Reconyx SC950C Cellular
TCP Rating: 78/100
- If you need the best cellular trail camera on the market and have an unlimited budget, this is your camera. Super fast with infinite programming options, the SC950C is top of the line. Just make sure to keep your budget open... you'll be buying lots of batteries." - TCP Staff
Reconyx SC950C Review
Model # SC950catt & SC950cvz | Reconyx SC950c Owner's Manual
Trailcampro Comprehensive Score: What's this?
- Incredible detection circuit
- Advanced setup options
- Burst shot works in cellular mode
- Reconyx durability
- Made in the USA
- Poor battery life
By now you should already know Reconyx is famous for building the best trail cameras on the market. We have Reconyx cameras over a decade old and they still take pictures just as well now as they did when we first purchased them. This Reconyx SC950 Cell Camera is Reconyx's first cellular trail camera.
A cellular trail camera is designed to take a picture and then transmit the photo (in a smaller resolution) to either your cell phone or email address. This generally happens within 60 seconds of the photo being taken. Although most people use trail cameras to monitor game animals, cellular trail cameras are also used for a variety of security applications. The ability to place a cellular game camera anywhere without running wires makes it ideal for monitoring remote cabins, lake houses, boat docks & construction projects. Several of our customers even use cellular trail cameras in time lapse mode to send daily (sometimes hourly) pictures of their home construction projects.
The obvious elephant in the room is the price tag; $1,200. We were just as shocked as you are. Is it worth it? Let's dive in...
Dimensions: 5.5" x 4.5" x 3" | Battery Type: 12 AA Batteries | External Battery Jack: 12 volt
This cellular game camera is different from all of its competitors in a number of ways. First, the camera is shipped with the sim card included. It is installed inside the camera (behind four screws) and is not something that you can (or should) take out.
When you receive the camera, Reconyx has included very detailed instructions on sim card setup. The instructions have setup information, plans that you can use and so on. We found while conducting the Reconyx SC950c AT&T reviews, if you are an existing AT&T member, you can still add a line for $9.99 a month. If not, you can use the Go Phone Plan for $19.99 a month. You will need to enroll the camera and activate it through AT&T's website or call their phone number (all of this is included in your package). We found it is much quicker to just call AT&T with the supplied phone number.
To activate the cellular setup, simply call Verizon and provide the camera's model number. While conducting the Reconyx SC950c Verizon review, we found current Verizon customers can add the 950c to their existing plan and share data for just $5 per month. A $20/month is available for customers that do not have an existing Verizon account. This process is really simple and quick.
The camera also comes with a CD you must install on your computer for cellular setup.
Next, you will need to set the camera to send the pictures to the proper email or phone number (s). You can use up to two email address' and four phone numbers. From the image on the left, you can see how simple the programming is.
Enter the recipient (s) and hit ok. From this window, you can have the camera send a photo every day (from 12:00 to 12:30 pm). This will simply let you know that the camera is still operational.
Camera setup options are quite advanced. The first thing we noticed and LOVED was the "time on/off" option.
Most cell cameras allow you to only have the camera operational during a certain time period. For example, if you have the camera at your business, but don't want needless photos of you at work, you can set it to only take pictures in your off hours, let's say 5 pm to 9 am. The downside to most cell cameras is they use these time periods regardless of the day of the week. Saturdays and Sundays are forced to use the same programming options as the rest of the week.
The Reconyx SC950 cellular trail camera does this better. You can set operational times in 15-minute increments with two schedules.
Users can set specific hours for two (2) time periods. For instance, Mon-Fri on from 5 pm to 9 am. and weekends on 24 hours/day when no one should be there.
The next thing which separates the SC950 from other cameras is the burst mode. Most cell cameras are capable of taking one photo and then transmitting. This process takes 60 seconds and during that time the camera isn't able to transmit another image.
The SC950c set in "burst mode" can take up to 10 images (spaced by a time interval that you set) and then transmit all 10 photos. This is invaluable for security situations. Instead of one transmitted picture of an intruder, you get five.
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.25 s. / 60+ s. | Video Trigger & Recovery Speed: none | Detection Range: 60 ft.
The SC950c has a super fast trigger speed and an excellent detection zone. In fact, the detection zone (like all other Reconyx cameras) is perfectly matched to the field of view. False triggers are non-existent.
This detection circuit is pretty good for a cellular trail camera.
Photo resolution: 3.1 mpxl | Video Resolution: None | Flash Type: No Glow Infrared
Since this is a cellular game camera there are two types of pictures, those stored internally on the sd memory card and those sent to your phone/email. Pictures stored to the SD card are full resolution. You can expect clear, sharp, properly colored daytime photos and clear night photos with good contrast.
Pictures sent to your phone/email are compressed. They are 512 x 384. These are substantially different from the full resolution image. We tell folks to use these images to see what is in front of the camera and act accordingly. These are not pictures that can be enlarged or blown up. Larger pictures must be retrieved from SD card.
Here are examples of what the pictures look like when they are transmitted through the cellular network. You can click on the picture to the see the actual size the camera transmits the photos.
Resting Power (on): 1.98 mW | Daytime Power Consumption: 118.6 Ws | Nighttime Power Consumption: 127.6 Ws
Battery life is tough to calculate on cellular trail cameras. The resting current draw stays consistent (and is low on this camera) but the day and night consumptions vary based on how quickly the camera connects to the cellular network when sending a photo.
The day and night consumptions are very high on the SC950C. If this camera were to take 15-day and15-nightt pictures every 24 hours, it would last 1.4 months in the field on a set of lithium batteries.
The camera operates on 12 AA batteries. For most folks, we would highly recommend Lithium Batteries. For camera trap stations that don't have to be discreet, you should really consider the Reconyx Solar Panel. Without the solar panel the camera won't last very long on a set of batteries.
Reconyx SC950C Cellular Bottom Line: 78/100
To sum up the Reconyx SC950 Cell camera, it is truly one of a kind. The camera works as advertised and has features the competitors don't.
Is it worth $1,200? Ouch, that's a tough one. We have clients protecting multi-million dollar remote facilities. In this circumstance the SC950c is undoubtedly justified. Just wanting to check on bucks visiting your feeder.... We can't tell you whether to spend the money or not, but the camera certainly does everything it is supposed to.
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- No glow IR flash
- Cellular security camera
- 3.1 mpxl pictures
- No video
- Time Lapse: 1, 5, 15, 30 or 60 minute settings
- Photo Stamp: Time, date, temperature, and moon phase
- Start/ stop time: Yes
- Password protection: Yes
- SD card overwrite: Yes
- PIR settings: Low/Med/High
- Flash setting: High quality, fast shutter, max range
- Temperature Range: -20° - 120° F.
- Field of View: 42°
- Requires 12 AA batteries
- Accepts up to 32 gig SD card
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Reconyx SC950C Accessories
Here are a few of the accessories we like to use in the SC950c.
- There is no downside to using lithium batteries. Long battery life, extreme durability and better night pictures. You will be happy you did.
- This solar panel is large and heavy, but it is capable of capturing light and turning it into power to keep the SC950c running smoothly.
- Use this to protect your new camera from bears and thieves. It provides much-needed peace of mind when leaving your camera out in nature.
- Use this with the security case, or just the camera itself. The SC950 has brackets on the back specifically for this lock.
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- SD cards store your pictures and videos for easy removal. We give you a free SD card with the SC950, but most people use a second card. If you have two cards, you can swap them out when you retrieve the pictures.
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