If you need to buy a good trail camera in 2018, whether it is for hunting, for using for security or just for monitoring your property when you are not around, you will want to buy the best trail camera you can afford.
If you do not know much about trail cameras, there are some things you can look for on any camera you are considering that will make it easier to choose the perfect one for your specific situation.
Image quality — This should be the most important thing when it comes to putting trail cameras around your property, or when using them to track game.
After all, there is no point spending a lot of money on a camera that only has a 480p resolution and then realizing you have no idea what that animal is it just photographed. Also look for contrast and clarity so any nighttime images you video or photograph will be clear.
White flash versus red flash — If you are just wanting to monitor your property, buy a trail camera with a red flash as this is far less obtrusive at night and will not usually scare animals away.
If you are using a trail camera for security, however, a white flash will startle both animals and people, and can be a good start to a decent home security system.
A 55-degree field view — This will give you an extra 10 degrees over the typical 45-degree field view, and allow you to monitor much more of your property.
This is important as you can easily get animals or people on your property that are in that 10-degree field view difference, and you would have no idea what they were or if they were a threat.
Trigger speed is important — When a trail camera detects movement, it takes a photograph. You want to be sure you look at trail cameras in 2018 that have a trigger speed of around half a second as, if you do, you will be far less likely to miss any people or game on your property.
Recovery time is also vital — The best trail cameras in 2018 have a recovery time of less than a second. Any more than that and you run the risk of having the person or animal leaving the property by the time the camera takes its second photograph.
A small camera — Remember, you want your trail camera to be unobtrusive so it is not detected by anything suddenly appearing on your property. Choose a small camera with muted colors that blends well into foliage, wood or on a cabin wall, railing or roof.
A large battery capacity — The point of having a trail camera in 2018 is that you can leave it there for days without the battery running out. Make sure the camera you buy has a large battery capacity, and will stay turned on for several days so it can photograph everything you may miss.