Stealth Cam DS4K Ultimate 83/100

Manufacturer: Stealth Cam

Review

The Stealth Cam DS4K Ultimate trail camera is our most expensive non-cellular camera. At a whopping $249.00 MSRP price tag, this trail cam is more costly than many cameras with mobile connections, but the daytime images and videos are stunning. The camera is capable of 4K HD videos at 30 FPS even at night, but it requires 12 AA batteries. The DS4K Ultimate cam provides excellent low-glow infrared illumination for nighttime imagery, and the camera can take up to nine 32MP pictures per trigger.
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Stealth Cam DS4K Ultimate Mounted
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Stealth Cam DS4K Ultimate Side
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Stealth Cam DS4K Ultimate Latch View
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Stealth Cam DS4K Ultimate
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Stealth Cam DS4K Ultimate - Packaging
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Stealth Cam DS4K Ultimate - Bottom
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Stealth Cam DS4K Ultimate - Packaging Back
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Stealth Cam DS4K Ultimate - Front
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Stealth Cam DS4K Ultimate - Front Side
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Stealth Cam DS4K Ultimate - Side
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Stealth Cam DS4K Ultimate - Back
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Stealth Cam DS4K Ultimate - Accessories
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Stealth Cam DS4K Ultimate - Open
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Stealth Cam DS4K Ultimate - Battery Tray
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Stealth Cam DS4K Ultimate - Powered On
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Stealth Cam DS4K Ultimate - Screen

Pros

  • Image Quality
  • 4K Videos
  • Adjustable Burst Interval
  • Good Locking System
  • Excellent Battery Life

Cons

  •  Expensive
  • 12 AA Batteries
  • Sensitive Sound Mic 

Camera Ratings


Detection Range: 15/20

After disappointing detection results at our first location, we have moved the camera to another area where the camera is performing much better, and we are getting results close to the advertised 80 feet.

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Cougar by Lake

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Elk in the water

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A Coyote from DS4K Ultimate

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Limited Detection Range

Speed: 7/10

The video trigger performs well, but the DS4K ULTIMATE is limited to a three-second delay between triggers.

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Big Bull Elk by Lake

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Three Black Bears

Accuracy: 7/10

When placed in an open area with taller grass, the camera is somewhat prone to false triggers. We have also noticed detection outside of the view. When the animal enters the area horizontally, the camera will start recording before the animal even enters the camera's view.

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False Trigger

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False Trigger #2

Battery Life: 10/10

The DS4K Ultimate camera has been deployed for about four months and has already captured 2,806 (20-second) videos. The battery status is showing 57%. Very impressive! 


Daylight Images: 10/10

The daytime images are beautiful and one of the best we have seen. The colors are clear and vibrant but not over-saturated. 

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Elk Pool Party

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Elk by Lake

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Elk Pool Party 2

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Young muntain lion

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Two young black bears

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Three Elk Bulls

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Elk Pool Party 3

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Two Coyotes by Lake

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Western Coyote

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A herd of elk

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Two Elk Calves

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Mule deer with offspring

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A Herd of Elk Grazing

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Three Young Bucks

Lowlight Images: 9/10

Just like the daytime images, the low light images are quite good, with only a slight increase in ISO grain.

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A Pair of Bobcats

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Two Fawns

Night Images: 8/10

The camera has a very powerful illumination, and the whole area is nicely lit. The only complaint would be a slight overexposure causing blown highlights and some loss of details.

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Crazy Spike Elk

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Bobcat at night

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Spike Elk

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Mama bear with yearling cub

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Spike Elk Bull

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Elk bull growing entelers

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American Badger

Design: 17/20

At first glance, you can quickly tell the DS4K Ultimate trail camera is a high-quality unit. The finish is top-notch, and the paint color blends in really well. In addition, the one-piece latch is a massive upgrade from other Stealth Cam models. Also, the backside of the camera is designed to provide some angle mounting flexibility, which we like. As per the inside, the battery tray is easily accessible, and the buttons and screen are easy to read. However, we have noticed some screen flickering. Considering the size of this cam, the screen could definitely be bigger. A minor drawback is the 128GB memory card limitation. A typical 20-second long 4K videos are about 150MB, and therefore, the memory card will fill up quickly. Comparable models from other manufacturers offer 512GB memory card options.

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Windy Mic

Verdict: 83/100

The DS4K Ultimate is an excellent trail camera, producing the most stunning daytime images and well-deserving of the "ULTIMATE" name. While the DS4K does require 12 AA batteries, the battery life is also very impressive. Since the camera has no continuous recording option (Smart IR), a quicker than 3-seconds in between triggers would be desirable. The camera is listed at a whopping $249.00 MSRP but often could be found at a significant discount and is definitely worth the investment. We have already acquired two additional units and will be testing one for pictures-only usage. This is long-term testing, and we plan to update this review, so please check back.

Specs

Official specs from the manufacturer.
Name
Stealth Cam DS4K Ultimate
Manufacturer
Stealth Cam
Model
STC-DS4KU
Series
DS4K
Flash Type
Low-Glow IR
Max Pixels
32
Max Video
2160p
No. of Sensors
1
Detection Range
100 ft
Flash Range
100 ft
Trigger Speed
0.20 second
Min Delay
3 seconds
Max Delay
60 minutes
Max Card Size
128 GB
Wireless
No
Wifi
No
MSRP
$249.99
Warranty
12 months

Questions & Answers

What a beautiful animal!

One of my favorites!