There is perhaps no better way to determine the pattern of animal movements throughout the forest other than trail cameras. These cameras operate under any weather conditions, capturing images both day and night at HD quality. As with most products nowadays, however, there are genuinely high-quality trail cameras out there and there are cameras that behave more like webcams than professional tools.
The trick is to be well informed before making such a purchase, as a below-standard trail camera will either miss important movement in front of its sensors, capture low-quality images, or both. Fortunately for you, we went ahead and put together a list of the ten best trail cameras on the market today.
10Moultrie A-7i Trail Camera
This 7MP camera from Moultrie is equipped with a 1.5-second trigger speed capture and a 40 ft detection range. This works quite well with its 50 ft flash range, a combination that allows you to capture images up to 40-50 ft away both day and night. Speaking of which, the Moultrie A-7i uses an invisible 940NM IR LED flash technology that allows the camera to take crystal clear images at night.
9Browning Trail Camera – Range Ops XR
Equipped with a 0.67 second trigger time, this HD trail camera from Browning is among the fastest on the market. It is capable of record HD videos with sound, videos between 5 seconds to 2 minutes long. It also has a 60 ft flash range that depending on how busy that particular trail is, will not drain the 8 AA batteries it requires to operate that quickly. You should, however, be weary of how often the flash goes off as it severely impacts battery life.
8Stealth Cam G30 Triad Armed 8mp Trail Camera
The Stealth Cam G30 Triad Armed Trail Camera features an intuitive backlit menu programming that allows you to setup the camera in ways you wouldn’t even imagine. For instance, it features a Matrix Blur Reduction feature that you can customize to better fit the lighting in the environment. It also features 30 IR Emitters with an 80 ft Reflex trigger range and a 0.5 seconds trigger time. What’s interesting is that it also features a manual shot capability that you will undoubtedly find quite handy.
7Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam HD Hybrid Trail Camera
This particular trail camera from Bushnell has an adjustable PIR, a hyper PIR that extends the PIR sensor in order to match flash distance. Interestingly enough, the pictures taken with this device display the date, time, moon phase, and the temperature at the time the picture was taken. Speaking of pictures, it has an 8MP high-quality camera sensor capable of capturing full resolution images under any weather conditions.
6Moultrie Game Spy A-5 Gen 2 Low Glow 5.0 MP Camera
The Game Spy A-5 trail camera from Moultrie is designed to incorporate all the features you would expect from a top-shelf trail camera while being affordable at the same time. As a result, this particular camera features a 5MP sensor with a less than 1.5-second trigger speed and a 40 ft detection range. Combine this with the camera’s 50 ft flash range and its long range nighttime infrared and you have yourself a more than decent trail camera by all standards.
5Bushnell 6MP Trophy Cam Essential Trail Camera
Equipped with a motion activated 45 ft PIR sensor and a field scan time-lapse capture mode, the Bushnell 6MP Trophy Cam is definitely worth the investment. Thanks to its high-end programmable trigger interval feature, it can take images at pre-set intervals, giving you more control over the camera at all times. Interestingly enough, due to it’s energy-saving construction, it can run up to one year on a single set of batteries.
4Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo Trail Game Camera STC-G42NG
As far as trail cameras go, the Stealth Cam G42 is as good as they come. Equipped with a 10 MP camera sensor capable of 4 different resolutions, the images this camera captures are of crisp quality. It also has an intuitive backlit menu programming interface to make it easy for you to control the camera’s many features. Among them, the ability to take HD video recordings between 5 seconds and 2 minutes with full audio, and HD 16:9 pictures.
3Primos Truth Cam 35 Camera
This fairly popular trail camera from Primos has a 40 ft nighttime range and a 1.5-second trigger speed. After being triggered, however, the trigger speed increases to 0.3 seconds, becoming capable of taking multi-shot bursts of 1 to 5 images per triggering. It also uses 35 infrared LEDs for proper flashing, giving you the possibility to choose how many LEDs should the camera use out of the 35 it comes equipped with.
2Stealth Cam STC-P12 6.0 Megapixel Digital Scouting Camera
Stealth Cam’s STC-P12 trail camera features 12 IR emitters that work up to 50 ft and an EZ Dial Programming interface with Quick Set among a variety of other interesting features. It has a burst mode that allows you to take between 1 to 6 images per triggering with 5 seconds recovery time. The pictures taken by this particular camera will also contain the time, date, and a moon phase stamp to make things clearer.
1Browning Strike Force Sub Micro 10MP Game Camera
Equipped with a lightning fast 0.67 seconds trigger time, the Browning Strike Force Sub Micro is an incredibly fast trail camera, capable of taking HD pictures of moving targets. It should also be said that it has a great detection range and an even better IR flash range that allow you to take crystal clear images even at nighttime. Furthermore, this camera can record video clips up to 2 minutes long, which is bound to come in handy at some point.