When I use trail cameras for hunting I have become a big fan of two things no glow flash and video. While pictures are valuable to have, I feel like I can learn so much more from watching videos. Especially when it comes to learning about deer behavior. What I usually do is have my cameras set to take a picture before recording video if they have a “Hybrid” or “Photo+Video” mode.
Unfortunately, many cellular trail cameras do have the ability to capture or transmit video. Then when you do find a cellular trail camera that can send you video you are usually very limited by the data plan in terms of how many videos you can transmit each month. That is why the Exodus Render 4G LTE Cellular Trail Camera is so exciting.
The Exodus Render 4G LTE, which is manufactured by Exodus Outdoor Gear, not only is a cellular trail camera that can capture and send video, but it has flexible data plans that allow you to use them as you see fit and don’t limit you to transmitting a set number of videos each month.
Introducing the Exodus Render 4G LTE Cellular Trail Camera
Gone are the days of having to go into the woods and disturb the wildlife to check the SD card on your cellular trail camera so you can see the videos it has captured or see high-resolution versions of the pictures it has captured. The no glow Exodus Render 4G LTE cellular trail camera doesn’t just capture stunning high-resolution photographs and video clips, but it can send them to you as well.
In addition to sending you great pictures and videos, the versatile Render 4G LTE is loaded with great features and is backed by a warranty that is second to none.
- Cellular connectivity
- Easy to use and set up
- Adjustable no glow flash
- Fast trigger speed
- Adjustable motion sensor
- Many affordable data plans
- Can transmit high-resolution copies of photos
- Can capture and transmit video
- Amazing warranty
- Only works with the Verizon network.
- Higher priced than some other cellular trail camera options
Review of Key Features and Benefits of the Exodus Render 4G LTE Cellular Trail Camera
The camera can capture photos at a resolution of up to 12-megapixels and can record video at 640×360 video at 30 fps when the camera is using the cellular network. When not being used as a cellular trail camera you can set the camera to record video at 1280×720 at 30fps or 1920×1080 at 30fps.
Similar to other cellular trail cameras, the Exodus Render 4G transmits compressed images. The good thing is that you can request high-resolution versions of photos to be sent to you
There are four modes, which are Image, Video, Time Lapse, Hybrid. The hybrid mode takes a photo and then records a video, which is helpful in diversifying your files. There is also the Dynamic Video Recording feature, where the video depends on the subject continuing to be detected by the PIR sensor. If the motion sensor stops sensing movement in front of the camera for five seconds it will end the video prior to it reaching its preset time limit, which in addition to saving you storage space on your memory card will save you money on your data plan as your camera won’t be transmitting videos that don’t have anything in them.
The Render 4G LTE has one motion sensor with a detection range of 70-feet. It has three sensitivity settings; high, medium, and low. For best results, you probably want to set it to high in most situations. However, you may opt for medium or low if you are receiving a lot of false triggers.
The first thing you should do after purchasing the Exodus Render 4G LTE is download and install the free smartphone app called “Scoutek”. It works with both iOS and Android phones. The app is pretty user-friendly and has some nice features like Advanced Photo Grouping and Filtering as well as the ability for you to receive real-time notifications, and share cameras with friends. You can go to the Scoutek website if you want to learn more about the app.
Like all cellular trail cameras, you will need a data plan to use for remote access to the camera remotely and get pictures and videos delivered to your smartphone. There are 10 data plans options to choose from. The plans are all month-to-month with no long-term contracts required, which is great if you only want to use the camera for part of the year. Unlike some other data plans where you are purchasing a set number of images transfers per month these plans are getting you a specific amount of data you can transfer and you can decide if you want to use it up slowly transferring only compressed pictures or use it up more quickly by transferring high-resolution photos or videos.
The plans are pretty affordable when you look at how many image transfers you could potentially get per month and you are allowed to have multiple cameras share the data on your plan, which can end up saving you money. It is also worth noting that there is a $7 fee for each camera you have on the plan.
It is very easy to change your data plan in the Scoutek app if you find out that you need more data or that you selected a plan that has more data than you need. The following image shows the current plans that are available.
The Render 4G LTE has a fast trigger speed of 0.3-seconds, which is more than fast enough, especially when you consider that there are many cellular trail cameras out there with trigger speeds around the 0.4 to the 0.5-second mark.
The Render has a no glow flash with a range of 65 feet. The flash is adjustable with High, Medium, and Low settings that allow you to adjust the distance and intensity of the flash. For most situations, the setting should be left on high, but the camera takes a lot of pictures of deer or other targets that are close to the camera they may appear washed out (white) and you might need to adjust the flash to a lower setting.
The Render 4G LTE cellular trail camera has a 2-inch color LCD screen. The screen is a little bit on the small side if you want to use it to preview pictures and videos in the field, but it is more than adequate to make setting up the camera quick and easy. Plus, after the initial setup, there isn’t a big need to use the screen as you can view your captured files on your device via the app.
Like many other trail cameras these days the camera comes with a time-lapse feature. However, unlike most trail cameras with the time-lapse feature the Render allows you to leave the (PIR) motion sensor on so the camera can still capture images of activity that isn’t at the preset time-lapse intervals you selected.
Hours of Operation Timer
If you don’t need the camera to be active 24 hours a day, the Hours of Operation setting allows you to specify the times that the camera will operate. For those people who don’t need the camera to monitor its surroundings around the clock, the hours of operation timer is a nice bonus as it helps conserve memory card space and battery use.
Like other trail cameras, you will need to buy an SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory card to store captured photos and videos. The Exodus Render LTE supports memory cards of up to 64GB in capacity. For best performance, Exodus recommends using Class 4 and higher cards. If you are looking for a memory card that will perform great in the Render 4G LTE we suggest the SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO SDXC memory card. If you want to understand more about which memory cards are best for trail cameras you can read our article about the Best SD Cards for Trail Cameras.
The password protection feature adds to the long list of features on this well-equipped camera. With the password protection feature, you can create a 5 digit password of your choosing to prevent unauthorized people from accessing the camera.
When the password feature is enabled, you will need to enter the password in order to access the camera’s menu to change the settings or view pictures and videos it has captured.
The Render 4G LTE runs on 8 AA batteries. Exodus recommends using Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries and we agree. If you want to understand why certain batteries are better than others for use in trail cameras you can read our article where we explain the Best Batteries For Trail Cameras.
Battery life can vary depending on the settings you choose, especially how often you want the camera to send photos (the Render gives you 5 upload intervals to choose from: Real Time, 3 hour, 6 hour, 12 hour, and 24 hours), and how much activity is in the area where the camera is located, but you should expect very good battery life from this Exodus trail camera.
Input for External Power Supply
There is a port for a 12V 1A DC external power supply. If you want to have the camera send you images immediately after they are captured it will go through batteries a lot faster and you should probably think about using an external power supply. Plus, with an external power supply, you can leave the camera unattended as long as you need to without worrying about the batteries running out of power, which is fantastic when you are using the camera a long way from home.
The Exodus Render 4G cellular trail camera uses the Verizon network. This means that the area you plan on using it should have a strong Verizon signal if you opt for this device. It has an external antenna to help ensure the best possible reception.
While this, or any other cellular trail camera, can work with weaker signals, it will cause the batteries to drain faster.
The image stamp feature shows you important details about when each photo or video was captured, which helps with organizing your photos and videos. Among these details are the time, date, temperature, moon phase, and camera name (which is a 1-13 character name of your choosing).
This Exodus model is backed by has one of the most amazing warranties in the trail camera market, covering you for 5-years. Plus, Exodus has you covered with a 5 Year Theft and Accidental Damage warranty, which is absolutely incredible.
Most manufacturer warranties on trail cameras are for only 1 or 2 years, and I am not aware of any other companies other than Exodus that currently cover theft or damage.
In addition to its external antenna, which you need to attach to the camera when you remove it from the packaging there are a couple of extra items that come with the camera. These items are:
- Mounting strap
- Verizon SIM card
- User Manual
Areas of Use
Thanks to its no glow flash, 5 Year Theft and Accidental Damage warranty, and cellular capabilities, you can feel confident using the Exodus Render 4G LTE pretty much anywhere including as a security camera and as a game camera on public hunting land.
The only real limitation in terms of how and where you can use it relates to cellular reception. Since the Render only uses the Verizon network, you will be limited to using the camera in areas where the Verizon signal is strong. The good news is that Verizon had a pretty large coverage area, so the Render should work in most places throughout the country. The Verizon network is also pretty good in terms of reliability, so you are unlikely to get cut off when transferring large files, such as high-resolution pictures and videos.
The Render 4G LTE has a price that is a bit higher than some other cellular trail cameras, which may put off some people. However, between the no glow flash, all the adjustable settings, and a warranty that is second to none, the price is justified.
Do you want to look at what other options are available? If so, you might want to check out our free Find Your Perfect Trail Camera Tool, which shows you trail camera options based on the criteria you select. Otherwise, we have picked out a couple of trail cameras, which are shown below, that we think you might be interested in.
Moultrie Mobile Delta Cellular Trail Camera
If you are looking for a no glow cellular trail camera that can transmit video but are looking for something that has a lower price than the Render 4G LTE, the Moultrie Mobile Delta Cellular Trail Camera is a great option to consider. One reason I really like this camera is because of its free app, which allows you to filter through your picture and video files in many different ways (ways that are often paid add-ons with other apps) to help you discover behavior patterns of the deer or other game in your areas. Other reasons why you may want to consider the Moultrie Mobile Delta include:
- Its lower price
- No glow flash
- 32MP HDR photos
- It has both AT&T and Verizon versions available
One big difference between the Exodus Render 4G LTE and the Moultrie Mobile Delta that might make you want to stick with the Exodus Render is that the data plans through Moultrie have a cap on the number of videos you can transmit each month unless you buy more. Whereas you can transmit as many videos as you want with the Render as long as you have enough data in your data plan. Another way in which the Render has a leg up is with its 5-year warranty compared to the 2-year warranty on the Delta, which while better than most other manufactures doesn’t include protection from accidental damage and theft.
If you are interested in the Moultrie Mobile Delta you can check its current price here.
SPYPOINT LINK-DARK & LINK-DARK-V Cellular Trail Camera
If you are looking for a lower-priced option to the Exodus Render 4G LTE and really don’t care about videos being transferred to you, or maybe want a no glow cellular trail camera that has an option for the AT&T network, the SPYPOINT LINK-DARK & SPYPOINT LINK-DARK-V are great options to consider.
While the LINK-DARK and LINK-DARK-V can record video in up to 720p resolution they can’t transmit videos to you over the cellular network. However, these LINK-DARK cameras have a photo first mode where they take a picture before recording a video. So if you like video, but don’t consider the camera being able to send it to you a necessity, you can periodically go and check the camera’s SD card to retrieve the videos it has captured.
If you are interested in reading it, we actually did a detailed review of the LINK-DARK and LINK-DARK-V. Otherwise, you can check the price of the SPYPOINT LINK-DARK and LINK-DARK-V cellular trail cameras here.
A look at our Exodus Render 4G LTE cellular trail camera review, you can see why many people view it as one of the cameras that is the “total package” in the world of cellular trail cameras. This no glow cellular trail camera, with its long list of features, many of which are customizable, can transmit both photos and videos and comes with an impressive 5-year warranty that includes theft and accidental damage protection.
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