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Best Trail Cameras for Wildlife & Game Reviewed

last updated Mar 09, 2019

 Trail cameras come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s important to do a lot of research before purchasing one. Higher specifications don’t always mean a better camera and going solely by big brands will leave out a lot of great choices. With a small checklist and some facts, finding the best trail camera takes only a few minutes. The two big names to pay attention to on the list are Moultrie and Bushnell. There are other big names in the industry, but these two brands have stood the test of time. Even their older models have something to offer when facing off against newer models from other companies.

In a Hurry? The test winner after 16 hrs of research

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Moultrie A-20
99.4/100 our score
Value
100
Durability
99
Model
99
Use
100
Battery Life
99
Moultrie A-20
Why is it better?

Expandable with wireless options, memory, and power

Long 2-year warranty with excellent customer support

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Moultrie A-20
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#1
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
99.4
Value
100%
Durability
99%
Model
99%
Use
100%
Battery Life
99%
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$69.99
#2
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96.8
Value
97%
Durability
96.8%
Model
97.2%
Use
97%
Battery Life
96%
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$98.00
#3
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94.3
Value
95%
Durability
94.7%
Model
94%
Use
93%
Battery Life
95%
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$68.99
#4
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.2
Value
92%
Durability
93.6%
Model
91%
Use
92.5%
Battery Life
92%
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$89.99
#5
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.7
Value
91%
Durability
90.6%
Model
92%
Use
91%
Battery Life
89%
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$102.00
#6
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87.1
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87%
Durability
88.4%
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87%
Use
86%
Battery Life
87%
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$57.99
#7
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85.7
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86%
Durability
85%
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86.7%
Use
84%
Battery Life
87%
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$69.99
#8
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83.1
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84%
Durability
83%
Model
83%
Use
82.7%
Battery Life
83%
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$99.49
#9
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
79.1
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80%
Durability
79%
Model
78.6%
Use
79%
Battery Life
79%
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$59.99
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78
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78%
Durability
79%
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77.8%
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78%
Battery Life
77%
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$459.25
In Depth Review Top 10
  • Moultrie A-20
  • Bushnell Trophy Cam
  • Wildlife Camera
  • Crenova Game
  • Browning Strike
  • GoldWorld Mini
  • ApeMen Trail Camera
  • Tec.Bean Trail & Game
  • Distianert Trail
  • GSM Stealth G30
Table of contents
  • Criteria Used for Evaluation
  • Other Factors to Consider
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Sources

10 Best Trail Cameras

1. Moultrie A-20

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
99.4
Moultrie A-20
Value
100
Durability
99
Model
99
Use
100
Battery Life
99
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$69.99
Pros:

Expandable with wireless options, memory, and power

Long 2-year warranty with excellent customer support

Cons:

Video is average in day/night

Moultrie has to always be included in a top ten trail camera list and is one of the big leaders in the industry. Barely snatching the top spot away from Bushnell, the A-20 is a rock of reliability out in the field.

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The A-5 Gen 2 Reimagined

Their top-selling A-5 unit was everything you’d want in a camera, so they improved it by making it smaller. Along with the new size, they also improved a lot of the features, especially battery performance.

Features and Specifications

12MP camera resolution
Flash illumination

Cost and value

It’s astounding that this is the lowest priced camera on the list, yet one of the most advanced. Customers will definitely get value with this purchase, even as an emergency camera. The top three spots on the list are a tossup, with no bad choice between them. Consumers looking for the most reliable option should settle with the Moultrie A-20 Mini.

2. Bushnell Trophy Cam

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96.8
Bushnell Trophy Cam
Value
97
Durability
96.8
Model
97.2
Use
97
Battery Life
96
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$98.00
Pros:

720p video is top notch for the resolution

Better than the Aggressor in every way except photo quality

Cons:

No 1080p video

Bushnell is on the list back to back, this time with the more conservative Trophy Cam HD Essential. Buyers that don’t care much for wireless functionality in their trail cameras will prefer this model.

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Long Infrared Flash Range

With good positioning, you can take advantage of the 80ft. flash range. And with excellent positioning you can completely monitor an entire zone without missing anything.

Features and Specifications

Can be set to 3,8 or 12MP camera resolution
3-second trigger speed

Cost and value

Since there is no wireless functionality in this model, the price goes back down to average. It is a great tradeoff for the value, and keeps a lot of the core features of the Aggressor. Bushnell knows how to make great trail cameras, and was just shy of nabbing the top spot on the list. Buyers won’t regret this purchase and will get many years of use out of it.

3. Wildlife Camera

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94.3
Wildlife Camera
Value
95
Durability
94.7
Model
94
Use
93
Battery Life
95
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$68.99
Pros:

Works as a trail camera or for personal security use

Supports SD cards up to 32GB

Cons:

Motion control can be tricky to set up

Abask released this model after a positive flow of customer support for the previous model. This version is improved in many ways while still keeping the same great price of the original.

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Better Than Before
While the older model was good in its own right, the new version sports an upgraded resolution and better stability. And to top it all, the battery life has been improved.

Features and Specifications
12MP camera resolution with 5MP CMOS sensor
Five capture modes with various functions

Cost and Value
This is a very powerful camera that sells for an average price. It’s everything the original model was but better. When the company decided to improve on their original idea, they created some really good. So far this is the best camera in Abask’s lineup, and it will be a long time before it is topped.

4. Crenova Game

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.2
Crenova Game
Value
92
Durability
93.6
Model
91
Use
92.5
Battery Life
92
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$89.99
Pros:

IP54 water resistant

2-year warranty

Cons:

Horrible user manual

Seeing Crenova this deep on the list isn’t surprising, especially with any of their 1080p offerings. To make it stand out more than the others the company added in a few extras.

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The Extras
The camera can be brought by itself or as a bundle. Purchasing the bundle will give you a 16GB SD card, and is well worth the extra dollars.

Features and Specifications
12MP camera resolution with 1080p video
42pcs LED night vision with multi-shot

Cost and value
Aimed towards the intermediate/expert crowd, this camera has value for buyers that like to tinker. The price is average across the board so won’t hurt your wallet. Buying the bundle with the 16GB card doesn’t add much to the price, so is highly recommended. Crenova can very much be the only camera you need when out on the trail.

5. Browning Strike

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.7
 Browning Strike
Value
91
Durability
90.6
Model
92
Use
91
Battery Life
89
best offer for today
$102.00
Pros:

Browning Buck Watch time-lapse viewer software comes packaged

Comes with SD card and batteries

Cons:

Runs through generic batteries

Browning is the first big name on the list with their popular Strike Force HD. Reliable and fast, this is the camera to use when you want results.

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Fast Trigger Speed
The 0.67-second trigger speed will keep all of the important pictures in view. It’s one of the fastest available and will make sure that you don’t miss any important shots.

Features and Specifications
10MP camera with 720p video
100ft nighttime flash

Cost and value
Average priced, buyers can rely on the years of customer satisfaction surrounding this model. It’s still one of the best in its class by Browning. As one of the biggest brands on the list, the Browning Strike Force HD is a must-have purchase. Just make sure to have branded batteries or an external power source, and you’re good to go for months.

6. GoldWorld Mini

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.1
 GoldWorld Mini
Value
87
Durability
88.4
Model
87
Use
86
Battery Life
87
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$57.99
Pros:

Takes 1-9 images per 0.2-second trigger

1080p video recording in a smaller than average housing

Cons:

Subpar customer service

Another little known maker that has been making noise is GoldWorld. Their camera takes some pretty extraordinary steps in bridging the gap in multimedia consumption while outdoors.

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Media Capabilities
With a 2.4 LCD screen on the back, the camera also features several buttons to control, manipulate and watch the stored pictures and video. The display is vibrant and colorful so you won’t miss any detail.

Features and Specifications
12MP camera resolution
120 degree detection sensor

Cost and Value
This camera can be purchased for the low-average price, which is great for what it offers. The value in its multimedia functions are really undervalued, and it can really churn out some powerful photos. Potential is the main word to think of when looking at this trail camera. Buyers who like to tinker with their media will get the most use out of the Mini Trail.

7. ApeMen Trail Camera

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
85.7
ApeMen Trail Camera
Value
86
Durability
85
Model
86.7
Use
84
Battery Life
87
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$69.99
Pros:

High quality 1080p video

26 Black LEDs with Low glow infrared technology

Cons:

Only 6 months standby on batteries

Apemen isn’t exactly a new kid on the block, but they aren’t a familiar name to the average consumer. This didn’t stop them from creating one of the best cameras on the list with some pretty respectable specifications.

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Water Resistant
Trail cameras will often be left in harsh environments year round. Apemen housed their camera in an IP66 Spray water protected case, keeping harsh elements away from the camera.

Features and Specifications
8MP camera resolution
4 inch LCD screen

Cost and Value
With some pretty impressive specs, it’s hard to believe this is a low priced trail camera. It’s one of the lowest priced 1080p cameras on the market, and well worth the value. The media-rich properties of this hunting camera are a perfect fit for the everyday outdoorsman. Apemen is on the right track with a camera that is already one of the best yet.

8. Tec.Bean Trail & Game

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
83.1
Tec.Bean Trail & Game
Value
84
Durability
83
Model
83
Use
82.7
Battery Life
83
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$99.49
Pros:

12MP HD full-color resolution

1-9 pictures per trigger (0.6-0.8seg high trigger speed)

1920x1080p HD video with audio record

Protection from rain, moisture, sand, dust, corrosion, etc.

Long night vision range (75 feet)

Cons:

Alkaline batteries don’t last as long

Picture quality decreases as the sun goes down

TEC.BEAN’s patent camera counts with HD IR features. Thanks to the highly sensitive Passive Infra-Red motion sensor (PIR), any movement will trigger the camera. Furthermore, the Trail and Game camera counts with a 940nm invisible dark LEDs to support its use in the dark. This camera is very resistant. A tough case and resistance to water, snow, and col make this device an ideal choice for outdoor circumstances like hunting and trace trailing.

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Invisible dark LEDs
When things start to get dark, the infrared lights can take clear pictures in black and white in total darkness. The 940nm LEDs can’t be noticed by animals or even other people, concealing the device completely while it’s active. The infrared system also allows for videos at night. Furthermore, this function is optimized to consume very little power while being used as opposed to other devices that don’t last in dark mode.

Motion freeze
The motion freeze patent by TEC BEAN is present in their trail and game camera. This feature is ideal for the surveillance and hunting of reptiles, amphibians, and cold-blooded creatures. Its intuitive engineering reduces the sudden shots provoked by moving leaves or grass; this ultimately reduces the power consumption and the amount of SD card storage space being used.

Cost and Value
The TEC.BEAN Trail & Game is slightly above the average value, but this doesn’t speak about its quality. This trail and game camera is suitable for nearly any environment you may need to survey. Invisible LEDs for night activity stay true to their advertisement, producing no bright. An intuitive system makes smart use of the battery, helping the camera last longer. For what it costs, this camera offers a good deal.

9. Distianert Trail

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
79.1
Distianert Trail
Value
80
Durability
79
Model
78.6
Use
79
Battery Life
79
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$59.99
Pros:

Excellent trigger speed

65ft flash range

The highly resistant case can be used for extended periods

Fairly simple setup

Cons:

The trigger time doesn’t stay true to the 0.6 seconds they advertise

Night pictures are average in quality

The strap buckle is plastic

Animal detection can hardly get any easier than the Distinaert Trail. When quality and speed come together, you get a camera that allows you to monitor every single movement in the environment. Darkness is no longer an obstacle; the high-quality format takes images in its true colors during the day and relative clear black & white pics at night. Furthermore, the multi-shot feature allows you to take up to 3 pics at a time, making sure you never miss an important moment.

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Fast trigger speed
Delay is no longer a thing when you count with a trigger speed that beats a reaction of 0.6 seconds (pre-boot 0.2 seconds). There is absolutely no delay between each trigger when capturing still images. An intuitive multi-shot feature now allows users to take from 1 to 3 shots at a time during either the day or the night. The combination of these technologies will allow you to capture those brief and important moments.

Perfect detection and flash range
It’s hard not to spot an animal when the camera counts with the newest type of detection sensors. In order to be the best, you’ve got to be equipped with the best, which is exactly the case of the Distianert Trail. An 80ft detection range equipped with a 125° angle work in combination with the low-glow covert LED lights, which provide a flash range of 65ft in the dark.

Cost and Value
The Distianert Trail stays around the average value of the products in this list. This means that it’s a pretty solid value for what it offers. The trigger speed and highly functional detection system will solve most of your problems by themselves. Good range, a wide angle, and perfect clarity during the day alone make this product worth the shot. Distianert also counts with helpful customer service in case anything shall go wrong.

10. GSM Stealth G30

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
78
GSM Stealth G30
Value
78
Durability
79
Model
77.8
Use
78
Battery Life
77
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$459.25
Pros:

Adjustable resolution and video recording

80ft range infrared emitters with Matrix Blur Reduction

Reflex trigger acts in 0.5 seconds

User-friendly backlit menu programming

Secure lock password protection

Cons:

Bad customer service from GSM

Several complaints about an early malfunction in the camera

A highly protective case and an intuitive setup come together to form the GSM Stealth G30. This camera gives its users the option to customize their practice with a user-friendly backlit menu programming. Its camo design allows it to blend perfectly into the environment, staying out of sight from pretty much any animal in the surroundings. This camera includes an SD Card slot up to 32GB of space but doesn’t include the card itself.

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Blacklit menu programming
An intuitive interface lets you access and customizes the settings of the GSM Stealth G30. The backlit menu is easy to read without producing too much brightness, helping you stay on the low while in the trail. Thanks to this menu you can adjust features like the range of focus, the automatization of the shots, the camera resolution and other video recording settings.

Matrix Blur Reduction
Indistinctive photos are no longer a thing thanks to the Matrix Blur Reduction system. It optimizes the camera focus around the target to obtain a clear shot. Its follow-up coordination prevents moving animals from creating a blurry shot. At the same time, this feature helps the quality of the images to stay true to the advertised definition, obtaining live colors and making sure you capture every aspect of the environment.

Cost and Value
The GSM Stealth features a pretty average cost; not too expensive, not too affordable either. It’s not the best trail camera out there, but it certainly is good enough for what it costs. The integrated technology, such as the Matrix Blur Reduction and the backlit menu programming really improve this product. Given its quality and the resistance of its components, we believe the price is only fair.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Value

Price is the first thing we looked at since a lot of the features were similar, even among the top trail cameras. For products that had higher prices than the rest, they had to show great promise in other areas. That means a high priced trail camera that made the top ten was exceeded expectations in our other listed criteria. Usually, it would win in the media quality category, but it wasn’t unheard of for high priced cameras to also excel in their durability. Trail cameras are made to be out in the elements for months at a time, so high durability will always be worth the extra cost.

Durability

Durability was our next criteria, and it led to a lot of products being left off of the list. With a lot of the beginning products having incredible media quality, it was a substantial loss of well-known names and generic inclusions. Unfortunately, durability is the one feature that has to be above average, at the very least. This criterion was measured based on the case itself and how well it protected the camera inside. Extra points were given for high weather resistance and long-term warranty programs.

Model

The design was criteria that showed up on our radar and was geared towards how well the products blended into an outdoor environment. By default, camo was given a high score. Glossy finishes stood out too much and made themselves noticeable when the light hit them at an angle. So dull finishes were preferred, although we gave the benefit of the doubt to design choices that were made to protect a media-heavy trail camera. Only a few products didn’t make the list based off of their design. This criterion got rid of trail cameras that were not based on an outdoor premise.

Use

Usability was a criterion that we considered for beginner/intermediate level users. So it covers a products ease of use, access to advanced controls, quality of the manual and support options from the brand. Trail cameras are powerful devices with a lot of high-end options for capturing media. With so many settings to play with and tweak, consumers may get overwhelmed with the options. A product that doesn’t explain these options clearly will put the user in a bad position. The problem with that is bad usability will sour the customer on the entire trail camera experience.

Battery Life

Using bad batteries shortens the amount of time you can leave trail cameras outside. But even good batteries will suffer if the power management features of a device aren’t up to standards. We didn’t give points out for average performance with the battery usage criteria. Our points were saved for trail cameras that had exceptional battery usage and options. This includes the ability to use half of the recommended batteries, extended power saving features, low power modes, low power consumption and access to alternative power options.

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How many trail cameras are enough?

The common consensus is that the hunter will have a better grasp of the hunting trail with more cameras at his disposal. However, some experts will tell you that having a camera in a space of 100 acres is the recommended coverage quantum.

Batteries need quality

If you decide to be penny wise when buying trail camera batteries, remember that this will make you lose vital images when the battery fails. Lithium batteries are reputed to have longer staying power than the alkaline range. Batteries are also affected by temperature and weather swings. This is a factor that leads to early failure of these prized accessories. Lithium power will save you the aches that come with battery fails associated with cheap products. An added tip you can use is to make sure you are using a camera that is assistive for battery saving power.

Positional changes

A camera can be placed in a different location if you find out that you picked the wrong spot. However, pre-season scouting that is diligently done will aid you in picking the right spot to record the movement of bucks. Knowing a water source, food spot and migratory route will help your positional efforts become fruitful. Animals follow a rhythm like humans; and this means that where they can find food, they will congregate around such spots.

Theft or destruction

There is a possibility that you can lose your camera to thieves or that it can be destroyed by animals rampaging out there in the wild. On this score, it will be wise to get a lockbox when placing your camera. This will shield your gadgets from damage or theft. However, make sure you do not end up, shielding the focus of the camera. Always check to be sure you have made the right placement before walking away. The view of experienced hunters on the protective lockbox is to get heavy duty boxes in areas where agitated bears are known to lurk around. Except for low-lying angles, always make sure you hang your cameras overhead and above eyesight. Low hanging spots are easily visible to intruders and the prey.

Sunspot

As an amateur cameraman in your high school days or earlier, you would have noticed that images caught facing the sun will give you blurry outcomes. Do not miss this tip when placing your camera during your prey trailing activities. Heat, as well as wind flow, can also impede your camera focus. So, make sure you pick a spot that will not get deflected by sun rays so easily.

Other Factors to Consider

Advanced Features

Extras was a simple criteria, covering any additional goodies that the brand wanted to include in the package. Usually, this would mean batteries, but it wasn’t out of the ordinary for a company to include entire starter sets with SD cards. These were the best, with the cards large enough to be the only storage you need for an entire season. Starter trail camera packs were given a huge boost on the list, and they simplified a lot of the unnecessary shopping needed after a purchase. There weren’t a lot of big names that fit into this category, so the ones that earned points for the extras criteria stood out from the rest.

Effectiveness

The last two things we considered when ranking our top ten was quality based; picture and video. This criteria covered resolution, media manipulation options, trigger speed, flash range and night time use. It seems like a lot to cover in one criteria, but these are all of the things that leads to great pictures and video. Trail cameras that falter with their picture and video quality usually score below average in any of the listed subcategories that define them. Picture quality was easy to sort out and was a lot different than ranking video quality. Without resorting to the strength of the audio, video quality was the hardest to measure. We kept it balanced by not punishing trail cameras that lacked HD options. The standard is still SD for some major brand name trail cameras, so HD is considered a nice bonus for consumers that want a bump in quality. Video quality compared the day and night capabilities of the remaining cameras. When the video was transferred to a larger screen, we were able to tell the difference in quality from one product to the next. That was the true test for the HD video quality criteria that helped to catapult Bushnell into the top three, multiple times.

Bottom Line

Look at resolution strength, video quality during the night, battery usage and extras. The extras refer to optional wireless, solar power or tripod features. Some cameras like the Moultrie’s let you add on wireless options later which is great for the undecided buyer. If you’re never going to use the advanced extras then resolution strength and battery usage should be your top two. When a trail camera is out in the field you want to be able to leave it there for at least 8 months before having to swap out the batteries.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: How Important Are The Megapixels In A Trail Camera?
a:

Buyers should never fall in love with the megapixel count of a trail camera. Although megapixels are important for some parts of the media quality, it is not an end all be all feature. And in some cases, a high megapixel count could be a brand trying to cover up weak areas of their camera. Trail cameras of all types are capable of great media since the heavy lifting is done on the software side. Without a combination of solid megapixels and great software, the camera will suffer greatly when processing images of higher quality. So use the listed megapixels of a product as part of the buying process rather than the defining feature.

q: Will The Camera Survive A Drop?
a:

Trail cameras are built with sturdy cases that can withstand bad weather and minor to major drops. Differences in their durability is based on features and the toughness of the case. Media-rich trail cameras with LCD screens are prone to breakage if the case doesn’t cover up the fragile bits. Things like debris traveling in strong winds can pose a threat to trail cameras of this type, so it isn’t out of the question for buyers to look at additional protection. That means covering up the LCD screen with a tough plastic, or even making sure that the back isn’t exposed when mounted.

q: Are Game Cameras Different From Trail Cameras?
a:

No, they are exactly the same. It is similar to how some manufacturers say smartphone while others refer to their products are cell phones. For purchasing purposes, it poses an interesting twist for the customer. Brands sometimes market their products as game/trail cameras when they’re actually not. A Trail camera will always have a reinforced case so that it can withstand the elements. This is the most important part of the product, and it will also keep you from having to call in the warranty at an early stage. To keep it simple, without the durable case, it is nothing more than a regular digital camera.

q: Is Battery Drainage An Issue?
a:

It’s up to a company whether they want to include batteries or not. When consumers are left to get batteries, they can get single use, rechargeable, battery packs, and wall adapters. Single-use and rechargeable batteries come with their own headaches if you buy them cheap, so be aware of the branding. No matter how good the power saving features are in a trail camera, they won’t have much of an effect when paired with generic batteries. Stick to name brand batteries with high energy usage. Buyers on a budget can also use half of the recommended batteries to power the unit (if the product has that feature).

q: Will A Bad Quality Memory Card Affect The Quality Of The Pictures?
a:

No, low-quality memory cards won’t directly lower the quality of the media on the device. Where they will indirectly affect it is with their slow access times. If your trail camera has a fast trigger speed, a slow memory card will end up playing catch up as new media becomes available. When the memory card stalls, so will the entire camera. The end result is a lot of missed pics, blurry pics, and a high-quality trail camera being bogged down by a single bad quality card.

q: What Are The Differences Between Standard Definition And High Definition?
a:

For trail camera pictures, the details are noticeable in color. On smaller screens, there won’t be a big difference in quality, but when you transfer them to screens larger than “20 inches, it is like a night and day difference. For black and white photos it will look the same, so night photos won’t really be affected by going to high definition. Videos are another category altogether, and the difference in quality will vary according to the trail camera. So on one device high definition will look great, but another trail camera with high definition will have washed out colors. So when choosing high definition as a buying point, concentrate on the picture quality of the trail cameras rather than video.

q: Can Trail Cameras Work Through Glass?
a:

No, they won’t work properly if placed on the other side of the glass. One of the things the sensor looks for is changes in temperature. When placed behind glass it renders the PIR sensor ineffective at measuring IR light in its field of view. None of this even looks at how an invisible flash would work through glass, whether in the daytime or at night. Using a different angle is always preferred over using a trail camera behind glass.

q: Why Is Trigger Speed Important?
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When the sensor in the camera catches movement, a slow trigger speed will turn a perfect picture into a blur. Low trigger speed is a must for trail camera setups, even on the low end. High-end trail cameras with slow trigger speed won’t be able to reap the benefits of their maxed out specifications. Targets in their view will be long gone by the time the camera registers the movement. For videos, slow trigger speed is a lot more forgiving even in busy environments. For maximum efficiency, try to stay under 1.5 seconds with trigger speed unless the product has some great features that can’t be passed up.

q: What Are The Benefits Of Having A Viewing Screen?
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Media-rich trail cameras are a fantastic buy for users that don’t want to fiddle with memory cards. The display on the camera lets you view all of the media on the device, with some advanced setups allowing manipulation of the media. If there are a couple of interesting photos on the card, you can find out without having to eject the card and insert it into a portable viewer. Other uses for a viewing screen are visual appeal when looking through all of the camera options. Trail cameras of this type have a lot of deep options and customizations to personalize the media experience.

q: How Good Will The Media Look On A Larger Screen?
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This is where resolution comes into play for users that want the best picture. Currently, 1080p is the standard for high definition television sets and computer monitors. That means products that market their resolution as HD 1920x1080p or even the lesser 1280x720p will look fantastic on big screens of any size. The details will be full, and the colors will pop just like a Blu-ray movie. Anything less will look good, but there will be a noticeable grainy texture on the bigger screens since it is in standard definition. For pictures, this isn’t a huge issue. Users will have to decide how they want to present their SD videos on larger HD sets since the difference in quality is noticeable.

q: Does It Matter What Type Of Batteries Are Used?
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Using generic batteries will always make the camera underperform. The last thing you want to do is have it shut off months before you planned. Always use branded batteries that are meant for camera use.

q: Will The Outputs Work With My Television?
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If you have the necessary hookups on your television, yes. They will even work with some computers if they have the correct inputs. But in the case of a computer, it would be easier to just take out the SD card and put it in a reader.

q: How Accurate Is The Motion Detection?
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All of the cameras on the list have excellent motion detection. However, they are at the mercy of your placement, so bad placement will always incorrectly trigger the motion function. Always test the area where you plan to put the trail camera to make sure it is optimal.