StealthCam Fusion X Review

StealthCam Fusion X

By Jeff Johnston, Hunting & Shooting Editor

Each year cellular-based trailcams get better and less expensive, and so bucks and thieves have a tougher time making a living. 

Over the last few years I’ve used them all, and I believe that Stealthcam is at the very top in terms of value. Why? They’re simple—with not too many damn buttons, they’re easy to set up by simply clicking on a QR code and downloading the app, and their battery life is solid. Last year I reviewed Stealthcam’s Reactor, and I had nothing but good things to say about it. But this year a model called the Fusion X has nearly all the same features and performance, but costs under $100. (In fact right now Stealthcam is offering it as a special for $79. At that price, I think it’s by far the best cellular trailcam available for the money.)

When set at its max 26 megapixels you can see the ticks on a deer’s pedicles … or the neck tattoo of a meth head in the moments after he exits your shed with your socket set. But it’s also got settings for 16mb, 8mp, and 4mp so you won’t burn through data like a trailer fire. 

The Fusion X has an 80-ft. range which is huge, especially considering these things used to have a range of 30 feet just a few years ago. But what’s even more important than range, in my opinion, is trigger speed. Trigger speed is the reaction time from when the camera senses movement to when it actually records the picture. If you’ve ever had a camera where you get lots of blank images, it means a bird, a buck or a dude on a bicycle whizzed by too fast for the camera to catch it. The Fusion has a trigger speed of .4 seconds, and while not the fastest Stealthcam offers, it’s a big deal for a sub-$100 camera.  

Another new feature for the Fusion X is that the line now offers HD video. And very interestingly, it automatically creates a gif of the full video so you don’t have to download each one to know what’s in it. Steathcam’s Command Pro app has been updated to include AI-based animal recognition so it can filter deer from, say, raccoons or felons as they kipe Amazon boxes off your porch. It just saves you time when skimming through all the photos. Trailcam companies have been working on this technology for years, and thanks to AI, it’s finally gotten where it can filter images with a good probability of success. Sure, it still mistakes some doe ears for antlers occasionally, but it’s pretty darn good and will only get better via free app updates. 

The unit takes 8 AA batteries, and if you use lithiums and the weather is warm, you can expect decent—not stellar—battery life of perhaps 2 months, depending on how much the IR flash is used. I would not recommend non-lithium batteries in cold weather unless you’re looking for frequent excuses to get away from your wife to go change them. I absolutely recommend the 70 dollar SOL-PAK solar charger that will save you cash and hassle in the long run with this camera and all others. Cell packages (AT&T or Verizon) start at $5 per month.

Pros: Great resolution, good trigger speed, phenomenal price

Cons: considering its price, none.

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