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Best Trail Camera 2018 – Buyer’s Guide

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There are literally 100's of different trail cameras on the market.  

On top of that there are dozens of brands each with a multitude of models that come with a plethora of features. 

How in the world do you actually settle and pick the best trail camera for you?

Well, there is only ONE problem.  Finding that "best" game camera isn't an easy task.

Do yourself a favor and buy from one of the Major Trail Camera Brands.  Specifically one that has a lot of good reviews.

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Model

Mega Pixels

Flash Type

Trigger Speed

Price

Rating

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8mp

Infrared

0.67 sec

$$

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10mp

Infrared Red Glow

0.3 sec

$$

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10mp

Infrared No Glow

0.5 sec

$$

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3.1mp

Infrared Red Glow

0.22 sec

$$$$$

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14mp

Infrared Low Glow

0.2 sec

$$$

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8mp

Infrared

0.5 sec

$$

First released in 2014, this is one of the top rated trail cameras on the market. It has a motion triggered 10mp camera, with a detection range of up to 100 feet. The camera can also shoot videos of HD quality and sound. The video clips can range between 5 seconds and 2 minutes.

The camera has a trigger speed of 0.67 seconds. It also features an infrared flash for night time photos. The entire unit runs on 8 AA batteries which are long lasting. The device is fitted with time-lapse software. The unit is robust, compact and designed in camouflage.

The Browning Strike Force is priced reasonably well which is also very reasonable and one of the main reasons it is the best trail camera.

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Probably one of the fasted trail cameras on the market right now with a trigger speed of 0.2 seconds and a recovery speed of 0.5 sec.  Both numbers are absolutely astonishing.

This model also boasts a lot of technology into a relatively small body.  Measuring in at just 5.6in x 3.4in.

The Spypoint Force 11D is priced on the low end of trail cameras and you definitely get what you pay for. The picture quality is not the greatest and dfinitely takes a hit on night time pictures.  The 11D is also not the most durable game camera.

Credit does go to it's battery life and detection circuit.  You should get at least 6 months of straight use in the field and expect longer.  The detection circuit is quite honestly amazing.  The fasted trail camera by a large margin and has a detection range of 60ft. 

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This game camera is absolutely packed with features with a relatively low price point.

Full Stealth Cam G42NG review

This camera offers 4 different resolution settings of 2, 4, 8 or 10mp to adjust to how many photos you want. It is capable of video recording in HD from 5 – 180 seconds.

The trigger speed is a lightening quick 0.5 seconds with a detection range of up to 100 feet. Even at night. It is equipped with 42 black IR emitters which create no visible flash. “Burst mode” is also available which will take up to 9 pictures at once.

The SD card slot supports up to 32 GB and can be password protected from unwanted users.

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This camera has perhaps the most impressive battery life of any trail camera. It is designed to use either 6 or 12 AA batteries. When fitted with 12 AA batteries, it can run continuously for up to one year.

Full Reconyx Hypefire HC500 Review Here.​

Battery life aside, this camera also has a lightening fast trigger speed at 0.15 seconds. It captures 1080p HD images at about 2 frames per second. Its picture quality is full color day time and monochrome at night.

The camera’s sensor is sensitive up to 50 feet, and can be set to take pictures on am/pm basis or at preset intervals. The only downside of this camera, aside from the cost, is that it doesn’t record videos. At the same time, as a photographic trail camera, the Reconyx HyperFire HC500 is about as good as it gets.

If you're looking for a low to medium priced camera that still offers great features then the 14mp Trophy Cam Aggressor might be what you're looking for. 

Image resolutions come in 14, 8, and 3 megapixels.  You will also get 1920 x 1080 video resolution with audio.  ​

The Aggressor has a 0.2 second trigger speed which is definitely upper echelon and won't miss any fast moving objects that pass through the detection zone.  Also expect around 1 second for recovery time.  Again, this is great for this price point in a trail camera.

On average the detection range is around 80ft which is basically market standard.  Some users have reported seeing up to 110ft but is usually a bit lower.

If you're looking for a feature packed game camera that is not gonna break the bank, you definitely need to check out the Bushnell Trophy Cam Aggressor.

Another in a line of great trail cameras is the G30 model from Stealh(GSM).  Stealth has included a lot of their high end features in this little beaut, but was able to keep the price down.  More from Stealth.

The G30 can be set up for either 2, 4 or 8 mp images and is also able to record HD video from 5-180 seconds.

Full Stealth Cam G30 Review here.

This model also has 30 IR emitters, I guess that's good, with an 80 ft detection range.  Both pretty much standard in the industry which shows just how much you're getting in this modestly priced trail camera.

This game camera also has a 0.5 second trigger speed using Stealth's reflex trigger technology along with the advanced blur reduction will enable this gem to pump out quality image after quality image.

Different Types of Trail Cameras

There are two main types of game cameras.  These involve the type of flash that the camera uses. 

When deciding what type of camera you need, the main feature you need to think about is the flash.  What will you be doing with your trail camera?  The LED and Infrared flash each has it's own benefits and drawbacks.  Be sure to research WHAT exactly you need before making your purchase.

Traditional LED Flash Camera

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This type of hunting camera uses LED bulbs for the flash.  This type of flash would be ideal for those who want crystal clear images for day and night as well as maintaining a color image for nights.

Keep in mind too that because these cameras use a bright flash that they will use more juice from your batteries.  So you get less images using these cameras.

Advantages

  • Full color with crystal clear nighttime images
  • Typically easy to set up and install
  • Very portable with a wide variety of uses.

Disadvantages

  • The bright flash isn't ideal if you're using the camera for security or scouting a potential hunting location.
  • These cameras also make a "shutter" sound when taking a picture which can add to spooking animals.
  • Uses more battery compared to infrared scouting cameras

Infrared Flash

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Infrared trail cameras are quickly becoming the industry standard for the most popular type of flash.  It's easy to understand why when there are so many different uses for this type of flash. These hunting cameras will provide a very high resolution and the night time photos have tremendous clarity.

These cameras are especially useful for using as security in your home or office as well as for wildlife behavior based on the "No" flash it puts off and having no "shutter" noise.

Advantages

  • Uses less power for the flash so the batteries last longer
  • No Glow Infrared cameras emit no light which won't spook animals or alert people to it's location
  • Faster trigger time than LED flash trail cameras

Disadvantages

  • Night time photos are in black and white and may be "grainy"
  • Tend to be more costly because of the technology involved

Ruggedness, picture quality, user-friendliness, and price are the major factors that most hunters would look for in trail cameras. And these are the same things that would put game cameras on the top list of the best-selling and most liked cameras according to consumers themselves.

Looking at the top game camera reviews can definitely trim down your options because you will be more wise about which brands and models are preferred and trusted. The following are the best blenders for hunting cameras according to buyers.

Wireless/Cellular Trail Cameras

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Wireless trail cameras are a relatively recent development in the game camera industry.  These cameras send the pictures and videos it captures directly to your phone through a Wi-Fi network. 

The best way to understand is to think of the wireless trail camera like it's a phone.  The camera uses the signals from wireless towers to send/text the pictures and videos it takes to your phone or email.

​All current cameras on the market use the GSM network.  This is basically a specific type of wireless technology that certain carriers use to transmit wireless signals.  Only two carriers currently use the GSM network which include AT&T and T-Mobile.  This technology requires a SIM card to be used so your camera will be enabled with one.  These usually come with the unit when you purchase.

Important Note:  Just because your camera has to get a plan with either AT&T or T-Mobile does NOT mean that your phone has to be with these carriers to receive the texts.

Just like a phone using T-Mobile can call another phone using Verizon.  Same concept here.

Top of The Line Trail Camera Brands

The game camera industry has become one of massive competition.  There are many brands in this sector all with different technologies that make each camera different and hopefully a little better than the others. 

With so many brands out there, I've compiled a list of the higher quality brands with the highest customer satisfaction.

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Browning Trail Cameras

Browning only recently entered the game camera market but has quickly become a favorite for consumers and industry leading professionals. They have earned a reputation for producing quality scouting cameras at very competitive prices.

Their game cameras come with a multitude of options but all models they offer have an infrared flash. They do come in either no glow or red glow flash options.

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Bushnell Game Cameras

Bushnell is one of the top brands when it comes to game cameras. They are widely considered the "standard" for affordable trail cameras from industry professionals.

When you purchase a Bushnell trail camera you are getting a quality camera that is rugged and almost guaranteed to last you a very long time.

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Cuddeback trail cameras lead the industry with a 1/4 second trigger speed and advanced features. They also boast a 1 second recovery time to get be ready for another image.

These scouting cameras also provide more images with an animal actually captured and provide a lot less blank photos that a lot of other brands capture.

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Moultrie brand trail cameras currently have the number 1 selling trail camera on Amazon.com. It's under $100 and has some pretty decent reviews.

This company has a wide range of trail cameras on the market with a lot of different features including infrared no glow models as well as panoramic picture taking models.

They strive for an easy to use and quick to set up unit which is ideal for beginners or those that don't need a lot of different features in the game camera.

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Another industry leading trail camera brand, Stealth offers a wide range of excellent technology for their game cameras.

Stealth also like to create scouting cameras that are easy to use like Moultrie but pack a lot more technology into their models. These include; range control, hybrid capture mode, retina for low light conditions, Matrix blur reduction, geo-tagging, quick to set up, burst mode and energy efficient.

Trail Camera Buyers Guide

There are many different features that you need to know about to help you make the best decision when purchasing your game camera.  Below I've listed the main features you can expect from your trail camera and how each do different things for your specific needs.

Picture Quality (Mega Pixels)

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The resolution of images captured by a trail camera is measured in mega pixels(mp). Mega pixels refer to the number – in millions – of individual image pixels or points recorded by the camera per image.

The greater the mega pixel count of the camera, the greater details it will capture in the image.

Most scouting cameras offer resolutions of at least 2 MP with many high-end ones offering resolutions of 10 MP and higher.

However, an important point is that the mega pixel count alone is not an indication of the quality of images captured by a camera. The quality of the camera’s lens and the image sensor are equally important criteria.

I recommend at least 5 mp for any trail camera worth purchasing.

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Types of Flash

The type of flash used in game cameras is especially important for night-time and low-light shots. Two types of flash options are available – conventional visible light flash and infrared flash.

Conventional Visible Light Flash

Usually LED – is excellent for capturing high quality and bright images of game with great color during the night. However, these bright conventional incandescent or LED flashes will most likely spook animals and scare them away from the cameras location, thus not only limiting your chances of capturing a good image but also possibly permanently scaring away the animal from that location. Such bright and visible flashes also reveal the location of your camera to any possible thieves or intruders. LED or incandescent flashes also have higher battery consumption and lead to lower trigger-times.

  • Biggest Advantage: Great colored pictures at night.
  • Greatest Disadvantage: Bright flashes at night will scare game away. If you use the camera for security it will give away the cameras location.

Infrared flash

This flash is not visible to animals (or people) and allows the capture of pictures and video without disrupting the animals behavior. At the same time, the downside of such flashes is that the camera can only take black and white images and the image quality is much lower than LED flash trail cameras. Infrared is also available in No Glow and Red Glow options.

  • No Glow Cameras- The no glow flash does not emit any visible light while taking pictures. Because of their low observability, they are best suited for capturing animal activity without startling them as well as for home security/surveillance applications. The images captured by no glow cameras are less brighter than red glow cameras.
  • Red glow Infrared Cameras- These cameras emit a very faint red light while capturing pictures. Though, this red light is not observable unless one is directly looking at the camera, it does make the camera far more detectable when compared to no glow cameras. Red glow cameras offer brighter and higher quality images than no glow cameras.

Detection Circuit

A game cameras detection zone is the area in front of the camera that is being “monitored.” For an animal or person to be detected, it has to walk into the detection zone. Each trail camera has a detection circuit which is comprised of two facets. The detection width and the detection range.

Detection Width-

The detection width is basically the horizontal span of area covered by the camera lens. In most cases, it is determined by the angle of view which the camera has. Most trail cameras have a view of between 40 and 70 degrees. A few wide-angled units have a detection width of 150 degrees.

Detection Range-

The detection range is the maximum distance from the camera in which movement can be detected by the camera’s sensors. The further the detection range, the more sensitive the camera is. Most game cameras have a detection range of between 40 and 100 feet.

I’ve found that most trail cameras have a far less range than advertised!

Recovery Time

The recovery time is how long it takes for a camera, after taking a shot, to be ready to take another shot. After taking a picture, the game camera usually saves the picture on its internal memory or memory card if you have one installed.

Before the picture is fully saved, the trail camera cannot take another picture. The time it takes to save the picture varies from one camera to another.

Typically, the recovery time of trail camera’s vary between a few microseconds up to a minute. Again, the relevancy of recovery time depends on your particular situation. A faster recovery time is critical when shooting quick moving objects. For capturing slower moving game, a slow recovery time can work fine while saving a bit of your budget.

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Battery and Power Options

A trail camera is usually set up outside – sometimes for months at a time. As such, battery life is incredibly important. The longer a camera needs to stay out in the field, the longer the battery needs to last.

Most game cameras are powered by either traditional AA batteries or c-cell batteries. Generally, AA batteries tend to be somewhat less powerful than C-cell batteries. However, their main advantage is that you can acquire rechargeable Nihm or Lithium batteries which last a very long time.

Although C-cell batteries are longer lasting, they only operate best in temperatures of 32F or higher. Under such temperatures, they can last for months. However, once temperatures begin to drop below this threshold they lose power pretty quickly. In freezing temperatures, their battery life can be cut by half.

When choosing trail camera batteries, it is important to consider the conditions in which you will set up the trail camera. In cold or freezing conditions, AA batteries are the best. In warmer conditions, C-cell batteries are the best.

Lithium batteries offer the longest battery life and are also very reliable and only a bit pricier than regular AA Batteries. It’s definitely worth spending the extra money for a better battery.

External Power
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Almost all of the game cameras that come out now have inputs for 6v or 12v battery supplies. If you plan on leaving your camera in the field for long stretches of time than an external power supply is your best bet.

These units can supply power to your trail camera for many months. When purchasing one of these you need to make sure that your camera will work with the one you're considering.or you may ruin it.

Solar Panels
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Solar panels are an amazing accessory if you're looking to supply power to your camera for really long stretches of time. These panels will keep juice going to your camera year round.

I know this is obvious but you need to make sure the panel is facing south (in the northern hemisphere).

Also, if your camera is where other hunters are or around your home or business, these may not be the best option for power. You don't want this to get stolen or to tip off others of your cameras location.

Memory Card
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Most modern trail cameras use replaceable memory cards (SD or Compact flash cards) and/or internal memory for storing images and video.

Trail cameras with memory cards installed not only enable you to instantly increase the camera’s memory, they also allow you to take the card with you and use it in your smartphone/tablet or laptop for viewing the pictures captured by your game camera.

Bigger memory card capacity in a trail camera implies that it can store hundreds more images and video as well as observe for longer times.

Most hunting cameras support 32GB or 64 GB or even higher capacity memory cards.

Security Features
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Game Cameras are left unattended for long periods of time and therefore are always at a risk of being stolen or vandalized. It is possible that animals could also damage the camera.

Good camouflaging and rugged build-quality are important features that keep the unit undetected and safe.

Many additional security features such as dedicated high-security-boxes with built in holes for running steel cables and padlocks are available for trail cameras and must be considered.

Stealth Cam G30 Review

Price

Super Cheap!

Ease Of Use

Perfect for beginners.

Power Options

Batteries & External Power Jack

Picture Quality

Decent Image Quality

Features

Lacks the features of a High End Model

Stealth Cam G30 Specs

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  • Megapixels: 8, 4, 2
  • Trigger Speed: 0.75 Seconds
  • Recover Speed: 5-10 seconds
  • Detection Range: 80ft
  • Batteries: 8AA w/12v power jack
  • Video: HD from 5-180 seconds w/audio
  • Memory Card: SD up to 32gb
  • Burst-Shot: 1-9 images
  • Geo-tag GPS Tracking
  • Secure Lock Password Protection

Picture and Video Quality

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As you'd expect with the lower priced trail camera the images that you get will work but are not the same quality as a higher end model.  You are able to set the megapixel number between 8, 4 and 2 megapixels. 

With the G30 your best bet is to stick with the 8mp setting.  You'll fill up your memory card faster but you will get a more workable image.  The clarity is just not there with the lower settings.

A lot of users have stated that the video quality is decent as well and a nice touch for a trail camera at this price point.

Detection Circuit

  • Detection Range: 80 ft
  • Trigger Speed: 0.75 seconds
  • Recovery Speed: 5-10 seconds

The detection range you'll get out of the G30 is 80ft.  This is very decent for a game camera under $100.  Stealth Cam uses their Multi-zone detection feature which uses multiple zones of angle and distance to help maximize the accuracy of triggering and help avoid false triggers.

The Trigger Speed of the Stealth Cam G30 is an astonishing 0.75 seconds!  I actually can't believe that Stealth got the trigger speed so low in this model.  I guess it is a testament to the Stealth Cam brand as well as the market in general normalizing this feature.

The Recovery Speed is very decent at 5-10 seconds.  Many users have stated different numbers for recovery speed and that's what accounts for the wide range.  At the same time, 5-10 seconds is a very respectable number.

Stealth Cam G-Series Instructional Video

Bushnell 14mp Trophy Cam Aggressor Review

Price

Low-Mid Price

Ease Of Use

Lots of features make it more difficult for beginners

Power Options

Batteries or solar panel

Picture Quality

Great picture and Video quality!

Features

Definitely Feature Packed

Bushnell Trophy Cam Aggressor Specs:

  • Megapixels: 14, 8, 3mp
  • Trigger Speed: 0.2 sec
  • Detection Range: 80ft
  • Batteries: 8AA
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 w/audio up to 60 seconds
  • Memory Card: SD up to 32gb
  • Multi-shot: 1-3 images
  • Password Protection: No
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Image and Video Quality

This awesome trail camera comes with the ability to change the photo resolution between 14, 8 and 3 mp.  The video resolution comes in at 1920 x 1080 and has audio.  (Check out the Browning Strike Force as it compares pretty well to this one.)

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I've said it before that you don't necessarily need to set the camera to the highest mp setting to get great photos and the same is true here.  Setting it to 8 mp will yield great clarity in photos and will also save your battery space and memory card space. 

Daytime photos turn out great with a slight overexposure in bright sun and a bit dark in shady areas.

Night photos also turn out great with the red glow infrared flash.

Detection Circuit

Detection Range: 80 feet

Trigger Speed: 0.2 seconds

Recovery Speed: Around 1 second (uh, amazing!)

In numerous tests done, and I've scoured the internet to get the most accurate data on this, has the consistent detection range at about 80ft.  There have been many instances where the detection range have been up to 110 feet, which is awesome, but I have found the most consistent and reliable distance to be around 80 feet. 

The Trigger Speed is around 0.2 seconds is incredibly fast and is consistent with most pictures it takes.  There seems to be a consolidation in the game camera industry and I'm seeing most cameras coming out to be under the 0.5 second mark.  Still, this is what you want in a camera.

The Recovery Speed of the Bushnell Trophy Cam Aggressor is something that impressed me.  The ability for this camera to have such a low recover speed at this price point is astounding.  In most cases for trail cameras the recovery speed is a lot slower the lower in price you get.  Just another of it's great features as well as another reason to buy a trail camera from a reputable brand.

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Aggressor Review

Overall

Consider the Bushnell 14mp Trophy Cam Aggressor to be one of your top choices.  The features that you are getting and the low to medium price point that it comes in make it one of the more popular choices in the market. 

You're getting top of the line performance, craftsmanship and speed with this baby!

With it's very clear day and night pictures and high resolution video you are sure to capture whatever the heck it is you're trying to capture and you won't be disappointed.  Please don't blame me if you're not.

Reconyx Hyperfire HC500 Review

Price

Low-Mid Price

Ease Of Use

Easy enough for beginners.

Power Options

Amazing Battery Life!

Picture Quality

Top Notch picture quality

Features

Quality Camera All Around

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Hyperfire HC500 Specs:

  • Megapixels: 3.1 MP/1080p
  • Trigger Speed: 0.2 sec
  • Detection Range: 50ft
  • Flash Type: No-Glo Infrared
  • Power Source: 12AA or 1.5v Lithium

First things first, the price of the Hyperfire HC500 is on the upper end in the market.  We're talking in the $400-500 dollar range. If this doesn't scare you off... please, read on.

This camera is arguable one of the best trail cameras you can buy.  It's incredible durable and has a proven track record of being very dependable.  The vast majority of reviews you can find will attest to this also.

Picture Quality

3.1 MP, Are you kidding me?!  At first when you see this specification you can't understand how the price point for this camera could be so high. 

It's important to understand that the megapixel number is not an indicator for the quality of the image.  I've written on this subject which you can read here.  What IS important is the quality of the lens that's in the game camera.

Reconyx understands this and has installed a very high quality lens that produces extremely crisp images.  Don't let the MP fool you.

Battery and Power Options

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You can either use 6AA or 12AA batteries in this model.  One of the HC500's greatest features is the outstanding battery life

Using 12AA lithium batteries, the trail camera will easily have enough power up to last an entire year. 

​It is not equipped to use a solar panel however, if that was your intention.  But who needs that when your trail camera will last for a year?!

Reconyx Hyperfire HC500 Review

*Small note: This review was done by one of my competitors but for the sake of providing my visitors will quality information and value, I've decided to include it here.  It covers the HC500's features and capabilities very well.

Stealth Cam G42NG Review

Price

Low-Mid Price

Ease Of Use

Easy enough for beginners.

Power Options

Batteries or solar panel

Picture Quality

Top Notch picture quality

Features

Amazing features for the price

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Quickly gaining popularity among scouting enthusiast is the Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo Trail Camera.  Obviously one of the main reasons is it's amazing price point. 

Currently selling for just over $100 and offering a very decent features list, it rivals top competitors including the Browning Strike Force and the Bushnell Trophy Cam.  Both very popular trail cameras.

This model has a very durable casing with decent, not great hinges.  It also happens to be waterproof.  And I don't know about you, but this is what I always pictured when I thought of trail cameras.

Image Quality

The G42NG comes with 4 resolution options.  There is a max resolution of 10 MP but you can also set it to 8MP, 4MP or 2MP.  Also note that the Matrix Advanced Blur Reduction won't give you clear night shots in 2MP or 4MP.

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Also remember that the higher the resolution you have it set on, the more battery you will use and also take up more space on your memory card.  You will still get clear shots at the 8MP setting and medium clarity with the 4MP setting.

You also have the ability to get HD Video recorded with sound.  Anywhere from 5-180 seconds which is completely customizable.  The HD Video has 2 options for resolutions which include 720x480 and 1280x720.

Detection Zone and Trigger Speed

This camera employs Reflex technology which allows the camera to "trigger" an image in 0.5 seconds.  A lot of times it's faster than this.  This will enable you to capture fast moving game and avoid butt or head shots.

A huge drawback to this trail camera is the recovery time which comes in at 6.5 seconds.  That means an image will be taken every 6.5 seconds and you may miss multiple shots of whatever triggered the image.

The Detection Zone says you will be able to detect motion at 100ft but in reality it's more like 80ft which is still good.

This game camera uses "Multi-Zone Detection" which creates a much larger detection area.  It provides for a Wide Angle, Medium Angle and a Narrow long distance.  This feature does eat up battery though and is considered one of the drawbacks.

Battery Life

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8 AA batteries to power this puppy. 

This is the industry standard for amount of batteries and you should get a decent amount of photos with one set.

The advertised amount of battery use for this camera is up to 1 year.  In reality you're looking more like 3-6 months.  Still pretty good though.

If you opt for the lithium batteries, which you should, you'll get closer to the 6 month range.

Stealth Cam G42NG Review

Bushnell Trophy Cam 8mp Review

Price

Low-Mid Price

Ease Of Use

Easy enough for beginners.

Power Options

Batteries or solar panel

Picture Quality

Top Notch picture quality

Features

Amazing features for the price

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One of the first trail cameras on the market to offer the wireless capability, this unit from Bushnell is one of the top selling cameras in the market. While the price tag is a bit steep, you will be getting a feature packed camera while maintaining a level of dependability not matched by others.

The main feature that makes this a desirable trail camera is it's wireless capability.  In order for this to work you will need to purchase a data plan with a sim card and luckily Bushnell offers these plans when you purchase the Bushnell Trophy Cam 8mp.

The unit does come with everything you need to get started.  The data plan it comes with gives you unlimited thumbnails for the first 30 days.  They have a few different plans which you can review below.

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Bushnell uses AT&T as their carrier so you need to make sure that you're going to be within their coverage area wherever you will be using your trail camera.

Infrared Flash

This camera boasts 32 infrared no glow LEDs which will emit no flash when taking pictures at night.  The benefit of this is that if you're using your camera for wildlife, they won't get spooked with a bright flash.  If you're using it for security purposes, no one will know a picture was just taken of them.  It definitely has its advantages in this respect.

The detection range is 60 feet which means that any movement that happens within 60 feet of the viewer will trigger an image.  This is pretty much a standard distance in the market and I have found the distance to be pretty reliable.  Less reliable models will list a certain distance but will yield a much less distance before the trigger.

Another point of emphasis is the trigger speed.  The Bushnell Trophy Cam 8mp Standard has a quick trigger speed of 0.6 seconds.  This is actually not that big of a deal as the only time you need a quick trigger speed is if you're wanting to catch fast moving objects.  None the less, a 0.6 seconds trigger speed is definitely one of the fastest in the market so if you do need to capture something moving fast this camera will.

Battery and Power

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Unfortunately this is one of the drawbacks to this otherwise awesome game camera.  You will need 12 AA batteries to power this baby, which is more than the normal camera.  And what's more, you will only get a max of 3 months on these!

Another option for this camera is the use of a solar panel.  Solar panels are great if you are going to leave the camera for a long period of time and in a relatively secluded area so no one steals it.

Moultrie puts out a great solar panel which you can get for a reasonable price.

Picture Quality

This awesome wireless trail camera boasts an 8mp camera which is more than enough to offer crisp high definition images with amazing resolution.  Video also records at 1280x720p in high definition.

You can also set the camera to a lower megapixel like 3 or 5.  You will be able to store more photos and video this way while only sacrificing a slight resolution change.

There is also a 2.4" color LCD display which you can use to view and zoom the images you took in full color.

Bushnell Trophy Cam 8mp HD Standard Review

Best Trail Camera Under 100?

I've come up with a list of the top 5 best trail cameras under $100 that are actually a quality product and wont' break on you. 

With a lot of things in life the old adage, you get what you pay for, holds very true for trail cameras.

If you have the money to spend, opting for one of the higher end units will definitely be a smart investing option. At the same time most of us can't really afford to go with one of these options.

Best Trail Camera under $100 Comparison Table

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Model

Mega Pixels

Flash Type

Trigger Speed

Price

Rating

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8mp

30 IR emitters

0.5 sec

$

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1. Stealth Cam G30
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The Stealth Cam G30 is my top pick for the best trail camera under $100. Of all the trail cameras that are under $100 this one has the best features and the right amount of durability for the price.

Stealth Cam has packed this little guy with tons of features as well as a rugged build quality. It has an 8mp camera, a very fast trigger speed and recovery speed, records in HD video, and is very easy to operate with their Quick Set modes.

Out of the box this game camera is easy to use for beginners as well as efficient enough for experienced trail camera enthusiasts.

2. Moultrie Game Spy A5 Gen 2
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The Moultrie A5 gen 2 is second on our list of the best trail camera under 100, but is also a very reliable camera. With the 5mp camera you will still get quality images but the resolution may be a bit low for some images.

The same goes for the video you get with the A5 gen2. You will have a decently clear picture the the resolution is set to 640x480.

Another aspect I like is that this camera has a low glow flash which can be used as a budget surveillance trail camera. Overall, a very decent trail camera for the price point of around $60.

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The Stealth Cam p18 boast a 7mp camera and 18 IR emitters which give a pretty decent flash when compared to other models at this price point.

The burst mode function allows you to take 1-6 images per triggering. The external LCD display shows you the picture count and battery life. The p18 also has a video mode with your choice of 5, 15, or 30 sec recording times.

This model also comes with batteries and an SD card so you can head to field and set it right when you get it.


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It is a really popular model in the market as it is one of the cheaper models.  At the same time it also is very reliable and comes pre-configured so you can use it right out of the box.

You'll get an image resolution of 3 megapixels which is a bit low and to be expected at a lower price point. This camera has a quick trigger speed of 0.3 seconds and a recovery time of 5 seconds which is the main reason this camera comes in at number 4 in the top 5 best trail cameras under $100.

The Primos Truth Cam 35 is a great option for those looking to get a budget trail camera and who may be just starting out. It doesn't have a lot of the features that you'd get from a higher end camera.
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The Stealth Cam P12 is one of the more popular models put out by GSM outdoors. This model is water resistant which is one of it's better qualities. Especially at this low price point.

This game camera is also very easy to use and comes with quickset options. For each quickset you can either get 6mp resolution images with 30 second delays or a 4mp resolution and a 5 second delay. It does have a relatively slow trigger speed at 30 seconds which is why it's number 5 on the list.

This camera does boast a 6mp camera which is a pretty decent amount for this price of trail camera. You will get some pretty quality images.

Conclusion

It's important to understand the distinction between trail cameras that are under $100 versus those that cost significantly more.  You get a lot less features and the images tend to be less clear than those over $100.

Here's an instructional video on the #1 Game Camera under $100.

Browning Strike Force Sub Micro 10mp Review

Price

Low-Mid Price

Ease Of Use

Easy enough for beginners.

Power Options

Batteries or solar panel

Picture Quality

Top Notch picture quality

Features

Amazing features for the price

browning strike force review

When it comes to high quality trail cameras, Browning is definitely a company that can be trusted to make good products.

The Browning Strike Force Sub Micro 10mp Trail Camera is certainly no exception to the Browning reputation, as it is both easy to use and extremely reliable.

This is a camera that can hold up to the elements, and also provide hunters or trail maintenance personnel with high resolution imagery every time. This camera has performed very well for me, and many other people which is evidenced by the multitude of good reviews this product has.

Camouflaged External Design

The browning strike force trail camera is designed with a perfect aesthetic for the trail/wilderness. It features a woodland camouflage design which is perfect for many different woodland environments.

If you are hunting in a jungle type environment, or one that is heavily exfoliated with different types of green plants, then this camo design may not be ideal since it is ore of a grayish/tree bark style camo design. However, for most other wooded environments, this camera is designed with the optimal camouflage.

Exceptional Trigger Time

This is a game camera that is capable of capturing an image in a lightning fast time frame. The Browning strike force is capable of capturing an image in only 0.67 seconds, which is easily fast enough to capture most animal movement even if it is moving quickly.

Sometimes an animal will be running across the frame, and some other game cameras will only be able to capture a somewhat blurry image while the browning strike force is capable of capturing a clear image even with a lot of movement in the frame.

High Definition Video Capability

This is a trail camera that can not only take still frame shots, but it can also record high definition video with audio recording as well. The video recording duration that this camera can achieve is anywhere from 5 seconds at a time, up to 2 minutes in duration.

Being able to record high definition video with this trail camera has allowed me to capture some pretty rare moments of animals, and has allowed me to take stunning nature videos without having to actually be preset at the time.

Battery Life and Flash Range

Overall I have been highly satisfied with the battery life I get with my Browning strike force trail camera, and the battery life that one can achieve with this unit will vary slightly depending on the brand of AA battery that you use in the camera.


This camera takes 6 AA batteries at a time, and you can certainly use rechargeable batteries as well. In addition to a solid battery life with this trail camera, you also can take advantage of this unit’s 100 foot flash range.


The 100 food flash range is perfect for getting good, clean images even in total darkness. To make this camera even more user friendly, Browning also included time-lapse viewer software which is called Browning buck watch. This is an easy-to-use program that makes utilizing the trail camera a breeze.