Which Specs to Look for to Ensure a Great Trail Camera

Trail cameras can be handy tools, invaluable hunting aids or a cost-effective security systems. These hard-wearing, easy to operate, and self-enclosed camera systems come packed with a wide variety of features, and heaps of technical specifications. But which ones are the most important. As Australia’s most veteran supplier of game and trail camera units, Proschoice understand better than anyone that these devices are often bought by a huge variety of people for just as varied a range of purposes. If you want to study animal movements during the day but end up buying a top-rated camera designed to provide front-gate surveillance for farmers, you will most likely end up being disappointed in your purchase.

Proschoice have created this quick guide to help those buying game and trail cameras in 2017 to understand what the various specifications and features mean, and how they will affect their plans for the device.

The megapixel rating for a trail camera, as with any camera, is a strong indicator of quality, but it’s not a guarantee. Regardless of how many megapixels the camera is working with, they will mean nothing for your image quality without an equally good lens. Still, it’s good, especially on longer range cameras, to be able to zoom far into your pictures and video without losing the details.

Trigger Speed
The amount of time the camera needs to take a photo after detecting movement. Most models today qualify as either “fast” or “faster”, with almost all triggering in under 1.5 seconds. Unless you are planning to capture images of fast moving game – or escaping intruders – having an extremely low response time isn’t as important as you might think.

Recovery Time
Connected to trigger speed, this is the amount of time the camera needs to wait after taking each photo before it can take another. If you want to capture photos of whatever enters the camera field, specifically looking for a low response time is essential – cheaper models can have recovery times of up to 30 seconds, so the variation is much more pronounced.

The capacity of the memory card or other medium is almost as important as the battery life in limiting your use of the device. Too low a capacity for storage in a high-traffic area, and you’ll have to constantly be visiting the camera to clean off junk images. A low storage capacity also essentially prohibits using the camera to film video. Look for a camera which takes high capacity storage cards or can link to cloud storage for maximum usability.