By Adam Parr
As I progress as a serious bowhunter, I place more and more value on the quality of gear I purchase. Let’s face it, I don’t like when my hard earned money goes to waste due to products that deliver less than desirable results. I’ve always been the guy who purchases cameras at a sub $100 price point and until the Fall of 2016, I’ve never been the owner of what I would call a “high end” scouting camera.
When it comes to comparing entry level trail cameras to the Exodus Lift, I like to make the comparison of a Chevy Cruze to a Chevy Silverado LTZ. With the Exodus, much like the Silverado, it will perform in a rugged environment, it will stand the test of time, and it’s loaded with features. The other bonus is an unbeatable warranty policy at an extremely good price point because of their direct to consumer business model.
After putting it to the test for much of the previous Fall and Winter, I am truly impressed with The Exodus Lift Trail Camera.
Reliability and Performance
As a western whitetail hunter who lives in the mountains of Colorado, I don’t have the luxury of checking my cameras on a regular basis and I often have a four-hour drive just to pull cards in the areas I hunt. With this scenario in mind, reliability is everything to me. The last thing I want to see when I go to review pictures is a card full of empty landscapes or no photos at all (both have happened to me) due to a camera malfunction.
Recently, I experienced the superior reliability and performance of the Exodus Lift versus a competitor camera where I put both cameras on the same property, less than 50-yards apart, from November through the end of February. Upon pulling the card on the competitor camera, the batteries were drained and I found myself staring at three days worth of blank pictures. It was a total bust, especially for a camera that is less than two years old. The Exodus performed flawlessly and still had 47% battery life throughout bitter cold temperatures on the eastern plains of Colorado, even with using non-lithium batteries.
Quality Design and Build
When I first removed the Exodus camera from its original packaging, I immediately felt a difference in the quality of design and build. It’s hard to describe in words but it feels as though I could toss this camera across the room and it would hold up just fine. An aluminum alloy back plate and frame means that I don’t have to worry about this camera getting damaged under normal operating conditions.
To further add to its bullet-proof design, the rubber gaskets on the door are oversized and the hinges are overbuilt to protect against moisture from getting inside the housing, which according to Exodus, is the number one reason why trail cameras fail prematurely.
Features and Ease Of Use
Often times with trail cameras, the ability to fully understand various settings and features can be quite difficult. I was very pleased with the built-in LCD display which is intuitive and easy to comprehend without the need to comb through the entire owners manual. With the Exodus Lift, there is no more guessing what certain numbers, letters, and symbols represent when setting up the camera in the field.
In addition to a 12MP picture resolution, another feature I really like with this camera is the ability to see the field of view during test-mode, which allows you be sure of the camera position without having to guess. It’s really nice to know what your camera is taking pictures of before coming back to images that were angled either too high or too low.
Warranty and Theft/Damage Replacement Policy
Exodus Outdoor Gear is the only trail camera manufacturer to offer a 5-year warranty, which reinforces the superior components that they put into their product. Do you think a company would offer an extended warranty if they thought their products would fail after the first few seasons? I sure wouldn’t think so.
Every hunter’s nightmare is walking up to a trail camera location only to find out it has vanished into thin air, or better yet, into the hands of a trail camera thief. Sadly, for many hunters, a stolen trail camera is an all too common occurrence, but as the owner of an Exodus Lift, they help ease the pain by offering a 50% off replacement cost in the event of a damaged or stolen camera. This means that Exodus will allow you to purchase one replacement camera at half the cost of the original purchase price.
To be completely honest, warranty and replacement policies were both major selling points to me as a consumer because it tells me the folllowing:
- Exodus understands the needs of serious hunters.
- They recognize accidents and theft do occur.
- They 100% believe in the product they put in to the field.
Recap and Final Thoughts
If you are looking to try out a high-end scouting camera without breaking the bank, I would certainly recommend the Exodus Lift from Exodus Outdoor Gear. If this product was sold through retail stores, it would be a $400 camera all day long, but since they only sell direct to consumers, they are able to offer a trail cam that is loaded with features, great picture quality, and a warranty that no one else can touch for about half the cost.
I look forward to putting this camera to use during my scouting efforts for many years to come. Based on what I have experienced thus far, I will be purchasing more Exodus trail cameras in the near future!
Check them out at: www.exodusoutdoorgear.com.