2017 Trail Camera Reviews
Trail cameras are offered in a seemingly endless number of configurations. Some trail cameras take pictures, some shoot videos, some are capable of doing both and some are even capable of doing both at the same time. Flash options include incandescent, white led, red glow infrared, low glow infrared and the completely invisible no glow infrared. There are both standard and wireless trail cameras and wireless trail cameras can additionally be segmented into wifi trail cameras and cellular trail cameras.
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Reconyx Hyperfire SC950
Rated by TCP Experts: 93/100Reconyx Hyperfire SC950 Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 93/100 - This is the best trail camera money can buy - taking pictures at blazing speeds, producing crystal clear photos, and lasting months on end on a set of batteries. The SC950...
Reconyx Hyperfire HC600
Rated by TCP Experts: 91/100Reconyx Hyperfire HC600 Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 91/100 - Made in the U.S.A., the HC600 combines no glow infrared, with incredible detection capabilities, easy setup and long term durability. This camera will still be working when everything else has hit...
Browning Strike Force HD PRO
Rated by TCP Experts: 90/100Browning Strike Force HD PRO Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 90/100 - The 2017 Browning Strike Force Pro Review shows incredible trigger speeds, 11-month battery life, and great picture/video quality; all packed in a sub-micro trail camera that includes an internal picture viewer....
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Reconyx Hyperfire HC500
Rated by TCP Experts: 88/100Reconyx Hyperfire HC500 Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 88/100 - Made in America, the HC500 may cost a lot, but it will work for years to come. It is crazy fast, takes great pictures and has 20-month battery life. You'll just...
TCP Rating: 85/100 - The Ultrafire XS8 is a brand new video security trail camera from Reconyx. The XS8 features "dynamic video," which records video as long as there is motion in front of the...
Reconyx UltraFire XR6
Rated by TCP Experts: 85/100Reconyx UltraFire XR6 Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 85/100 - Initially, this camera jumps off the page from its price and slow trigger speeds. However, it will win you over if you like videos. The processor in this camera takes unbelievable...
Rated by TCP Experts: 83/100Spypoint Solar Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 83/100 - The Solar trail camera has a built-in solar panel. This unique trail camera has unmatched battery life, trigger speed and recovery time. This is the most intriguing camera we have seen...
Bushnell Essential E2
Rated by TCP Experts: 82/100Bushnell Essential E2 Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 82/100 - The Essential is one of our top-rated cameras under $150. GREAT night pictures, 11-month battery life, and fast trigger make this a big winner for 2016.
Bushnell NatureView Cam HD Live View
TCP Rating: 82/100 - This is a close-focus trail camera designed for taking high-quality pictures of animals within 3 meters. The Natureview also comes with 2 additional lenses
Spypoint Force 11D
Rated by TCP Experts: 81/100Spypoint Force 11D Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 81/100 - This is the fastest trail camera on the market, regardless of price. The 11D is very efficient and can last over 11 months on a set of batteries. We like the...
Spypoint Force 10
Rated by TCP Experts: 81/100Spypoint Force 10 Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 81/100 - This red glow game camera is known for fast detection speeds and 16-month battery life. Night pictures are blurry but overall, above average. Easy programming will get the camera up and...
Browning Dark Ops 940 HD
Rated by TCP Experts: 80/100Browning Dark Ops 940 HD Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 80/100 - The 2017 Dark Ops 940 is a no glow trailcam popular for both wildlife and security surveillance. The Browning Dark Ops is fast, reliable, and battery efficient.
Browning Strike Force 850 HD
Rated by TCP Experts: 80/100Browning Strike Force 850 HD Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 80/100 - The new 2017 Browning Strike Force 850 HD is a sub-micro trail camera designed to be a value wildlife camera. Improved trigger speed and battery life make this a winner.
Covert Night Stryker
TCP Rating - 80/100 - The Night Stryker possesses fantastic battery life, a great case design and solid images. However, this camera is abnormally slow to detect and could use improvements in flash range.
2016 Browning Strike Force Elite
Rated by TCP Experts: 79/1002016 Browning Strike Force Elite Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 79/100 - Speed, picture quality, 7-month battery life, and easy programming. The Strike Force Elite isn't the best at anything, but it is really good in every category.
2016 Browning Dark Ops Elite
Rated by TCP Experts: 79/100.2016 Browning Dark Ops Elite Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 79/100. The sub-micro 2016 Browning Dark Ops Elite is a top-rated no glow IR trailcam with a 0.65-second trigger speed, 7.1-month battery life and easy programming.
Stealth Cam G45NG Pro
Rated by TCP Experts: 79/100Stealth Cam G45NG Pro Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 79/100 - This is a no glow trailcam with fast trigger speed, quick recovery, great case design and excellent picture quality. This is an excellent scouting camera for both wildlife and security purposes....
Browning Recon Force Platinum
Rated by TCP Experts: 78/100Browning Recon Force Platinum Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 78/100 - If you are looking for an outstanding red glow IR trail camera to take wildlife videos, there is no better trail camera for the money. Video detection speed is very fast,...
Covert Night Stalker
Rated by TCP Experts: 78/100Covert Night Stalker Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 78/100 - This no glow IR trail camera has a 2" internal viewer and incredible 1-year battery life. The detection circuit still hasn't caught up to modern times with trigger times over 1...
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Primos Proof Cam 02
Rated by TCP Experts: 77/100Primos Proof Cam 02 Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 77/100 - The Primos Proof Cam 02 produces unbelievable day and night pictures combined with easy programming and long battery life. This is undeniably an exceptional game camera.
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Primos Proof Cam 03
Rated by TCP Experts: 77/100Primos Proof Cam 03 Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 77/100 - Need a no glow camera that takes incredible day and night pictures? You'll want to read this review. The Proof Cam 03 is fast, efficient and programs in seconds.
Reconyx Microfire MR5
Rated by TCP Experts: 76/100Reconyx Microfire MR5 Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 76/100 - This is a wireless trail camera that connects to the Reconyx App on your phone in order to change settings and/or download pictures and videos via wifi.
Browning Spec Ops Platinum
Rated by TCP Experts: 76/100Browning Spec Ops Platinum Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 76/100 - This camera is known for outstanding video quality and a nice 2" internal viewing screen. The Spec Ops doesn't excel in picture taking, but it is an elite video trail camera....
Muddy Pro-Cam 12
Rated by TCP Experts: 76/100Muddy Pro-Cam 12 Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 76/100 - The Pro-Cam 12 is quite solid all-around. Not a great detection circuit, but not bad either. Acceptable picture quality, good battery life and easy programming. For the price and with the...
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Stealth Cam ZX24
TCP Rating: 75/100 - The ZX24 is the red glow sister camera to the ZX36NG. The ZX24's detection is slow but it has 8-month battery life and decent picture quality. This camera would do well...
Stealth Cam G34 Pro
Rated by TCP Experts: 74/100Stealth Cam G34 Pro Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 74/100 - The new 2016 G34 Pro has a surprisingly slow detection circuit but 6.9-month battery life. The slow detection circuit limits this camera.
Moultrie Panoramic P180i
Rated by TCP Experts: 73/100Moultrie Panoramic P180i Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 73/100 - The P180i is a panoramic trail camera with 3 lenses to increase field-of-view and detection area to 180°. Picture detection is incredibly quick, but videos are very slow. Picture quality is...
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Rated by TCP Experts: 72/100Moultrie M-999i Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 72/100 - The M999i is a now glow IR trail camera with a 2" viewing screen that has 7+ month battery life, fast recovery, and a good trigger speed. Video detection is slow...
Stealth Cam ZX36NG
TCP Rating: 72/100 - The ZX36NG is a tiny no glow trail camera from Stealth Cam. This camera struggles with a slow video detection but has good battery life and case design.
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USA Trail Cams Recruit
TCP Rating: 70/100 - Due to the confusing name, the first thing we should point out is this is not an American made trail camera. With good lighting, the Recruit can take excellent pictures/videos. However,...
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TCP Rating: 68/100 - The Exodus Lift takes good pictures and has a nice case design. However, the battery life should be better and the detection circuit under-performs.
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Stealth Cam PX22
Rated by TCP Experts: 57/100Stealth Cam PX22 Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 57/100 - The PX22 is slow, hard to program, and takes poor day pictures/video. It will last about 6 months on a set of lithium batteries though.
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Muddy Pro-Cam 10
TCP Rating: 57/100 - The Pro-cam 10 appears to have a significant defect in the seal that protects the camera from moisture. The detection circuit is the slowest we have tested this year. Until the...
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Stealth Cam PX36NG
TCP Rating: 56/100 - This is a no glow trailcam that takes 1.7 seconds to trigger a photo and 12 seconds to take the next picture. Compared to the competition, this is very slow.
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-This red glow trail camera has a 97° field of view - using a fisheye lens to accomplish that. Day pictures are great, but the camera is slow and has poor battery life.
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Reconyx Hyperfire SM750
Rated by TCP Experts: 86/100Reconyx Hyperfire SM750 Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 86/100 - This camera is good at one thing - taking pictures of license plates at night. It really doesn't do anything else, but it is the only license plate camera on the...
Reconyx UltraFire WR6 - White Flash
Rated by TCP Experts: 85/100Reconyx UltraFire WR6 - White Flash Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 85/100 - This white LED game camera is known for one thing, unbelievable video quality. Plus, the night video remains in color. This camera is slow, though, so don't be in a rush....
Reconyx Hyperfire HC550
Rated by TCP Experts: 82/100Reconyx Hyperfire HC550 Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 82/100 - By far the most expensive white LED camera on the market, the HC550 delivers on battery life, detection circuit, and durability. Night pictures aren't worth the price tag, though.
TCP Rating: 78/100 - Color night videos should be what you need if you are looking at the Covert Illuminator. Unfortunately, the detection speed is relatively slow, so the animals will need to be in...
HCO Scoutguard SG560C
TCP Rating: 72/100 - White LED camera traps are used mainly when color night videos are required. The SG560 does a good job in this regard, but is relatively slow and takes marginal nighttime photos....
Moultrie White Flash
Rated by TCP Experts: 70/100Moultrie White Flash Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 70/100 - This incandescent flash trail camera takes excellent pictures. The biggest downside is the below average, 3-month battery life.
HCO Scoutguard SG565
Rated by TCP Experts: 67/100HCO Scoutguard SG565 Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 67/100 - The SG565 takes incredible day and night photos. Some of the best you will ever see. This camera isn't fast though and uses a remote to program. This has been a...
Reconyx SC950C Cellular
Rated by TCP Experts: 78/100Reconyx SC950C Cellular Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 78/100 - If you need the best cellular trail camera on the market and have an unlimited budget, this is your camera. Super fast with infinite programming options, the SC950C is top of...
Bushnell Aggressor Wireless
Rated by TCP Experts: 78/100Bushnell Aggressor Wireless Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 78/100 - The Bushnell Aggressor Wireless is an AT&T cellular trail camera capable of remotely sending pictures. This is currently our favorite cell camera for the fast trigger, easy setup, and great picture...
Stealth Cam GXW - Wireless
TCP Rating: 75/100 - The GXW Wireless is the first cellular trail camera capable of transmitting photos AND videos. This camera is fast, well-built, takes great daytime pictures, and easy to setup.
Covert Blackhawk 12.0 - Verizon
Rated by TCP Experts: 75/100Covert Blackhawk 12.0 - Verizon Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 75/100 - The Blackhawk is the Verizon version of the Code Black Wireless. This camera will send photos instantly to your email or cell phone. Programming and setup are stellar, but night pictures...
HCO Spartan Red Glow - Verizon
Rated by TCP Experts: 74/100HCO Spartan Red Glow - Verizon Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 74/100 - This red glow cellular trail camera offers incredible value. This cell camera has plans starting at $15 a month. Setup is easy and pictures are good. It does use a lot...
HCO Spartan Red Glow - AT&T
Rated by TCP Experts: 74/100HCO Spartan Red Glow - AT&T Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 74/100 - This red glow cellular trail camera offers incredible value. This cell camera has plans starting at $8 a month. Setup is easy and pictures are good. It does use a lot...
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HCO Spartan NoGlow - AT&T
Rated by TCP Experts: 71/100HCO Spartan NoGlow - AT&T Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 71/100 - If you have good AT&T reception, the Spartan No Glow offers quite a bit of bang for your buck, whether you are photographing wildlife or the neighbor stealing from your shop....
HCO Spartan NoGlow - Verizon
Rated by TCP Experts: 71/100HCO Spartan NoGlow - Verizon Customer Reviews
TCP Rating: 71/100 - If you have good Verizon cellular reception, this cell camera is a no-brainer. It offers excellent bang for your buck, whether you are photographing wildlife or the neighbor stealing from your...
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2016 Game Camera Reviews
Whether you need a new hunting camera, security camera or a dozen new camera traps for your wildlife research project; we hope our trail camera reviews help you find the best trail camera in your budget.
Every game camera review is completed with an unbiased eye and years of experience. Throughout the year, as new firmware versions are released or new problems arise, we update each trail camera review to match what your current expectations should be for that model.
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Narrowing down the field to find the best game camera is no easy chore. If you are having problems sorting through the cameras above to find the best trail cameras, go to our Trail Camera Selection Guide to narrow down the cameras to your specific needs.
No matter how you plan on using your next trailcam, we hope our unbiased trail camera reviews will help you buy the best game cameras for your needs, for many years to come.
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