Flash Range has a tremendous impact on the effectiveness of any trail camera. Below we’ll touch on both the internal & external variables and explain why we test the way we do. Since the majority of all trail cameras use an infrared flash, the items referenced below will only pertain to IR flash cameras.

Internal Variables

  •  # of infrared LED's– There is a direct correlation with the number of LED's and flash range.  Cameras which have a larger number of infrared LED's in their flash will almost always have more illumination than cameras with fewer LEDs.
  •  Energy Used – Think of your hand-held flashlight when it’s low on batteries vs. the strength of its beam with a fresh set of batteries.  Flash strength and range of illumination are directly influenced by the amount of power sent to a flash.  At the expense of battery life, some cameras send more power to their flash than others.  As a result, those cameras can have more illumination than other cameras with the same number of LEDs. 
  •  Exposure time – This is an area many camera manufacturers have manipulated in recent years.  At the expense of clarity, flash range can be extended by increasing exposure time.  Essentially, the longer a shutter is left open, the farther out a flash will illuminate.  Unfortunately, any movement during the time the shutter is open produces blurry photos.  This is why we always provide a photo with a subject moving through the field of view next to each flash range photo.

 External Variables

  •  Moonlight – The phase of the moon and the intensity of its light greatly influences flash range and illumination.  A night photo taken under a full moon and clear sky can exhibit twice the flash range and illumination of a photo taken under an overcast sky with a crescent moon.
  •  Cloud cover – Regardless of moonlight, cloud cover influences flash range as well.
  •  Tree canopy – A dense tree canopy can completely negate any flash enhancing benefits of a full moon or clear sky.

We always perform our flash range test for all models tested on the same night, under the same moon and sky, in the exact same setting, under the same tree canopy with a fresh set of batteries. Please be very careful when comparing nighttime photos as it is very easy to manipulate results.

 Equipment Issues

The size and type monitor one uses as well as the angle from which it is viewed will influence the perceived flash distance of a camera.  In our evaluation, we use our largest and best monitor and tilt it at numerous angles to get the best range for each photo.  We make every attempt to assess photos from their best perspective.

 Criteria we used to rank photos

I want to first say this is one of the few tests we perform where human subjectivity comes into play. Having said this, we ranked photos using the following factors with priority based on the order they appear.

  1. Overall illumination across the entire field of view
  2. Clarity, Contrast & Resolution
  3. Presence of "Hot Spots" or areas of overexposure

In the end, different individuals may value different attributes and characteristics of photos.  If nothing else, we have provided a sampling from most every camera on the market taken under very controlled and fair conditions for you to make your own evaluation.


Trail Cameras purchased from us come with:

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1. HCO Spartan

2. Covert Icecam


3. Covert Code Black LTE


4. Covert Black Maverick


5. Browning Dark Ops HD Pro


6. Spypoint Link Dark


7. Browning Spec Ops Advantage


8. Muddy MTC600


9. Covert MP8 Black


10. Browning Dark Ops Extreme


11. Cuddeback Cuddelink




1. Reconyx Hyperfire 2


2. Primos Proof 03


3. Browning Dark Ops Pro XD


4. Bushnell Trophy Cam Aggressor No Glow


5. Hawk 16B


6. Stealth Cam DS4K


7. Reconyx MS8


8. Reconyx MR5


9. Browning Defender 940


10. Moultrie M-50i


11. Moultrie A-40i Pro


12. Moultrie S-50i


13. Wildgame Lightsout Crush


14. Stealth Cam G45NGX


15. Reconyx XS8


16. Reconyx XR6


17. Covert Black Viper


18. Exodus Lift


19. Exodus Lift II


20. Moultrie A-25i


21. Bushnell Natureview


22. Boly 2060x


23. Boly 962




1. Browning Strike Force Pro XD


2. Spypoint Link-S


3. Moultrie A-35


4. Moultrie M-50


5. Spypoint Link-Evo


6. Browning Recon Force Advantage


7. Primos Proof Cam 01


8. Bushnell Essential E3


9. Primos Proof Cam 02


10. Browning Command Ops


11. Moultrie A-40 Pro


12. Browning Strike Force Exreme


13. Browning Defender 850


14. Browning Strike Force Pro


15. Bushnell Trophy Cam Aggressor Red Glow


16. Big Tine TADG


17. Hawk 16


18. Spypoint Force 10


19. Spypoint Solar


20. Spypoint Force 11D


21. Stealth Cam XV


22. Hawk 20


23. Moultrie A-25


24. Moultrie Gamespy


25. Muddy MTC-200




1. Boly SG562D


2. Reconyx WR6


3. Boly SG562C