Day 6 Outdoors PlotWatcher Pro HD Game Surveillance System
Not your average time lapse camera
This is a great investment it is called the Plotwatcher because it does that and more. I read earlier reviews from some that obviously do not own the camera. This camera does not use a motion trigger in anyway. it takes a picture based on the time increment you set continuously for the time periods you set it. so no worries about the game you want to capture passing outside of the range of the motion detector to trigger a picture. It then combines all frames into an HD movie. I set it up along with 2 Moultrie IR55 Cameras, one mounted right under the Plotwatcher Pro and more than half the game to include bobcats, turkey, hogs, and deer were missed by the combined cameras and captured by the Plot Watcher Pro. The big positive on this camera is the battery life. I ran it from 6am to 10 am with a time lapse pause that I set to come back on at 3pm until 9pm for 21 days on 8 AA batteries. It used 7.3 gig of storage and still had 85% battery life. The down side is, it will work at night, BUT since there is no flash or light it records darkness. I don't hunt at night and still have the availability of a regular game cam in its place. But also because it has no light you will not alert the game at anytime either. We have all had a deer or turkey walk up and stare right at the camera as the Led flash went off. there is no wakeup time so you don't miss your game because it moved to quickly through before the camera woke up and it hides well in the wood line with the camo and a design that is not a box. In 21 days I was able to see how the animals traveled in a new area, and was able to discern where to place my archery stand based on several buck's that crossed the area. By the way the majority of the buck’s crossing were not captured by the other 2 motion trigger game cams. I am purchasing 3 more for other shooting lanes and for scouting new areas. Great for security too! I put a pictureof a bobcat moving down the backside woodline of my plot and a buck that crossed 80 yards from my stand and 75 yards from the feeder so no camera was set anywhere near there and without this i would have missed him.
July 27, 2011
I set this unit up mid July 2011 and it has been taking pics every 5 seconds from sun up to sun down ever since. I am on only my second set of batteries now, 146 days later! This second set of AA batteries still has 50% life left. I am astonished that it is so conservative on energy considering I used knock off brand batteries and I am NOT letting the camera sleep from 10:00am-2:00pm which would save even more.
The overall use is super easy. I had great results from the first day and have not been disappointed yet. I use SD cards. I put in 8G when I know I'll be back within a week to change. When longer I use 32G which will take pics all day for 28 days or more the way I have it set up.
Low light pics are grainy, but it sharpens up nicely after the sun comes up. I included a low light pic (taken at eye level) so you can see the worse case scenario.
This is a great tool for figuring out movement patterns. It sees far into the woods as foilage allows. I usually have it up in my stand to see what I missed when not hunting. I love that it can be up so high. Since it does not need motion to take a pic, it doesn't matter where you put it.
Only two minor complaints. The temperature is not reading correctly below 40 degrees and the playback program that detects movement automatically is not very effective when the camera is set up in dense woods, since it reads the sunlight pattern changes on the forest floor as movement in the image. I tried to adjust the sensitivity on this feature, but then it missed the animals. To be fair, it does work well out in the open fields. I have not contacted Day6Outdoors about the temp problem, mainly because it is a minor glich and I'm having too much fun with it to take it off line!
This unit has also captured trespassers who I could identify. Some folks had a habit of visiting my foodplot, and I was able to inform them that I had numerous images of them (when they denied being there). I was able to nip that problem before the hunting season began.
Only other items I needed were the 8 AA batteries, the two SD cards (only one is needed) and a cheap card reader since my computer is old and could not read them on its own.
This has been a great purchase!
December 6, 2011
Love it so far
I have had my PlotWatcher deployed for about 6 weeks now, in different locations for 1-2 weeks at a time. I am amazed at how much activity is occurring during daylight hours. I've seen a group of wild hogs, multiple deer, coyotes, and even packs of stray dogs, all at varying distances from the camera that probably would not have triggered a motion-triggered camera. I'm taking pics every 5 seconds, about 10-11 hours per day, and 6 weeks later the batteries are still showing a very strong charge. My only disappointment is that animals moving quickly come out very blurry.
January 6, 2015
response to 1st reviewer
It does what other cameras don't which is to shoot continuously with no triggering required. It allows you to KNOW what is happening. Who cares what's there at 2AM? You can't hunt at night. This thing shows you what you can hunt when you can hunt.
All the benefits Plot Watcher points out are spot on.
For those complaining about battery life...if you set it to shoot every 10 sec. you will get 4320 pics for a 12 hour period. How many shots can your point and shoot take on a set of batteries? Think about it.
June 3, 2011