Using great technology to win over its customers, the Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo Trail Game Camera STC-G42NG is a good pick for the budget conscious consumer. There is still a good amount of features in this low priced model that will stick out, and this is considered a top of the line product from their selection. It features great night time and day time support, with up to date mechanics that show off why Stealth Cam is still a leader in the game. This series of camera has been one of their best, and continues to be the go to product in their trail camera lineup.
The camera has a very unobtrusive casing that works for both inside and outside use. As a security camera it can be hidden in high places, with its low weight and size not limiting its flexibility. In the forest it blends in real well, and won’t be spotted by game that lurk near it. Taking the case off to put in the batteries takes some getting used to, but that only speaks to the ruggedness of the case. Expect to get a bit of a workout until you figure out the grooves of the case and can get it open in one shot.
All levels are welcome with this camera, and the manual pretty much says as much. There are plenty of advanced features on this model that may surprise beginners, but nothing too out of the ordinary. Expect for there to be a slight learning curve for users that have never used this model before. This is a good camera to learn advanced features on, as they carry over well into the other Stealth Cam products in other series. In fact the only thing that will really give the beginner some headaches is removing and installing the batteries from their best chosen trail cameras.
The casing and the camera inside are top notch, and as durable as you can expect for a camera of this size. It can take a couple of drops, and although not fully weather resistant, it can take a fair amount of extreme temperatures in both directions. There is a downside to the great protection, and it has to do with the amount of effort it takes to open and close the case. There is a trick to doing it that takes practice, and will frustrate some users until they figure it out. But despite that, expect for this camera to be just as durable as any top of the line camera on the market.
Resolution settings can go as low as 2MP and as high as 10MP. There are 4 settings in all, allowing you to fully customize the camera to suit your needs for quality vs. quantity. Trigger speed is only .5 seconds, a great and respectable number for catching those one of a kind moments. One of the better features of the series is the Triad system, which lets you take still images, time lapse shots and HD video. That same HD video records audio and can last as long as 180 seconds. Setting up the camera takes seconds and there is a very small learning curve to operating it fully.
No Glow Black IR Flash uses 42 LEDs up to 100 ft. away, but is really better at no more than 80ft. Not a deal breaker but can be a little frustrating for people that want the long range versions. Matrix blur advanced blur reduction technology doesn’t offer clear nighttime shots if using the 2MP and 4MP option, forcing customers to use the HD modes in order to get the full advantages of the feature. Multi-zone detection eats up battery, although it is one of the better features of the camera. Burst mode takes a slight second to activate compared to the blazing fast .5 trigger speed of the normal camera.
No major accessories are included which is a bummer, but it does make up for it by having a lot of add-ons. There is an external jack for a 12 volt battery, letting you extend the power of the unit significantly compared to the power by 8AA batteries. The max SD card usable is 32GB, but with the variable resolutions you could get away with a card as small as 4GB in size. Standard USB and video output cords are accepted, and many can be found lying around the house that will work with the unit.
While the lack of accessories may throw some off, it is still a great value for those that want a budget camera with great features. The variable resolutions will help further save cost by letting you use a smaller SD card. The price difference between a 4GB and 32GB card can climb depending on the maker, so using a spare one lying around the house may be the better option. You can also save on AA batteries by using the external jack feature, so everywhere you look with this camera features it provides great cost saving to feature ratios.
Expect for the camera to last a while before having to really upgrade it to something up to date. The few cons with the camera make it a prime candidate for a good 5-10 year life span. This is after all an HD camera with full 32GB SD card support, so it really is futureproof. Bigger cameras at more expensive prices may sway customers that want the best of the best. But for the budget user, this is about as great a camera as you’re going to get for the price.
Reconyx HyperFire HC500 Semi – Covert IR Game Camera is a good comparison if you want a higher end camera for both hunting and home use. With the high end features come a higher price that may scare away the budget savers. This is where the G42 wins out in that it is the perfect balance between the two when it comes to getting features over the price. There are no generic modes in the camera and the hardware is just as good as the Hyperfire. So if you don’t need everything and the kitchen sink in your camera, then try looking to the G42 as a good middleman.
You really can’t go wrong with this model unless you are looking for something that has more upgradeable parts. There are plenty of cameras more powerful than this one, but it comes at a bit of a fair price difference. That difference is enough to make the G42 the defacto choice for users that don’t want to break the bank with a lot of unnecessary features. Support for multiple resolutions also comes into play when deciding on the luxuries of the camera, as well as its excellent nighttime viewing.
The G series has long been one of the best that Stealth Cam has to offer. They are not afraid of pushing the envelope when it comes to mastering features and introducing new ones. Buyers that want to stay up to date with the best the trail camera industry has to offer without spending loads of money will be more than satisfied with this model.