Cellular trail cameras like the Covert Code Black are great because they give you instant feedback. The downside is you have a minimum $19 AT&T data plan every month. But the real benefit is never entering your hunting area to pull the card and check the trail camera pics.
Comanche Outfitters the makers have found a compromise and created the Kodiak Series of wifi enabled trail cams. This patent pending process enables hunters to access the cameras over a wifi signal. Don\’t confuse this with cellular trail cameras.
The best example of the Kodiak trail camera technology is similar to the wireless network at your home. Every device that is connected to same wireless router can potentially communicate and share data. Like printing an email straight from your iPhone to your network printer. Or playing music from your laptop through your Xbox.
This trail camera generates a wifi signal that communicates with a smart phone app. The app allows the user to change settings on the Kodiak trail cameras, download images, and erase images.
Kodiak Series Release Dates
Kodiak released the game cameras in September of 2014. Unfortunately they are still \”back ordered\” due to shortages in initial stock. Deerpros is still waiting on them to hit the market so we can give it a proper field test and review.
Kodiak Battery Life is a Concern
The constant generation of a wifi signal requires power. We are all familiar with our cell phone\’s battery dieing as it searches for weak signals. We fear the same will be true with the Kodiak wifi cameras.
I am also curious how long it will take to download pictures via the free app. The concept is great but I don\’t want to stand in the woods and wait 15 minutes for all my game camera pictures to download. Plus how much battery is being chewed up during this data transfer.
I will revisit this post and offer a complete Kodiak trail camera review once we receive ours… or if we ever receive ours. In the meantime we would love it if you could offer your own review or opinion. This is a really exciting product if it lives up to the hype.
Where is the Kodiak App?
So this all sounds great! Wait for it…BUT. I have searched itunes and Google Play and can not find the app. Below is a screenshot from the Kodiak Cameras homepage. The itunes and android apps images are not linked. I drew my only conclusions and determined the camera and the app are not currently on the market. After all, the camera is dependent on the app.
Another thing that raises my concerns was the release. Commanche ran all over the internet releasing press releases. They would post sample pictures and specs in all the hunting forums. But then they never returned to answer any questions. It was an ad blitz with no real substance. They should have offered demo units to trusted members of the hunting forums and asked for an honest review.
So Kodiak please let me know when you are ready to release this wifi trail camera. I think it is a great idea and look forward to seeing how it performs on my deer lease.