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Primos Truth Cam 35 Camera
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2011
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OK, First This Camera is a CHEAP Camera! That Being Said, Its Not Cheaply Made. I was really skeptical prior to buying this unit, figured the price was proof it was garbage, i was wrong and very glad i took the chance. got it in the mail last night, tossed in 4 new D's popped in a 4GB Card and it worked like a charm. haven't yet gotten it to take a color shot, the camera decided the lighting in my kitchen was best suited for IR 1.3 Mega Pixel Shots, MAN WERE THEY CLEAR ! dont have them to upload but WOW worth the money ! i have had CuddeBack IR and this is a comparable Camera. If you are looking for a camera and dont want to spend big bucks this is the ONE !

I will be buying more of these and look forward to other Primos Products
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2011
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I have had a Primos Truth Cam 35 in the woods on my one hundred acres in northern Maine since early May of 2011, before the snow melted. For the money, it is an excellent buy and, although my experience has been limited to the Primos line of wildlife cameras, I expect that it would compare well to far more expensive cameras. Although the resolution is limited to 3.0 MP, the photos are nevertheless clear enough for me to be proud to post them on petramainewildlife.com. I also have a Primos Truth Cam 46, with a 5.0 MP resolution, and it's a great camera as well, but I think the Truth Cam 35 produces photos as good as the slightly more expensive 46 model. I consider the audible click to be a plus, and I prefer the switch settings on the Truth Cam 35 to the software settings on the Truth Cam 46.

When I first put my camera out in the woods, I looked at the weather reports and learned that the forecast was for seven straight days of freezing rain and sleet. At first, I considered retrieving my camera, for fear that it would be harmed, then decided that this was as good a time as any to try out the warranty. Not only did the camera survive, but it took good photos during this time. The first wild animal to appear on camera showed up on the same day that I mounted the camera to a tree, and it was a Maine black bear, who then laid down to take a nap in front of the camera at 3:00 o'clock in the afternoon. We have had a very wet spring, summer and fall here in Maine, and my camera has been out in the woods the whole time. I did start seeing some washed out pictures only a couple of weeks ago, near the end of the photo season in northern Maine, as my land is not accessible during the winter except by snowmobile or snowshoes. I wrote to Primos and they instructed me to send it back, while they sent me a replacement, so it's clear that they stand by their warranty.

I have read some reviews from customers complaining that the Primos Truth Cam 35 produced an audible click while it was taking still photos, which some claimed would spook the wildlife. On the contrary, I have found that the slight audible noise that it does make simply gets the animal's attention and prompts it to look in the direction of the camera or even to come in for a closer look. Black bears have tried to maul my camera four times, the lens has been smudged, at different times, by a bear and a moose who were intrigued by the camera, and a black bear used my camera as a backscratcher once while it was in video mode. These made for some amusing photos and video, but my camera was not harmed. My camera has caught photos and video of at least four different black bears, several moose, some white-tailed deer, racoons, rabbits and a large cat which, unfortunately, wasn't close enough for me to identify. Only the white-tailed deer appeared to have been startled by the camera and that was when she came upon a small clearing in the middle of a cedar swamp at 10:00 o'clock at night to encounter a camera flash along with I would presume, the audible click that concerns some people. From the photos, the deer was obviously startled. Still, she stared at the camera for quite awhile, then began grazing. She would look up at the camera periodically, but certainly wasn't spooked. The camera is sensitive enough to be activated by a bird, although there is an option to lower the sensitivity.

By next spring, I hope to have at least four cameras in the woods, and at least two of them will be Truth Cam 35s, while I may also try out one of their higher end models. I recommend the Truth Cam 35 highly.

Added on January 23, 2012: Having used my Primos Truth Cam 35 since early spring, and my Primos Truth Cam 46 since mid-summer, my experience is that the Truth Cam 35 takes far better night photos than the more expensive Truth Cam 46 model, while the day photos taken by the Truth Cam 46 are slightly better than those from the Truth Cam 35, given the higher megapixel capacity. Given this, as well as the simplicity of the Truth Cam 35, I would buy another Truth Cam 35 camera, but I probably wouldn't buy another Truth Cam 46, although both are good cameras. Since much of the wildlife are nocturnal, the quality of night photography is important.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2012
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Purchased this as a Christmas gift so it wasn't used until after the holidays. Worked once. The 2nd time we tried it it no longer worked. Primos says it is defective and must be replaced, but will not pay return shipping. Since it was a gift the Amazon return window was past before we knew it didn't work.

I would definitely not recomend this product. If you do buy it make sure you test it immediatly because the warenty leaves much to be desired. Also be sure to buy from a dealer that will allow you to return the product.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2011
I bought this camera and it worked great for 6-8 months until the warranty ran out after a year. The card reader quit working and it reads every card full. I called Primos and they won't fix or replace the camera but would gladly sell me another at a discount which was exactly what I paid for the camera on sale from Academy. I can only recommend that noone buy these products as they will not stand behind them when they malfunction. Like an idiot I purchased another one thinking I just got a bad one the first time. Well, I got a bad one the second time also. When you call they say its out of warranty and they'll sell you another one at a discounted rate. What a bunch of crap. Be smarter than me and invest in decent cameras from reputable makers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2012
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Cameras, 4.5 stars; Primos Support, 5 stars.

We own 2 cameras: a CAM35 and a CAM60, (and recently bought a CAM35 as a gift to my brother). We started with the CAM35, liked it, and decided to get the higher resolution CAM60. Have not owned any other trail cams so we can't make comparisons.

Our property abuts a wooded area and we set up the cameras in various locations to see what was going on in the area, mostly around several nearby woodchuck holes. The cameras are weather tight and survived many rainstorms (we didn't get to try them in extreme cold). The CAM35 is a bit easier to manage on setup since the paramerters are set with slide switches. The CAM60 has an illuminated screen and you have to scroll thru a menu to change settings. On a bright day that can be a little frustrating, but not fatal.

We got stills and videos of lots of wildlife: chucks, possums, weasels, rabbit, deer, birds, mice, skunk, squirrels, chipmunks, a cat, racoons,... the usual suspects. (Our niece and nephew really enjoyed the animal antics that we captured.)

Problem: The Cam35 unit started to write bad files after about 10 months. We tried several SD cards with the same result. We contacted Primos' support and they were very helpful. After emailing them a short video file that would not play they determined that the camera was at fault (a rare occurrence, according to their tech) and offered to swap it with a good one. The replacement is up and running fine. Kudos to Primos' staff and to their support of their products!

TIP: One caution re the SD cards. I created numerous folders on a few of my SD cards in order to save interesting videos, deleting the rest. I continued to use these cards but found, after a while, that the CAM60 wouldn't record, thinking the SD card was full. Turns out that the card became fragmented with all the deletions and re-recordings. I was able to defrag the cards, as well as check for other problems, by clicking the "TOOLS" tab under "properties" when viewing the SD card on our computers (Windows XP and Windows 7). It would be a good idea to do this "housekeeping" frequently.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2010
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After a LOT of research I went with the Primus Truth Cam 35. Decided on the cheapest one for a trial. The 35' range is true! You get every bit of that on the most sensitive setting. Have had a couple "whiteouts" out of 100's of pics. Camera is in heavy woods with dappled bright sun. Deer seem to notice the camera (shutter click?) but don't appear particularly alarmed, just curious and sometimes looking at the camera. Same for raccoons.

It's all it was advertised to be. We do get occasional color shifts. Really cool pics are the ones at twilight; trees sorta look like snow or frost on them. Not bothered by pics of the birds feeding on the corn. For that kind of activity maybe the more expensive models would work.

11/15/2010 Using this on a trail reveals a serious fault. The delay of 10 seconds minimum is way too long. Instantly would be what I want, or as close to it as possible. A friend was able to see an owl catch a mouse on his other camera. I just get blank vids as the activity is over by the time the camera starts.

Had trouble with SD FUL when the card wasn't near full. Still it worked fine after clearing the card as Primus suggested. Company service response was excellent. Now have a problem with it keeping the date stamp when changing batteries.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2012
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Thanks to others' reviews of this camera, I have multiple TruthCam 35s around my property. Some have been up taking pictures since December (it's July now) and they still show 50% battery life left, after taking hundreds or thousands of pictures.

I've caught the usual skunks, rabbits, etc. along with fox, coyote, and two different bobcats using these cameras. It's such fun to see what's going on when you're not looking - the night shots can be pretty good too, but the daytime shots are excellent almost without fail. My mother who lives in a semi-rural area (many fences, close neighbors but still some land) actually caught a picture of a bear in the back portion of her place.

Can't say enough good about it - easy to set up, rugged construction, waterproof, easy to mount and move, takes video or photos, and again the battery life is amazing.

The one thing they could do to make this even better is add a time-lapse feature, so instead of motion sensor trigger it takes photos at user chosen intervals, but as it stands there's no reason to not get one. They'd be as good for security cams as they are for wildlife I think.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2011
This camera produces great day time photos at a distance (50 ft.on the high sensativity setting). The night time photos show the deer outline at 25 feet, but still great photos without the flash. The small clicking of the camera during picture taking will have the deer on alert at first, but it doesn't seem to bother them after the first or second time. Great Camera all aroung and holds 6000+ pics with 8GB SD Card....batteries have lasted over a month in 10-20 degree weather. (poorfish.com has for $75.99)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Wish I would have known this prior to buying.

While the LEDs are Infrared, they do glow visibly red briefly, as do another red and green LED near the lens that are used to determine movement.

These are fine for game, I'm sure (though it's possible it may spook some), but not good as a dual purpose security camera. For that, look at Primos Black Out trail cams, which claim they are completely dark (but roughly twice the price of this one).

This camera is quiet, though. But if you are placing the camera some place to monitor for people driving/walking onto your property, they could easily spot the camera and just take the memory card out of it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2011
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I wish I could attach photos taken by this camera. If I could, none of the words here would be necessary. The camera is strapped to a tree about five feet from a water trough in a pretty isolated part of our property. It captures birds during the day, and deer, raccoons, skunks, and bobcats at night. It's taken hundreds of photographs day and night without measurably reducing the battery charge. With an 8 Gb SD card, it looks like I could leave it alone for at least a week and not miss anything. It captures temperature, date and time with each photo, which turns out to be useful information. All in all, I can't think of anything I would change -- particularly the price.
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