Best Trail Cameras

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 16, 2017
If you plan a weekend in the wildlife and want to take pictures of animals without scaring them off, or you need some gear to monitor game from a remote location, we'd like to offer you our selection of 5 best trail cameras that can fit for these and many more purposes. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
RESOLUTION
VIDEO
NIGHT VISION FLASH / RANGE
TRIGGER SPEED
DETECTION ZONE
MEMORY
POWER
WARRANTY
 
PROS
Allows remote control and online notifications via mobile gadgets. One of the fastest cameras as to response time on the market.
CONS
The online signal and image transfer are only possible within GSM network.
OUR VERDICT
This Bushnell trail camera will become a great acquisition for both hunters and those who need a security camera to monitor their properties.
detailed parameters
RESOLUTION
14MP
VIDEO
1280x720 / Up to 60 seconds
NIGHT VISION FLASH / RANGE
48 No-Glow Black LEDs / 60'
TRIGGER SPEED
0.3 second
DETECTION ZONE
60'
MEMORY
SD Card Capacity up to 32GB
POWER
up to 3 months on one set of batteries / AA (4-12) / solar jack
WARRANTY
1 year
PROS
The camera demonstrates great performance and image clarity throughout a day and offers the biggest operating range in the nighttime.
CONS
The SD slot is inserted deep into the housing which may create inconvenience when ejecting a card from the unit.
OUR VERDICT
In spite of the small size, the camera offers a wide scope of application and can be used not only by hunters but other people in the wildlife.
detailed parameters
RESOLUTION
10MP
VIDEO
1280x720p / Up to 2 min
NIGHT VISION FLASH / RANGE
Infrared LED illumination / 100'
TRIGGER SPEED
0.4 second
DETECTION ZONE
55'
MEMORY
SD Card Capacity up to 32GB
POWER
external 12V power jack / operates on 6AA batteries
WARRANTY
1 year
PROS
Thanks to the new-generation Moultrie Mobile technology, one can stream the recorded footage directly to his/her smartphone, tablet, etc.
CONS
Inferior video resolution.
OUR VERDICT
This is a universal trail camera that can be used for a number of purposes but hunting and can please you with a user-friendly interface, quality build and attractive price.
detailed parameters
RESOLUTION
12MP
VIDEO
640x480p
NIGHT VISION FLASH / RANGE
32 LEDs and 850 nm nighttime infrared technology / 50'
TRIGGER SPEED
less than 1 second
DETECTION ZONE
50'
MEMORY
SD Card Capacity up to 32GB
POWER
external 12V power jack / operates on 8AA batteries
WARRANTY
2 years
PROS
360-degree shooting, alongside a quick response time, brings this camera on par with more expensive models and enables its fantastic surveillance capabilities.
CONS
The video lengths cannot be customized.
OUR VERDICT
Wild Game Innovations trail camera can give users the best control of the game in the wildlife, tracking down animals and registering the time with no delay or distortion.
detailed parameters
RESOLUTION
12MP
VIDEO
1280x720p / 30 sec
NIGHT VISION FLASH / RANGE
36-LED Infrared Flash / 70'
TRIGGER SPEED
1.5 seconds
DETECTION ZONE
70'
MEMORY
SD Card Capacity up to 32GB
POWER
up to 6 months battery life on 8AA batteries
WARRANTY
1 year
PROS
This camera from Stealth has got all a hunter may need to use it out-of-the-box. The package includes all accessories, eliminating the need to purchase more bits elsewhere.
CONS
Sometimes the pictures might look grained.
OUR VERDICT
This is one of the simplest yet functional trail cameras that can be used for many different purposes that require round-the-clock surveillance. Simple navigation menu makes it a suitable product for a wide audience.
detailed parameters
RESOLUTION
7MP
VIDEO
Video recording - 15 seconds
NIGHT VISION FLASH / RANGE
18 IR Emitters / 50'
TRIGGER SPEED
Not specified
DETECTION ZONE
50'
MEMORY
SD Card Capacity up to 32GB
POWER
external 12V power port / operates on 8AA batteries
WARRANTY
1 year

What is a Traiol Camera

Trail camera is a type of a remote camera used mainly by hunters for taking pictures or video of game in areas with limited access, at different angles or where a man possibly cannot be. A hunter can hang a trail camera from a tree to be able to surveille game from a remote location in the wildlife and configure it to send notifications via camera software automatically when a motion is detected. Trail cameras are usually enclosed in camouflage security boxes so that they could be seen neither by animal nor other hunters. Trail cameras aren't limited to use for hunting only and can be successfully employed for many other purposes too. Today remote cameras are widely used in sports photography, for selfies, and in the wildlife.

Setting off for a game hunting, you shouldn’t neglect wearing a protection outfit. With this in view, we’d recommend you to add shooting glasses to your camouflage outwear that would not only protect your eyes from dust and small particles but also sharpen your visual acuity in dim lighting conditions.

Bushnell Wireless Trail Camera

Unique Abilities

The Trophy Cam HD Aggressor is what a pro hunter’s looking for, considering its great combination of build quality, precision, high-resolution picture and battery life, and a worthy acquisition by security services. Designed to be compact, the Aggressor from Bushnell incorporates all the best hunt-proven features one’d need in the wildlife. On par with modern smartphones it delivers 14 MP color picture and HD video allowing making precise shots under any conditions. Thanks to 48 No-Glow Black LEDs the Trophy Cam Aggressor has proved to be also highly efficient when used in the nighttime with no picture distortion or glare. The effective coverage area of the cam makes the whole 60 feet which gives hunters the ability to be further from a location checking on game via smartphone provided that the corresponding app’s been installed. All pictures and videos that the cam has taken can be sent to email, social websites and stored in the cloud. The triggering here is super fast and totals 0.3 seconds only, which allows the cam not only to sense a motion almost the same moment but also register the number of animals that have passed by and at what particular time. The Trophy Cam HD Aggressor is delivered with a sim card and it runs on regular batteries that under moderate use can last 3 months.

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Bushnell Wireless Trail Camera
Bushnell Wireless Trail Camera
 

Browning Trail Cameras Game Camera

Small Camera For Serious Tasks

At half the price of the expensive brand cameras, the Browning Strike Force Sub Micro can offer some pretty competitive advantages, the design itself being the most peculiar one. Enclosed in an all-camouflage housing, it allows its mounting to any surface or a tree guaranteeing that no one will ever spot it; it blends with branches and leaves so well there's no chance it will ever attract attention. On par with more expensive cameras, it also provides super fast recording time, triggering at the slightest motion. The Browning Strike Force Sub Micro trail camera can record short and long videos of 5 seconds to 2 minutes in length with the sound or not, depending on what settings you choose. The operating distance of the camera is also impressive allowing hunters to track down game within 100-foot area. When compared to more advanced models the maximum setting for recording videos and taking pictures this camera supports is slightly worse and makes 10 MP only. Yet, it’s still enough to get a clear picture and see all details without distortion. The supported resolution is 1280 x 720, which is common for most trails cameras presented on the market today.

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Browning Trail Cameras Game Camera
Browning Trail Cameras Game Camera
 

Moultrie A-20 Mini

Mini Camera With Many Fans

One of the many questions manufacturers often ask themselves is how to produce a competitive product that would fit a budget of average customers and appeal to them. To answer this question, they need to decide on the features they can compromise. To offer customers an affordable solution, Moultrie company reduced the operating range of its trail camera to 50 feet and enclosed it in a cheaper material, leaving the rest features attractive for hunters and competitive for the market. The camera can take high-quality pictures and record clear video during a day and in the nighttime in 480p quality. A user can choose between two resolutions (1600 x 1200 px and 4000 x 3000 px), as well as take control of the image by customizing the image options. Just like all modern full-featured cameras, this one allows synchronization with mobile gadgets wirelessly to allow you to watch game on the screen of your phone, tablet or PC remotely. So, considering all the said above, the Moultrie A-20 isn’t a bad option at all and can be safely used in the wildlife. Not surprisingly, it's on the list of most favored models by hunters. Make sure to get 8 AA batteries, though, to use it away from a power socket.

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Moultrie A-20 Mini
Moultrie A-20 Mini
 

Wild Game Innovations 360 degree

360-Degree Observation

The camera from Wild Game Innovations is unique in many ways. Contrary to a great number of remote cameras requiring mounting at a specific angle, this one allows versatile mounting options due to its 360-degree image capturing capability. This means you can install it literally anywhere and have a full view of the plot. Another peculiar feature of the Wild Game Innovations trail camera is its spinning, quiet mechanism that allows the camera to face the moving object. The same moment the camera triggers to either take a picture or record a video (depending on the settings). The Wild Game Innovations trail camera has demonstrated great performance throughout a day and in the nighttime and reliable operation for up to 6 months on the same pack of batteries without replacement. The image characteristics of the camera aren't exactly on par with advanced full-featured models, but if these aren't the main specs you're looking for, the camera will do just fine, for the footage is still clear and decent quality. The only flaw we personally found about this model is that it doesn't allow setting the length of a video and records 30-second videos only. If you don't need recording long videos, though, the camera can offer you quite a lot of advantages in other respects!

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Wild Game Innovations 360 degree
Wild Game Innovations 360 degree
 

Stealth Cam P18

Comes Packed With All You Need

Despite how basic the Stealth Cam P18 may look at first sight, it has a lot of features that most hunters will appreciate. It might not compete with advanced models, but it will definitely suit for most activities in the wildlife as well as for security purposes. The camera itself is rather small and wrapped in camouflage housing, which adds to its concealability. Out-of-the-box it comes with 8AA batteries and a 4GB SD memory card where a user can store all recorded images and videos. However, if you needed to, you could use an SD card of a bigger capacity; the maximum capacity the camera can accept makes 32GB. All settings are comprehensive and straightforward, and there’s always an option to switch to the Quick Preset Mode to quickly set up your cam in the wildlife. The 7 MP camera isn’t the best, though, but should be enough for most average users who seek a product with basic specs and satisfying performance. You will easily recognize the game that has passed by the cam from the pictures and videos. 

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Stealth Cam P18
Stealth Cam P18
 

Sources:

1. Derrek Sigler A Trail Camera Buyer’s GuideOUTDOORHUB. October 10, 2013.

2. Guide To Choosing A Game/Trail CameraeBay. October 2, 2013.

3. Mitch Strobl Here’s the Easy Way to Pick the Perfect Game CameraBassProShops. October 5, 2014. 

4. Pet Lefemine 10 Trail Camera TipsBowsite.com.