- High-quality, HD camera
- Many amazing features
- Midrange, reasonable price for a camera this good
- You can only use alkaline or lithium batteries with this camera.
- The motion blur reduction and time-lapse features aren’t perfect
- Uses batteries rapidly and will not work with rechargeable ones.
Perfect for when the season opens, the Stealth Cam G42NG model is made for hitting the woods. This rugged and stylish trail camera has a great pedigree as Stealth Cam is one of the top brands for trail cameras, with a history that dates all the way back to 2000 when GSM Outdoors launched the Stealth Cam brand. Four years later they were upgraded to digital and now have become one of the most concealable and high-quality trails cams on the market today. Although there is much more competition these days, Stealth Cam still stands out when it comes to quality and features.
The Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo isn’t the cheapest trail camera on the market but there is a reason that it is consistently ranked in the top three for ‘Trail and Game Cameras’ and ‘Hunting Optics’ on Amazon. The price varies depending upon where you buy the camera, but the average is about $130 with Amazon usually showing the lowest price. That’s actually very reasonable for a high-quality trail camera with this many features.
The features are some of the most useful on the market today, and one of the main reasons why this is such a popular trail camera. There are a lot of great features to explore and some state-of-the-art technologies incorporated into the camera. Here are some of the highlights.
The camera incorporates MATRIX Blur Reduction so that you can always get a clear image even when there is motion, Retina Low Light Capability to shoot in any conditions and Stealth Cam’s own REFLEX trigger technology for a super-fast trigger that never misses a shot.
There are four different modes available as well as manual shooting. Quick set mode allows you to set up the camera instantly and walk away, assured that it will take the pictures you want, burst mode, which takes between 1 and 9 pictures when it triggers and delay mode, which allows you to time delay your trigger. There is also a time-lapse mode if you want to get a consecutive group of pictures that will give you an idea of the area around the camera over a longer period of time.
Because this camera has no glow whatsoever and invisible LED’s, this is the perfect camera for hunting as well as one of the best options for a security camera that intruders won’t be able to detect. It is made to be invisible day and night.
- Records HD video & audio
- 10 Megapixel resolution (10.0,8.0, 4.0,2.0)
- Record time from 5-180 seconds
- Full color pictures (daytime: black & white at night)
- Standard image ratio of 16:9
- Choice of 1280×720 and 720×480
- Reflex trigger activates in .5 of a second and reset is just 5 seconds
- Pictures stamped with: temperature, name, GPS tagging, time, date and moon phase
- No glow, IR flash with 42 invisible “black” LED lights
- Quick set mode (preprogramming), Burst mode (1-9 images at trigger), time lapse mode and delay mode
- IR range up to 100’ and detection range of 60’
- LCD display with backlighting
- Uses 8 AA batteries
- 12-volt external power jack for optional battery box
- ¼-inch 20 socket for easy mounting on a tripod or a tree mount
- Completely weatherproof case
- Supports up to 32 GB SD cards
- USB output capability
- Password protection
- Capable of manual capture
- Weight less than 12 ounces
- Incorporates Matrix advanced blur reduction and Retina low-light sensitivity technologies
- Comes with a one year warranty
This camera has a very high Amazon review rating of 4.3 (out of 5.0) stars. Nearly all of the reviews rave about how high-quality the pictures are, with one person complaining about the motion blur. There are a number of pictures posted by customers that show just how clear this camera is, so the person posting about the motion blur may have had the settings wrong.
How it compares to Other Products
The Stealth Cam G42NG is more than a match for the Moultrie M-880 and the Bushnell Trophy Cam, and since the price for all three is basically the same, you probably should go with the G42NG because of the array of features.
If you’re looking for a high-quality camera at a midrange price that almost always gets it right this is the camera for you. It works better than other cameras that are priced the same, but it sometimes misses opportunities for photos. If you want a perfect camera, spend another $100, but for near-perfect, this camera is ideal.