Wildview TK40 Scouting Camera

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Wildview TK40 features

  1. 8MP image resolution (2 settings 8MP and 5MP)
  2. Full color day pictures, black and white night pictures
  3. photos stamped with the date, time, moon phase and temperature info
  4. HD video clips (15/30/60 seconds)
  5. trigger speed less than 1 s
  6. 40 no-glow IR LEDs flash with a range up to 50 ft
  7. LCD text screen for settings
  8. Time-lapse mode
  9. burst mode 1/3/6  shots per triggering
  10. delay time range 20 seconds, or 1 / 5 / 10 minutes
  11. powered by 8 AA batteries
  12. SD card slot supports SD memory card up to 32GB
  13. integrated mounting strap
  14. weatherproof casing
  15. The USB connection and 12V external power jack
  16. size 4.2″ x 6.2″ x 9.8”
  17. one year limited warranty

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 affordable no-glow camera. It is also an option if you are looking for easy to use a camera to 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.

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Moultrie A-5 5MP Low Glow IR Game Camera

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Moultrie A5 Game Camera ReviewTrail cameras don’t get much cheaper than this. Moultrie A-5 is one of the 2013 trail camera releases from Moultrie. 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 is a simple, easy to set up 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 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 is uses to operate.

A-5 Product Features

  • 5 megapixel image resolution
  • full color day pictures, black and white night pictures
  • photos stamped with time, date, moon phase and camera ID infoA-5 Low Glow
  • 640×480 AVI video (10 seconds) @ 30fps
  • trigger speed approx. 1 s, recovery time 1 minute
  • 12 low-glow IR LEDs flash with range up to 50 ft
  • easy to set up
  • small LCD text screen to display settings
  • programmable trigger interval: 1/5/10/30 minutes
  • powered by 4 C-cell batteries
  • takes 8000+ images on one set of batteries
  • external power compatible
  • adjustable mounting strap with Python® cable compatibility
  • SD card slot, supports SD memory card up to 32GB
  • size 9” x 6.3” x 4.4”, weight 1.4 pounds
  • one year warranty

 

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).

 

 

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Conclusion

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

 

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Moultrie Game Spy D-55IRXT

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Moultrie D-55IRXT Product features:

  • 5 MP image resolution
  • full color day pictures, black and white night pictures
  • High, Medium and Low picture resolution settings
  • High and Low video resolution settings
  • photos stamped with time, date, moon phase and temperature infod55irxt
  • 1.7s trigger speed, recovery time 8s
  • 26 IR LEDs flash with range up to 50 ft
  • detection range up to 45 ft
  • Trail Cam Mode takes still photos when game is detected
  • Plot Cam Mode takes photos at specified intervals and combines them as video
  • In Hybrid Mode camera operates in Plot Cam Mode during the day and Trail Cam Mode during night
  • Fast Fire Continuous Shooting Mode captures up to 3 photos per second
  • Video Mode captures 640×480 AVI video up to 30 seconds (10 seconds at night)
  • picture delay 15 sec, 30 sec, 1-60 minutes
  • powered by 6 C-cell batteries
  • external power compatible
  • SD card slot, supports SD memory card up to 32GB
  • weatherproof casing and mounting strap
  • compact size 6” x 5” x 3.5”
  • 1 year warranty

Pros

Picture quality of D-55IRXT is actually quite excellent for a trail camera of this price. The daytime pictures are clear and have beautiful color. The IR flash of the camera has plenty of power and thus the camera produces clear nigthtime IR shots.

The recovery time of only 8 seconds is a vast improvement over previous model. The 45 ft. detection range is impressive. Camera can easily detect small animals like birds and squirrels at 10-20 ft, people and bigger game animals at 40-45 ft.

The battery life is also improved and during normal operation, the Moultrie D-55ir XT should easily operate for 2 months without changing the 6 c cell batteries.

The operation of the camera is really simple and the instruction manual provides clear guidelines how different features are used and programmed.

Cons

Let’s be honest, the trigger time of 1.7 seconds isn’t that great and can lead to blurry pictures, especially during nighttime. However you can partly overcome this problem with smart camera placement.

Some customers have reported having SD card problems with this camera. These included read/write problems and locking of SD card. In general these problems have occurred in the very beginning so these customers have been able to make a warranty return.

Conclusion

With its good picture quality, 45 ft range, ease of programming features and solid durability, Moultrie D-55IRXT may just be one of the best daytime/nighttime cameras for the price.

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Bushnell X-8

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bushnell x-8 reviewNot many customers noticed the release of this new Bushnell when it was introduced back in 2012. Since its release Bushnell X-8 has collected reputation as a small sized, value packed trail camera that has some very impressive features.

X-8 falls in to 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.

Bushnell X-8 (product model 119327c) is a trail camera that can provide 2, 4 or 6 megapixel, full-color resolution daytime pictures. High quality of the black and white night time pictures is guaranteed by 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.

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

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

X-8 Product Features

  • 2, 4 or 6 megapixel image resolution
  • full color day pictures, black and white night pictures
  • photos stamped with time, date and moon phase info
  • 640×480 AVi video (5 to 15 seconds)
  • 0.866s trigger speed
  • 36 IR LEDs flash with range up to 45 ft
  • day/night autosensor
  • adjustable Passive Infrared Sensor (Lo/Med/High)
  • PIR detection range up to 45 ft
  • programmable trigger interval: 1 second to 10 minutes
  • multiple Shot mode: (1 or 3 images per trigger)
  • time-lapse mode captures images at user set interval, 1-60 minutes
  • temperature range -5° F to 140° F
  • powered by 4 or 8 AA batteries
  • runs up to 9 months on one set of batteries
  • external power compatible
  • adjustable web belt and 1/4-20 socket for standard tripods
  • SD card slot, supports SD memory card up to 32GB
  • weatherproof casing
  • compact size 5” x 4” x 2”

 

Pros

Considering the price, Bushnell X-8 delivers some very impressive features. On top of the features list are 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 say that X-8 can detect motion even out to 60ft.

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.

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

 

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.

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.)

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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 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.

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Wildgame Innovations 4.0 MP Infrared Digital Trail Camera

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wildgame reviewWildgame Innovations Infrared Digital Scouting Camera (product model N4E) used to be one of the cheapest trail camera models you could find in this megapixel range. Nowadays the availability of this old model is not that good and the price is way higher than what ti use to be. Therefore this Wildgame model really is not a recommended option. Here is the review though.

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. It is incorporated with multiple shot modes to choose from and has an automatic print of time, date, moon phase, photo count and location on each and every shoot. The passive infrared detection sensor of this camera has range up to 60 feet.

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

Wildgame 4MP Product Features

  • 4.0 MP camera
  • 1 second trigger speed
  • 18 IR LED flash with flash range up to 55 feet
  • Color pictures by day, black and white pictures by night
  • 640×480 AVI video (max. 30 seconds)
  • Passive Infrared Sensor (PIR) up to 60 ft
  • Flextime time lapse mode
  • Redux anti-blur  technology
  • Photos stamped with time, date, moon phase, photo count and location
  • External memory – supports SDHC card 32 GB
  • Powered by 4 C-cell batteries batteries or by  external battery pack
  • 2 bungee cords for mounting and USB cable  included
  • Dimensions:  7.2 by 3 by 10.2 inches, 1.3 pounds

 

Pros

First and foremost this can provide pictures with decent quality.  Even though this Wildgame Innovations model is typically considered as entry level camera, it still has 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 accurate idea what is in your woods.

 

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Conclusion

Wildgame Innovations 4MP Infrared Digital Scouting Camera is a good basic trail camera and it used to be good option as a 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.

 

 
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Primos Truth Cam 35

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Primos TC 35 reviewIt is interesting how some trail camera models stand the test of time and become ultimate favorites among the users. This is exactly what happened to Primos Truth Cam 35. Already upon the introduction of Primos Truth Cam 35, many people rushed in the market to buy it. And no wonder why. The product is cheap, easy to use and produces good quality photos. And exactly for those reasons this same model can still be found among the best selling trail cameras for example at Amazon.com.

Primos Truth Cam 35 may well be the best selling trail camera of all time. Almost every online store selling trail cameras still has this model in their selection. Typically the price range is from $77 up to $120. In every offer that you will encounter out there, 1-year warranty period is included.

Primos Truth Cam 35 Features

  • 3 megapixel image ratio
  • records max 60 second video clips
  • Flash of 35 IR LEDs with range up to 40ft
  • Trigger speed approx 1.5 s (0.3 if camera is not in sleep mode), recovery time 10 seconds.
  • Multi shot mode
  • programmable picture delay 1 seconds, 1 minute or 30 minutes
  • 6V external power jack
  • Backlit LCD screen helps in setting up the camera
  • images tagged with time, date, temperature and moon phase info
  • supports SD memory cards up to 8GB
  • ¼” -20 socket for tripods and tree mounts
  • powered by 4 D-cell
  • Python cable lock compatible
  • size 8.75″ x 6.6″ x 2.9″
  • 1 year warranty

 

 

Pros

One of the best features of Primos Truth Cam 35 is the price. It truly belongs to the list of the cheap trail cameras and offers great value for your money. The price is definitely lower compared to many other trail camera models, but in addition to that, Primos 35 really performs well.

Camera offers you daytime and night time photos with ok quality. You can see small details quite clearly at least in the daytime shots so in that sense the cameras does a nice job for a 3MP camera.

What is also a big benefit is this camera’s durable construction. Primos Truth Cam 35 comes with quality casing perfect for every condition. Durable hook strap ensures that the camera will be safe and secured when you carry it outdoors.

Primos knows how to make trail cameras that are really simple to use. Truth Cam 35 is no exception.

Cons

The camera uses D-cell batteries, which is quite “old school” nowadays and really not the best option.

Primos Truth Cam 35 is rather big compared to competing models out there.

The infrared flash is not very powerful, although it consists of 35 LEDs.

Small amount of users have also reported having technical problems with SD memory or some software issues, and thus needed to return the camera under warranty.

And let’s face it. This is an old model and not very feature rich when compared to new models at the same price range. (Though there is also a newer model of Primos Truth Cam 35 called Primos Truth Cam ULTRA 35 on the market. You can check its review in here.)

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Conclusion

There is no doubt that when compared to its price Truth Cam 35 offers you very good value and basic line of features.

It is surprising that this trail camera model still competes with other more expensive and newer trail camera models out there because of low price and good design.

If you are looking for simple basic trail camera that has proven to work, this is a camera for you.

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Moultrie D55-IR

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UPDATE: This model is not actively sold any more as there is a newer model Moultrie Game Spy D-55IRXT available.

For sure, an excursion in the wild will become even more memorable when you are using a good hunting camera.

Moultrie Game Spy D-55IR surely offers many of the features that you are expecting to find from good trail camera, especially if you are on budget.  Typically you will encounter Moultrie d55IR offers sold for approx. $100 to $130 with 1-year warranty period.

 

Product Features

  • 5 MP camera with infrared night features (infrared sensor, 50-foot infrared flash)
  • Three picture resolutions, two video resolutions
  • multi-shot feature (max. 3 shots)
  • Easy to use LCD display
  • There is also a display present in Moultrie Game Spy D-55IR which will show to you its actual battery life. The camera is also made with three picture resolutions.
  • IR aim for faster camera set up
  • powered by  6-cell batteries
  • supports memory card up to 16 GB
  • weather resistant camouflage housing
  • mounting strap

 

Pros

One of the best things about Moultrie D55-IR is that its night vision really works well. Despite of the dim environment, it would still be easy for you to capture the pictures you want.

It is also amazing how easy it is to use this camera unit. It comes with evenly distributed buttons as well as competent display that will pave the way for you to enjoy using it.

Housing of the camera is really robust making ideal for tough conditions.

The easy set up of the camera is also among its pros, thanks to its authentic IR aim which makes it easy for you to set it up. When it comes to its price, D55-iR is also affordable.

Cons

Flaws that have made existing customers upset include slow trigger that you have take into consideration when setting up the camera. If possible, you need to position the camera angling down the trail so that the game will not be crossing in front of it only for a few seconds.

Some customers are also complaining about low battery lifetime of this model, when at the same time some customers have thanked the long battery lifetime. Thus much depends on what kind of batteries you are using, how many pictures you have set the camera to take and what kind of trigger delay you are using .

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Conclusion

After reading this review of Moultrie D55IR, you will probably agree that this is among the top contenders as the best, yet still very affordable trail camera model in the market. D55-IR is equipped with stunning and exciting features that you will surely like the most.

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Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam Standard Edition

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bushnell trophy cam reviewBushnell 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.

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. However after its release there has 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.

Product Features

  •  8 MP camera with invisible nighttime flash (32 LEDs) intended for 24-hour game scoutingBushnell 8 MP Trophy Cam
  • VGA, QVGA video resolution (widescreen) with audio
  • Programmable video length
  • Motion activated, adjustable day/night PIR (Passive Infrared) sensor
  •  45-foot flash and sensor range
  • One second trigger speed
  • Field scan time-lapse technology with simultaneous live trigger
  • The battery life can reach for more than 1 year. This also comes with 1 second trigger speed
  • Robust, weatherproof construction
  • Powered by 4 to 8 AA batteries
  • This product is compatible with a 32 GB memory 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 manufactures 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 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. 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.


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Conclusion

There is no doubt that Bushnell Trophy Cam 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 touhgh it represents the older end of Bushnell’s trail camera offering.

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