Identify Critters and Vandals with Wildlife Cameras

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Homeowners are often frustrated by damage or vandalism that occurs on their property. Short of staying up all night to see who or what is causing the damage, what can one do? Wildlife cameras are digital cameras that can shoot still images and video. These weatherproof cameras are intended to be mounted in the wild, hidden from view if necessary, where they can be set to capture still images at specific intervals or capture still images and/or video when they detect motion. The cameras can be left in place for months with the hopes of capturing some unique images. Many rare creatures have been documented using wildlife cameras.

B&H carries a wide range of wildlife cameras. Many of them cost less than $100, so you don’t need a small fortune to buy one. And there are multiple applications for wildlife cameras, even if you’re not interested in wildlife. Maybe you want to find out what kind of varmint keeps digging up your tulip bulbs or whose dog keeps going on your lawn. Or perhaps you want to determine what kind of critter keeps getting into your garbage cans. Or you may want to identify some trespassers or vandals that keep destroying your mailbox. You might even be well aware of a problem, say with wild hogs destroying your property, but need a wildlife camera to determine roughly how many animals you’re dealing with.

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Like conventional digital cameras, wildlife cameras offer a certain resolution, or number of megapixels. Sometimes a wildlife camera will offer more than one resolution, with the higher resolution good for capturing the most detail and the lower resolution better for fitting as many images as possible onto a given memory card size. Trail cameras typically record on SD cards up to 16GB or 32GB in capacity, and they don’t usually come with one, so be sure to add a card to your order if you want to be able to use the camera right away.

Because trail cameras must be powered by batteries, and because one might leave a trail camera unattended for many months at a time, it’s a good idea to get one that will hold a lot of batteries. Most trail cameras require a certain minimum number of batteries, say four AA cells, and many of them will accept extra batteries to extend their run time, say, a maximum of 12 AA cells. If you are using a trail camera in an area that you can revisit often, such as your backyard, then it doesn’t matter how many batteries it holds. But if you will be setting up a trail camera in a remote, snowed-in forest to photograph bear cubs exiting their den in the spring after a winter of hibernation, then you’ll want to be sure your trail camera holds a lot of batteries.

Speaking of batteries, some trail cameras can be powered by rechargeable battery packs whose charge can be maintained using solar charging panels. The solar chargers are typically optional. The beauty of a solar charger is that, provided that enough sunlight reaches the solar panel, a charge can be maintained indefinitely.

Because trail cameras are often deployed for many months at a time with no available power source other than batteries, it’s important that trail cameras conserve battery power as much as possible. One way to conserve battery power is to take a series of time-lapse pictures at intervals set by the user, every minute, every hour and so on. Another way to conserve power is to use passive infrared, or PIR sensors to detect motion, while leaving as much circuitry as possible turned off. A PIR sensor detects the moving heat pattern given off by an animal (or person) against the cooler surroundings. When motion is detected, the sensor activates the camera circuitry, which takes a certain amount of time to become ready to take a picture; this time delay is known as the Trigger Time. The camera can then snap one or more pictures or capture video for a set period of time.

In the daytime, no flash is needed to take pictures. But at night a flash is needed. An standard flash tube lets you capture color images but it could also startle any animals within range, causing them to run away and you to miss the shot. That’s why trail cameras are available with infrared flashes (a cluster of infrared LEDs) that shower the scene in infrared light, which animals and people cannot see but nonetheless illuminates the scene. The tradeoff is that the images look as through they were captured using night-vision equipment. You will usually see a range for this flash listed in feet in the product specifications, and it’s basically the distance from the camera that the flash can illuminate.

All trail cameras have weatherproof cases, so you don’t have to worry about inclement weather. However, if you’re setting one up in an area where people you don’t know will come and go, you might want to invest in a security case. Made specifically for certain model cameras, or certain brands of cameras, metal security cases can be locked onto a tree or other sturdy object. The camera could still be damaged, but it won’t be easy to steal without some heavy-duty tools.

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Hello,  I'm looking for a camera that will help me monitor my dog in when she's in the yard.  Due to an injury, I am unable to physically access my whole yard and there are a couple places where my dog isn't visible from the deck due to trees and bushes.  I am looking for a camera that will show me real-time video on my phone or computer of those spots in the yard.  There isn't electrical wiring in the needed areas and the farthest one is about 150 feet from the house.   The camera doesn't need to record and would only be used for a few minutes at a time, a couple times a day.  Thank you for your help!

Hi Chandra - 

Monitor an outdoor area with the Mini Trooper Base Station with 720p Wire-Free Outdoor Camera from ezviz. Video and audio can be saved to the included 8GB microSD or using the ezviz Cloud service (available separately). The Base Station can support up to five additional Mini Trooper cameras (available separately) and connects to your network wirelessly via Wi-Fi, or through an Ethernet connection.

The included Mini Trooper camera can capture 1280 x 720 resolution video at up to 15 fps for smooth recording and playback. It has an IP65-rated enclosure for protection from dust and water, making it suitable for outdoor use. It has a built-in microphone to pick up nearby sound and features motion detection alerts. The camera has a wide-angle, 116° field of view to monitor a large outdoor area during the day and at night, and can be easily mounted to a variety of surfaces using its magnetic base. The camera operates completely wirelessly thanks to a Wi-Fi connection to the Base Station and replaceable batteries for up to 9 months of use.

Note: ezviz Cloud Service is not required for use, but is available separately through ezviz.

I need to see what animals are in my back yard at night. Sensor needs to reach 40 feet and detect small animals such as cats, possums, foxes, raccoons, and turkeys, as well as large ones such as deer. I don't need cinema quality; I just want to know what the animal is. Budget is $150. What do you recommend?

...I don't need wifi, and I don't need video, either. I can retrieve the memory card from the camera daily. Thanks.

Hi Sylvia - 

Featuring a fast 0.4 second maximum trigger speed and 80' invisible IR flash, the Dark Ops Extreme Trail Camera will capture 16MP still photos and 1280 x 720 video of visitors of your property or hunting grounds. The camera features an adjustable 80' detection range and a quick 0.6 second recovery time. The Smart IR option will record daytime video of animals when they're moving, but will stop when they stand still for extended periods.

Along with motion-activated photos or video, Browning's Time-Lapse shooting mode captures images at preset intervals over a designated period. The Buck Watch Time-Lapse Viewer Plus software, available for free download, assembles the images into a video so you can see a full day's activity in a few minutes. The camera will capture up to eight images in Multi-Shot or Rapid Fire mode. Photos and videos are recorded to user-supplied SDXC memory cards up to 512GB. The Strike Force Trail Camera runs on six user-supplied AA batteries, or on an optional external power supply connected to its 12V power jack. It's also configured with a TV Out connector for viewing on a monitor and a USB port for image transfer to your computer.

I will be away for the winter and want to see what animals visit my woods. Is there any way for me to view the footage from far away? If that's not possible, what's a good choice for a camera that won't be attended to for several months and that I can view the footage when I return home?

Hi Lynnne - 

With the Spypoint LINK-S-V Solar Cellular Trail Camera (B&H # SPLINKSV), your days of trekking into the field to pull memory cards and replace batteries are over. The LINK-S automatically sends the images it captures to your smartphone or tablet, and its built-in solar panel keeps the internal battery charged.

The LINK-S-V takes 12MP photos and 720p video with sound, and transmits them using a Verizon data plan (monthly charges apply). You can also choose Spypoint's free plan, which transmits up to 100 photos per month at no charge. Either way, the camera comes with 30 days of free unlimited photos. A pre-activated SIM card is included for easy setup.

The camera's passive infrared motion detector has a range of 100 feet, and its trigger speed is 0.7 seconds. The 42-LED, low-glow infrared flash has a 100-foot range, yet won't spook game at night. Multi-shot mode offers three photos per detection, and the Photo-First feature takes a still image at the start of any video recording and sends it to your account. The time lapse mode affords big-picture, long-term observation. Your still images will have a time stamp with useful information including date, time, temperature, and moon phase. Video length can be set between 10 and 90 seconds.

Images and videos are saved on a user-supplied SD/SDHC memory card up to 32GB (only photos are transmitted via the data plan). Because the camera is designed to run on solar power, no user-supplied batteries are necessary, but you can use 8 AA batteries as an optional or backup power source. The camera comes with a tree mounting bracket and strap, and is equipped with a standard 1/4"-20 tripod mount.

Looking for camera to live stream bird feeder action to PC display(s) and/or TV(s). Electrical power avail. at feeder. Prefer high-resolution camera, prefer Wi-Fi (but can run Ethernet cable if necessary). Camera can be located as close to feeder as focusing will allow. Prefer narrow field of view. Zoom a bonus. Advice appreciated!

Hi Steve - 

The Lite Series 2MP Outdoor Wi-Fi PTZ Dome Network Camera from Dahua Technology (B&H # DA22A204TNGN) has a 1/2.7" Exmor progressive scan CMOS sensor to capture 1920 x 1080 resolution video at up to 30 fps. Its 2.7-11mm motorized varifocal lens has a 112.5-39° field of view to monitor both indoor and outdoor areas and can be easily adjusted thanks to the camera's PTZ functionality. Pan from 0 to 355°, tilt from 0 to 90°, and zoom up to 4x to monitor a specific area or subject. Video data is transmitted over Wi-Fi for a simplified setup.

i'm in a new house that has a sizeable backyard and would like to know when deer wander by in the forest behind my yard. it's maybe 30-40 yards from my deck to the woods, so mounting in the woods would be outside wifi range, I think. would a camera mounted on my deck get good enough performance to detect motion and get decent pictures?

actually, wifi reaches to the edge of the woods. so far, all the trail cams i find use wifi to configure the camera and what i would like is for it to alert me when it detects motion over wifi. an alert on an app or an email is fine. any trail cameras do this? i think i can use a nest or ring, but they only take video and I'd like stills also.

A friend of mine has experienced vandalism of her property on other side of road. She once had a trail camera but it was stolen. What would you recommend that can run for a long time day and night without detection. It can't cost a lot 

A trail camera with invisible IR and that is camo colored would be easy to hide.  One such camera is the Browning Dark Ops Extreme Trail Camera B&H # BRBTC6HDX.  https://bhpho.to/2P9ib4s

Hello,

I am looking for a camera to monitor the wildlife in my backyard. I'd like to be able to get alerts to my phone so I can see what's back there and when--live. I suppose this sounds like Ring, but I was wondering if there is a specific camera I should get. Thanks!

Hi Dania - 

Capture photos and movies of wildlife in the field and view or download them remotely via Bluetooth connectivity with the Browning Defender 850 Trail Camera (https://bhpho.to/2HXRMU9). The camera features a passive infrared (PIR) motion sensor with an 80' detection range and a fast 0.4-second trigger speed for capturing 20MP stills and HD 1920x1080p video (with sound) in response to subject movement.

Install the Browning Trail Cameras mobile app on your smartphone or tablet to take advantage of the Defender 850's Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities. You can view and download photos and images, change camera settings, and preview its field of view from 60 yards away, without having to physically touch the camera. You can also use SDXC memory cards up to 128GB as the medium for the camera's images and video. A 16GB SDXC card is included with the camera.

The camera's infrared LED flash offers Power Save, Long Range, and Fast Motion settings with a maximum range of 120'. Time-Lapse Plus shooting mode captures images at pre-set intervals over a designated period while still taking PIR-triggered shots, and Browning's BuckWatch Time-Lapse Viewer Software enables you to see patterns and change over that period. The camera is also capable of capturing up to eight images in Multi-Shot or Rapid Fire modes, ensuring that you don't miss the action. Photos and videos are recorded to optional SDXC memory cards up to 128GB. The Defender 850 runs on four included CR123A batteries.

Hi B&H,

My husband and I live in the mountains of Colorado and have a variety of interesting animals wandering around our house, night and day. I'm looking to buy several cameras (at least two) that will take stills and maybe video, too. They should perform well in low light and dark, since this is when we get some of our most unusual visitors. They'd need to be able to sync to WiFi for easy monitoring, and should capture good images from a longer focal distance. What would you recommend?

Thanks!

Hi Beth - 

Capture photos and movies of wildlife in the field and view or download them remotely via Bluetooth connectivity with the Browning Defender 850 Trail Camera (https://bhpho.to/2HXRMU9). The camera features a passive infrared (PIR) motion sensor with an 80' detection range and a fast 0.4-second trigger speed for capturing 20MP stills and HD 1920x1080p video (with sound) in response to subject movement.

Install the Browning Trail Cameras mobile app on your smartphone or tablet to take advantage of the Defender 850's Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities. You can view and download photos and images, change camera settings, and preview its field of view from 60 yards away, without having to physically touch the camera. You can also use SDXC memory cards up to 128GB as the medium for the camera's images and video. A 16GB SDXC card is included with the camera.

The camera's infrared LED flash offers Power Save, Long Range, and Fast Motion settings with a maximum range of 120'. Time-Lapse Plus shooting mode captures images at pre-set intervals over a designated period while still taking PIR-triggered shots, and Browning's BuckWatch Time-Lapse Viewer Software enables you to see patterns and change over that period. The camera is also capable of capturing up to eight images in Multi-Shot or Rapid Fire modes, ensuring that you don't miss the action. Photos and videos are recorded to optional SDXC memory cards up to 128GB. The Defender 850 runs on four included CR123A batteries.

I am looking for a motion-detection camera for my front door.  Therefore I need a short focal distance of 2 feet to 6 feet.  I want it to capture images on an internal card.  Is there such a camera?

Hi Nora - 

Designed to capture vivid, close-up images and video of birds and other wildlife, the Wingscapes BirdCam Pro Digital Wildlife Camera from Moultrie   (https://bhpho.to/2kjO8b6) offers a window into the fascinating beauty of the natural world. It's also an effective game, security, and time-lapse camera with a wide range of applications.

The Birdcam produces 20MP stills and Full HD 1080p or HD 720p video with sound. With a very close minimum focus distance of 6", it is especially designed for birding, but will also work well for photographing and recording game or trespassers. The camera's passive infrared (PIR) motion sensor with a 40' range captures images when triggered by subject movement, and its Smart Sensor technology ignores the movement of bird feeders and other irrelevant stimuli to help ensure that you only get the shots you want.

The BirdCam also features a time-lapse shooting mode for capturing images at selectable intervals, so you can see patterns and change over time. This capability is useful for recording a wide range of subjects aside from birds, such as weather, plants, and construction sites. Additionally, a 24-LED built-in flash offers ample nighttime illumination and has an effective range of 25'. The camera's 2.0" color display screen allows for image preview and playback, as well as intuitive menu navigation.

Photos and videos are recorded to the BirdCam Pro's internal memory or optional SD/SDHC cards. The camera is even compatible with Wi-Fi enabled memory cards for wireless image transfer to compatible devices. It is also configured with USB and TV Out ports for wired transfer to a computer or television. The BirdCam runs on 8 optional AA batteries, and can also be powered indoors by an optional 100-240 VAC adapter. A mounting strap, mounting bracket, measuring tape, and birding guide are included.

Hi B&H -

I am looking for a camera set up to watch for predators (coyotes/cougars) around the perimeter of my backyard which may be a threat to family pets.

Ideally, it would be able to have real time monitoring (if video) and send an alert to a mobile device or screen when an animal/intruder is spotted, day or night. 

thermal and/or nightvision would help.

nest cams do this very well for interior motion sensing (and can use night vision) but are not designed for outdoor use, which this camera would need.

Thank you for any help you can provide!

Hi Gary-

Monitor the outside of your home with this 2-pack of Nest Cam Outdoor Security Cameras from Nest (B&H # NENC2400ES). These IP65-rated cameras feature 3MP 1/3" sensors to capture 1080p video at up to 30 fps. Able to produce clear images at night thanks to eight IR LEDs, these cameras connect to your home network via Wi-Fi to transmit footage. Use the free Nest app for iOS and Android devices or log in from a computer to view live video. Receive alerts when activity or sound is detected, and talk and listen to visitors right from the app through the built-in speakers and microphones.

Each camera has a wide-angle 130° diagonal field of view that allows you to monitor large outdoor areas, while H.264 compression helps to ensure high-quality recording and playback. The included power adapters are designed to provide constant, 24/7 monitoring without having to worry about charging or replacing batteries. The included magnetic mounts ensure the cameras are ideally positioned to fit your surveillance needs.

Note: 30-day free trial of Nest Aware included. Service plan is required to save recorded video and is available separately through Nest.

3MP 1/3" sensor captures 1920 x 1080 resolution video at up to 30 fps
Eight IR LEDs allows the camera to produce clear images at night
130° diagonal field of view and 8x digital zoom for monitoring large outdoor areas
Connects via Wi-Fi for a cleaner setup
Easy installation with the adjustable magnetic mount
Free Nest app for mobile viewing and control from iOS and Android devices
IP65-rated for outdoor use

Hi Fern - 

To view recorded footage remotely, while you are away, your internet service cannot be turned off.

Monitor an outdoor area with the BC-141A 4MP Outdoor Network Bullet Camera with Night Vision from ezviz. This camera can capture 2688 x 1520 resolution video at up to 30 fps for smooth playback. Its 4mm lens has a wide-angle 97.6° diagonal field of view to monitor a large area during the day and at night thanks to IR LEDs with a night vision range of up to 65'. The camera is housed in an IP66-rated enclosure for protection against dust and water, making it suitable for outdoor use.

4MP resolution at up to 30 fps
Night vision range up to 65' in complete darkness
4mm fixed lens has a 97.6° field of view to monitor a large area
RJ45 Ethernet connection with PoE for a simple installation
3-axis angle adjustments for pan (0-360°), tilt (0-90°), and rotation (0-360°)
IP66-rated enclosure for outdoor use

I would like to find a basic camera to put on my back porch at night to see the different critters that come up to the food bowl.  It would be great to see the video on my phone or laptop.  Do you have any suggestions?  There are so many choices out there I'm overwhelmed.  

Hi Sabrina - 

The trail cameras cannot transmit to a phone or tablet.  You may want to consider using a wireless surveillance camera:

Monitor an outdoor area with the Mini Trooper Base Station with 720p Wire-Free Outdoor Camera from ezviz. Video and audio can be saved to the included 8GB microSD or using the ezviz Cloud service (available separately). The Base Station can support up to five additional Mini Trooper cameras (available separately) and connects to your network wirelessly via Wi-Fi, or through an Ethernet connection.

The included Mini Trooper camera can capture 1280 x 720 resolution video at up to 15 fps for smooth recording and playback. It has an IP65-rated enclosure for protection from dust and water, making it suitable for outdoor use. It has a built-in microphone to pick up nearby sound and features motion detection alerts. The camera has a wide-angle, 116° field of view to monitor a large outdoor area during the day and at night, and can be easily mounted to a variety of surfaces using its magnetic base. The camera operates completely wirelessly thanks to a Wi-Fi connection to the Base Station and replaceable batteries for up to 9 months of use.

Note: ezviz Cloud Service is not required for use, but is available separately through ezviz.

I need a camera that will allow me to take pictures of license plates coming down our long, remote driveway. We need to have a record in the event of theft or vandalism. I'm thinking a trail camera would be the best option. We could attach it to one of the trees. We would need a camera that would take a clear enough picture to read a license plate and not have a flash that would alert the driver that they are being photographed. What would you recommend?

Hi Diane -

The SM750 HyperFire License Plate Camera from RECONYX utilizes a covert IR illuminator for unobtrusive surveillance. Additional features include a loop recording mode and the ability to schedule by time of day and day of week (weekday and weekend operation can be different). No-Glow high output covert IR technology eliminates the red glow common to other IR cameras. 

The camera has a long battery life using 12 AA batteries, enabling it to run continuously up to one year. User-supplied SD or SDHC memory cards capture 720p images at speed of up to 3 fps. The Ultra HD IR camera lens provides sharp and clear images. The SM750 can capture images of license plate on vehicles traveling at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. 

Camera captures images of moving vehicles up to 50 mph. Mono-chrome images day and night (night photos show License Plates only)

No glow high output covert IR night vision up to 50'

Loop recording overwrites oldest images for continuous operation

Dual scheduling powers the camera on/off by day of week and time

Extended battery life captures up to 40,000 images

Includes MapView security software for Windows

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions: askbh@bandh.com    

Hi,I have just purchased a wildlife camera for videog hedgehogs,can you please tell me what distance should the camera be from the feeding bowls to capture the hedgehogs,many thanks for a brilliant site.

Hi Noel - 

Hedgehogs are relatively small animals, so try for a tight camera placement - say less than 6-8 feet if possible.  Let us know which camera brand/model you own:  askbh@bandh.com 

Hi,

I have a wildlife camera, but I cant seem to be able to choose video or video/photo mode options.  I've taken of the time stamp as that only applies to photos thinking that was perhaps stopping it from going into video mode, but this hasn't worked.  Do you have any idea what I'm doing wrong?

Hi -

Please send us an e-mail identifying the brand and model camera to:  askbh@bandh.com    

Will the cameras work inside a car to try and capture someone who is keying my vehicle

Hi MC - 

These cameras,or any with IR LED's, cannot be installed to shoot through windows.  Their IR illuminators will reflect off the glass and obscure any images the camera is attempting to record.

I want to keep an eye on my property . Will a person know if they are being photographed in the day or night? I want to be as stealth as possible. Thanks.      Mark P. In PA

Hi Mark - 

Select a trail camera with the invisible IR feature to avoid detectionwhile recording:   https://bhpho.to/2oQnREc

Question, on the (B&H # WITR5I1) are they wide angle lenses? I'm trying to see where deer/rabbits are coming in from around my yard — BEFORE I start this years vegetable garden. Many thanks. 

Hi mddc - 

Yes this camera is equipped with a fixed wide-angle lens for wide coverage of your yard and those offending critters.

Will these cameras detect a 7 pound house cat?  One of ours is peeing where it shouldn't and I need to know which one.

I am still looking for an article that tells me how you view what your critter cam has captured.  How does it work please?

This would depend on the Wildlife Cam you were looking at.  Some have LCD screens, which would be located behind small doors.  Also, most options use some sort of memory card (such as SD or microSD cards).  You would simply load the photos to the computer from the memory card using a card reader.  If you have questions about a specific trail cam, I would suggest sending us an email.  AskPhoto@bhphoto.com

When setting up by the road, can I set the camera to only activate when something comes close to the garbage pails and not to capture every car that passes?

Unfortunately, the detection zone cannot be changed on the trail cams. Your best option would be to select a camera with a smaller detection zone area.  You could contact us directly through email for suggestions.  Askbh@bhphoto.com

Can they be mounted inside a screened in patio? No trees in yard & HOA doesn't allow attachments outside.

You might be able to see past the screen during the day, but you wouldn’t see past the screen for shots taken at night as the IR flash would bounce off of the screen. 

The HOA would have to spot it first, then they would have to send you a letter, before taking your property, they are small and hard to spot, unless you put it looking some place you shouldn't, they are hard to spot and easy to hide.

I am confused????? How much is it? Does it record all the time? Does it need battries? Please respond back, I need these answers for a school project

This article is about trail cameras in general, not a specific trail camera.  If you click on the photo of ‘Trail and Wildlife Digital Cameras’ above in the ‘Items discussed in article’ section, it will take you to a link of the trail cameras B&H currently carries.  The respective prices of the cameras could also be found on that link, along with specifications such as battery power and record time.  If you have questions about a specific camera, or are looking for a camera with certain specifications, I would suggest sending us an email.  We would be happy to answer any questions you had about a camera, or recommend one that would best suit your needs.  askbh@bandh.com

Hi Ayriana -

The recording is activated by motion and the cameras operate on batteries.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions: askbh@bandh.com                                                                                                                  

I am looking for a good web cam for our osprey nest stand that is adjacent to our outdoor learning area serving three schools. I have no idea what to purchase. The stand is in a marsh so there is no power. I would need a solar battery. Any help is greatly appreicated. I have grant funds to pay for it.

Unfortunately there are no options available that would offer any kind of wireless transfer of files or a  wireless live stream of video. Trail/Wildlife cameras are generally designed to remotely capture stills and in some cases video that can be collected later directly from the device.

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That is incorrect.  Since you posted your reply to Cheryl Lewis' question there has been advancements in the trail camera/ game camera technology.  Your company doesnt offer state of the art technology; however, there are many cameras out there manufactured by many many, and i mean, MANY, other manufacturers that send live feeds via 3G and 4G technology.                        

Stealth Cam, Bushnell, and many other companies offer cameras that detect daytime and nightime IR pictures that are sent to email or via text message.  They are accompanied with solar panels and larger external battery supplies ensuring you wont have to go to your camera for over a year.  Your batteries are recharged by the sun, if there is a longtime without sunlight to recharge your batteries then the camera using the external battery supply once the internal batteries die.

The main concept of these 3G and 4G cameras is that the wildlife you are monitoring do not smell or hear your human scent nor your human sound disturbing the area you have your game camera set up.  You see, having to go to your camera every week or month will startle the animals your trying to monitor, thus using less battery power since your camera wont need to take as many pictures.  You running to your trail camera to replace batteries is a moot point, as you need to get the pictures off the SD card before the batteries will die (if using solar power, rehcargeable batteries, or external battery supply- or prererably using all three in conjunction with one another). Whats the point in spending all this $$ on power supply options if you dont have pictures of anything since your scent is scaring away the animals your trying to catch on camera, while getting your pictures off the camera???  Go with a 3G or 4G camera that sends up to date live photos to your email and text message (with power supply options) there is no need to run to your trail camera to get pictures or replace batteries).  Just make sure you have sprint, AT&T, verizon, etc cell phone signal wherever you intend to deploy your camera.

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