Popular Trail Cameras & Our Favorite Trailcams...

     We field trail camera questions all day long on a variety of subjects.  Here are the most frequent game camera questions, answered by one of our staff members.

Question #1:  I don't have a ton of money to spend, are there any good trail cameras under 100? What are the best trail cameras under 100?

    "The trail camera industry offers a ton of cameras for around $100 bucks, unfortunately, they don't offer many quality cameras at that price.  Cameras at that price generally have a fatal flaw, whether it be battery life or terribly dark night pictures.

    The Primos Proof Cam 02 initially blew me away with its picture quality and performance, however, we have had some issues with battery connectors falling out.  With that in mind, I'm back to recommending Bushnell Aggressors or Browning Strike Force cameras.

    In short, can you get a good $100 game camera?  My honest answer is no.  However, if you can bump it to $130 or $180 the options are plentiful.

      - Rich

Question #2:  There is too much information!  Just tell me which trail camera to buy without spending a fortune!

    "Without question this is the most common inquiry we hear.  The most important criteria in picking the perfect camera for you, is knowing how you will use the camera.  For the sake of this question, let's say you just want to have the camera for simple wildlife viewing.

     The Browning Strike Force HD is armed with a solid trigger speed, quick recovery time and wide detection zone means this camera is versatile and fast enough for any camera trap situation.  I consider it to be a jack of all trades, master of none.

     The Bushnell Aggressor No Glow is quickly gaining traction as the go-to No Glow Infrared cameras - for a heck of a price.  No glow infrared, time lapse, and nearly everything else you can think of.  The Aggressor are my favorite sub-$200 camera right now."

    - Nick

Question #3:  I think I want a cellular trail camera.  What is the best cellular camera out there?  How much work is involved with these cameras?
The best cellular game camera is the Reconyx SC950CThis is a no glow infrared camera and has improved battery life, an incredible detection zone and takes nice pictures.

     The most popular cellular trail camera is probably the HCO Spartan GoCams.  These cameras are easy to activate and setup, which makes all the difference in the world when dealing with a cellular camera.

     Some game cameras come with the sim card (it will still need to be activated) and others require you to go to a cellular store to pick one up.  Cellular plans cost between $8 and $35 a month.

     These cameras are awesome for security around the house, farm or business.  Just make sure you have good cell reception (a minimum of 3 bars).    You could use this camera for pretty much anything you can think up."

    - Charles

Question #4:  I'm having problems with theft on my property.  Do I need a No Glow Infrared camera, and if so, which one?

    "Nothing makes us happier than seeing pictures from our customers catching thieves in action!  You definitely want a No Glow camera so the scoundrel won't see any light emitted from the camera at night.

     There are so many good No Glow cameras to choose from, here are my two favorites.  The best is the Reconyx SC950.  It's smokin' fast, takes clear pictures and can be programmed to only turn on during time periods you set manually.  The only downside is the price.

     If you want something a less costly, I'd recommend the Browning Dark Ops or Bushnell Aggressor No Glow.
  These cameras take awesome pictures and have excellent battery life.

    - Marc

Questions #5:  I'm a Wildlife Researcher studying small mammals in a rain forest on the other side of the planet.  I need something dependable and with good battery life.

    "There are a million va
riables with research projects, feel free to email us (info@trailcampro.com) for a more customized recommendation.

     If you are going to need color night photos to ID specific animals (i.e. spots on a leopard), the Scoutguard SG565 will more than do the trick.  The picture quality is unmatched and the price will help keep you under budget.

     In infrared cameras, the Reconyx HC500 is the best in the business.  Fast, dependable, and with exceptional battery life.  It is everything a Wildlife Researcher needs!

     If the HC500 is too much money, the Browning Strike Force is a great value."

    - John

Question #6:  What accessories do I need for my new camera?

     "The two basics that you need for any camera are batteries and a SD card.  I like to either use Nimh Rechargeable batteries or simple Energizer Lithiums.

     Outside of the basics, you need to determine whether you need security devices to lock your camera up.  If you don't, a Slate River Angle Mount is perfect for every single setup.

     If you have any questions on additional items just give us a call.  We answer phones Mon - Fri (9-5 Central Time).

-  Brad

Question #7:  Do you have any tips on setting a trail camera up?  How high off the ground should it be set?

    "Bacon?  Bacon?  Bacon?

     Sausage?  Sausage?  Sausage?"

- Jetta
,   -Trail Camera Consultant