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Reconyx Hyperfire 2 Security Camera Review
Model #HS2XODG | HS2X Owner's Manual
Much like the Reconyx Hyperfire 2, the HS2X combines a few extra security settings, with fast detection speed, long battery life, Made in America durability, and best-in-class night pictures. The video quality is disappointing compared to other cameras on the market, but overall, this is a rock solid camera. -TCP Staff
Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:
Mpxl Rating | Video Resolution
Battery Life:16.6 Months
Resting Power(on) | Daytime Power Consumption | Nighttime Power Consumption
Trigger Speed & Detection:90/100
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed | Video Trigger & Recovery Speed | Detection Range
Quality of Design:89/100
Dimensions | Battery Type | External Battery Jack
Reconyx Hyperfire 2 Security Trail Camera Review
- Excellent night pictures
- 16+ Month battery life
- Fast detection and 80 ft. detection range
- 5-year Reconyx warranty
- Increased video lengths reduce video frame rate
- Not true no glow IR
The Hyperfire 2 Security (HS2X) camera has the following programming upgrades over the Reconyx Hyperfire 2 (HF2X):
- Loop recording (SD card override)
- Advanced multi-scheduling (programs the camera to only operate during set hours of the day and on different days of the week)
- Increased video lengths - 5s, 10s, 15s, 30s, 1m, 2m, 3m, 5m. The frame rate decreased as the video length increases.
Photo resolution: 3 mpxl
Video resolution: Fullscreen: 1024 x 720 (@20 fps) | Widescreen: 1028 x 576 (@20 fps)
Flash Type: Low Glow IR (Reconyx labels this no glow but we can see a very faint visible glow)
Day picture appears identical to previous Hyperfire models. They have realistic color and good clarity in a variety of field conditions. We have found the pictures to be very consistent and have even produced impressive "twilight" photos at times of the morning and evening when other cameras would have switched to IR (black/white) mode.
Night pictures are very clear, offer top-of-class flash range, have excellent contrast, and stop motion as well as any camera we've seen. Overall, these are the best low glow IR game trail camera pictures on the market.
Daytime video quality is disappointing when compared to Ultrafire models. When Reconyx first introduced the XR6 many TV shows immediately began incorporating footage with no perceivable loss of quality. This won't be possible with daytime video from the HF2. The frame rate is just 20 frames per second and videos can be jerky and sometimes hard to watch. The resolution is low and the clarity just isn't what we were expecting. However, night video quality is really good with strong illumination and contrast (as long as you stay in 10-second length to maximize potential frame rate). The Reconyx HS2X camera also does a great job of not overexposing close objects.
Audio has been exceptionally clear and records without much static.
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.
However, the Hyperfire 2 is not interpolated. This is a true 3 mpxl camera. We wish every company would advertise their native resolution and not fall into making up marketing tricks.
Picture & Video Resting Power (on): 0.65 mW
Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 1.2 Ws | 6.5 Ws
Video Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 22.6 Ws | 108.2 Ws
Please note, our overall battery rating takes the weight of both picture and video life and averages them together.
If this camera were to take 35-day and 35-night pictures every 24 hours, the Hyperfire 2 would last 16.6 months in the field on a set of 12 AA Lithium Batteries.
If this camera were to take 15-day and 15-night videos (10-second videos) every 24 hours, it would last 2.7 months in the field on a set of lithium batteries.
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.20 s. / 1.0 s.
Video Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.24 s. / 4.6 s.
Detection Range: 80 ft. (maximum)
Detecting critters shouldn't be an issue for the Hyperfire 2 Security. Trigger speed in both modes is excellent and recovery times are very good as well.
The Hyperfire 2 detected out to 80 ft., making it an above average detection range. Overall, the detection circuit is outstanding.
Dimensions: 5.25" x 4.5" 3"
Battery Type: 12 AA Batteries
External Battery Jack: No battery jack
SD Card Size: Up to 512GB
The Hyperfire 2 and the Hyperfire 2 Security are identical in case design. It feels solid and well-built. The latch is oversized and easy to manipulate. The batteries slide in much easier than on the Reconyx Ultrafire cameras and the SD card is easy to insert as well. The python lock bracket is on the front of the camera, meaning the cable will lock the inside of the camera as well as the camera to the tree.
We were disappointed that the Hyperfire 2 only has one threaded insert (on the bottom) instead of having two like the old cameras. This limits the versatility of a tripod or Slate River Mount. Also, the camera has a simple LCD screen for settings but lacks the internal viewer that many cameras come equipped with now.
Without a doubt, the case design on the Hyperfire 2 is really solid but not groundbreaking. We do expect this camera to be able to work down to -20° Fahrenheit, so if that is a concern, the case design is still superior to Chinese-made cameras. However, when spending this amount of money, it would be really nice to have the bells and whistles that we see on other cameras (internal viewer and multiple 1/4" x 20 inserts).
Getting the camera up and running is similar to the Hy2 with a few added features:
- Increased video length (from 10 seconds up to 90 seconds. Please note, frame rate drops significantly on Reconyx Hyperfire cameras the longer the video length is set to.)
- Programmable start/stop time
- Additional time lapse settings (5,15,30 sec, 1,5,15,30 min, 1 hour)
- SD Card loop recording
SD Card Storage Examples
With a 16 Gig SD card and the camera taking 3 mpxl photos, the HS2X could store 25,000+ pictures on the SD card.
With a 16 Gig SD card and the camera taking 1280x720 videos, the HS2X could store 750+ 10-second videos. These numbers can vary slightly but this gives you a good idea of storage ideas.
From this data, you can extrapolate out storage capacities of different sized SD cards and different resolution settings. Shop all SD card options here.
Through our 2-year warranty program 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. On top of that, Reconyx has recently started issuing a 5-year warranty on the Hyperfire 2. This is quite the statement.
If an issue were to arise, we will update this review accordingly.
Much like the Reconyx Hyperfire 2, the HS2X combines a few extra security settings, with fast detection speed, long battery life, Made in America durability, and best-in-class night pictures. The video quality is disappointing compared to other cameras on the market, but overall, this is a rock solid camera.
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FAQ's: Reconyx Hyperfire 2 Trail Camera
Q: How do I view the pictures?
A: There are a number of ways to do this. Pictures/videos are stored on the SD card you place in the camera.
- View pictures on your computer. Plug the SD card in a desktop computer or laptop via the built-in SD card reader or use a USB reader if your computer doesn't have one. This method works for most tablets as well. With this method, we recommend having two SD cards per camera so you can swap them in the field.
- Trail Camera Viewers. While more expensive, handheld viewers are useful if you don't have a smartphone or run multiple trail cameras.
Q: Will this trail camera trigger on small animals (birds, rodents, etc.)?
A: Trail cameras detect 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: Yes. This is a low glow game trail camera, meaning it has a very faint red glow when taking pictures or videos at night. Humans and animals can see this if looking at the camera. This does not "light up" the woods, though.
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.
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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- Buyer's remorse? Return the camera to us for a full refund (minus shipping).
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- If your defective camera has been discontinued, we will exchange it for a similarly priced item to your liking.
- If you have a 3G cellular trail camera, it is not considered manufacturer defect if you lose 3G reception in your area.
- Used cameras do not apply for our 2-year warranty
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