Covert Scouting MP6 Camera: Great Budget-Friendly Trail Camera

On this review, we concentrate on perhaps one of their best selling models, known as Covert Scouting MP6 Trail Camera.

Features Covert Scouting MP6
Image resolution Adjustable image resolution (6, 5, or 3 MP)
Battery Powered by 4 or 8 AA batteries
Supporting modes1.Time-lapse mode
2. Photo burst mode takes 1, 2, or 3 shots per trigger
3. Start-stop mode allows you to select the time the camera is operational
Flash range Red Glow IR flash with a range up to 40ft.
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Covert Scouting Cameras Inc. is a company providing various trail camera models from basic entry-level cameras to more advanced ones under the brand of Covert Scouting Cameras, or more commonly just Covert.

Covert Scouting MP6 Camera Review

Build and design

Covert Scouting MP6 is a nice package. Setting up is easy, thanks to the 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.

covert MP6 review

That means of course that its price has come down as newer Covert models have entered the market. And the lower price is something that naturally suits us, the customers, perfectly.

Covert MP6 is actually an older model in Covert’s line-up of trail cameras as it has been on the market at least since 2012.

Camera

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 nighttime shots are not as good as the daytime ones but can be considered as average.

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 the field. You can also select the resolution of still images and video clips.

Detection circuit

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.

The trigger speed is on the 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.

Battery

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.

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.

Pros

  • 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 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.
  • The detection range of MP6 is very good as it can detect movement up to 70 ft.

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 view, you may end up getting some empty photos.

Conclusion

Covert MP6 is a good basic trail camera. The overall quality of the camera is good and the majority of the customers seem to be more than satisfied with it.

And the price is not bad either. To put it briefly Covert MP6 is a solid choice for any budget-minded hunter or any trail camera enthusiast out there.

Primos Truth Cam ULTRA 46 (2013 Model) Review

The original Primos Truth Cam 35 has been a huge success for Primos. Even its successor, Truth Cam 35 ULTRA (2013 model) was a mediocre success.

But for one reason or another Primos Truth Cam 46 models have not been as popular as Truth Cam 35s.

Features Primos Truth Cam 46
Image resolution 46 IR LED flash
Detection range55 feet
Trigger speed1S
Memory32GB
Battery8AA batteries
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In principle, there is nothing wrong in Truth Cam 46 ULTRA 2013 model, but there is also very little that would differentiate it from other trail camera models on the market.

Primos Truth Cam 46 ULTRA (2013 model) is a simple 7-megapixel trail camera that, in addition to photos, can capture video with sound and HD time-lapse videos.

Build and design

The casing is made of durable plastic with a weatherproof seal. The small size of the case and camouflage finishing allows you to hide your camera well into the woods.

primos tc 46 ultra review

Also, the case design of Truth Cam 46 ULTRA leaves little room for improvement. Trail camera cases of Primos cameras have typically been very well designed and this one is no exception.

Primos knows how to make trail cameras that are easy to use. Primos Truth Cam ULTRA 46 is operated by simple slide switches making the setup of the camera a breeze.

All you need to do is install the batteries, insert the SD card into its slot, set the date and time, and slide the slide switches to the desired setting and you are good to go.

Camera

It comes with a 7-megapixel adjustable image resolution (HI or LO). You can have the video clips with sound (640×480, 30fps, AVI, up to 60s).

The captured photos stamped with burst count, moon phase, temperature, time, date and day of the week info. Burst mode allows taking from 1 to 5 pictures.

There is just too much variation in the picture quality. While some photos are vivid and full of color, there are too many photos that overexposed or somewhere in between good and terrible. And this applies to both day shots and nighttime pictures.

Detection circuit

The 45° Early Detect sensor, 55° field of view of the camera, combined with a trigger speed of less than 1 second ensures that you don’t miss the game walking in front of your camera. The 46 IR LED flash of the camera allows night time range of approx. 55 foot.

The recovery time of Truth Cam ULTRA 46 is rather long.

It takes approximately 7 seconds for the camera to charge and to be able to take a new picture. While this can be a too long time for the fast-moving game, it generally is fast enough for most situations though.

Battery

Truth Cam 46 UTLRA is powered by 8AA batteries and compatible with SD and SDHC memory cards up to 32GB.

As mentioned above, it is not uncommon to run into battery problems with this model. Thus if you find out that your camera is draining batteries, return it and get a new one. That’s what the one year warranty is for.

photo taken with truth cam 46 ltra

Pros

  • User-friendly trail camera
  • Although some customers have reported of having problems with battery lifetime (camera draining batteries), Truth Cam ULTRA 46 should be able to operate even up to 9 months in optimal conditions with one set of batteries.
  • This is a really nice battery life for a trail camera.

Cons

  • The picture quality is not the best that we have seen in Primos cameras.
  • Recovery time needs to be improved

Conclusion

Truth Cam Ultra 46 offers a nice variety of features with a reasonable price and thus you could think it as a great choice for the hunter on a budget.

Unfortunately for Primos, there are plenty of competing models on this same price category that is capable of doing the same tricks than 46 ULTRA just slightly better.

So before making a buying decision and going for Primos 46 ULTRA, we really recommend familiarizing yourself with similar models from Moultrie, Bushnell, and Browning first.

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Stealth Cam G30 Review: Best Trail Cam With Full of Features

Stealth Cam G30 Review

Today in this post we are reviewing Stealth Cam G30.

Features Stealth Cam G30
Detection range 80 feet
Trigger speed 0.5 sec
Battery 8 AA batteries
FlashIR
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Stealth Cam introduced its new G-series trail cameras at the beginning of 2014. Two feature packed trail cameras, Stealth Cam G42NG and Stealth Cam G30 were presented to the 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.

Stealth Cam G30 review

Design and build

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 an 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.

Camera

Stealth Cam G30 review

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

Quality of the night time images is at least on the same level as 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 the quality of night time shots.

There are very few blurry or otherwise failed images. The 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 the 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.

Affordability

Let’s start with the price, shall we?

The 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.

Detection circuit 

  1. Picture trigger: 0.5 seconds
  2. Picture recovery speed: 5 seconds 
  3. Video trigger:  0.5 seconds
  4. Video recovery speed: 5 seconds
  5. Detection range: 80 feet

One of the things praised by Stealth cam reviews about the G30 is its trigger speed. Just like the Stealth Cam g42ng this Stealth Cam No Glow camera offers a fast trigger speed at 0.5 seconds.

It makes sure that it can capture images and videos of animals moving in the wild. And just like the Stealth Cam STC P12, it does have a burst mode.

Now, as far as recovery is concerned, you will have to wait for five seconds before it becomes ready to shoot again. In most scenarios, it already misses the animal moving within its 80-foot range.

Battery 

You have two options to power the Stealth Cam G30 Trail Camera. You can make use of 8 AA batteries or you can also opt to have a 12V external power to run the trail camera. In most scenarios, 8 AA batteries can last for weeks.

But of course, it depends on different factors. If you are going to use it at night, then expect it to not last that long given that it is going to run the IR LEDs.

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.

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 a 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 a wide range of features, ease of use, and excellent battery life at a reasonable price.

While it does not excel in picture quality, it still offers average or above average images.

Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam Standard Edition Review

Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam was one of the best value cameras at the time of its introduction. It soon became one of the best selling models and users loved it.

FeaturesBushnell 8MP Trophy Cam
Image resolution8 MP
Detection range45 feet
Trigger speed1 S
Battery4 to 8 AA batteries. 
FlashIR
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Product features

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However after its release, there have been multiple Trophy Cam model releases from Bushnell and this old model really is not the best Bushnell model, nor the best trail camera in general anymore.

Bushnell trail cameras are among the most popular models in the market. This is because of the compact and cutting-edge features that you will experience when you are using these products.

Build and design 

The Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam has a design built for the wild. It makes use of superb plastic that was designed to take a few bumps along the way.

And also, it doesn’t have a bright color which makes it discreet especially in the dark. This is also the reason why it has been used by some households as a security camera.

It can be placed anywhere in your front yard and it won’t even get noticed by people who visit your house. It is also wireless that makes setting up such an easy task.

Aside from that, it also has a weatherproof design that protects the important parts found inside the cellular trail camera.

Camera 

  1. Photo resolution: 8MP
  2. Video resolution: 1280p x 720p
  3. Flash: IR 

One of the biggest Bushnell Trophy cam problems that you get to encounter is its 8MP resolution. When used in the daytime, this camera offers superb results. Simply put, it isn’t enough for a lot of hunters and outdoor enthusiasts.

However, in reality, it provides high-quality images that allow you to distinguish animals without any problems.

When it comes to its video, though it doesn’t give you a full HD capability, the 720p resolution is enough for most situations.

Also, with a 32 IR LED that illuminate subjects at night, this trail camera can provide high-quality photos and videos even at night.

Detection circuit 

  1. Picture trigger: 1 second
  2. Picture recovery speed: 1 second
  3. Video trigger:  1 second
  4. Video recovery speed: 1 second
  5. Detection range: 45 feet

If there is anything that makes the hunters love about the Bushnell Trophy Cam, that’s its fast trigger speed and recovery capability.

It has a 1-second trigger that can capture an animal almost instantaneously once it enters its range. It means that you don’t have to worry that you will miss a fast-moving animal.

However, if you want another angle, you also don’t have to worry since this trail camera also has a fast recovery speed at 1 second. At 45 feet, it has a decent range that can work both in your home or in the wild.

Batteries 

The camera is powered by 4 to 8 AA batteries. It means that if your camera is already running low on power, it still can function given the fact that it can run on half the power.

And since it is a favorite option for home security, this trail camera is compatible with an external power that can be used to make sure that it doesn’t run out of power.

The good news is that the trail camera can run for weeks without changing the batteries. It only means that you can rely on the camera to take a good amount of photos and videos saved in its 32GB SD card.  

Pros

  • One of the best things about this camera is that it comes with the longest battery life as compared to the other trail cameras.
  • In addition to that, not very many manufacturers offer trail cameras with 8 MP resolution. This means that the product will allow you to come up with detail-rich images.
  • Additionally, the 1-second trigger speed of the product is among the best. This enables you to capture even birds which are in motion.
  • This feature is also perfect when you want to take pictures of animals in motion. Bushnell’s  32 GB memory card capacity is also among the best in the market.

Cons

  • According to user feedback, there are no major problems that you should expect when it comes to the functionality of this model.
  • The reality is that this model is not the cheapest trail camera model on the market.
  • It is more expensive than many other game cameras from different brands. Yet, the price of the product is properly compensated when it comes to its features.

Conclusion

There is no doubt that Bushnell Trophy Cam 8MP is among the top bets of people looking for entry-level trail cameras.

In general, there is very little negative feedback out there when it comes to this trail camera model.

In a nutshell, it is a great piece of equipment and still selling very well even though it represents the older end of Bushnell’s trail camera offering.

This is why the amount invested in buying this product is very likely worth spending at the end. If you are looking for a cheaper model from Bushnell, then you might want to check the review of Bushnell X-8 in here.

Stealth Cam E38NXT Review: Is This Trail Camera Any Good?

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 the next level.

Features Stealth Cam E38NXT
Image resolution8 MP
Detection range50 feet
Trigger speed0.75 Seconds
Battery8 AA batteries
Memory32 GB
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Day by day, model by model trail cameras keep getting smaller, more feature-rich, and in most cases easier to use.

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.

Stealth Cam E38NXT Review

Design and build

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 are 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 weather-proofness of the camera.

Camera

E38NXT is an 8-megapixel trail camera that is also capable of recording max. 5-minute video clips with sound in HD quality. The daytime image and video quality are really good as expected for an 8MP/HD camera.

The night time photos are not quite as good as you could expect, but definitely not bad either.

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.

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 to 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 the camera’s PIR sensor coverage area.

Detection circuit

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 a range up to 50ft, but according to some customer feedback the range can be even close to 70ft.

Battery

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 an external 12V power connection for power packs. There is also a connection for the solar panel but that feature is not in use in this particular model.

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.

Cons

  • 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.

Moultrie M-990i Trail Camera (2014 Model): Is it Still Hunter’s Choice?

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.

Features Moultrie M-990i
Image resolution10 MP
Detection range50 feet
Trigger speedLess than 1 seconds
Supporting modes Multi-Shot and Burst Mode, 3 images per triggering
Flash range70 feet
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This 2014 model has some minor tweaks compared to the 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.

Moultrie M-990i in-depth review

Build and design

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; the camera is capable of taking multi-shots or function in Burst Mode.

The casing is sturdy, weatherproof and painted with nice Mossy Oak® Treestand Camouflage pattern.

There have never been big flaws in case designs of Moultrie trail cameras and this one is no exception.

Thus it is hard to say if this Moultrie model can be included among the affordable models or not.

Camera

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

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

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.

There are no big flaws when it comes to 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.

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.

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.

amazing night time image quality for a no-glow camera

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.

Detection circuit:

Moultrie 990i has a trigger speed of fewer than 0.5 seconds.

Recovery time is approx. 5 seconds which is quite typical for today’s trail cameras. Setting up the camera is a breeze thanks to the 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.5 seconds which is quite typical for today’s trail cameras.

Moultrie M-990i case design is excellent

Battery

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.

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.
  • The 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.
  • The 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.

The 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.

Moultrie M-550 Review: The Best Entry Level Trail Camera

Today we are reviewing one of the best trail cameras from the brand Moultrie, i.e Moultrie M-550.

Features Moultrie M-550
Image resolution7 MP
Detection range50 feet
Trigger speedLess than 1.5 second
Battery8 AA batteries
Supporting modes1. Multi-shot mode of three images
2. Burst mode, 3 shots in 1 second
Flash range 70 feet
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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 a 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.

Build and design

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

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.

When tied to the camera it is not noticeable by animals. It’s color blends with the tree.

This really could be a recipe of a very successful trail camera model. Unfortunately, the execution is not the best possible.

Let’s dig deeper.

Camera

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 a 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.

Detection circuit

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.

m-550 back side with socket

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 a set of batteries and it should not be an impossible task to achieve.

Please note that the manual states that Moultrie M-550 is only compatible with alkalines or lithiums.

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

Cons

  • Nighttime image quality is disappointing.
  • The images are bit dim and tend to be blurry.
  • You would think that 20 IR LEDs could provide an 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 a 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 a lot of features at a relatively low price. On the other hand, it does not do the basic job (night time image quality, flash, trigghttps://amazon.com/dp/B00HAH6JIS/?tag=cheap-trail-cameras-20er speed) well enough.

So is it worth its price?

Naturally, it depends what you are looking for, but we would advise 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?

Browning Strike Force BTC-5 Game Camera Review:

Today in this post we are going to review Browning Strike Force BTC-5 Trail Camera.

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. Browning knows how to make trail cameras that are user-friendly.

Browning BTC-5 Sub-micro 10MP camera specs:

Features BTC-5 Trail Camera
Battery  6 AA batteries
Memory  32GB
Trigger speed 0.67 seconds
Recovery time Less than 2.5 seconds
Detection range50 feet
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No compromises have been made what comes to the overall quality of this camera. And what’s best, compared to other similar trail camera models, the price of Strike Force is already at a 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 the 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.

Browning BTC-5 Sub-Micro Game Camera reviewed:

Build and design

One of the primary concerns for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts is to keep their cameras discreet. Nocturnal animals tend to observe their surroundings and could get alarmed by bright objects even from afar.

The Browning BTC 5 blends well with the environment given its camouflage exterior. It means that you can set it up on a tree or in front of bushes and animals won’t even suspect that a stealth camera’s there to monitor their movement.

It can easily blend with the environment that even humans won’t notice it. 

The Browning Strike Force Trail Camera is also perfect for different types of weather. The casing is made of superior materials that can keep the camera safe from moisture and dust.

And unlike other trail cameras that tend to lag in cold or hot temperatures, Browning Strike Force BTC-5 Trail Camera can tolerate these extreme weather conditions making it a reliable option regardless of the season. 

Setting up the camera in the woods is another great feature of the BTC-5 Trail Camera. Users will have an easier time strapping the camera on a tree.

Once you’ve set things up, you won’t have to worry that it might drop or get out of focused. 

It is also small enough to fit your hands. This means that you can have an easier time hiding the camera from animals you are looking to observe from afar. 

And once you’ve taken your shots, retrieving the SD card and the battery is also easy with this camera. Users can even do it in the dark if you are already used to it.

Camera

Browning Strike Force trail camera (model number BTC-5) features 10-megapixel images and comes with powerful IR flash that has a 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. Prepare yourself that you will be getting plenty of beautiful images with this camera.

Daytime photos don’t get much better than this. Shortly said they are outstanding. 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.

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

Detection circuit

  1. Picture trigger: 0.67 S
  2. Picture recovery: 2 minute 
  3. Video trigger: 0.67 S 
  4. Video recovery: 2 minute 
  5. Detection range: 50 feet

BTC-5 sub-micro camera 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.

Power

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 an SD memory card (max. 32GB).

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 the external power pack.

Pros

  • Nighttime shots are excellent as well, thanks to powerful flash and Browning’s “Zero Blur” technology.
  • Strike Force BTC 5 can really detect even the fastest moving animals due to fast trigger speed and recovery time.
  • 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.
  • The battery life of Browning Strike Force 5 is excellent.

Cons

  • It is really hard to find big flaws or any flaws at all from this trail camera, but here are a 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 10 MP Camera 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.

Stealth Cam P12 Review: Best Opt for Beginners

Today we are going to review the best trail cam by Stealth Cam i.e. Stealth Cam P12.

Stealth Cam P12 Specs:

Features Stealth Cam P12
Image resolution6.0 Megapixel images
SD cardUpto 32GB
Battery type8 AA
Detection range40 feet
Recovery time5 seconds
Special featuresadjustable image resolution (Hi 6MP/Med 4MP/Lo 2MP)
Burst mode 1-6 images per triggering
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There are two distinct 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.

Stealth Cam P12 in-depth review

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.

Build and design

Stealth cam stc-p12 stays true to being a trail camera for the outdoors. But unlike other trail cameras, it can also function as a security camera thanks to its discreet and heavy-duty construction.

Some homeowners today made use of the Cam 6 for their home security to monitor who goes in and out of their property. 

When it comes to its durability, users won’t worry about bumps here and there since GSM p12s camera is protected by a plastic case that can withstand the changing weather. The plastic seals the entire system of the camera from dust and moisture as well. 

One of the most common stealth cam problems is the bulky design of trail cameras. This has been addressed by the makers of Stealth Cam P12.

It is small, making it the perfect camera that won’t be noticed by animals. And also, setting up the camera also won’t be an issue given the fact that it has the necessary contraptions for straps. 

Camera

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, the quality of the night time images is average or below. Moving objects are blurry more often than not, and the modest IR flash is able to provide an 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:

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

Power

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 on the way you use the camera (images vs. video shooting) as well as the weather conditions.

Detection circuit 

  1. Picture trigger: 5 seconds
  2. Picture recovery: 1 minute 
  3. Video trigger: 5 seconds 
  4. Video recovery: 1 minute 
  5. Detection range: 40 feet

The Stealth Cam P12 offers 5 seconds for its trigger which is decent for this kind of trail camera. Though it isn’t the fastest, it can still do a good job monitoring slow-moving animals in the wild.

It can detect moving objects within 40 feet. It means that even if an animal is still quite far, users are going to already get a picture or a video of it. 

However, the camera doesn’t do a good job when it comes to its recovery. 60 seconds to take another photo or video is somewhat slow for this type of camera.

If you are going to read a bunch of game change reviews, they’d mention that the camera may have already missed animals that entered its detection range.

It means that there are instances when you only have one chance to capture an animal that entered the camera’s range. 

Pros

  • 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.
  • P12 is one of the cheapest quality trail cameras out there.

Cons

  • Nighttime image quality is below average.
  • Trigger speed could be better.
  • The manufacturer has not defined the 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

It’s time to end up this stealth cam p12 review.

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 the top 5 in the near future.

The price is roughly at the same level as 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

Bushnell X-8 Review: Is This Trail Camera Worth Buying?

Bushnell X-8 (product model 119327c) is a trail camera that can provide 2, 4 or 6 megapixels, full-color resolution daytime pictures.

Features Bushnell X-8
Image resolution 4 or 6MP high-quality full-color resolution.
Detection range45 feet
Trigger speed1 Second
Battery Powered by 4 or 8 AA batteries
Supporting modes1. Multiple shot mode: (1 or 3 images per trigger)
2. Time-lapse mode captures images at the user-set interval, 1-60 minutes
Flash 36 IR LEDs flash with a range up to 45 ft
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High quality of the black and white night time pictures are guaranteed by the impressive amount (36 pcs) of bright infrared LEDs. X-8 is also capable of recording short AVI video clips with a resolution 640 x 480 @ 30fps.

Not many customers noticed the release of this new Bushnell when it was introduced back in 2012.

Bushnell X-8 Review

Build and design

Since its release, Bushnell X-8 has collected reputation as a small-sized, value-packed trail camera that has some very impressive features.

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X-8 is simple to use. The manual provides clear instructions which make the programming of the camera pleasant and extremely easy.

X-8 falls into price category of $150, so if you are ready to invest this amount of money you surely will get bang for your buck if you decide to buy Bushnell X-8. But before making a buying decision, make sure you read this review.

Other features of this Bushnell model include adjustable PIR sensor for detecting wildlife, multi-image mode, adjustable photo delay, and time-lapse mode.

Camera

Both day and night images provided by this trail camera are good.

Thanks to 36 bright IR LEDs, the night pictures X-8 delivers are among the best on the market. The night photos are sharp and clear, nothing like blurry fuzzy photos that are typically seen from many other trail camera models.

Batteries

X-8 is powered by four or eight AA batteries (lithium or alkaline), or by 6V external power source via DC input jack.

Another minor defect of this model is that it doesn’t work with rechargeable NiMH batteries. This is because the contact points do not strike the NiMH batteries correctly.

Thus you are forced to use either alkalines or lithiums that increase the cost in the long run. (One option is to use or external power source.)

And one more thing, the battery life of the Bushnell X-8 is top of the line due to low resting current draw as, well as excellent day and night time power consumption.

Pros

  • Considering the price, the Bushnell X-8 delivers some very impressive features.
  • On top of the features, the list is an amazing trigger speed of 0.866 seconds as well as 5 seconds recovery time.
  • Even though the camera manual says that the detection range is up to 45 ft, the feedback from the customers says that X-8 can detect motion even out to 60ft.

Cons

  • One of the minor drawbacks of X-8 is the quality of day time pictures.
  • The pictures tend to be little grainy.
  • And sometimes, depending on the weather conditions, the camera produces even slightly blurry and dark day pictures.

Conclusion

Bushnell X-8 is a great trail camera. It is easy to use, easy to set up and takes quality pics without breaking the bank.

It is slightly cheaper than Bushnell Trophy Cam but offers a wide range of features just like Trophy Cam. If you are wondering which trail camera to buy, you really can’t go much wrong with X-8.

Wildview TK40 Scouting Camera Review: The Best No Glow Trail Camera

Wildview TK40 is one of the best no-glow trails cameras available in the market today.

Majority of trail cameras on the market today are equipped with so-called low-glow IR flashes, meaning that the IR flash emits very little visible light.

Features Wildview TK40
Image resolution 2 resolution settings – 8mp / 5mp
Detection range50 feet
Trigger speedLess than 1 second
Memory32 GB
Battery8 AA batteries
Supporting modesTime-lapse mode
Burst mode 1/3/6 shots per triggering
Flash 40 no-glow IR LEDs flash with a range up to 50 ft
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In most cases, the flash is barely visible to the human eye. However more an more cameras are popping up equipped with no-glow IR flashes.

For now, these no-glow cameras have been on the expensive side, but there are few models out there that can be categorized as affordable. Wildview TK40 is one of those models.

Wildview TK40 Review

Camera

wildview tk40 review

Wildview TK40 does, however, feature a burst mode that captures 1, 3 or 6 pictures per trigger. This mode can in some circumstances compensate for the long recovery time.

TK40 does, however, feature a burst mode that captures 1, 3 or 6 pictures per trigger. This mode can in some circumstances compensate for the long recovery time.

In addition to burst mode, Wildview TK40 features four different delay options, a time-lapse mode and HD video recording with sound.

The 50 ft range of the IR flash is quite nice considering it is a No Glow flash that does not spook the game.

Wildview TK40 actually lets you select the number of LEDs to be used in the flash (30 or 40) which allows you to extend the battery life. The detection zone of TK40 is also quite good, reaching out to 50 ft while the detection angle is 50 degrees.

Detection circuit

Wildview TK40 is a sister model of Wildview TK30 which is a low-glow trail camera. Both cameras are equipped with new ZX7 processors for increased battery life and trigger speed.

The trigger speed of TK40 is really impressive, less than one second.

The downside is that the minimum delay (recovery time) between triggers is 20 seconds. Long recovery time can significantly limit the use of this trail camera, as it may not be the best option to capture fast-moving trail.

Batteries

Setting up TK40 is really quick and easy as everything is controlled with a few toggle switches.TK40 is powered by 8 AA batteries which allow you to use rechargeable batteries and save tons of money in the long run.

Wildview TK40 stores the photos and videos on SD memory card and it supports SD cards up to 32GB.

Pros

  • One of the biggest benefits of Wildview TK40 is the fast, less than one second, trigger speed. Fast trigger speed combined with nice detection area, and the fact that the detection angle (50 degrees) is actually little wider than the field of view (48 degrees), makes TK40 a trail camera that seldom misses a shot.
  • Another big bonus is the no-glow flash that does not spook the game. The flash has an adequate range and in general, TK40 produces quite nice night time pictures.
  • Thanks to toggle switch controls, TK40 is really easy to set up and operate. Most likely you won’t be needing the instruction manual at all.
  • Even though the battery life of TK40 is below the average, the good thing is that it does use AA batteries, which allows you to use rechargeable Lithium or NiMH batteries with it and save money over time.

Cons

  • One of the biggest drawbacks of TK40 is the long recovery time of 20 seconds. This really limits the use of this model, making it most suitable for feeders and bait stations.
  • Another big flaw is the fact that TK40 misses all the accessory features that most other trail camera models nowadays have as standard. While TK40 does have an integrated strap loop for mounting, it has no Python cable compatibility or threated camera mount insert.

Conclusion

Wildview TK40 is an option if you are looking for an affordable no-glow camera. It is also an option if you are looking for easy to use a camera to a feeder or bait station.

It can also be used, with some limitations, as a security camera to monitor your property.

TK40 has its flaws though and therefore you should familiarize yourself with other low-cost no-glow options, like Moultrie D-555i, or Browning Spec Ops or with corresponding cheap low-glow trail cameras, before making a buying decision.

Wildgame Innovations 4.0 MP Infrared Digital Trail Camera Review

Wildgame Innovations Infrared Digital Camera (product model N4E) used to be one of the cheapest trail camera models you could find in this megapixel range.

Features Wildgame Innovations Camera
Detection range55 feet
Trigger speed1 Second
Battery type4 C-cell batteries
External memory Supports SDHC card 32 GB
Flash 18 IR LED flash
Sensor Passive Infrared Sensor (PIR) up to 60 ft
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Nowadays the availability of this old model is not that good and the price is way higher than what it used to be.

Therefore this Wildgame model really is not a recommended option. Here is the review though.

Wildgame Innovations 4.0 MP Trail Camera Review

Build and design 

Wildgame Innovations 4.0 Infrared Camera is a breath of fresh air when it comes to its appearance.

Unlike the usual trail cameras from Wildgame, it is noticeable how it has a more symmetrical design. Unlike other Wildgame trail cameras that have the camouflaged exterior, this trail camera looks more like a portable fan.

However, despite the peculiar shape and appearance from the other Wildgame Trail Cameras, it does its job well. 

The plastic case allows the camera to stay dry and free from any dust that could corrode the electronic parts inside the camera.

If you are worried about the bumps and dropping the camera every now and then when you are in the wild, the case helps protect the camera.

It has a sturdy construction made specifically for rugged use. 

Also, setting up this camera isn’t a problem considering the hooks where you can have the straps. This gives users an easy time when it comes to setting up the camera to a tree or on any sturdy vertical structure that you can find outdoors. 

The size of the trail camera fits in your hands. It means that it isn’t exactly difficult to pack or to setup. It won’t look too obvious especially if you are going to observe animals that are always looking at their surroundings. 

Camera

This 4.0-megapixel camera provides you good quality day pictures and decent black and white night shots. It is also capable of delivering AVI video.

This Wildgame Innovations model is equipped with Flextime+ time-lapse technology that allows you to “set and forget” the camera and grasp the pictures of any game traveling during peak time.

The camera also features Redux anti-blur technology that produces clean, crisp images in any situation.

Wildgame Innovations N4E uses 18 high-intensity infrared LEDs for night time illumination and has a flash range up to 55 feet.

Detection circuit 

  1. Picture trigger: 1 second
  2. Video trigger: 1 second 
  3. Detection range: 55 feet

Though many consider the camera to be a beginner-level trail camera, it has an impressive detection range that can even compete against trail cameras.

With 55 feet of detection range, it means that you can set up the camera and it can already take photos of animals even from afar.

It also works well in this range regardless if you have a decent light source or not. You still get the same range even at night. 

The trigger speed isn’t bad as well. You can already take a photo or video of the subject in just one second.

Of course, there are some trail cameras out there that can take a photo or video in under 1 second. However, 1 second isn’t bad at all. It is even used as a benchmark by some professional hunters when choosing their trail camera. 

One common problem that hunters and outdoor enthusiasts get when it comes to trail cameras is that the camera’s trigger comes off even with the movement of the wind.

This isn’t the case when it comes to the Wildgame Innovations 4.0 Infrared Digital Trail Camera. It means that you get minimal blank photos when it is already time to review the images in your SD card. 

Power

To run this trail camera you need to use 4 C-cell batteries that are not included when you purchase. The estimated battery life is approx. 3 months. This camera is also equipped with an external power port that allows you to use Wildgame Innovations 6 Volt camera battery.

Pros

  • First and foremost this can provide pictures with decent quality. 
  • Even though this Wildgame Innovations model is typically considered as an entry level camera, it still has an impressive amount of features that are easy to use.
  • The construction of the camera is rigid and the battery life is more or less what is promised by the manufacturer (3 months).

Cons

  • The bungee cords that are used to mount the camera are bit flimsy and short, so you might want to invest in better bungee cords.
  • Be aware that the powerful IR LEDs can cause blinding of the close-range night pictures, depending on how you have mounted your camera.
  • The PIR sensor of the camera is not the best. In some case, it has picked-up movement only 30% of the time. Thus this camera does not necessarily give you an accurate idea of what is in your woods.

Conclusion

Wildgame Innovations 4MP Scouting Camera is a good basic trail camera and it used to be a good option as an entry-level camera.

But nowadays there are plenty of other newer and cheaper models that can do the same and more than this Wildgame model. Thus we recommend checking budget models like Stealth Cam P12 or Moultrie A-5 instead.

Moultrie A-5 5MP Low Glow IR Game Camera: A Detailed Review

Trail cameras don’t get much cheaper than this. Moultrie A-5, a 5MP Low Glow IR Game Camera is one of the 2013 trail camera releases from Moultrie.

Features Moultrie A-5
Battery4 C-cell batteries
Detection range50 feet
Memory32 GB
Trigger speed1.16 seconds
Recovery time62 seconds
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It is also among the cheapest models on the market today and therefore it is no wonder that it is among the best selling trail cameras on any online store.

Moultrie A-5 comes with a price tag of approximately $70, meaning that it is seriously competing with low-cost models from Wildgame Innovations, Tasco and Primos.

Moultrie A-5 5MP Low Glow IR Game Camera Review

Build and design 

The Moultrie A-5 5MP Low Glow IR Game Camera is made specifically for the outdoors. The exterior is made of durable plastic material that allows the camera to withstand both dry and wet weather conditions.

You don’t have to worry even if there is a typhoon. The casing is also dust-proof which protects the internal parts from corrosion. 

The size of the camera is also something that makes this trail camera’s design stand out. The camera is small enough to fit in a user’s hand. It means that you will have an easy time packing and setting up the camera.

Also, it is worth mentioning the compatibility of the Moultrie A-5 to a python cable. This makes it possible to set up the camera and tie it on a tree or anywhere stable in the wild.  

The appearance of the Moultrie A-5 5MP Low Glow IR Game Camera is also another important reason why it’s a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts including hunters and conservationists. 

The appearance of the Moultrie A-5 5MP Trail Camera is designed to blend with the trees and the leaves. It has a dark green color that animals won’t bother to look at once it has been placed in the woods. Even in the morning, it can remain discreet and camouflaged. 

Key features

Moultrie A-5 is a simple, easy to set up a trail camera that provides 5-megapixel pictures and 10-second AVI video clips at 640×480 resolution.

A-5 is equipped with 12-LED low-glow IR flash that won’t spook the game but still has an effective range up to 50 feet.

Photos come tagged with moon phase, time, date and camera ID info. Picture delay settings of A-5 gives you a choice of 1/5/10 and 30 minutes delays.

Moultrie A-5 accepts SD/SDHC memory cards up to 32 GB and can take 8000+ images by the power of 4 C-cell batteries that are used to operate.

Camera 

  • Photo resolution: 5MP
  • Video resolution: 640p x 480p
  • Flash: IR

The Moultrie A-5 5MP camera might not have the best photo resolution and 5 megapixels but it does the job well especially if you are going to use the camera during day time. You get clear photos, plus the subject is easily recognizable.

Next, the video is not even in HD. It may have its downside if you consider the fact that the majority of trail cameras in the market today are running on at least a 720p resolution.

But despite the lack of HD feature on this camera, you won’t have a problem recognizing the video, especially during daytime. Just like the still photos, it provides crisp results once there is good lighting. 

At night time, it does perform decently. Though you can’t call it the best trail camera given the relatively low resolution on photos and videos, it does meet your needs especially if you are simply after monitoring and you don’t care about high-quality shots. 

The IR LEDs are not exactly no-glow. The Moultrie A-5 5MP Trail Camera made use of long-range 850nm low-glow IR LEDs.

It means that there is still a slight chance that it can get the attention of animals especially if it’s in a pitch-black environment.

However, during a full moon, you can take advantage of the additional light provided by the moon for added illumination giving better results on both photos and videos. 

Detection circuit 

  1. Picture trigger: 1.16 seconds
  2. Picture recovery: 62 seconds 
  3. Video trigger: 1.16 seconds
  4. Video recovery: 62 seconds 
  5. Detection range: 50 feet

The Moultrie A-5 has a relatively acceptable trigger speed at just a little above 1 second. It means that you can easily capture an animal that enters its range.

If you are looking to take a photo of a moving animal and you want a different angle, this can become a problem. 

You will have to wait for more than a minute before the camera is ready to take another shot.

However, in terms of distance, the Moultrie A-5 5MP Trail Camera has a 50-foot effective detection range for both day and night. It means that you can easily capture images even in an open field. 

When using the camera, don’t be surprised if you will get mostly blank shots with no animal detected.

The trail camera is quite sensitive that the trigger goes off even with small movements from trees and the grass caused by the wind.

It only means that if you opt to have the Moultrie A-5 in the wild, you might consider having a blank SD card to ensure that you have enough space to save photos. 

Power 

Unlike most trail cameras powered by AA batteries, the Moultrie A-5 Trail Camera needs 4 C batteries to operate. The good news is that it is also compatible with an external power source.

This is the reason why it has also become a popular option not only among wildlife enthusiasts but also among customers that are looking for a home surveillance camera. 

If you opt to use batteries for your Moultrie A-5 Trail Camera, this camera can take around 8,000 images before it completely drains out.

But of course, there are a number of factors involved. If you are going to use the trail camera at night, you can expect the battery to not last that long considering the need to power the IR LEDs as well. 

And when it comes to its memory, the trail camera can support SD memory card up to 32GB.

Pros

  • The price is low, it is easy to use and takes decent quality images and video. What more can you ask from a low-cost entry-level trail camera?
  • The low-glow IR flash is virtually undetectable and even though A-5 only has 12 leds in its flash bank, it can still provide clear images up to 50′ away from the camera.
  • Battery life is very good. A word of warning though: using video mode can drain your batteries rather quickly.

Cons

  • There are no big flaws in Moultrie A-5 trail cam. One of the minor drawbacks is the delay options.
  • The lowest delay option is 1 minute which can be way too long for some purposes (like feeders).

A-5 day photo

Conclusion

It’s time to wind up Moultrie A-5 5MP Game Camera review.

If you are on a shoestring budget or just looking for a simple, easy to use the camera, Moultrie A-5 is definitely an option to consider. While it does not offer an impressive amount of features, it does provide decent quality photos and videos without hassle.

Make sure you read our review of Moultrie A-5’s big brother, Moultrie A-8 in here.

Primos Truth Cam ULTRA 35 Review: Is it the Best Hunting Camera?

Primos Truth Cam ULTRA 35 (model number 63014) is the successor of Primos Truth Cam 35, one of the best selling trail camera models ever made.

Features Primos Truth Cam ULTRA 35
Flash 35 IR LEDs flash
Trigger speed 1 Second
Capturing modesTime-lapse mode
Burst mode shooting 1 to 5 images
Detection range40 feet
Battery 8 AA batteries
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You can actually still find Primos Truth Cam 35 ranking near the top spots on many trail camera sales charts. Thus you could think that the improved model of Truth Cam 35 would be another best-seller.

However, Truth Cam ULTRA 35 has not been selling as well as its predecessor. Read the rest of this review to find out why.

Truth Cam ULTRA 35 is super compact, one of the smallest trail cameras on the market today. It is also as easy to set up like the previous model, all the main controls are handled with simple slide switches.

Primos Truth Cam ULTRA 35 review

Build and design

One of the first things that you’ll notice with the Primos Truth Cam 35 is that it doesn’t look like your typical trail camera.

Though the color doesn’t allow the camera to look like it is part of the bushes and the trees, it is still dark enough to look discreet.

And since it is small enough to fit in your hands, you don’t have to worry that it looks obvious to animals you are looking to observe. 

However, don’t expect it to be smaller than Primos Truth Cam 40. 

The plastic casing does a great job in protecting the important parts inside the trail camera. Compared to other trail cameras, its plastic casing is at par when it comes to protecting the trail camera from dust and moisture.

It can also function well despite being exposed to the harsh weather of the outdoors. 

You can also make use of a cable lock to set up the camera to a tree. Even if it is your first time to use the camera, the trail camera is easy to install, plus it is also stable once you have everything locked in. 

Camera

ULTRA 35 provides 4-megapixel photos and is able to record 60-second video clips with audio. It also features a time-lapse mode and burst shooting mode.

Primos TC ULTRA 35 features Early Detect Sensor, a 45° PIR sensor that picks up motion earlier, so you don’t miss the object walking in front of the camera. Trigger speed is on the average level, roughly one second. Recovery time is mediocre as well, roughly 7 seconds.

ULTRA 35 is equipped with red glow IR flash, consisting of 35 IR LEDs. The flash has range up to 40 ft which is ok, but nothing special when compared to competing models like Moultrie D-444.

Photos come tagged with burst count, moon phase, temperature, time, date and day of the week info. TC ULTRA 35 accepts SD memory cards up to 32 GB and is powered by 8 AA batteries.

Detection circuit

  1. Picture trigger: 1 second
  2. Picture recovery: 7 seconds 
  3. Video trigger:  1 second
  4. Video recovery: 7 seconds
  5. Detection range: 40 feet

If you are going to read the manual for the Truth Cam 35, it says that it takes a shot in one second the moment that it reaches the 40-foot detection range of the camera. In reality, this is quite accurate. 

When it comes to its distance, it isn’t exactly superb. Though it doesn’t stand out given the fact that there are trail cameras that can detect movement as far as 100 feet away.

It still does a good job especially if you are observing a small space or maybe if you are using it as a home security camera. 

It does a good job of getting everything almost in real-time. It is a great option for those who are looking to observe animals that are walking in the area.

However, if you have animals that are moving too fast, unfortunately, 1 second isn’t enough. Most likely, it won’t have a clear shot. 

As for the recovery of this camera, it takes around 7 seconds for the camera to be ready to take another shot. This means that you only have one chance to take a video or a picture of the animal that you are looking to capture. 

Power

Just like most trail cameras in the market today, the Truth Cam 35 is powered by 8 AA batteries. In addition to this, it works well with a 32 GB SD card. You can store a lot of photos and videos on this SD card. 

When it comes to its ability to last, you can set the camera up and you don’t even have to change the battery for the next 9 months.

However, there are several factors at play. For instance, you have to consider the fact that it might not last that long if it consistently took videos. 

And also, if you are going to use the camera at night, the 35 LEDs, though power efficient, can still drain the batteries and therefore make you change the batteries earlier.

If you want to make the camera last for months, you’d want to set it up only in the morning and just take photos. 

Pros

  • Overall Truth Cam ULTRA 35 is a very well designed trail camera.
  • It is small, the case design is smart and durable, and the toggle switch controls make setting up the camera a breeze.
  • One of the most impressing features of TC ULTRA 35 is battery life. The power consumption of this model is really low.
  • Primos actually promises an incredible 9 months battery life for this model, and you can easily extend the battery life with an external power source like a battery pack or solar panel.
  • And as TC ULTRA 35 is powered by AA batteries, you can use rechargeable Lithium or NiMH batteries that will cut down your operating costs even further.

Cons

  • A small drawback of ULTRA 35 is the picture quality. The quality of daytime pictures is nothing special, you could expect better pictures from a camera in this price category.
  • Night pictures are quite good, at least if the animal is rather close to the camera. The flash of ULTRA 35 really is not that powerful.
  • The quality of daytime pictures is nothing special, you could expect better pictures from a camera in this price category. Night pictures are quite good, at least if the animal is rather close to the camera. The flash of ULTRA 35 really is not that powerful.
  • Truth Cam ULTRA 35 is also slightly more expensive than competing models that provide the same amount (or more) of features and better picture quality.

Conclusion

Primos Truth Cam ULTRA 35 is not a perfect trail camera but it is a very solid basic model.

If you are looking for a camera that is really, really easy to use, and if you can live with the mediocre picture quality, then TC ULTRA 35 is a camera for you.

Tasco 3MP Trail Camera Review: Is This Really the Best?

Today let us review Tasco 3MP Trail Camera.

Tasco trail cameras are famous mainly because they are cheap.

FeaturesTasco 3MP Trail Camera
Detection range80 ft
Trigger speed1 Second
Memory2 GB
Battery life90 days
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You can find them eg. in Walmarts and various online stores equipped with a 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 the majority of today’s trail cameras are manufactured in China anyway, and what comes to Tasco as a brand.

They have been operating in sports 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 3MP Trail Camera review

Build and design 

The Tasco 3MP Trail Camera is a sleek looking trail camera. With its casing, it gives a modern appearance unlike most of the other trail cameras in the market.

Painted black, the casing allows the camera to blend in the dark especially when it has already been set up along with the flora and fauna of the outdoors. 

When it comes to the size of the camera, it is small enough to fit a person’s hand. It means that you won’t have any problem hiding the camera from animals or packing it in your bag when it is already time to leave the area. 

Other than its stealthy and sleek appearance, it can also protect the internal parts of the camera once it is already set up in the wild.

The casing protects the camera from both dust and water damaging the parts of the camera. The casing of the Tasco 3MP Trail Camera can let the camera function in both hot and cold situations, making it functional regardless of the season. 

The casing is also responsible for allowing the camera to be set up in the wild without any problem. The casing allows the camera to be strapped on a tree or a post. 

Camera

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 an 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.

Detection circuit

  1. Picture trigger: 1 second
  2. Picture recovery: 5 seconds 
  3. Video trigger: 1 second 
  4. Video recovery: 5 seconds
  5. Detection range: 45 feet

Though the camera doesn’t have the highest resolution in both video and photo, you can still commend the manufacturers for giving the camera a good trigger speed.

Once it has detected movement within 45 feet, the camera’s trigger will come off in just one second. It means that you can easily capture moving animals even from afar.

However, don’t expect much in terms of clarity or if the image is going to be recognizable given the low quality of photo and video that this camera has. 

When it comes to the recovery of the Tasco 3MP Trail Camera, it only recovers after at least 5 seconds.

It simply means that there is a chance that you won’t be able to capture a moving animal again. The camera’s recovery speed is more suited for animals that are just staying in one place. 

It might be frustrating at first, but that’s exactly how the Tasco 3MP Trail Camera was designed. Even a 1-second trigger won’t do much if the animal you are trying to observe is moving too fast. 

The trail camera is perfect if you are simply observing slow-moving animals in a particular area. And since it has a detection range of 45 feet, the camera can observe in an open field. 

Power

The 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 battery life to be somewhere between 50 and 90 days

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.

Pros

  • As mentioned in the very beginning of this Tasco review, this 3MP trail camera is almost as cheap as it can get, so the 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 a memory card, press a few buttons, close the camera, test it, and it’s good to go. The control panel is really simple with only five buttons and the plain LCD panel supports you in the process.
  • .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 surveillance) 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 the better performance quite soon after the first crush.

Conclusion

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

Primos Truth Cam Ultra 46 Hd Review: Is It the Best Hunting Camera?

In this post today we are reviewing Primos Truth Cam Ultra 46 HD.

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.

Primos Truth Cam Ultra 46 HD Specs:

FeaturesPrimos Truth Cam Ultra 46 HD
Detection range80 feet
Batteries8 AA batteries
External memory32 GB
Image resolutionAdjustable: HI (7MP), LO (5MP)
Supporting modesBurst Mode, max 5 images per trigger
Time Lapse mode
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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.

Primos Truth Cam Ultra 46 Hd review

Build and design 

When it comes to the Primos Truth Cam Ultra 46 HD Trail Camera, the first thing you will notice is its exterior.

The casing was colored not only the typical camouflage or dark color that makes it discreet in the dark and in the wild. Instead, it has been colored to look like a leaf.

It gives you that extra confidence that it can simply disappear in the dark and into the woods once you already set it up. 

You might even want to remember where you place the camera for it not to get lost. After using it in the field, it simply becomes indistinguishable to its background.

If you are looking for a camera that can take photos of animals up close without alarming them, the Primost Truth Cam Ultra 46 HD Trail Camera is a good option. 

However, the only thing that you might notice with this camera is its size. It is somewhat bulky compared to the other trail cameras that we’ve used. Though it is a bit bulky, it has a robust design that can tolerate a few bumps along the way.

The casing is thick enough to absorb the impact that a trail camera normally gets once used in outdoors. You also don’t have to worry about the rain or the changing weather. The camera can function despite being wet. 

Camera

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.

Detection circuit

  1. Picture trigger: 0.7 S
  2. Picture recovery: 3 S
  3. Video trigger: 0.7 S
  4. Video recovery: 3 S
  5. Detection range: 80 feet

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.

Power

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.

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.

Browning Dark Ops BTC-6 Trail Camera Review: Is it User-Friendly?

Today let us review the Browning Dark Ops BTC-6 Trail Camera.

It comes as no surprise that there are two Browning trail cameras on top of game camera sales charts at the moment.

Features Browning Dark Ops
Flash Invisible No-Glow IR LED flash 
Detection range50 feet
Supporting modesMulti-Shot mode, up to 8 images
Rapid Fire mode, up to 6 images
Power  6 AA batteries
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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 a lot of the same features with Browning Strike Force, the main difference being the type of IR flash.

Browning Dark Ops BTC-6 review

Build and design

Small and discreet, these are the first things that we’ve noticed with the BTC-6 Trail Camera.

With its dark color, users will have an easier time to hide the trail camera from animals or even from people that they are trying to observe.

It does a great job to blend with the environment. Given its inconspicuous appearance, some even used this trail camera as a security camera in their home, discreetly recording what goes on in front of their property.  

One common problem that users encounter with some trail cameras is a flimsy plastic casing for their trail camera.

The good news is that this trail camera can tolerate different situations outdoors. Its casing prevents the important parts of the trail camera from getting wet or affected by moisture.

Also, it keeps the dust away with its sealed plastic casing. This casing is also responsible for having a trail camera that can perform even during the winter or hot summer nights. 

When it comes to using the camera in the wild, it’s casing also plays a major role in its overall performance.

It offers ergonomics to its users allowing you to use either straps or a tripod when setting up the trail camera. Included in the package is a 6-inch long strap that you can use to strap the Browning Dark Ops BTC-6 to trees or posts.  

Camera

This camera features a no glow IR flash, meaning that the flash does not emit any visible light at all. This fact makes it an excellent choice for surveillance use but it also sets some limitations to the camera’s performance.

Typically trail cameras equipped with no glow flash are a 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.

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.

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, BTC-6 can also record HD video clips with sound. Or you can choose to use one of the other shooting modes (timelapse, rapid-fire, multi-shot) that Browing Camera provides.

Detection circuit

  1. Picture trigger: 0.67 seconds
  2. Picture recovery: 2.5 S
  3. Video trigger: 0.67 seconds
  4. Video recovery: 2.5 S
  5. Detection range: 50 feet

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.

Power

Browning runs on 6 AA batteries and according to the 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.

Only if you are planning to shoot a lot of videos both day and night should you start worrying about battery life and searching means to keep your camera running longer?

Pros

  • Daytime photos produced by this trail camera are simply beautiful.
  • The camera uses no glow flash and still produces well-illuminated images that are not blurry and very seldom suffer from whiteout either.
  • Browning has really managed to pack all the goodies into one tiny package without losing the user-friendliness.
  • The battery life of this camera is really good even though it only uses 6 AAs to run.
  • Fast trigger speed, fast recovery time and excellent detection area. Period.

Cons

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

Conclusion

Browning Dark Ops is at least as an 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.

Simmons Whitetail 4MP Super Compatible Trail Camera Review

Today in this post we are going to review the great trail camera by Simmons i.e. Simmons Whitetail 4MP Trail Camera. It is the cheapest option of these three, falling into the same price category with Primos Truth Cam 35 and Moultrie A-5.

Features Simmons Whitetail 4MP Trail Camera
Flash 15 low-glow IR LEDs
Detection range25 feet
Memory 32 GB
Power 4 AA batteries
Image resolutionAdjustable: 4 or 2 MP
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Simmons has been a supplier for high-quality, high-value riflescopes and binoculars for over 25 years. In recent years they have expanded their offering in hunting optics to trail cameras.

In 2012 Simmons released their brand new line-up of three trail camera models.

This Simmons model provides 4 or 2 megapixels (selectable) pictures and 15 seconds 640 x 480 @30fps AVI video clips.

Simmons Whitetail 4MP trail camera review

Build and design 

With a simple and straight forward design, the Simmons Whitetail 4MP Trail Camera can perform regardless if it is wet or dry. In terms of size, the trail camera can be considered the average size.

It has a grey plastic casing that can help the internal parts of the camera to stay safe regardless of the elements the camera is going to be exposed.

This means that you can have the peace of mind that the camera is going to work without any problem despite the harsh weather conditions. 

And since it is color grey, it means that animals won’t be able to notice it once you’ve set it up in the woods.

It can easily blend with the trees and the bushes allowing the user to discreetly monitor a particular area without animals suspecting that there is something foreign in their environment. Though it isn’t camouflaged in color, you will not notice the camera from afar. 

Apart from the ability to deal with harsh weather and its ability to look discreet, the camera can also tolerate a few bumps here and there.

The casing does its job when it comes to protecting the camera itself especially if you dropped the camera from a few feet. 

Now, setting up the camera isn’t a problem as well. You can easily strap the camera on a tree or a post with its straps. The straps are also stable if installed correctly.

The straps are easy to install plus the batteries are easy to remove and replace if you are done using the trail camera. 

Camera 

  1. Photo resolution: 4MP
  2. Video resolution: 640 x 480 AVI video 
  3. Flash: IR

Given today’s expectations from a trail camera, you can consider the Simmons Whitetail 4MP Trail Camera below the standards of the best trail cameras out there.

For starters, you have its 4MP resolution. Regardless if it can shoot a decent image at daytime or night, you have limited pixels which mean that you are going to deal with a poor quality image.

If the animal is quite from afar, you might not even have the ability to recognize the animal that you are trying to observe. 

Next, the video is not even in HD. And since it isn’t in HD, you don’t expect that it works well to be uploaded on YouTube.

Instead, you’d rather just watch the video in the privacy of your computer. But since the video isn’t even on HD, it also means that you can get more videos saved. 

Though the camera isn’t on HD, you can still see clear images regardless if it is day or night. The photos and the videos are stamped with a date as well.

This makes it easier to observe the behavior of animals. You will be able to find out the usual time that they pass the same area. 

It also makes use of 15 low-glow IR LEDs. Though this is a bit few in today’s standards, it does the job well when it comes to taking photos at night. It illuminates the surroundings and the animal giving you clear results in the end.

But of course, the LEDs don’t cover so much distance. And, you need to take note that it makes use of low-glow LEDs. There is still a possibility that it can get noticed by animals in the wild. 

Detection circuit

  1. Picture trigger: 5-59 seconds
  2. Picture recovery: 1 minute
  3. Video trigger: 5-59 seconds
  4. Video recovery: 1 minute
  5. Detection range: 25 -30 feet

Motion-activated PIR sensor of the camera has a range of up to 25 feet, and the IR flash range is up to 30 feet. Picture delay settings of Simmons Whitetail 4MP gives you the option of 5-59 seconds or 1-10 minutes delays.

Battery

The key features of Simmons Whitetail 4MP are astounding sounding six months battery life and relatively fast trigger. The infrared night vision LEDs in the camera are the same low glow type as in Moultrie A-5.

Simmons Whitetail 4MP is compatible with SD memory cards up to 32 GB and it uses 4 AA batteries to operate.

Pros

  • Simmons Whitetail 4Mp Trail Camera is a good option when you don’t need all the bells and whistles.
  • It is easy to get up and running and provides clear decent quality pictures or videos. The camera works as expected and does what it claims.
  • The trigger speed of 1.2 seconds is actually quite good compared to other low-cost game camera models.
  • Low glow IR led flash means that you won’t spook the game or reveal the camera if you are using it as a security cam.
  • Additionally, Whitetail 4MP offers a wide range of picture delay options, and the fact that the camera uses 4 AA batteries that last roughly 6 months is naturally a huge plus.

Cons

  • Compared to other low-cost trail cam options (eg.Moultrie A-5 or Primos 35) both the detection range and the IR flash range of Whitetail 4MP are quite poor.
  • Other than that, there are no big drawbacks on this camera.

Conclusion

This is all about Simmons trail camera review.

Simmons Whitetail 4MP is a simple low-cost entry-level trail camera. It is easy to use and does what it claims. It is a great combination of dependability and value.

Stealth Cam G42NG Review: Is This Low-Budget Camera Reliable?

In this post, we are going to review Stealth Cam G42NG Trail Camera

Features Stealth Cam G42NG
Detection range60 ft
Memory32 GB
Battery 8 AA batteries
Image resolutionAdjustable resolution 10,8,4 and 2 MP
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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.

Build and design 

The Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo Trail Camera was built for the rugged terrain and the changing weather.

With a plastic that can tolerate a few bumps, you can guarantee that this trail camera can match the user’s lifestyle in the outdoors.

The plastic material used in this trail camera is known for protecting the interior of the device. 

If you will read a few Stealth Camera reviews, hunters praise this camera for being able to withstand the hardest terrains and climate.

This stealth game camera can be used for the winter, rainy season, or even during the hot summer days. 

Also, the design of its casing was meant to keep the moisture out. Plus, you also don’t have a difficult time when it comes to hiding the trail camera. With a camo exterior, it can blend easily with the leaves and the bark of the trees.

You won’t have a problem whether you are observing an animal or you are looking to use it as a security camera at home. 

The setup for this camera won’t be a problem as well. It can easily be strapped on a tree or even on a post and you can simply wait what the camera is going to observe.

Camera

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 is truly 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.

Detection circuit (Lightning fast, excellent detection)

  1. Picture trigger: 0.5 seconds
  2. Picture recovery: 5 S
  3. Video trigger: 0.5 seconds
  4. Video recovery: 5 S
  5. Detection range: 40 feet

Stealth Cam G42NG is one of the fastest trail cameras on the market when it comes to triggering 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.

As mentioned the trigger speed is lightning fast. The recovery time could be better but is still on a good level.

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.

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.
  • 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

Now it’s time to wind up Stealth Cam G42NG review.

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.

Moultrie M-880i Trail Camera (2014 model) Reviewed With Pros and Cons

Moultrie M-880i 2014 model review
Moultrie M-880i 2014 model review

If 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.

Camera

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.

M-880i no-glow IR image

M880i is equipped with no glow IR flash consisting of 32 LEDs. The flash range (according to 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.

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 model that uses both motion detector and time-lapse program.

Detection circuit

The motion detection of M-880i works nicely but the range is quite limited. The camera only detects motion up to 50ft.

The trigger speed is not the fastest possible but still ok; approx 1 s. And the recovery time of 5 seconds is something you can live with.

Batteries

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 the 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.

Memory

This model is also compatible 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 a range up to 70 ft
  • Motion Freeze technology and extended flash range for clarity in nighttime images
  • PIR sensor with a 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 the 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.
  • 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

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.
  • Moultrie has had some focus problems with M-880 models and unfortunately, the problem occurs in this model also.

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 a 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 spend too much money here is a trail camera for you.

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.

Covert MP8 review

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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Wildview TK30 Scouting Camera Review: Do You Need This Any More?

Wildview TK30 Review

Today we are presenting the review of Wildview TK30 Scouting Camera.

Wildview TK30 is the sister model of Wildview TK40 that we have reviewed in here.

Features Wildview TK30 Scouting Camera
Image resolution Adjustable: HI 8MP and LO 5MP
Memory32 GB
Trigger speed0.5 Seconds
Battery8 AA batteries
Supporting modes1. Burst mode 1, 3 or 6  shots per trigger
2. Test mode for testing the camera coverage
Flash range 30 low glow IR LEDs flash with a range up to 50 ft
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Where Stealth Cam is mostly concentrated offering more advance trail cam models, Wildview, on the other hand, is all about basics.

Wildview is a part of GSM Outdoors group, the same group responsible for Stealth Cam brand trail cameras.

Both cameras are simple entry-level trail cameras offering only the essential features at a relatively cheap price.

Wildview TK30 Review

Camera

The major difference between these models is that TK40 is equipped with no-glow IR flash, whereas TK30 features standard low glow IR flash.

Wildview TK30 Review

Also, TK40 is a 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 the 5-megapixel sensor).

During daytime, the camera does quite a 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 a decent amount of light, but the flash is a bit disappointing.

Detection circuit:

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

The flashes range is barely the promised 50 ft. and the illumination is very centered.

Battery

It is powered by 8 AA batteries, and it has a low battery LED indicator. The battery life is a bit disappointing. Thank god TK30 runs on AAs, so at least it is possible to use rechargeable batteries.

Pros

  • Setting up TK30 is really easy, thanks to the fact that all functions are controlled with a few toggle switches.
  • Trigger speed is amazing and thanks to the 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 flash is a bit disappointing.

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.

Bushnell Trophy Cam Essential

Trophy Cam Essential
Trophy Cam Essential

Bushnell 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 a wide range of trail camera models as well as trail camera accessories in their offering.

However, Bushnell’s selection only includes a 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 our price-conscious customers.

Bushnell Trophy Cam Essential Reviewed

Camera

Bushnell Trophy Cam Essential is a 6-megapixel trail camera that also records 720x480p video clips with sound. This camera is a great example of how 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 the daytime. 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 low glow infrared flash of the camera consists of 32 powerful LEDs and has a 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.

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

Detection circuit

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.

Battery

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 on the weather conditions.

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

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 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 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 nighttime 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.

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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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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