Various Types Of Trail Cameras For Hunters

Trail camaras, also known as game cameras, have come a long way in recent years and are now considered a must in the bag for any hunter worth its money. There are however some great features to take into account and trail cams now come packed with things like wifi and infrared flash. Here is a quick overview over the different types of game cameras you can choose from.

Cellular trail cams

scoutguard-sg580mCellular trail cams can prove to be great hunting partners if one happens to be going for a game in the woods. Cellular trail cameras use a text-only SIM from a GSM provider and can text or email pictures they take over the network.

Cellular trail cameras are scouting devices and most of them send pictures to a remote device about 60 seconds after the photograph has been taken. The pictures can be sent to email addresses or a cell phone number. Cellular trail cameras come bundled with MMS modules so that the camera can transmit videos or pictures through the network carrier. The best thing about cellular trail cameras is the fact that they consume less energy while transmitting pictures and also while on standby as well.

A number of cellular trail cameras used for monitoring events or animal observation are motion triggered and they can be used as security cameras for homes and offices as well.

Motion Activated and Heat Sensing Trail Cameras

Motion Activated and Heat Sensing Trail Cameras

These trail cameras, detect movement or heat from a body to activate the camera trigger. There are a number of motion activated trail cameras in the market that have a trigger speed of about a fraction of a second. These cameras thus allow users to capture images of animals in action, for example, with a motion activated trail camera, a hunter can capture the image of a doe running away from a buck just a few feet behind it. The use of motion sensor or heat sensor trail cameras is a bit tricky. They need to be placed in open areas but it should be ensured that there is nothing blocking the view of the camera. Nobody wants pictures of leaves and weeds instead of the game they so intended to capture on camera.

Motion activated trail cameras can also be great for home security usage. Since these cameras can be activated automatically sensing motion or heat, they can be used effectively for surveillance and as CCTV cameras as well. Motion activated cameras that have heat sensors in them can be great for night time game and security surveillance as well. There are various varieties and brands available in the market, selling motion activated heat sensing trail cameras.

Wireless, Wi-Fi Trail Cameras

wifi game camera

Wireless trail cameras are similar to cellular trail cameras as they transfer pictures and videos over a cellular network. The network coverage is provided by a number of leading cellular companies and the cameras have built-in antennas to catch and strengthen the signals in areas where coverage or reception is not good.

However, the latest in technology are the Wi-Fi enabled trail cameras. Wireless cameras work best in concentrated urban areas but Wi-Fi enabled trail cameras can be great when you go to remote areas for hunting. If you have a Wi-Fi enabled device, such as an iPhone, an android cell phone, a laptop that can use your Wi-Fi or be converted to a Wi-Fi hotspot, you can use your trail camera and access pictures from about hundreds of feet away, depending on the technology and model of the Wi-Fi enabled trail camera that you have. You will be able to access, view, download, edit, delete or do whatever you want to do with the images without having to be physically present near the camera with the help of Wi-Fi technology. Because of a Wi-Fi enabled trail cam, users will never have to worry about swapping SD cards from the camera and the hunting area will never be disturbed once the camera is set and ready to shoot. Moultrie Trail cams have built in wifi and are a great option for those looking for high quality to go with their cams.

Infrared Trail Cameras

Infrared Trail Cameras

If one wants to observe nocturnal activities and also daytime activities of animals such as deer, foxes, squirrels or any other game, infrared trail cameras are a great option. Because a traditional flash can scare the animals in the wild during the night, infrared trail cameras are more preferred by hunters around the world. Also the infrared trail cameras come very handy as security and surveillance devices as they are more or less invisible to the human eye and therefore can capture still images and footages of the subject without alerting them to the presence of a camera nearby.

The only problem that is associated with infrared cameras is the fact that they take grainy pictures at night. Low quality infrared trail cameras will allow you to just judge the outline of the subject in the images or just track the movement of the subject’s silhouette in the dark. The picture quality will be grainy at night and so will be the resolution.

If you want a high end trail camera with an infrared flash you can try getting the more expensive ones. Although they are going to cost you more, but they will give you high definition pictures which will enable you to determine the color of the subjects as well rather than giving a grainy, colorless, black and white image.

Flash/ Incandescent Trail Cameras


Incandescent or flash trail cameras as they are commonly known will allow you to capture colored images of the subject even during the night as well. Resolution and picture quality is definitely better as compared to infrared cameras. However there are various drawbacks to using an incandescent flash trail camera. First of all if you use flash during the night there is a 100% chance of spooking the subject. The animals will definitely be scared and will not enter the camera area again. Also they use up more energy and more battery life as compared to infrared cameras. The trigger time and recovery time for incandescent flash cameras is always slower than infrared cameras.

When incandescent cameras are used for security and surveillance at night, they definitely will attract attention of people to the location of the camera. Then what will be the purpose of using a camera for hidden surveillance or anything of the similar sort. Nobody would want to compromise their game or their security just to get colored images during the night time.

For security

Usually infrared trail cameras are used for security and surveillance purposes at homes, in offices and other public/private properties and areas. Although infrared cameras capture grainy images but they do this discreetly and this is one of the biggest and very important benefit that makes them very useful security cameras.

Usually security cameras or CCTV cameras use infrared technology for security purposes. These don’t have a flash and therefore don’t attract any attention.  Also these use up low energy and less battery therefore they are best for outdoor security.  It is best to use infrared trail cameras for security purposes as they have lesser response time too.

You will get a number of heat and motion activated cameras that can be used for security and surveillance purposes during the night time because of infrared flash technology.  Quality of the picture is not the concern of security, hunting or trail cameras, therefore those with infrared flash are always preferred.

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