TargetVision WiFi Spotting Scope Camera Lets You See Your Shots Instantly
Russ Chastain 02.06.15
When I saw TargetVision at the 2015 SHOT Show Range Day, I was instantly impressed. Picture a busy rifle range, shots happening all around, lots of happy faces, and that delicious smell of burning gunpowder. Wooden and concrete benches, steel rifles, heavy timbers holding up a metal roof. Old school all the way.
Except for the high-tech feature that allowed shooters at one station to see their shots in real time on an iPad via WiFi, without the need for a data plan or any other hardware. And TargetVision does it at any range out to one mile.
Did I mention wow?
It’s a system that places a wireless camera near the target and transmits an image to a compatible device running the TargetVision app. Their cameras are sealed, are drop- and weather-resistant, and the long-range bundle includes a long-life battery that can also keep your device charged via USB.
It’s an app-based product, so you will need a WiFi-capable device to go with it. A tablet such as an iPad is perfect, and it works with smart phones too. iOS and Android versions are available, and the app is a free download.
I grabbed the app for my iPad, but there’s not a whole lot I can do with it without having the camera. It does have a demo mode where you can watch a recording of someone’s shots making holes in a target. If you don’t have a TargetVision camera, the app just makes you want one more.
Current TargetVision products include these two camera systems:
The Long Range Wireless Spotting Scope has a one-mile (1,760 yards) range. It includes two pieces of hardware: camera and case/receiver. The receiver is built into the case and touts a 16-hour battery life, and it includes a USB port that you can use to charge your iPad or other device.
This system retails for $895, and they’ll knock $100 off that price if you send them “your traditional spotting scope or a competitor’s product.”
The Short Range Wireless Spotting Scope has a 300-yard range and doesn’t require nor include a receiver. This means it doesn’t include a case or keep your tablet charged, but it does include a SLIK Compact II tripod to help ensure trouble-free WiFi transmission. They say the camera “should to be at least 16″ off the ground for maximum performance.”
Retail for the short range system is $595.
Some features of the app:
- You can view the camera’s feed simultaneously on multiple devices.
- Live camera view.
- Recognizes and tracks your shots as you make them. Even on a target with multiple holes, TargetVision can detect your current group, mark them on the screen, and even number them in chronological order.
- Record a range session or just part of a session.
- Share on social media.
The price seems high for what it is, though. I mean, if you can buy your own Doppler radar bullet tracker for $560, you should be able to get a rechargeable wireless camera and tripod for much less than $595.
But what do I know? I’m just a shooter who wants one of these AND his own Doppler radar. Is that so wrong?
Update: After writing this, I learned (and wrote) about Bullseye Camera Systems, an early leader in wireless camera target spotting which offers more flexible systems for lower prices.