 Ws | 35.5 Ws
If the Tactacam Reveal X trail camera took 15-day pictures and 15-night pictures every 24 hours, it would last 3.6 months on a set of lithium batteries.
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.66 s. | 41 s.
Detection Range & Angle: n/a @ 35.6° (49.2° field of view)
This category is under evaluation.
Dimensions: 5.5" x 4.25" x 3.75"
Battery Type: 12 AA
External Battery Jack: 12-volt
The Reveal X has a standard case design. It feels solid and has matte IR and PIR covers (which reduce glare). The latch is easy to manipulate and both SD card and batteries are easy to load and unload.
This camera has a threaded insert on the bottom and back of the camera along with a Python Bracket on the back for a cable lock. Overall, the case design appears to be well thought-out and practical.
The Reveal X does not have an internal set up screen, everything must be done via the smartphone app on your phone. Cellular set up was fairly straight-forward and took about 10 minutes from start to finish. The camera also has a live view that you access from the set up menu (under the Profile tab) in order to get the camera aimed properly.
Cellular Set Up:
- Install lithium batteries, SD card, and antenna
- Download the Tactacam Reveal app on your phone and create an account.
- Once account is created, select a data plan. You must do this before actually adding the camera.
- Hit the + button to add the camera. You can scan the QR code inside the camera to add to your account. Once added, it can take a few minutes to add.
- Turn the camera to setup and allow the lights to turn green (the wifi signal will blink blue)
- Once the camera is added to your account. Turn the camera off and then back to setup. Once it acquires the green lights and signal, turn the camera on and allow it to start taking photos.
Keep in mind, our 2-year warranty program is your free insurance program in case something goes wrong with a camera you purchase from us. This warranty protects you from any manufacturing defect the camera might experience for two years.
Since 2005, our mission has to been to provide consumers with unbeatable value, advice you can trust, and customer service that exceeds expectations. There are plenty of places you can choose to do business with, if we are lucky enough to earn your support, we promise to give you our undivided attention. Trailcampro has grown each year not only by relying on your happiness but on the assumption that if we blow you away with customer service, you will brag about us to your friends (have you seen our referral/reward program?).
As always, if you have additional questions, feel free to call, email or chat with us. We look forward to helping you find your next trail camera!
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FAQ's: Trail Camera
Q: Will this trail camera trigger on small animals (birds, rodents, etc.)?
A: Trail cameras detect on a combination of heat and movement, so, yes, small mammals will trigger the camera. However, if you are going after smaller warm-blooded mammals, we recommend getting the camera closer to your target. For best performance, place the camera in an area that would enable picture detection from 3 - 20 ft.
Q: Can animals see the infrared flash on this camera?
A: This is somewhat controversial. Humans can't see the flash as the nanometer spectrum is above what the human eye can detect. It's also much harder for an animal to see, but that could depend on the species of animal as different species see in different light spectrums.
Q: Where can I purchase this camera?
A: From us! We hope to woo you with our incredible charm, two-year warranty, 90-day returns, free continental U.S. shipping, and technical expertise. If that isn't enough, we give you a 16 Gig SD card with this camera and you can call and talk our ear off anytime.
Seriously, though, we know you have plenty of options of where to spend your hard-earned money. The internet can be the wild, wild, west of too-good-to-be-true deals. If you choose to do business with us, we will go out of our way to make sure you are happy with the camera you select and the service we provide you.
We are passionate about testing and reviewing trail cameras, but most importantly, we are passionate about treating our customers the right way. We do things differently from what you have come to expect from other internet retailers and we hope you give us the opportunity to prove that to you.
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