SpyPoint Link Micro S…
The SpyPoint Link Micro S wireless camera trap adds a really exciting and innovative feature to wireless camera traps at a lower price than ever before.
This version is the updated model from the previous Link Micro. It offers faster, more reliable transmission through an LTE modem – essentially, a next step up from standard 4G connectivity.
It differs from the new Link-Micro LTE in a couple of key ways – firstly, and most obviously – the solar panel at the top of the camera. It also comes with an internal Lithium power pack which is recharged by the solar panel. Essentially this means you basically won’t need to worry about battery life at all, and it has everything it needs to keep on going.
It also has a marginally faster trigger speed of 0.4s and the a more advanced detection zone – covering 5 zones, rather than the 3 zones on the standard LTE version.
As the name suggests it is a small camera and with innovative features. The Link Micro S 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 S comes with a pre-activated ready-to-go SIM card on the o2 (Telefonica) network – this is also the network used by GiffGaff and Tesco Mobile. 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 low cost compared to other wireless cameras, the built-in self-charging battery and it’s small size and versatility.Example SpyPoint Link Micro S images (as transmitted to the app):
The SpyPoint Link Micro S 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 wireless cameras 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 – we supply a 16GB microSD with this camera, unless you chose the 32GB upgrade).
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 US 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
For more about available plans, see the SpyPoint website.
Battery life on this camera is hard to estimate as the battery will be constantly recharging in daylight. It doesn’t need strong, direct sunlight to charge either – perfect for UK weather. If you’re taking and transmitting about 20-30 photos a day, you basically don’t ever need to worry about battery life. Pretty cool.
The SpyPoint Link Micro S also has a decent trigger speed of approx 0.4 seconds for photos. 4G network speeds mean very fast transmission to the mySpyPoint cloud.
SpyPoint Link Micro S features:
- 10MP Camera
- Tiny but powerful low-glow IR LED
- 0.4s Trigger speed
- Up to 24.3m (80ft) detection range
- LTE 4G network compatible
- Straightforward photo capturing
- Multi-Shot Mode
- Fully adjustable settings via the Link app
- MicroSD card compatible (required)
- Includes preactivated SIM card
- Supplied with Lithium battery block and recharges automatically from solar panel
- 7 day schedule setup
- 2 year warranty through NatureSpy
For full specs, click the tab above.