How to Choose the Best Trail Camera in 2018

26 June 2018

Trail cameras can be used for two different purposes: hunting and property surveillance. These devices come totally camouflaged, keeping them practically invisible to the naked eye. For hunting, the camera can alert you if there is movement in a particular area so that you do not waste your time walking around to areas that do not have animals. For video surveillance, the camera acts as a form of security and can alert you if people are trespassing on your land, vandalizing it or dumping garbage.

The Best Brands and Models Out There

There are dozens of amazing brands of trail cameras, but some of the best on the market are the Bushnell, Force Strike, Reconyx, Browning Strike and the Plotwatcher. All of these brands have several models available, from super inexpensive to incredibly pricey. Obviously, the more money you spend on the camera, the more features it is going to have. While it might be quite an investment at first to buy a more expensive trail camera, you’ll be thankful that it has the features that it offers as well as the durability to last for years without needing to be replaced.

Getting the Camera Installed

The camera should be installed as high up on a tree or hunting post as possible. The reason for this is because the camera is going to give you a bird’s eye view of the ground below, which can give you information on whether there are animals present or a person walking on your land. Ideally, you need to ensure that the camera’s screen is protected to prevent rain drops and dust from creating a blurry picture. If you need to use the video to present proof to the police that someone was on your land, you need a quality picture that isn’t grainy or blurry. If you need someone to help you install the camera, there are plenty of security companies that can do the job for you for a reasonable fee so that you don’t have to climb up a tree.

Maintaining the Camera and Upgrades

Most of these trail cameras are relatively maintenance-free because they are made to sit outside for days, weeks and even months at a time. However, cheaper cameras may need to be covered to protect the lens so that it does not get dust or dirt on it over time. Also, some of these cameras can have manual upgrades done when connected to WiFi, which is essential for using the camera to its full potential and capturing the different videos while it is installed.

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