I have just bought a new trail camera and I am excited to take it for a spin. No, it doesn’t have too many megapixels because I read somewhere that assessing cameras using megapixel count is not sensible. While I have noticed that camera makers tend to highlight megapixel count in their packaging, it is not an element that ensures dependable performance in the field. Even if the trail camera is loaded with megapixels, the quality of the images will ultimately depend on the quality of the lens.
Day photos should be judged based on color, clarity, resolution and contrast. The range of flash types can influence how pictures turn out. You can select from white flash, red glow infrared and no glow infrared. A trail camera with infrared technology produces black and white photos. On the other hand, a white flash camera delivers color night pictures. Since I am more interested in studying animal behavior, I decided to go for a camera with infrared technology.
I was specific about the type of batteries my trail camera should be powered by. Mine runs on nickel metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries, which can save me tons of money years down the road because they last really long. The batteries also have increased life in the cold winter months because they bounce back really quickly after exposure to cold. Thanks to the batteries’ long life, I do not contribute constantly to the landfills, which means a cleaner environment for you and me.
Because trail cameras tend to be incredibly complex devices, I chose the most uniquely simple model that I could find. I just have to strap the camera to a tree or post, and it will record every action for many weeks at a time 24/7.
I had wanted a rugged, self-powered, waterproof and self-operated camera that can record photos or video onto its internal memory. My camera can do that night and day, thank goodness. Boasting low-priced yet high-quality technology, my trail camera comprises a small, waterproof and camouflage box with a lens. It can’t get any simpler than that, right? It comes with timed recording, night vision, motion detection via infrared, with all the controls hidden inside the waterproof housing that securely closes with hefty, large clips.
What really motivated me to get a trail camera is the fact that I can place mine in a remote location and then just set it to record when there is movement. Then, I can just come back and review later what the camera has recorded. I can leave the camera and just pop back when I want to. The controls with the buttons inside are easy to set.
My trail camera offers subsettings for image quality and size, enabling me to configure the device to get the best results. Because movies typically utilize a lot more memory compared to still photos, I made sure my camera comes with a memory card slot.
Infrared technology drives the motion detection sensor of my camera. I can adjust the sensitivity according to what I want to film, and according to where I will be setting the camera up. When the bushes sway in the wind or when there’s any other busy movement around, I can simply set the sensitivity to ensure that the camera ignores incidental or casual movement and will only record when a large object such as an animal gets within range.