Stealth Cam DS4K Transmit

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Stealth Cam DS4K Transmit Trail Camera Review

The Stealth Cam DS4K Transmit balances some cool innovative features, decent picture quality, and a dual cell carrier modem with below average battery life and average detection capabilities. - TCP Staff

Model #STC-DS4KTM

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Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:

74/100

Picture Quality:83/100

Mpxl Rating | Video Resolution

Battery Life:2.5 Months

Resting Power(on) | Daytime Power Consumption | Nighttime Power Consumption

Trigger Speed & Detection:77/100

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed | Video Trigger & Recovery Speed | Detection Range

Quality of Design:78/100

Dimensions | Battery Type | External Battery Jack


Stealth Cam DS4K Transmit Trail Camera Review

 Pros

  • Solid image quality for a no glow Stealth Cam DS4K Transmit trail camera
  • Works on both AT&T and Verizon towers
  • Really innovative smartphone app setting to change black/white photos to color at night(see Quality of Design section of this review)

 Cons

  • Not the fastest detection circuit
  • Below average battery life

 

Photo resolution:  32mpxl (interpolated)

Flash Type:  No glow IR

Daytime pictures appear to be solid and above average in contrast, color, and clarity. A few of the photos have been a touch out of focus but the vast majority of them have been clear. Night pictures display about the amount of flash range that one should expect from a no glow camera (fairly limited). This camera would do best in an area that has trees or something in front of the camera to bounce the light off and illuminate the photos. The DS4K Transmit does seem to stop motion really well at night. Check out the sample photos below to see photos from our field cameras.

 

 Night IR Blur Test

The equipment for the test consists of a target moving along a track from left to right at a constant speed controlled by a stepper motor and a sensor to trigger the capture of a picture near the center of the field of view of a trail camera. 

The target is moving at 1.25 feet per second and is 10 feet from the camera at the center of field of view.  The test is conducted in a dark room.   Two pictures are taken, one with the target not moving and one with the target in motion.  A visual comparison can now be made of the two pictures.  All settings that affect the quality of night photos will be tested.

Progressive 

W/ Motion

Progressive

No Motion

Progressive W/ Motion

 Progressive

No Motion

 Standard

W/ Motion

Standard

No Motion 

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 Stealth Cam DS4K Transmit trail 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.

Megapixel Ratings:

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.

Battery Life:    60/100

Picture & Video Resting Power (on):   0.8 mW

Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption:   84.8 Ws  |  85.6 Ws

If this camera took 15-day pictures and 15-night pictures every 24 hours, it would last 2.5 months on a set of lithium batteries. 

Detection Circuit:     77/100

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed:   0.52 s.  |  63.3

Detection Range & Angle:   80 ft. @ 47.3° detection angle (37.6° field of view)

The trigger speed is average and he recovery time is on the slow side. The detection range is 80 ft., which is great, but the detection angle is significantly wider than the field of view. You can expect a few false triggers from that. Overall, the detection circuit leaves something to be desired but would work fairly well on food plots or bait stations.

Quality of Design:     78/100

Dimensions:   5.5" x 4" x 4"

Battery Type:    12 AA (we recommend Lithium)

External Battery Jack:   12-volt

Case Design

 The first thing you will notice when holding the DS4K is the thickness. It is a bit thicker than other cellular cameras but the face of the camera is a relatively average size. The large oversized latch opens and closes easily, revealing a small LCD setup screen and a battery tray that requires 12 AA batteries (we only recommend lithium). 

Once on, there are a series of lights that will blink green until the camera is fully connected. You will find that you can't turn on the menu screen until all the lights have completed their set up. The set up options are fairly limited but easy to navigate.

On the back of the camera is a mount for a python cable lock and a slate river threaded insert can be found on the bottom of the camera. Overall, case design is solid but not a real stand out.

The Stealth Cam DS4K Transmit has a cool and interesting setting that converts the night photos, which are black and white, into color photos. This has worked really well for wildlife but not something we would trust the color to be accurate on. We have tried in different mediums and the color "guesses" are inconsistent and not entirely accurate (for cars, shirts, etc.). Here is an example of wildlife color swaps:

Camera Setup

Cellular Setup

The DS4K Transit is capable of working on either Verizon or ATT towers. Included in the box is a sim card for each, just activate the sim card from the carrier you wish to use. There are no differences in price between the two.

  • Insert SD card and Lithium batteries.
  • Download Stealth Cam Command Pro app and create an account. 
  • Add a new device and simply scan the QR code that is under the battery tray.
  • Choose your preferred data plan. Insert SD card (carefully, it is fairly hard to insert). 
  • Turn the camera on, wait for all 3 green lights to appear and then go off. If there is an error, make sure you put the sim card in correctly (we did not the first few times)

Data Plans

Monthly Plans Annual Plans Elite Hunter Plan Features
$5 - 600 photos* (50 mb) $4 - 600 photos* (50 mb)  $5 per month
$10 - 2000 photos* (100 mb) $8 - 2000 photos* (100 mb) Automatic filtering of bucks, does, hogs and turkeys
$20 - Unlimited photos $15 - Unlimited photos 2- year cloud storage

$50 - Bundle Pro 

  • 3 cameras included
  • 26000 photos
  • $5 per added camera

$40 - Bundle Pro 

  • 3 cameras included
  • 26000 photos
  • $5 per added camera
Security monitoring sends notifications in the event of attempted camera activation on an unauthorized account
Request HD Photos  5 cents each  1080p

Durability

Our initial shipment of Stealth DS4K cameras were all completely defective. The sim card numbers did not match up with the ICCID/IMEI number (s) from the camera. Luckily, we never sold any of these and we sent them back to Stealth Cam immediately. Thus, our current inventory does not contain any of those issues. However, it would not surprise us if a bunch of those cameras made it into consumer hands via other retailers. 

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?).

As always, if you have additional questions, feel free to call, email or chat with us. We look forward to helping you find your next trail camera!

Enjoy our reviews?  Please consider purchasing your next trail camera from us.


FAQ's: Trail Camera

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. 

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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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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