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Best Cellular and Wireless Trail Camera Reviews 2017 – Game Camera

Trail cameras are popular choices for hunters who want to stake out their hunting spots and they are popular with people who want to have survelliance cameras at their homes. With the latest upgrades to the trail camera, it is easy to find the best wireless trail camera to fit the exact needs you have without breaking your budget.

Wireless cameras have become the cameras of choice because they are easy to set up and the photos can be sent anywhere that will accept the messages.

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Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo Trail Game Camera STC-G42NG Review

A trail camera can be an extremely useful item, especially when you are looking to see what animals strolling around your neighborhood. However, too many cameras have features that give them away to the animals that come nearby and to other people in the vicinity. Camera often give themselves away through sounds and lights, but not the Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo. Once you’ve hidden the camera, it will not show itself to anything that comes near it.

1. Design

This camera has a unique design that helps it stay hidden. It is not only rugged and durable, but its camouflage exterior makes it a stealthy piece of technology. The camera is tucked away inside of a weatherproof housing that is covered in camo so no one will find the camera except for you. While it does have a stealthy design, you can still read the LCD panel. Your camera will not be exposed to the elements and it stays locked away to protect the precision instruments inside of it. The camera comes with a locking device.

Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo Trail Game Camera STC-G42NG

But, the camera is so well designed that even if someone does take the time to figure out how to get into the case, the camera is password protected. We’ve tested out the camera in cold, snowy weather and in hot, rainy weather, too. It lasted without damage to the images protected on the inside. The little unit stayed dry and free of damage.

We really appreciate the ease of use that the Stealth Cam G42 features. It has a basic menu with navigation tools and an enter button. There is also a sliding tool that lets users work with preset options. There is also an SD card and a USB port. This allows you to use SD cards that will hold up to 32GB of data. The camera does require 8-AA batteries and they last longer than most people expect them to last. You can use the 12V jack that comes with the camera if you have access to electricity nearby. Unlike most cameras, the Stealth Cam has an eject button that makes the batteries easy to remove and replace.

2. Features

Along with the smart design, this camera also has a plethora of quality features that separate it from the rest of the pack. This package includes a TRIAD 10.0 Megapixel camera that has four settings that let you choose the size of the photos it captures. It also has settings that allow you to adjust the length of the footage that the camera records; videos can be any length between 5 seconds and 180 seconds long. When shooting in daylight, images can be captured in color, but the night images are in black and white.

Stealth Cam G42 Trail Camera

Stealth Cam G42 Trail Camera

The Stealth Cam G42 also gives a time stamp to each image and you can choose to have additional information like the temperature, moon phase, and GPS coordinates to the time stamp. What really separates this camera from the rest is the no-glow IR emitters. The camera can record images up to 100 feet away and it will detect action distances up to 60 feet. But, the no-glow emitters are what keep the camera from being revealed to animals and people – even when the camera is shooting in burst mode. If you prefer to use presets, you can, but we have found that the customizations settings gave us the most freedom to capture what we wanted when we wanted it. The LCD panel is backlit, but it does not shine unless you are actually opening the case and accessing the panel. The camera also comes with features that are compatible with the Python® cable lock and it comes with a one-year warranty. The camera weighs in at a lightweight 11.4 ounces and measures 5.5” x 4.0” x 2.5”

3. Pros and Cons

The GSM Stealth Cam G42 is worth a look. It has all of the necessary features that make it a useful camera for trail hunting. The most desirable feature is that it will not scare away any animals because it does not emit light due to the no-glo technology. You can get images at night and during the day with very little use of power. The camera comes in a case that is covered in sneaky camouflage. It is easy to use and to set up on your favorite trails.

Stealth Cam G42 No Glo Trail Game Camera

Stealth Cam G42 No Glo Trail Game Camera

Pros:
– Pictures shot in daylight are bold and vivid. They are well-focused.
– The trigger is extremely fast and the detection software works flawlessly. It does not take long to recover from shooting so it is ready to go as soon as another animals wanders in its range.
– The camera is easy to set up and easy to use.
– The durable case has necessary features that will work with the Python cable and they can be mounted with a ¼” -20 socket. The eject button makes the batteries easy to access and change.
– The camera has a secure lock to keep out unauthorized users.
– The battery lasts longer than most people expect.
– The unique TRIAD technology keeps the resolution high so you can easily see everything in the picture.
– The camera is quiet and free of shocking lights.

Cons:
There are not many problems with the Stealthy Cam G42, especially because the camera lives up to its name. It is stealthy. The camera captures high quality nighttime images, even because it does not give off any light at night. – There is one problem that does happen occasionally, when we shot nearby images, the flash blurred some images.
– The camera does not allow for the use of rechargeable batteries.
– Not all memory cards will work.
– There is a learning curve to using the settings.
– Nearby images can be blurred with the light of the flash.

4. Conclusion

Overall, this camera is a great option for anyone who wants to know what is roaming around your nearby trails. This camera lives up to its name – it is stealthy and shoots high quality images. The quietness of the camera and the no-glo features keep the camera secretive from prying eyes and from animals in the area. We really liked this camera and all it had to offer.

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential E2 12MP Trail Camera, Tan

The Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential E2 Trail Camera is one of the best choices when it comes to investigating what is in your neighborhood. This camera includes several features that hunters appreciate, like top quality video images, light sensors, plenty of memory, and power. It also is easy to set up and is extremely durable. Let’s take a good look at the features and quality of this camera.

1. Image and Video Quality

The Bushnell Trophy Cam has high quality video and image resolution and quality flash. When you are watching your trails and fields, it is important to be able to see exactly what is hanging around and when those creatures begin to wander through your fields. With the Bushnell Trophy Cam you can enjoy a maximum still-image resolution of 12 MP, but you can save space using 8MP or 3MP. The video resolution is just as good, coming in a HD 720p. You can capture video that lasts between 5 and 60 seconds. Along with variable video lengths, you can also capture several images in one trigger, up to 2 or 3 with the push of a button.

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential E2 12MP Trail Camera, Tan

This amazing little camera also has field scan feature that lets you capture images during the time periods that you choose. It can do at intervals that are a minimum of one minute apart or up to 50 minutes apart and you can set the hours that those interval shots are captured. The interval recordings can be done at dusk and dawn, which is when animals in the field tend to be more active. This features is designed so you can really see the action and how patterns develop and change as the weather changes. It is easy to see how the site you choose to capture changes over time, so this camera is a popular choice to record changes at construction sites, at gardens, and during active weather patterns. Even if you do choose to use the time-lapse interval feature, you can still activate the live motion trigger so you can get the images you want, even if the camera is not set to capture them at that time.

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential E2 12MP Trail Camera

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential E2 12MP Trail Camera

The live motion trigger sensor is captured via a passive infrared motion sensor. Not only does it detect unexpected movement, but it also detects temperature changes. The motion sensor can sense movement and temperature change in a 48° field of vision and up to 80 feet in distance. The trigger releases in 0.3-seconds, so you do not miss anything that is happening at your site. The infrared sensor can be adjusted to three different sensitivities and it can be set to an automatic mode that determines the speed of the trigger based on the temperature of the movement.

Your image quality will also be better than other cameras because the Bushnell Trophy Cam is so easy to mount. Where the camera is mounted can determine the quality of the images. When a camera is easy to mount, it makes getting the images that much easier. This camera as a ¼” 20-threaded mount so it is easy to connect it to a stable tripod or to a tree mount. Using the included adjustable web belt also adds to the ease of connecting this camera to a post or tree.

2. Flash and Day-Night Sensor

The flash can a blessing and a curse for anyone who wants to use a trail camera. If the flash is consistent and bright, the flash can be a detriment to getting animals to wander in the vicinity of the camera. So, the 32-LED flash uses night vision technology so the nighttime images are easy to see without scaring animals away. The flash has a range up to 80 feet. The day-night sensor does help keep the images looking good no matter what time of day or night.

3. Memory and Power

There used to be a time when cameras would run through batteries, but this is no longer the case. The Bushnell Trophy Cam uses a limited amount of battery power, so many users can get up to 12 months of power out of a single set of 8-AA batteries. The memory on the Bushnell Trophy Cam is notable, too. With an optional SD/SDHC memory card, it is possible to record up to 32GB of images.

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Aggressor Review

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Aggressor Review

4. Setup, Display, and Options

Before installing the camera in the field, there are plenty of features that can be manually adjusted to achieve the perfect setup. It is possible to get the date, time, and current temperature to be time stamped on each image. You can also have the phase of the moon added to help you recognize what days of the month are best for hunting. You get to see what animals are active and when they are hiding due to excessive light. The moon phase setup also allowed your camera to reduce its power output, because it will not need to use as much flash during bright nights as it does during darker nights. The display is set into a black and white LCD panel.

Setup and Display Bushnell Trophy Cam HD

Setup and Display Bushnell Trophy Cam HD

5. Durability

If you are planning on using your trail camera on an actual outdoor trail, then durability is important. This camer comes in a housing that is weather resistant. This is important especially during the seasons when deer hunting is allowed. The camera will function in temperatures as low as -5°F and as high as 140°F. This type of rating shows that the camera does not have issues with condensation in cold weather and it does not have problems with overheating in hot weather.

6. Pros and Cons

Pros:
1. Trigger speed is the fastest of any trail camera that we reviewed
2. The recovery time is also the fastest of any trail camera we reviewed.
3. Durability in all weather conditions and extreme temperatures
4. Low battery usage makes batteries last a long time
5. Easy to setup and install

Cons:
1. No camoflauge casing.
2. Average exposure can be difficult to set.

7. Conclusion

Overall the Bushnell Troup Cam ED Essential is a good camera to capture trail images. It is truly a top camera in this category because it has a large detection zone and a quick trigger from the motion sensor. The images are high quality and the adjustability of the settings makes it a good candidate for many uses.

Moultrie A-20i Mini Game Camera Review

When you are in the market for a high end game camera that will not empty your wallet, the Moultrie Mini Game Camera A-20i is one of the best available. This little camera includes all of the necessary features that will help you track the animals that venture near your trail. Let’s take a good look at everything the Moultrie Mini Game Camera has to offer.

Favorite Features

Moultrie A-20i Mini Game Camera

There were several features that we liked about this little camera. First of, its size caught our attention. It is small enough to fit in your hand, but it contained numerous features that made it seem much bigger than it actual is. The camera only weighs about 14 ounces, so it stays put when you place it along your trail. The waterproof case contains a flash with 32 LED lights that can easily capture nighttime events that take place up to 50 feet away from the camera. It also takes vivid color images during daylight hours. You can choose from 1600x1200px or 4000x3000px settings for photographs or you can use the 4:3 aspect ratio video setting. With the infrared features, you can get great images of the creatures in their natural habitat and with the one-second trigger speed, it is possible to catch them better than you would if you were there.

The camera does require eight AA batteries and the data card will accept up to 32 GB of photos. The camera will only record images; it will not record sound. If you plan on using your camera for several nights in a row, it can be helpful to stock up on batteries. If the trail is busy, your flash will use up the batteries quicker than you might expect. With 12 megapixels, your images will be clear.

Video Quality

With a 4:3 aspect ratio and 480 px, are you going to get high quality video? The short answer is yes. Since you are most likely not using your game cameras to shoot high-end films that will be available at your local megaplex, the 4:3 ratio is perfectly acceptable. The issue with 4:3 involves the fact that most new televisions use a 16:9 ratio, but in the world of game and trail cameras, the ratio isn’t too important. What is useful about the 4:3 ratio is that you actually get to capture more image than the 16:9 ratio. Instead of a skinny and wide shot, you get a full shot full of nature.

The same goes for the 480p. This is not the best resolution on the market, but how much detail do you really need to see when you are simply looking to see if animals are hanging out in your territory? There will be plenty of detail to help you see antlers and other distinguishing marks. There are cameras with better detail, but they also cost significantly more than the Moultrie A-20.

Moultrie A-20 Mini Game Camera

Moultrie A-20 Mini Game Camera

Setting Moultrie A-20 Mini Game Camera

Setting Moultrie A-20 Mini Game Camera

Memory and Power

For an inexpensive trail camera, the memory and power are satisfactory. The battery usage will vary based on how much activity happens and whether it is during the day or the night. Flash use will wear out the 8-AA batteries faster than if the animals are active during the day, but not after the camera has captured over 10000 images. The camera includes a 32 GB card to save all of your photos. This camera takes 12 MP photos, so the 32 GB card can store approximately 7600 photos in compressed JPEG format. That should be plenty of space for your trail photos. If the photos are not compressed into JPEG format, the card will only hold about 800 photos. Either way, the memory and power of the camera gets the job done.

Wireless Capabilities

The Moultrie A-20 does have wireless capabilities. However, to use the wireless features, you do need to get the Moultrie Modem MV1, which is sold separately. If you do use the modem, you can see the images on your home computer, tablet, or mobile device.

Weatherproof Qualities

The Moultrie A-20 has been manufactured to withstand the elements. The little camera is weatherproof as the delicate parts are packed inside of a sturdy exterior case that has been tested in the field. The camera mounts easily on a tripod or it can be strapped to a tree with the backslots. The camera comes with a strong nylon strap and a Python-lock cable. To make the camera even safer in the trees, it does come with a clasp that is compatible with the popular Python locks (the cables can be purchased separately).

Moultrie A-20 Mini Game Camera Hang tree

Moultrie A-20 Mini Game Camera Hang tree

Pros and Cons

Pros:
– Affordable
– Weatherproof Case
– Good video quality
– 32 GB SD Card
– Infrared Flash
– One-second trigger

Cons:
– Requires 8-AA batteries
– Only comes with tree strap
– Wireless system is purchased separately
– No audio capability
– 4:3 Aspect Ratio

Tips for Setting Up Your Cameras

Tip #1: Where to Set Up. Once you get your camera, it is helpful to set it up in a useful location. Many hunters will buy three or more cameras so they can truly scout out their favorite spots. The placement of each camera is vital to the success of your future hunt. One important tip is to point the camera away from the sun, so if you can point them all north, you will never have to worry about sun glare. Another tip is to number each camera and the cards. This will help you recognize exactly where the most animals were congregating. Sharpies are the best tools for numbering these items. Be sure to add their numbers to a map as you place the cameras.

Tip #2: How to Set Up. Many hunters will put deer licks near their camera, but not too close. The licks will attract the deer, then the cameras will capture their movement. Be sure that the camera is pointed to maximize the amount of space on the trail. And, as you place the camera, be sure that leaves or branches will not get in the way. If you have been watching your trail for a set amount of time, you might have a specific animal that you want to target. There is nothing wrong with pointing your cameras in a direction that would get the animal you really want.

Tip #3: Protecting Your Investment. Something else to consider is the cost that you have put into your cameras. We understand that they are an investment and leaving them in the woods can be a costly loss if someone decides to take them. There are ways to protect your investment, like placing them in lockboxes – but this can get even more expensive. The best way to avoid having your camera stolen is to effectively place them so they cannot be seen. Hanging them high up in trees is a safe bet. Don’t place your cameras in a spot that makes them easy to find; avoid putting them right by the licks or hanging them in a conspicous spot.

Conclusion

Overall, the Moultrie A-20 Game Camera is a great purchase for anyone who wants to gather intel on the activity on their favorite trails. This camera is priced to sell and it comes with plenty of useful features. Despite the fact that it does not come with a wireless system, it has enough room on the included SD card that hunters can see what they need to see outside of real time. The infrared flash and one-second trigger mean that the camera captures everything that any hunter needs to know while scouting. This camera is an investment that really does pay off.