I have to be honest, I am not the biggest trail camera user in the country. The last time I used a trail camera it was not even a cellular trail camera. There was something about heading out to the field to pick up used cards and dropping in new ones, then coming home and dropping those cards into my laptop with some cheap card reader that sometimes works. The world is changing, and this year I am changing along with it starting with the FLEX Trail Camera.
What makes the SPYPOINT FLEX Trail Camera Unique?
The SPYPOINT FLEX’s dual SIM cards are a game changer on this camera. They allow the system to automatically find the carrier with the strongest signal in remote areas. I hunt ranch land in Nebraska, and the signal on my cell phone can go from strong all the way to weak to non-existent depending on the day or even the direction of the wind. I honestly don’t understand it because sitting in a blind on a water tank, I can have a strong three bars and an hour later be on LTE or have no signal whatsoever. The SPYPOINT FLEX trail camera can search out the signal it needs to send you the photos, video (with audio) and time lapses with the Flex. We especially like the Time-Lapse + option that allows you to take a time-lapse and still take photos when the camera’s sensor goes off and wildlife walks by.
How to Setup the SPYPOINT Flex Camera?
Setup for the SPYPOINT FLEX.
- Download the SPYPOINT app
- Create an account (select your plan; we recommend the insider’s club and the best plan)
- Screw in the antenna
- Insert memory card (Micro SD)
- Install batteries
- Turn on the camera
- Format the memory card
- Press the test button to get a photo
- Turn off the camera and take to the field
- Install the camera, test it and enjoy (At this stage you can log in and change the settings for your camera to have it set up the way you want it.)
How does the SPYPOINT App give you an advantage?
The advantage to the Insider Club on SPYPOINT FLEX is tremendous. A single payment of $99.00 gives you 250 free photos a month, the BUCK TRACKER species filter, your 12 month photo history, you can save your 500 favorites to show off to your friends, access to 50 free HD trail camera photos you can download to really zoom in on that monarch whitetail buck and you are entered into a monthly giveaway to win some pretty cool gear. The biggest advantage is that you get 20% on all photo transmission plans and you never have to deal with a carrier like AT&T, Verizon or any of the other carriers on the market to get a sim card.
How the SPYPOINT Game Camera Plan works?
The simplicity of the SPYPOINT FLEX trail camera is that it comes to you with the dual sim cards already installed. When you choose a photo and video plan for your camera you are working directly with SPYPOINT. You can choose to pay for your plan monthly or annually and there are plans for every budget.
One of the options is to use the plan monthly for the 2 or 3 months you are hunting or running your camera year round. One of the best in the industry, Lee Lakosky, in his book Hunting Mature Whitetails The Lakosky Way states his passion for hunting big deer, “It’s about watching them for several years as they grow up. It’s about getting trail camera photos, finding their sheds, naming them and wondering if they’ve survived the season. That’s the real magic in managing for big deer.” My plan for 2023 is to have my cameras out in the field for the entire year. We hunt ranch land so it will require a little bit of effort. One of the things we did like is that we can shut off individual cameras from the app which allows you to take a breather while the cows are mowing down the grass.
Why you will like the SPYPOINT FLEX?
Without a doubt, ease of set up. Drop in eight alkaline batteries and a micro-SD card and you can be up and running in about 15 minutes with your new camera. Once you have the camera set up, it is easy to hang (waist height) so you catch deer in the detection zone. Then you can control the camera from your phone app or online. It’s super easy. I didn’t have to visit my phone carrier and I was able to do the entire process at my desk quickly.
Firmware updates as well as changes in your setting can be handled directly from the SPYPOINT App and the entire process is a breeze. There is a tremendous amount to like here.
What you will not like about the SPYPOINT FLEX Camera?
You have to have a micro-SD card and honestly these things should be outlawed. They are small and powerful but they are hard to keep track of once you remove them from the device when you need to swap it out. All trail cameras are battery hogs and any time you take photos and transmit them it is going to eat up batteries. Couple that with weather changes and you will see some batteries get eaten up. Buy the best batteries you can and pay attention to your battery strength via the app. Change out batteries before you run too low.
The SPYPOINT FLEX trail camera is a whole lot of camera with a lot to offer. It is currently available on the market for about $110.00. Batteries and a micro SD card will run you a little extra. Buy the most amount of storage you can get on an SD card especially if you plan to set up the camera in a remote location.
SPYPOINT FLEX Specifications:
|SIM card||Dual Sim Preactivated included|
|Camera fully configurable||via the SPYPOINT App|
|Multi-shot mode||Up to 3 photos per detection|
|Stamp on pictures||Date, time, moon phase and temperature (°C/°F)|
|Video length||15 seconds|
|Capture mode||Color by day, infrared by night|
|Number of LEDs||4 Power LEDs|
|Flash range||< 100′ (30m)|
|Exposure||Automatic adjustment of the infrared illumination|
|Trigger speed||0.3 s|
|Detection distance||< 100′ (30m)|
|Schedule setup||7 days|
|Memory card||MicroSD card 2 to 512 GB (not included)|
|Power||8 alkaline AA batteries (not included)|
|External power||DC 12V input|
|Dimension||5.14″ W X 4.2″ H X 3.1″ D (13 cm W X 10,67 cm H X 7,88 cm D)|
|“Know you’re covered” warranty||2 years|