Day 6 Outdoors PlotWatcher Pro HD Game Surveillance System
Awesome camera. Don't mind the negative reviews
I thought about this trail camera for a while, especially because of its price.I have a couple of motion activated ones (Spypoint) and another time laps spypoint camera. Because of the negative reviews I was reluctant to spend 250 dollars on a camera that might not work for me. After lots of thinking I decided to give it a try. I put the camera on my deck to see how far it can capture and how good the pictures are. I set the camera to take pictures every 1 second. In and hour it used 423 mega bites (so a little of 4 gigs in 10 hours). You can set the camera to take pictures every 5 seconds (which is more reasonable) or 10 seconds. There is a custom set up, so I am guessing you can set it for other intervals. The camera was able to take pictures as wide as 4 houses next to each other(from 70 yards away). Hence, it should surveillance a plot or a field very well. Once you try to view the pictures, the software plays them in a movie mode, which is really really nice. Quite honestly, it is awesome. You can zoom the movie to a great extent. However, the zoom is digital, so you do loose clarity. Overall, the pictures (movie) quality is really good. The plotwatcher surpasses my spypoint time laps camera in the field of view and the area it covers (the Spy point's pics are higher resolution though). If I would like to buy another time laps camera (which I do and will), I would not buy anything other than the Plotwatcher. It also surpasses my motion activated camera in the sense that it captures animals whether they passed by near enough or not. So many times my camera missed animals because the did not pass close enough, or passed too fast (and I end up with empty pics). There are several setups for the camera. One of which is to set it to capture pics during day light...I tested it on that mode and it took pictures for more than one hour after sun set an the pictures were pretty clear. Also, with my motion activated cameras I did get to see what animals passed by, but in many cases had to guess (and change the location of the camera) where the animals were coming from. The Plotwatcher should solve that as it shows where they are entering and exiting the field from (this is for those who are wondering why time laps cameras). I do recommend this camera big time. I think whoever is going to buy it will never regret the decision. I actually plan to buy at least a couple more. Best of luck to all!
May 21, 2014
Best Camera ever bought
My dad's best friend is the founder of Day 6 outdoors, who makes the Plotwatcher Pro. You should see the amazing deer that he has killed using the Plotwatcher. The year before Last year not using the plotwatcher, we didnt kill one deer. This past year with the plotwatcher pro, we killed 18 deer, 10 of them great bucks. It gives you the high quality pictures that a high end camera gives you, but you know where the deer are coming from because of how fast the pictures take. The range of the camera is perfect. The only disadvantage is that you have to download the software from the Day 6 website and it may not be avaliable in on older computers. Overall though, it is a fantastic investment
September 6, 2013
My Favorite Game Camera
I've had my Plotwatcher Pro now over a year. This is way better than motion activated cameras. I use this on Public land. I am able to mount the camera in a tree using camo rope and point it over a large area. The camo pattern and smooth edges makes it very hard to see this camera so most people would never see it. Since it's high in a tree, noone can steal it without bringing in a ladder. Motion activated cameras will not work mounted high like this because they would be too far from the animals to sense motion.
As far as the performance of the camera goes, it's just as advertised. Just pop in an SD card, turn the thing on and it's working right out of the box. The batteries last a LONG time, easily 6 to 8 weeks capturing images everyday from sunrise to sunset. I use the auto sunrise/sunset mode and it works perfect. Viewing is easy, just like watching a movie on a computer. It takes a few minutes to watch one days footage. I typically swap my cards out every 1 to 2 weeks so it doesn't take very long to go through the footage.
I am considering buying another one of these and have been looking at the competition again. Something to point out: Other cameras claim to have both motion sensing and time lapse modes. Download the users manual and read the details. I have not found any other cameras that can take a picture fast enough (time lapse interval). I set my Plotwatcher Pro for 3 second interval and sometimes I only get 1 or 2 photos if a deer is running through. Many of the competing cameras have a minimum interval of 10 seconds to 1 minute. In my experience, this is too slow and it will miss animals. The longest I would want to set the interval is 5 seconds. Plotwatcher can go all the way down to one second interval but this uses a lot of storage space. I think 3 seconds is a good trade off between storage and speed.
Very pleased with this camera and I'll probably buy another one soon.
December 12, 2014
Day 6 Outdoors PlotWatcher Pro HD Game Surveillan
First, This "Pro" model has way more than 5 day battery life this is not the old model Plot Watcher. This camera will run for weeks using the 10 second picture delay and has many upgrades over the old model SD card, better battery life,field program LCD and so on. I have four of the old models myself also battery life is limited on the old model but even so it still does a good job for time lapse better than all the newhybrid/ trail camera models out there which I have tried myself(most all of them) looking for a better time lapse camera system for my own use. I also love the idea of the new hybrid trail cam/time lapse cams on the market but from my testing they all have very poor battery life in timelapse mode plus many of them have min delay settings for only 30 sec/1 minute vs 5 second on the plot watcher. The software that comes with many of these hybrid systems is also much slower overall to review a days images vs the plot watcher software even though at first glace they look about the same setup wise. I have sat many hours at the computar reviewing footage from different time lapse camera models and software it gets old fast having to spend a extra 10 minutes per camera to view the same 7 days footage. I also thought time lapse would be of no interest for me until I tried a plot watcher last fall I now own 5 plots watchers plus bushnells,covert,Reconyx and moultrie trail cameras which have time lapse modes. Time lapse and trail cams are totally different each have their own pluses my timelapse cams don't do night pics but my trail cams will also not watch a whole wheat field all day long covering large areas of FOV. Its just a different type of camera system. I will end my review by stateing in no way do I work for Plot Watcher or even the in the hunting industry, if you are looking for the best time lapse camera system on the market 2011 this is it period! I own 90% of the trail cams that do time lapse on the market as of today they work OK but not near as good overall. I think most all the trail camera companies out there would avoid head to head testing with their timelapse product vs this Plot Watcher Pro. Maybe next year a new product will hit the market offering even more performance I hope so I will buy it myself till then. I am ordering a second one of these Pro models myself right now from basspro can't wait to get it in the mail next week!
June 5, 2011