Technaxx TX-165 Full HD Birdcam Background
A few months ago, I was contacted by Serhii, a Technaxx Marketing specialist. He wanted to know if I were interested in reviewing the Technaxx TX-165 birdcam feeder. He told me the company would send me the latest version free of charge with no strings attached. After I verified the company and product were totally legitimate (he’s based in Kyiv, Ukraine, for real!), I agreed to have a look at the product. Within a week, a package arrived from Technaxx’s headquarters in Germany. The packaging and enclosures were all very impressive so I decided to give it a whirl.
Technaxx TX-165 First Impressions
I unpacked the feeder and got right to the owner’s manual. Like many manuals for products that are built in one country and sold to many, the manual has eight sections for English, German, French, Spanish, Polish, Dutch, Czech and Italian. A quick glancing of the English instructions shows that English was not the first language of the writer. I suspect Google Translate may have been involved-LOL! Still, the instructions were laid out well and easy enough to follow. I’m sure the other languages had similar flow. I got the pieces to slide together easy enough until I hit my first snag: it does NOT come with a necessary micro-SD card!
This is clearly marked on the box. Still, I was a bit put off by a product didn’t come with something vital to it even working. I communicated this to Serhii. He told me the company is considering adding one because it’s been a common complaint.
With fall migration happening, I thought this would be an excellent time to post at least a preview of the camera. Getting the shot of that new lifer could be so awesome!
Time For Some Field Testing!
I got the micro-SD card, installed it, filled the feeder and made some short videos and a TON of pics! I had no idea what I was doing so the settings were not correct for my level of use. The camera was set to trigger when a bird entered the field. You can adjust the length of the videos and I think mine were set to the minimum time period. I got a LOT of videos of birds landing on and fluttering away but some good ones I’ll share on my YouTube channel when I do the full review next month. For now, I just wanted to share a few of the pics I got so you could get a feel for it’s capability.
Here’s a few stills:
Oh, the paparazzi!
I think the thing that I was most surprised by was how much they looked like they KNEW they were being photographed-LOL! I apologize for the lighting. Even though the camera is very capable, the day was an in and out of clouds day. I also learned that the camera did better when the field of view was lighter than darker. The auto-focus/auto-exposure worked really well but could get grainy if it was too overcast. Like the chickadee pic shows.
Have a Look
If you follow the link to the Amazon listing, two things happen. First, you’ll set a cookie that will allow me to participate in the sales proceeds from the camera. Second, you’ll get an excellent idea of the features and accessories the camera includes. Like being able to mount it on a tree, a deck railing and just hanging it from your squirrel baffled feeder station.
Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to find out more for you. Until next month, enjoy your migratory birds and don’t forget to keep your hummingbird nectar up until at least two weeks after the last hummer has visited.
Looks interesting. When it takes a picture does the shutter make a noise? Or is it quiet enough to not scare the birds away. I haven’t checked out the Amazon page yet but does it take pictures at night? I look forward to your additional testing. Thanks.
There is no “mechanism” per se. The photos and videos are shot electronically so there’s no sound to scare off birds. The manual says it has special sensors and LEDs for night recordings. I’ll be testing the nighttime abilities but I’m afraid I won’t get much as almost all of my birds are day feeders. That’s not to say we can’t get surprised, right?
Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you have any other questions. I think this camera/feeder is very cool so far!