Test Reviews

2017-04-03

Field Trialling the MINOX DTC 390 Wildlife Camera by TETRIX Ecology

Wildlife cameras are rapidly gaining in popularity as a valuable tool for passive wildlife monitoring. As a professional ecologist, it’s easy to see how they could be used for ecological monitoring, for example, determining occupation of a badger sett or otter holt, or even establishing the presence of rare species, for example, the Scottish wildcat. Clearly the value of a wildlife camera stems from the fact that unlike a surveyor, a wildlife camera can remain in the field for days, weeks, even months in some instances.

It was during a recent training and networking event in Perthshire, that we finally gained some initial hands-on experience with camera trapping for pine marten and Scottish wildcat (see our blog from 8 March 2017). So, with our curiosity suitably piqued and recognising the onset of a busy survey season, where such a tool could add value to our services, we made a decision to speculatively invest in our first wildlife camera. However, with a veritable buffet of cameras to choose from, we initially struggled to sift our way through the various options and features on offer from a wide range of manufacturers.

 

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2017-03-16

The word 'budget' can only be used to describe the price - the MINOX ZX5i 2-10x50 riflescope reviewed

Simple but reliable optics with assured performance and a moderate price tag often get overlooked in reviews, but one scope I have come to rely on recently currently sits on my .22 rimfire rifle for general pest control duties. The MINOX ZX5i 2-10x50 is well suited to this gun, with a wide field of view accessible at short distances on 2x magnification and 10x available when wound up for longer, more preciese shots. I have tested this scope in both the available reticles and far prefer the #4 design shown here as it remains far more visible in the infinite varitey of light condition in which the .22 rimfire must perform.

2017-10-06

The MINOX DTC 400 Slim tested by TSJ Mag

With the new MINOX DTC 400 SLIM Wildlife Camera, no more having to mess with trail cams the size and weight of a car battery.

At only about one inch thick, the DTC 400 SLIM slides nicely into my daypack and loaded with six AA batteries weighs about the same as a Kindle. If you've had wanderers on your property, you'll appreciate how inconspicuous this unit is once mounted. It is slightly curved so it fits every tree trunk neatly and snugly. Combined with its camouflage housing, the result is the unobtrusive presence you want and need in an effective trail camera.

 

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2016-06-30

Rifle Shooter UK test: DTC 1100 trail camera with 4G

So, you are sitting up the high seat, wondering if you are in the right spot… Well, with the MINOX, you can know for sure. How? Because if you fit it with a prepaid SIM card, it’ll take photos and send them directly via SMS to your phone!

Great if that huge buck shows up at the other end of your permission but also if you have unwanted visitors on your permission or are using your camera in a security capacity.

2016-06-17

The MINOX ZX5 5–25x56 scored nicely in 14-scope test review

The precise red illumination helps reticle visibility, and the German glass is bright and clear. We loved the lustrous black finish of the 30mm tube and its mounting dimensions.

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