Which Trail Cameras Are The Best?
How do you know whether a certain spot in the woods is a good place for hunting a particular animal, like deer? Sure, you can hike through the woods and look for evidence like scat and other signs but lets face it, sometimes those signs can be old. And sometimes those signs can be mistaken for other animals. Without a doubt, one of the best ways you can be sure an area is teeming with game is to set up a quality trail camera. These cameras, which are usually motion activated, capture images of deer and other animals as they wander in the path of your camera, which you set up and leave overnight. The video is recorded on inexpensive flash memory which you can view later to see if you’ve found a hunting hot spot…or not.
Today’s cameras that are designed for capturing images and video of wildlife are marvels of modern technology. But it’s also true that they aren’t all created equal. Different companies include different features in their models. And of course, some brands are clearly better than others. Let’s take a good look now at the trail camera reviews and ratings of five of the best models available today to see how they stack up:
Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam Night Vision Trail Camera
Bushnell is a company that hunters are very familiar with since they make a well-known and trusted line of scopes. The company has been around since 1948 and there’s no sign of it slowing down. The Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam Night Vision Tail Camera is one of my favorites for a variety of reasons. First, that powerful eight mega-pixel sensor is hard to beat. It also comes with a bright 32 LED flash that will bathe your subject in so much light it’ll think night suddenly turned into day. Its motion-sensitive sensor is good for 45 feet, so you’ll be sure to capture images from a good distance away. The Trophy Cam records up to one minute of video at a time.
This unit is easily mountable with a web strap and comes in either black or camo. I doubt very much that the color really matters, but it’s your call. It uses 4-8 AA batteries and uses common SD flash memory. This unit will run for a long time on one set of batteries.
Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam HD Trail Camera with Night Vision
Next up to bat is the big brother to the model we just discussed. It has essentially the same features but is the “high definition” version. In addition to recording audio, it also records video in 720P hi-def for maximum clarity. With this unit you won’t have to wonder whether that fast moving critter was a deer or a dog. With hi-def video you will definitely be able to tell the difference. Like the previous unit, the hi-def model comes in either camo or black.
The 8MP Trophy Cam HD comes with the same ultra-bright 32 LED that lights up the night. In addition, the display also shows the temperature, name, moon phase, time, and date, so you’ll know exactly when that critter walked in front of your camera.
Cuddeback Attack IR 5MP Game Camera
The Cuddeback Attack IR 5MP Game Camera is another trail camera that I really like. It took more than three years to develop this high-quality unit and it really shows. It is a great unit for capturing either day or night video or still images. And it the camera is triggered at night, it’ll definitely turn night into day with its 36 LED flash. This flash is designed with a range of 60 feet. It also has a lightning-fast trigger to make sure a deer or other animal won’t run so fast that your camera can’t keep up with it. This one can. It has the ability to capture video in 30-second increments and it can also take still pics at a rate of five per minute. It is easily mountable with its included tree mount and comes with 60 MB of internal memory and a slot for adding additional SD memory, if you prefer. The unit takes four D-cell batteries.
One of the great things about the Attack IR game camera is that it captures beautiful images in color. Earlier trail cameras were black and white. And not only that but their flashes tended to be so bright that they washed out the images they captured. The Attack IR captures clear color images in both daylight and at night. And with its ultra-fast trigger, images are clear and focused and not blurred like they appear on other models.
Moultrie Game Spy M-100
The next model we’ll look at that definitely qualifies as a top-of-the-line trail camera is the Moultrie Game Spy M-100. This high-quality unit comes with a wide-screen for capturing images and video of a wide field-of-view. It is also a very small unit that will easily fit in the palm of your hand. Its compact size makes it very easy to mount and conceal. It captures video and images in 6.0 megapixels for a high degree of image clarity. This unit also gives you the ability to select mode of operation that best suits your needs. This lets you capture images and video exactly the way you want to. You can either select automatic mode for images captured by movement, or time lapse.
The images and video the Moultrie Game Spy M-100 captures are stamped with the time and date. In addition, all video is recorded with audio, as well. The unit uses standard SD memory, uses standard AA-cell batteries (4-8), and includes a mounting strap, USB cable, and Plot Stalker software.
Primos Hunting Truth Cam Blackout Game Trail Camera
The last trail camera we’re going to check out is the Primos Hunting Truth Cam Blackout Game Trail Camera. This great model really does disappear into the wild since it was designed to be undetectable by both humans and animals. It doesn’t use a flash and operates completely silently. This is an important thing to consider since you don’t want to run this risk of another hunter finding your expensive trail camera and taking off with it for his own use, or even selling it on E-Bay.
This model has a 50 foot range at night and does not use a flash to capture its images. This is another thing I like about this model. It doesn’t scare away its subjects by subjecting them to a sudden burst of light. The deer, bear, or whatever animal you’re tracking will continue doing their thing without being startled or bothered.
The Primos unit captures images at 7.0 mega pixels in the daylight and 5.0 mega pixels at night. It uses four D-cell batteries for extra-long battery life.