Minox Camera for Birds & Wildlife



In a previous post, I mentioned my new-found interest in birdwatching and introduced you to a camera for making unattended wildlife images. As these kinds of wildlife cameras become more and more popular with birdwatchers, nature lovers, and Sasquatch hunters, Minox has gotten into the act and introduced a new, compact model that’s much smaller than the size of the other types of wildlife  cameras,  offering many special features. It’s called the DTC 500, and should be a reliable tool for the observation and management of game in any kind of terrain.

In keeping with Minox tradition, this new wildlife camera delivers precision performance in the smallest possible space. With 8-megapixel image resolution and infrared flash, it produces sharp color images (daytime) and black-and-white at night. The  DTC 500 documents details of each shot, including date, time, temperature and moon phase, all stored on an SD card that can be transferred to your computer. The weatherproof plastic body prevents penetration of water, dust, cold and heat and it comes with a secure mounting strap for attaching to a friendly tree.

The MINOX DTC 500, which measures  6”x4-1/2”x2-5/8”, offers an integrated 2-1/2” true-color TFT monitor. It also has video capability, up to 60 seconds, to capture the movements of animals in the wild. With a flash range of 50 feet, it delivers images even in low-light conditions. It has an extremely short shutter lag (for these kinds of devices) of just one second, and a battery life over six months, so it should be a reliable performer in the field. Yet it only weighs 12.9 ounces. Retail price is approx $349.

Author: Joe Farace

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