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December 16, 2014

Got your last minute trail cameras ordered? What question have we asked before? How many trail cameras does a person need? Answer: Just one more!

My favorites so far this year: Primos Supercharged Blackout HD, Stealth G30 and Browning Recon Force XR.

I have specific reasons for each: the Primos has outstanding day photos and the battery life is outstanding, the Stealth almost never has a blurry photo and battery life is outstanding, the Browning is just a solid camera. I've actually got the Strike Force but I think I would look more seriously at the Recon Force XR due to the double latches.

I've also been running the new Reconyx XR6. I need some more time with this camera before I can give an honest opinion. If you are all about video then this camera is for you. Nothing better on the market. Wow!

 

October 27, 2013

My Covert Cellular Trail Camera is working as advertised. A couple of things I've learned. Check your AT&T coverage map on-line. Make sure and get the SIM card loaded with Go-Phone minutes before you leave the store. It was a pain in the neck to do it on the phone with AT&T. The camera only sends the first photo of a 3-shot burst and sometimes the critter is barely in the frame when it captures the photo.

August 11, 2013

Been test driving a few cameras: Covert MP6 Black, Spypoint Tiny W3, Primos Ultra 46 and Browning Recon Force. The Recon Force is awesome! One of the best cameras I've ever used. The Covert MP6 is also a hell of camera and it is small. I am struggling to get good photos with the Spypoint but I don't believe I've given it fair chance. This week finally I have it in a setup that should pay dividends. However, I have tried the black box twice. Neither time could I get the Tiny W3 to send captured photos to the black box. I need to find a good spot for the Primos Ultra 46 but the picture quality isn't as good as I like so it doesn't get my good spots.

Do not forget to vote in the Trailcampro Photo Contest. It's the best trail cam photo contest anywhere!

One thing I've been doing with all of my cameras is setting the cameras to the lower picture resolutions. The higher resolutions almost always involve some software interpolation. I want a raw image with no software interpolation. It's a test for myself to see if I can tell a difference in picture quality. The Covert Black Ops goes up to 12 mp. That can result in a huge picture file. Large picture files are difficult to deal with and take up hard-drive space in a hurry. I have it set to 3 mp this week and will probably work towards 12 mp the following week.

During the last few weeks the temperatures have been higher than normal. I've got a couple of cameras that have a lot of empty photos due to heat of the day. With those cameras I have set the PIR sensitivity to Normal or Low. Even set to low I get a fair share of empty photos. This seems to be just the opposite of what the Instruction Manuals say. The cameras that seem to do well are the Moultrie M880 and the Browning Recon Force. Very few if any empty photos.

I had one camera mounted on a tree with a Slate River EZ-Aim Game Camera Mount. As I walked up to the tree I saw the camera was tilted sideways and covered with mud. I knew immediately it was raccoons. Those damn raccoons just mauled the camera.  The camera was pointed straight up in the air part of the week and sideways the rest of the week. They must have thought it was a new toy on their favorite tree. I could envision those rascals hanging from the darn thing. The camera took 4900 photos of the sky, swaying corn stalks, nose whiskers, their phase mask and a couple of sideways deer pictures. My rubber plug on the bottom was gone. I peeled a sticky label off one of my RAYOVAC battery containers and put it over the hole to prevent ant intrusion. I sprayed it down with lens cleaner to clean it off and then strapped it onto the tree. It's tight now. If the raccoons move it this week, I submit. The camera will be moved.

 

July 14, 2013

I continue to be impressed by all the camera manufacturers. They improve their cameras to compete and we are the beneficiary. One thing I do notice is that the PIR sensors are so sensitive now that I get a lot of false triggers during the heat of the day. It's really not a problem except that it uses space on the SD card. Don't forget to enter the Trailcampro 2013 Photo Contest.

 

June 30, 2013

The most impressive trailcam photo contest anywhere is here. Trailcampro is ready to receive your photos. The prize packages are pretty sweet. Time to send your photos in!

 

June 22, 2013

Got some nice photos last week. The antler growth is picking up the pace, got another kitty on camera on a different farm and the Browning Recon Force only captured a couple of blurry photos. It might be my setup but it seems that I always get a few blurry photos. This camera is sweet! In all honesty I would say that all of my photos were blur-less (if that is a word). Need to continue the testing. Quality of the night photos from the first card-pull were well above average.

 

June 14, 2013

Wow! Has it been two months? That is how busy we are at work. I've been following all of the trail camera reviews and the most recent shootout on Trailcampro. There is no lack of good cameras on the market right now. I have tried a few Moultrie cameras the last three months. They are all outstanding cameras. Moultrie has invested very well with this current lineup of cameras. Nick told me as much. Thanks buddy. I look forward to the pictures from my new M880 and M990i. Awesome cameras!

I am taking a close look at the new Browning Recon Force and the Spypoint Tiny W3. Other than  the Spypoint being a little choosey with the SD card, it appears to be an awesome camera. Most of the manufacturers have significantly improved their product from 2-3 years ago. I truly believe that Trailcampro is probably one of the main reasons for that improved quality. Thanks from all of us trail camera addicts for getting us a high quality product for a very reasonable price.

You-all don't know how addicted I am to trail cameras. It is like Christmas every weekend for me when I go to the woods to pull SD cards and Trailcampro is my Santa Clause. I told my wife not to get me anything for Father's Day because I already spent some money with Trailcampro.

 

April 13, 2013

Well, the Wildview X8ir was returned. The day photos are quite acceptable for a $70 camera but the night flash is weak. I did not get one critter in any night photo. The ir flash probably did not extend more that 15-20 feet at the most.

The Moultrie M880 is an excellent camera so far. It's a keeper. You can't go wrong with a $160 of this quality.

 

March 17, 2013

The following cameras are in the field:

  1. Moultrie M-990i,

  2. Moultrie M-880,

  3. Moultrie D-444,

  4. Wildview X8IR No Glo,

  5. Moultrie Panoramic 150.

 

Each camera has a unique quality that sets it apart from the other cameras. The Panoramic 150 is by the far the most unique. We just field deployed the camera. Stay tuned for sample photos.

 

March 3, 2013

How many trail cameras should a person have............Just one more!

 

February 24, 2013

I'm currently test driving a few new cameras. They include the Moultrie M-990i, Moultrie M-880, Moultrie D-444 and Wildview X8IR no glow. The Moultries appear to be very well built. The 990i and 880 are currently on field deployment.

 

November 28, 2012

Now that I've had some time with the Scoutguard SG560C and Covert Black 60, it's time for an update. For those of you that like nighttime color photos, the SG560C camera meets the needs. If you want color video at night, this camera puts out the lumens. It is bright! Follow this link to my Youtube Channel for some video samples.

I really like the ease of setup in both cameras. The menu system is simple. The size of both cameras is acceptable. I am currently running both cameras on rechargeable batteries. A plus for me. The quality of the day photos with the SG560C is very good. The accompanying literature indicates that firmware upgrades are possible. Fantastic!

For a black flash camera the Covert Black 60 is the best I've tried so far. I do not see any flash when checking the camera after my evening hunts. The switch in each of the cameras is nice and solid.

These cameras are both keepers in my opinion. The one thing I do want to check is battery life. So far so good.

What I do wish these cameras had was a loop for a python cable. Neither has it.

I should note that I don't run my cameras in video mode very much at all. The main reason is the challenge in managing all the videos. It just takes more time than I really have available.

 

November 6, 2012

The ScoutGuard 560C and the Covert Black 60 take excellent day photos. I haven't logged enough night photos yet to make a determination on night photo quality but the Covert is bar far the best black flash camera I have ever tried. Setup is really easy, in fact I like everything about these cameras. I just want more time to determine night time picture quality. The ScoutGuard is trending towards more blurry photos than I like and I have only pulled one card from the Covert as of this writing.

 

October 31, 2012

I am trying a couple of new cameras, the Scoutguard SG560C and the Covert Black 60. These cameras are nice! I like everything about these cameras. I am partial to night color so I am taking a liking to the SG860C. The housings are solid on both cameras, the switches are excellent and the menu is simple. If you prefer a no flash camera then take a look at the Covert Black 60.

 

October 20, 2012

The guys at Trailcampro just finished up their 2012 Fall Shootout. 47 cameras! If you can't find a camera to order off the Shootout list, you aren't trying very hard.

 

October 7, 2012

I've been running cameras hard for a month. I have them all out. If you are thinking about buying a camera from Trailcampro, I thought I would give you my thoughts, based on my experience.

I like quality pictures. For day photos, my choice would be the the Moultrie D55ir XT or Bushnell BTC HD (not the black flash). I consider a quality night photo, one without motion blur. My favorite is the Bushnell X-8 but the Leupold delivers good day and night photos with a pretty decent night flash. I really like how the Leupold RCX-2 meters light.

If you want a camera that takes great night color photos and outstanding day photos, there is only one choice in my book, the Scoutguard SG565. 

If you want a camera that is dependable and takes pictures all the time and has decent day and night photos then the Reconyx HC500 is the right choice.

If you want a camera that runs on AA batteries (alkaline or rechargeable NiMH) then the Bushnell (not the X-8) or Reconyx would be the choice.

If you want a big night flash but aren't too concerned about the motion blur then the Moultrie and the Bushnell deliver a big night flash. the Bushnell goes one step further though and lets the owner adjust the number of LEDs used for the night flash.

If price is the main issue for you then you should really look at the Moultrie D55ir XT. Super value!

We never have enough cameras, it's always good to add one or two a year to your inventory....at least! But most of you probably know I am addicted to trail cameras!!

Call the guys at Trailcampro, what are you waiting for?

 

October 1, 2012

Moved my 2012 BTC to a new spot. It was capturing too many dark photos at its prior location. It seems to go to day mode (color) to soon in the morning and stay in day mode too late in the evening. It seems to work a little bit better at its new location. The guys at Trailcampro continue to be my best source of info. They always help me figure out my camera issues.

 

September 11, 2012

An accessory I felt worth mentioning, Slate River trail camera mount. These things work really well. There is one for a T-post and one for a tree or wood post. They are well worth the investment in my opinion.

The cameras produced a little bit better this week. The X-8 is a picture taking machine. I had the camera set to 2 mp and medium shutter speed. Still no blur in the night photos and the quality of the night photos is more than acceptable. If the day photos were much, much better, I would fill my inventory with this little camera. The D55ir XT is taking great day photos but no night photos. I filled the tank with new batteries. The camera's battery indicator showed 30% this week but the camera quit taking night photos at 40% last week. Hopefully that will help.

Another accessory I can't seem to be without anymore are the Reconyx Desiccants. The humidity really eats them up but that is their intended use.

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August 18, 2012

SD cards were kind of thin on pictures this week. I did manage to capture a few nice bucks on camera but the big ones are dispersing. I ended up with with a corrupted SD card from my Reconyx HC500. I downloaded some freeware and was finally able to to recover most of my pictures.....after 3 hours of work. I've had this happen a few times but not to this extent.

 

August 12, 2012

The batteries have lasted a long time in my Moultrie D55ir XT. It is a great value. The two weakness with this camera are the night photo picture quality and the use of C-cell batteries...but the day photos are good and it captures everything. It is a picture taking machine!

My new Bushnell Trophy Cam HD is doing well also. I really like the LED control. I have the LED setting set to LOW and the flash emitted is plenty.

The day photos on the Bushnell X-8 are average at best but the night photos are great with the shutter speed control. No night picture motion blur, yippee! I really hate motion blur. The other thing on the X-8 is the wide screen picture format. I prefer a 4:3 picture ratio over the wide screen. For the price, though, this camera is a great value also. I had shutter speed set to medium this week and took the following pictures.

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July 30, 2012

The Moultrie D55ir XT just continues to take pictures. Batteries are still in good shape at 55%. The only thing that could use some improvement is the night photos but at a cost of $129 the value of this camera is very, very hard to beat. I am not kidding when I say this camera captures everything.

I pulled my first pictures from my Reconyx HC500 after the firmware update. There is a noticeable improvement in picture quality in my opinion. If you feel comfortable installing the upgrade then do it. You won't be disappointed. Follow the directions on the website for your model.

 

July 22, 2012

Checked cameras again Saturday morning. It was fairly slow last week. One camera, a Scoutguard 565, did produce quite a few buck pictures. I moved the Moultrie D55ir XT to a different location to see how it performed. The answer? Not very good. This location was along a fence line with a cornfield background. My assumption is that the flash is so powerful that reflection of the flash off the cornstalks basically washed-out the entire photo. I moved the camera to a different setup. Don't get me wrong, the camera still continues to sense critters and take pictures but the strong flash needs to be put in setups where it excels. The Bushnell HD on the other hand has an adjustable LED (High/Medium/Low). That makes a big difference and is very convenient. Right now I have it in a setup with the LED set to Low and it puts out plenty of flash.

Reconyx has come out with a firmware update for their Hyperfire series of cameras.

Don't forget to enter your photos in the Trailcampro photo contest.

 

July 16, 2012

Another card pull and another card full for the Moultrie D55ir XT. Holy smokes guys and gals, this camera is a picture taking machine! My 4 gb card had 3,200 photos and 99% of them had a deer in it. It was set to 3-shot fast mode and 5 second delay.  There are only two things I can find that I would change if possible, a somewhat improved nighttime picture quality and adjustable flash, otherwise after one month of testing I would say this camera is way underpriced for it's value ($130). I can't remember the last time I filled a card in my Reconyx HC500.

The Bushnell HD did well again but I did have a slight snag. It's current location is not producing a lot of pictures so I decided to swap the 4 gb card for a 2 gb card. For some reason it did not like the 2 gb, it would not display the setup screen. I inserted a 4 gb card and it worked fine.

For you Reconyx guys, check out some sample photos from the new HC550, their night color camera.

 

July 10, 2012

After the second card pull for both the Bushnell HD and the Moultrie D55ir XT it is easy to see that both cameras are packed with value. I am continually impressed by the Moultrie, it continues to pack the SD card full of pictures and every single one of the photos has a critter in it.

I really like the LED adjustability of the Bushnell HD. My setups vary widely, from 10 feet to 10 yards, and IR flash adjustability is very important for quality photos.

I am quickly learning that the picture focus point or target distance for the D55ir XT needs to be closer to 10-15 yards as the lens has more of a zoom in lieu of a wide angle view and the flash really lights up a large portion of the field. At only $130 you should really call Trailcampro and talk to them about this camera, what a value! If you don't like it, send it back, they have a 90 day, 100% satisfaction guaranteed, return policy.

 

July 5, 2012

I checked my two newest cameras yesterday, the Bushnell HD and the Moultrie D55ir XT. The Bushnell took a 3-shot burst of a nice 4x4. The camera was set on 8 mp, medium LED and Auto sensing level. I'm a little concerned that I didn't have very many pictures on this first card check. Hopefully the next card check will give more insight.

The Moultrie D55ir XT is a picture taking machine and has a huge IR flash and I mean huge. Many of the deer in the photos had IR burn from the big flash. I captured around 1,000 pictures in 3 days and every one of them had a deer or other critter in it. The camera was set on High picture quality, 3-shot standard burst and 5 second delay.

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June 30, 2012

I'm working with two new cameras and they both appear to be detecting and picture taking machines. One is the new Bushnell Trophy Cam HD (red flash) and the other is the Moultrie D55ir XT (red flash). They both went right to work in my basement before deployment. The functionality of the Bushnell HD is exactly what I like: time stamp label to personalize the pictures, three levels of LED flash, quality pictures and video, runs on AA batteries, python cable ready and multi-shot. Bushnell just continues to make this camera better. It's priced right at $200.

The D55ir XT is a sweet and solid little camera. The only thing I don't like and it is minor, is that it runs on C batteries. The camera is priced at $130. If the camera continues to take pictures in the field like it did on cat-cam, I can't think of a better trail camera value than this one right here. Moultrie FINALLY reduced the delay time down to 5 seconds. The multi-shot fits my needs perfectly. It gives you two options: 2,3,4-shot fast or 2,3-shot standard. Multi-shot fast spaces the pictures 1-2 seconds. Standard spaces the pictures every 3-4 seconds. I like the multi-shots to be about 3-4 seconds apart. They have met my desires perfectly. I even used the stopwatch app on my phone to see what the time was between photos and it matched the specifications perfectly.

We will continue to present more information during field deployment. In the mean time check out the 2012 Trail Camera Shootout and reviews for each camera on Trailcampro

Don't forget to enter your photos in the 2012 Photo Contest. They are due July 25th.

 

June 18, 2012

Trailcampro has completed their 2012 Trail Camera Shootout. Reconyx topped the list again but there were some newcomers right behind the industry leader. The test is all about capturing photos and that's what we all want to know.

The shootout tests the combined abilities of a camera’s trigger speed, detection width & detection range.  The test area is established by setting cones at 10’ intervals from 10 to 100 feet from the cameras.  A human test subject walks in front of the cameras twice at each distance- once from the right and once from the left.  This process averages out any inconsistencies created when detection sensors are mounted incorrectly.

May 12, 2012

I worked on getting my trail cameras and equipment ready for summer deployment. I did some reading in my Leupold Owner's Manual. There is a setting that should help me capture a few more pictures (I did not know about it before). I have had the sensitivity angle set to 45 degrees. In the RCX-2 is a setting that allows both the wide and narrow setting. This DST setting should help me get a few more pictures. The narrow setting is supposedly sensitive out to 90 feet.

 

February 12, 2012

The Primos X-Cam Blackout is on the shelf. The picture quality needs improvement. However, as I said before the user-friendliness of this camera is fantastic.

The Leupold was a little short on pictures this week but the number of deer tracks in the snow was less than normal. My only question with this camera at this point is the detection circuitry. The number of pictures is less than what I expect.

 

January 25, 2012

Well I checked both the Leupold and the Primos last weekend. The Leupold got a good workout and performed quite well. Battery life is still at a full charge with Energizer Ultimate Lithium fuel. The controller is sweet to use. You just plug it into the USB port and download the photos. No need to shut the camera off or open any camera doors and it has a big viewer.

The Primos Truth Cam X Blackout is one sweet camera to operate but two things are showing up as a weakness to me: 1) the picture quality is well below average and 2) the focus appears way off. However I have to say it could be the easiest camera I have ever setup. I love everything about the intuitive setup but the picture quality needs improvement.

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January 13, 2012

I am really beginning to take a shine to the Leupold RCX-2. I still have a lot of field testing to do and need to get it deployed in a location for the opportunity to take a lot of pictures. One thing that many of you might like is the ability to view your setup from the controller. For those of us that like the camera pointed perfectly before we depart, this is a great time saver. I still have questions on detection circuitry but the picture quality is good and the recovery is short...so far. I have had some pictures that indicate a lens issue or a SD write issue but they have been few. I really like the ability to plug the SD cord into the camera without shutting it off. That is sweet! The other thing that is nice is that you literally plug the the controller into the camera and then download the pictures to the SD card in the controller. There is a lot of thought that went into this camera. This camera is not without blurry night photos but even the blurry night photos are acceptable.

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The Primos Truthcam X Blackout is a different story. The biggest issue is the quality of the night photos. My pictures have been extremely grainy. However, I need to get it in a location to capture a lot of pictures. Everything about this camera is decent but the picture quality needs much improvement.

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For you Reconyx Hyperfire owners there is a firmware update dated 10/24/2011. I updated my cameras and am test driving them now.

 

December 28, 2011

Deployed the Leupold first. Had an issue when downloading pictures from the camera to the controller. Swapped the camera out with the Primos. Pulled the Primos card for the first time tonight. I was concerned about picture capture because of my SD card issue. The camera seemed to work just fine. Next step is to keep track of battery life.

Leupold is ready for deployment again. I'm just trying to find the right place. Picture quality of the Leupold is what I hoped for.

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December 18, 2011

I am getting ready to deploy two new cameras, the Primos Truthcam X Blackout and the Leupold RCX-2. My first comment for both of these cameras is that they are very well made compared to cameras in a lower price range. That is about all they have in common. The Blackout is different from the Truthcam X. The Blackout is black and is a black flash camera. The Truthcam X is a red LED camera.

The Primos camera is a true blackfash camera. I don't notice any flash. The operating menu is a pleasure to work with and almost fun. I always spend a lot of time at home with new cameras before I deploy them. This camera has given me many challenges in trying to get it ready for field deployment. At first I thought I had a defective camera but after most of a day I discovered that this camera is very, and I mean very, choosy about its SD card. The user manual indicates it can use cards up to 8 gb. After trying three brand new 4 gb SD cards and going through all of my older cards, I have discovered the only cards out of my inventory it likes and works quite well with are 2 gb Sandisk cards. I don't know if it is the FAT card format or what but they work. The strap is very nice and you can secure the camera with a Python cable. I really like this camera so I want to give it a good chance to work. I was even impressed with the box and package it came in. It was very well thought out. Probably the only thing I don't like about this camera so far is the four D cell batteries needed to operate it and of course its need for a very specific SD card.

The Leupold RCX-2 is a different issue. First of all, just to get it out of the package was a challenge. After getting it out of the package I couldn't believe all the pieces and parts. It is operated by a remote. Now that I've spent some time with the remote it is very simple to use. It appears to want a lot of power. To get it to work properly I installed 8 AA Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries as recommended in the user manual. Once they were installed the camera seems to work quite well. The picture quality is very nice and I have a passion for above average picture quality. The strap is a standard buckle strap but it does come with a bracket for a Python cable. Due to its need for power I am curious how many pictures I will get with a set of lithium batteries. I'm not a fan of remotes but Trailcampro's review of this camera intrigued me.

 

December 12, 2011

Trailcampro has developed some videos to help educate trail camera users. Take a look at the videos on the Blog page and see if they help your knowledge of trail cameras. They do an excellent job in my opinion of helping us all become smarter in the use of trail cameras.

Some final comments on the Spypoint Tiny: this camera has huge potential in my opinion and most users will be happy with this camera as it stands today. My favorite part has to be the holder that attaches to the tree. The camera inserts into the holder and is removed when swapping SD cards or changing batteries. This eliminates the need to disturb the aiming of the camera when changing SD cards. The holder also allows for use of a Python cable. The camera size is very small and works well for my deep woods treks. You can throw more than a few in a backpack and head to the woods for deployment. If you like view screens, this camera has one. You can perform a quick field check for that buck of a lifetime. Just remember that using a view screen reduces the life of your batteries. Spypoint does not recommend use of rechargeable batteries in this camera.

 

November 25, 2011

I've had some time to test drive the Spypoint Tiny. The good: fit-n-finish, size, view screen, black box, ease of setup, average picture quality. Needs Improvement: camera depth of field/focus, reduced time between burst mode pictures, picture quality of black box photos, instruction manual. I can't express enough how I like this camera. The way I use cameras, however, it needs some changes or improvements.

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Now that we have hit Black Friday it's time to make your Christmas lists and make sure you get your next camera(s) from Trailcampro. They are extremely helpful and can recommend the camera that works best for you. This guys are extremely responsive and provide very good customer service. Time to go shopping call Trailcampro at 1-800-791-0660.

 

November 11, 2011

I've been checking my cameras as much as possible. I ordered another Scoutguard 565 from my good friends at Trailcampro. I really like that camera. I'm not a fan of remote controls but this camera does everything I ask. I like night color photos.

I am trying a new Spypoint Tiny. I really like the fit-n-finish on this camera and the small size. It is unique in that it has a separate Black Box that will receive pictures. This is good if you would happen to have your camera stolen. The one issue when using the Black Box is that you can only take one picture at a time with a one minute delay. It does work. I tried it. The Spypoint is deployed to what appears to be an active scrape right now.

 

October 23, 2011

I am liking the Cuddeback Attack IR more and more. The one thing I am really coming to appreciate is the limited number of blurry night photos. I just wish the delay time was much less than 15 seconds. I don't get near as many photos with the Cudde as I do my Reconyx and Bushnell cameras.

Has everybody seen the Trailcampro 2011 Fall Shootout? Great info, you need to check it out!

 

October 16, 2011

I've been test driving a Cuddeback Attack IR. I am pleasantly surprised. The  best things about this camera are picture quality and detection circuitry. The rotary dial is fairly simple to use but requires a little dexterity. The things I would like to see improved are reduced delay period between pictures and the mounting bracket. The darn camera sticks about 1-2 inches from the tree when used. Coons, squirrels and deer can rotate this camera if not mounted properly. With the delay period and no burst mode, you don't capture near as many pictures. I like to take a lot of pictures, especially in burst mode, for that perfect pose. The Reconyx and Bushnell allow me to do that. At $230 the camera seems to do pretty well. The one thing I don't understand is the narrow detection cone. Yes it gives them that "centered subject" they advertise about but I would prefer a shorter delay period and wider sensing cone. All-in-all it seems to be a good camera. Call the guys at Trailcampro to try one.

 

October 10, 2011

Holy cow! I've been away from this page way too long. I've been a one-man-band hunting, checking cameras, hanging stands and scouting for whitetails. You've never seen a limping fat guy walk so far. It's time to go!

For you cost conscious trail camera buyers and Moultrie supporters, you need to take a serious look at the Moultrie M80. The price is hard to beat at $140. It isn't perfect but the upside makes this camera hard to resist. My favorite things about this camera include: size, price, fit-n-finish, color, flash range and setup. Things I would like to see improved are reduction in the number of blurry photos and shorter recovery time. I'm no code writer but I bet a firmware upgrade would help. Give the guys at Trailcampro a call and order one. If you aren't satisfied, take them up on their return policy, 90 Days Satisfaction Guaranteed.

P.S. The Moultrie M80 is the #1 selling camera in the world right now! You need to try one.

 

September 11, 2011

Trailcampro.com wrapped up their photo contest. The Grand Prize winning picture was hard to beat. I hope a lot of you take time to check the Trailcampro website on occasion. You can also e-mail me any time with questions. I'm no expert but have had my own challenges with various cameras. For example, it seems that many issues are related to low battery power. I have one camera with mixing pixels on the LCD because of moisture and humidity. The only thing I know to do is to bring it home and let it dry out. I have one that is set along a creek in a low lying area. The last two times the camera has taken many pictures but the lens has been fogged over. The location is awesome, however, if the same thing occurs the next time I check it, I'm moving the camera. It's a waste of my time to look at indeterminable pictures of Iowa whitetails.

 

August 6, 2011

The 2011 BTC software update really makes a difference. The flash is significantly brighter. The software update is available for the 2010 and 2011 BTC cams. Go to the Trailcampro Blog, scroll down and follow the link.

 

July 30, 2011

I was reading the Trailcampro blog the other night and read that Bushnell had a software update for both 2010 and 2011 Trophy Cams. I downloaded the files to an empty SD card, plus a backup card and took the cards to the field with me. I followed the update instructions, took a couple of daytime test photos, checked that it still worked and headed for the next cam.

I am somewhat nervous about making field updates even if the cam reacts as the instructions say. If I do something wrong

 

July 26, 2010

Wow! has it been that long since I updated this page. Sorry about that. I'm just now starting to get back in a rhythm with my cameras. Trailcampro is having another photo contest. Please take time and checkout the entries. Holy crap am I jealous. There are some beautiful photos.

Talked to a hunting buddy the other day. He has a couple of workhorse Moultrie I40 cameras. He lost his pixels on the LCD. I had the same thing happen a couple of times. It's moisture. You really only have two choices. Send the camera back to Moultrie and have them fix it or bring it in and let the moisture evaporate. With the highly humid summer we have had in Iowa this year, the cameras don't stand a chance. I had the same thing happen to one of my Reconyx last year. I brought it in and dried it out.

We started a new page for those of you that would like your photos displayed on the site.

 

April 16, 2010

Well, my friends at Trailcampro hooked me up with a 2011 Bushnell Trophy Cam. I've been test driving the camera. This camera has audio with the video...SWEET! The detection circuitry seems to be quite sensitive but I do notice a definite change when I adjust between levels (i.e. High.Normal.Low). Photo and video quality is good. Audio isn't too bad either. It's acceptable in my opinion. I can't wait to point the camera at a rub or a scrape while in video mode. You might want to read their Moultrie M100 camera review.

 

February 19 ,2011

I captured a photo with my new ScoutGuard SG565 that I really like. I thought I would share it. I adjusted the camera angle up last week to gain more distance from the flash. As you can see the camera pumps the flash downrange quite well.

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January 29, 2011

Trailcampro completed their review of the ScoutGuard SG565. I got some more pictures this week from this little camera.

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January 22, 2011

I really have to give kudos to my Scoutguard SG565 trail camera from Trailcampro. This little camera takes some awfully nice pictures. It does have one little gremlin that I can certainly live with but would prefer it didn't have it. It is a filter "snap" when the camera takes a picture. I would give this camera a 5 on a scale of 1-5 if it didn't have that little noise. As it stands now I would give it a 3 or 3.5. I am hoping that HCO comes out with a firmware upgrade. This would be a great little camera then.

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December 31, 2010

Pulled my first SD card from the ScoutGuard SG565 incandescent flash camera. All I can say is nice! Picture quality is what I expect. Thanks Trailcampro!

 

December 29, 2010

The ScoutGuard SG565 is deployed. The setup looks good. I hope to check it soon and report on its function.

 

December 22, 2010

I received my new ScoutGuard 565 incandescent flash camera from Trailcampro this week. Here is what I like about this camera: price, size, use of AA batteries, trigger time around 1.5 seconds, picture quality and the ScoutGuard reputation. These factors outweighed my concerns of the filter clunk, remote control operation and lack of burst mode. The filter clunk is noticeable but not a deal killer for me. I "hope and expect" that the manufacturer will come out with a firmware upgrade to eliminate the filter clunk. I've been test running the cam for now on cat cam. So far so good but the span between pictures is a little long. However, I feel I can live with the clunk unless my photos show very alerted whitetails. Stay tuned. I trust my friends at Trailcampro. They won't steer me to a camera that won't meet my needs.

I am going to take this opportunity to present the following criteria to all camera manufacturers regarding the perfect incandescent flash camera: size should be small and use AA batteries, trigger speed around 1.5 seconds or less, camera should have a burst mode of 3-5 photos and no more than 10 seconds apart, batteries need to last 60-90 days at least, picture quality needs to be above average and not have the "eye ghosting issue", security needs to be available and the detection must be wide, dependable and at least 45-50 feet. The flash range should be at least 50 feet. If anybody can produce a camera that meets these criteria, I will take an honest look at it. I would also like a camera without the remote. The remote for my 565 is a little touchy. 

 

December 13, 2010

This cold weather is a challenge for most trail cameras. My Reconyx cameras seem to work well especially with NiMH batteries. However, the display screen is very slow to respond when changing settings or arming the camera. The Bushnell Trophy Cams don't have the same issues but they seem to be harder on batteries. My old Cabela's I50s work well but the mechanical filter is temperamental on one of them. When it gets down to zero, even I move a lot slower.

I've been talking with my great friends at Trailcampro about a night color camera. I think they are tired of listening to me. There is a new camera that I just had to have. It will be on its way shortly. This incandescent flash camera is the ScoutGuard SG565. I am anxious to set it up and test it out. The camera uses AA batteries, which is a big plus in my book, especially for remote deployments. Scoutguard has a good reputation for dependability. One last thing that makes this camera a winner is its size, it is 5-1/2 x 4 x 2-1/2 inches. Now that is small for a trail camera.

If you like incandescent flash, contact the staff at Trailcampro to discuss this camera further.

 

November 30, 2010

This cold weather really does a number on alkaline batteries. Now is the time to switch over to lithium or rechargeable NiMH batteries. Cold weather does not reduce the life of lithium or NiMH batteries

 

November 28, 2010

Trailcampro has completed a new test I think many trail camera addicts will find very interesting. In essence it shows the detection width of the camera's PIR and compares it to the camera's Field of View. This is sweet information. I base my camera choices on this exact information. I don't understand why narrow detection cone camera manufacturers continue with a narrow sensing area.

 

November 18, 2010

Trailcampro has the new Scoutguard SG565. It's a nighttime incandescent flash camera. The initial information sounds pretty good.

 

November 9, 2010

I have a Moultire I-50 camera from Cabela's about 18 months old. My mechanical filter doesn't always fully swing in front of the lens for the day pictures. I finally figured out what the issue is. When the batteries get below 60% they don't have enough juice to move the filter completely.

 

October 24, 2010

The Reconyx cameras captured some nice pictures this week. After looking at the pictures I decided to change the resolution setting to 1080p. The camera seems to zoom in a little closer with this setting. We'll see what we get next. Hopefully the detail will be a little better. I prefer the 3.1 setting but due to the current camera setups I may have to compromise.

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October 19, 2010

As a trail camera addict, I usually have a ton of questions about specific situations, settings or camera trap setups. The guys at TCP are absolutely fantastic at answering my questions. In the world we live in today there is no substitute for customer service and responsiveness. The crew at Trailcampro respond to my questions all the time and with very good suggestions.

 

October 17, 2010

The Reconyx captured some great pictures in Rapidfire mode this morning. The files are big but it is definitely worth watching. This is where the Reconyx cameras really shine.

 

October 16, 2010

I have one 2009 BTC that seems to be catching the rear end of deer instead of the full deer. It seems to only occur when the deer are walking at the camera from the right (about 1-2 o'clock). I'm not sure if it means anything but I did adjust the angle a little bit hoping it would help. I had adjusted the sensitivity to 'High' a week ago but it didn't seem to help. I assume it is my setup. I need to continue with adjustments until I figure it out. I like the location. My 2010 BTC replacement camera from Trailcampro is working great so far (knock on wood). It seems to be very sensitive in my current setup. The guys at Trailcampro are extremely responsive to my questions.

 

October 4, 2010

I've been extremely pleased with my Reconyx Hyperfire HC500 from Trailcampro. I put together a little animated gif file of a recent scrum that took place in front of the camera. The camera was set to take one picture at a time with no delay. I would say it did a darn good job.

 

October 2, 2010

Pulled one of my Reconyx cameras on Friday night. It needs different scenery. The display is missing a few pixels. I took it home, pulled the batteries and am letting it "air-out". That seems to work with my I50. My I50 that lost much of its display last week is back to normal. The sunny skies and dry air we've experienced the last week or so sure seems to help. LCDs with missing pixels doesn't bother the camera's picture taking ability but it is somewhat annoying.

Trailcampro is a great company. Their responsiveness is top notch. I had a 2010 BTC go bad. I sent it to Springfield, MO. It arrived there on Friday according to my tracking number. I literally had a new camera on my doorstep today. Fantastic service!

 

September 25, 2010

Well, it was a rough checkup this week for three of my cameras. I think all three will still take pictures but each one has display problems: A Bushnell, a Reconyx and a Moultrie. What is the chance that would happen in the same week? I assume it is all the rain we had. All were dry on the inside when I opened them up.

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September 22, 2010

Trailcampro has begun to post their findings from their 2010 Trail Camera Shootout. Nineteen (19) cameras found their way into the competition. Was your camera one of the top performers? Follow the link and find out.

 

September 21, 2009

And the winner of the Trailcampro 2010 Trail Camera Shootout is................??? 

 

September 19, 2010

After arriving home last night I got to thinking that I probably needed to go back out and dry out the internals on some of my cameras especially the Reconyx. Yesterday was just nasty. Note to self "Don't pull SD cards when it is raining". So I trekked back out Sunday afternoon. Below are some pictures captured by the camera since I was there yesterday. Talk about one ugly little buck. It would be tough to find a volunteer to take a crack at this thing. Man is he ugly! The camera was set on 5-picture burst and 1080p for resolution.

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Here is a 5-picture series of infrared pictures. The camera's night flash setting was Maximum Flash.

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Update: My 2009 BTC is deployed again. It seems to work OK. We'll see in a few days.

 

September 18, 2010

I have a 2009 BTC that just wants to give me a gremlin every now and then. Today it's the picture numbers on the bottom of the Setup screen. I opened my camera, checked the number of photos, turned it off, pulled the card, inserted a new card and turned it back on today and the picture numbers on the bottom of the Setup screen won't show up. I tried new batteries and a different SD card. The numbers still don't show up.

Update: I brought this camera home. Pulled the batteries, let it dry out, put the batteries back in and now it works fine. The software in these 2009 BTC cameras just seem to need a 3-finger salute every now and then...Control>Alt>Delete or a one finger salute in this case...turn it off and pull the batteries...that will teach this camera to mess with this Iowa fat boy.

 

September 12, 2010

I moved my 2010 BTC to a different farm on Saturday. The prior setup just wasn't fair to the camera. The new camera spot is more typical of a camera setup. I forgot my security cable so I went back on Sunday to pull the card and add the security. After the one-day soak, the BTC appeared to be operating as I felt it should. The pictures looked fine. I'll know more in a few days. I sure like this camera, it takes sweet pictures. I typically lean towards a camera that has higher picture quality and this camera hasn't disappointed me in the quality category. For those of you with 2010 BTC cameras, my 2010 is a 119435C with the C being important I believe. Bushnell has a firmware update on their website. Check your packaging to see what version you have, you might need updated.

I also deployed my new Reconyx Hyperfire HC500 from TCP. I test drove it in the back yard for a day. These cameras are top notch. The fit-n-finish is fantastic! But, as with all cameras, you need to put them in a setting that is fair. Trigger speed isn't that important to me. You need to know your camera and give it a chance to excel. Trailcampro has all sorts of info to help you with that. Use TCP as a resource.

 

September 11, 2010

The Reconyx Hyperfire HC500 from TCP is performing as advertised. It is in a sweet spot and doing well. I'm not sure how my 2010 BTC is doing though. I think it was just in a spot that was tough to perform and I was shooting the flash into nowhere. I'm still getting some blank day pictures with sensitivity set on Normal. This camera has been moved to a location that is just a little more conducive to taking pictures.

 

September 4, 2010

I think I have a "run away" camera. My 2010 Bushnell Trophy Cam seems to go on a picture taking binge every now and then. I hope it is just temporary but we will see. I will keep an eye on it.

 

September 3, 2010

Trailcampro continues to perform reviews and tests on cameras as they come in. Check out their review of the long awaited Uway NT50B with true covert black flash.

September 14th Trailcampro will be holding their trail camera shootout with results released a couple of days later.

In an effort to keep you up to date with our Reconyx HC500 experience, below is a 5 picture series of some turkeys. The camera doesn't seem to miss much but the picture quality needs just a little bit of tweaking. We sure hope they consider a firmware upgrade in the near future. The only editing we did from the original was to change the size to 640 x 480 pixels.

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August 21,2010

This is a follow up to the date issues I was having with my 2010 Bushnell Trophy Cam. The cam held the date and time all week so I assume it was the batteries. It is currently running on a set of NiMH. The number of pictures on these batteries in one week: 3,500.

 

August 20, 2010

Trailcampro is performing their 2010 Trigger Speed Showdown. For you speed junkies keep an eye on this Trailcampro report.

Trailcampro has indicated on their Blog that there is a Bushnell Trophy Cam firmware update. Follow this link to the blog. Once there you will find a link to the location of the firmware itself.

Everybody should stay in touch with the Trailcampro website and keep an eye on the Uway camera. The engineering that went into this camera is supposed to be extreme. Delivery has been delayed for months until the engineers and manufacturer got things just right. This sounds like a high level of quality control. The picture quality is said to be very good. It comes in both a red flash and black flash option. Visit Trailcampro for more details.

 

August 10, 2010

For you trigger speed junkies, read this article by Trailcampro. It is from 2009 but tells you who has the speed.

 

August 7, 2010

The Reconyx HC500 took 2,900 pictures this week. The camera was set on 3-shot burst, 3.1 mp and balanced night mode. Below is a 3-shot series of both color and black and white. Still no shooter bucks at this location.

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August 1, 2010

The Reconyx HC500 took 5,100 pix this week. I don't know how it crammed all those pictures on a 2 GB Sandisk card. I'm still waiting for my first mature buck. Below is another 5-shot series in color and some random night mode shots. The night mode setting was "Fast Shutter".

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July 24, 2010

Trailcampro indicated on their blog that the Uway NT50 and NT50B Nighttrakkers may actually begin shipping this week. Keep your eyes on this cam as the 'hype' on the web says this camera is one to watch. One of the unique specifications with this camera is sound recording with the video.

Below is a 5-shot burst of pictures from our new Reconyx HC500 purchased from Trailcampro. Our location isn't producing any mature whitetails yet but we think it should only be a matter of time. We will give it a couple more weeks before deciding if we need to punt and move it to another location. We anticipate the deer will move from the soybeans to the corn any time.

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Below is a single nighttime picture from the Reconyx HC500.

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July 15, 2010

Check out the Trailcampro 2nd Annual Trail Cam Photo Contest. Help a brother out and vote for Picture No. 84. There are some very good photos in this year's contest. Top prize is a Reconyx Hyperfire HC600 Ultimate Package. Trailcampro needs to be commended for putting together such an awesome prize package.

 

July 10, 2010

The Bushnell Trophy Cams have really been pumping out the pictures (knock on wood). One of my I40s takes very nice pictures but the light metering can really be a pain at times. Before I moved my I40 last week, it sat just inside the edge of the woods pointed out into a field with about one fourth of the picture 'horizon'. This caused the the camera to meter perfectly on the sky but during the day, the pictures were extremely dark. I couldn't even make out the little fawns in the pictures. That is one thing I have learned with the Moultrie I40 and I50. This camera isn't smart enough to know to meter on the darker foliage right in front of the camera. The Bushnell does a much better job.

 

June 5, 2010

My little '09 Bushnell Trophy Cam really did well in it's first week in the field, it took 681 pictures. The Tenergy NiMH rechargeable batteries were still hanging in there. My settings are as follows: Camera, 5 mp, 3-shot, 15 second delay, normal sensitivity, time stamp on. This time of year with warm temperatures it is typical to set sensitivity to high but I was worried about false triggers so I left it on normal. It seemed to do quite well. I'm watching for ants or bugs taking over my security box. So far so good. I may need to stop at the hardware store and get some ant killer if they begin to call my box home.

 

May 30, 2010

There appears to be a lot of decent looking cameras to hit the market yet for us camera addicts. My friend at Trailcampro indicates they are anxious to run through their trail camera shootout for 2010 but they are waiting on some of the cameras to hit the market yet. One type of cam that seems to have a limited choice in the market place is the nighttime incandescent flash. Trailcampro staff feel the Cuddeback Capture is a very good camera for those people looking for the nighttime color photos. I am saving my pennies for now waiting for the staff at Trailcampro to to

 

May 7, 2010

Well, I held a new Reconyx Hyperfire HC500 in my hands today. I was in a sporting goods store and they had one in stock. The camera is much smaller than I expected. Trailcampro says Wow!

 

April 30, 2010

Here's what Trailcampro has to say about the Bushnell Trophy Cam:

Conclusion
         
        Bushnell has made trail cameras for a long time.  The Bushnell Trophy Cam is their best game camera yet!  Much like the Scoutguard and DLC cameras, the Bushnell Trophy Cam comes in a tiny package.  Measuring 6" tall X 4" wide you could fit a half dozen cameras in a backpack with room for lunch.  Don't let the small size fool you, this camera is capable of taking picture after picture for months on end. 
         
          During our review of the Bushnell Trophy Cam, we found the trigger speed to be 1.024 seconds.  Our testing also revealed the detection width, or the area the camera can effectively "cover", to be the same exact width as the field of view of the game camera.  This is great news!  Consider this, as soon as that monster 10 point buck walks into the field of view of the Bushnell Trophy Cam, you will have a picture 1.024 seconds later.  Depending on whether you have the camera set at either 3, 5 or 8 mpxl, the Trophy Cam can be armed and ready for the next picture in 7, 11 or 15 seconds

          You can use up to a 16 Gig SD Card with the Trophy Cam trail camera.  A 2 gig card, set on 3 Mpxl, will hold 2400 daytime pictures or 3200 night pictures.  If set on 5 Mpxl, the Trophy Cam will hold 1600 daytime pictures or 2000 night pictures.  Obviously, not all of your pictures will be just day or night but this gives you an idea of what to expect.

          We noticed that the night flash range goes out to about 45 ft. on average.  The 2010 model has 32 infrared LEDs which have greatly improved the night pictures clarity from right to left. 

          Another great thing about the Bushnell Trophy Cam, is there is no remote to use during programming.  All the programming is done by simply opening the camera and punching a few buttons.  Programming was a cinch, no problems whatsoever.  On the Bushnell Trophy Cam XLT (Viewer) model, you have the option of viewing pictures right there on the camera.

          The video quality is 16 frames per second.  It is very easy to set to video as well.  Simply open the camera, hit menu, go to the "camera mode" setting, and put it in video mode.  It is just as simple to switch back to picture mode.  Battery life might just be the strongest point of this game camera.  You can expect 6 months on a set of 8 AA alkaline or NiMh batteries.  If you use Lithium batteries, you may get up to 1 year battery life!  This is best in class.

          As with just about anything, the Trophy Cam is not perfect.  During our review of the Bushnell Trophy Cam, the camera only detected out to about 45 ft.  The focus is also a little blurry on objects within 1 meter.

 

April 16, 2010

Trailcampro Low Price Guarantee

Buy With Confidence!

At Trailcampro we guarantee our customers the lowest priced Scouting cameras on the web. If within thirty (30) days of your purchase you find a lower price on a exact product we will gladly refund you the difference. Please note the following:

  1. Qualifying products must be in-stock and shipable from our competitor.

  2. Final comparison price must include shipping, rebates and any applicable sales tax.

  3. This policy does not apply to items listed on Ebay or other auction sites!

 

April 12, 2010

Trailcampro has a new article that compares the Tenergy NiMH batteries and regular alkaline batteries. Take some time and read the article.

Trailcampro says: "So how long will your Tenergy Batteries last? Roughly 1,000 charges. Let's see, you have saved money, increased the battery life of your trail camera, and now you have kept hundreds of batteries from finding their way to the landfill. This is an easy decision!"

We all know that individual Owner experiences will vary but it is well worth the time to give it a try.

 

April 6, 2010

For those of you looking for rechargeable batteries. You need to take a look at the Tenergy NiMH. I for one get sick of buying batteries, especially when the weather turns cold. This is definitely an option for cost-conscious trail camera addicts. Trailcampro has sample 2010 BTC photos posted for your review. All I can say is nice!

 

April 1, 2010

Reconyx is at the top of the list with BEC when it comes to quality and dependability. Reconyx has a new line of cameras coming out in 2010. These "HyperFireTM" cameras will use SD cards in lieu of flash cards and AA batteries in lieu of C or D batteries. This camera is priced around $550. What really intrigues me about this camera is the fact that the camera will accept a python cable. I look forward to Trailcampro's review of this camera.

 

March 12, 2010

The 2010 Bushnell Trophy Cam XLT trail camera has some changes that can definitely be considered improvements. It will have 32 LED's for extended IR flash and improved image quality after dark, improved picture sensor, ability to handle 16 gb SD cards and a molded receiver on the back for a python cable. That sounds like the perfect camera to me. We'll see how it turns out.

I still haven't seen any reports on the ideal incandescent flash cameras. I want decent picture quality and a camera that doesn't eat batteries like my yellow lab eats dog food.

One thing that absolutely drives me crazy is the hype that goes with new cameras coming to the market then end up being a big dud. There were a couple of models in 2009 that had many game camera consumers giddy with anticipation. The cameras were a flop. I refuse to preorder just because of this. I want to read some testing and feedback information on any new model before I make a purchase. There are a couple of cameras right now that looked great when their advertisements hit the internet last fall but they still aren't in the market.

Go to this website for excellent trail camera information:

 

February 6, 2010

Take a look at what's new in 2010.

Well, time to start looking for the next great trail camera. Right now the Reconyx Camera is by far the best in the industry. But unless somebody sends one to me in the mail, I am not going to spend the $600. It's just too much of a risk in the areas I hunt. There are some new things coming out and I am anxious to read the reviews and add one or two to my inventory. The Moultrie I45 and I65 were a bust in 2009. The cameras never lived up to the hype. The word is Moultrie is already revamping the line-up.

I plan to "go small" in my inventory. I really like the Bushnell Trophy Cams but have ran into a situation where a bad batch at Cabela's required me to go through 5 different cameras before I found one on the fifth try that didn't have problems with the LCD screen.

I plan to really consider a camera that has audio with video. Some already exist.

My ideal camera will include:

  1. Use of AA batteries with battery life in the 6 month range

  2. Burst mode of 3 or more pictures

  3. Included security

  4. Choice of picture and video

  5. Decent infrared flash for IR cameras

  6. A white flash camera with dependable battery life and quality picture

  7. Price in the $200 range or less

 

I learned in 2009 that the large cameras spook the deer when they see them on the side of a tree especially when the cameras are in a security box. So if anybody wants to send me a camera to try in 2010, I'm sure I can find a tree that a nice Iowa whitetail walks by every now and then. See our photos page.

 

2009

Bushnell Trophy Cam

Wanted one of the new, small cameras that could run on AA batteries. Decided to purchase a Bushnell Trophy Cam due to its somewhat positive reviews. Have been putting it through the home testing regimen. So far so good except the switch is a little touchy when going from the On to Setup mode.

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Price ($199)

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2-year Bushnell warranty

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Ease of setup

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Wide sensing cone

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Quality of daytime pictures (choices are 5 mp, 3 mp)

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Smooth video

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Trigger speed (about 1.5 seconds)

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Battery life

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Runs on 8 AA batteries (Bushnell claims lithium batteries will last a year)

 

Cons

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Lack of security (additional $35 + shipping for a security box)

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Week infrared flash but stronger than the Scoutgard 550

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Switches and controls are low-tech

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No internal memory, requires SD card

 

On a scale of 1 to 5, I would rate the camera a 4 so far. The week IR flash is the only reason we would rate this camera below a 5.

 

 

Stealth Sniper Pro - I850

I wanted a night color game camera to add to my Moultrie IR collection. I decided to try a new Stealth Sniper Pro, 8 mp camera. I had always liked the picture quality of the Stealth cameras. My home 'getting acquainted' testing identified that the camera required standard SD cards. High speed cards would not work in the camera. With standard 2 gb SD cards the camera seems to function just fine. The incandescent flash is quite powerful and lights up the night pretty well. The Stealth security bracket is somewhat loose. The second week of field testing has shown that it can come loose and slide in front of the lens. The bracket will require some clamps or tie straps to keep it from sliding in front of the lens. I did purchase a 12V external battery and this camera performs pretty well with the 12V. I would not recommend the camera if you only plan to use the internals.

Pros

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Price ($150)

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Ease of setup

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Wide sensing cone

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Strong incandescent flash

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Quality of pictures (choices are 8 mp, 3 mp and 1.3 mp)

 

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Slow trigger speed (about 4 seconds)

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Looseness of the Stealth security bracket

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Very poor battery life

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Have exhibited some whiteout issues at primetime

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Will not function with high speed SD cards

 

On a scale of 1 to 5, I would rate the camera a 4 with the use of the 12V battery. I would rate the camera as a 2 if you only plan to use internal batteries. It is a battery eater.

 

 

Moultrie I40

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This was a very popular camera in 2007 due to its dependability and price. It boasted of a 1.5 second trigger. A problem with this camera were "whiteouts" at dawn and dusk. A firmware upgrade fixed this issue for the most part.  The camera can be purchased for $200 at Cabela's. Security for this camera generally costs in the $40 to $50 range for a box. Battery life is outstanding. You can go an easy 4 months or more on 6 D-cell batteries. The brass thumb screw receivers easily separate from the molded plastic (i.e. the come loose, don't over tighten). The best fix we have found is super glue to reset the brass receivers or to send the camera back to Moultrie. For the price, this camera is hard to beat if you like nighttime IR photos. It is difficult to reach the SD card for removal and exchange for a new one.

Sent an I40 back to Moultrie on December 30, 2008. We will get first hand experience with customer service and be able to report it here.

Received a replacement camera on January 14. Customer service performed very well.

 

Cabela's I50 by Moultrie (5 mp version of the Moultrie I40).

We've totally committed to the I40 and I50 for now. they seem to be the only cameras in the $200 price range we can count on.

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This camera is made by Moultrie for Cabela's. We really like this camera not so much for its 5 mp rating but because it just continues to take pictures. The trigger time is around 1.5 seconds by our estimation. We prefer still photos. We typically set the camera on High or Enhanced quality and 3-shot mode. The 13 second spacing between shots on this and the I40 is poor in our opinion. The camera operates pretty well in cold weather but the display screen is slow. This is understandable when the temperatures get below 30 degrees F. Like the I40 the SD card excess is a pain in the behind for fat fingered people like me.

 

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