Popular Trail Cameras and Our Favorite Trailcams
We field trail camera questions all day long on a variety of subjects. Here are the most frequent game camera questions, answered by our Trail Camera Pro staff members.
Question #1: I don't have a ton of money to spend, are there any good trail cameras under $100? What are the best trail cameras under 100?
"There are a ton of $100 trail cameras for sale, unfortunately, there aren't many quality cameras at that price. Cameras at that price generally have a fatal flaw, whether it be battery life or terribly dark night pictures.
I am currently recommending that you bump your budget up to just a bit and look at the Spypoint Force 10 ($110)and the Browning Strike Force ($140) You will receive a substantial bump in performance for just a few extra bucks.
In short, can you get a good $100 game camera? My honest answer is no. However, if you can spend a few bucks more the options are plentiful." - Rich
"Without question, this is the most common inquiry we hear. The most important criteria in picking the perfect camera for you is knowing how you will use the camera. For the sake of this question, let's say you just want to have the camera for simple wildlife viewing.
The new Browning Strike Force Pro is my favorite wildlife camera in 2017. This camera takes awesome pictures and videos. It is plenty fast and insanely battery efficient. This red glow IR game camera is our top-rated sub-$200 trail camera.
If you need a no glow game camera, check out Moultrie M-40i. Really good pictures, very fast, easy to use. Overall, I like what it brings to the table for $160. " - Nick
Question #3: I think I want a cellular trail camera. What is the best cellular camera out there? How much work is involved with these cameras?
"The best cellular game camera is the Reconyx SC950C. This is a no glow infrared camera and has improved battery life, an incredible detection zone and takes nice pictures.
The most popular cellular trail camera is probably the Bushnell Aggressor Wireless. They are fast, easy to setup, and take great pictures. But, it needs really good cell reception.
In lower reception areas, we would stick to the HCO Spartan trail cameras.
Some game cameras come with the sim card (it will still need to be activated) and others won't need a sim card at all. Cellular plans cost between $5 and $20 a month.
These cameras are awesome for security around the house, farm or business. Just make sure you have good cell reception (a minimum of 3 bars). You could use this camera for pretty much anything you can think up.
As a bonus, we now have a wifi trail camera. The Reconyx MS8 connects to home/business wifi and emails pictures for free. "
"Nothing makes us happier than seeing pictures from our customers catching thieves in action! You definitely want a No Glow camera so the scoundrel won't see any light emitted from the camera at night.
There are so many good No Glow cameras to choose from, here are my two favorites. The best is the Reconyx SC950. It's smokin' fast, takes clear pictures and can be programmed to only turn on during time periods you set manually. The only downside is the price.
If you want something a less costly, I'd recommend the Browning Spec Ops Extreme. Whether you need pictures or videos, this camera is capable of doing both really well at a fraction of the cost of other cameras."
"There are a million variables with research projects, feel free to email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a more customized recommendation.
In infrared cameras, the Reconyx HC500 ($450) is the best in the business. Fast, dependable, and with exceptional battery life. It is everything a Wildlife Researcher needs.
If the HC500 is too much money, the 2017 Bushnell Trophy Cam Aggressor cameras have long been the choice of researchers throughout the world. Great night pictures, speed, reliability, and long battery life.
If you are going to need color night photos to ID specific animals (i.e. spots on a leopard), the HCO SG565 will more than do the trick. The picture quality is unmatched and the price will help keep you under budget."
"The two basics that you need for any camera are batteries and an SD card. I prefer Energizer Lithiums batteries in all the trail cameras.
Outside of the basics, you need to determine whether you need security devices to lock your camera up. If you don't, a Slate River Angle Mount is perfect for every single setup.
If you have any questions on additional items just give us a call. A trail camera pro will answer the phone Mon - Fri (8-4 Central Time)."