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Ridgetec Lookout 4G LTE
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Ridgetec Lookout 4G LTE Trail Camera Review
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Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:
Picture Quality:In Progress
Mpxl Rating | Video ResolutionSee Breakdown ▼
Battery Life:4.2 Months
Resting Power(on) | Daytime Power Consumption | Nighttime Power ConsumptionSee Breakdown ▼
Trigger Speed & Detection:In Progress
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed | Video Trigger & Recovery Speed | Detection RangeSee Breakdown ▼
Quality of Design:87/100
Dimensions | Battery Type | External Battery Jack See Breakdown ▼
- This camera comes with a modem that supports both Verizon and AT&T
- Good battery life (4+ months)
- Fast detection circuit
- Need to have a computer to do the initial setup
The Ridgetec Lookout 4G LTE is especially unique as it comes with both an AT&T and a Verizon sim card. The Quectel EC25-AF LTE module allows it to work on either network. This means you only activate the sim card (ATT or Verizon) for one of the networks (unless you want to activate both to switch back and forth, which in that case would cost an additional $6/month per camera).
Photo resolution: 12 mpxl
Video resolution: 1920 x 1080
Flash Type: No Glow IR
We are placing cameras in the field. We will post pictures and videos as they become available.
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.
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.
Picture & Video Resting Power (on): 0.96 mW
Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 40.94 Ws | 42.34 Ws
If this camera took 15-day pictures and 15-night pictures every 24 hours, it would last 4.2 months on a set of lithium batteries.
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.47 s. | 28.0 s.
Video Trigger Speed: 0.92 s.
Detection Range & Angle: n/a @ 40.7° Detection Angle (42.1° Field of View)
The trigger speed is fast and plenty quick enough to catch fast-moving animals. The recovery speed is exceptional for a cellular trail camera.
The rest of the detection circuit is under evaluation.
Dimensions: 6" x 4.75" x 3"
Battery Type: 12 AA batteries
External Battery Jack: 12-Volt
The Ridgetec Lookout's case design seems to have taken a play out of the Covert/Spartan playbook. There are all roughly the same size and have the features. The latch is easy to open and manipulate, even with cold fingers. The outside case is a hard plastic and appears to be durable. The setup menu is easy to navigate and you shouldn't have to use the owner's manual very often, if ever.
Install 12 AA Lithium batteries, sd card, sim card (ATT or Verizon, depending on the service you want), and antennas.
- On a browser (mobile or computer), visit portal.ridgetec.com and create an account.
- Add a camera by typing in the ICCID number from your sim card. The portal will indicate that a free month was awarded (5,000 points). At this point, the server will send an activation signal to your sim card (this can take several minutes).
- Power up the camera by turn the switch to SET, wait for a cellular connection. You may have to do this several times (by turning off and back to SET).
- Once connection is established, hit MENU and do a NETWORK TEST and then a REPORT TEST (you will see these in the menu). Your camera should show PASS, which means the camera is ready to send photos.
- Turn the camera to ON to fully activate the camera.
- Download the Ridgetec app to your smartphone and login. You can use either the app or the portal to change settings or view settings.
|Monthly Tier*||Data||Price||Add a Camera**|
|1,250 Photos||62.5 MB||$6.95||$6.00|
|2,500 Photos||125 MB||$8.95||$6.00|
|5,000 Photos||250 MB||$11.95||$6.00|
|10,000 Photos||500 MB||$14.95||$6.00|
|20,000 Photos||1 GB||$24.95||$6.00|
|30,000 Photos||1.5 GB||$29.95||$6.00|
|40,000 Photos||2 GB||$34.95||$6.00|
|50,000 Photos||2.5 GB||$39.95||$6.00|
|75,000 Photos||3.75 GB||$59.95||$6.00|
|100,000 Photos||5 GB||$77.95||$6.00|
*1 Photo = 1 Point (Low Resolution)
** Monthly cost per additional camera
Data plan costs appear to be very affordable and offer you the ability to share data over multiple cameras. However, data plan costs aren't super intuitive and are a little complicated. It helps to think in the above chart as pictures being the same thing as points. This then relates directly to the upload resolution that you choose from the below chart.
Point Cost per Upload
|Upload Resolution||Photo Mode||Video Mode|
|High Res Max/HD 1080p||13||11|
We like the ability to choose upload resolution and give that power to the user. It does come at a cost, however, you get to choose whether it is worth it or not.
Overall, setting the camera up is relatively easy. We would like the ability to do the set up via the smartphone app, but for now, you will need to use a browser. We LOVE that Ridgetec included a modem in this camera that allows the user to choose between Verizon or AT&T. This makes the camera much more flexible for you both now and in the future.
Durability is an unknown as this is a new camera manufacturer to us. So far, they have been quick to respond to any little issue that we have seen. If anything arises, we will update this review immediately.
Keep in mind, our 2-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.
Since 2005, our mission has to been to provide consumers with unbeatable value, advice you can trust, and customer service that exceeds expectations. There are plenty of places you can choose to do business with, if we are lucky enough to earn your support, we promise to give you our undivided attention. Trailcampro has grown each year not only by relying on your happiness but on the assumption that if we blow you away with customer service, you will brag about us to your friends (have you seen our referral/reward program?).
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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: This is somewhat controversial. Humans can't see the flash as the nanometer spectrum is above what the human eye can detect. It's also much harder for an animal to see, but that could depend on the species of animal as different species see in different light spectrums.
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.
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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- 4G LTE Verizon & ATT cellular camera (comes with a sim card from each)
- Canadian customers: compatible with Bell, Rogers, and Telus
- No glow IR flash
- 2.4" internal viewing screen
- 12 mpxl photos
- 1920 x1080 video resolution
- Date, time, temperature and moon phase time stamp options
- Requires 12 AA batteries (lithium)
- 12-Volt External Battery Jack
- Accepts up to 64 Gig SD card
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Trail Camera Accessories
Here are a few of the accessories we like to use in the trail camera.
- There is no downside to using lithium batteries. Long battery life, extreme durability, and better night pictures. You will be happy you did.
- Use this with the security case, or just the camera itself. The Lookout 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 Lookout, 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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