The Hyperfire 2 is an excellent picture-taking low glow IR trail camera. It combines fast detection speed, with incredible battery life, and best-in-class night pictures. The video quality will disappoint you, but everything else is rock solid. -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 Trail Camera Review
Best in class night pictures
16+ month battery life
Fast detection and 80 ft. detection range
5-Year Reconyx Warranty
Low daytime video resolution/quality
Picture Quality: 82/100
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 pictures appear identical to previous Hyperfire game trail camera 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 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. The camera also does a great job of not overexposing close objects.
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 Reconyx HF2X Hyperfire 2 trail camera for you (with the free2-Year warrantyyou receive from us) orreturn the camerafor 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.
However, the Reconyx HF2X Hyperfire 2 trail camera 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.
Battery Life: 90/100
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 last16.6* months in the field on a set of12 AA Lithium Batteries.
* We incorrectly had the battery life at a much higher rate until we found a mistake in our data. It is now corrected and accurate. Sorry for any inconvenience.
If the HF2X Hyperfire 2 Covert IR 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. This is very good video life.
Detection Circuit: 90/100
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. 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.
Quality of Design: 89/100
Dimensions: 5.25" x 4.5" 3"
Battery Type: 12 AA Batteries
External Battery Jack: 12-Volt
The Hyperfire 2 has a fairly standard 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 thereby not only locking the camera to the tree but also preventing access to the internal controls and memory card.
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).
It's easy, simple, and arms in seconds. While the standard Hyperfire 2 does not offer programmable start/stop times during specific hours of the day, it does allow the user to select day, night, or both day & night operational periods. Another upgrade is the ability to use SD cards up to 512 Gigs.
SD Card Storage Examples
With a 16 Gig SD card and the camera taking 3 mpxl photos, the Hyperfire 2 could store 25,641 pictures on the SD card.
With a 16 Gig SD card and the camera taking 1280x720 videos, the Hyperfire 2 could store 747 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. We give you a 16 Gig SD card with the purchase of this camera through us. If you need additional or larger SD cards, you can shop allSD 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.
The Hyperfire 2 is an excellent picture-taking low glow IR trail camera. It combines fast detection speed, with long battery life, and best-in-class night pictures. The video quality will disappoint you, but everything else is rock solid.
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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. If that isn't enough, we give you an 8 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.
- SD cards store your pictures and videos for easy removal. We give you a free SD card with the Hyperfire, but most people use two cards. If you have two cards, you can swap them out when you retrieve the pictures.