Pros / It has a quick enough trigger to capture even the fastest animals.

Cons / Its narrow detection zone could cause you to miss an opportunity to photograph nearby wildlife.

 Verdict / The SPYPOINT HD-7 is undone by its narrow detection zone, which makes it more suitable for use as a feeder camera.

The SPYPOINT HD-7 features a quick trigger, audio on its HD video clips and a 4-shot burst mode. It takes decent quality images and has a 50-foot infrared flash, which is about average for the trail cams we reviewed.

There is a serious flaw with the HD-7. Unlike most game cameras we reviewed, which have at least a 50-degree field of view, the HD-7 captures a 35-degree field of view. This means that you'll lose 30 percent of the width of the image compared to other trail cams. It's easy to imagine a scenario in which that 30 percent prevents you from seeing deer or other wildlife that a different camera would detect.

The detection zone of the HD-7 has 50 feet of range, which should be sufficient if you place the HD-7 in a good location. However, its detection angle is matched to its field of view – 35 degrees – and thus its detection zone is one of the weakest among the trail cameras we reviewed.

The SPYPOINT HD-7 features a trigger time of less than a second, which is fast enough to capture almost any animal mid-frame. However, its recovery time is 10 seconds, slower than most of the wildlife cameras we reviewed. It's possible that, with such a long recovery time, the animal could wander out of the HD-7's detection zone before it could take a second image. To combat this, you can set the HD-7 to burst mode, and it will take two to four images per trigger. However, this can become frustrating, because you will fill up a memory card much more quickly than if you were shooting in single-shot mode.

The HD-7 has sufficient functionality to be a feeder camera, because the 35-degree detection zone is not an issue if you know precisely where the wildlife is going to be. However, it does not offer a time-lapse mode, which might be problematic if you want to monitor activity around your property at specific times.

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  • Detection Angle
  • Trigger Speed
  • Picture Resolution
  • Recovery Time
  1. The width of the camera's detection zone.
    Degrees (More is better)
  2. 8  SPYPOINT HD7
    35.0 Degrees
  3. 150.0 Degrees
  4. 55.0 Degrees
  5. 55.0 Degrees
  6. Category Average
    58.78 Degrees

Summary

Ultimately, SPYPOINT misses the mark with the HD-7. Its quick trigger and detailed images are high points, but its narrow detection zone could cost you photos of animal activity on your property. The HD-7 would work fine as a feeder cam, but at the manufacturer's price point, you can find a less expensive camera with the same functionality.

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Specifications and Benchmarks

Detection

Detection Range (feet)
50
Detection Angle (degrees)
35
Trigger Speed (seconds)
1
Recovery Time (seconds)
10

Help & Support

Help & Support Quality
88%
Warranty Length
1 Year
Phone Support
Email Support

Additional Features

Multi-Shot Mode
Time-Lapse Mode
Audio
Invisible Infrared Flash

Design

Dimensions (inches)
5x7x3
Battery Capacity
6 AA
Power Input Jack
Camouflage Exterior

Image Quality

Field of View (degrees)
35
Flash Range (feet)
50
Picture Resolution (megapixels)
7
Video Resolution (megapixels)
720p