Spartan GoLive M (4G/LTE) (Cellular) Review

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Spartan GoLive M 4G/LTE Cellular Trail Camera Review

Looking for a live video streaming trail camera? The Spartan GoLive offers live streaming video to your smartphone, has great battery life, and high-quality video & photos. The detection circuit could use improvement, but overall this is a great cellular trail camera.- TCP Staff

Model #GL-MLTEb | Spartan GoLive Owners Manual

Spartan GoLive FAQ’s

Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:



  • Photos and videos are high-quality and realistic
  • Excellent battery life
  • Real-time video streaming (30 fps)
  • Works really well with the Spartan Solar Panel


  • Below-average detection zone

The Spartan GoLive M 4G/LTE Cellular camera is the first trail camera that streams live video. Log in to your camera from anywhere in the world and see what is happening in near real-time (it has a 4-5 second delay). This live stream Spartan GoLive camera is flexible and uses smart network switching to keep you connected in the United States. It does not work on just one specific carrier.

Picture quality

Picture Quality: 91/100

Photo resolution: 8 Mpxl

Flash Type: No Glow

Photos are realistic, clear, and demonstrate good contrast. The Spartan live stream camera stops motion well and isn’t overly interpolated. The no-glow flash produces good illumination, good contrast, and renders clear photos.

Video quality might be slightly better than photos so we think you will like what you see here. Even in Live mode, the videos look really good!

What if you purchase from us and aren’t happy with the image quality?

This is a common question and we have a very simple solution. Call, email, or chat with us. We can look at your images and offer programming suggestions or determine if your camera is defective. If so, we’ll replace your live stream Spartan GoLive camera with our exclusive 2-Year warranty or return the camera for a full refund (within 90 days of purchase).

Night IR Blur Test

The equipment for the test consists of a target moving along a track from left to right at a constant speed controlled by a stepper motor and a sensor to trigger the capture of a picture near the center of the field of view of a trail camera.

The target is moving at 1.25 feet per second and is 10 feet from the camera at the center of field of view. The test is conducted in a dark room. Two pictures are taken, one with the target not moving and one with the target in motion. A visual comparison can now be made of the two pictures. All settings that affect the quality of night photos will be tested.

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Megapixel Ratings:

Manufacturers are in a race to offer cameras with the highest megapixels. They want to trick consumers into believing a camera with more megapixels must be better than one with less. This is simply not true. The vast majority of trail cameras use a 5-megapixel image sensor or smaller. Through interpolation, manufacturers digitally enhance their photos up to resolutions as high as 32 megapixels. Typically, these interpolated photos look no better than photos taken at their native (original) resolution. Interpolation offers few benefits but definitely has disadvantages. For instance, a native 5 megapixel image interpolated up to 32 megapixels would have nowhere near the clarity and resolution of a true, native 32 megapixel photo, but it would have the same file size. This larger file size greatly reduces the number of photos you can store on a memory card. Additionally, the larger files take longer to process and slow your camera down.

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The best way to judge picture quality is to look at actual pictures. We’ve found cameras with quality image sensors and a premium lens (the best use glass) produce the highest quality photos. We recommend programming your camera to capture photos at its native resolution. You’ll store more photos on any given memory card and your camera will capture and store images as fast as possible.

Battery Life: 100/100

Picture & Video Resting Power (on):0.6 mW (w/ Live off) | 6.73 mW (w/ Live on)

Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption:21.8 Ws | 21.3 Ws

10 Seconds of Live Video Recording: 84.8 Ws

If this realtime video camera had Live mode turned off and it took 15-day pictures and 15-night pictures every 24 hours, it would last 9.3 months on a set of lithium batteries.

If this live feed trail camera had Live mode turned on and it took 15-day pictures and 15-night pictures every 24 hours, it would last 5.3 months on a set of lithium batteries.

Whether in Live mode or not, these are outstanding power consumption numbers. Keep in mind, the more you use the Live Video Feed the more battery life you consume.

Detection Circuit: 75/100

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.57 s. | Varies – see below

Video Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.32 s.

Detection Range & Angle: 70 ft. @ 35.1° detection angle (45.7° field of view)

Trigger speed is half a second, which is pretty solid for a cellular trail camera. Recovery time is wildly inconsistent and depends on a number of variables. Most cellular game cameras detect motion, capture an image, and are disabled while they transmit. The GoLive is different. It continues to take photos as long as something is moving in front of the camera while it’s simultaneously sending previously captured pictures. Recovery time depends on the amount and duration of the activity. Detection Range averages 70 ft. and the detection angle is 10 degrees narrower than the field of view. Accordingly, there will be areas in the picture where the camera can’t detect motion. Under normal circumstances, we would be very critical of this detection/lens angle mismatch. However, with the added cost of streaming video, the smaller detection zone could be seen as a benefit. This small zone prevents the GoLive from triggering when animals are too distant to recognize or about to wander out of the field of view. The GoLive won’t trigger as often as other cameras, but when it does you’ll have a better chance of logging in and viewing decent video.

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Quality of Design: 86/100

Dimensions:5.25″ x 6″ x 3.5″

Battery Type:12 AA

External Battery Jack:12-Volt

SD Card Size: Up to 128GB

Camera Setup

Cellular Setup Instructions

  2. Enter your IMEI/MEID ID, choose your data plan and enter your ICCID number
  3. Checkout and purchase your data
  4. Add lithium batteries and SD cards to the camera and turn it on. Enter the required information. Use the setup wizard to complete the install (you can install via the camera or the Spartan smartphone app. This will take a few minutes, especially if doing it from the camera.)
  5. Register the camera via the instructions to add it to your account.
  6. In order to arm the camera, press and hold the left arrow key and then confirm yes.

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Case Design

The camera’s case design is solid and works well. The latch is big and beefy and opens/closes easily; even in cold weather. The functionality of the screen, viewer, and settings operate quickly and intuitively. We do like that the GoLive has two threaded inserts (one on the back and one on the bottom) for a Slate River Mount. The GoLive also has a python bracket on the back of the camera. The GoLive camera has an internal battery that can be charged via a 12-volt external power source. We recommend doing this before putting the camera in the field as it will give your battery life a boost. Additionally, the internal battery powers the GoLive’s GPS unit allowing the camera to be located even if the AA’s are removed.


Spartan game cameras for sale have a history of good reliability. If a problem arises, we will update this review immediately.

Please remember, when you shop with Trailcampro our 2-year warranty program is your free insurance program in case something goes wrong with your camera. If something should go wrong, we handle everything in-house and expedite your camera replacement for a full two years

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Since 2005, our mission has to been to provide consumers with unbeatable value, advice you can trust, and customer service that exceeds expectations. We know there are plenty of places you can purchase a trail camera. Rest assured, if you shop with us you will not be disappointed – We guarantee it! Trailcampro has grown each year not only by relying on your happiness but on the assumption that if we blow you away with customer service, you will brag about us to your friends have you seen our referral/reward program

As always, if you have additional questions, feel free to call, email or chat with us. We look forward to helping you find your next trail camera!

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FAQ’s: Realtime Video Camera

Q: Will this trail camera trigger on small animals (birds, rodents, etc.)?

A: Trail cameras detect on a combination of heat and movement, so, yes, small mammals will trigger the camera. However, if you are going after smaller warm-blooded mammals, we recommend getting the camera closer to your target. For best performance, place the camera in an area that would enable picture detection from 3 – 20 ft.

Q: Can animals see the infrared flash on this Live Streaming Security Game camera?

A: This is somewhat controversial. Most humans can’t tell when a picture is taken as the spectrum of light used by this flash is above what the human eye can detect. However, all humans are genetically unique, and apparently, a very small percentage can identify the flash. Animals are no different, but research shows the vast majority are unaffected by the placement of a “No Glow” camera.

Q: Where can I purchase this camera?

A: From us! We hope to win you over with our incredible charm, two-year warranty, 90-day returns, free continental U.S. shipping, and technical expertise.

Seriously, though, we know you have plenty of options of where to spend your hard-earned money. The internet can be the wild, wild, west of too-good-to-be-true deals. If you choose to do business with us, we will go out of our way to make sure you are happy with the camera you select and the service we provide you.

We are passionate about testing and reviewing trail cameras, but most importantly, we are passionate about treating our customers the right way. We do things differently from what you have come to expect from other internet retailers and we hope you give us the opportunity to prove that to you.

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