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on June 24, 2013
I have 6 of these and have to say they are a great value. They do have their shortcomings, however.
Low light: before it switches to night IR, this camera REALLY cranks up the ISO levels, and the result is incredibly grainy photos. This is especially troublesome because it becomes difficult to see the outline of antlers in velvet, making it hard to judge the deer you're looking at.
Batteries: I have heard many complaints about battery life, but I have not had to change a set yet and I have been running one of them since March (few thousand pictures most likely).
Detection Area: Another major issue is detection area, which I am assuming; I have not tested this fact. Myriad review sites show this camera having a detection range of about 52 feet and a detection area of 224sq feet (see trailcampro and others). I have not conducted tests to confirm these numbers, but my experience with the cams leads me to believe those numbers are accurate.
To put that in perspective, a Primos 35 (comparably priced) has a 65' range and a 483 sq ft area, and my Covert (costing about 1.5-2x as much) has a 48' range and a 1244 sq foot area-5.5x as big. All this means is you won't get as MANY pictures with the wildgame; it does not affect the quality. What it says to me is that this is a good camera to put near a feeder or mineral site, not along a field edge or overlooking a food plot where deer may be further away.
Performance: the photos are of decent quality; not the best, not the worst. The flash is very bright and has good range. The trigger time is fairly decent and the videos are good too, although no audio from what I can tell.
Ease of use: Pretty easy to set up. One green button and three under the flap; pretty easy to navigate the onscreen menu.
Physical attributes: While small, the mounting mechanism is very strange. They give you these mini bungees that relegate you to a certain sized tree. Pretty annoying. I haven't had any infiltrated by ants (yet).
All in all if you can get them for $50-60 they are a good value!