The SpyPoint Link Micro 4G wireless camera trap brings affordability and versatility to the wireless trail camera arena.
As the name suggests it is a small camera and with innovative features. The Link Micro is entirely app controlled using the SpyPoint Link app so you can check images on-the-go, receive alerts photos within 10-60 seconds after a trigger (depending on signal strength) and change images wherever you are in the world providing you have an internet connection.
SpyPoint camera traps have a strong history of innovation, and the Link Micro comes with a pre-activated ready-to-go SIM card on the o2 (Telefonica) network. This sim card cannot be changed, therefore it is important to ensure you have o2 signal where you plan on using the camera (check o2 coverage here).
The main advantages of this camera are the much lower cost compared to other wireless cameras, it’s small size and versatility.
Example SpyPoint Link Micro images (as transmitted to the app):
The SpyPoint Link Micro also has a powerful, small low-glow LED – so it can be used for wildlife and also security applications. Image transmission is fast when signal is good – generally 10 seconds to 1 minute from the time the picture is taken.
Please note that it can take between 30 minutes and 48 hours for the Link-Micro to fully activate.
Photos taken by the camera are automatically uploaded to the cloud, and accessible via the SpyPoint Link app (iOS and Android), or myspypoint.com. You can also set the app to ping your phone when a new photo is uploaded – so you get real time updates. Note that the camera only transmits photos, and does not take or send videos. It transmits thumbnail-size images and saves hi-res images on to a microSD card (required).
There is a free monthly option that allows you to view 100 pictures every month, and for the first 30 days you get unlimited photos free. After the first 30 days, and if needing more than 100 photos per month you’ll need to to choose a paid plan – which are very affordable – especially bearing in mind that there is nothing to pay to any network provider like there is with other wireless cameras. So essentially if you only need 100 pictures per month, there is no ongoing cost with this wireless camera.
Plan options are (prices are in Canadian Dollars);
Free plan = 100 photos/month
$5 per month (or $4/month if paid annually) = 250 photos/month
$10 per month (or $7/month if paid annually) = 1000 photos/month
$15 per month (or $10/month if paid annually) = unlimited photos/month
SpyPoint camera traps have been around for a while now, and have developed year on year. They are a Canadian-based company, and all of their trail cameras are tested in the harsh Canadian winter before release.
There are currently several models of SpyPoint cameras, with a release of 4 cameras in summer 2019, all of which fit in at different places in the market. SpyPoint has also turned in the last few years to specialise in cellular camera traps that send photos in near-real time. This culminated with the release of the innovative Link-Micro in May 2019.
The non-wireless trail cameras are:
Force 20 – an entry level, affordable little camera with strong features and excellent night-time video
Force Dark – a mid-market camera trap with industry-leading trigger times (particularly for photos) and selectable low-glow or no-glow LED options
Solar Dark – the only camera trap with a solar panel built in. Potentially unlimited battery life, especially when paired with an initial set of lithium batteries. The same trigger speeds as the Force Dark too and control over low-glow or no-glow LEDs
The wireless trail cameras, all using the Telefonica (o2, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile etc) network and locked to the SIM Card they are provided with, are:
Link Micro – an innovative, small and affordable wireless trail camera. No frills but a great way to access an app-based, 4G wireless trail camera
Link-Evo – their basic, full featured 4G wireless trail camera. Slightly faster trigger speeds than the Link-Micro and more options in the app
Link-Dark – best suited for security applications thanks to its no-glow LEDs. 4G and fast photo transmission, with the fastest trigger speeds available.
Link-S – Essentially a Link-Dark with a solar panel on the top – perfect if the camera needs to be left in-situ for long periods of time
The wireless cameras also come with free 28 days of initial unlimited use. If you don’t choose one of the paid plans after that point, it reverts to a free 100 photos a month plan. They are all controlled via an app available on iOS and Android, and also online via myspypoint.com.
The trigger speeds of these cameras are all really good, and battery life is great. If they’re some of the main things that you are looking for, then SpyPoint might be for you.
It also feels like there is a bit more going on in a SpyPoint camera – they feel cleverer than the average. The detection zones are broken up into 5 areas to ensure a better result, screens display countdown timers when you turn the camera on, and fast release clips help you take the camera off it’s backing quickly and conveniently.
All come with a 2 year UK warranty when bought through NatureSpy, as an official UK dealer. If you need to ask any questions at all about SpyPoint or any other camera trap we do, just get in touch.
Model: 2019 SpyPoint Link-Micro
– 10MP Camera
– 4x Power LEDs
– 0.5s Trigger speed
– Up to 24.3m (80ft) detection range
– 4G Mobile network compatible
– Straightforward photo capturing
– Multi-Shot Mode
– Fully adjustable settings
– Link App/Buck Tracker compatible
– MicroSD card compatible (Required)
– Includes Preactivated SIM card
– Requires 8xAA batteries (not incl.)
– 7 day schedule setup
– Definition: 10MP
– Flash Range: 24.3m (80ft) ‘
– Trigger Speed: 0.5s
– Photo Type: Colour by day, black and white by night
– Stamp on Pictures: Date, time, moon phase and temperature (℃/°F)
– Multi-Shot Mode: Up to 2 pictures per detection
– Memory Card: Requires a MicroSD card up to 32GB (not included)
– Power: 8xAA batteries
– External Power: 12V Power Jack
– Motion Sensor: 1 Sensor covering 5 detection zones
– Mount: Standard ¼” -20 tripod
– Jack: 12V Power Jack
– Colour: Camo