TEC.BEAN SG-009 No Glow Infrared Scouting Camera Review

This is the sister product to another cam: DTC-880V that I recently reviewed. I decided to take a look at it, too, to see what the difference was as there is a lot of confusion in the online world about what makes each one unique.

TEC.BEAN SG-009
TEC.BEAN SG-009

So What’s the Difference?

Complicating the problem between telling the two different TEC.BEAN models apart is the fact that the camera has the exact same name and product description online. For sake of reference, I am going to refer to this version as the SG-009, which is its style number. The other camera is the DTC-880V. Both cameras have the exact same features and benefits (which I’ll review for you below). The only difference between them is the color of their housings. Both are camouflaged with a realistic woodland print; however, the DTC-880V is a little bit darker than this one. I honestly think either one would work in any location, but if you’re very concerned with getting a close match to the environment in a specific scouting location, choose the SG-009 for a lighter bark color and another for darker-colored bark.

Features of the TEC.BEAN SG-009

Motion Freeze Technology

With Motion Freeze Technology, the cam is better able to distinguish wildlife from other natural features in the environment, leading to fewer false triggers and less wasted battery life and SD card space. The technology also makes the device able to shoot footage of reptiles and amphibians, which often do not produce enough body heat to be shot by other types of cameras.

Built-in Display

The unit has a 2-inch full-color display built right into it. As a result, you can take a look at the images that are saved on the memory card right on site. This comes in handy for trying to decide if you need to do further scouting or are ready to take your camera back home and review the footage closely.

TEC.BEAN SG-009
TEC.BEAN SG-009

Versatility

With the machine, you can take your pick from five different modes of operation, allowing you to shoot the way that you desire. At night, the 36 infrared LED lights capture impressive images without the distorting glow that you get with some other night vision trail cams.

TEC.BEAN SG-009 Waterproof
TEC.BEAN SG-009 Waterproof

Drawbacks of the SG-009

As I explained in my previous review, there are no major problems with this unit. You might want to purchase a spare tree strap as the one that is included is pretty basic and has been known to wear out. A replacement strap will usually cost less than $5, so it is not a major expense. The other thing to remember is that you will need a high-quality SD card to use the camera properly. Neither feature is really a major drawback. I am including them more as an FYI.

Final Thoughts

Like its nearly identical sister model, the unit allows you to scout locations with a high degree of flexibility and capture impressive images by day or night. It has advanced features that you won’t find in many other machines, especially ones that are sold at a similar mid-level price.

Primos Easy Cam IR LED 5MP Game Cam Review

Many hunters want to be able to scout locations for expeditions but do not want to invest a lot in a camera to get the job done or have the time available to master a set of complicated controls. This is a camera designed for those sportsmen. Consistently well reviewed online, this unit has a very simple design that I recently put to the test for a review.

Primos Easy Cam
Primos Easy Cam

Features of the Primos Easy Cam

One-Touch Operation

The biggest selling point of the device is its intuitive, simple design. All that you have to do to get it working is put batteries and an SD card in it, mount it where you want to use it and touch one button. The cam does the rest automatically, capturing shots and saving them to the SD card for you to review later. You don’t have to fuss with focus, timers or anything else. It is literally just one touch and you’re done so it couldn’t be any simpler.

Compact, Discreet Design

Compared to a lot of other best trail cameras, this model is ultra compact. It is very inconspicuous hanging from a tree and its black housing makes it difficult to spot when you mount it outdoors. This makes it less obtrusive to wildlife and less likely to be seen by a human who might want to help themselves to it. The small size also makes it easy to transport.

Primos Easy Cam
Primos Easy Cam

Night Vision

The item includes an infrared filter that allows it to take shots during the night in black and white. There are 12-night vision LEDs built into the camera.

Drawbacks Primos Easy Cam

As previously mentioned, the machine was designed with ease of use in mind, so it’s a great choice of camera for someone who wants to be able to take scouting photos on the trail or check out what the animals are up to in their backyard and do not want to have to fuss to get the photos they want.

That said because it is designed as an entry-level model it does not have any advanced features. You cannot do image bursts or time lapses with the item. It will strictly take photographs from the moment that you turn it on until the battery runs out or you turn it off. This may make it less than ideal for some users, while others will appreciate the simplicity.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a no-fuss, straightforward entry-level camera that will give you nice images on the trail and is not hard to master, this is a good solution. With its low price and simple-to-use design, it will have you capturing images of wildlife in no time and without requiring a major investment.

Cuddeback E2 Cams Pack Review

The CUDDEBACK E2 Pack is a set of four high-end trail cameras that open up the doors to truly professional scouting. Customers sing the praises of the pack again and again due to the advanced features of the cameras that it includes, and like them, I was wowed by the set when I took a look at it myself.

Cuddeback E2
Cuddeback E2

Features of Cuddeback E2

Flexible Scouting Options

Because you get four cams in one set, you get the flexibility to use four devices together for maximum coverage in a large area, to divide the cameras into pairs for two areas of scouting or to use them individually to scout four different locations.

Exceptional Image Quality

The model has a 20-megapixel image sensor, so it can take photographs in stunning high resolution. The pictures that this unit can produce are of finer quality than the ones you’ll get from some entry-level digital SLR cameras used by photographers, so you’ll be able to see everything in rich detail.

Cuddeback E2
Cuddeback E2

Compact Size

Very small in size compared to other field cameras, the item is discreet and simple to mount. You can place four of them on a single tree facing in opposite directions because they are so tiny. Even though they are small, the units are rugged and able to hold up to wear and tear.

Smart IR

The infrared sensors on the item self-adjust to eliminate the blur that often happens when shooting at night.

Cuddeback E2 Drawbacks

The drawback of this pack is actually one of its selling points. With this set, you get four devices, which may be more than you need depending on what you are hoping to achieve with your hunting camera.

Cuddeback E2
Cuddeback E2

As you might expect, the fact that you get four very high-end products in the pack means that the price of the set is high, and it might be impractical for people who just want a basic camera to take images of their backyard to see what kind of animals are out there or for casual hunters who are more interested in having fun with scouting than getting amazing image quality.

The good news is that you can purchase this camera in a two-pack as well for half the price if you prefer.

Final Thoughts

The pack is by far one of the best options for people who want to be able to scout one large area or four different areas simultaneously. You really can’t find cameras that are so small in size yet able to produce such high-quality images by day or by night, making them a good value even though they are pricier than other devices.

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