Triggercam Scope Cam

Triggercam Scope Cam

This is a discussion on Triggercam Scope Cam within the Optics forums, part of the Sniping Related category; I came across this on a recent trip to South Africa and I gotta say, it's pretty sweet. You can find them at http://triggercam.co . ...

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    Triggercam Scope Cam

    I came across this on a recent trip to South Africa and I gotta say, it's pretty sweet. You can find them at http://triggercam.co. Apparently it was created in South Africa and is primarily marketed there though it sports a US patent. A friend of mine introduced me to it and I couldn't be stopped. Very much "a take my money" moment. I used to make a lot of videos but found them to suffer from the lack of the point of view that viewers might actually be interested in, the through the reticle shot. My website even has a blog section called Through the Reticle which was meant to show this exact sort of thing but to date never has because I hadn't found a solution this good to the video quality issue. I never really got anywhere with any through the reticle shots because the phone scope things that exist never seem to fit the phone that I have so I gave up on that. I also hated the fact of my phone's low resolution screen being the thing I'm looking through when trying to hit a long range target on film. I own expensive optics with top end glass. Why handicap my eye with an iffy phone video. That's for the people that watch my videos, not for me while I'm shooting.

    It attaches easily enough with an adapter collar and the included tool's allen key bit. Video is recorded via a clever system of lenses and mirrors so you're actually looking through the thing instead of at it. Mounting is easy, slide the appropriate collar over the ocular bell and snug it up. That's all there is to it. Focusing is done via connecting to the app and spinning a little wheel that's accessed through a screw-cap covered port. The other screw cap conceals the SD card and the USB port and while it appears to be the place you'd put a CR2032 battery, it is not. The battery is internal and charges via USB.
    Optically, it's quite nice. Coated optics and a good color rendition. The app was a little irritating to get to connect to the camera but I got it after a couple tries and now it just works. It would have been very nice for them to include a manual in the box but I guess they go by the same motto that I do, "A great method to pre-determine if something will work or not is to check and see if it comes with a manual." Things without manuals tend in my experience to just work.







    Cost? Yeah, cost is pretty high. Almost $500 US but you're getting a heck of a gizmo. It's not ultra light but doesn't weigh enough to be a problem. It compact enough that I won't be bothered by it being on the gun. The best part for me is, I teach long range shooting now and then and now I have a way to actually see in real-time from the shooter's eye view what my students are doing. That is a fantastic diagnostic aid and I know it'll help me in that endeavor. I can usually tell what a student is buggering up by how they're failing in some exercise but sometimes it's a little tough. With reticle video that I can analyze in real time I can help fix those shooter errors early and surely. For hunting guides I see a huge use case for this not only for selecting which animal but also for seeing how steady your shooter is and tuning your hunt to get them into a range that they can accomplish a good shot in.

    I'm stuck in town for a bit so rather than aim a rifle around my neighborhood, I found some video footage on gootube. I'll be taking it to my next match at the end of the month and making a video with that footage. Should be very interesting and we can all watch the match from my eye afterward.


    They're not currently shipping the the USA but they are currently working on setting up US delivery.
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    Slick gizmo. The video shot looks like a 100yd shot or so based on the short TOF...length of time between the muzzle blast and the target moving. Curious about the vid quality when target out at 1K. I understand that it will depend on optic attached to just... curious how much the unit degrades visibility of original optic at distance. It would be interesting to know the Brand and Flavor of the scope and see the video on a 1K shot.

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    I'll be taking it to a match this weekend on my US Optics 3.8-22x58. The quality of the optic is the singularly limiting factor. The camera records in full HD so it'll be the same quality footage no matter what, the only thing that varies is the quality of the glass you put in front of it. So far in testing with SWFA SS, Nikon P-223, PA 4-14x SFP and US Optics SN3's the video quality inside .6km is close enough between those that you need something of an experienced eye to pick out the differences.

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    I just checked their website, I may have to get one.

    Please keep us posted on how this unit worked for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike.h View Post
    I just checked their website, I may have to get one.

    Please keep us posted on how this unit worked for you.

    Thanks, Mike
    I took it to a match and it was really quite nice. Setup was easy enough and I got 5 stages from about 70% of the battery while taking videos from 4-18 minutes before shutting it down so I could focus on the match and not on getting footage. I learned that you don't want to let anyone else touch it or they'll stick their grimy little fingers inside it and put a fingerprint on a lens which makes for a shiny spot in the video. Other than that I was actually able to see things in the video that I could not see from behind the gun like how much my heartbeat was affecting POI and that I need new glasses because wind mirage was clearly visible in the video but not in my eyes. It's something you'll want to wear your glasses to be using since you really want to get your diopter somewhere near the middle of the range for. I got shots on video out to >750yrds and it might as well have been 100yrds. Video quality is up to your scope, not necessarily the distance. It's recording in HD after all. Sound is quite sensitive but seems like it might be gated as well. You can hear my turret clicks clearly.

    Here a sample video of one of the stages in the match in realtime including my misses. Skip to 1:10 to get past all the pre-shooting stage setup time wasting. These shots start at 250 then gradually move out to 550. The scope is a US Optics 3.8-22x58 with CaPRC reticle set at about 18x.

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    Thanks for the update. I think I'll shoot them an email concerning some questions; warrantee, delivery time, etc.

    This would be a great addition to the spring time squirrel hunts in Modoc County and as a teaching aid for my grandkids.

    One more question, what does the unit do to eye relief behind the scope. You mentioned you took it off, what adjustments did you have to make, if any?

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    They don't import them to the states yet. they're working very hard on doing that from what they tell me.

    The unit eats about 1" of your eye relief. I was free recoiling a lot and never made contact but if you're driving a hard kicking rifle, you'll want to be aware of that.

    When I removed it I didn't have to make any adjustments. When I shoot I normally don't wear my prescription glasses and if I wanted to do that I'd have had to twist the diopter about half a turn.

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    OK, Thanks

    I just received an email from Andre saying they are shipping to the US. Here's the body of the email

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    Good day Mike,

    You are able to purchase on line with delivery to anywhere in the States.

    Full 1 year warranty as described in our T&Cs on the website.

    Regards,

    Andre Wagner
    Director

    Email: [email protected]
    Mobile: (+27) 82 744 9701

    ___________________________

    I have no idea what shipping charges will be.
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    As a follow-up, I just placed an order and shipping to the US is $35.
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    Received mine yesterday on the 11th, so it took less then two weeks.

    Set up was pretty easy, however the crosshairs need to be a lower. I sent an email to Andre at triggercam to see how this can be corrected

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