What are the Best Affordable Trail Camera Models Out There?

moultrie front pageOffering of trail cameras has literally exploded in recent years. There is a huge amount of manufacturers on the market today offering wide range of cameras from simple and cheap to highly advanced and expensive. You can buy a game camera with all the bells and whistles from HD video recording to SMS, MMS and email remote properties, or you can invest your money in cheapest basic 3 megapixel trail camera with very limited features. Or then you can choose something in between these two options. And this is when things can get complicated…

You see, there is a limited amount of really high end trail camera models out there. And there is also a very limited offering of those dirt cheap trail cameras on the market. But what comes to amount of cameras on the middle ground – there is plenty of them. Thus it can be somewhat puzzling to find the best option for your budget and needs. And that is exactly why CheapTrailCameras.com exists. This site is an information resource made for you. This site is an all-inclusive guide and a one-stop-shop, that will help you to find a trail camera that provides best bang for your buck.

Selecting the Trail Camera

So how do you find a trail camera that is both affordable and has the features you need? Well naturally you first have to specify what the features that you will need are. Now, if you are a complete newbie when it comes to trail cameras and you are not sure what you need to take into consideration when looking for an entry level trail camera, I recommend you to check our Trail Camera Buying Guide. It is a comprehensive online guide that goes through, in detail, the most important features of game cameras that you should know about.

If you are already familiar with trail cameras and their different features, then I suggest that you start your journey below this chapter and check the quick reviews of the Top 5 affordable trail camera models on the market today.

Reviews of the 5 Best Inexpensive Trail Cameras

 

1. Moultrie A5

Moultrie A5 Game CameraMoultrie A5 deserves to be on the first spot on our list. It is without a doubt the best cheap game camera at the moment. Why? Well first of all look at the price. A5 is sold at roughly $60 in Amazon, so it is among the cheapest models being sold. Second, A5 is a full-blooded trail camera, offering surprising amount of features. The camera provides 5 megapixel pictures and AVI video clips at 640×480 resolution. The IR flash has a range up to 50 feet and since the LED emitters of the flash are low-glow type, you won’t spook the game.

The quality of the photos is solid, both in day and night pictures. And with 4 C-cell batteries A5 can take up to 8000 shots. That’s pretty amazing battery life. Trigger speed of the camera is approx. 2 seconds, which is fast enough for most hunters out there.

 

All in all Moultrie A5 is well designed small camera that is easy to use and that has proven its durability in the field. If you want more information about this camera, I suggest that you check our full review in here.

2. Primos Truth Cam 35

Primos Truth Cam 35 is a trail camera classic and one of the best selling game cameras of all time. Even though Primos Truth Cam 35 can’t compete in Primos 35 the amount of features with the latest trail camera models, it has other strengths. These include the price (Truth Cam 35 is sold roughly at $80 at the moment) and simplicity and durability of the camera.

Primos Truth Cam is easy to set up, and in no time it will be providing you good quality 3MP images. This camera is fast too, trigger speed is approx 1.5 seconds, and only 0.3 seconds if the camera is not in sleep mode.

Truth Cam 35 is almost as simple as trail camera can get. It offers you very good value and basic line of features. If you need more features from your Primos camera, then you should check the more recent version of this classic, called Truth Cam ULTRA 35. Or if you want to learn more about the original Truth Cam 35, then check out this review.

3. Moultrie M-880

Moultrie M-880Is a trail camera that costs approx. $130 cheap? Not necessarily. Is it affordable? Maybe. Does it provide excellent value for your money? Hell Yeah!
To put it briefly, Moultrie M-880 is packed with amazing features, provides excellent pictures, has outstanding night range, fast trigger speed and recovery time, and has loooong battery lifetime. All this packed into tiny and durable casing.

This camera should actually be on the number one spot on our list, but since its price is considerably higher than the price of Moultrie A5 or Primos Truth Cam 35, we decided to put it on the third spot.

It is impossible to cover all the amazing features, as well as pros and cons of M-880 here in a few sentences, so it is really worthwhile to check the full review.

 

4. Browning BTC5 Strike Force

Browning Strike Force Sub Micro 10MP Game CameraThis whole new model from Browning is really similar with Moultrie M-880. Browning Strike Force provides you all the features that a hunter can basically need. It is small, it takes outstanding pictures both day and night, and it can operate for ages with just one set of batteries.

Browning Strike Force produces 10 MP day shots that are near perfect, they are vivid and full of color. The night time shots are excellent also, thanks to powerful and well balanced flash. And no matter whether you are using this camera to catch fast moving game or as a surveillance camera you will not miss a shot thanks fast trigger speed and excellent detection circuit.

The best part is that Strike Force is a compeletely new model, and yet the price is already at very reasonable level. It is highly likely that we’ll see this camera on number two or one spot in the near future if the price starts dropping the way it usually does on new trail camera models.

To get a better picture of the camera itself, check the full review.

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5. Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo

Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo Trail Camera Stealth Cam is a true pioneer when it comes to trail cameras and trail camera development. After all, they are the company that made trail cameras mainstream.

G42 No-Glo is a completely new model from Stealth Cam and it offers remarkable amount of features with affordable price. The 10 megapixel images that this trail camera produces are just plain beautiful. And wha’ts best, G42NG also knows how to shoot HD video with sound.

G42NG is No-Glo camera with really powerful flash. You may want to consider buying this bad boy for surveillance purposes also.

Though this model is bursting with features, Stealth Cam also knows how make cameras that are easy to use. G42NG features a Quick Set  mode that allows you to set up your camera in seconds.

We definitely recommend checking the full review of Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo in here.

 

More Reviews?

Not satisfied with our TOP5 list? That’s okay, we got you covered. From the chart below you will find all the cameras we currently have reviewed, at a glance.

As you may see this chart only provides the most basic information of each camera. Thus if you feel like you want more information, please check this more comprehensive comparison chart or you can jump straight into reading the more detailed game camera reviews in here.

Model
Picture
Image resolution (MP)
Trigger speed (seconds)
Price range
Rating
 
Bushnell Trophy Cam Essential
6
0.8
$110
4.0/5
Spypoint BF-6
6
<1
$110
4.0/5
Stealth Cam G30
8
0.5
$100
3.8/5
Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo
10
0.5
$125
4.2/5
Moultrie A-8
8
<1.5
$75
3.5/5
Browning Strike Force
10
0.67
$130
4.5/5
Covert MP6
6
<1.2
$90
4.0/5
Tasco 3MP
3
<1.6
$40
3.5/5
Primos Truth Cam 46 ULTRA
7
<1
$120
3.3/5
Browning Recon Force
8
<1
$120
4.1/5
Primos Truth Cam 35
3
1.5
$80
3.9/5
Moultrie D55-IR
moultrie d55ir
5
N/A
N/A
3.4/5
Bushnell 8MP
Trophy Cam
Bushnell 8mp Trophy Cam
8
1
$130
4.2/5
Browning Range Ops
6
0.5
$90
4.0/5
Wildgame N4E
Wildgame Innovations 4MP trail camera
4
1
$70-80
3.6/5
Bushnell
X-8
X-8
6
0.9
$150
4.1/5
Moultrie D-55IRXT
Moultrie Game Spy D55-IRXT
5
1.7
$120
3.8/5
Moultrie A-5
5
2
$50
3.8/5
Simmons Whitetail 4MP
4
1.2
$70
4.1/5
Moultrie D-444
8
<1
$100
3.9/5
Wildview TK40
8
<1
$100
3.8/5
Primos Truth Cam ULTRA 35
4
1
$100
3.7/5
Browning Spec Ops
8
<1
$100
3.7/5
Moultrie M-880
8
<1
$120
4.2/5

 

I hope that you find the information on this site useful and that you will find the best trail camera for you needs with the help of the information provided here at CheapTrailCameras.com.

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Sincerely,

Pete