The Spartan 4G/LTE White Flash camera is not surprisingly similar to Spartan's other cell models with the exception of being a White LED trail camera. This unique feature allows the camera to take color night photos/videos. We found the picture quality, case design, and battery life to all be solid. The detection circuit is below average and you should expect to spend a bit of time in the set up process. - TCP Staff
Any picture that is sent from the camera is a compressed file, so the resolution and size are smaller. The full-size image will be saved on the sd card. The sample photos you will see here are a mix of full resolution and emailed photos. Cellular pictures are always hard to evaluate because of the pixelation from the compression of the file. However, day pictures are solid and possess decent color.
Night pictures will be in full color, as this is a white flash camera (White LED). Keep in mind, this produces a bright white flash of light at night and it stays on as long as it takes to snap a photo or record a video. The night picture quality is good and the photos appear to be quite clear. There was less blurring than we have seen on older White LED camera models, however, the camera still lacks flash range beyond the initial 40-50 ft. Overall, both day and night pictures are quite good.
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, whichdigitally 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.
Battery Life: 80/100
Picture & Video Resting Power (on): 0.47 mW
Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 42.48 Ws | 47.16 Ws
If this camera took 15-day pictures and 15-night pictures every 24 hours, it would last 4.1 months on a set of lithium batteries. This is really good for both a cellular camera and a white LED camera.
Detection Circuit: 73/100
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.69 s. | 47.1 s.
Video Trigger Speed: 3.41 s.
Detection Range & Angle: 70 ft. @ 46.2° Detection Angle (42° Field of View)
The picture trigger is slow but the recovery time is above average.
The detection range is 70 feet, which is decent. The detection zone is large enough to cover a big area, allowing you to monitor open areas whether you are using the camera for security or wildlife.
Quality of Design: 87/100
Dimensions: 6" x 5" x 3.25" w/o antenna
Battery Type: 12 AA
External Battery Jack: 6-Volt
We are not a fan of the setup process. It is long, layered, and can be complicated and expensive.
2020 Spartan 4G/LTE Verizon Setup Process:
There are several methods for activating the cellular data for the 2020 Spartan 4G.
Method #1: You can activate the camera by logging into your account atwww.vzw.comand then go to "adding a new device." This is $5 a month (add a line).
Method #2:You can activate the camera either by calling the Verizon support number (1-800-775-8098, or by calling 611 from your Verizon cell phone). Listen to the menu options and follow the prompts to activate the service.
Method #3:You may take the camera to a Verizon store and have an in-store customer service rep activate the service for you. Be sure to record your camera's telephone number.
Method #4:Go towww.spartancamera.com. Create an account and log in.Go to Shop > Buy Verizon Service. Follow the steps to activate your data service.
Data plans are the following:
50mb data for 1 month - $9.99
250 mb data for 1 month - $11.99
1 GB data for 3 months - $35.99
3 GB data for 6 months - $64.99
6 GB data for 6 months - $109.99
12 GB data for 1 year - $199.99
If you go with Method #4 you will get Spartan's premium service included in the cost of the data plan.
GoWireless Premium Spartan's premium service is now included for free if you buy the data from them, it includes:
You can download and use the mobile phone Spartan app. .
Premium service is the only way you can have the camera send videos to your phone. Without premium, the Spartan can only send pictures.
Enables two-way communication from user to camera (remotely)
The option of increasing thumbnail image to 1280 x 960 (which is up from 640x480). This makes objects/people easier to identify
Add up to 5 email of text recipients of pictures
Please keep in mind, the $4 a month for premium service is separate from your data plan costs if you do not buy your data from Spartan.
After activating the cellular data, there are just a couple of steps you will need to complete on the camera itself.
Place the SD card and sim card in the camera along with 12 AA Lithium Batteries. Make sure the antenna is on the camera.
Flip the switch from "Off" to "Setup." Allow the camera to connect to the network. You will see (upper right-hand corner) the network towers connect and show how many bars of service they have. After it connects, hit the menu button.
Go through the settings and customize them to your needs (i.e. set the date/time, sensitivity preference, flash power, etc.).
Once you get to the wireless tab, set them to the following
Send Mode: Instant
Send Via: Auto(Set this to premium if you have activated and paid for the premium service. If you have paid for premium, ignore the rest of the setup, your job is done. All other settings will be on the app of your phone)
Recipient: Hit enterand add either one email address. The camera is only able to accept email addresses. In the past, you were able to add phone numbers via a "jailbreak," but this is no longer active and working.
Name Tag: On
Power Saving: On
Once your settings are correct, you can test the camera's ability to send a photo. Hit the "Menu" button until you are back to the live preview screen. Hit the "Ok" button to take a photo. The camera will ask if you want to "Send this photo?" Hit Ok to send. If the camera is setup properly and you have at least 3 bars of reception, it should say "Send Successful" after 30-60 seconds. If so, your camera is ready to go. Simply turn it on when you are ready to place it in the field.
The camera's case design is solid and works well. The latch is big and beefy, and manipulates easily even in cold weather. The functionality of the screen, viewer, and settings operate quickly and intuitively. This is one of the stronger aspects of this camera.
Up to this point, durability has been average so far on the White Flash units. If a problem arises, we will update this review immediately.
Keep in mind, our2-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.
Spartan White Flash Review Conclusion: 81/100
The Spartan 4G/LTE White Flash camera is not surprisingly similar to Spartan's other cell models with the exception of being a White LED trail camera. This unique feature allows the camera to take color night photos/videos. We found the picture quality, case design, and battery life to all be solid. The detection circuit is below average and you should expect to spend a bit of time in the set up process.
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FAQ's: 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. Here are some other methods for viewing images:
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 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: Absolutely. This white LED camera will light up the immediate vicinity for however long it takes to take the photo.
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.
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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.
- SD cards store your pictures and videos for easy removal. We give you a free SD card with the M8000, but most people use two cards. If you have two cards, you can swap them out when you retrieve the pictures.
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