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2015 Detection Shootout

   - Formerly called "Trail Camera Shootout"

    In the Detection Shootout, a test subject walks parallel to the test cameras from each direction at 10-foot intervals.  This continues out to 110 feet.  

    For 2015 we completely revamped the scoring system on the Shootout.  Companies had been designing cameras with detection zones much wider than the field of view of their lens. This gave cameras with slow triggers a head start on their competitors and cameras with poor detection circuits were being unfairly rewarded. 

    This year we simplified the scoring process.  Each camera was awarded a point for each full picture (greater than 60% of the body) of the test subject captured on each pass.  We also recorded empty and partial pictures to compute an efficiency rating for each camera.  The efficiency rating is simply the percentage of pictures which captured a valid image (60% or greater) of the test subject relative to the total number of images taken (valid + partial + empty).

    We feel this year's scoring system has greatly improved the overall quality of this test.  The Detection Shootout is the culmination of a cameras trigger speed, recovery time, detection range and detection zone.  These combine to form the "trail camera detection circuit."

 Rank Model Overall Score Efficiency Rating Full Results
1 Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Aggressor 74 62%
2 Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Aggressor No Glow 65 63%
3 Browning Spec Ops FHD 47 80%
4 Stealth Cam GX45NG 39 66%
5 Reconyx HC500 37 95%
6 Bushnell Trophy Cam Essential
35 83
7 Cuddeback C2 32 86
8 Reconyx HC600 32 97
9 Cuddeback C3 31 86
10 Browning Dark Ops HD 30 67
11 Kodiak Wifi 28 93
12 Browning Strike Force HD 28 68
13 Spypoint Force 12 27 63
14 Covert Outlook 24 92
15 Primos Proof Cam 02 24 73
16 Stealth Cam G42NG 23 70
17 Reconyx XR6 22 96
18 Primos Proof Cam 01 19 58
19 HCO SG560C 18 75
20 Primos Proof Cam 03 17 57
21 HCO Spartan GoCam 16 80
22 Stealth Cam G30 16 84
23 Wildgame P8I 16 100
24 HCO Spartan GoCam NoGlow 15 100
25 Wildgame M10i 15 100
26 Stealth Cam RX36NG 15 79
27 Bushnell Natureview HD Max 14 100
28 Covert HD 60 14 67
29 Eyecon Crossfire 12 100
30 HCO SG565 12 63
31 Moultrie M-880 Gen2 11 69
32 Covert Illuminator 11 79
33 Eyecon Quickshot 11 100
34 Stealth Cam RX24 10 71
35 Moultrie M-550 Gen2 10 91
36 Moultrie M-990i Gen2 8 89
38 Eyecon Frenzy 6 100

 

 

 

Additional Resources:

Browning Trail Cameras                            Browning Strike Force            

Stealth Cam                                                  Spypoint Reviews

Trail Camera Reviews                                 Bushnell Trail Camera

Primos Trail Camera Reviews