Post-Season Trail Camera Activities

Post season trail camera tips

Post season trail camera tipsThe end of the hunting season yields some great rewards. There’s pictures of the year’s most prized animals, large bucks and colorful turkeys, the delicious food made from their meat, and the trophies for the wall. But just because the season ends, doesn’t mean it’s time to ignore your trail cameras.

The cameras have worked hard for you all season so now it’s time to work hard for them. It’s important to take care of your cameras post-season so that they’re still around next year to help track down those amazing prizes.

Even if you are not planning to bring your cameras in, you should ensure the safety and security of your cameras and perform routine maintenance on them.  The first thing you should do after the season, is to head out and check your trail cams. And if you aren’t already, this might be a good time to install lock boxes and/or security cables. Also if the model supports it, using the security code function is a good idea. You might also want to consider bringing a folding saw or pruner with you so you can cut back any growth that has gotten in the way of the camera since you were last there.

Changing fresh batteries and replacing the SD cards with empty ones should be part of your “field maintenance” routine at this point. Makes sure your clen the lenses of your cameras by using a soft cloth. Also clean the outside of the camera to remove all the dirt left behind from the season in the wild. If you’re leaving the cameras out to continue tracking the game, consider supplemental feeding in the area of the cameras, where legal. This can continue throughout the off season, priming the animals to return to the area so you can not only conduct an animal census, but possibly keep the animals coming back out of habit during hunting season.

If you’re going to store your trail cameras for the off season, it’s vital that you do so properly. Spend some time and perform a diagnostic to make sure all modes are functioning so you don’t have any nasty surprises next season. Make sure the firmware of your cameras are up to date. Refer to your camera manual if you don’t know how to check the firmware version. Latest firmwares can be found from the manufacturer’s websites.

Remove each memory card and consider marking it and the camera so you know which cards fit with which cameras. Also remove the batteries to cut down on the risk of corrosion that could ruin the cameras. Clean each camera thoroughly. Once this is all done, store each camera in an air-tight bag with a desiccant pack to keep the moisture from corroding the electronics. Cameras should be stored in a location that isn’t likely to experience a lot of temperature or humidity changes. Storage units can often get very cold or hot and these extremes can ruin the delicate electronics of your cameras. Storage in the home is by far the best method of ensuring the safety of the cameras for the next year.

Post-season care of your cameras is extremely valuable. It’s work that you put in that reaps great benefits the next season. Ensuring the cameras are safe and well-maintained while in the field is so vital to extending their lifespan. And proper storage ensures you’ll get the most out of them for years to come.

Trail Camera Efficciency Tips

Get the most out of your trail camera with these tips

Get the most out of your trail camera with these tipsWhen someone puts their keys in the same spot every day when they get home from work, they’re called a creature of habit. But the same thing applies to all animals. In the case of a hunter, exploiting those habits is key to identifying game animals and making the most of hunting trips. One of the easiest ways to do that is through the use of trail cameras set up along animal trails. Nowadays trail cameras are more or less seen as a must-have for the successful hunter. By using data accumulated before and during the hunting season, hunters can gauge where and when they can find animals more accurately than ever.

But just setting a camera in a tree and leaving it alone isn’t the answer. There is a lot of maintenance and care that must be put into the cameras in order to get the kind of results necessary for good hunts. In addition, if the cameras aren’t placed properly or utilized effectively, there will be many unusable shots. A lot of time and money can be wasted this way. And once the hunter has the pictures, organization and analysis of those photos is absolutely necessary to figure out where the bucks are for hunting. Following a few basic rules like these can drastically increase hunting success by making the most of trailcams.

Any hunter will tell you that the hunt begins long before fall rolls around. Trail cameras help track the summer movements of bucks and note how they change with the seasons. But before the trail cameras can provide information, they need to be set up carefully.

The first step of preparation is making sure that your camera has the latest firmware. This is the internal system that operates the camera. Make sure that each of your camera is up to date and also make sure that each has fresh set of batteries. A dead game camera helps no one. Erase all SD cards before heading out and make sure that each one fits and works fine in the camera it’s going to go in. Some cards don’t work properly in some cameras, so taking a few minutes to double check is well worth the effort.

When placing your cameras, hide and secure them well. For all intents and purposes, you are leaving cameras out in the middle of nowhere. Place the cameras in hard-to-see places and lock them to trees or thick branches to prevent theft. Use lock boxes for additional safety.

Getting the perfect shot can be nearly impossible when there’s no one behind the camera. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t things to be done to help maximize the good photos while setting up the cameras. Try to face the cameras north. This will put the sun behind the cameras at all times of day, lessening blurry silhouettes. Put the cameras up in trees if possible or in dense brush. But make sure the camera can still see the path it’s facing, either by getting in manually and checking it or using a viewer (if your camera has one) to check the camera’s field of view. To maximize the amount of photos if your camera has a hybrid mode, utilize it. This setting enables both timelapsed photography and motion detection photography at the same time.

Once the photos start rolling in, that’s the time to begin analyzing the trailcam data. There are many different ways of organizing it, from simply making folders of particular cameras to using more sophisticated ways like dedicated software. Using a specialized software will offer you breakdowns of different animals along with where and when they have been most often spotted.

Putting in a little bit of preparation and organization before the hunting season can make it a more successful season overall. Trail camera maintenance, setup, and organization contribute to making these hunts great.

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Moultrie M-880i Trail Camera (2014 model)

Moultrie M-880i 2014 model review

Moultrie M-880i 2014 model reviewIf you are planning to buy a new trail camera right now is an excellent momentum for that. Why? Well all the major players have just about released their new models for 2015. And naturally most of the hunters are comparing those new models and trying to decide which one to buy. At the same moment there are plenty of 2014 and even 2013 trail camera models that are currently selling at discounted prices all over the internet. So instead of buying that brand new shiny 2015 model, why not go for an older model that has already shown its value on the field and got excellent reviews.

Moultrie M-880i (2014 model) is a great example of the situation. This time last year it was hard to find this particular model below $150 range but at the moment of writing you can find deals starting from $110. Moultrie M-880i is the no-glow IR flash version of Moultrie M-880. All M-880 models have been selling very well from the very beginning and this one is no exception. It is a versatile trail camera with plenty of options for everyone.

M-880i takes 8 megapixel images and records video clips at 1280×720 aspect ratio. (Please note that video clips are recorded at the frame rate of 10fps, so the quality is not officially HD). The daytime pictures are great but there has been some out of focus problems with M-880 models that Moultrie has been struggling with. Color-and contrast-wise the images look good though.

M880i is equipped with no glow IR flash consisting of 32 LEDs. The flash range (according the manufacturer) is up to 70ft, but in real life the effective flash range is somewhere around 50ft. The night time images themselves are solid quality for a no-glow camera, even though the flash itself is not that powerful.M-880i no-glow IR image

Moultrie M880i has all the same features than the regular M-880 model. These include delay mode, multi-shot mode, timelapse mode and a hybrid mode that uses both motion detector and time lapse program. The motion detection of M-880i works nicely but the range is quite limited. The camera only detects motion up to 50ft. ThMoultrie M-880i sturdy casee trigger speed is not the fastest possible but still ok; approx 1 s. And recovery time of 5 seconds is something you can live with.

Moultrie says that M-880i can take up to 13,500 images on one set of 8 AA batteries. And the truth is that Moultrie M-880i is one of the best trail cameras out there when it comes to battery life. And you have also possibility to extend the battery life with external 12V power source. M-880i stores the images on SD memory card (class 4 cards recommended) and can handle cards up to 32GB. This model is also compatible with with Eye-Fi Connect X2/Pro X2 Wi-Fi memory cards. M880i also features “Overwrite Oldest” mode that will erase the oldest photos and videos in order to create free space for new photos and videos when your SD card is full.

Moultrie M-880i Features

  • 8 Megapixel Images
  • Video recording at 1280×720 aspect ratio
  • 32 No-Glow IR LED flash with range up to 70 ft
  • Motion Freeze technology and extended flash range for clarity in night time images
  • PIR sensor with motion detection range up to 50 ft
  • Test Mode for testing the PIR sensor coverage area
  • images stamped with time, date, moon phase, temperature and camera/location ID info
  • trigger speed approx 1 second, recovery time approx. 5 seconds
  • programmable trigger delay (5, 10, 30 seconds or 1, 5, 10, 30 minutes)
  • Multi-Shot and Burst Modes, 3 images per triggering
  • Time Lapse mode with hybrid possibility (uses both time lapse and PIR triggering)
  • backlit buttons for ease of viewing in low-lit conditions
  • password protection to increase security
  • SD Card slot up to 32GB (Class 4 or higher SD cards recommended)
  • ¼” -20 socket for tripods and tree mounts
  • USB output and external 12V power jack
  • durable housing with Mossy Oak® Camouflage pattern
  • Python cable lock compatible
  • operates on 8 AA batteries
  • One year warranty

 

Pros

Moultrie M-880i takes very nice images, but what’s especially good is the quality of the night time shots. For a no glow camera night time images are solid as long as the objects are within 45 ft. range.

No glow flash makes the camera invisible. You won’t spook the game or those trespassing your property if you use the camera for surveillance.

The battery life of M-880i is excellent, one of the best on the market. Possibility to use external power source is a nice bonus.

Small size, durable case, Mossy Oak® camouflage and simple to use; Moultrie sure knows how to design trail cameras.

Currently you can find great deals for older trail camera models thus price is definitely one of the strong points of  M-880i (2014 model)

Cons

The detection range of M-880i is a bit disappointing. On the other hand if the effective flash range is only 50ft, then why bother having better detection range. We would like to see both better flash range and detection range in the future models.

Moultrie has had some focus problems with M-880 models and unfortunately the problem occurs in this model also. Therefore if minor focus problems bother you consider some other model instead.

Conclusion

All that can be said is that Moultrie M-880i is solid Moultrie quality. It has proven its value and earned some nice reviews and now you can get yours at discounted price. So if you are looking for a good no-glow camera or a good trail camera in general, and you don’t want to spent too much money here is a trail camera for you.

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How To Organize Your Trail Camera Photos?

how to keep your trail camera photos organized?

how to keep your trail camera photos organized?Hunters aren’t necessarily known for being great photographers. But using scouting and trail cameras in a hunting area can greatly increase the success of any hunt. The pictures harvested from these cameras give hunters an idea of the habits and movement patterns of certain animals or of all the animals in a given area. Planning a hunt around these patterns makes hunting less haphazard. But these cameras aren’t cheap and it takes time and dedication to properly place and maintain them. Success that translates to better hunts depends on the proper organization of the photos.

There are two common ways to take trailcam photos: time-lapse and motion-activated. It is best to try to use a mix of both to determine that you’ve got a good location for your camera and to start to track where the animal activity is concentrated. Once you’re satisfied with the placement of your cameras, relying more heavily on motion-activated cameras is should bring the best results.

There are lots of different methods to organize your trailcam photos. But the first step before the organization begins is to cull the duds. These pictures will have no animals in them or animals you aren’t interested in. With motion-activated or timed shot cameras both, you’ll sometimes end up getting a lot of these. If you can delete them from the card before you even get started organizing, this will save you time and effort. Look at the pictures in thumbnail mode first before taking the time to open each one.

Once you have a group of good photos of animals on the property you can begin to organize them. Start with a folder for each camera and then within it you can break it down several ways. Date or time of day can be useful in helping track animal patterns. But you can also separate by individual animals. This lets you look through the pictures and figure out where and when the animal will be in the area near the camera.

But a long string of photos in a folder on your desktop doesn’t help increase your chances of a good hunt. It’s a time-consuming process to go through each one and find the animals you’re looking for, especially with several different cameras. With today’s photo technology, a few cameras can net hundreds or even thousands of photographs over a short period of time. That’s a lot to look through!

Many new options for trailcam software are out on the market and they streamline the process significantly. Some software packages, like DeerLab, will analyze the pictures and the data pulled from them to give details about individual animal movements over an entire piece of property. While you still have to tag individual photos of the animals, you can do it in batches where you search for one animal among the photos and tag all those photos at once.

Another handy feature of the software is the ability to aggregate activity by camera. DeerLab allows you to figure out when and where the animals are moving in relation to an individual camera. Making the software even more user friendly, it is accessible from all tablets and smartphones.

Embracing new technology is a great way to keep making your hunts productive and enjoyable. Regardless of how you do it, you need to pick a method of organization to capitalize on the time, money, and energy of installing and using trailcams. Adopting photo processing software into your toolkit is the fastest and easiest way to look through the hundreds or thousands of pictures from your trailcams and make the most accurate predictions of locations for blinds on your property.

New Trail Cameras for 2015

glance at new trail camera models in 2015

glance at new trail camera models in 2015We are halfway through January already and trail camera manufacturers are busy releasing their new models to market. In this blog post we will go through some of the most interesting product releases for 2015.

In general level there are few trends that can clearly be seen in 2015 trail camera models:

Simplicity. Even though it is so much fun to play with all the different features of your camera, in the end every trail camera user appreciates simplicity. Based on what we have seen, game cameras this year will be even easier to use and faster to set up.

Trigger Speeed and Recovery Time. Trigger speeds and recovery times have been improving year after year and 2015 makes no exception. This year we will see trail cameras with triggers speeds going below 0.3 seconds.

Image resolution. We will see higher megapixel numbers this year. Will they result in even better images remains to be seen.

Video resolution. 720p video with audio was more or less a standard in more expensive cameras in 2014. This year we will see more and more trail cameras that are capable of recording 1080p HD video with sound.

Black Flash. This year no-glow IR flash will no longer be the privilege of high end trail cameras. We will see more and more budget trail camera models equipped with no-glow IR flash.

Remote features. Checking your trail camera images and videos remotely or even controlling your camera via remote connection? At least Kodiak, HCO Outdoor Products, Spypoint and Stealth Cam will introduce trail cameras with remote features. While these models may be beyond the budget of our average reader, this nevertheless is the direction the industry is going in the long run.

Browning Trail Cameras

Browning starts the year by intoducing new versions of their Recon Force and Spec Ops series and also updating the Strike Force and Dark Ops sub-micro series cameras. New Browning Recon Force and Spec Ops cameras will be able to provide 1920×1080 HD video with audio. Based on the sample video uploaded to Browning’s Youtube channel the quality of the video is quite amazing.

We hope to see competive prices for these new and updated models from Browning.

Moultrie Trail Camerasmoultrie a-5 2gen trail camera

Moultrie has introduced several new models for 2015. Most interesting ones from the budget point of view are the Moultrie A-5 Gen2 and Moultrie A-7i Gen2 cameras. The new A-5 is even simpler to use than it predecessor and it now runs on AA batteries. The trigger speed is approx 1.5 seconds and the recovery time should be significantly shorter than before. List price for new A-5 is approx. $80.

Moultrie A-7i Gen2 is similar simple to use budget camera as A-5 Gen2, but it takes 7MP images and features invisible no-glow IR flash. The list price of A-7i Gen2 is roughly $115 so this may well be among the cheapest no-glow cameras in 2015.

Other interesting releases from Moultrie include M-550 Gen2 Mini Game Camera which is cheapest mini game camera in Moultrie’s selection, as well as new M-880 Gen2, M-880i Gen2 and M-990i Gen2. For more detailed info check out the video below.

Bushnell Trail Cameras

Bushnell’s new Trophy Cam Aggressor features impressive 0.2 second trigger speed. It also takes 14MP images and records 1080p HD video with sound. Aggressor series trail cameras come both in low-glow and no-glow IR flash versions.

More interesting model from model for all us tightwads is Bushnell’s Trophy Cam Essential HD. It is said to feature 0.3 s trigger speed, 12MP image resolution and 720p video recording.

 Wildgame Innovations

Trail cameras from Wildgame Innovations are typically quite wallet friendly so we are really anticipating for new K Series trail cameras that are coming out from Wildgame. New K Series Cloak 4 and K Series LightSout 4 bot feature 1-scond trigger speed, 720p HD video, 16:9 Wide Angle lens and multiple other features. The Cloak comes equipped with low-glow IR flash, whereas LightSout will have invisible Black IR flash.

Sources: Moultrie, Bushnell, Browning, Kodiak, HCO Outdoor Products, Spypoint, Stealth Cam, Wildgame Innovations, Bowhuntingmag, Realtree

Primos Truth Cam Ultra 46 HD Trail Camera

Primos Truth Cam ULTRA 46 HD Review
Primos Truth Cam ULTRA 46 HD Review

It is quite funny that the most famous and most likely the best selling model of Primos is still their original Truth Cam 35 model.

And even though this model is somewhat bulky and bit outdated when compared to many of today’s trail camera models, it still sells surprisingly well.

The truth, however, is that in recent years Primos has been behind its competitors when it comes to developing successful trail camera models.

The success of Primos has been mediocre, to say the least. Therefore it is nice to see that after a long pause, Primos has stepped up its game and presented Truth Cam Ultra 46 HD, a trail camera that can truly compete with all the modern game camera models out there.

Primos has really improved every single area in this particular model. TC ULTRA 46 HD takes better images and videos than previous models, it is faster, detection is better, the flash range is better and the battery life is better than in its predecessors.

The daytime images are beautiful; sharp and vivid. And once again it is proven that you should not stare the number of megapixels when selecting a trail camera.

This model features 7MP images but they are as good as any 10MP trail camera shots we have seen. Nighttime shots of ULTRA 46 HD are also very good.

The only problem is caused by the super powerful flash; if the object is near the camera, whiteout to some extent is almost guaranteed. Other than that there is nothing to complain about.

The only problem is caused by the super powerful flash; if the object is near the camera, whiteout to some extent is almost guaranteed. Other than that there is nothing to complain about.

Detecting the objects won’t be a problem with this trail camera, detection range at best is even up to 80 ft. The trigger speed of 0.7 seconds is among the fastest on the market today and the recovery time of approx. 3 seconds is very good indeed.

If there is one particular thing that Primos has been good at, it must be the user-friendliness of its trail cameras. And 46 HD is no exception. With simple slide switches, you can set up the camera in no time.

Despite the simplicity, 46 HD still has plenty of features to play with including eg. time-lapse mode, burst mode, time-lapse + photos mode, delay mode and so on.

By using lithium batteries you can basically set and forget this camera without worrying that your batteries will drain out. ULTRA 46 HD can run even up to one year without changing the batteries (depending on the weather conditions of course).

And if you use the biggest SD cards compatible (32GB) you don’t have to worry about rapidly filling the memory card either.

Primos Truth Cam Ultra 46 HD features

  1. Adjustable Image Resolution; HI (7MP), LO (5MP)
  2. HD video recording with audio (720p, max. 15 seconds)
  3. 46 IR LED flash with a range up to 100 ft
  4. motion detection range up to 80 ft
  5. Test Mode for testing the detection
  6. images stamped with time, date, day of the week, temperature and moon phase info
  7. trigger speed less approx. 0.7 seconds, recovery time approx. 3 seconds
  8. programmable trigger delay (10, 20, 30 seconds or 1, 5, 30 minutes)
  9. Burst Mode, max 5 images per triggering
  10. Time Lapse mode
  11. SD Card slot up to 32GB
  12. USB output and external 12V power jack
  13. Python cable lock compatible
  14. operates on 8 AA batteries
  15. One year warranty
  16. Size 2.5 x 4.25 x 5.25, weight 15 Oz

Pros

  • The daytime image quality is definitely one of the most important strong points of this camera. This is really something that has improved considerably from the previous Primos models.
  • Trigger speed and recovery time are both excellent. Together with 45-degree detection angle and detection range up to 80 ft these properties ensure that you won’t miss even the fastest moving game.
  • Battery life is outstanding.
  • User-friendliness is solid Primos quality.

Cons

  • The only major downside of this camera is the powerful flash that on some occasions is too powerful, causing whiteout on nearby objects.
  • If you are searching for a trail camera for video purposes ULTRA 46 HD might not be the best option as you can only record short, 15 seconds video clips with it.

Conclusion

Primos Truth Cam ULTRA 46 HD is finally a Primos model that can compete with other modern trail cameras of today. 46 HD is also competitively priced, making this trail camera very attractive. If you are not specifically looking for a No-Glow trail camera, then Primos Truth Cam ULTRA 46 HD is definitely a strongly recommended option.

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Moultrie M-990i Trail Camera (2014 Model)

moultrie m-990i review
moultrie m-990i review

Moultrie M-990i is one of the flagship trail camera models in the Moultrie’s line-up. It has also been one of the favorite no-glow trail cameras among the hunters since its introduction in 2013. This 2014 model has some minor tweaks compared to 2013 model but essentially it is still the same, brilliant trail camera.

Feature-wise M-990i is neck and neck with other popular no-glow models on the market. However M990i is typically about $20 more expensive than models like Browning Dark Ops and Stealth Cam G42NG. Thus it is hard to say if this Moultrie model can be included among the affordable models or not. We decided to add it to our site anyway since you may encounter some offers in Amazon.com where this model is sometimes sold at discount making it making it more cost competitive.

Moultrie M-990i is a 10 megapixel camera that can record up to 90 second HD video clips with sound. Both the daytime and night time images are nearly flawless.

excellent daytime image quality by M-90i

With this model Moultrie has really succeeded fine tuning the night time shooting. Taking into consideration that this camera uses no-glow flash that are famous of producing darkish pictures, the nigh time shots of M-990i are beautiful.

amazing night time image quality for a no-glow camera

There are no big flaws when it comes detecting the objects either. PIR sensor of the camera detects heat and motion up to 50 ft and the camera triggers in less than one second. Recovery time is approx. 5 seconds which is quite typical for today’s trail cameras. Setting up the camera is a breeze thanks to LCD display that can be used as a live preview screen when mounting the camera. Also testing the detection zone of the camera can be done quite easily after the mounting.

Moultrie M-990i is packed with all the bells and whistles you expect to find from a trail camera of this price range. The trigger delay is programmable; camera is capable of taking multi-shots or function in Burst Mode. You can also select the time lapse mode or operate the camera in hybrid mode where the camera works both in time lapse and PIR mode. There are actually so many different features that it is recommended to familiarize yourself with all the options at your home, with the user manual, before going out in the field.

Moultrie M-990i case design is excellent

There have never been big flaws in case designs of Moultrie trail cameras and this one is no exception. The casing is sturdy, weather proof and painted with nice Mossy Oak® Treestand Camouflage pattern. The battery tray slides from the bottom of the camera and holds 8 AA alkaline or lithium batteries. Moultrie claims that this model can take even up to 13,000 images on one set of lithium batteries, but there is also external power port located on the bottom so that you can use power packages or solar power kits.

SD card slot is located on the side of the camera (inside the case naturally) and you can use up to 32GB SD cards with this camera.

Moultrie M-990i Features

  • 10 Megapixel Images
  • HD video recording with sound (720p, max. 90 seconds clips)
  • 32 No-Glow IR LED flash with range up to 70 ft
  • Motion Freeze technology for clear nigh time images
  • PIR sensor with motion detection range up to 50 ft
  • Test Mode for testing the PIR sensor coverage area
  • images stamped with time, date, moon phase, barometric pressure, temperature and camera ID info
  • trigger speed less than 1 second, recovery time approx. 5 seconds
  • programmable trigger delay (5, 10, 30 seconds or 1, 5, 10, 30 minutes)
  • Multi-Shot and Burst Mode, 3 images per triggering
  • Time Lapse mode with hybrid possibility (uses both time lapse and PIR triggering)
  • LCD display for live aim preview, reviewing images and changing the settings
  • backlit buttons for ease of viewing in low-lit conditions
  • password protection to increase security
  • SD Card slot up to 32GB (Class 4 or higher SD cards recommended)
  • ¼” -20 socket for tripods and tree mounts
  • USB output and external 12V power jack
  • durable housing with Mossy Oak® Treestand Camouflage pattern
  • Python cable lock compatible
  • operates on 8 AA batteries
  • One year warranty

Pros

This camera takes excellent images. Daytime images are sharp and colorful and night time shots are exceptionally good for a no-glow trail camera.

As M990i uses no-glow it is invisible for animals and humans alike. Thus you won’t spook the game with this camera or reveal the location of the camera if you are using it for surveillance.

LCD screen of this model is really handy. You can use it as a live preview screen when mounting your camera. And naturally it allows you to review the images and videos right there on the spot.

The battery life of this model is excellent, especially if you use lithium batteries.

Small size makes this camera easy to handle.

Cons

Setting up Moultrie M-990i can be somewhat tricky and the manual is not the most self-explanatory one.

The price is a little bit on the expensive side.

Conclusion

Moultrie M-990i is a great trail camera. It is not a surprise that it is a favorite gadget of many hunters but also a tool of many nature photographers out there. The images it takes are outstanding also during night time despite of no-low flash. It has everything you might need in a small package and it can be used in any application you may need it. Only major downside is the price, this model is not as affordable as we’d like it to be. On the other hand you won’t find many no-glow trail cameras with LCD viewing screen out there at this price.

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Stealth Cam E38NXT Trail Camera

E38NXT review

E38NXT reviewDay by day, model by model trail cameras keep getting smaller, more feature rich, and in most cases easier to use. Stealth Cam E38NXT is a great example of this progress. It is a great combination of tested technology and innovations that once again take the user friendliness to next level.

Pricing-wise Stealth Cam E38 falls in between the basic cheap ones (Moultrie A-5, Stealth Cam P12 and so on) and the more pricey models (Browning Dark Ops, Moultrie M-880 etc.). Currently sold roughly at $100, this model is good value and delivers exactly those features that you would expect to get at this amount of money.

E38NXT is a 8 megapixel trail camera that is also capable of recording max. 5 minute video clips with sound in HD quality. Like the other new Stealth Cam models, also E38NXT has the Quick Set function that allows you to set up the trail camera without hassle. But this model also offers plenty of fun for those who want to play with different features, including Burst Mode, Programmable Trigger Interval, Time Lapse and more.

This Stealth Cam model has a trigger speed of 0.75s which is very good for a camera of this price point. Recovery time of 5 seconds is quite standard in today’s trail cameras.

E38NXT features IR flash consisting of 38 LEDs. The manufacturer claims that the flash has range up to 50ft, but according to some customer feedback the range can be even close to 70ft.

One of the best innovations in this game camera model, if we think about the user friendliness, is the placement of the camera controls. The buttons and LCD display areE38NXT side photo located on the side of the camera. Thus you don’t need to open the camera in order to set it up like in most trail camera models. Naturally this arrangement leaves the buttons and display available for elements, but so far we haven’t stumbled upon any complaints related to weatherproofness of the camera.

The SD card slot, external power connection, quick set slide switch and battery tray are located on the bottom of the camera, so in practice everything in this camera is accessible without opening the camera case.

The Quick Set slide switch at the bottom of the camera allows you select one of the following pre-set programs:
A: 8MP images – 30 sec delay – 3 images per trigger
B: 8MP images – 30 sec delay – 6 images per trigger
MANUAL: 1.3MP images – 30 sec delay – 1 image per trigger (This is default setting but can be changed by the user)
OFF: Powers down the unit completely
TEST: For determining camera’s PIR sensor coverage area.

Stealth Cam E38NXT is powered by 8 AA batteries and supports SD memory cards up to 32GB. The manufacturer recommends the use of Class 10 SD cards with this model. The camera also has external 12V power connection for power packs. There is also a connection for solar panel but that feature is not in use in this particular model.

Stealth Cam E38NXT Features

  • 8.0 Megapixel Images (adjustable 8MP/3MP/1.3MP)
  • HD video recording with sound (5-300 seconds)
  • 38 IR LED flash with range up to 50ft
  • images stamped with time, date moon phase and temperature info
  • trigger speed approx. 0.75 seconds, recovery time 5 seconds
  • Quick Set slide switch
  • Test Mode for testing the PIR sensor coverage area
  • Multi Zone detection
  • Burst Mode 1-9 images per triggering
  • Programmable trigger delay from 5 seconds to 55 minutes
  • Time Lapse mode with PIR override function
  • external LCD status display
  • low battery indicator
  • SD Card slot up to 32GB (Class 10 SD cards recommended)
  • USB output and external 12V power jack
  • durable Camo Housing
  • Python cable lock compatible
  • operates on 8 AA batteries

Pros

This camera has a great design. First of all it is small, approximately the size of your hand. The placement of the controls is brilliant and the same applies to the battery tray and SD card slot locations. Thanks to Quick Set slide switch you can have it set up in no time. Test mode allows you to check the PIR sensor coverage quite accurately.

The trigger speed is excellent for a camera in this price group. And you can’t complain about recovery time either.

The daytime image and video quality is really good as expected for 8MP/HD camera.

Cons

The night time photos are not quite as good as you could expect, but definitely not bad either. But there is room for improvement in night shots.

Also the video quality during the night is not the best possible. The videos tend to be quite grainy.

Conclusion

Stealth Cam E38NXT is like a breath of fresh air. It does the basic job well and also introduces new ideas by placing the controls outside the casing. The camera is quite affordable and offers plenty of features to play with. If you are searching for a trail camera that can offer a little bit more than the very basic cheap models out there, then E38NXT might just be the camera you are looking for.

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Covert MP8 Black IR Flash Trail Camera

Covert Scouting MP8 Black IR Trail Camera Review
Covert Scouting MP8 Black IR Trail Camera Review

Covert MP8 Black is 2014 model from Covert Scouting Cameras. The manufacturer says that it is an improved version of their MP6 model that we have reviewed in here.

The biggest differences, when compared to MP6, are 8-megapixel image ratio and black IR flash. There are also two camouflage options in MP8; the usual Mossy Oak pattern as well as licensed Realtree camo.

Based on the daytime image quality, MP8 really seems to do things little better than MP6. The daytime images are really clear, sharp and colorful. When there is plenty of daylight available the images are plain beautiful, and MP8 does a solid good job even when the amount of light goes down.

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The nighttime images are decent but the fact that the camera has a no-glow IR flash can clearly be seen in the images. As expected, the images are darker, more grainy and not quite as well illuminated as with Covert MP6.

Covert MP8 Black can detect movement up to 70ft. The trigger speed of 1.3 seconds is not the best possible as the majority of today’s trail cameras at this price range can go below 1 second. The recovery time is approx. 5 seconds and one can totally live with it.

A nice feature in the camera is the possibility to view the photos in the field via the small color display. Even though the screen is small it might come handy from time to time. Other basic features include time-lapse mode, photo burst, and start-stop modes as well as adjustable PIR sensor sensitivity.

While most of today’s trail cameras are compatible with SD trail cameras up to 32GB, MP8 Black can handle max 16GB SD cards. This is something to keep in mind if you are planning to shoot a lot of videos or time-lapse photos with short intervals.

Covert MP8 Black IR Features

  1. 8MP image resolution (adjustable 8, 5, or 3 MP)
  2. Trigger speed of 1.3 seconds, recovery time approx. 5 seconds
  3. 5-60 seconds video clips at 640×480 or 320×240 resolution
  4. 40 invisible IR LEDs flash with a range up to 40ft.
  5. adjustable PIR sensor (HIGH, NORMAL, LOW)
  6. time-lapse mode
  7. photo burst mode, takes 1, 2, or 3 shots per trigger
  8. start stop mode allows you to select the time the camera is operational
  9. adjustable trigger interval 5-60 seconds and 1-60 minutes
  10. manual photo/video mode
  11. photos tagged with time, date, moon phase and temperature info
  12. password protection
  13. color display to view the photos on field
  14. mini USB and 6V external power connections
  15. compatible with SD memory cards up to 16 GB
  16. powered by 4 or 8 AA batteries (8xAA recommended)
  17. Mossy Oak or Realtree camouflage
  18. integrated strap loop
  19. Python® cable compatible
  20. one year warranty

Pros

  • MP8 Black is a user-friendly piece of device. It is easy to set up thanks to user-friendly setting logic and clear instruction manual. The casing is sturdy and waterproof and is available with two different camouflage options (Mossy Oak or Realtree).
  • When it comes to daytime image quality, Covert MP8 Black is at least as good as the competing models like Browning and Stealth Cam. It indeed takes beautiful images.
  • Superb battery life is one of the biggest strong points of MP8. If you are looking for a game camera that can operate a long time on its own, this one is a really good option. 8 AA batteries will keep the camera juiced for a long, long time and you can even extend the operating time by attaching 6V external power pack to the camera.
  • Detection range of MP8 is really nice, up to 70 ft.

Cons

  • Trigger speed and recovery time could both be better for a camera of this price.
  • The flash range and power are quite limited when compared to some competing models. Due to this fact, nighttime images tend to be dim and grainy.
  • You may end up getting some empty photos since the detection area is wider than the camera’s field of view.
  • A minor flaw is that the camera only supports SD cards up to 16GB.

Conclusion

Covert MP8 Black trail camera is a nice little package. Thanks to low power consumption and no-glow IR flash it is a viable option especially for surveillance purposes. Excellent daytime image quality makes it a good option for any use basically.

If the camera was a little cheaper it would be a very competitive option. Now it is priced roughly the same as Browning Dark Ops & Strike Force and unfortunately, these models still provide slightly better bang for your buck.

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Moultrie M-550 Game Camera

Moultrie M-550 Review
Moultrie M-550 Review

Moultrie has good options for those who need basic trail cameras, namely Moultrie A-5 and Moultrie A-8. They also have good products in high end cameras at decent price like Moultrie M-880. But what about when you are in a need for a low priced trail camera that can provide more than just the basic features? Moultrie’s answer: M-550.

Moultrie M-550 looks really good on paper. Competitive price, 7MP images, good flash range, small size and above all; plenty of bells and whistles to play with. This really could be a recipe of a very successful trail camera model. Unfortunately the execution is not the best possible. Lets dig deeper.

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Moultrie M-550 provides 7 megapixel images and/or max. 90 second AVI video clips at 640×480 resolution. The camera features a 20 LED low-glow IR flash with a range up to 70ft. Unfortunately in real life the flash is not that powerful and maximum effective range is closer to 50ft.

The day time images produced by M-550 are quite good, not spectacular, but at least above the average. The camera has hard time dealing with the motion though, so don’t be surprised if you encounter some blurry day time shots. The night time shots are a bit disappointing. The flash just does not have enough power to decently illuminate the images and thus the images end up dim and really blurry if the object(s) are moving.

Very little has been improved when it comes to object detection when compared to A-5 and A-8 models. The detection range is only slightly better, roughly 50ft. The trigger speed is less than 1.5s which is too slow for a trail camera in this price group. At least the recovery time has improved significantly, M-550 recovering in 5 seconds.

Moultrie M-550 is powered by 8 AA batteries and the battery life is solid Moultrie quality. The manufacturer promises 17,500 images on set of batteries and it should not be impossible task to achieve. Please note that the manual states that Moultrie M-550 is only compatible with alkalines or lithiums.

Moultrie M-550 Features

  • 7 megapixel images
  • 4 photo quality settings (Enhanced, High, Medium, Low)
  • full color day pictures, black and white night pictures
  • photos stamped with time, date, moon phase, temperature and camera ID info
  • 640×480 AVI video clips (5, 10, 30, 60 or 90 seconds)
  • trigger speed <1.5 seconds, recovery time approx 5 seconds
  • 20 low-glow IR LEDs flash, range up to 70 ft
  • Motion Freeze option for better night time image clarity
  • detection range up to 50 ft.
  • small LCD text screen for displaying settings
  • backlit navigation buttons
  • adjustable interval (5, 10, 30 sec or 1, 5, 10, 30min)
  • time-lapse mode (adjustable interval from 10 seconds to 1 day)
  • multi-shot mode of three images
  • burst mode, 3 shots in 1 second
  • security code protection
  • runs on 8 AA batteries
  • takes 17,500+ images on one set of batteries
  • USB and 12V external power connection
  • adjustable mounting strap and Python® cable lock compatibility
  • supports SD memory card up to 32GB
  • ¼” -20 socket on bottom and back of the camera
  • one year warranty

Pros

Excellent battery life is one of the biggest strong points of Moultrie M-550. In addition to low power consumption M-550 features external power connection, allowing you to extend your field time even more by using a battery pack. The battery tray design of M-550 is brilliant.

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M-550 features the same small but durable case design as Moultrie M-880. The camera even includes two ¼” -20 sockets for tripods or tree mounts.

Compared to price, Moultrie M-550 does offer quite nice amount of different features, like time-lapse, burst mode and multi-shot.

Day time image quality is quite good for a camera of this price category.

Cons

Night time image quality is disappointing. The images are bit dim and tend to be blurry.

You would think that 20 IR LEDs could provide adequate amount of illumination, but no. The flash range and coverage just don’t meet the expectations.

Trigger speed could be faster. Especially if you compare to trigger speeds of other similarly priced trail cameras (for example Stealth Cam G30 with trigger speed of 0.5 seconds).

Conclusion

Moultrie M-550 is a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand it is a well designed, sturdy trail camera that offers lot of features at relatively low price. On the other hand it does not do the basic job (night time image quality, flash, trigger speed) well enough.

So is it worth its price? Naturally it depends what you are looking for, but we would advice at least checking models like Stealth Cam G30, Stealth Cam G42 or Moultrie D-444 before purchasing decision. Another option is to consider again if you really need all the extra features at all. Or could you settle for a cheaper basic model like Moultrie A-5, A-8 or Stealth Cam P12.

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Browning Dark Ops BTC-6 Trail Camera

Browning Dark Ops Review

Browning Dark Ops ReviewIt comes as no surprise that there are two Browning trail cameras on top of game camera sales charts at the moment. These cameras are Browning Strike Force and Browning Dark Ops. Both cameras provide performance and overall value that you wouldn’t expect receiving at this price.

Browning Dark Ops (model number BTC-6) is a Browning Sub Micro series trail camera and shares lot of the same features with Browning Strike Force, the main difference being the type of IR flash. Browning Dark Ops features a no glow IR flash, meaning that the flash does not emit any visible light at all. This fact makes Dark Ops an excellent choice for surveillance use but it also sets some limitations to camera’s performance.

Typically trail cameras equipped with no glow flash are bit more expensive than the corresponding low glow models. But surprisingly you can find both of these Browning models selling roughly at the same price at Amazon.com.

Browning BTC-6 provides similar beautiful 10 megapixel images than its sister model BTC-5. In other words, the daytime images are near flawless.

Typically the flash range and coverage in no glow cameras is quite modest. However the 70ft flash range of Dark Ops tells us that there is plenty of power in the no glow LEDs and that can be seen in the quality of night shots as well. There is only a very moderate amount of graininess and dimness in the images. In general most other no glow trail cameras produce much dimmer and grainier pics.

In addition to quality images Dark Ops can also record HD video clips with sound. Or you can choose to use one of the other shooting modes (timelapse, raBrowning Dark Ops No Glowpid fire, multi-shot) that Dark Ops provides.

When it comes to detecting the objects, Dark Ops is at least as good as its sister model. The trigger speed is one of the fastest on the market, 0.67 seconds only, and the camera is ready to shoot again in less than 2.5 seconds. When you combine fast trigger and recovery with the excellent detection zone that reaches easily up to 50ft, you can really trust that this trail camera captures the objects that are passing by.

Browning Dark Ops runs on 6 AA batteries and according to manufacturer the camera can take up to 10,000 shots on one set of batteries. Photos and videos are saved on max. 32GB SD memory card.

Browning Dark Ops Features

  • 10 megapixel images
  • HD videos with sound (up to 2 minutes)
  • invisible No-Glow IR LED flash with range up to 70ft
  • Timelapse mode  (timelapse software included)
  • Multi Shot mode, up to 8 images
  • Rapid Fire mode, up to 6 images
  • programmable picture delay (5 sec. – 60 min.)
  • fast trigger speed of 0.67 seconds, recovery less than 2.5 seconds
  • TV out, USB port and 12V external power jack
  • images tagged with time, date, temperature, moon phase, barometric pressure and camera ID info
  • supports SD memory cards up to 32GB
  • ¼” -20 socket for tripods and tree mounts
  • Python Cable Lock compatible
  • powered by 6 AA batteries
  • camo finish
  • small size 4.5” x 3.25” x 2.5”
  • 1 year warranty

Pros

Daytime photos produced by this trail camera are simply beautiful. And even though there is some graininess in the night time shots we still consider the night time image quality as one of the strong points of this camera. This is because you have to take into consideration that the camera uses no glow flash and still produces well illuminated images that are not blurry and very seldom suffer from white out either.

It is surprising how small the smallest trail cameras are nowadays. And Dark Ops is no exception. Browning has really managed to pack all the goodies into one tiny package without losing the user friendliness.

Battery life of Browning Dark Ops is really good even though it only uses 6 AAs to run. Only if you are planning to shoot lot of videos both day and night should you start worrying about battery life and searching means to keep your camera running longer.

Fast trigger speed, fast recovery time and excellent detection area. Period.

Cons

Browning’s quality in both Dark Ops and Strike Force is unbelievably good. It is nearly impossible to find any flaws, big or small, from these models. But if you have to come up with at least one smallish downside…

Camera is controlled via buttons instead of slide switches. A matter of opinion really, but small buttons may not be as convenient option for some users as the slide switches.

Conclusion

Browning Dark Ops is at least as impressive package as the Browning Strike Force. It is really, really hard to find better game cameras at the price that these two models are sold. Thus when you are looking for high value cameras at a very reasonable price consider buying either one of these Browning models.

Especially when you need an excellent option for surveillance use or keeping your camera totally invisible is otherwise really important to you, get Browning Dark Ops.

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Security Box for Browning Sub Micro Series

Browning Safety Box

Browning Safety BoxThis sturdy security box will keep your Browning Sub Micro Series Trail Cameras safe. Keep your trail camera protected from thieves and animals alike. Made from heavy 16-gauge steel, this security box is nearly unbreakable.

The safety box can be fastened with large headed bolts, it can be belted, bungeed or lag bolted the way you like. You can use standard padlock to lock the box or apply Python Cable Lock to ensure that your box stays safe and in place you installed it.

Product Features:

  • Compatible with Browning Sub Micro Series Trail Cameras (eg. Browning Strike Force Sub Micro, Browning Dark Ops Sub Micro)
  • made from 16 gauge steel
  • baked-on powder coat finish
  • additional camo breakup paint
  • compatible with standard padlocks as well as Python cable
  • variety of fastening methods
  • Manufactured by CAMLOCKbox

 

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Moultrie Trail Camera Battery Box

Moultrie Battery Box

This external power source will extend the field life of your Moultrie Trail Camera. The power source is compatible with all Moultrie trail cameras manufactured after 2007 that have the emoultrie battery boxxternal power connection.

This battery box includes:

  • rechargeable 12-volt battery
  • weatherproof case
  • 6 ft weatherproof power cord
  • battery charger

 

 

 

 

 

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Wildview TK30 Scouting Camera

Wildview TK30 Review

Wildview TK30 ReviewWildview is a part of GSM Outdoors group, the same group responsible for Stealth Cam brand trail cameras. Where Stealth Cam is mostly concentrated offering more advance trail cam models, Wildview on the other hand is all about basics.

Wildview TK30 is the sister model of Wildview TK40 that we have reviewed in here. Both cameras are simple entry level trail cameras offering only the essential features at a relatively cheap price. The major difference between these models is that TK40 is equipped with no-glow IR flash, whereas TK30 features standard low glow IR flash. Also TK40 is bit more advanced when it comes to shooting videos. Other than that, there are very few differences between these two models.

Like its sister model, Wildview TK30 provides 8 megapixel images (image interpolated from 5 megapixel sensor). During daytime the camera does quite decent job actually. If there is plenty of light, TK30 has no problems delivering nice, colorful images. But when the amount of light is limited and if there are shadows in the field of view, TK30 is in trouble. In those cases the objects in images tend to be somewhat dark.

Quality of night images is on standard level for a trail camera of this price range. One could expect that 30 IR leds would provide decent amount of light, but the flash is a bit disappointing. The flash range is barely the promised 50 ft. and the illumination is very centered.

Wildview TK30 is one of the fastest trail cameras in its price category when it comes to trigger speed. The trigger speed is astounding 0.5 seconds. But the recovery time is more than anticlimax; 20 full seconds.

Wildview TK30 Features

  • 8MP image resolution (HI 8MP and LO 5MP)
  • photos stamped with date, time and moon phase info
  • standard  AVI video clips (15/30/60 seconds)
  • trigger speed approx. 0.5 s.
  • 30 low glow IR LEDs flash with range up to 50 ft
  • field of view 50°
  • detection angle 48°
  • LCD display image counter
  • time-lapse mode
  • burst mode 1, 3 or 6  shots per trigger
  • test mode for testing the camera coverage
  • delay options; 20 seconds, or 1 / 5 / 10 minutes
  • powered by 8 AA batteries
  • low battery LED indicator
  • supports SD memory card up to 32GB
  • integrated mounting strap
  • weatherproof casing
  • USB and 12V external power jack
  • one year limited warranty

 

Pros

Setting up TK30 is really easy, thanks to fact that all functions are controlled with a few toggle switches.

Trigger speed is amazing and thanks to fact that the field of view is a bit wider than the detection zone, you should not end up getting empty frames.

Cons

The biggest downside is the recovery time of 20 seconds. Recovery time like this sets some limitations for use of this trail camera model and it may not be the best option for fast game trails.

The battery life is a bit disappointing. Thank god TK30 runs on AAs, so at least it is possible to use rechargeable batteries.

The flash is a bit disapointing.

Conclusion

Wildview TK30 is as average as a trail camera can get. There really are no superior features in it. Well ok, the trigger speed is really good but outside that, it is really hard to find real strong points from this trail camera. On the other hand there are no earth shaking flaws in it either. In a nutshell, it is a standard trail camera for standard applications like deer feeders.

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Stealth Cam P12

Stealth Cam P12 reviewed

Stealth Cam P12 reviewedThere are two distinctive groups when it comes to affordable trail cameras. First, there are the more advanced cameras with better image quality, perhaps HD video recording and various different shooting modes to choose from. Typically cameras in this group are priced somewhere between $100 and $135. The second group consists of very basic and cheap trail cameras. These cameras typically include only the most essential features and provide mediocre images. Cameras in this group are typically priced between $40 and $70.

Stealth Cam P12 is a 6 megapixel trail camera that clearly belongs to the latter group. It is an easy to use basic trail camera that gets the job done and that’s it. STC-P12 features quite modest 12 IR LED flash, EZ Dial Programming with Quick Set, burst mode and programmable trigger interval.

Daytime images provided by this trail camera are surprisingly good. The images are sharp and colorful with good contrast. There is very little or no blur in the images even though the trigger speed of Stealth Cam P12 is not among the fastest ones.

Unfortunately quality of the night time images is average or below. Moving objects are blurry more often than not,stealth cam stc-p12 and the modest IR flash is able to provide adequate amount of light only on the center of the field of view. On the other hand, modest IR flash ensures that you should not experience whiteout in the pictures with this camera.

One of the best features in this model is the EZ Dial Programming with Quick Set; a simple dial switch that allows you to select one of the three preprogrammed settings or use a custom setting of your own. The quick set options are as follows:

QSET1: 6MP images – 30 sec delay – 3 images per triggerstealth cam p12 quick dial
QSET2: 6MP images – 30 sec delay – 1 image per trigger
QSET3: VGA video– 30 sec delay – 10 sec length
CUSTOM: 4MP images – 5 sec delay – 1image per trigger (This is default setting but can be changed by user)
TEST MODE: Mode for determining camera’s PIR sensor coverage area.

Stealth Cam P12 is powered by 8 AA batteries and can support SD memory cards up to 32GB. One set of batteries should keep the camera running easily at least for 3 months, in most cases even longer depending the way you use the camera (images vs. video shooting) as well as the weather conditions.

Stealth Cam P12 Features

  • 6.0 Megapixel Images
  • adjustable image resolution (Hi 6MP/Med 4MP/Lo 2MP)
  • video recording 30/15/5 seconds (VGA 640×480)
  • 12 IR LED flash with range up to 50ft
  • images stamped with time, date and moon phase info
  • trigger speed >1second, recovery time 5 seconds
  • Quick Set Dial
  • Test Mode for testing the PIR sensor coverage area
  • Burst Mode 1-6 images per triggering
  • 5/10/15/30/60/120 second trigger delay options
  • external LCD status display with battery indicator
  • SD Card slot up to 32GB
  • USB output and external 12V power jack
  • durable Digital 3-D Camo Housing
  • Python cable lock compatible
  • operates on 8 AA batteries

Pros

As already mentioned in the beginning of this review, one of the biggest assets of this trail camera is the daytime image quality. The images are simply beautiful for a cheap model like this.

Using Stealth Cam P12 is a no brainer. EZ Dial Programming allows you to set up the camera in no time.

Price is definitely one of the strong points of this mode. P12 is one of the the cheapest quality trail cameras out there.

Cons

Night time image quality is below average.

Trigger speed could be better. The manufacturer has not defined trigger speed of this model, but it is estimated that it is above 1 second. The shortest recovery time is 5 seconds, which is also quite long.

Conclusion

Stealth Cam P12 is already among the top 15 best selling trail camera models at Amazon.com. It is highly probable that it will be among top 5 in the near future. The price is roughly at the same level with the leading competing models (Moultrie A-5, Primos Truth Cam 35) and feature-wise P12 is at least on the same level.

Only time will tell if big flaws will be found from this model, but so far it seems that this trail camera is solid Stealth Cam quality, making Stealth Cam P12 definitely one of the best budget trail camera options out there. Not necessarily a recommended option for fast game trails, but without a doubt an excellent choice for example for deer feeders.

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Bushnell Trophy Cam Essential

Trophy Cam Essential

Trophy Cam EssentialBushnell is undeniably one of the leaders in hunting optics industry. They have been in the field for more than 65 years and it shows in the quality of their products as well. When it comes to trail cameras, Bushnell has wide range of trail camera models as well as trail camera accessories in their offering.

However, Bushnell’s selection only includes couple of models that can be considered somewhat affordable (Bushnell Trophy Cam Standard and Bushnell X-8). Therefore the newest offering from Bushnell; Bushnell Trophy Cam Essential, is more than a welcomed addition for us price conscious customers.

Bushnell Trophy Cam Essential is a 6 megapixel trail camera that also records 720x480p video clips with sound. This camera is a great example howtrophy cam essential review the amount of megapixels doesn’t necessarily correlate with the image quality. Even though the 6MP image resolution might seem modest for some, this camera produces exceptionally good images during daytime.

The low glow infrared flash of the camera consists of 32 powerful LEDs and has range up to 60 feet (and even past that). Thanks to this powerful flash unit the nighttime shots are well illuminated throughout the picture area. The night images are sharp, and surprisingly there is very little whiteout even if the object happens to be near the camera.

There is lot of variation in the quality of nighttime images though, and Trophy Cam Essential seems to have difficulties dealing with moving objects during night time; moving objects tend to lead to blurry images.

Trophy Cam Essential’s hyper passive infrared sensor detects heat and motion well beyond 50 feet. The trigger speed of the camera is 0.8 seconds and it recovers and is ready to shoot again in 5 seconds. Trigger interval is programmable so this trail camera is also capable of time-lapse shooting.

This Bushnell model is powered by 8 AA batteries and the manufacturer claims that it can take up to 20,000 images on one set of batteries. In practice that means a battery life even up to one year, depending the weather conditions.

Bushnell Trophy Cam Essential Features

  • 6MP images
  • video clips with sound, up to 60 seconds (720x480p)
  • low glow IR flash with range approx. 60 ft
  • adjustable pir sensor (Low/Med/High/Auto)
  • programmable trigger interval 1-60 minutes
  • Field Scan 2X feature allows you to run time-lapse and a live trigger modes simultaneously
  • picture info bar shows time, date, temperature and moon phase
  • LCD status display
  • supports SD memory cards up to 32GB
  • adjustable web belt and ¼” -20 socket for tripods and tree mounts
  • weatherproof case
  • Python® cable lock compatible
  • powered by 8 x AA batteries, takes up to 20,000 images on one set of batteries

 

Pros

The daytime image quality is superb. Images are plain beautiful, vivid and sharp. Daytime image quality is easily as good as in Browning Strike Force, another trail camera with spectacular daytime image quality.

The 8 AA batteries keep Trophy Cam Essential running almost for a year. That’s a solid battery life and definitely one of the strong points of this model.

The detection sensor works really well. Trigger speed is not the fastest possible but most likely you won’t miss a shot with this 0.8s trigger either. Bushnell’s Field Scan 2X feature is a nice feature since it allows you to run the camera in time-lapse mode and in live trigger mode simultaneously.

Cons

The only big downside of Bushnell Trophy Cam Essential is the night time image quality. The camera takes nice images when the objects are perfectly still. But when there are moving objects you will, more often than not, end up getting blurry images.

Conclusion

If the quality of night time images isn’t your top priority, then Trophy Cam Essential is a solid choice for you. It is also a safe choice for monitoring game feeders where the objects are most likely still and in that use you should end up with some nice night time images as well.

Bushnell Trophy Cam Essential is a welcomed addition into this price category. The price is currently around $110, so purchasing this model shouldn’t empty your wallet completely.

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Spypoint Lithium Battery Pack with Charger

Spypoint Lithium Battery

Spypoint Lithium BatterySpypoint trail cameras are famous of their long battery life. Now you can extend the battery life your Spypoint trail camera even more. With the help of this Spypoint Lithium battery pack you will run your trail camera longer than with any standard AA batteries. This lithium battery also withstands cold weather and keeps its charge better than AA batteries.

This battery pack includes AC charger that allows you to charge the battery effortlesly in 6 hours.

Spypoint Lithium Battery features

  • charging time approx. 6 hours
  • operating temperature -20°C to +50°C, -4°F to +122°F
  • storage temperature -30°C to +75°C, -22°F to +167°F
  • voltage 7.4 volts
  • capacity 2000 mAh
  • AC charger
  • 1 year warranty

 

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Spypoint BF-6 Trail Camera

Spypoint BF-6 Review

Spypoint BF-6 ReviewSo called black flash (a.k.a no-glo) trail cameras have been on the market for quite a while but in the past two years they have really become more mainstream. Most trail camera manufacturers already have at least one or two no-glo models in their selection, in addition to regular low-glow IR trail cameras.

The main benefit of a black flash camera is of course its invisibility. It does not spook the game or reveal its location when used in surveillance purposes. The downside is that night time image quality can sometimes be subpar. Also the prices of black flash models tend to be on the higher side when compared to corresponding regular IR flash models.

Luckily there are more and more affordable no-glo trail camera alternatives out there. Spypoint BF-6 falls directly into that category.

A Simple No Glo Trail Camera

BF-6 was designed to be a reliable and easy to use entry level trail camera, and to provide only the most useful features at affordable price. We think that Spypoint has succeeded quite well in this task.

BF-6 provides images at 6 megapixel resolution. Daytime pictures won’t send shivers down your spine, but there is also nothing to complain about. The pictures are clear, sharp and well in balance overall.

Night time pictures are pretty decent quality, considering this is a black flash camera. There is plenty of graininess in the images (from time to time) and the images tend to be bit dark. On the positive side, the illumination is well spread throughout the field of view and whiteout of the objects should not be a problem with this camera.

bf-6 camera unitDetection sensor of Spypoint BF-6 works pretty damn well. BF-6 uses 5 zones detection sensor that detects motion well up to 60ft with a detection angle of 30°. And since the trigger speed is less than 1 second and the field of view of the camera is 50°, you will not end up getting false triggers and empty frames. A nice bonus in this trail camera model is the adjustability of the detection range. It is a feature you may find useful for example in surveillance use.

As mentioned before, BF-6 offers only the basic features. The camera records standard 640×480 video clips, knows how to tag the images, and has multi-shot and delay modes, but that’s about it.

BF-6 is famous of exceptionally good battery life. It is actually powered only by 6 AA batteries which still keep it running for ages. But if you want to extend your battery life even more, you can use Spypoint’s lithium battery pack that lasts three times longer than standard alkaline batteries. It also withstands cold better than the normal AAs.

Spypoint BF-6Features

  • adjustable image resolution, 6MP (Hi) or 3MP (Lo)
  • full color day pictures, black and white night pictures
  • photos stamped with time, date, moon phase and temperature
  • AVI video clips up to 90seconds at 640×480 resolution
  • approx. 1 second trigger speed, recovery time 10 seconds
  • 35 No Glo IR flash with range up to 50 ft
  • adjustable detection distance from 5 ft. to 65 ft., detection angle 30°
  • field of view 50°
  • Multi Shot mode up to 4 images
  • Delay mode; 1 to 15 min interval
  • Set/Test Mode for detection testing
  • LCD status display
  • powered by 6 AA batteries
  • USB and TV Out connections
  • 12V DC input for external power
  • Python® cable lock compatible
  • ¼” -20 socket for tripods and tree mounts
  • supports SD/SDHC memory card up to 32GB
  • weatherproof casing with Camo color
  • Dimensions 5.1” x 6.9” x 2.6”
  • one year warranty

Pros

Spypoint knows how to make trail cameras that are very simple to set up and use. What they also know is how to make awesome user manuals. The manual isbf-6 review really worth checking out, since everything is well laid out with pictures and text. Nothing is left uncovered. And for additional support on the field there is also a quick instruction manual printed inside the camera case.

The fact that the whole internal camera unit is removable makes the handling of the camera very easy. It is so handy to change the batteries or SD card and modify settings when you can take the whole camera unit out.

Battery life is simply great.

Detection sensor works really well and there are very few empty shots.

Cons

Night time image quality leaves room for improvement. This is a common problem with most no-glo IR trail cameras though.

Conclusion

Spypoint BF-6 is a good option for the less technically inclined customers. It really offers only the basic features, is easy to use and provides decent images (and video).

If you are looking for an affordable game camera for surveillance purposes, this is probably one of the best options at the moment.

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Stealth Cam G30 Trail Camera

Stealth Cam G30 Review

Stealth Cam G30 ReviewStealth Cam introduced its new G-series trail cameras in the beginning of 2014. Two feature packed trail cameras, Stealth Cam G42NG and Stealth Cam G30 were presented to public. We have reviewed Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo and were impressed by the value that the camera offers. You can read the detailed review of G42 in here. In this review we dig into G42’s little brother model, Stealth Cam G30.

Affordability

Let’s start with the price, shall we? List price of Stealth Cam G30 is somewhere around $160 but already you can find it on sale at Amazon.com roughly at $100. This pricing makes G30 a worthy alternative to game cameras like Moultrie D444, Browning Spec Ops and Covert MP6, just to name a few.

Stealth Cam G30 succeeds in comparisons also when it comes to features and performance of the camera. G30 takes 8 megapixel images and records HD video with audio. Already these properties are respectable for a trail camera equipped with this kind of price tag.

Nice Images, Loads of Fetures

The daytime photo quality can be considered good. The images are not as vivid and crisp as with G42NG, but they are still quitStealth Cam G30 reviewe good.

Quality of the night time images is at least on the same level with G42NG. The flash range of G30 is approximately 80 ft. and the IR flash has plenty of power to illuminate the objects nicely throughout the scene. Actually G30 tends to have more consistency than G42NG when it comes to quality of night time shots.

There are very few blurry or otherwise failed images. Only problem with G30 night shots is the whiteout of close objects. However this problem is not nearly as bad and frequent as in G42.

Other than flash range and type and the image resolution, there are very few differences between G30 and G42NG. The trigger speed and recovery times are roughly the same and the same burst mode, time delay and time lapse mode options can be found from both cameras. G30 also has the same Quick Set mode that allows you to set up your trail camera in no time.

Stealth Cam G30 Features

  • adjustable image resolution 8,4 and 2 MP
  • 16:9 image ratio
  • full color day pictures, black and white night pictures
  • photos stamped with time, date, moon phase, temperature, name and Geo Tag GPS info
  • HD video clips with audio up to 180 seconds (1280×720 or 720×480)
  • trigger speed 0.5 seconds, recovery time approx. 5 seconds
  • 30 LED IR flash with range up to 80 ft
  • detection range up to 60 ft.
  • Quick Set Mode
  • Burst mode; 1-9 images per trigger
  • Delay mode; 5-59 seconds to 1-59 min trigger interval
  • Time Lapse mode
  • Test Mode
  • backlit LCD status display
  • operates on 8 AA batteries
  • 12V external power jack
  • Python® cable lock compatible
  • ¼” -20 socket for tripods and tree mounts
  • supports SD memory card up to 32GB
  • weatherproof casing
  • Dimensions 5.5” x 4.0” x 2.5”
  • one year warranty

Pros

Changing the batteries is an issue you won’t be dealing with very often with this camera. The battery life of G30 is excellent and the camera can operate months with one set of batteries.

The trigger speed is surprisingly fast for an affordable trail cam like this. The recovery time of 5 seconds should be ok for most users.

Quick Set up switch is brilliant if you don’t want to waste time setting up your camera. Just use one of the three preprogrammed options and your camera is ready to shoot.

The case design of G30 is solid. The case is small, durable, weatherproof and it allows you to use external mount due to ¼” -20 socket. The camera comes equipped with adjustable mounting strap, but if you are not planning to use a security box, it is recommended to at least secure your camera with Python cable lock. G30 has similar battery tray as in G42NG so changing the batteries is a no brainer.

Cons

Some night time shots suffer from whiteout, especially if the object is close to the camera.

Day time image quality could be better, especially when you compare it to photos of Stealth Cam G42 NG. There is quite lot of variation in the quality; some shots are perfect while others appear dim and slightly out of focus.

Conclusion

Stealth Cam G30 is a good option for those who are not after the cheapest trail camera on the market, but who also don’t want to empty their wallet completely. G30 offers wide range of features, ease of use, and excellent battery life at reasonable price. While it does not excel in picture quality, it still offers average or above average images.

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Stealth Cam Security Box for G SERIES Trail Cameras

Stealth Cam Security Box

Stealth Cam Security BoxKeeping your trail camera protected is easy. With this this security box you will protect your trail camera from thieves and bears. Stealth Cam’s Security Bear Box is made of sturdy 10 gauge powder coated steel.

 

You can mount this security box into a tree directly with bolts or strap it the way you like. The security box also includes slots for Python cable.

 

 

 

 

Features

  • made of 10 gauge steel
  • powder coated finish
  • multiple mounting options
  • compatible with Stealth Cam G Series Trail Cameras

 

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Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo Trail Camera

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History of Stealth Cam goes way back. Stealth Cam trail cameras were launched by GSM Outdoors already in the year 2000 and they can be considered as “the brand” that made trail cameras mainstream.

In 2004 Stealth Cam went digital by introducing Wildview brand and combining digital cameras with the simple user interface in their trail cameras.

After these milestones, Stealth Cam has been leading the way in the development of hunting cameras by introducing the world’s first HD trail camera in 2009 and 3-in-1 trail camera (TRIAD) in 2010.

Stealth Cam G42 Review

Due to the increased amount of trail camera manufacturers and intensified competition Stealth Cam as a brand may not be as popular as it used to be in the early days of trail cameras. But that does not mean that they can’t make excellent trail cameras anymore.

Actually, the opposite is true, and Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo is a great example of that.

Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo Trail Camera is currently one of the best selling Stealth Cam models. It is not among the cheapest hunting cameras on the market today, but with a price of roughly $125 it surely belongs in the group of top affordable trail cameras.

Stealth Cam G42NG competes for nip and tuck with Moultrie M-880, Bushnell Trophy Cam and various Browning models both in price and in features.

Superb Image Quality

Stealth Cam G42NG open Case

G42NG is a 10-megapixel no-glow trail camera, also capable of recording up to 180 second HD video clips with sound. G42NG actually allows you to select the image resolution from four different options (10MP, 8MP, 4MP, and 2MP).

We recommend purchasing the biggest possible SD card and then using the 10MP option of the camera as the images the camera produces with this full resolution are just outstanding.

There are also two options for the video resolution; 1280×720 and 720×480.

The flash of this Stealth Cam model is a beast. 42 no-glow IR emitters provide a range of 100ft. In some occasions the flash is almost too powerful, leading to white-out on close objects.

Otherwise, the night time shots are exceptionally good for a no-glow camera. There is plenty of illumination and very little graininess or blur in the night time shots.

Full of Features

Stealth Cam (2) G42NG

Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo truly is a trail camera for those who love to play with different features. There is a burst mode that takes 1-9 shots per triggering, blur reducing option, time-lapse mode, time delay mode, test mode for testing detection area, etc.

One of the brilliant features is the Quick Set Mode that allows you to select from one of the three preprogrammed modes.

Preprogrammed modes are simply selected by slider switch and that’s all there is to it. And in case you are not happy with any of the preprogrammed modes, you can put the slider switch in the custom selection and program the camera the way you want it.

Lightning Fast, Excellent Detection

G42NG Features

Stealth Cam G42NG is one of the fastest trail cameras on the market when it comes to trigger speed. Thanks to Stealth Cam’s Reflex™ technology the trigger speed is lightning fast 0.5 seconds and the shortest recovery time is only 5 seconds.

The detection area of the camera is both wide and deep. Stealth Cam uses so-called Multi-Zone detection that allows accurate coverage at angle & distance, maximizing the cameras triggering capability. G42NG can detect motion even up to 60ft.

Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo Features

  1. adjustable image resolution 10,8,4 and 2 MP
  2. 16:9 image ratio
  3. full-color day pictures, black and white night pictures
  4. photos stamped with time, date, moon phase, temperature, name and Geo Tag GPS info
  5. HD video clips with audio up to 180 seconds (1280×720 or 720×480)
  6. trigger speed 0.5 seconds, recovery time 5 seconds
  7. 42 LED no-glow IR flash, range up to 100 ft
  8. detection range up to 60 ft.
  9. Quick Set Mode
  10. Burst mode; 1-9 images per trigger
  11. Delay mode; 5-59 seconds to 1-59 min trigger interval
  12. Time Lapse mode
  13. Test Mode
  14. backlit LCD status display
  15. operates on 8 AA batteries
  16. 12V external power jack
  17. Python® cable lock compatible
  18. ¼” -20 socket for tripods and tree mounts
  19. supports SD memory card up to 32GB
  20. weatherproof casing
  21. Dimensions 5.5” x 4.0” x 2.5”, 11.4 ounces
  22. one year warranty

Pros

  • Daytime images are really top quality. Focus is perfect and the images are vivid and full of color. There is no blur in daytime pictures.
  • Detection circuit works very well. As mentioned the trigger speed is lightning fast. The recovery time could be better but is still on a good level.
  • G42NG is really easy to set up and thanks to Quick Set slider switch you have your camera up and running in no time.
  • The case design is excellent. The case is durable and the camera can be mounted either by using a strap or external mount thanks to ¼” -20 sockets. The camera can be secured with Python cable and in addition protected with a password. A battery change is made really easy by a removable battery tray.

Cons

  • In general night time shots of No-Glo trail cameras tend to be grainy and dim.
  • Stealth Cam G42NG doesn’t have these problems so in that perspective the night time images are good. But the biggest problem is that the powerful flash white-outs the objects in close distance, especially if the objects are in the center of the image.
  • Luckily this problem does not occur in every shot, and hopefully, this is an issue that will be fixed by a firmware update at some point in the near future.

Conclusion

G42NG is an excellent trail camera and goes to our Top Five list of affordable trail cameras. It offers excellent day time images and videos and plenty of features to play with. The only real problem of this model is the white-out in some night pictures. But in principle, there really is no good reason why you should not buy Stealth Cam G42NG.

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Moultrie A-8 Trail Camera

Moultrie A-8 Review

Moultrie A-8 ReviewOne of the (many) things that makes Moultrie such a good trail camera manufacturer is their philosophy of constant improvement. They are really continuously learning from their mistakes, absorbing the feedback from the field and then improving their trail cameras accordingly. Moultrie A-8 is a great example of this. It was introduced to public in the beginning of 2014 and can basically be considered as improved version of Moultrie A-5. To learn what has changed compared to A-5 and what has not, read the rest of this review.

A-8 and A-5 are both basic affordable trail cameras, designed especially for hunters who need to cover lot of land and thus need to buy multiple trail cameras. A-8 and A-5 are also both excellent options for surveillance purposes as you can cover your entire property at a relatively low cost. Both trail cameras have all the features that an average hunter needs. For those who need slightly better performance without breaking the bank we recommend checking the review of Moultrie D-444.

Moultrie A-8 provides you 8 megapixel images and max. 10 second video clips at 640×480 resolution. Like its little brother A-5, also A-8 comes with 12 LED low-glow IR flash with a range up to 50 ft.

A-8’s detection sensor is pretty decent for a camera of this price point. A-8 can detect movement within 40 ft, and with a field of view of 42° and trigger speed of less than 1.5 seconds you will hardly miss a shot. Unfortunately there has not been any development when it comes to recovery time; it still takes roughly one minute before the camera is ready to take another picture.

Photos produced by A-8 come tagged with time, date, camera ID and moon phase info. Picture delay settings of Moultrie A-8 range from 1 to 30 minutes. Moultrie A-8 also features new Mossy Oak® Bottomland camouflage, making the detection of the device really hard both for the game and humans.

A-8 is powered by 4 C-cell batteries and the manufacturer claims that it can take even 25,000 images on one set of batteries. Photos and videos are saved on standard SD/SDHC memory card, Moultrie A-8 supporting cards up to 32 GB.

Moultrie A-8 Features

  • 8 megapixel images
  • full color day pictures, black and white night pictures
  • photos stamped with time, date, moon phase and camera ID info
  • 640×480 video clips up to 10 seconds
  • trigger speed <1.5 seconds, recovery time 1 minute
  • 12 low-glow IR LEDs flash, range up to 50 ft
  • detection range up to 40 ft.
  • easy to set up
  • small LCD text screen for displaying settings
  • 1,5,10 or 30 minutes trigger interval
  • runs on 4 C-cell batteries
  • takes 25,000+ images on one set of batteries
  • 12V external power connection
  • adjustable mounting strap and Python® cable lock compatibility
  • supports SD memory card up to 32GB
  • ¼” -20 socket for tripods and tree mounts
  • Mossy Oak® Bottomland camouflage
  • one year warranty

Pros

The price is definitely one of the greatest strengths of Moultrie A-8. It is currently offered roughly at $75 and it is likely that the price will go down once the product matures.

The daytime picture can be considered decent. The pictures are bright and colorful, but they tend to be little out of focus. (This could be a firmware issue though that will be fixed by Moultrie in the future.)

If you appreciate trail cameras that are simple to set up and use then you will love A-8. You really don’t have to spend much time learning how to use it. There are only three slide switches and four buttons that are used for controlling the camera, plus a simple LCD display showing the current setting.

Trigger speed has improved from A-5 and is now less than 1.5 seconds which is quite good for an affordable trail camera.

Battery life has also been significantly improved. Moultrie says that A-5 can take 8,000+ images on one set of 4 C-cell batteries whereas the new A-8 can take even 25,000+ using similar set of 4 C-cells. That’s quite an improvement.

Cons

Since the trigger speed was improved from A-5, we were kinda expecting that the recovery time would have been enhanced as well. But unfortunately it hasn’t. It still takes approx. 1 minute for the A-8 to recover and take a new picture.

Some improvement has definitely happened in the night photos, the images are brighter and the flash somehow seems to be more powerful than in A-5. But the night time pictures are still quite fuzzy. The flash has power to reach up to 50ft. at least in the center, but unfortunately the images just are not clear enough when you go past 25-30 feet.

 

Conclusion

Pretty much same conclusion applies to both A-8 and A-5; if you are on a shoestring budget this trail camera is a solid option.

There are some enhancements made to A-8 that favor it, such as battery life, trigger speed, image quality and camouflage design. On the other hand the price of A-8 is roughly $20 higher than the price of A-5.

Once again, the choice is all yours.

 

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Browning Strike Force BTC-5 Trail Camera

Strike Force Review
Strike Force Review

Browning Strike Force represents the new Sub Micro Series of Browning trail cameras. And it continues on the same path as the previous Browning models. No compromises have been made what comes to overall quality of this camera. And what’s best, compared to other similar trail camera models, the price of Strike Force is already at fairly affordable level.

Now don’t get me wrong, this camera is not among the cheapest ones on the market, far from it. Thus if your main concern is price you should check the reviews of cheaper models. But if you are looking for a high quality, value packed trail camera at $130 price range, then you should definitely read the rest of this review.

strike force trail camera

Browning Strike Force trail camera (model number BTC-5) features 10 megapixel images and comes with powerful IR flash that has range up to 100ft. These features ensure that both day and night photos are quite astounding. Strike Force is also capable of recording HD video clips with sound.

Other impressive features of Strike Force include possibility to take up to 8 multi shot images or up to 6 rapid fire images, programmable picture delay options and time lapse mode.

Strike Force also excels in detecting the movement. Trigger speed is only 0.67 seconds, and the camera recovers in less than 2.5 seconds. Strike Force should be able to detect motion up to 50 ft and since the detection angle is wider than the camera’s field of view, you should not miss any animals (or humans) passing the lens.

Browning Strike Force 5 is powered by 6 AA batteries and the manufacturer claims that it can take up to 10,000 shots on one set of batteries. Like in most modern trail cameras, photos and videos are stored on a SD memory card (max. 32GB).

Browning Strike Force Features

  • 10MP images
  • HD videos with sound (up to 2 minutes)
  • IR LED flash with range up to 100ft
  • Timelapse mode
  • Multi Shot mode, up to 8 images
  • Rapid Fire mode, up to 6 images
  • Programmable picture delay (5 sec. – 60 min.)
  • Trigger speed 0.67 seconds, recovery time less than 2.5 seconds
  • TV out, USB port and 12V external power jack
  • Images tagged with time, date, temperature, moon phase and camera ID info
  • Supports SD memory cards up to 32GB
  • ¼” -20 socket for tripods and tree mounts
  • Python Cable Lock compatible
  • Powered by 6 AA batteries
  • Camo finish
  • Small size 5” x 4” x 2.5”
  • 1 year warranty

Pros

Daytime photos don’t get much better than this. Shortly said they are outstanding. Night time shots are excellent as well, thanks to powerful flash and Browning’s “Zero Blur” technology. Only if the animal is really close in front of the camera some whiteout may appear. Other than that, the night time shots are bright and clear.

Strike Force BTC 5 can really detect even the fastest moving animals due to fast trigger speed and recovery time. Prepare yourself that you will be getting plenty of beautiful images with this camera.

Browning knows how to make trail cameras that are user friendly. First of all Strike Force is one of the smallest trail cameras on the market. Combine this to excellent camo finish and you have yourself a trail camera that is easy to conceal. You can install the camera with a strap or use a tree mount and secure it with Python cable lock if you like (who wouldn’t).

What comes to setting up the camera, it is easy, that’s all you need to know.

Battery life of Browning Strike Force 5 is excellent. It is recommended to use Lithium batteries to get the best operating time possible. In case you really want to set and forget your camera for a long period of time, you can use external power pack.

Cons

It is really hard to find big flaws or any flaws at all from this trail camera, but here are couple of minor ones.

Some customers might expect that you would get a viewing screen at this price, like in Browning Spec Ops, but Browning has decided to leave it out from this model and make the camera smaller instead. Whether that is a good or bad thing is up you to decide.

Buttons that are used for setting up the camera are rather small and not as convenient as slide switches that are typically used in trail cameras.

Conclusion

Browning Strike Force is an excellent package. It is versatile, offers impressive features, outstanding pictures and the price is more than reasonable. Only real competitors offering similar features at this price level are Browning’s Spec Ops and Moultrie M-880. There are minor differences between each model, but they are all quality choices.

All we can really say is that if Strike Force fits into your budget it will surely be a purchase that you won’t regret.

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Covert Scouting MP6 Camera

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covert MP6 reviewCovert Scouting Cameras Inc. is a company providing various trail camera models from basic entry level cameras to more advanced ones under brand of Covert Scouting Cameras, or more commonly just Covert. On this review we concentrate on perhaps one of their best selling models, known as Covert Scouting MP6 Trail Camera.

Covert MP6 is is actually an older model in Covert’s line-up of trail cameras as it has been on the market at least since 2012. That means of course that its price has come down as newer Covert models have entered the market. And lower price is something that naturally suits us, the customers, perfectly.

Covert MP6 provides solid quality 6 megapixel daytime pictures and more than adequate night time pictures as well. The 28 LED red glow IR flash of the camera has enough power to nicely illuminate objects that are within 40 ft.

The detection range of Covert Scouting MP6 is really good; it is able to detect motion even up to 70ft. Also the detection width is really good, almost too good actually, as the detection width is wider than the camera’s field of view, and that can result to empty frames.

Other worth-to-mention features of this camera include time lapse, photo burst and start stop modes, adjustable PIR sensor and color display to view the settings as well the photos on field. You can also select the resolution of still images and video clips.

MP6 stores the photos and videos on standard SD card; you can use SD card size up to 16GB. The camera is powered by AA batteries and you can select whether you want to use four or eight batteries to run it.

Covert Scouting MP6 Features

  • adjustable image resolution (6, 5, or 3 MP)
  • trigger speed of 1.2 seconds, recovery time approx. 5 seconds
  • video recording 5-60 seconds (640×480 or 320×240 resolution)
  • Red Glow IR flash with range up to 40ft.
  • adjustable PIR sensor (HIGH, LOW, OFF)
  • time-lapse mode
  • photo burst mode, takes 1, 2, or 3 shots per trigger
  • start stop mode allows you to select the time the camera is operational
  • trigger interval option allows you customize how often photos are taken
  • photos tagged with moon phase, temp, time and date info
  • password protection
  • color display to view the photos on field
  • mini USB and 6V external power connections
  • compatible with SD memory cards up to 16 GB
  • powered by 4 or 8 AA batteries
  • integrated strap loop
  • Python® cable compatible
  • one year warranty

Pros

Covert Scouting MP6 is a nice package. Setting up is easy, thanks to color display and user friendly setting logic. The casing is well designed and waterproof. Camouflage pattern and somewhat small size make it easy to conceal in the woods.

The daytime picture quality is simply good. And when you reflect the picture quality to the price of this camera, we can say that the value MP6 provides in this area is excellent. The nighttime shots are not as good as the daytime ones, but can be considered as average.

Battery life of this camera is absolutely superb. So if you are looking for a trail camera that can operate a long time on its own, this might be a camera for you. If you use a full set of 8 AA Lithium batteries to power it, it will take months before you need to start worrying about running out of juice. And you can extend the operating time even more by attaching 6V external power pack to the camera.

Detection range of MP6 is very good as it can detect movement up to 70 ft. The trigger speed is on average level; approx. 1.2 seconds, but the recovery time of approx 5 seconds is not bad at all for a camera at this price point.

Cons

Because of the red glow IR LED flash, Covert MP6 might not be the best option for property surveillance. Also the range of the flash is rather limited when compared to some competing models.

Since the detection area is wider than the camera’s field of the view, you may end up getting some empty photos. Thus carefully planning how to place the camera in the field is the key with this one.

 

Conclusion

Covert MP6 is a good basic trail camera. The overall quality of the camera is good and majority of the customers seem to be more than satisfied with it. And the price is not bad either. To put it breifly Covert MP6 is a solid choice for any budget-minded hunter or any trail camera enthusiast out there.
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Tasco 3MP Trail Camera (Model 119223C)

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tasco 3mp reviewTasco trail cameras are famous mainly because they are cheap. You can find them eg. in Walmarts and various online stores equipped with price tag of less than $50. Many people consider Tasco trail cameras as cheap chinese crap. But we believe that they have their own place in today’s trail camera scene. Besides majority of today’s trail cameras are manufactured in China anyway, and what comes to Tasco as a brand, they have been operating in sport optics market for more than 50 years and nowadays they are actually part of ATK Sporting Group, a consumer branded products company that is dedicated to producing top-quality products for example for hunters. Also Bushnell and Primos are part of the same group.

Tasco Trail Camera, model number 119223C is a 3 megapixel trail camera that is as basic as a trail camera can get. It lacks every fancy feature that today’s trail cameras typically have. Basically only selections you can make are shooting mode (video or still photos) and resolution (3MP or 1.3MP).

The camera is capable of recording short, 15 second video clips at the resolution of 640×480 @ 15 frames per second.

This Tasco 3 MP trail camera features traditional incandescent Xenon flash that has effective range of about 16 feet. So even though the flash range is somewhat limited when compared to many other trail models out there, you will be getting full color night pictures with this camera.

Tasco claims that the camera is able to function up to 90 days with one set of 4 C-cell batteries. The pictures and videos are stored on SD memory card, this model accepting memory cards up to 8GB. Photos come tagged with date, time and moon phase info.

Tasco 3MP features

  • 3 megapixel image resolution
  • full color day and night pictures
  • photos stamped with time, date and moon phase info
  • 640×480 AVI video (15 seconds) @ 15fps
  • trigger speed approx. 1.6 s
  • incandescent Xenon flash with range up to 16 ft
  • LCD screen to display settings
  • PIR indicator for easier set up
  • powered by 4 C-cell batteries
  • battery life up to 90 days
  • adjustable mounting strap
  • SD card slot, supports SD memory card up to 8GB
  • weatherproof casing
  • padlock hole for improving security
  • two years limited warranty

Pros

As mentioned in the very beginning of this Tasco review, this 3MP trail camera is almost as cheap as it can get, so price is definitely one of the biggest strong points of this camera.

The picture quality of the camera is rather good for a trail camera with 3MP resolution. One could say that on picture quality Tasco competes on an equal par with the original Primos Truth Cam 35. A small bonus is that the night pictures are in full color.

Setting up a trail camera could not be easier. You mount the camera, insert memory card, press few buttons, close the camera, test it, and its good to go. The control panel is really simple with only five buttons and the plain LCD panel supports you in the process.

Battery life of Tasco 119223C is rather good. The actual battery life depends heavily on how many night time shots the camera takes. This is because the Xenon flash tends to eat batteries more than IR LED flashes typically seen in trail cameras. Anyhow you should expect a battery life to be somewhere between 50 and 90 days.

Even though the casing of the camera is not camouflaged, this camera is still easily concealed due to its compact size (4.6″ x 5.3″ x 2.05″).

Limited warranty of two years is definitely a nice bonus if you happen to encounter any technical problems with the camera.

The trigger speed of 1.6 seconds is actually quite good.

Cons

Xenon flash is nice if you appreciate color night time pictures, otherwise it can be considered as a burden. First of all it consumes batteries faster than LED IR flashes. Second, bright flash reveals the camera location (if you use it for property surveilance) and can spook the game when used as a trail camera. Third, the flash range is very, very limited. And last but not least, xenon flash means that you can’t record video during night time. So even if you are operating the camera in video mode it actually automatically switches into still shooting mode for the night.

This trail camera is very basic, so especially if this is your first trail camera, it is very probable that you will start craving for more features and better performance quite soon after the first-crush.

Conclusion

As we stated in the very beginning, Tasco 3MP has its place on the trail camera market. It is easily approachable entry level camera that does not place heavy burden on your wallet.

If you are on a tight shoestring budget, can live with the limited picture quality (compared to more expensive models) and really don’t need any additional features, Tasco is a good choice. But if you can invest another $20 or so, you should definitely check this review of Moultrie A-5 before making any buying decisions.

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