Things to Consider When Buying a Trail Camera

A good trail camera is a perfect tool to let you know when a big dollar hits your hunting area.

A good trail camera can warn you that a large 12-pointer is hanging around your favorite hunting area, or if a potential burglar sticks around your garage – both are useful information. Many cameras will take both photos and videos, and thanks to new advances over the past few years, working with them has become quite simple. All trace cameras are not created equal. To make the right choice, study these three factors, which vary from camera to camera: camera capabilities, video capabilities, and speed.

Video features

This compact camcorder captures a 15-second high-definition video.

Fifteen years ago, videos shot by track cameras were always poor in quality and disappointing to watch. Some important aspects of the video include resolution (the higher the resolution, the better the video), duration (how long the camera takes the video clip), the length of time (recording video at certain intervals) and the hybrid model (takes both a photo and a short video when the sensor is triggered). You should also consider sound when deciding on a purchase. Most models also receive audio with video at the same time, but some do not, which may disappoint you. In the end, decide which features are important to you, and choose your camera accordingly.

Photo Features

This camera allows you to take 14-megapixel photos and videos in Full HD 1080P.

Hunters make various demands on the quality of photographs for their cameras. Although you may need a high-quality photo suitable for printing and creating frames, your hunting partner may just want to calculate the number of points on deer horns. Fortunately, there is a camera for each of you. As for photography, the following parameters should be taken into account:

photo resolution (the more megapixels, the sharper the image), burst mode (which will allow your camera to take several pictures very quickly), and frame-by-frame mode (allows the camera to automatically take a picture at a certain interval, regardless of if the sensor has tripped). Make sure your camera also puts time and date stamps on each shot so you know exactly when that big dollar passed.

Speed ​​and recovery

This camera with cellular capabilities has a response speed of 0.05 seconds.

If you have a very slow camera, a big buck can pass by without taking a photo, or you just get a photo of his ass. The same thing can happen to someone creeping at night in your backyard. This is why the speed of the security camera and the associated recovery time function is critical to your decision.

The startup speed is the speed at which the camera takes a picture after detecting movement. Speeds above about 1/2 second should not even be considered. Recovery time is the time it takes for the camera to reset for the next shot after shooting. Slower recovery times mean less chance of getting second dollar rice that you hoped would visit your hunting area.