Trail Camera

It wasn’t that long ago that hunters or hunting enthusiasts used trail timers to record when and where a specific animal had travelled a given path. This was a great invention however you were not able to tell which animal you were actually trailing. Fortunately timers have involved and we now have the technology of trail cameras that can actually capture an image on film. This has revolutionized the way that people hunt and trail cameras have many different applications that can be used all year round. They possess an infrared sensor beam that will catch anything that passes in front of the camera directly onto film.

Prior to purchasing a trail camera you need to decide which one is the best for you. You have a choice of one that produces photos, which can work out to be quite expensive, or one that produces digital images that can easily be stored or erased from your database. Taking all these factors into consideration experts have revealed that they believe the best two trail cameras are Trail Timer’s Photo Hunter and Game Vu’s Digital camera, which also comes with a monitor.

The Photo Hunter captures fantastic quality images both during the day and at night. It is extremely easy to use and you simply need to push a button to turn it on. You will find that trail cameras are fairly reasonably priced and you can purchase a good quality unit for $200-$600. The Photo Hunter will set you back approximately $250. This unit is additionally encased in a highly durable weatherproof shell. As long as you are not adverse to purchasing, then loading, unloading and developing your film, you should go with a film based cameras. They will produce clean and crisp images and you are able to view them in alternate locations and can even catalogue them into a photo album.

For those of you who do not wish to go through all that fuss, your best bet would be to go digital. Game Vu offers a digital unit for only $300, or if you wish to take the model that has a built-in portable monitor this will retail for approximately $400. It is, once again, very easy to use and has a silent infrared illuminator and motion detector. As long as you are able to position this camera correctly you should find that it will produce excellent images during the day and also at night. You should be aware that the digital image may not be as crisp as an image produced by print film however you also have the option to view and then save or delete your images. This takes away the worry of having a roll of film developed and then finding that you have numerous images that are no use to you.

An additional benefit with using a digital trail camera is the ability to catalogue the images onto your computer. You merely need to install the additional photo program onto your PC and you will then be able to transfer and save images as well. Although Game Vu’s Digital trail camera is considered to be an outstanding appliance, it does have the drawback that you will require a portable monitor or some related software to view your images.

In order to set up by the trail camera one of the most important aspects is to program the time and date stamp correctly however this can be achieved by simply pressing a few buttons. You must ensure that you have good batteries to power your trail camera as it will be exposed to rising and falling outside temperatures. When the temperature is warm this shouldn’t cause you too much concern as the majority of trail cameras are able to run for a couple of months without problems. It is only when the temperature drops below freezing that you will need to keep a close eye on your power source. It is well-known that the cold winter temperatures can cause havoc with the battery life. AA batteries can be used with both types of trail camera however Game Vu also recommends that you should use a small 12-volt battery to power their specific digital camera.

You can use trail cameras at any time of the year and they can also be used to find any species. In order to ensure you get the best use out of your trail camera you should find a sturdy fence post or tree to attach it to. Although many manufacturers state that their sensors have an effective range of up to 60 feet, you may be best off positioning the camera no more than 15 feet from where you intend to capture your subject. As you may imagine, the closer your camera is to the given trail, the better the images will be.

This Trail Camera Review is Written/Updated on Feb 21st, 2012 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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