Spypoint Solar

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Spypoint Solar Trail Camera Review

Spypoint Solar Review

- The Solar trail camera has a built-in solar panel. This unique trail camera has unmatched battery life, trigger speed and recovery time. This is a very impressive trail camera. - TCP Staff

Model # Solar  |  Spypoint Solar Owner's Manual



  • Almost unlimited battery life
  • Fastest trigger speed/recovery we have ever tested
  • Bright, colorful pictures
  • Internal picture viewer


  • No built-in python bracket
  • Blurry night photos
  • Cannot use Nimh rechargeable batteries

Trailcampro Analysis

Ever seen a camera like the Spypoint Solar?  Neither have we.  Spypoint has always been known for innovative trail camera products, the Solar trail camera is the latest innovation.

The Spypoint Solar is a Force 11D with a solar panel permanently attached to the top of the camera.

Picture Quality:

Photo resolution: 12 mpxl (interpolated)

Video Resolution: 1280 x 720 w/ audio

Flash Type:  Red Glow Infrared (very faint)

As expected, the picture quality is identical to the Force 11D.  Daytime pictures have been very impressive.  Bright color, good clarity and plenty of depth whether the camera was placed in bright sunlight or heavy timber.

Night pictures have pros and cons.  There is a decent amount of flash range, but the pictures do have a slight halo (more light in the center of the image - less on the edges of the photo).  We also have a high number of blurry photos.  The Solar has three modes in the settings that control night image quality:

  1. IR Boost - Max flash range but higher frequency of blurry images
  2. Blur Reduction - Less flash range, but better clarity on moving animals
  3. Optimal - This is a compromise of the two modes above. 

Our sample images are a combination of all the modes the camera allows.  Overall, the night photos are a mixed bag.  We consider the Solar's night photos to be very average.

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Day video is shot with 1280 x 720 resolution.  The video quality is good, but almost all the videos we retrieved are darker than their picture counterparts.

Night videos are very dark and lack flash range, especially on the left and right side of the videos.  We consider night video quality to be below average.

Battery Life:  

 Resting Power (on):  0.61 mW

Picture Daytime & Nighttime Power Consumption:  1.38 Ws  |  2.26 Ws

Video Daytime & Nighttime Power Consumption:  17.9 Ws  |  2.25 Ws

This is battery life is silly. The draws are so efficient, this camera lasts forever before you even start to consider the solar panel. For the following calculations, we added the additional battery pack the solar panel supplies. It still does not include what the sun could charge the pack, it is only accounting for the 6 AA Lithium batteries + the internal rechargeable 4000 mAh battery pack.

Picture Mode

If this camera were to take 35-day pictures and 35-night pictures every 24 hour period, this camera would last 35.9 months in the field on a set of lithium batteries.  This does not include the solar panel.

Video Mode

If this camera were to take 15-day and 15-night videos (10-second videos) every 24 hours, it would last 3.8 months in the field on a set of lithium batteries. This is outstanding. Once again, this does not include the solar panel.

*Solar Panel

How does the Spypoint Solar work with internal batteries and how does it know which battery source to draw from?  The camera pulls power from the solar panel until the charge goes below 25%, at that point, it pulls from the 6 internal AA batteries.  We highly recommend lithium batteries, as they do not have a daily self-discharge like alkaline or rechargeable batteries do.

Spypoint claims that if you buy the Solar trail camera you will "Never buy batteries again."  In our opinion, if the camera continues to operate as it has to this point, that could very well be a valid statement.

Tenergy rechargeable batteries do not fit in the battery compartment.  The batteries are too thick.  For that reason, we only recommend lithium batteries with this camera.

Detection Circuit:

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.05 s. / 0.50 s.

Video Trigger & Recovery Speed:  0.58 s. / 0.7 s.

Detection Range:  120 ft. (maximum)

We had to test this several times just to make sure our eyes weren't lying to us.  Fast doesn't even begin to describe the Spypoint Solar.  Instant trigger and recovery - even when in video mode.  This is still hard to believe.

When we tested video detection during the pre-production phase, the times were really good.  Spypoint took a look and said they could do better.  When we finally received production units we had cameras capable of starting a video in half a second and recovering in under a second.  This is unheard of in terms of speed.  Spypoint put a lot of time into their R&D for the Force Solar and it paid huge dividends when we tested the units which ultimately ended up in stores.

The 120 ft. detection range is top-notch and comes from a 2018 improvement into the PIR detection. The new upgrade also eliminated dead spots in the detection zone.

Overall, this the best cumulative detection circuits we have ever scored.  

Quality of Design: 

Dimensions: 7" x 4.25" x 3.25"

Battery Type:  6 AA Batteries

External Battery Jack:  12-Volt

The solar panel immediately drew our attention.  We talked to Spypoint extensively about this and they had some interesting things to say.  We were worried that 90% of consumers would put the camera under a tree, negating the benefit of the solar panel.  However, this particular solar panel doesn't need direct sunlight.  It charges with any light that is present, even in thick timber.  In fact, it was charging in our office just from our inside lighting.

"This solar panel doesn't need direct sunlight"

Better yet, on the internal menu, it shows a percentage that the camera is charging when you are positioning the Spypoint Solar.  You can immediately see the benefits of angling the camera one way or another.  The solar panel does not detach, it is fixed permanently on the camera. As this incredible technology is very new to us, we are continuing to test and evaluate this panel to learn more about how it works.

The Spypoint Solar is very small and would be easy to conceal in almost any environment.  The camera has a detachable bracket for mounting or removing quickly from a tree.  There is not a built-in python lock bracket, but there is a 1/4" x 20 threaded insert on the bottom of the camera for a tripod or Slate River Mount.  It would have been nice to have a python bracket built into the case design.

On the back of the camera, there is a cover that unscrews to reveal the battery compartment (it requires 6 AA batteries).  The batteries are easy to insert/remove and are held firmly in place.  There is no chance they would become dislodged on their own.  The battery cover feels a bit flimsy, but it attaches in a way that removes that as a concern.  It is perfectly flush with the back of the camera and is not exposed to anything that would risk damaging it.

It hasn't been an issue, but it would have been nice for Spypoint to have a bigger, beefier latch.  The internal viewer quickly scrolls through any pictures or videos the camera has taken.  This is an underrated feature on the Solar trail camera, internal viewers make setup so much easier and ensure you walk away from a camera knowing it is monitoring the terrain exactly as you want it to.

Programming is incredibly easy and intuitive.  Whether this is your first camera or 21st, you will enjoy the programming options and fluid navigation.  All programming is done on the internal viewer, so for those of you that do not enjoy squinting at small LCD screens, you will appreciate the bigger font on the viewer.

The Solar trailcam has custom start/stop time, which is useful for anyone looking at this camera for security.  

Durability has been outstanding. In the last 12 months, Spypoint has had one of our lowest warranty rates.

Overall, the case design could be beefed up to feel sturdier, however, we gave the Spypoint added points for having a solar panel that can charge without direct sunlight.  That is pretty cool technology and could potentially save you a ton of money over the life cycle of owning this trail camera.

Spypoint Solar Conclusion:

The Spypoint Solar is unlike anything we have seen before.  For all practical purposes, the Spypoint Solar is a Force 11D with a solar panel attached, which has made changing batteries a thing of the past.  The Solar has a great internal viewer, easy programming, and insane speed.  If the blurry night photos and dark night videos don't bother you, we give this camera our highest recommendation.


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Manufacturer Specifications 

  • 41.4° Field of view
  • Built-in solar panel
  • 12 mpxl interpolated photos
  • Red glow infrared LEDs (very faint and almost no glow)
  • 2" internal viewing screen
  • 1280 x 720 video w/ audio
  • 1-6 shots in multi-shot mode
  • Hybrid mode (picture before video)
  • Accepts up to 32 gig SD card
  • Requires 6 AA batteries
  • External 12-volt battery jack

trail camera warranty

Buy your next trail camera or accessory from us and we will protect your purchase with our 90-day return policy and our exclusive 2-year warranty.

Most manufacturer warranties are only one year.  In our opinion, that isn't good enough.  Our customers get a two-year warranty, directly from us.

Trailcampro's 2 Year Warranty

If the trail camera you purchase from us goes defective within two years of your purchase, we will quickly replace it.

We strive to make the warranty process as quick and easy as possible. Simply fill out our warranty form.

Trailcampro's 90 Day Return Policy

We believe you have the right to return any game camera that does not meet your expectations within 90 days.

Our return policy lets you field test products, at no risk to you!

  • Buyer's remorse? Return the camera to us for a full refund (minus shipping).
  • Purchased the wrong camera? We will ship you the right camera.
  • Something wrong with the camera you received? We will replace it at no cost to you.

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    Spypoint Solar Accessories

    Here are a few of the accessories we like to use in the Solar.

    Spypoint Universal Security Case


    - 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.


     Masterlock Python Cable Lock



     - Use this with the security case to lock the camera in the case, and the case to a tree.

    6 lithium batteries

    Energizer Ultimate Lithiums | 6 Pack


    - There is no downside to using lithium batteries.  Long battery life, extreme durability and better night pictures.  You will be happy you did.


    Extra SD Cards

    Start at $9.95

     - SD cards store your pictures and videos for easy removal.  We give you a free SD card with the Solar, but most people use two SD cards.  If you have two cards, you can swap them out when you retrieve the pictures.

    Verified Customer Reviews

    We ensure that every customer review comes from one of our real customers and not someone who works for the competing trail camera manufacturer. These are verified customer trail camera reviews that you can trust.

    We would love your feedback if you purchased this trail camera from us. We want your honest feedback, these reviews are a vital part in helping consumers choose the right game camera. 

    Trailcampro's 2 Year Warranty | 90 day Return Policy

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    Trailcampro 90 Day Return | 2 Year Exclusive Warranty Details 

    If you purchased your trail camera from us (Trailcampro.com), here are the following warranty stipulations. If you purchased from another retailer, we recommend contacting that retailer or the manufacturer of that product for their warranty details.

    If You Purchase From Trailcampro.com

    We attempted to make our return policy and 2-year exclusive warranty as simple as possible.  However, there are a few stipulations.

    90 Day Returns

    You may return or exchange anything purchased from Trailcampro for a full 90 days from the date of purchase. Please use the items as you normally would and much as you like subject to the rules below.

    Our return policy lets you field test products, at no risk to you!

    • Buyer's remorse? Return the camera to us for a full refund (minus shipping).
    • Purchased the wrong camera? We will ship you the right camera.
    • Something wrong with the camera you received? We will replace it at no cost to you.

    90 Day Return Policy Rules:

    • 90 days from date of purchase.
    • In order to receive a full refund, items must be returned with their original packaging (including UPC code) and all contents
    • Cameras or products must be returned in their original condition.  You cannot write on the cameras, paint them or deface them in any way.  This completely voids the warranty with both us and the specific manufacturer.
    • If you purchased one of our "Package Deals" and only return part of the package, we will refund the items full price minus the package discount.
    • Orders with quantities of 5 or more are not eligible for a refund or exchange.  They are still eligible for warranty replacement.
    • There are no returns on used cameras or cameras that clearly state "No Returns"
    • If you are returning for a refund, you are responsible for return shipping.  Your refund amount will be minus the cost of the initial shipping to you.

    2 Year Warranty

    We strive to make our customer experience superior to anything available.  Traditional warranties only last a year and must be processed directly through the manufacturer.  This process usually involves frustrating minutes on hold with call centers and oftentimes weeks, if not months of down time waiting for your replacement product.  We process our warranties in-house and expedite the replacement process. When you call Trailcampro you'll speak directly with an expert who will immediately identify the problem and offer a solution. 

    2 Year Exclusive Warranty Details: 

    • Warranty starts from the time of purchase and continues for a full 2 years.
    • Replacement cameras receive the remainder of the 2-year warranty leftover from the original purchase.
    • Warranty is only valid for full retail priced orders (quantity discounts void our 2-year warranty). Discounted items still receive the manufacturer warranty.  Price matches void the 2-year warranty as well.  
    • If your defective camera has been discontinued, we will exchange it for a similarly priced item to your liking.  
    • If you have a 3G cellular trail camera, it is not considered manufacturer defect if you lose 3G reception in your area.
    • Used cameras do not apply for our 2-year warranty
    • Cameras cannot be marked on, damaged, or defaced in any way.  Warranty is for manufacturer defect only.  Defect does not include damage, whether intentional or not.

    If you have any questions that were not answered here please feel free to contact us.

    To warranty a camera please use the form below.  Upon receipt of an RMA number, you will need to ship the camera back to us.  You will be responsible for the shipping charges of the defective camera back to us.  We will ship the replacement back to you for free.  


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