TriggerCam 2.1 Overview And First Look

This TriggerCam 2.1 overview and first look aims to give you a basic idea of what this product is about. We’ll move forward to a comprehensive HAM test review in the near future.

I’ll start by saying that I’ve tried a number of products that allow the user to take a photograph through a riflescope. Usually, these are devices that attach a cellphone to the scope by means of an adapter of some sort.

I’ll continue by admitting that I’ve been singularly unsuccessful with these devices. I feel as though I’m the only person in the shooting world who has been unable to take a photograph through a scope!

So, when I was offered the chance to try a TriggerCam, it seemed as though I had nothing to loose!

Firstly, let’s say that the TriggerCam 2.1 is a South African product that’s distributed in the USA by the Labradar people. HAM has used Labradar with considerable success for many years, so it seemed that – if these guys are associated with TriggerCam – it must be pretty good…

So – when the parcel arrived  – I was interested to see what this TriggerCam thing is all about. My first thought was “Wow, it’s heavy!”. In fact the base TriggerCam module weighs exactly 1 Lb 0 Oz. It certainly feels like a “mil spec”-level product.

Doing a search, my next thought was “Wow, it’s expensive!”. In fact, the price is no less than $620 in the US. That’s waaaay higher than the other scope camera solutions I’ve tried. But then I wasn’t very successful with them, was I???

For this TriggerCam 2.1 overview and first look, I’ll report the basics of what this is and why it’s different to the other “scope cam” solutions I’ve tried in the past.

One similarity between the TriggerCam and the other “scope camera” solutions is that they both link to my iPhone. There’s an App, of course…

TriggerCam 2.1 overview and first look

But beyond that, there’s a fundamental difference.

The “scope cameras” use the phone’s camera to take the photographs. With the TriggerCam, the unit itself has a built-in camera. The phone is simply (?) a means of set-up and control.

TriggerCam 2.1 overview and first look

The TriggerCam 2.1 certainly looks like a big lump to hang on the end of a riflescope. Yet, in actual shooting, it doesn’t seem too heavy or get in the way of shooting. I was surprised by this!

Yes, it does bring the eyepiece end of the TriggerCam unit fairly close to your eye. I certainly wouldn’t use it with a springer for fear of “scope bite”! (Had that once, many years ago from a Mosin Nagant M1891/30 sniper and don’t want to go there again).

But for a PCP air rifle, it’s perfectly fine. I attached the TriggerCam to a Sightron S-TAC 3-16×42 scope with no problems.

So what do you get when you buy a TriggerCam?

You receive a very nice package containing the TriggerCam unit, no less than 8 different mounting sleeves (for different scope eyepiece diameters), a 32 GB micro SD card, USB charging cable, multi-tool and quick-start guide.

TriggerCam 2.1 overview and first look

Continuing with this TriggerCam 2.1 overview and first look, we can see that the basic controls are two buttons mounted on the left side of the unit.

TriggerCam 2.1 overview and first look

These control power, wi-fi connectivity and type of recording (video or stills).

TriggerCam 2.1 overview and first look

On the top of the unit, there’s two removable caps. When unscrewed, they give access to a number of features, as shown in the photograph above.

However, my unstructured, initial testing showed that, sadly, the TriggerCam 2.1 unit would not fit onto the Sightron SII Blue Sky 20-60 x 85 spotting scope that we have here. The spotting scope’s eyepiece had a diameter that was too large for the TriggerCam to fit :-(

Neither will the TriggerCam 2.1 fit a scope with a non-circular eyepiece bell, like this Leapers UTG scope below.

However – to my mind – these are relatively small drawbacks to the TriggerCam. It definitely has possibilities!

We’ll be exploring the product further in our comprehensive HAM test review to come.

TriggerCam 2.1