This is a review for the 12MP 1080P Wildlife Trail Camera. 2.4″ Color LCD Screen. 120° Wide Angle Lens c/w ifrared Night Vision, 42 IR LEDs, IP56 Waterproof, By Campark Direct and Fulfilled By Amazon.
The item was received the next day with Amazon Prime. It was packaged well in a brown cardboard box. Within was the colourful retail packaging, all of which was able to be recycled.
So, what is it we’re getting?
In the BOX?
The Campark T40 Hunting Camera
A Tree Mount
The USB Cable
3 x Screw
A User Manual
A Support Card
LCD Display: 2.4 TFT Color LCD
Image sensor: 12 Mega Pixels Color CMOS
Video Resolution : 1080P(1920*1080); 720P(1280*720); 720*480; 640*480; 320*240
Photo Resolution: 12M; 8M; 5M; 3M; 1M
Video length: 1-60seconds / 1-10 minutes
File Format: JPEG/AVI
PIR Sensing Angle: 120 degree(Wide Angle)
Viewing angle :120 degree
Waterproof Level : IP56
Triggering Time: approx. 0.8 second
Storage : Micro SD Card Up to 32GB (not included)
Power Supply: 1.5V 8*AA battery
Standby time: approx. 8 months (with 8 batteries,not included)
USB Connection: USB 2.0
Language : English, French, German, Spanish, Italy, Portuguese
OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac10.2
Lets take a closer look.
The Camera itself
It seems that Cameras get more advanced the older i get, still it’s good to learn new things. But this one isn’t to complicated thank goodness, once you get the hang of the switch and buttons, your all good to go.
The Camera measures 139 x 97 x 60.5 mm closed and 139 x 187 x 40 mm open. It weighs in at 251 Grams, and has a camouflage design on it’s front, while the back is black in colour. It’s made of a tough ABS plastic so it’s quite sturdy and ideal for rough terrain use. The body also has two anchor points on each side of the back for a strap to be attached (you may want to fasten it to a tree). Underneath there is the standard tripod mount 1/4-20 UNC thread, this can come in handy to use with the enclosed wall mounting accessories.
Looking at the front of the Camera, the top has a panel containing 42 Infrared LED’s, so it’s all ready for night filming and 3 clear looking ones. Of these the top one emits a red flashing when the camera is counting down to be in active mode. The other two are sensors. Next down we have the Lens an F2.5f=3.6mm, I found this to be of great quality and was delighted with the results it provided. Lastly, we have the PIR sensor. This is a wide 120˚ angle and up to a 15 meters detector.
A little more detail
The Camera is held securely closed from the elements with two spring tension fasteners. This causes the front section to be compressed against a silicone seal contained within the edge of the back section. Making the Camera, what the manufactures claim is IP56 rated, we’ll look at this later. So, it’s now open like a book and on the left we have the following. A Colour TFT screen, which i measured to have a visible area of 2.25 inches diagonally. Below this is a set of 8 buttons on a blister type control pad. The bottom inner edge has a switch (for on/off/setup), a micro USB socket, an A/V socket and the Micro SD Card slot (this will take a Maximum of 32 GB).
On the right hand side is our concealed battery compartment, this is housed beneath a clip on black lid which keeps the batteries from coming loose during movement or sudden knocks. Under this we are presented with tow compartments (one above the other) each holding 4 x AA batteries. The Camera will operate with 4, but work for so much longer with the 8 in place (especially if you’re using if for night footage). I recommend using non rechargeable one’s as they have a longer lasting ability for this sort of use. 4 x AA rechargeable batteries are only 4.8 volts, where as AA Alkaline’s are 6 volts. So they will give the better performance.
Let’s expand on a few things
Micro SD Card
Our Camera can take up to a 32GB Micro SD Card, The seller recommends that you use a class 6 or above. This is to do with the speed at which the card is able to process data transferred to it, obviously the quicker the process the easier it is to capture those fleeting glimpses of creatures in the wild. The camera has an initialisation period of 0.8 seconds. So in essence the memory card needs to be able to keep up, if it doesn’t then you won’t get the instant and sharp quality of image you bought the Camera for.
With batteries, it is important to select the right type for the task in hand. Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA Batteries are one of the best i have found. They have a shelf life of 20 years, are leak proof and the general capacity of this AA Lithium cell is 3500mAH. So they are really heavy duty. You need something you can rely on when setting and forgetting your outdoor Camera for a period of time. But do bear in mind, they aren’t the cheapest, but they are one of the best.
Night time use
During night time use, is where this camera really shows it’s worth. It’s capable of capturing some wonderful images of nocturnal creatures as they go about the everyday existence that we are so fascinated with. But i must offer a warning, your images can be spoilt if you don’t get the positioning of your camera right. To much interference for outdoor lighting will cause glaring. This is where the images have white out sequences caused by the camera constantly trying to compete with IR light and other types of lighting. Also be aware of things that may cause reflection, such as glass to water.
IP56, what does it mean?
IP Code, (International Protection Marking), come under IEC standard 60529. It classifies and rates the degree of protection provided against intrusion (body parts such as hands and fingers), dust, accidental contact, and water by mechanical casings and electrical enclosures. It is published by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Taken from Wikipedia
Our code IP56 is broken down as follows. The first number 5 stands for the protection against the ingress of solid foreign objects (inc dust).
The first figure is 5 = Ingress of dust is not entirely prevented, but it must not enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the equipment.
The second figure is 6 = Water projected in powerful jets (12.5 mm nozzle) against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.
So, how was it to use?
Very simple actually, it has a built in menu system which was really easy to follow. Setting the various parameters to start shooting Photo’s or Video was straight forward. You can have the time and date on or off your footage. Once set to On, it will start automatically after detecting movement, day or night. The quality of the footage captured will depend on the Mega Pixels size you have selected. Either 12Mp (4000 x 3000), 8Mp (3264 x 2448), 5Mp (2592 x 1944), 3Mp (2048 x 1536) or 1Mp (1280 x 960) Photo Resolution. The Video resolution choices are 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 720 x 480, 640 x 480 or 320 x 240.
One of the most useful features i like is the time lapse. Can you imagine filming a sunrise, or the moon coming overhead or how about some Mushrooms growing or flowers opening. You could capture some beautiful footage. I’ve filmed some night time footage which you can watch after you’ve read this. I hope you’ll find it interesting. There are loads more features that i still haven’t gone into, write protect for footage, user ID and Password to access footage. Slide shows, footage transfer to your PC and Mac etc…
This is a Camera you will really enjoy using and with care it will last you a lifetime. Good batteries last ages, the footage is excellent, the features are many fold and it looks good and blends in easily. I was delighted with how responsive it was and how clear the images were i took. I think it deserves 5 out of 5.