TRAIL CAMERA 2017  REVIEWS – Reconyx Hyperfire SC950

Trail cameras are offered in a seemingly endless number of configurations. Some trail cameras take pictures, some shoot videos, some are capable of doing both and some are even capable of doing both at the same time. Flash options include incandescent, white led, red glow infrared, low glow infrared and the completely invisible no glow infrared. There are both standard and wireless best trail camera 2017 cameras. Wireless trail cameras can additionally be segmented into wifi trail cameras and cellular trail cameras.

Reconyx Hyperfire SC950

Why Reconyx?

If you appreciate American engineering and manufacturing as much as we do, the SC950 security camera delivers unmatched reliability, exceptional speed, clear pictures, and comprehensive programming. In today’s news cycle, everyone is complaining about the lack of American-made products. Well, here is your chance to buy one of the top-rated best trail camera 2017cameras on the market and a product that is proudly made in the U.S.A.

Reconyx SC950 Review

– This is the best trail camera 2017   money can buy – taking pictures at blazing speeds, producing crystal clear photos, and lasting months on end on a set of batteries. The SC950 mows down the competition in almost every category, making this our top game camera of 2017. – TCP Staff

Model # SC950  |  Reconyx SC950 Owner’s Manual

Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:


Trailcampro Analysis

The Reconyx SC950 is one of two in the line of security cameras from Reconyx. The first is the Reconyx SM750, which is a license plate camera – which is meant to capture vehicles. The SC950 (this camera) is your more typical human surveillance camera.

The SC950 is covert, which simply means the human eye can’t detect the glow from the infrared LEDs. A thief could be walking by your camera, in the middle of the night, and be completely unaware you are taking dozens of pictures of them.

Photo resolution:  3.1 mpxl |  Video Resolution: None  |  Flash Type:  No Glow Infrared

As you would expect, picture quality for the SC950 is excellent.  Day pictures are color, but as most security situations happen at night we will showcase the night photos.  We simulated a break-in to a shed best trail camera 2017.  The below pictures are the result.  Notice the clarity, flash range and evenness of the no glow infrared flash.

Battery Life:


Resting Power (on):  1.89mW  |  Daytime Power Consumption:  2.07 Ws |  Nighttime Power Consumption:  4.95 Ws

Battery life is a huge positive for the Reconyx SC950.  All the below numbers are incredibly efficient, allowing the camera to last a long time in the field.

The SC950 operates on 12 AA batteries.  You will need to use either Lithium or NiMH Rechargeable batteries.  Alkaline batteries do not work in this camera, as they do not produce enough consistent power.

Lithium batteries will give you the longest battery life and the best night picture quality.  If this camera were to take 35-day pictures and 35-night pictures every 24 hours, this camera could last an unbelievable 13.2 months in the field (with lithiums). best trail camera 2017

 Detection Circuit:


Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.19 s. / 1.0 s.  |  Video Trigger & Recovery Speed:  none  |  Detection Range:  60 ft.

The SC950 has one of the fastest detection circuits on the market. The 0.19 second trigger time is incredible and the 1 second recovery time is top-notch.

Detection range is 60 ft., which is average by today’s standards.  Overall, the detection range is the only thing in this category that isn’t top-notch.

Quality of Design:


Dimensions:  5.5″ x 4.5″ x 3″ |  Battery Type:  12 AA Batteries   External Battery Jack:  None

Case design, user setup, and durability couldn’t be better. This ranking is higher from the other Hyperfire best trail camera 2017 because the SC950 has a few extra programmable option that the HC500 and HC600 do not have.

First, the SC950 can be programmed (with the software that is included) to be set to come on or shut off at certain times. For instance, if you are setting the camera up watching your business, you may not want it on from 8-5 while you are there. So, in turn, you could set the camera to come on at 5 pm and then shut off at 8 am.

Secondly, The 950 is set to “overwrite” its photos. This simply means if the sd card fills up the camera will keep recording by writing over the very first pictures taken. Please note, a Reconyx will hold roughly 28,000 pictures on an 8 gig card.

Reconyx SC950 Reviews Conclusion:


Without a doubt, this is the best pure security best trail camera 2017on the market.  The functionality, along with the speed and picture quality makes this the absolute best camera for a security situation.  The only thing this camera lacks is video capabilities.

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