I owned a Stealth Cam 1540IR trail camera, which I have used for the past two seasons. Last December it gave up the ghost and broke. The infrared part of the camera stopped working. Even though this was frustrating because the camera was only a little over a year old, I have decided to give Stealth Cam one more shot.
I have narrowed my choices down between two different models, the Stealth Cam Archer’s Choice Trail Cam and the Stealth Cam Delta 8. Both Stealth Cam models are new for this year and both have some great selling features. Below, I am going to compare them and tell you which one I have decided to buy and why.
The first camera that caught my eye was the Delta 8.
Some of the key features that caught my eye were:
46 infrared emitters that provide light for up to a 50 foot range
20 – 180 second video with sound
Accepts up to a 16 gigabyte SD card
Runs on 8 AA batteries which provides enough power for 10,000 images
Small at 6"H x 4"W x 3"D in a digital camo achieved by a green textured case
Compatible with the external 12v power supply (sold separately)
Selling price $139.99
My biggest problem with this camera is that it is not listed on Stealth Cam’s website! On top of that, all the retailers do not list that it allows video or sound. Major marketing flaw!
The other camera that sparked my interest was the
Stealth Cam Archers Choice 8.0 Megapixel Infrared Digital Game Scouting Camera. This camera is very similar to the Delta 8 and the Archers Choice has some great features as well.
The key features that I like are:
38 IR emitters that provide light for up to a 50 foot range
Digital 2x/4x zoom
640 /480 digital video with audio
Compact 6"H x 4"W x 3"D
Accepts up to a 16 gigabyte SD card
Runs on 8 AA batteries provide power for up to 10,000 pictures
Accepts the 12v external power supply (sold separately)
Comes in Realtree Hardwood camo allowing it to blend in easily
Selling Price $169.99
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After looking at the features that both cameras have, I realized that both have some great features. They both offer a lot of the features that I want and demand in a trail cam purchase. The Archer’s Choice has some high end features that I consider a bonus and comes in Realtree Hardwoods. However, it also has a higher price. The Delta 8 is a more simplistic model with a lot of the same core features as the Archer’s Choice. However, the green housing that the Delta 8 has to look like digital camo lacks appeal to me. The appearance coupled with the lack of advertising on this model and consistency between advertisements made me leery. Some sellers leave out the video information and on other websites, the mention of the audio that the camera provides is left out altogether. I am not sure if this model was an exclusive for a company or what, but it is also not offered on Stealth Cam’s website. Therefore, I had to call to get this info. The one positive factor for the Delta 8 was the price, at $139.99 it comes in closer to what I wanted to spend on my purchase.
In the end, I have to make a decision because it is the middle of July and it is time for me to purchase my new camera for this hunting season. I want to have it in time to get it setup and work out any kinks or learning curves that it might present me. So after careful consideration, I have decided that I am going to go with the Archer’s Choice. I think it suits a little more of what I am looking for and the features make the extra $30.00 well worth it (especially as much use as I get out of my trail cams).
My review of not only of the Archer’s Choice trail cam but also the 12v external power supply will be coming later this summer, so check back.
Do you own either of these trail cameras? Please share your experiences or photos with us and our readers; perhaps you can change my mind!