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."