Can you use an AC adaptor or a solar panel?
You can use a 6V DC adapter or solar panel with 3.5x1.5mm coax DC power plug with tip set to positive. You still have to leave batteries in the camera, but it will run off wall power.
What type and how many batteries does it use? what is the battery life?
Answer:Four and Eight Double A batteries are required. There are several factors that determine battery life. It depends how you set the video/still settings, how often and how long you have the camera set up to take videos, and other factors. We have the camera set to take 15 second videos every minute. The batteries are lasting about 2 months.
Does this camera have any lights glowing on it where a person walking by it would see it.
There is no lights during day time. It uses an infrared glow during night. It doesn't flash brightly like a camera, but it clicks on when taking a video or picture. A human subject would likely notice the moderate red glow unless you are looking right at it when triggered, but animals the deer and elk do not see it. The result is a black and white photo.
At what frequency does the camera do time lapse photos? I want a camera that can take pics every 10 min over 3-4 week period, w/ breaks at night.
You can set the time lapse interval from 1 second to 60 minutes. You can program the time range to take photos (for example 0630 to 1830).
Can the box be locked shut to prevent an unauthorized person?
There is a place for a lock to lock it closed, it can be strapped or cabled or both to a tree. It does also have password protection. You can set a 4 character questions consisting of numbers and/or letters in the menu.
How does this camera hook up to the tree?
It does come with a strap but there is also a swivel mount you can screw into a tree that allows you aim the camera better.
Can you set this up to take stills and videos when triggered or must you choose one or the other?
You can set it to take stills only (1,2, or 3 shots in sequence), video only, or still(s) followed immediately by video.
Does the Infrared motion detector of the camera working for detecting and taking video of small critters like rats?
I have used it to film rats and hedgehogs. It took me a while to get the right height and distance. At first I was getting pictures of the area but no animals. Make sure there are no moving plants or bushes as they set it off as well.
Does this camera have audio as well? If so, how long is the length of recording?
Yes. It will record a video with sound. You have the option of 60 seconds for 3, 5, 10 minutes. The number of recordings it can store depends on the size of the SD card you put in it.
Can you view this from your PC without going outside to get the SD card?
No. You have to have the card. There is no wireless option. You can, however, view it on the camera and it does have a zoom feature.
Can ants get in?
No. It is well sealed against water, so there are no openings for insects as long as you close the snaps.
How does the camera hold up in cold weather (0-32F)?
Operation Temperature is -20 - 60°C. However, the batteries die quicker in the cold.
I want to use it on my front porch to capture thieves. Is this good for security purposes?
Yes, if the person crosses in front of this camera it will take their picture. It will just place it inside a window or up high. That is a perfect idea and set it on video mode.
I had issues with video being black? Can hear audio, but no picture and it takes pictures just fine.
Please use a high-speed, high quality SDHC memory card. Try the SanDisk Extreme Pro memory card.
When i switch the camera to the on position i get a countdown of 5 seconds and then it goes off?
It does not go off but to work. When you switch it to on position, the LED will blink red for about 5 seconds. This interval allows you leave the monitored area. Then the camera will take photos or videos automatically when it is triggered by the PIR. During use, the LED will not flash when the camera takes an image. This is to help keep the camera hidden from game.