Spypoint Trail Camera Line-up Overview

Trail cameras, also known as game cameras, are rugged, waterproof cameras. They are designed to be installed outside and operate automatically, triggering through motion sensors. Some higher end models have remote control capabilities through cellular networks. Game cameras generally have big batteries and can be autonomous for weeks on end.

Trail cameras are predominantly used in the monitoring of wildlife for different purposes. Hunters use trail cameras for hunt planning, while conservationists may use the data to fight extinction of rare species. These cameras can also have security applications and are actively used to fight poaching. Due to their sensor triggering, trail cameras are even used in paranormal investigations.

In recent years, the image quality of game cameras has rapidly improved. Because of this, they are increasingly utilized by wildlife photographers in pursuit of elusive species. This is why we’ve decided to have a look at the current offers on the market. As one of the leading trail camera manufacturers, Spypoint has a comprehensive model line-up to match every need and budget.

Spypoint FORCE-20 Trail Camera
Spypoint FORCE-20 Trail Camera

FORCE-20

At only $99, the FORCE-20 is Spypoint’s entry level model. Despite the affordable pricetag, the camera comes with an impressive list of features. In fact, the FORCE-20 is the highest resolution camera in the current Spypoing line-up. The camea can shoot still images, video and timelapses with it’s 20 megapixel sensor.

Daytime images are in full color, while at night the camera shoots IR black and white. Like all game cameras in the Spypoint range, the FORCE-20 features a low-glow IR LED flash light to enable capture in complete darkness. Photos and videos can be timestamped for easier reference. In addition data such as moon phase and temperature can also be imprinted.

Resolution20 megapixels
Video720p without sound
Trigger speed0.7 sec
Detection range< 70 feet (21m)
Flash range< 80 feet (24m)
Screen1.5″ settings only
Networknone
StorageSD/SDHC card up to 32GB
16GB SD card included
Power8 x AA Batteries
Optional addtional rechargeable battery pack via 12V DC Input
Dimensions3.8″ W x 5.0″ H x 2.7″D
(9,6 cm W x 12,7 cm H x 5,1 cm D)
Attachment1/4″-20 Standard tripod thread mount
Strap (included)

FORCE-DARK

Spypoint FORCE-DARK Compact trail camera

The FORCE-DARK is a step up in the Spypoint line-up both in features and price. Coming in at $129.99, the FORCE-DARK game camera punches way above it’s pricepoint. An extra $30 over the FORCE-20 gets you some significant upgrades such as ten times shorter trigger time and increased detection and flash ranges. The 0.07 sec triggering speed of the FORCE-DARK matches the Spypoint top models, including the $499.99 flagman LINK-S.

Like the FORCE-20, the DARK can also shoot still images, video and timelapses. Megapixel count is lower, but video resolution is improved (1080p vs 720p for the FORCE-20). In additon, you get a 2 inch color LCD screen to view images. The same data stamp settings are available on both models.

Resolution12 megapixels
Video1080p with sound
Trigger speed0.07 sec
Detection range< 110 feet (33.5m)
Flash range< 90 feet (27m)
Screen2″ color viewing screen
Networknone
StorageSD/SDHC card up to 32GB
16GB SD card included
Power8 x AA Batteries or LIT-09 Battery pack (not included)
Optional addtional rechargeable battery pack via 12V DC Input
Dimensions3.8″ W x 5.0″ H x 3.2″D
(9,6 cm W x 12,7 cm H x 8,1 cm D)
Attachment1/4″-20 Standard tripod thread mount
Strap (included)

SOLAR-DARK

Spypoint SOLAR-DARK Trail camera
Spypoint SOLAR-DARK Trail camera

In terms of shooting capabilities, the SOLAR-DARK is exactly the same camera as the FORCE-DARK. At $199.99, the SOLAR-DARK adds a built-in solar panel and battery. The camera retains the ability to use 8 x AA batteries as additional power back up. It also retains support of the external rechargeable lithium battery pack LIT-09 or any 12V DC input.

Resolution12 megapixels
Video1080p with sound
Trigger speed0.07 sec
Detection range< 110 feet (33.5m)
Flash range< 90 feet (27m)
Screen2″ color viewing screen
Networknone
StorageSD/SDHC card up to 32GB
16GB SD card included
PowerBuilt-in solar panel with a rechargeable battery
Optional 8 x AA Batteries or LIT-09 Battery pack (not included)
Optional addtional rechargeable battery pack via 12V DC Input
Dimensions3.8″ W x 6.9″ H x 3.9″D
(9,6 cm W x 17,5 cm H x 9,9 cm D)
Attachment1/4″-20 Standard tripod thread mount
Strap (included)

LINK MICRO

Spypoint LINK-MICRO Cellular Trail Camera
Spypoint LINK-MICRO Cellular Trail Camera

Listing at just $149.99 (and even less right here) the LINK-MICRO is Spypoint’s smallest and most affordable cellular trail camera. The small camera forgoes a screen in favour of wireless set up via the Spypoint app. Also, no memory card is included, so make sure you get one separately. Because of it’s small size, the MICRO is the only game camera of the Spypoint line up that uses MicroSD cards.

Resolution10 megapixels
Videonone
Trigger speed0.5 sec
Detection range< 80 feet (24m)
Flash range< 80 feet (24m)
Screennone
Network4G (HSPA+)
Preactivated SIM Card included
StorageMicroSD card up to 32GB
(not included)
Power8 x AA Batteries
Optional addtional rechargeable battery pack via 12V DC Input
Dimensions
without anntena
3.1″ W X 4.4″ H X 2.2″ D
(7,9 cm W X 11,2 cm H X 5,6 cm D)
Attachment1/4″-20 Standard tripod thread mount
Strap (included)

LINK-EVO

Spypoint LINK-EVO Cellular trail camera
Spypoint LINK-EVO Cellular trail camera

The LINK-EVO is a mid-range cellular trail camera. At $249.99 (and a whole lot less here) it sits between the LINK-MICRO and the LINK-DARK both in terms of specs and price. With a 0.3 sec trigger speed, it’s not the fastest trail camera Spypoint offers, but it’s not the slowest either.

Like the LINK-MICRO, the EVO does not have a screen. It relies on link with the Spypoint app for any setting up.

Resolution12 megapixels
Video720p without sound
Trigger speed0.3 sec
Detection range< 80 feet (24m)
Flash range< 90 feet (27m)
Screennone
Network4G (HSPA+)
Preactivated SIM Card included
StorageSD/SDHC card up to 32GB
(not included)
Power8 x AA Batteries or LIT-09 Battery pack (not included)
Optional addtional rechargeable battery pack via 12V DC Input
Dimensions
without antenna
3.8″ W x 5.0″ H x 3.2″D
(9,6 cm W x 12,7 cm H x 8,1 cm D)
Attachment1/4″-20 Standard tripod thread mount
Strap (included)

LINK-DARK

Spypoint LINK-DARK Cellular trail camera
Spypoint LINK-DARK Cellular trail camera

As the name suggests, the LINK-DARK at $349.99 (or less here) is a lot like the FORCE-DARK camera with cellular connection. It retains the FORCE-DARK‘s invisible IR LED technollogy and adjustable illumination. It also keeps the 0.07 sec triggering time and 2″ screen.

There are, however, a couple of changes. The firts area where it differs is video recording. The LINK-DARK only does 720p video to the 1080p of the FORCE-DARK game camera. It also has slightly shorter detection and flash distances, at 100 and 80 feet respectively.

Resolution12 megapixels
Video720p with sound
Trigger speed0.07 sec
Detection range< 100 feet (30m)
Flash range< 80 feet (24m)
Screen2″ color viewing screen
NetworkLTE
Preactivated SIM Card included
GPS Geotagging
StorageSD/SDHC card up to 32GB
(not included)
Power8 x AA Batteries or LIT-09 Battery pack (not included)
Optional addtional rechargeable battery pack via 12V DC Input
Dimensions
without anntena
3.8″ W x 5.0″ H x 3.2″D
(9,6 cm W x 12,7 cm H x 8,1 cm D)
Attachment1/4″-20 Standard tripod thread mount
Strap (included)

LINK-S

Spypoint LINK-S Cellular trail camera
Spypoint LINK-S Cellular trail camera

The LINK-S is Spypoint’s flagship game camera at a price point of $499.99. The only Spypoint camera to include cellular data and solar power, it is the ultimate solution for remote monitoring.

Resolution12 megapixels
Video720p with sound
Trigger speed0.07 sec
Detection range< 100 feet (30m)
Flash range< 100 feet (30m)
Screen2″ color viewing screen
NetworkLTE
Preactivated SIM Card included
GPS Geotagging
StorageSD/SDHC card up to 32GB
(not included)
PowerBuilt-in solar panel with a rechargeable battery
Optional 8 x AA Batteries or LIT-09 Battery pack (not included)
Optional addtional rechargeable battery pack via 12V DC Input
Dimensions
without anntena
3.8″ W x 5.0″ H x 3.2″D
(9,6 cm W x 12,7 cm H x 8,1 cm D)
Attachment1/4″-20 Standard tripod thread mount
Strap (included)

Best Spypoint camera for photography

If you are looking for resolution, the FORCE-20 with it’s 20 megapixel sensor is the highest resolution camera in the current Spypoint range. On the other hand, if you are trying to capture some high speed action you might find the FORCE-20‘s 0.7 shutter trigger speed lacking. In this case, the FORCE-DARK model might be more suitable with it’s 0.07 sec trigger speed, albeit at a lower 12 megapixels. With it’s invisible IR LED flash, the FORCE-DARK is also a better choice if you are looking to shoot mostly at night.

Best Spypoint camera for video

If it’s video you are after, Spypoint currently only has a couple of models that offer FullHD capture. These models are the FORCE-DARK and the SOLAR-DARK. They are identical, save for the built-in solar panel and battery in the SOLAR-DARK. If autonomy is important for you, that might be a valuable addition, although these cameras can run for months on a set of batteries. For the time being, Spypoint does not have a cellular equipped model that shoots 1080p video.

Best Spypoint cellular camera

Spypoint currently offers four cellular game cameras. All four support remote configuration and image transfer via the Spypoint app. Two of them, the LINK-MICRO and LINK-EVO use 4G (HSPA+) networks. The other two, LINK-DARK and LINK-S use LTE technollogy and also include GPS geotagging support.

The models are all different enough in specs and in prices to justify some deliberation. In our opinion, the LINK-DARK gives you the best bang for the buck. If you are looking for a completely autonomous solution, then the solar powered LINK-S is your set-and-forget solution.

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