Frequent Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

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Can the ShotKam be shipped internationally?

Yes, we ship internationally using FedEx International Priority. We do not have distributors outside the USA. The international shipping cost does NOT include import fees. The ShotKam (digital video camera) falls under the Harmonized Tariff code: 852 580.1990. 

 

How do I start a recording?

The ShotKam has an accelerometer which registers forces to tell it when to record. When the action of the gun is closed, the ShotKam starts to record a video (through a memory buffer). Once the ShotKam feels the recoil of the gun, it then saves the video from the memory buffer onto the SD card (memory card). It only saves the critical time before, during, and after the shot.

 

Can the ShotKam be mounted to a rifle?

Yes. Below are the suggested brackets for each rifle:

- The 12G bracket (included with purchase) is used on large caliber African guns (416, 458, etc).

- The 20G bracket is used for 30 caliber rifles (270, 30-06, 7mm, etc).

- The 28G bracket is for 243 sized rifles

- The .410 bracket is for 223 sized rifles

 

Is it waterproof?

Yes, the ShotKam is 100% weatherproof when the rear cap is on to cover the USB port.

 

Will the brackets damage my shotgun barrel?

No. There are soft rubber pads which prevent any metal to metal contact.

 

Can the pellets be seen?

Yes, the pellets can be seen when shooting against a blue sky. To view the ShotKam video frame-by-frame, watch the shot within VLC Media Player, then press "e" on the keyboard to advance frames, or use the space-bar to play/pause the video. While it is interesting to see the shot string, the primary feedback to rely on is the reticle.

 

Does the ShotKam lens magnify the field of view?

Yes, the ShotKam has a magnification "equivalent" to 4x.

 

Does the 5 1/2 ounce weight include the ShotKam and attachment brackets?

Yes.

 

Does the ShotKam require batteries?

No. The ShotKam has an internal battery which is recharged via the USB port. This battery cannot be accessed directly. Lithium ion batteries last 2 - 4 years (depending on use) and a battery replacement is $40.

 

Is this an action camera?

No. This is an accelerometer-controlled aiming system (ACAS) video camera. It was developed by an engineer with expertise in military laser-targeting systems, and is designed for high shock and vibration environments. The ShotKam has a patent pending recoil absorption system which is combined with an accelerometer. This allows the ShotKam to buffer and only record-to-memory the few seconds before, during, and after the discharge of bows or firearms. It records video in HD 1280p x 720p and 120 frames per second.

  

Is the laser the same thing as the reticle (red dot in the videos)?

No, they are completely unrelated. The laser is simply a beam of light that comes out of the ShotKam and is available so that you can practice your mount at home.
To practice your mount, turn ON the laser by holding the power button down for 10 seconds. Next, point it into the corner of a room and try to mount the gun to your shoulder without moving the laser.

NOTE: The laser is typically 3-6 inches below the gun’s point of aim and cannot be adjusted.

 

Does the ShotKam have Wi-Fi?

Yes, it has built-in Wi-Fi which enables the shooter to connect directly to the ShotKam while in the field. No other Wi-Fi is needed to download the ShotKam shots directly to a smartphone / iPad/ tablet.

 

What is the ShotKamPro App?

The ShotKamPro app is to change the ShotKam's settings and is available for both iOS and Android devices. It can be downloaded from the App or Play Store and is free. The app can only open when connected to the ShotKam's built-in Wi-Fi.

 

How are the settings changed?

Turn the ShotKam into Wi-Fi Mode (hold power button 3 + seconds until both LEDs are on.)

Open the Settings icon on your Smartphone, iPad, or Tablet.

Go to Connections > Wi-Fi > SHOTKAM.

Once connected, go back to the phone's home screen and open the ShotKamPro App.

Press on the Setting icon and change the settings. Go back to the screen where you can see what the ShotKam sees and check that the settings in the top right corner are correct.

Exit the App and turn OFF the ShotKam.

 

Does the camera signal that a shot has been saved?

Yes, a solid green LED will light up once the action is closed (video is recording through a memory buffer), then a blue LED will flash after the recoil to signal that the shot has been saved.

   

Target Setting Specifications:

CLAYS:

  • Sleep Delay: Initiates after 20 seconds of inactivity, open & close the action to awaken
  • "Normal" Recording Time: 2 seconds pre-shot, 1 second post-shot
  • Records as one if there are two shots fired within 6 seconds of each other

 

FLYING BIRDS:

  • Sleep Delay: Initiates after 60 seconds of inactivity, bump the gun to awaken
  • "Normal" Recording Time: 3 seconds pre-shot, 3 seconds post-shot
  • Records as a single video if there are multiple shots fired within 9 seconds of each other

 

GROUND GAME:

  • Sleep Delay: Initiates after 300 seconds of inactivity
  • "Normal" Recording Time: 18 seconds pre-shot, 20 seconds post-shot
  • Records as a single video if there are multiple shots fired within 10 seconds of each other

PAPER TARGETS:

  • Sleep Delay: Initiates after 60 seconds of inactivity
  • "Normal" Recording Time: 2 seconds pre-shot, 1 second post-shot
  • Records as a single video if there are multiple shots fired within 8 seconds of each other

  

How should the videos be watched for personal improvement?

It is best to receive input from an experienced shooter or qualified instructor as the answer to this question is complicated.

We suggest to “shoot in front, but don't look in front”. The important thing is to have the conscious brain focused on the target, while the subconscious brain positions the muzzle. It is easy to fall into the habit of checking the gun barrel → target relationship, but that is what should be avoided.

Watch videos of hitting and missing targets while focusing on the clay. Train the conscious brain to focus on the target, while the subconscious brain places the gun correctly.

 

How does the camera adjust to varying target distances and light conditions?

The ShotKam has unique light-balancing technology which automatically adjusts the view within a 5 to 100 yard range.

 

 

 

 

 

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