What is Trigger Speed?
Trigger Speed is defined as the amount of time elapsed from when a trail camera first detects motion until the camera captures a picture of what created the motion. For example, when an animal walks into the detection zone of a trail camera, the camera is activated and prepares to take a picture. The game camera then takes a picture and records it to a SD 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 with 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.
How the Trigger Speed Shootout 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 capture 7 sample trigger times. Of the 7 samples, we drop the slowest and 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.
Rank is based on picture trigger time.