2022 Trail Camera Shootout
In this trail camera comparison, each camera was awarded a point for each full picture (greater than 60% of the body) of the test subject captured on each pass. When completing the trail camera shootout comparison, we also recorded empty and partial pictures to compute an efficiency rating for each camera. Learn more about the importance of checking your camera quality and more today! We test the trigger and recovery speed of trail cameras.
Overall Score: The total number of pictures the camera took with the person completely inside the field of view.
Efficiency Rating: 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).
This rating has no bearing on how we ranked the cameras, this Trail Camera Detection Range Shootout comparison is just for your convenience.
Detection Range: The furthest distance the camera detected during the Trail Camera Detection Range Shootout.
- The #1 thing you need to take into account is the Detection Shootout is the ultimate test of a camera's ability to detect and record activity. However, this is not the only consideration you should make when buying a camera. This test does not account for picture quality, battery life, video detection, case design, programming, etc. For an overall ranking of cameras that accounts for everything, we urge you to visit our Trail Camera Reviews. This page has all the cameras ranked from the highest overall score to the lowest.
- The Shootout has many variables, the most obvious is the ambient temperature on the day of testing (For this year it was 60° F.). This is why it is imperative we test the cameras on the same day, at the same time. This gives us an apples to apples comparison.
- Every year we have folks ask us why certain cameras didn't make it into the Shootout. At the end of the day, we want to have as comprehensive a list as possible. If a certain camera didn't make it into testing, it either wasn't available at the time, didn't work on day of testing, was inadvertently left out (we are human and forget things), was a duplicate of another model being tested, or the company didn't show interest in being in our tests. If you are reading this and are a trailcam manufacturer that wants your cameras in our testing for next year, just email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call us (1-800-791-0660) and we will include any models in the test you like.
Weather Conditions on Morning of Testing
We started at 0600 on the morning of the tests. The temperature was in the high 50s and low 60's (Fahrenheit) and the skies were cloudy.
Trail Cameras purchased from us come with: