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Can anyone recommend a Good Trail Cam

I am looking to purchase a trail cam......does anyone out there have any recommendations.
I am looking for something that is not too complicated to set up.....but I do want a good one.......any suggestions would be appreciated....

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Gilles

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Can anyone recommend a Good Trail Cam

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Very easy setup
great battery life
fast trigger speed

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Can anyone recommend a Good Trail Cam

That's not an easy question to answer. I'd consider a number of factors:

1. Number of megapixels -- this represent the "guts" of the camera -- the higher the number, the better your pictures will be. I've looked at some cheaper models, and wasn't impressed because lower-grade optics coupled with low megapixels meant for fuzzier pictures. The more megapixels you buy, the better you'll be able to judge what's in the photos.

2. Flash. You have two options -- regular flash or IR. It depends on whether you think the flash will spook wildlife. "IR" doesn't mean "invisible." The IR flashes I've seen still flashed a bit red. You have to be looking at it to see it; it's not invisible, but it won't spook anything. The photos my Moultrie camera takes in IR are black and white. During the day, it pops a little red filter over the camera lens to correct the color for color photos.

3. Battery life. How often do you check your camera? Do you want to have to change batteries every time because they're only good for a week and you go out there every four days? Good cams will go a month or two.

4. How many $20 bills you'd be willing to leave out in the open in that part of the woods. If you worry about dishonest people, you might not want to spend a fortune on a camera.

The rest is just features like whether it takes one photo at a time or three, video capability, etc. One thing I've found handy on my camera is that it has a little laser on it by the lens -- so you can use the red dot to position the center of the photo and save a lot of time aiming the camera.

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Can anyone recommend a Good Trail Cam

This is a good question that I like an answer too also.
I have used 3 Moultrie Digital Trailcams and a TrailTimer 35mm Trailcam and they all have taken fairly good photos but the reaction time has been horrible. Lots of empty photos or half body photos.
The time it between the trigger of the Cam til when it actually takes the photo seems to be way too long.
I have to try and aim it so that the animal will be walking either directly at the cam or at a sharp angle to or from it.

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I don't know how to address the trigger time issue. I had my Moultrie cam on my bear stand this spring and got a lot of pictures of the back half of a lynx as he stepped out of the frame. I also got a lot of pics that had been triggered by a squirrel or rabbit several feet away, but occasionally the lynx wouldn't trigger it until it was halfway out of the picture. What I wound up doing was setting the cam for a two-shot burst. The first would trigger on the movement, and the second would happen a few seconds later regardless of what was going on. Every once in a while it paid off.

It also helps if you have something in the middle of the frame to catch an animal's attention. Give them something to stop and sniff, and they'll be more likely to photograph themselves.

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Can anyone recommend a Good Trail Cam

Does anyone have any reviews on the Predator Trail Cam.
According to what I've read it has 3.2 megapixels (day) and 1.2 megapixels (night). It is listed at $450.00, uses 10 AA batteries (battery life 4 weeks approx.). I was considering purchasing this one. Just wondering if anyone out there had one. Thanks for the info.
Gilles

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