Stealth Cam Reactor 53/100

MSRP: $149.99 Manufacturer: Stealth Cam

Review

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Intro

The Stealth Cam Reactor is a cellular trail camera running on Verizon and AT&T mobile networks. We purchased our unit at Costco, and the $89.99 discounted combo included batteries, a 16GB memory card, and a camera mount.

The game camera has 42 invisible 940nm LEDs for nighttime illumination and 0.4 seconds trigger. The camera can produce 1080p HD videos at 30 FPS, but online downloads are limited to only 640x360 low-resolution files. 

In picture mode, the Reactor will burst up to nine pictures per trigger and a max resolution of 26 megapixels. However, photo and video previews and downloads are low-resolution, and there is an additional charge for every high-resolution picture and video download. 

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Stealth Cam Reactor
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Stealth Cam Reactor - Latch
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Stealth Cam Reactor - Side
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Stealth Cam Reactor - Back
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Stealth Cam Reactor - Other Side
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Stealth Cam Reactor - Antenna
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Stealth Cam Reactor - Accessories
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Stealth Cam Reactor - Open
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Stealth Cam Reactor - Display
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Stealth Cam Reactor - Costco Warehouse Bundle
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Stealth Cam Reactor - Costco Warehouse Bundle Back
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Stealth Cam Reactor - Costco Warehouse Sale
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Stealth Cam Reactor - Costco Warehouse Deal $89.99

Pros

  • Free 1 Month Trial
  • Invisible Illumination
  • Dual Network Operation
  • Lockable Latch

Cons

  • Data Plan Required
  • Additional Charge for HD Downloads
  • Poor Battery Life
  • Flawed App & Website

Camera Ratings


Detection Range: 12/20

The listed detection range is 100 feet. Our current results estimate that the detection range is around 60 feet, but we need more testing to confirm this. 


Speed: 6/10

The 0.4 seconds camera trigger is not the fastest. The three-second delay between triggers is more on the slower end. But, at least the camera can take up to nine pictures per trigger. 


Accuracy: 8/10

We have seen only a few false triggers so far. We will unlikely keep the Reactor until summer, but warmer temperatures will increase the false-trigger ratio for many cams.


Battery Life: 3/10

As with other cellular cams, the battery life is considerably shorter. On the positive side, our unit placed next to an elk carcass took over 7,000 pictures in only three days. At the same time, regardless of how many photos or videos the camera took, the batteries usually only lasted for about a week. 


Daylight Images: 7/10

The daytime pictures are nice but far from the sharpness and clarity of the DS4K Ultimate Stealth Cam model. Videos are limited to only 10 seconds. You can download original files from the Photo & Video Samples section on this page. 

Day picture: Two Golden Eagles - Stealth Cam Reactor
Two Golden Eagles
Bobcat eating elk carcass #1
Bobcat eating elk carcass #2
Daytime elk spikes
Two Young Bull Elk Sparring
Young Elk Spike Checking Out Our Camera
Early Morning Coyote
Young Mule Deer Doe

Lowlight Images: 5/10

Lowlight still images are rather dark but still usable. 

Lowlight picture: Golden Eagle - Stealth Cam Reactor
Golden Eagle
Lowlight picture: Golden Eagle - Stealth Cam Reactor
Golden Eagle
Lowlight picture: Golden Eagle Landing - Stealth Cam Reactor
Golden Eagle Landing
Lowlight picture: Two Golden Eagles Taking Off - Stealth Cam Reactor
Two Golden Eagles Taking Off
Lowlight picture: Two Golden Eagles on Carcass - Stealth Cam Reactor
Two Golden Eagles on Carcass
Lowlight picture: Golden Eagle and Magpies Eating Carcass - Stealth Cam Reactor
Golden Eagle and Magpies Eating Carcass
Lowlight picture: Golden Eagle on Carcass - Stealth Cam Reactor
Golden Eagle on Carcass

Night Images: 6/10

The Reactor has invisible illumination that will not spook most animals. However, as the invisible IR is always considerably less powerful than traditional IR, this model is far from the listed 100 feet. 

Coyotes eating an elk kill
A coyote sniffing around
Three coyotes eating an elk carcass
Fox at night eating elk carcass
Fox at night eating elk carcass #2
Night picture: Fox & Skunk - Stealth Cam Reactor
Fox & Skunk

Design: 6/20

The initial setup was tricky as we had major difficulties inserting the included SIM card. We tried at least 100 times before the SIM card finally held in place.

However, the setup was straightforward after we downloaded the required phone app.

Unlike other Stealth Cam non-cellular game cameras, the settings are limited; for example, the only video length choice is 10 seconds.

We have opted for the $20 per month "Unlimited" plan, which turned out to be quite limited.

While you can preview all your images and videos on your phone or the Stealth Cam website, the photo files are tiny, and video previews are available as photos.

There is an extra charge for HD photo and video downloads.

We have requested three HD video downloads through the website to test it out.

While our cellular settings were set to receive files twice a day, only one video download was received two days later.

Sadly, the video was not even an HD as the file was a very compressed low-quality 640x360 file.

The dedicated Stealth Cam Command website is a major headache.

When previewing images, the "endless" scrolling does not work on larger monitors, and every time you click to enlarge a photo and return to the gallery, you have to start all over again.

This is a significant issue if you have a large number of images.

Changing some camera and cellular settings through the website did not work for whatever reason, and we had to use the phone app.


Verdict: 53/100

Our verdict, or a "reaction" to the Stealth Cam Reactor cellular camera, is a mixed bag.

The images and videos taken directly from the memory card are pretty good, but unfortunately, the website issues and the poor quality of the online previews defeat the purpose of having a cellular game camera.

Plus, you have to pay extra for every video download, even if you have the "Unlimited" monthly subscription.

In addition, the battery life is very disappointing, and we went through three sets of batteries within the first three weeks.

While Stealth Cam sells external battery packs and solar panels, that is an expensive proposition for an already costly service.

We thank Stealth Cam for the free one-month trial, but our cam is going back to Costco. Luckily, Costco has a no-question return policy; otherwise, we would be stuck with a camera that only works if you have a valid subscription.


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User Reviews

Sept. 1, 2023, 10:10 p.m.
Anonymous 1/10

Terrible customer service, terrible product, took 400 pics first day of nothing


Sept. 30, 2023, 10:17 a.m.
Anonymous 0/10

I have this cam, great cam. BUT... the customer service does not exist. You can't reach anyone at the location about your tech issues and if you have billing issue, they will not reply. I have created tickets, called and no replies.


Oct. 31, 2023, 4:07 p.m.
Anonymous 0/10

Customer service is terrible. 5 days waiting for a call back. Do not recommend to anyone.


Dec. 11, 2023, 1:54 p.m.
Anonymous 3/10

I use to be able to select the sensitive set now they have removed this feature. Customer service needs help they say we will call you back still waiting


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Specs

Official specs from the manufacturer.
Name:
Stealth Cam Reactor
Manufacturer:
Stealth Cam
Model:
STC-RATW-CMB
Model Year:
2021
Series:
Cellular
Flash Type:
No-Glow IR
Max Pixels:
26
Max Video:
1080p
No. of Sensors:
1
Detection Range:
100 ft
Flash Range:
100 ft
Field of View:
40 degrees
Trigger Speed:
0.40 second
Min Delay:
3 seconds
Max Delay:
60 minutes
Max Card Size:
128 GB
Cellular/Mobile:
Yes
WiFi:
No
Bluetooth:
No
Live View:
No
MSRP:
$149.99
Warranty:
12 months
Country of Origin:
N/A

Questions & Answers

I'm currently on hold with support for this product...for about 30 minutes now. "All agents are assisting other customers..." I've sent an email to the support staff yesterday...no response. The 60 day "free cell account" expired in 4 days.
We do have the same experience with Stealthcam customer support. Non-existent. One of the main reasons we can't recommend any Stealthacam products at this time.


Photo & Video Samples

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All original trail camera videos are edited and compressed with professional video software before being posted on our website. This process often dramatically improves the quality of the videos. As this could be misleading, below, you can find original files that were not altered, compressed, or manipulated in any way by our video software.


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