2016 Trigger & Recovery Speed Shootout

What is Trigger & Recovery Speed?

Trigger Speed - The amount of time elapsed from when a camera first senses motion until it captures a photo of whatever caused said motion.

Recovery Speed - The amount of time required for a camera to rearm itself and take a second triggered photo after the first photo is captured.

Why does this matter?  Faster cameras produce significantly greater amounts of scouting and surveillance data.


How the Trigger Speed Shootout Works...

Charles, our tech genius, invented a device called The Triggernator (pictured).  

The Triggernator is the most accurate way to test a trail camera's trigger speed. Multiple companies have unsuccessfully tried to purchase this device from us.

Enjoy our testing? Shop for your next trail camera with us - your support is greatly appreciated and we back your purchase with a FREE 2-year warranty.

TableSaw Sortable Table
Trail | Game Camera Reviews Picture Trigger Picture Recovery Video Trigger Video Recovery Price

Spypoint Solar

0.04 s 0.50 s 0.87 s 0.9 s 199.95

Spypoint Force 11D

0.05 s 0.50 s 0.58 s 0.7 s 149.95

Spypoint Link-S

0.07 s 36.7 s 99 No Video 99 No Video 499.95

Spypoint Link-Evo

0.3 s 57.9 s 99 No Video 99 No Video 249.95

Reconyx SM750 License Plate

0.10 s 0.52 s 99 No Video 99 No Video 649.95

Reconyx SC950

0.19 s 1.0 s 99 No Video 99 No Video 649.95

Reconyx HC550

0.20 s 1.12 s 99 No Video 99 No Video 549.95

Reconyx SC950C Cellular ATT

0.25 s 60 s 99 No Video 99 No Video 1199.95

Reconyx SC950C Cellular Verizon

0.25 s 60 s 99 No Video 99 No Video 1199.95

Reconyx HC600

0.28 s 0.9 s 99 No Video 99 No Video 549.95

Reconyx HC500

0.29 s 0.9 s 99 No Video 99 No Video 449.95

Spypoint Force 10

0.32 s 0.52 s 1.15 s 0.9 s 109.95

Stealth Cam G45NG Pro

0.45 s 1.8 s 1.53 s 4.2 s 179.95

Stealth Cam GXW

0.25 s 59.7 s 99 No Video 99 No Video 349.95

Stealth Cam G34 Pro

0.75 s 5.0 s 2.97 s 4.3 s 149.95

Browning Command Ops

0.75 s 2.1 s 0.93 s 2.4 s 119.95

Browning Strike Force Pro

0.3 s 1.2 s 0.44 s 1.8 s 159.95

Browning Spec Ops Extreme

0.41 s 0.8 s 0.52 s 0.8 s 179.95

Browning Recon Force Extreme

0.43 s 0.8 s 0.52 s 0.8 s 189.95

Browning Strike Force 850 HD

0.63 s 1.3 s 1.15 s 1.6 s 139.95

Browning Dark Ops 940 HD

0.63 s 1.3 s 1.15 s 1.6 s 149.95

Browning Defender 850

0.48 s 0.8 s 0.6 s 0.7 s 229.95

Bushnell Natureview

0.26 s 0.7 s 2.14 s 4.8 s 269.95

Bushnell Aggressor Trophy Cam No Glow

0.15 s 0.69 s 0.72 s 1.8 s 199.95

Bushnell Aggressor Trophy Cam Low Glow

0.15 s 0.75 s 0.73 s 1.8 s 179.95

Bushnell Essential E3

0.17 s 1.08 s 1.77 s 0.6 s 149.95

Covert Code Black 12.1

1.01 s 62.6 s 99 No Video 99 No Video 399.95

Covert Blackhawk 12.1

1.2 s 38.6 s 99 No Video 99 No Video 449.95

Covert Black Maverick

0.9 s 4.9 s 2.82 s 4.9 s 189.95

Covert Red Maverick

0.95 s 4.9 s 2.82 s 5.1 s 179.95

Covert Black Viper

0.93 s 4.8 s 2.32 s 5.3 s 159.95

Covert Red Viper

0.92 s 4.7 s 2.35 s 5.3 s 149.95

Covert Illuminator

1.08 s 5.8 s 1.49 s 5.1 s 149.95

Spartan US Cellular No Glow

0.54 s 88.7 s 99 No Video 99 No Video 469.95

Spartan US Cellular Red Glow

0.53 s 90.2 s 99 No Video 99 No Video 449.95

Spartan GoCam No Glow ATT

1.02 s 64.6 s 99 No Video 99 No Video 399.95

Spartan GoCam No Glow Verizon

1.02 s 41.1 s 99 No Video 99 No Video 469.95

Spartan GoCam Red Glow Verizon

1.20 s 62.6 s 99 No Video 99 NO Video 449.95

Spartan GoCam Red Glow ATT

1.20 s 62.6 s 99 No Video 99 No Video 379.95

HCO SG560C

1.2 s 9 s 2.27 s 4.8 s 229.95

HCO SG565FV

1.31 s 5.0 s 1.66 s 5.9 s 159.95

Moultrie M-40I

0.29 s 1.1 s 1.8 s 2.7 s 159.95

Moultrie M-40

0.29 s 1.1 s 1.7 s 2.7 s 149.95

Moultrie Panoramic 180I

0.42 s 0.6 s 2.20 s 11.1 s 279.95

Reconyx WR6

1.11 s 3.40 s 1.18 s 4.46 s 599.95

Reconyx XR6

1.08 s 3.40 s 1.18 s 4.46 s 599.95

Reconyx XS8

1.05 s 3.2 s 1.04 s 3.6 s 699.95

Reconyx MR5

0.22 s 1.9 s 0.29 s 6.8 s 499.95

Reconyx MS8

0.22 s 1.7 s 0.31 s 7.1 s 599.95

Primos Proof Cam 03 Gen 2

0.79 s 0.9 s 1.0 s 2.2 s 149.95

Primos Proof Cam 02 Gen 2

0.2 s 1.1 s 1.6 s 2.2 s 129.95

Primos Proof Cam 01 Gen 2

0.79 s 0.9 s 1.0 s 2.2 s 99.95