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The DURAMAXX Grizzly Wild Observation Camera in the test

Test report created by Timo A. on December 7, 2015

In a wildlife observation camera, many think directly of forest land, hunters and game, but to effectively use such a camera you only need a small garden. You will be surprised which domestic animals are at home in a small garden at night. However, there is also a lot to consider when buying a game camera. As the Grizzly game surveillance camera beats, I have looked closer.

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7.8
Our rating
Technical data
Overview
Manufacturer

DuraMaxx

Model

Grizzly 3.0

Specifications

Connectors: USB interface (2.0 type B), SD memory card slot, 3,5mm jack TV output, IR booster jack, 6V / 1V DC Solar Power Port
Photo Resolution: 3264 x 2448 (8 MP), 2592 x 1944 (5 MP), 2048 x 1536 (3MP), 1024 x 768 (1,3 MP)
Video resolution: 1280 x 720 (HD), 720 x 480, 640 x 480 (VGA)
Supported image formats: PAL, NTSC (Please note that NTSC is preset and needs to be converted to PAL in Europe)
Motion sensor sensitivity continuously variable
supported memory card capacity: max. 32GB
Video duration setting: 3 - 90 seconds
Motion sensor operating modes: day, night, 24 hours
Pausing setting: 0, 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, 30, 60 minutes
Fast Photo Mode shoots up to 3 images per detection
Burst mode shoots up to 5 images per trigger
integrated day / night sensor
Date and time stamp
LCD display with backlight
Status LED
Electricity Infrared Sensor: 3 x C battery (not included)
Power camera: 4 x D battery (not included)
optional power camera: 6V DC solar panel (not included)

What's in the box

Grizzly 3.0
Belt
USB cable
Jack RCA cable
German instructions

Overview

The 155x190x90mm large camera was supplied with an adjustable tether, a USB cable, a RCA cable and a German and English user manual. An SD card and the required batteries 3 C and 4 D batteries were not included in the delivery and must be purchased separately.

The Grizzly game camera consists of a robust plastic, which was also printed with a camouflage optics. This camouflage pattern is weatherproof, as far as I could determine after just under 10 days of use.

The front side has several infrared LEDs mounted around the lens as well as a motion sensor underneath. The camera is opened via two side-mounted folding mechanisms, which seal the camera just as watertight. On the bottom there is the power button, which can be placed in 3 possible positions (ON - OFF - TEST). Next to it is an 6V input for a solar module.

The camera achieves a resolution of 720p (1280 × 720) for video recordings, whereby only 15 frames per second are possible here. With a lower resolution of 720 × 480 pixels, for example, 30 images per second are also possible. Another option is 640 × 480 pixels.

In the image mode, a resolution of up to 7 megapixels can be set. There are also options for 5, 3 and 1.3 megapixels.

The camera is controlled and adjusted via the "control center", which is located in the hinged lid of the camera. Here are an 2.4 inch TFT display and numerous buttons and switches. On the side is also the SD card slot (Attention, no micro SD!)

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commissioning

 

When I wanted to set the camera correctly for the first time, I was literally killed by the individual functions and subtleties of the camera. Here you should definitely take the manual to help. At the beginning I did not even know how to turn on the camera's display at all.

When I was busy with the manual, adjusting the camera was no longer a problem. The coarsest settings can be made via the integrated display. Here you can among other things choose between the picture and video mode and also make other settings within each mode.

If you have set the camera correctly, you can attach it with the included tether and turn it on. Here you can choose between a test mode but also the normal mode.

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Features

The Grizzly game camera has little to do with a cheap Jägerknippse. Here is a professional camera with many features.

Here is a brief list of all known settings:

  • Video mode: resolution, frame rate
  • Picture Mode: Resolution, Quality, Exposure, Burst Mode, ISO, Date Display
  • General Settings: Video Sound, Flash (IR or Strobe), Date and Time, Language, TV Out (PAL or NTSC), USB (MSDC or PCCAM), Format, Factory Reset, Time Lapse

Furthermore, you can watch the shot shots on the display, you can choose the "trigger time", the distance of the motion sensor can be adjusted, as well as the length of the recording and even the IR sensor can be adjusted individually.

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Rating
Positive

Many setting options
Good motion sensor
Good picture quality
Long battery life
Good workmanship
Waterproof

Negative

Video quality is not convincing
At first confusing

Summary

I would rather call the Grizzly Wild Camera a professional game camera. It can be completely adjusted.

Crucial in a game camera, however, on the recording quality and durability of the batteries. What brings a wildlife camera that produces bad shots and also no longer works after a day because the batteries are empty.

Here, however, I can reassure anyone who is interested. Even after 10 days of continuous use, the camera was still functional. The battery level can also be read off via the integrated LCD display.

The video quality might be a little better to my liking, but a high resolution also means higher power consumption and larger files that can quickly fill an 32GB SD card. The maximum resolution of 720p is therefore not necessarily wrong. Only the low FPS rate bothered me a bit. Here I would have liked 720p at least 15 FPS. I myself prefer the picture mode with this camera.

The IR flash works well, as well as the range of the motion sensor is neat. However, it is also necessary to know how to position the camera in order to achieve the best result. The test mode proves to be particularly helpful for testing the motion sensor accordingly.

The processing of the Grizzly game camera could also convince me. The device was not wet despite heavy rain inside. The camouflage pattern is also weatherproof. Overall, the Grizzly Wildlife Observatory lived up to my expectations.

7.8
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Overview
Manufacturer

DuraMaxx

Model

Grizzly 3.0

Specifications

Connectors: USB interface (2.0 type B), SD memory card slot, 3,5mm jack TV output, IR booster jack, 6V / 1V DC Solar Power Port
Photo Resolution: 3264 x 2448 (8 MP), 2592 x 1944 (5 MP), 2048 x 1536 (3MP), 1024 x 768 (1,3 MP)
Video resolution: 1280 x 720 (HD), 720 x 480, 640 x 480 (VGA)
Supported image formats: PAL, NTSC (Please note that NTSC is preset and needs to be converted to PAL in Europe)
Motion sensor sensitivity continuously variable
supported memory card capacity: max. 32GB
Video duration setting: 3 - 90 seconds
Motion sensor operating modes: day, night, 24 hours
Pausing setting: 0, 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, 30, 60 minutes
Fast Photo Mode shoots up to 3 images per detection
Burst mode shoots up to 5 images per trigger
integrated day / night sensor
Date and time stamp
LCD display with backlight
Status LED
Electricity Infrared Sensor: 3 x C battery (not included)
Power camera: 4 x D battery (not included)
optional power camera: 6V DC solar panel (not included)

What's in the box

Grizzly 3.0
Belt
USB cable
Jack RCA cable
German instructions

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