Triggercam Scope Camera

Discussion in 'Scopes, Optics, LRFs, Spotters, BoreScopes' started by ballisticxlr, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. ballisticxlr

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    I came across this on a recent trip to South Africa and I gotta say, it's pretty sweet. Apparently it was created in South Africa and was primarily marketed there but it seems they've opened up a USA based distributor (I pinged them to verify and yes, that's the case.). A friend of mine in South Africa 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. I was dissatisfied with a lot of shooting videos for the same reason, no through the reticle shot. Hell, 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. 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 screen. That's for the people that watch my videos, not for me while I'm shooting.

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    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 and has a surprising amount of run time in it.

    Optically, it's quite nice. Coated optics and a good color rendition so I didn't lose anything putting it over my US Optics glass. The app was a little hesitant to get to connect to the camera initially but I got it after a couple tries and now it just works and updated versions are much better since that one. 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." That said, apparently they took my criticism on that to heart and they now provide a paper manual.


    Cost? Yeah, cost is not exceedingly cheap. I paid about $500 US. For that 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.

    I got some footage of me doing a match (note, someone I showed the unit to before the match started apparently stuck their finger inside it and put a fingerprint smack in the middle which lead to a bit of light blooming here and there. On the video of the deer you can see that that is not normal.

    Here's me shooting a match stage.


    Here's some Vegan Style Hunting that we did for grins.


    I've posted about this on a couple other forums that are more PRS'y and it just occurred to me that benchrest and f-class types might just get a plumped up willy for it too. I can't get enough of mine.
     
  2. jlow

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    I've too had poor luck with scope camera setup that use a cell camera. However, this recent one that I have been using is quite promising. You can see here it is setup with a similar two way mirror prism setup. Here you can see it setup on my rifle and then a photo of what you can see on the cell which gives a decent image with an old iPhone 6.

    Not really a system to use in a match as it increase the weight of your rifle significantly and you do loose light through the scope. There is also some concern that your cell might be damaged by the recoil which is the reason I am not using my current cell but an old iPhone 6.

    The advantage is one you have it setup, the settings can be locked in and so easy to put together at the range and the cell really take very good quality videos. Target is at 100 yards.

    Very good for testing as you can actually figure out where your gun is pointing just before you fire the shot and of course great for ladder testing. Cost wise is also much cheaper in the less than $200 range.

    https://www.side-shot.com/online-store/Side-Shot-phone-Mount-p78834419 IMG_1571s.jpg IMG_1569s.jpg
     
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  3. K9TXS

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    Post some video of the Side-Shot.

    After reading about both of these, the Side-Shot seems to be more stable on the scope. The cost is also much less.
     
  4. Someone online

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    Have anyone tried the tactacam long range package? Works the same as the triggercam. On the fence about getting it. A bit steep on the price.
     
  5. F Class John

    F Class John NRA Life Member Gold $$ Contributor

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    Here’s my side-shot in action.

     
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  6. jlow

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    Looks great. A couple of things. One is you can zoom the iPhone image so that it fills the whole screen. The other thing is I am really impressed with how little recoil movement you are seeing - do you mind me asking you your caliber and any system you are using to reduce movement?
     
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  8. F Class John

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    Yeah I just didn’t want to zoom in all the way because of what I was doing. As far as what caliber is .284 and I’m shooting it off of a Seb NEO and a heavy rear bag using free recoil.
     
  9. jlow

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    Not zoom all the way, what I mean is if you use your finger on the iPhone screen, you can tease it so that you can get a full image on your phone screen vs. a partial circular image. There is a little zooming, but the real point is not to enlarge but to use the full screen of your phone when you are filming.
     

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