TACTACAM 5.0 Hunting Camera: Gear Review - Dialed In Hunter (2022)

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If you’re anything like me, you spent quite a bit of time as a youngster, and even an adult, consuming hunting media. Watching others embark on adventures around the world, doing something that we love is just downright inspiring. It pushes us to chase our dreams out in the mountains. As I got older, documenting such adventures became more and more appealing to me. Not so that I could be like the TV personalities I’d watched as a kid, but to simply have something to look back on. Something that I could share with my future kids and grand kids. “See? Your Dad used to do some pretty cool stuff.”

Carrying a DSLR or mirrorless camera around is hard work though. It just is. They are cumbersome and can be a distraction from the whole hunt, especially if you’re filming alone. GoPros revolutionized this and made it simple for us to strap a camera on our head or bow and go. All the while, we are capturing quality footage with just a push of a button. What if I told you that there was a camera specifically made for this? A GoPro made for hunting. Something made by folks who are like minded. The company is TACTACAM and their 5.0 camera is built for us hunters.

Who is TACTACAM?

I remember first hearing about Tactacam through the whitetail world. For me, that meant outdoor hunting television, due to my home being in the West. Company founder, Ben Stern saw a need in the hunting world, and set out to fill the void. It was a small camera that mounted on your bow, crossbow, or firearm made to film your hunt. One of his complaints with the GoPros that we all know so well was how far away it made the animal look. This is where TACTACAM is different. When an animal is 30 yards away, it won’t look like it’s triple the distance, which is often what you’ll get with the wide angle lenses on the GoPro. With the high intensity situations that often come with hunting, this camera also had to be easy to use. It’s a one step operation, lightweight, and waterproof. TACTACAM might be located in Minnesota, but they are moving into the western hunting world more and more each year.

What is the TACTACAM 5.0?

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There are a few different TACTACAM cameras on the market. For the purpose of this review, I’ll be talking about the 5.0 model. This camera weighs in at just 3 oz with the battery, so it won’t be weighing you down in the field. The battery is said to give around 2.5 hours of battery life, which I have found to be fairly accurate. Keep in mind, I am never every filming for 2.5 hours straight though.

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As far as different modes go with the 5.0, a hunter can choose between 4k(green light), 8x zoom(purple light), and slow-mo(blue light). When the device is turned on, there will be a light around the record/power button and the mode/wifi button that will let you know which mode you are currently in. Resolutions that can be used with the camera are 4k 30fps, 1080 120fps, and 720 240 fps. You’ll be writing that sweet footage to a mini SD card.

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I softly glazed over the wife button earlier. Yes, the 5.0 camera has wifi capabilities and can be connected via bluetooth to your smartphone with the TACTACAM app. This will enable the hunter to change settings, see what you’re filming, and stream their hunt live. Pretty neat huh? Would this whitetail country bred camera hold up to the rigors of western hunting though?

First Impressions

My first impressions of the TACTACAM 5.0 were pretty positive. The lightweight and rugged outer shell seemed very well constructed. Another thing that was pleasing was the size and shape. I could see that this little cylindrical camera would fit great in my pack and not be bothersome on my bow. Hearing about the proposed video quality also set me at ease. I remember when 720p was mind blowing. Nowadays though it’s almost displeasing to look at. Everything needs to be at least 1080 and the 5.0 takes that a step farther with its 4k capabilities. A step in the right direction. Something else that I was super excited about was just having the ability to film random things along the way. Grabbing B-roll shots with the 5.0 honestly appealed to me more than the shot. I’ll get into the why around that later.

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With all of that cool stuff said, I will admit, I did have my concerns. The first was if the image quality would actually reflect the advertised quality. I’ve see some cameras out there claim to film in 1080, but the footage is absolute garbage. My next concern, despite the seemingly great construction, was how it would hold up getting knocked around in the field. No matter how rugged a camera is built, there is still always an urge to protect it from the elements and things like dropping. My last worry was actually capturing the shot with the camera mounted on my bow. I shoot with a surprise shot, so my bow has a tendency to recoil and drop after I shoot. That would mean watching the animal get hit wouldn’t be in the cards. It was something I was OK with though. Time would tell.

My Experience

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The first time I took the TACTACAM 5.0 for a spin was at the local archery range. My plan was to just walk a course with a few friends and film sporadically along the way. I wanted to get walking shots, shots of them shooting, pans, and of course a point of view of my shots. The experience was pretty painless. It is ridiculous how easy this thing is to operate. All I had to do was press one button and we are off to the races recording. This would prove a huge bonus in the field.

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After getting home and reviewing the footage, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality. It definitely didn’t look like the garbage I had encountered in the past, and was quite the opposite. White balance looked pretty good and everything looked crisp. My suspicions about shooting were true though. Everything was there right up until my shot when the bow flailed to the left and low. Keep in mind, this definitely won’t be an issue for everyone though. Most folks aren’t shooting a surprise shot and that’s totally fine. For those that do, TACTACAM does make a head mount, which I plan on testing to alleviate the issue.

In the Field

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As I sit here and write this, I’ve had the 5.0 in my possession for two hunts. An archery javelina hunt and and archery deer hunt down here in Arizona. Good for our sake, we didn’t encounter any inclimate weather on these hunts, but that means I didn’t get to test the camera in nasty weather. There was a ton of wind though, which had dust blowing all around, brush busting, and general abuse from packing out game thrown at the camera. It held up great to everything and the battery life was awesome. I’m not one to keep any camera on and running though. The device gets turned off once I get my shots. On backpack hunts, where battery life is scarce, this is how one needs to operate.

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All of the footage looked great. On both hunts, I was fortunate and filled tags. And on both hunts I got the kill shots on camera with the 5.0. As I figured, seeing the animal actually get hit with the arrow didn’t happen. That was something I expected though. I also got them on camera with a GoPro, so that I could compare the two. The difference is quite dramatic. Watch HERE starting at 4:46 to see footage from a GoPro and a TACTACAM flip between one another. With the GoPro the javelina is barely visible. With the 5.0 though, the javelina is clear as day and much closer in the shot. The ease of use along the way is something that I can’t stress enough on. One button folks. Press one button.

Pros

  • Lightweight and small
  • Very easy to use
  • Quality footage

Cons

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  • Pricey($429)
  • Slight learning curve to learn how everything works
  • Might need to invest in head mount to capture shot with a bow

Closing

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When I was a kid, I always thought that a bow mounted camera would be so cool. Years later and a company like TACTACAM comes along, as if they heard the thoughts of my younger self. This isn’t just a camera for a bow though. TACTACAM also offers a FTS(film through scope) package. This allows one to literally film what they are seeing through their rifle scope and capture the shot from that perspective. INSANE technology and a no brainer for anyone who wants to film a rifle hunt. These can also be attached to shotguns for bird hunting adventures. All in all, I think the TACTACAM 5.0 is pretty neat and definitely see myself using it more this season to capture some more memories. To learn more about this product and others in the TACTACAM lineup visit www.tactacam.com.

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FAQs

What does a Tactacam 5.0 do? ›

The Tactacam 5.0 Hunt More Combo is designed to keep you in the field, hunting longer, and getting more great 4k video! The Tactacam 5.0 was made with the Modern-Day Sportsman in mind. The #1 Point of View camera on the market for hunting features 8x Zoom which brings your hunt closer than ever.

When did Tactacam 5.0 come out? ›

August 1st, was the release date of the new Tactacam 5.0, including a new Wide Lens camera and the new Tactacam Remote.

Is the Tactacam 5.0 waterproof? ›

Tactacam 5.0 Wide films 4K HD, low light sensor and a 360-degree mic. Combined with Tactacam's newly designed shell, quick change mode button, external battery indicator and rugged water-resistant construction… This camera is made to perform and will stand up to the rigors of your hunt.

How do you get Tactacam to work? ›

Once you push the button you're going to feel the camera start to vibrate followed by two quick

How long does a Tactacam 5.0 battery last? ›

Rechargeable Battery for the Tactacam 5.0, 4.0 and Solo Cameras provides up to 2.5 hours of recording for your Tactacam Camera.

Does Tactacam 5.0 have slow motion? ›

The Tactacam 5.0 was made with the Modern-Day Sportsman in mind.
...
5.0 Specs.
Low LightAuto Adjust
Slow Motion RecordingYes
Battery Life2.5 hrs
Outer ShellSoft Touch Composite
WeatherproofYes
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Where is Tactacam made? ›

Tactacam is located in America's Heartland

A visit to Tactacam takes you to the southeast corner of Minnesota, where our friendly, highly trained customer service team works to satisfy you with ongoing customer care.

How long does a Tactacam record for? ›

Rechargeable cold weather lithium battery provides up to 2.5 hours of record time (extra batteries available) Charging USB 2.0 and 110-120 volt AC outlet.

Is the Tactacam waterproof? ›

The sleek, waterproof design features a screen, generates WI-FI, and is remote compatible. Tactacam is designed for you using the best electronics available. Easy to use; 1 touch operation with vibration indication allows for easy camera operation.

How long does it take to charge a Tactacam? ›

CHARGING TIME USB CORD WALL PLUG

The battery charges to 80% in approximately two hours and 100% in approximately three hours when using Tactacam's USB-compatible charger, Wall Charger for 4.0 and 3.0, or other USB charging adapter.

Does Tactacam have crosshairs? ›

The Tactacam does not have a reticle.

Can Tactacam zoom? ›

Tactacam 5.0 now features an improved 8x zoom to bring your target even closer than ever!

Why is my Tactacam not working? ›

If it does not turn on for you being powered by the USB charger or have a red light on the battery indicator, please contact customer service. If it does turn on for you being powered this way, then it is likely you have a bad battery and will need a new one.

Why is my Tactacam not taking pictures? ›

If your camera has stopped taking and sending photos and is not saving them to the SD card, then you will need to verify that you have the required SD card and that it is not locked or seated improperly.

How do I connect my Tactacam 5.0 to my phone? ›

get connected? Download and open the Tactacam APP from your App store on your Phone or Tablet. Follow the App's on-screen instructions. To turn on your Tactacam WiFi = While your Tactacam is in pause mode push and hold the Mode Button for 2 sec you will see the blue LED indicator light turn on and start blinking.

How long do Tactacam batteries last? ›

To sum up, Lithium batteries are the most recommended thanks to their durability and outstanding performance. At high traffic areas, a set of full Lithium batteries can take over 4,500-5,000 images.

How many batteries does a Tactacam take? ›

Holds 12 AA batteries.

How do you charge Tactacam? ›

Tactacam Instructional: Insert and Charge Battery - YouTube

Which is better GoPro or Tactacam? ›

The Tactacam has better zoom and is almost as clear in video (not quite as good in low light) as GoPro. The GoPro is a little tougher to deal with as far as mounts and doesn't have a zoom feature even though Tactacam's is just digital.

Does Tactacam work without SD card? ›

You must be using the required SD card in your Reveal, as it affects the overall speed and performance of the camera. Using cards that are not required will yield unexpected results, and makes it difficult for us to troubleshoot your camera.

Why does my Tactacam keep vibrating? ›

Why wont my Tactacam stop vibrating - Tactacam Instructional Video

Will Tactacam work without cell service? ›

Your cell phone plan is not needed and will not be affected by the Tactacam Reveal camera.

Is Tactacam discontinued? ›

Product Discontinued by Manufacturer

Tactacam Reveal Cellular Trail Cameras has been discontinued by Tactacam and is no longer available.

What company owns Tactacam? ›

Benjamin Stern - Owner - Tactacam | LinkedIn.

Does Tactacam have sound? ›

I came from action cameras and a Canon and hated waiting for the cameras to load and then press record/ power again to start recording videos... plus the Tactacam has no sound....

Does Tactacam 5.0 have blackout mode? ›

Tactacam 5.0 allows you to enter a blackout mode with a simple push of a button (pushing the mode while recording).

How often does Tactacam update? ›

Software. Here's how to do that! every 6 months.

Does Tactacam have a free plan? ›

Tactacam also offers a free plan monthly for up to 100 photos per camera. A premium plan is available starting at just $15 for the first camera and discounts for additional cameras.

What is the new Tactacam? ›

Tactacam's REVEAL X Gen 2.0 combines new, innovative technology and advanced features delivering a reliable scouting tool for every outdoorsman. The easy, multi-carrier capable camera set-up allows hunters to see the action as it's happening from any location with instant photo delivery.

How do I connect my phone to Tactacam? ›

Connecting your Tactacam camera to the Tactacam App via WiFi - YouTube

How do I watch Tactacam videos? ›

Playing Videos in the Tactacam APP - YouTube

How do you reset Tactacam? ›

How to Reset X
  1. Put the camera in Setup mode.
  2. Press the Reset button on the bottom of the camera (inside the door)
  3. Hold for 10 seconds, then release.
  4. Camera will power off and reboot.
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How do I activate my Tactacam reveal camera? ›

How to Reactivate Your Camera
  1. Click the home icon.
  2. Click the camera icon at the top.
  3. Click on the location name.
  4. Select camera name.
  5. Select one of the small icons below the camera name Except the picture Icon.
  6. Click reactivate on the camera details page.

Is the Tactacam 5.0 worth it? ›

The 5.0 isn't cheap, but it's honestly a huge fun booster for all of your shooting sports needs. If you're looking to share your hunts, go with the Solo Wifi. If I was going out tomorrow to buy these–I think my pick would be the Tactacam 4.0. It has most of the features I want and saves a decent chunk off the price.

Does the Tactacam 5.0 have a red dot? ›

equipped with red dot technology, 8x zoom and image stabilization! Tactacam's 5.0 has taken coaching for the most accurate shot even easier.

Is ShotKam waterproof? ›

Waterproof: ShotKam is 100% weatherproof when the rear cap is on to cover the USB port. The ShotKam is OK in rain or accidental submersion when hunting, but it cannot be used for under-water sports.

What is the Tactacam WIFI app? ›

You can connect the Tactacam 4.0/5.0 to your iPhone or iPad with the app, after establishing the connection, you can see live what your camera sees, start or stop recording, view your videos, and download videos to your device for sharing.

How do I use Tactacam remote? ›

Tactacam 5.0 Remote Demo - YouTube

How do I format an SD card in Tactacam app? ›

Reveal - Formatting SD - YouTube

Is the Tactacam 5.0 worth it? ›

The 5.0 isn't cheap, but it's honestly a huge fun booster for all of your shooting sports needs. If you're looking to share your hunts, go with the Solo Wifi. If I was going out tomorrow to buy these–I think my pick would be the Tactacam 4.0. It has most of the features I want and saves a decent chunk off the price.

How do I use Tactacam remote? ›

Tactacam 5.0 Remote Demo - YouTube

What is the Tactacam WIFI app? ›

You can connect the Tactacam 4.0/5.0 to your iPhone or iPad with the app, after establishing the connection, you can see live what your camera sees, start or stop recording, view your videos, and download videos to your device for sharing.

Is Tactacam solo waterproof? ›

It's that simple. Tactacam™ SOLO WiFI was designed for hunters and outdoorsmen using the best electronics.
...
SOLO Specs.
Low LightAuto Adjust
Outer ShellSoft Touch Composite
WeatherproofYes
HDMI/TV HookupNo
Wi-FiYes
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Which is better GoPro or Tactacam? ›

The Tactacam has better zoom and is almost as clear in video (not quite as good in low light) as GoPro. The GoPro is a little tougher to deal with as far as mounts and doesn't have a zoom feature even though Tactacam's is just digital.

Does Tactacam have sound? ›

I came from action cameras and a Canon and hated waiting for the cameras to load and then press record/ power again to start recording videos... plus the Tactacam has no sound....

How do I contact Tactacam? ›

Please contact us at support@tactacam.com or (218) 282-5650. BEFORE sending anything to Tactacam, please contact our Customer Support Team at support@tactacam.com or (218) 282-5650.

Does Tactacam work without SD card? ›

You must be using the required SD card in your Reveal, as it affects the overall speed and performance of the camera. Using cards that are not required will yield unexpected results, and makes it difficult for us to troubleshoot your camera.

How do I connect Tactacam 5.0 to my phone? ›

Connecting your Tactacam camera to the Tactacam App via WiFi - YouTube

How far does the Tactacam remote work? ›

OPTIMIZED AT 100 FEET: Tactacam Remote has been optimized at 100 feet giving you the distance and control over your cameras.

Is Tactacam free? ›

Tactacam also offers a free plan monthly for up to 100 photos per camera. A premium plan is available starting at just $15 for the first camera and discounts for additional cameras.

How do I connect my Tactacam solo hunter to my phone? ›

the lifetime of the battery.
  1. Download the Tactacam App. ...
  2. Connect to your Tactacam. ...
  3. From your mobile device select the Tactacam Wi-Fi. ...
  4. Open the Tactacam App and connect to your Tactacam. ...
  5. Turn Wi-Fi Off - Press and hold the Wi-Fi/Mode button for 4 seconds.
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What company owns Tactacam? ›

Benjamin Stern - Owner - Tactacam | LinkedIn.

Where is Tactacam made? ›

Tactacam is located in America's Heartland

A visit to Tactacam takes you to the southeast corner of Minnesota, where our friendly, highly trained customer service team works to satisfy you with ongoing customer care.

How do I watch Tactacam videos? ›

Playing Videos in the Tactacam APP - YouTube

How long does it take to charge a Tactacam solo? ›

CHARGING TIME USB CORD WALL PLUG

The battery charges to 80% in approximately two hours and 100% in approximately three hours when using Tactacam's USB-compatible charger, Wall Charger for 4.0 and 3.0, or other USB charging adapter. Other chargers might charge at a slower rate.

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