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Animal observation camera for the garden
From the forest to the garden – wildlife cameras/trail cameras were originally designed for use in the forest and in the wilderness. But it is no longer just foresters and hunters who benefit from the practical cameras; Most of our customers use the Wild-Vision Full HD 5.0 in their own garden. We have already received numerous photos and testimonials by email. We would like to summarize this knowledge here and tell you how you can ideally use the Wild-Vision for animal observation in the garden.
Different uses of the animal observation cameras
If you have a birdhouse in your yard, you can see all sorts of birds going in and out. Unfortunately, you don’t get much of what is happening in the birdhouse itself. A look inside would unfortunately frighten the birds. But there is still one possibility: Position a game camera in the birdhouse. It takes pictures independently and every now and then you can take out the camera and see who has looked around in the little wooden house. Set the exposure to 19 LEDs and tape off some of the upper LEDs. The flash is invisible to animals and humans alike, but in such a small space otherwise, the photos would be overexposed.
Who leaves unwanted presents in the flowerbed?
If you constantly find unpleasant surprises in your flower bed, surveillance with an animal observation camera is a good idea. Maybe it’s the neighbor’s cat who likes to relieve itself here. With a few photos that catch the animal in the act, the neighbor may be convinced to help with the removal of the next incident.
Do you keep guinea pigs, rabbits, turtles or other animals in your garden? Would you like to know what your favorite animal does when you are not around? A wildlife camera fulfills this wish. In addition, beautiful souvenir photos are created for the photo album!
What kind of animals are around?
Most of our customers who use the Wild-Vision to observe animals in the garden find it exciting to find out which animals sneak into their own garden at night. Our customers have already photographed herons stealing fish, foxes in flower beds and martens in the middle of towns.
Watch the grass grow
Not only animals can be monitored in the garden. The Wild-Vision Full HD 5.0 offers the possibility of a series recording. This means that you can set the animal observation camera to take a photo every few minutes or hours. For example, choose a young plant as an object, have it photographed for a few weeks or months and then create an interesting time-lapse video. So you can literally watch the plants grow!
Wildlife watching tips
If you only want to observe animals at night and want to avoid taking pictures of you, your family and your guests during the day, you can set the internal timer of the wildlife camera accordingly. For example, you can set recordings to be made only between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
If a socket is available, you can supply the camera with external power. This saves you from having to change the battery.
Trail cameras behind glass
Note that infrared sensors are disturbed by window panes so that no recordings are made. In addition, the black LEDs reflect in glass panes, so that overexposure can occur during night shots. It is therefore unfortunately not possible to position the camera for animal observation in the garden shed or in the house behind a pane of glass. Fortunately, the Wild-Vision Full HD 5.0 is weatherproof and can be positioned outdoors. With the included lashing strap, it can be attached to a tree, for example.
The best trail camera
A wildlife camera is a special type of surveillance camera that photographs and / or films moving objects. Wildlife cameras work independently because they are operated with rechargeable batteries or batteries. Our test candidates are usually equipped with eight AA batteries. Advantage: Wildlife cameras can also be used in the most remote places, such as in the forest or in the allotment garden, where there is no power socket.
A wildlife camera usually lasts for several weeks without having to change the batteries. It is not possible to give a blanket statement, because the power requirement depends on various factors and settings. How often is the camera activated, does it only take individual photos or does it also record longer videos? If you don’t feel like changing batteries regularly, you should look around for a model that can be connected to a solar panel.
For camouflage, trail cameras are placed in robust plastic housings with a camouflage look, which even rain, snow and wind cannot harm. It is mounted on trees or on the forest floor using straps.
How does a wildlife camera work?
Wildlife/Trail cameras are automatically triggered by a motion detector. It is activated by movement and warmth – for example, when an animal is in the sensor area of the camera. The intensity can usually be determined. A wildlife camera should not be set too sensitive, otherwise, the memory card may be full the next morning because every branch movement in the wind has triggered a recording.
The duration of a video recording, its quality (with Full HD resolution is the end) and the number of pixels with which evidence photos are taken can also be adjusted. Extras are slow-motion recordings or a series of pictures. The date and time can be integrated into photos and films.
Especially at night, the wheat is separated from the chaff by trail cameras. This shows how well the night mode works. In contrast to the daytime, all cameras only provide black and white images in the dark. Infrared LEDs illuminate the scenarios. Cameras with white LED flash – this technology is used in most models – achieve decent image quality at night with good illumination and a long-range. Since fewer LEDs are required here than with the more expensive cameras with black LED technology, the power consumption is also slightly lower.
Who is a game camera suitable for?
There is a large number of different application scenarios. Wild cameras can be used, for example, to monitor the garden by the house or the allotment garden. Why is the bed constantly trampled, who has eaten the lettuce again? After evaluating the memory card, you know which animal visit is to blame. The cameras are suitable for foresters and hunters for observing wildlife and for monitoring special forest areas.
But that’s not all. Who is constantly using the pile of firewood without permission or illegally disposing of their rubbish? There was already another riot in the remote clubhouse, the haulage company regularly fights against diesel theft at night and a four-legged friend has nested in the attic at home. The list could be extended indefinitely.
A trail camera should be attached either directly near the ground or higher up, for example on a tree trunk. So it is not immediately recognizable by both animals and humans.
How is a wildlife camera operated?
The operation is identical for almost all wildlife cameras. Once the batteries and memory card have been inserted, all settings can be made using pushbuttons and a small display. There were hardly any differences between our test candidates. The cameras are armed for continuous use. A screen is useful to be able to check the results immediately without having to evaluate the memory cards in a computer or notebook. The display also proves to be helpful when setting up and aligning the camera. Disturbing branches directly in front of the lens can thus be avoided.
Expensive top models have an integrated SIM card. Recordings can be viewed immediately from anywhere in the world on a smartphone, tablet or PC. You also have remote access to the wildlife camera for settings. In the settings you can usually specify that older recordings can be overwritten. The memory card is never full, the latest videos and photos are always available. However, larger memory cards have space for thousands of photos and many hours of film.
You should pay attention to this when buying
If you want to operate the camera for months without permanently checking the batteries, your wildlife camera should have an external power supply. You can operate the model completely independently using a solar panel. An important parameter is the reaction time: This is the time between the point in time at which an animal or an intruder was noticed until the triggering or start of the recording. A reaction time of less than a second is ideal – otherwise, the decisive protagonist is missing from the photo.
The range of a game camera is also important. Some manufacturers indicate a distance of up to 50 meters at which, for example, a wild boar or a deer can be recognized. In reality, a range of 15 meters is a decent value.
Also check the resolution of the camera. For good-looking photos it should be at least five “real” megapixels, for filming we recommend full HD resolution. Many cheaper cameras polish up the pixel count, so to speak artificially inflate them. This results in fabulous values such as 20 megapixels, which, however, usually do not provide any qualitative advantage. If perfect camouflage of the camera is important, pay attention to the use of black LEDs.