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Unlike trail cams that trigger on short-range motion, the Day 6 Outdoors™ PlotWatcher® provides a timelapse video of a full day's activity across a defined area by capturing HD images taken as fast as every second. You can then review this video (in 3 minutes or less!) to track specific game movements and identify key travel patterns, including entry and exit points. The original PlotWatcher provides 84 hours of time-lapse video (7 days' coverage), but the PlotWatcher Pro kicks it up a notch with 10 times the battery life (3 months). Built-in 2.5'' LCD for on-board camera set-up, video aiming, camera status messages, and defined time-of-day for video start and stop. SD card storage up to 32GB (not included); includes GameFinder software. Runs on 8 AA batteries (not included).
Manufacturer model #: TLC-200-C.
Provides a timelapse video of a full day's activity across a defined area
Captures HD images as fast as every second
10 times the battery life of the original Plotwatcher (up to 3 months!)
Day 6 Outdoors PlotWatcher™ Pro HD Game Surveillance System
Hunting made easy
What a great way to watch what is happening out there when you our not out there.
April 20, 2012
THIS IS A AWSOME CAMERA. JUST LIKE A ALL DAY VIDEO. IT DOES THE HUNTING WHEN YOU CANT, THEN YOU KNOW WHERE DEER ARE MOVING. ONLY DISADVANTAGE IS WHEN YOU ZOOM IN IT IS BURLY. BUT BATTERY LIFE IS AWSOME.
January 5, 2012
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
The Plotwatcher Pro is the best camera I have ever purchased. It is easy to set up and to view on the computer. i enjoy watching the travel patterns of the deer and turkey on a four-acre field. Using rechargable batteries and still going after three weeks. Will be purchasing another one. The price could be a little lower, but very satisfied with the results.
November 19, 2011
This camera is designed to watch large areas. How large depends on the available light and the contour of the land. Typically, it can see what you might see with your eyes. It can very easily cover everything that happens on a 5 acre food plot.
You can catch movement but not specific characteristics of a certain deer more than 100 yards or so. I use mine to strictly define travel patterns and then use my other cams to pinpoint a certain buck I want to chase.
Per the manufacturer, it is impossible to answer this question definitively. The best way to think about it is to imagine you are looking at it with the naked eye and you can see in a 52-degree fan angle from the surface of the camera. In other words, how well the camera will "see" is dependent upon how good and clear the lighting is at that time, how the terrain lies, etc. Typically, if you can see something with your eye, you will see it with the camera.
Another rule of thumb is that you can typically see deer moving at 300 yards. You can identify whether you are looking at a buck at about 150 yards. You can count points on a buck at about 75 yards. These are rough generalizations, but might help. In addition, you can go to their web site at www.day6outdoors.com and look at the accessory lenses that they sell. There you will see some sample pictures taken with each lens that show you what you might see at a given distance and width.
The PlotWatcher Pro comes with an adjustable strap that fits through slots molded into the back of the camera. In addition, there is a female receiver on the bottom of the camera that accepts a 1/4-20 threaded screw such as you typically find on a camera tripod mount.
I have been using mine on a regular camera tripod i painted camo. This way you can mount it anywhere even if there are no good trees. It has a built in Master Python lock holes moulded in the back plastic. You can also use bungee cords. Tree screw mounts are available that use the camera mount on the bottom.
there is a strap that mounts to a tree just like every other camera on the market. i am not aware of any after market mounts. i used a fence post i placed in the ground to cover a clear cut and it worked very well
Yes, that is what I like about it. It has two modes. One where it turns on when enough light is available for good photos or you can program the start time and stop time and it has an optional mid-day skip feature where it can hibernates for 2-3 hours in the middle of the day to save battery and memory but the battery and memory life is longer than needed. I let mine run from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.
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