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Swann OutbackCam 5MP Outdoor Motion Detector Camera and Video Recorder

by Swann
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RRP: £99.99
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  • A Day or night camera, with night mode
  • Record thousands of images & video's, then upload to sites like facebook
  • Tree Strap & 4g SD included
  • All you need to record your data.
  • The long life batteries will let you set the device then come back later.
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number SWVID-OBC5MP
Item Weight581 g
Product Dimensions10.3 x 20 x 21 cm
Batteries:4 AA batteries required.
Item model numberSWVID-OBC5MP
Item Package Quantity1
Batteries Included?No
Batteries Required?No
Weight580 Grams
  
Additional Information
ASINB008YFVPUM
Best Sellers Rank 3,214 in DIY & Tools (See top 100)
Shipping Weight581 g
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Date First Available20 Sep 2012
  
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Product Description

Product Description

An amazing surveillance recording system with durable, water-resistant casing & battery powered portability can operate in most weather conditions & temperatures. •Keep a lookout in remote areas with portability by mounting to trees, posts or flat surfaces to capture leisure activity such as hunting or fishing, monitor farm or wild animals, or capture unwanted behavior such as trespassing, vandalism, dumping garbage & more.

Box Contains

1 x camera
1 x 4g sd card
1 x Tree strap
1 x Operating instructions


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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Josie Bundy on 7 July 2013
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I bought this camera to take pictures of small birds visiting our bird feeders and bird bath. It does not seem to well suited to this task. There have been many occasions on which there have been a flurry of birds at the feeders, but no pictures were taken: false negatives. In fact, false negatives are the norm rather than the exception. I assume this is due to some combination of the birds being insufficiently warm to trigger the PIR and the blind spot in the PIR sensor. I say 'assume' because the Swann help desk have failed to answer my queries -- not a good service.

In order to get any photos I've had to move the camera to within 2 feet of the target and point it off centre, as the blind spot is in the centre of the field of view. The Good News is that the camera still focuses quite well at 2 feet, contrary to the manual which tells you to put it no closer than 10 feet. Even at these settings I mostly get photos of wood pigeons, rather than the smaller birds. Occasionally, I do get photos of smaller birds, so it is capable of working of doing the job I want, but not reliably. There is a lot of discussion of false positives in the manual, which I also get, but this is a minor problem compared to the many false negatives.

Surely, it's a design fault for the PIR to have any blind spot, but having in the centre of the field of view is a disaster. Couldn't this have been avoided, e.g., by using two sensors with overlapping fields? Is there some way to increase the sensitivity of the PIR so that it will work on small animals?
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By geoffrey bolt on 29 Jun 2013
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A brilliant camera when working and fantastic results.The problems arise when like myself you find that the camera has stopped functioning after 6 months usage.THE AFTER SALE SERVICE OF SWANN is a fiasco.I phoned the number provided but no joy;i emailed 4 times but no response.So i was left with a very expensive unrepaired camera.I have now replaced my 2 Swann cameras with 2 more expensive wild life cameras from a company in the Uk that has an operational after sales service.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Chris J on 26 Mar 2013
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I have been testing this product under various conditions, both indoors and out. The photographic definition is good and the single shot, triple shots and movie modes work as expected both indoors, outdoors and through glass (at least in daylight). I have noticed that under movie mode with 15 second recordings, used inside a reasonably lit room (daylight) there is sometimes oscillation of light level between groups of frames (I have tested this in my movie editing software) as if the aperture cannot reach a stable state and shows as flashing when the movie is played back. This must be at a particular threshold of light that I can't detect visually. Once the light level is below this point the IR mode kicks in and the picture becomes gray scale as expected, although quite good definition.

I am using four re-chargeable batteries at present which at 1.2 volts average each trigger the low battery voltage indicator when I first switch on. I suspect the device may actually have been designed for 1.5 volt Alkalines. It may be that this is a factor in the flashing light level referred to above. However, everything works fine and I am waiting to see at what voltage level the camera won't actually work.

As has been mentioned by other reviewers, positioning of the camera is crucial to trapping images of movement after 5 seconds but in general the product is pretty good and works as described.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Peter760 on 6 July 2013
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Disappointed, I bought it as a present, the instructions are vague on set up, and how to exit to normal operating. It's not rocket science but why not simply say after set up exit menu by.... and it will then be in operation. The video on their website has a different set up display from the one on the device.

It's a pain having to remove the card to download, the website suggests that you can connect to the USB port but the instructions with the camera say it's only for loading firmware and there is no facility to view the photos on the integral screen, even the most basic cameras do that.

The sensitivity is low; it will pick up a magpie sized bird at about 5 feet but not a slightly smaller Blackbird.

It's trial and error to work out the area it is monitoring, at night you can see the PIR glow but in daytime it is just guesswork.

Night vision is pants, you can see what has triggered the camera but unless the animal holds still to pose for the long exposure it's just blurred.

I guess it is about the cheapest one around so maybe asking a bit much, the day time pictures in good light are quite reasonable quality. There is the usual problem with cheaper digital cameras of the long delay between triggering and the actual exposure so you will miss a swiftly moving creature.

If you suspect that elephants are trampling your runner beans at night this will help you to confirm it, but don't expect to get your photos published in National Geographic magazine!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By suzie on 11 Aug 2013
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Does all that we want it for and gives great pictures
For the price it is a good buy
It has proved to be waterproof and shown to problems at all
Even setting up was easy for my Luddite partner
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