Trail Camera

The big trail camera test and comparison

Trail cameras are becoming increasingly popular. And not just for hunters. With a trail camera you can take great pictures of animals in nature without disturbing them. You will be surprised which animals are all running around when they are undisturbed. Most animals only become active when it gets dark. So it is important to choose a trail cam that also takes good pictures in the dark.

You can simply mount the trail camera on a tree and then copy the recordings to your computer the next day and look at them. Thanks to the built-in motion detectors, the trail cameras only record when something is really moving in front of the camera.

Would you like to know who is devastating your yard at night? No problem, just place the trail camera inconspicuously and you can already see which animals are tampering with your flower bed or your vegetables at night. For example, if you have a problem with wild boars, you can observe this and take appropriate measures to ward them off.

You can also use these trail cameras to secure your property. So you can always see who has been illegally on your property at night and who may have tried to gain access to your garage or house.

As you can see, these trail cameras can be used for very different purposes. Because most trail cameras are very well camouflaged and not particularly noticeable, some also have a camouflage color, which makes it even more difficult to discover the cameras.

There are also trail cameras that work via radio, 2G, 4G or WiFi. So you can also follow live on your computer what is going on outside. If you set up the camera in the forest, you can watch the animals in real-time as they eat or behave outside, for example. These WiFi trail cameras are also extremely suitable as security cameras. Thanks to the camouflage color, you can hide the cameras and nobody will discover them.

Here we would like to compare different trail cameras and try to find out the winner. But that’s not that easy, since all cameras are now on a very good technical level and the cameras usually do not differ very much. Most cameras also differ only in the mounting position, the color or minimal in the resolution and image quality. It is very difficult to find a clear winner. But we try to give you our opinion and recommend the best trail camera to you.

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The price
The price of the individual cameras does not differ very much. Most cameras are around $ 100. But if you want a trail camera that has a WiFi function, you have to calculate about 200 dollars.

The quality
Most of the cameras in our test are very similar. The cameras have a high-quality and sturdy housing. This makes the cameras extremely flexible even in tough outdoor use. It doesn’t matter if the cameras fall down. The housings are so well built that they can also cushion falls. The quality of the optics is a little better with some cameras and a little worse with some cameras, but as we have found out, as a beginner you can hardly tell. But still we notice that the night shots are a bit better with some cameras. Some cameras offer a slightly better resolution for night shots. This is of course important if you want to use the trail cam mainly at night in the forest, for example to observe the animals.

The battery
A good trail camera has a built-in rechargeable battery or easily replaceable batteries. With some trail cameras you even have the option of connecting a small solar charging station. This charges the batteries during the day and can easily be connected to the camera.

The color
If you buy and mount a trail camera, you don’t want it to be discovered so quickly or for the camera to disturb the animals. That is why most cameras are available in a dark shade or in a camouflage design.

But now we come to our great trail camera comparison! Here we list the currently most popular trail cameras.

16MP Hunting Camera

16MP Hunting Camera

A very good trail camera with many useful functions. The camera has good night vision. The resolution is not the highest but completely sufficient. Easy to use and with many practical functions, such as a timer or an alarm function.

Display: 2.0 inch TFT

Image Sensor: 8 Mega Pixels Color CMOS

Memory: Micro SD Card to 32GB

IR LED/ Night Vision: 42 Infared LEDs

Color: Camouflage

Our rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

4G Hunting Trail Camera

4G Hunting Trail Camera

This trail camera really offers everything you could wish for. You can use this camera to record both the images and videos on a memory card, but you can also have the videos or images sent to your smartphone or computer via 4g. No matter where you are in the world, this camera reliably sends files all over the world. The camera connects to a sataliet and sends you the data to your computer or smartphone. The equipment is also first class. The sensors are really very good and the images are razor-sharp. Night mode is really good too. But all this has its price, if you want to buy this top model, you have to invest well over 200 dollars, but this is also worthwhile with this camera.

Display: 2.0” TFT, RGB, 262k

Image Sensor: 5 Mega Pixels Color CMOS

Memory: SD Card (8MB – 32 GB)

IR LED/ Night Vision: 54 Infared LEDs

Color: Camouflage

Special feature: Smartphone App, 4G, FTP Upload

Our rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Digital Wireless Trail Camera

Digital Wireless Trail Camera

This trail camera also has a built-in function that can transmit the images and videos to your computer. The camera has a 2G chip which is a bit slower than a 4G chip. Now you have to decide for yourself how fast the data transfer needs to be. The image quality is also excellent. In the night shot we could also see that the camera takes really good and sharp pictures and videos. Ideal for observing animals in the wild. You can also connect a solar charger to this camera. The camera is charged by the sun during the day and has enough energy in the evening and at night to take videos and pictures. This camera is ideal if you want to place it in the wild and only want to pick it up after a few months.

Display: 2.0 inch

Image Sensor: 8 Mega Pixels Color CMOS

Memory: SD Card (8MB – 32 GB)

IR LED/ Night Vision: 24 Infared LEDs

Color: Camouflage

Special feature: Upload function

Our rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Hunting Trail Camera

Hunting Trail Camera

This trail camera also takes very good pictures and videos thanks to the high-resolution sensor built into the camera. The camera can also transfer the images to your smartphone or computer via GPRS, but you have to be within range of the camera to receive the data. The camera has a very good battery that lasts for a long time. With this trail camera you can also connect an additional solar charger through a charging port, which supplies the camera with energy during the day.

Display: 2” TFT, RGB, 262k

Image Sensor: 5 Mega Pixels Color CMOS

Memory: SD Card (8MB – 32 GB)

IR LED/ Night Vision: 19 LED, Foot: 21LED

Color: Camouflage

Special feature: GPRS Upload function

Our rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Outdoor Wireless Trail Camera

Outdoor Wireless Trail Camera

This outdoor trail camera has a particularly slim design. So you can hide this camera very well and nobody will notice. The resolution of the image sensor is also very good. The videos and pictures that this camera delivers are excellent. This trail camera also has a GPRS transmission function which enables the data to be transmitted wirelessly. The additional charging function via an external battery or a solar module are also very practical.

Display: 2.0 inch

Image Sensor: 8 Mega Pixels Color CMOS

Memory: SD Card (8MB – 32 GB)

IR LED/ Night Vision: 48 LEDs

Color: Camouflage

Special feature: GPRS Upload function

Our rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Trail Camera Photo Trap

Trail Camera Photo Trap

This trail camera offers the highest resolution of the cameras in this test. The camera has an image resolution of gigantic 20MP! The image and video data are also transmitted via the 4G network. So you can easily receive all data on your laptop or smartphone. Night vision is also really very good. The recorded videos and pictures leave nothing to be desired. You can also see everything that the camera has recorded at night. The operation of the camera is really very easy. The internal menu is well structured and easy to use. This trail camera makes a really good impression on us!

Display: 2.0 inch TFT

Image Sensor: 20 Mega Pixels Color CMOS

Memory: SD Card (8MB – 32 GB)

IR LED/ Night Vision: 44pcs Infared LEDs

Color: Camouflage

Special feature: 4G Upload function

Our rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wildlife Hunting Trail Camera

Wildlife Hunting Trail Camera

This is probably the cheapest trail camera in our test. At only about $ 60, the camera is really cheap. Of course, you have to make a few compromises with this camera. The camera has a not quite as good image resolution as the other cameras here in this comparison. But if you are looking for a cheap trail camera, this camera could be the right one for you. The video quality couldn’t quite convince us either. The camera does not offer wireless transmission either. You only have the option to save the images and videos on a built-in SD card.

Display: 2.0 inch TFT

Image Sensor: 1080FHD: 1920×1080

Memory: SD Card (8MB – 32 GB)

IR LED/ Night Vision: 44pcs Infared LEDs

Color: Camouflage black

Special feature: —-

Our rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Conclusion

That was already our test. We hope we were able to help you with our test and you now know which model you will choose. But we also know that the decision for a trail camera is not easy, as the different cameras are very similar. Most cameras don’t differ that much. But of course, it is always a question of the budget. If you want a camera with a very good sensor, you have to spend a little more money. But if you want to hear our personal opinion when I have to choose a camera. I’m also not a professional when it comes to cameras and image sensors. I can’t judge the fine points in the image resolution perfectly either. The camera that I personally liked best is the “Digital Wireless Trail Camera“. I was able to use this trail camera really well and the menu was easy to understand and easy to use. I personally liked the pictures very much and I couldn’t see that there was much difference to the top models. But I’m not an absolute professional either! Now it’s up to you, which model are you looking for and which image resolution and which functions do you need? Or are you an average consumer and can’t really determine the exact differences, like me, then maybe you should follow my recommendation? But I wish you a lot of fun with your new trail camera, no matter which model you ultimately choose 😉

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