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Paul Austin reviews the Triggercam 2.1 scope camera, and declares it the best solution so far for recording video and stills of your rifle shooting escapades!
Over the years I’ve tried all manner of phone and camera clamps to capture video and still images from scopes to illustrate articles or enhance videos. Invariably the results have been iffy at best, or simply too cumbersome or unreliable to deploy in the field.
There are a few dedicated scope cam solutions out there but the Triggercam is the best I’ve seen. A high-quality build, a great image and a compact design combine with excellent ease of use to make it a very handy film making or indeed training tool.
It’s something of a niche product admittedly, but if you want a scope-cam solution you can take anywhere and perhaps even leave on your scope permanently, it’s ideal. The tech specs are impressive, with a wide variety of video modes as well as stills recording.
Setup is pretty straightforward, with a number of collars supplied. You simply select the appropriate insert, slide the Triggercam onto the ocular and nip it down with the supplied tool. You lose 40mm of eye relief once installed, but on a .243 or below you should be fine. For bigger calibres just be careful, firmly shoulder the rifle and check your eye relief before firing.
Up top there are a couple of small compartments. The larger of the two handles charging, provides a home for the SD card and an outlet for the micro-HDMI feed. Behind that sits the similarly protected focus adjustment.
To set up the Triggercam you need to link your smartphone or tablet to the Triggercam’s wi-fi and then fine-tune the settings from there, especially the reticle focus. Once linked, you adjust the focus with the wheel, which streams the image direct to the app. It’s basically set and forget.
Once installed, focused and aligned you’re done. You can hit the power button and start recording manually, or alternatively open up the app and initiate recording or streaming from there, as well as adjusting all the other camera settings and functions as required.
It’s all very straightforward and well thought out, but best of all it offers a simple and reliable solution to an irritating problem that doesn’t get in the way when you’re shooting. It’s a brilliant training aid for new shooters, as well as offering a easy method of recording your own performance in a comp or adventures in the field.
For live steaming, one of the standard 1080p modes is best, as they’re lag free over the wi-fi connection. The 4K mode is sluggish as a live feed but it’s fine when recording direct to the SD card and subsequently ported to a desktop PC for editing. All in all it’s an impressive, if slightly pricey, solution to a very tricky problem. Highly recommended.
What’s in the box?1 x TRIGGERCAM 2.11 x C-type USB Cable32GB micro SD card1 x Quick start guide
Tech specsMemory: SD Card up to 128G, Class U3 or Above.Wi-Fi: Integrated Wi-Fi with live streaming function and instant downloading of videosQuick record: Switches on power and record function for instant recordingVideo stabilisation: Video stabilisation assists in optimal quality videos, minimising recoil effects. Function can be switched On/OffWaterproof: IP64 ratingBattery: 2.5 hours recording time, and 10 hours standbyAudio recording: can be switch on and off via the App.Mx resolution:4K 30fps1080P 120fps/60fps/30fps720P 240fps/120fpsUSB: C-typeHDMI: Micro HDMI for TV outputVideo output: PAL/NTSCRecording Timing Alarm: Off/3min/5min/10min
Supplier: Highland OutdoorsPrice: £549.99
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