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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2016-07-06

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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2016-06-17

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.

2016-04-18

Les jumelles BL 8x56 pour l'affût en lumière difficile (FR)

Les jumelles les plus utilisées par les chasseurs pour l'affût crépusculaire du sanglier sont celles à objectifs de 56 mm. Elles sont également appréciées pour la chasse du gibier d'eau à la hutte. Test de terrain des MINOX BL 8x56.

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