If you are hunting for a new game camera, then you will find many different options. So many, in fact, that you may become easily confused. Considering the different factors allows you to choose the one that best meets your needs.
One of the first factors that you will want to consider is the flash option. You will find game cameras offering Incandescent and white LED flash models. While these flashes provide the best pictures because of the amount of light they give off, they also may spook game making them reluctant to return to the area. These choices may also attract thieves looking to steal your camera or neighborhood kids with extra time. Therefore, you may want to consider an infrared or no-glow flash camera if you are interested in seeing what game are coming near the camera. Before making a final decision, consider the flash range.
The second consideration in buying a trail camera should be detection circuit consisting of the detection zone, trigger speed and recovery time. The detection zone is measured in an arc from the camera. Generally, the larger the detection zone, the better the camera. The trigger speed is the amount of time between when the camera senses movement and the camera takes a photo. The faster the trigger speed, the better the game camera will be because you will not miss as many shots. The recovery time is the amount of time that passes between the camera taking one photo and being ready to take the next. Again, chances are that you will be happier will cameras offering quick recovery times.
Most game cameras have a video option. It is important to learn how long the video will last as some only record for a few seconds while others record up to two minutes. Video eats through batteries extremely quickly. Furthermore, if you are using a camera with built-in memory or using an SD card, then you can go through the memory extremely quickly.
Many game cameras take batteries. If you are going to choose this option, then choose those that allow you to use rechargeable batteries. Be very careful about using lithium batteries in cold weather and NIMH batteries in hot conditions. Other game cameras come with input for a 6 or 12 volt external battery. If choosing this option, make sure to hide the battery and to put it in a weatherproof box. Still other cameras come with solar panels. This is a great option especially for those living a distance from their cameras.
It is also important to consider the quality of photo that you will get from your camera. All game cameras have enough megapixels to do a great job, despite the fact that manufacturers often try to use this as a selling point. Many cameras offer the ability to take many shots in a quick amount of time. Referred to as burst modes, cameras offering this feature often catch game that would otherwise go undetected.
When comparing game cameras, pay attention to the amount of memory. Some game cameras have built-in memory, but this amount is often extremely limited. A better choice is usually those allowing you to insert an SD card. Make sure that the type of memory card that you chooses matches what the camera requires. Most times, high-speed memory cards are worthless in trail cameras.
There is no need to buy a camera if you cannot view the photo. Some cameras have an LCD screen that allows you to view them right from the camera. This may be an option if you plan to be near the camera often. Others use transmit signals that relay the photos over local Wi-Fi signals or through radio frequencies. These cameras allow you to view the photos even when you are located miles away. Still others can transmit the photo directly to your cellphone.
The final thing to take into consideration is the camera’s security. Some cameras come in a theft-proof box requiring keys or a passcode to access the cameras. At a very minimum, consider using a security box and anti-theft cables to secure the camera.
The type of game camera that is right for you depends on many different factors. When you consider the factors that are most important to your situation, then you can arrive at the best decision.