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2019 Flash Range Shootout

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

 External Variables

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.

Conditions on the Night of Testing

- Waxing crescent moon, 15% visible. There was also a ton of moisture in the air, which makes for "noisier" photos. This is most noticeable in the White Flash photos. This definitely makes conditions tougher for the cameras to take an impressive photo.

Trail Cameras purchased from us come with:

Free 2-Day Shipping to the U.S.  |  2 Year Warranty  |  90 Day Returns

 Red Glow Photos

1. Moultrie M-8000

2. Bushnell Core Dual Sensor Low Glow


3. Browning Recon Force Advantage


4.Browning Strike Force Apex


5. Browning Strike Force Pro XD


6. Reconyx Hyperfire 2


7. Browning Strike Force Pro X


8. Spypoint Link-S


9. Spypoint Link-Evo


10. Stealth Cam G34 Max


11. Bushnell Core Low Glow


12. Spypoint Force 20


13. Cuddeback Cuddelink IR


14. Stealth Cam XV4


15. Spypoint Link-Micro


16. Browning Strike Force Gen 5


 No Glow 

1. Bushnell Impulse


2. Moultrie M-8000i


3. Stealth WXA Wireless


4. Reconyx SC950C 4G


5. Browning Dark Ops Apex


6. Spypoint Force Dark


7. Stealth DS4K Max


8. G45NG Max


9. Spypoint Link Dark


10. Spypoint Solar Dark


11. Bushnell Core Dual Sensor No Glow


12. Cuddeback Cuddelink No Glow


13. Moultrie M-4000i


14. Moultrie P120i


 Low Glow 

1. Moultrie XA7000i


2. Browning Dark Ops Pro XD


3. 2019 Covert Code Black LTE


4. Spartan Ghost


5. Spartan ATT 4G


6. Browning Spec Ops Advantage


7. Spartan US Cellular 4G


8. Bushnell Core No Glow


9. Wildgame Silent Crush


10. Wildgame Rival


11. Covert E1 ATT


12. Covert Black Maverick



 White Flash

1. Cuddeback Cuddelink Flash


2. Covert Hollywood