A very compact 4.3-by-3.8-by-2.4-inch camera, it has “Time Lapse Plus” mode, takes over 10,000 pictures on a single set of batteries, has a silent image capture feature and an eight-image multi-shot function feature. (browningtrailcameras.com; 888-618-4496)
The industry’s first carrier-approved wireless camera sends thumbnail images via email to text in near real time; hi-res 8 megapixel images are saved to the web portal. A prepaid data plan in available. (bushnell.com; 800-423-3537)
This wireless cam uses an activated SIM card from a GSM network text of email. The unit’s 3G technology ensures better signal, picture delivery and battery life. The unit also includes a 2-inch color viewing screen. (covertscoutingcameras.com; 877-462-1799)
This no-flash unit adjusts from 5 to 20 megapixels, has 0.25-second trigger speed, a new compact housing, time lapse and burst modes, and has easy or advanced modes of operation. The operator can also select either wide of centered view for the camera. (cuddeback.com; 920-347-3810)
Providing time-lapse video footage over large areas from daylight to dusk, this camera captures game activity that traditional trail cameras would have missed. (day6outdoors.com; 706-256-2578)
Newly redesigned, it has a pivoting-head camera, bright backlit handheld LED viewing screen, a 70-foot detection and flash range, 0.8-second trigger speed and nine-mega-pixel picture quality. (biggametreestands.com; 800-268-5077)
This model has six megapixels, a 2-inch TFT color view screen and trigger speeds as low as 0.2 seconds. The independent camera assembly can be removed from its external case. (hcooutdoors.com; 770-582-0004)
Three infrared motion sensors cover a super-wide, 150-degree detection area. Panoramic Mode captures three photos from each 50-degree zone and assembles them into a single, 48:9 extra wide image. (moultriefeeders.com; 800-653-3334)
The camera has enhanced photo quality and extended night-range flash, seven megapixels, anti-blur technology, nine-month battery life, two time-lapse modes and an Early Detect Sensor with a 45-degree PIR that picks up motion earlier than other cameras. (primos.com; 601-879-9323)
It Features 1/5th second trigger speed, 12AA batteries that run up to one year, images at speeds as fast as two frames per second, and high image quality with its exclusive Ultra HD IR camera lens. (reconyx.com; 866-493-6064)
Here’s a camera that gives you a black LED technology for under $150, has 18 black LEDs with a 30-foot flasg range, has 5 megapixels, 6-month battery life and a 12-second trigger speed. (simmonsoptics.com 800-423-3537)
Equipped with Inteligent Triggering Technology (ITT) that allows the camera to analyze movements and capture better photos and videos, the Smart has an illuminated touch wheel for ease of use, 10 megapixels and a distance detection sensor from 5 to 65 feet. (spypoint.com; 888-779-7646
These models have 10 megapixel (4 resolution) or eight megapixel (3 resolution) cameras, 0.5-second triggers, 100-foot range, burst mode of one to nine images per triggering, and Secure Lock password protection. (stealthcam.com; 877-269-8490)
The smallest cameras on the market, six to 10 megapixel versions are available, all with Flextime technology and a wide-angle lens. (wildgameinnovations.com; 800-847-8269)
The ZX7 Gen 2 processor, along with TRIAD Armed technology, create fast trigger speeds and increased battery life. The TK24’s camera also features time-lapse mode. (gsmoutdoors.com/wildview; 877.269-8490)
It started with a little piece of string. When an animal tripped the string stretched across a trail in the woods, an innovation called the Trailtimer recorded the time of the event.
Years later, advancing technology allowed wildlife biologists to do research with remote monitoring cameras. Deer hunters soon jumped on the bandwagon to get these “trail cameras” to help them kill their bucks.
These days, trail cameras are often known as game cameras because monitoring deer trails is only a fraction of their overall capability. From panthers to poachers, the list of critters folks are keeping tabs on is endless. What was primarily a seasonal hobby in the deer woods has expanded to a year-round passion stretching from suburban back yards into the wilderness.
Many of today’s cameras are as easy as this: install batteries and a memory card, affix the camera to a tree or fencepost and switch the unit on. Sensors inside a waterproof housing detect heat and/or motion and trigger the camera to take photos while you’re away.
The following are some fine picks if you’re in the market for a new critter catcher.
For more information visit:
Browning Trail Cameras browningtrailcameras.com; 888-618-4496
Bushnell bushnell.com; 800-423-3537
Covert Scouting Cameras covertscoutingcameras.com; 877-462-1799
Cuddeback cuddeback.com; 920-347-3810
Day 6 Outdoors day6outdoors.com; 706-256-2578
Big Game Treestands biggametreestands.com; 800-268-5077
HCO Outdoors hcooutdoors.com; 770-582-0004
Moultrie Feeders moultriefeeders.com; 800-653-3334
Primos primos.com; 601-879-9323
Reconyx reconyx.com; 866-493-6064
Simmons simmonsoptics.com; 800-423-3537
SPYPOINT spypoint.com; 888-779-7646
Stealth Cam stealthcam.com; 877-269-8490
Wildgame Innovations wildgameinnovations.com; 800-847-8269
Wildview gsmoutdoors.com/wildview; 877.269-8490
This article originally published in THE NEW PIONEER fall 2014 issue. Print and Digital Subscriptions to THE NEW PIONEER magazine are available here.
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