Spypoint Solar Dark trail camera review

Capture clips and stills of your wildlife both day and night without needing to buy batteries

Spypoint Dark Solar trail camera
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The combination of the Spypoint Solar-Dark’s built-in solar panel (and internal battery) takes away the chore and expense of sourcing batteries and reduces the chances of it conking out during a night shoot. However the quality of the footage captured is a bit hit and miss, especially if your prey is too close to the 42 LEDs that brighten up a night shoot, causing footage of animals to be over-exposed.


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    Solar power charges internal battery

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    Shoots both HD video and 12MP stills

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    View footage via built-in color LCD


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    Close subjects can be over-exposed

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    Motion blur on low-light photos

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    Exposure can fluctuate during clip

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Spypoint are a major manufacturer of trail cameras and the Solar-Dark is just one member of an extensive family. Motion-sensitive trail cameras such as the Solar-Dark are designed to let hunters (and photographers) capture video and photographic evidence of animal activity. 

The best trail cameras should ideally have a long battery life, fast trigger speed and offer decent – if not amazing – stills and video quality. The spypoint ticks many of these boxes, but if you want to monitor and shoot wildlife remotely, rather than just check the camera incrementally, you'll need a cellular trail camera.

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.