The new Stealth Cam Prowler HD Digital IR Trail Camera is at the forefront of scout camera design.
The BBC's Country File programme recently did a full length feature on the Stealth Cam Prowler during a prime time evening slot on a Sunday night a few weeks ago, which reached an audience of over 6.7 million national viewers. We were simply inundated with hundreds of enquiries surrounding the performance and availability of this unique product.
To describe this particular camera as 'Unique' may be a rather bold claim to make given that there are a variety of different trail camera manufacturers on the market today. Each of which have their own marketable strengths over rival competitor products, ranging from price, usability and unique technical features.
The Stealth Cam Prowler HD comes under the heading of 'unique technical features'. For example, the video resolution of most competitor products is 640x480 SD (standard definition) , which is very good and is regarded as an industry standard. The Stealth Cam Prowler HD on the other hand has an image resolution of 1280x760 SD, which is almost double that of any of it's competitors.
This allows you to capture the highest resolution video footage currently available on the market today. This is combined with an 8.0 mega pixel still image quality which ultimately isn't quite as good when compared to the equivalent Spypoint Pro X Camera which has a true 12.0 mega pixel rating, but nonetheless it is still very close.
The built in memory is 64Mb compared to the 32Mb offered by the Spypoint Pro X.
Other key features are the ability to record audio, which is not unique as the Spypoint Pro X will also record sound, but this capability is reserved only for a handful of Trail cameras currently on sale today.
Pound for pound, it would be easy to argue that the Stealth Cam Prowler HD Digital IR Trail Camera represents better value for money from a technical point of view, although it must be said that the Spypoint is easier to operate and has some additional features which make it more user friendly. For instance, the Spypoint Pro X has a large integrated 3" viewing screen which enables the user to view captured footage or images on site.
In order to see what was captured on the Stealth Cam Prowler HD, you are required to eject the memory card for downloading to a laptop or PC. This can be a rather time consuming and cumbersome issue to deal with depending on the situation of the cameras relative to your downloading facility (forestry in remote areas for example).
To enable the Spypoint alternative to capture footage or still images, a heat signature is also required, whereas the Stealth Cam Prowler will be activated through motion alone.
Another advantage that the Spypoint has over the Stealth Cam Prowler HD is the fact that the Spypoint captured footage can be played through a television set and the Stealth Cam captured footage cannot. This is not a huge disadvantage, but further evidence that Spypoint have gone for practicality over outright technical performance. So it can be argued that both the Spypoint and the Stealth Cam products are in fact equally desirable depending on point of view.
As I mentioned earlier, pound for pound the Stealth Cam Prowler HD seems to be the more desiable of the two as there is a price difference of £110 in favour of the Stealth Cam product. However, as I have pointed out, usability will be of key importance for a proportion of potential buyers of either product. It all depends on each and the others individual needs.