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    Swann outback cam

    Anyone got or use a swann outback security camera ?
    Looks good with battery operation for remote security sites?
    And cheap around 60? Uses sd card to record to.
    What are they like?

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    We opted against this as we felt the battery would not last - The battery needs to power the sensor continually and so the battery wont last very long.

    Obviously you need power but we have been very pleased with our securix (maplin) 4 camera setup...

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    Re: Swann outback cam

    how long is not long battery life on these?

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    Re: Swann outback cam

    Thanks for bringing this subject up. I've just ordered one. Love my cameras. Hate the thought of thieving gits about.
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    Re: Swann outback cam

    Let us know about it as looks reasonable good cam, and priced right?

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    Re: Swann outback cam

    I have ordered it from Amazon due to their superb return policy and practice.
    74 less VAT leaves 61.66 net. Luckily I have literally dozens of AA alkaline batteries bought in a big pack from Costco at a fraction of shop prices.
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    Re: Swann outback cam

    Think 50 odd quid in mackro from wednesday plus vat?

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    Re: Swann outback cam

    It was delivered this morning at last, a week late [thanks a bunch Hermes you idiots] and is now standing guard at the farm entrance. Will check tomorrow to see if it works and what the shots are like, if any. I think it has been set up to take one shot every half hour and others as the sensor sees fit. And from 8.30pm to 8.30am hopefully.
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    What's to stop some scroat from uplifting said device?

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    Re: Swann outback cam

    They've got to find it first.

    My brother just walked right by it, it being at about head height, and didn't see it bathed in bright sunshine.
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    Presumably your brother was not up to no good and therefore not on the lookout for covert surveillance systems.
    If the reverse were true, would he have noticed then?

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    Re: Swann outback cam

    Should I put a sign up saying "Covert Surveillance Camera. Finders Keepers" on top of the lane to make it challenging?
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    Re: Swann outback cam

    It surely wouldn't be rocket science to rig up a transformer to a car battery?

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    Re: Swann outback cam

    I've already got a big transformer connected to the mains thanks.
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    Just miss out the "finders keepers" bit, much more of a deterrent.

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    Re: Swann outback cam

    I think Dry Rot intends to fry them, whoever 'they' might be.
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    Re: Swann outback cam

    good photo's with them but I got setting wrong and drained batteries with 1000+ photos going off every 30 seconds?
    Altered settings to every 5 min if sensor triggered now? see what happens?

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    Re: Swann outback cam

    Set mine to one every half hour plus on the motion sensor between 8 pm and 8am. It took about 30 shots one night. The night ones aren't that special if I'm honest.

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    Re: Swann outback cam

    Think day good but unless a lit area it don, t seem to good at night?
    Thought 10mins was longest motion time-maybe got it wrong ?

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    Re: Swann outback cam

    I've not tried video.

    At night the shutter speed is quite long, so if something is moving when shot it will result in a very blurry picture. I cannot recognise the milk tanker passing it as being a milk tanker, for instance. My brother passing, even with a small LED flood lighting the area [not very brightly] is not recognisable as my brother at 10m distance. If he stood still and posed for a shot it would be a different matter maybe.

    In daylight the picture is great and in colour. At night it is a slow shutter working with an infra-red array which results in hot areas being white.
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    Re: Swann outback cam

    Is it red infra red (visible) or black (invisible)?
    If in doubt get a bigger hammer

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    Re: Swann outback cam

    Quote Originally Posted by Badshot View Post
    Is it red infra red (visible) or black (invisible)?
    The ir lights do glow faintly red when shooting. So not quite invisible but not really visible unless you are looking, or happen to look directly at them when the shot is taken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowabunga View Post
    The ir lights do glow faintly red when shooting. So not quite invisible but not really visible unless you are looking, or happen to look directly at them when the shot is taken.

    Thanks
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    Re: Swann outback cam

    Quote Originally Posted by Cowabunga View Post
    I've not tried video.

    At night the shutter speed is quite long, so if something is moving when shot it will result in a very blurry picture. I cannot recognise the milk tanker passing it as being a milk tanker, for instance. My brother passing, even with a small LED flood lighting the area [not very brightly] is not recognisable as my brother at 10m distance. If he stood still and posed for a shot it would be a different matter maybe.

    In daylight the picture is great and in colour. At night it is a slow shutter working with an infra-red array which results in hot areas being white.
    not recognisable as my brother
    does he not waddle as he walks???


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    Re: Swann outback cam

    Quote Originally Posted by Footsfitter View Post
    does he not waddle as he walks???


    ff
    Judging by the picture, apparently so.


    Set it up in the kitchen last night and caught daughter at 1.30am with a combined look of amazement and disgust on her face as she saw the camera sitting in the open drinking glass cupboard. She shut the door, so hers were the last two pictures of the night.
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    Re: Swann outback cam

    Price seems to have increased drastically these last couple of days. I paid 74 inclusive on Amazon. They now want 90 for it. Macro want 84.

    Nice extra profit for retailers if they can get it.
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    Re: Swann outback cam

    Mackro was cheapest buy on their offers week, back to normal price now.

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    Re: Swann outback cam

    While it is fairly consistently about 5 cheaper than Amazon, despite keeping an eye out I never saw much more of a difference than that.

    Did you get one at the lower price?
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    Re: Swann outback cam

    Yes, mackro

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    Re: Swann outback cam

    What price was it at the time?

    How are you finding it?

    I'm just going to install the sd card and set it up for a couple more days in a few minutes.
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