2011 Trigger Speed Showdown

What is Trigger Speed?

     Trigger Speed is the amount of time between a trail camera being "activated" and a picture being taken.  For example, when an animal walks into the detection zone of a trail camera, the camera is activated and prepares to take a picture.  Then, the game camera takes a picture and records it to a SD or CF Memory Card.  The amount of time between the animal walking into the detection zone, and a picture being recorded, is the Trigger Speed of that particular camera trap.

     So what does that mean for you?  Well, a trail camera that has a slow trigger speed won't work well on a game trail.  By the time a picture is taken, the animal may be completely out of the field of view!  Also, if you are using a trail camera for security purposes (i.e. trespassers - thieves), you will need a camera with a fast trigger speed to catch the thieves in action (especially if you are using video mode) or before they leave the picture.

How the Trigger Speed Showdown Works...


     Charles, our tech genius, invented a device called The Triggernator.  The Triggernator is the most accurate form of testing a trail camera's trigger speed. 

     Using the Triggernator, we set each camera and then take 7 sample trigger times.  Of the 7 samples, we drop the slowest time and the fastest time. 

     Each trail camera's time is posted under their respective camera.  We then average the 5 remaining times, giving you the average trigger speed. 


Below are the scores and rankings.  To view complete details, click the link to the right of the camera you are interested in.

Trail Camera Rankings - Quickest to Slowest

Rank
Model
Average Time



1
Camera omitted due to manufacturer's request

2
Reconyx HC500
0.197 s
3
Reconyx HC600
0.203 s
4
Leupold RCX-1
0.937 s
5
Leupold RCX-2
0.963 s
6
Spypoint IR-8
1.133 s
7
Bushnell Trophy Cam BF
1.300 s
8
Bushnell Trophy Cam
1.344 s
9
Wildview Extreme 5
1.377 s
10
Scoutguard SG580M
1.449 s
11
Primos Truth Cam 35
1.557 s
12
Uway NightXplorer NX50
1.567 s
13
Moultrie M-80
1.581 s
14
Moultrie M-100
1.648 s
15
Stealth Cam Archer's Choice
1.760 s
16
Scoutguard SG565
1.858 s
17
Stealth Cam Unit
2.165 s
18
Bushnell Trophy Cam BF XLT
2.438 s
19
Stealth Cam Sniper Pro
2.607 s
20
Moultrie D55 Incandescent
2.674 s
21
Moultrie D55 IR
2.681 s
22
Stealth Cam Rogue IR
4.206 s


To view detailed results, click the link next to the specific camera you would like to view.