Surveillance cameras can be a great thing to have. There are stories in the news that sometimes features negative aspects to such cameras, but for the most part they are a very handy thing to own.
My family and I own a few different types of cameras. Some of them have ended up being more valuable than we can image. To give you an example, one of our cameras caught a hit-and-run accident in our parking lot. The footage helped the Police to find the person responsible. That same video camera also caught the person who hit my son’s car. The man didn’t leave the scene. In fact, he parked next to my son. The man was drunk (ugh!) and hit my son’s car when he pulled into the parking spot. We didn’t need the proof, per say. After all, the damage was on both cars. But it was nice to have the footage as evidence if the man did not pay for the damage (he did).
One night I woke up after hearing strange sounds in the dining room. I noticed that all of our cats were grouped together and looking towards the kitchen. I got up to investigate and found a rather large raccoon eating from our cat’s food dish. Yes… he was INSIDE our kitchen. We chased him outside, but the little bugger tried to get back inside. He actually came back many times after that night, each time trying to get in.
We set up one of our cameras to see if he came back (in case we didn’t see/hear him during the night). The camera caught him trying to pull the sliding glass door open (they are smart creatures!). We also have videos of him going up and down the side of the balcony, and even rolling around in our dog’s bed (fleas!).
Here is one of the videos we have for him. We named him Rocket. Rocket has since been removed and relocated in the woods somewhere by a special person who deals with wildlife.
Even though I wasn’t thrilled about the raccoon in our home, it was still fun to watch his antics over those several weeks. He seemed very happy and loved to sleep in our dog’s outside bad and play with some of our cat’s toys that were left on the balcony.
If you are a nature lover (or knows someone who is) or if you are a hunter who likes to monitor trails for certain animals, you might be interested in knowing more about the Technaxx TX-117 Nature Camera.
Technaxx is a German consumer electronics manufacturer known for offering affordable products such as car accessories, audio products, video surveillance equipment, smart fitness trackers, smartphone and tablet accessories. They recently added the TX-117, a mini nature video camera, to their products line.
The new member of the Technaxx family is a must-have for consumers who are interested in observing and recording the wildlife as well as budget-conscious people who are looking for an easy way to keep an eye on back yards, gardens, and farm fields. The camera comes with various mount possibilities, and it could be used as a home-security enhancer as it can be easily transformed into an affordable home monitoring solution. The device would be a perfect fit for recording cabins and remote locations as it does not require an internet connection nor Wi-Fi to operate. The easy-to-use TX-117 does not require installation of a mobile application either.
I was sent one of the cameras to review.
I actually love the idea that this camera does not require Wi-Fi to set it up. We have enough things on our router. We have a secured internet connection that requires us to find the MAC address on products in order to set them up on our router. Finding the MAC address is not as easy as it sounds. There are products I’ve received to review, including security cameras, that I couldn’t set up because there was no MAC address.
I’m also not very “technologically advanced.” I also like simple set ups. With this camera all you need to do it pop in batteries and you are ready to go (it runs on four AA size batteries, which are included).
The Technaxx TX-117 Nature Camera is capable of recording full HD 1080 video. It also has a built in IR LED technology, so you can capture nighttime recordings. It also has built in speakers and does record sounds.
The camera can be set up to take pictures or videos only when motion is detected. I like that feature, but where we live, the camera would turn on all the time. We live in a town home/condo complex, so there is always people and cars coming and going 24/7. In order to fully benefit from this camera we have to make sure it’s not pointed towards the direction of the parking lot.
This camera has a reach of 50′, and a nighttime recording reach of 60′. I’m not exactly sure why nighttime has a longer reach.
In case you are interested, the triggering time is .06 seconds.
If you wanted to store the images and videos you will need to insert a MicroSD card with a capacity up to 32GB. The video length the camera can be anywhere from a few seconds up to ten minutes.
This is meant to be used outside, but you can also use it indoors. It’s a versatile camera.
The camera is protected by a heavy-duty case which is dust proof (I wish the rest of my home was!) and heavy splash waterproof. It can handle temperatures from 19.4 degrees to 104.5 degrees (Fahrenheit). Overall it only weighs a surprisingly tiny 5 ounces.
The maximum standby time for this camera is about six months, give or take.
The only “downside” for me is the small display. It’s only 1.9″. Initially I wasn’t too keen about the size, but as time gone by, I’ve got used to the display size, so it really hasn’t bothered me as much.
We’ve used this camera around our home, as well as out on our balcony. My son even set it up on his window sill to capture stuff going on in the parking lot, but there was no where for him to strap it down and our cat’s kept knocking it down.
Currently the camera is mounted in our basement storage until. We recently discovered some of our things missing (UGH!!!) so we want to see if we can capture anything or anyone strange down there. The dead bolt is broken, and it’s easy enough to get the door knob to open if you jiggle it enough.
We have some suspicions on who is is (the teenage boy next door and his friends), but we want concrete proof before taking it up with his father (I will go to the Police as a last resort). So far we have no seen anything out of the normal.
This is why I like that this camera can be used to look for deer on a hunting path, record birds or other creatures, or even catch someone red handed taking something that does not belong to them.
The TX-117 camera comes with a mounting belt, connectivity cable, user manual and batteries. It’s available at places such as Walmart and Amazon. The suggested retail price is $79.99, which for a camera like this is a great price if you ask me.
You can find more information about Technaxx at Technaxx.de (notice it’s .de and not .com). The site is in German, so you will need to use the translate option (unless you can read German). Or you can switch to the British site by clicking on the British flag on top (it will turn everything to English if you chose that option).
What do you think about this camera? Does it sound like something you would like?
The TX-117 would make a great gift too!
*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.