The Primos Proof Cam 02 has turned into one of our favorite trail cameras. Exceptional pictures, long battery life, and easy setup are the highlights of this little trailcam.
Photo resolution: 12 or 3 mpxl |Video Resolution: 1280 x 720 HD w/ audio |Flash Type: Red Glow Infrared
Primos Proof Cam 02 daytime pictures offer near-perfect color quality. This hasn't always been the case with Primos cameras, but they have made tremendous strides the past several years to improve their daytime pictures, and the results show.
The night flash has been toned down considerably from last year. This new Proof Cam model doesn't display near the "white-out" 2014 Primos models had. The night pictures are clear, offer good contrast and possess a strong but not overwhelming red glow infrared flash. We have seen some blurry night photos, but overall, the pictures are stunning and deserve considerable praise.
In the past few years, many consumers have been misled by the megapixel rating trail camera manufacturers advertise. Don't get caught up in this. We consider 99% of megapixel ratings to be a marketing gimmick. Companies inflate the mpxl rating of their products through a process called interpolation which digitally adds megapixels to a photo while marginally improving quality, if at all. The only way to judge picture quality is by examining the pictures a trail camera takes. For instance, the Proof Cam 2 interpolates its photos out to 12 mpxl (if you choose "ultra" photo quality in the settings). We consider interpolation completely unnecessary, however, every manufacturer employs this tactic. You will notice this the most when you zoom in on a full-size image that the camera has taken. The details of the photo will appear hazy or even digitized. This is normal, and to be expected.
Resting Power (on): 1.8 mW | Daytime Power Consumption: 3.4 Ws| Nighttime Power Consumption: 5.54 Ws
The resting current is incredibly low and will allow the camera to sit dormant for an extended time period. The day and night power consumptions are very efficient as well.
The Proof Cam 2 can use lithium, alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries. We recommend lithium if you want trouble-free, long battery life. If this camera were to take 35-day and 35-night pictures every 24 hour time period, the Proof Cam 2 could still last an impressive 7.7 months in the field on a set of Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries.
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.22 s. / 3.8 s. |Video Trigger & Recovery Speed: 2.72 s. / 4.5s.|Detection Range: 70 ft.
In the way of speed, the Proof Cam 2 shines in picture trigger time. 0.22 seconds is incredibly quick and makes for a great rating. Outside of that, the video trigger and picture recovery are relatively average.
The detection zone is quite impressive. The Primos proof cam 02 reaches out to 70 ft. on average, and has a detection angle that matches the field of view. If it weren't for the average to below-average recovery time, this detection circuit would be rated much higher.
Quality of Design
Dimensions: 5.25" x 4" x 2.75" |Battery Type: 8 AA Batteries |External Battery Jack: 12 Volt
The case design is simple and strong. The camera works well with both the Slate River Mount and Python Cable Lock. The cable lock goes around the front of the camera, locking both the camera shut as well as securing the camera to the tree.
The programming is incredibly easy. Throw away the owner's manual, you won't be using it. Simply slide the toggle switches to your desired setting, and put in the time/date and off you go. The only downside to the programming is the lack of advanced options.
Durability has been hampered significantly by defective battery connections in earlier model runs. Inventory after Nov. 1st has been corrected. Our current inventory consists of the good battery connections and we haven't had a single warranty on any battery terminal since November.
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Primos Proof Cam 02
has a rating of 4.0 stars
based on 13 reviews.