I’ve been using the XA7000i for about a month now, in two different states so I thought it may be helpful to give a quick review/update on my experiences so far.
First impressions out of the box:
Setup was very easy. Mine was activated within just a few minutes. Honestly, a very simple process. So much so, I don’t even really remember much about it. A few steps and it was done. I activated it through the app which now has a way to scan the barcode. This makes it unnecessary to manually type it in and try to decipher if that’s an “O” or a “0” in your barcode. (you can still type it in manually if you so desire)
Cell service isn’t a challenge at my house in TN which is where I started using the camera. No surprise, all the lights were “green” and I started receiving pictures as expected. The true test was going to be taking it to Colorado.
There, I placed it in a location that traditionally does not have great cell service. I was going to be there a week so I figured I would know right away if it wasn’t going to connect well. To my surprise, all lights turned green when I turned it on, and the app actually shows 100% on the signal. My phone is Verizon where this is an AT&T version so it’s an apples-to-oranges comparison, but Verizon showed 3 bars of service at the camera site.
Picture quality has been on par with what I have experienced with “M” Series cameras. I have not inspected any images from the card, but the thumbnails and high-resolution images meet my expectations and are in line with the other cameras I’m using.
Trigger speed is impressive. As you can see below, it caught two doves flying by and that’s not a fluke. I’ve received several images like this.
Temperature operating range was certainly tested. I looked online but couldn’t see what temperature limit the cameras are rated for but as you can see, it reached 118 on two straight days and was still sending pictures. I will say, I do think the extreme heat was tricking the sensor at times. I would get pictures of nothing during the hot times of the day and I noticed that fell off as the temperatures dropped.
Battery life will be tested as I have a 12v attached to it. I’m hoping to get a full year out of it but that may be optimistic. We’ll see.
To be honest, it’s hard to find much to criticize it on at this point. As I use it more, I may find some things I’d like to tweak, but for now, I like the simplicity and ease of use. I will for sure pick up another one in the Verizon version when it becomes available.
I hope that helps and feel free to reach out or comment here if you have any additional questions or thoughts that I may be able to answer.
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