2016 Trail Camera Reviews

Trail cameras are offered in a seemingly endless number of configurations.  Some 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.

Need help narrowing it down? Why do you need a trail camera?

  • Wildlife Camera - If your main purpose to take photos of animals, select this option below.
  • Security Surveillance - You need to catch a human - while not being seen.
  • Cellular Trail Camera - This could be for wildlife or security. These cameras email and text trail camera pictures to you.
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    Reconyx Hyperfire SC950

    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...

    From $649.95

    Reconyx Hyperfire HC600

    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.  It may cost a small fortune,...

    From $549.95

    Reconyx Hyperfire HC500

    TCP Rating: 88/100 - Made in America, the HC500 may cost a lot, but it will work for years to come. By the way, it is crazy fast, takes great...

    From $449.95

    Spypoint Solar

    TCP Rating: 87/100 - 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...

    From $199.95

    Reconyx UltraFire XR6

    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...

    From $599.95

    Spypoint Force 11D

    TCP Rating:  84/100 - 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...

    From $149.95

    Spypoint Force 10

    TCP Rating: 84/100 - 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...

    From $109.95

    Bushnell Essential E2

    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...

    From $149.95

    Bushnell Aggressor Red-Glow

    TCP Rating: 82/100 - We love the Bushnell Aggressor HD and its combination of incredible speed, picture quality, long battery life and excellent case design.  We currently recommend this camera...

    From $179.95

    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 and a...


    Bushnell Aggressor No Glow

    TCP Rating: 80/100 - The no glow infrared flash, blinding speed, picture quality and case design has made this one of our favorites.  This is one of the fastest trail...

    From $199.95

    Covert Night Stryker

    TCP Rating - 80/100 - The Night Stryker posseses fantastic battery life, a great case design and solid images.  However, this camera is abnormally slow to detect and could use...


    Browning Strike Force Elite

    TCP Score: 79/100 - Speed, picture quality, 7-month battery life, and easy programming. If you like videos, you will love the dynamic video option. The Strike Force Elite isn't the best...

    From $139.95

    Browning Dark Ops Elite

    TCP Score: 79/100 - Invisible night flash, speed, picture quality, 7-month battery life and easy programming. It isn't the best at anything, but it is really good in every category.  -...

    From $149.95

    Stealth Cam G45NG Pro

    TCP Rating: 79/100 - This is a no glow trailcam with fast trigger speed, quick recovery, great case design and excellent picture quality.  A recent firmware update improved the battery life....

    From $149.95

    Browning Recon Force Platinum

    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....

    From $169.95

    Covert Night Stalker

    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...


    Primos Proof Cam 02

    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.  -...

    From $129.95

    Primos Proof Cam 03

    -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...

    From $149.95

    Moultrie M-888i

    Discontinued Camera For unknown reasons, the 2016 M888i was unexpectedly discontinued by Moultrie for the rest of 2016. - TCP Rating:  76/100 - If you don't need a camera to...

    Out of Stock

    Browning Spec Ops Platinum

    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...

    From $179.95

    Moultrie M-888

    - TCP Rating: 76/100 - The M888 has 7+ month battery life, fast recovery, huge flash range and a good trigger speed. Overall, this is a solid red glow IR...

    From $124.95

    Muddy Pro-Cam 12

    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....


    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....


    Browning Command Ops

    TCP Rating - 75/100 This entry level Browning trail camera struggles with night video and picture quality. It detects quickly, but only out to 50 ft. On a positive note, with...

    Out of Stock

    Browning Strike Force HD 2015

    - TCP Rating: 73/100 How did the Strike Force hd become the #1 selling trailcam of 2014 & 2015? Speed, picture quality and easy programming pretty much explain it all....

    From $209.95

    Moultrie Panoramic P180i

    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...


    Moultrie M-999i

    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....

    From $199.95

    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....


    Covert Phantom

    TCP Score: 70/100 - This camera lacks long battery life and detection speed.  Outside of that, the Covert Phantom would have scored very well with the quality design and beautiful...


    USA Trail Cams Recruit

    - TCP Score: 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...

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    Exodus Lift

    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. - TCP...

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    Moultrie A-20i

    TCP Rating: 64/100 - Moultrie makes many high-quality trail cameras, unfortunately, the A20i is not one of them.  The good battery life and nice case design do not cover-up the...

    Out of Stock

    Stealth Cam PX22

    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. - TCP...


    Covert Outlook

    - 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...


    Reconyx Hyperfire SM750

    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...

    From $649.95

    Reconyx UltraFire WR6 - White Flash

    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...

    From $599.95

    Reconyx Hyperfire HC550

    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...

    From $549.95

    Covert Illuminator

    - 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...

    From $149.95

    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...

    From $229.95

    Moultrie White Flash

    TCP Rating: 70/100 - This incandescent flash trail camera takes excellent pictures.  The biggest downside is the below average, 3-month battery life.- TCP Staff White Flash Review  + Specifications  +...


    HCO Scoutguard SG565

    - 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...

    From $159.95

    Reconyx SC950C Cellular

    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,...


    Bushnell Aggressor Wireless

    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...


    Covert Blackhawk 12.0 - Verizon

    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...


    HCO Spartan Red Glow - AT&T

      - 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...


    HCO Spartan NoGlow - AT&T

    - 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...


    Covert Code Black 12.0 - AT&T

    TCP Rating:  70/100 - The Code Black 12.0 is an AT&T cellular trail camera that sends photos instantly to a website or smartphone app. Programming and setup are stellar, but night pictures are very dark. -...


    Plotwatcher Pro

    - This is a time lapse only trailcam.  It does not detect motion, but rather takes pictures at time intervals that you pre-set.  It has excellent software capabilities, but no...


    Cuddeback Long-Range IR C2

    Cuddeback Long Range C2 Review Model # C2  |  Cuddeback C2 Owners Manual Review is in Progress Pros Fast picture and recovery times Great battery life Cons n/a Trailcampro Analysis...

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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.

    You can sort through all the scouting camera reviews below by category, brand or price.  So if you are looking for cellular trail camera reviews, just sort by that.

    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.

    Top 10 Game Cameras

    We tend to structure trailcams by their category. So, by sorting the above trailcam reviews they will automatically sort into the top ten game cameras for each category. If you are viewing all the cameras at once, the reviews will be sorted from first to worst, regardless of category or price.

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