Camera Traps

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Subject: Camera Traps
From: Mark Carter <>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2012 04:20:34 +0100 (BST)

I can only really comment on the models I've used:
Bushnell Trophy Cam- good basic workhorse camera. Image quality not great. OK 
battery life- runs on normal AAs. Lower priced model.
Scoutguard SG560P- Reasonable and cheap. 

Uway (Sorry can't remember the model)- Good camera, nice images and sharp 
response times etc but pricey. Runs on 10 or so Lithium AAs- long battery life 
but expensive to deck out.
Reconyx models- Similar to the Uway. Great results but not cheap.

Its horses for courses frankly. If you are deploying for long periods and 
someone else was paying for the batteries you'd go for the lithium-powered  
models, but if its short deployments or you are on a budget something like the 
Bushnell or Scoutguard is probably the best option. Personally I'd rather have 
several cheaper cameras which I can spread around a site rather than put all my 
eggs in one basket and be dependent on one you-beaut camera. Having said that 
you don't want to go too cheap...

There are loads of models on the market now and I haven't tried most of them. 
Things to look out for when shopping are: IR capability, battery type (ever 
tried buying a dozen 'C' cells in an outback roadhouse? Near impossible!), 
silent and no-visible flash operation (critical for avoiding disturbance), SD 
card storage, fast response times, focused motion-trigger zone (important as 
otherwise you'll get a million shots of grass waving in the wind), 
waterproofing, time/date stamping of images. 

I have not used video function much as it tends to guzzle memory and power. I'd 
love to hear anyone else opinion on this angle.  

Protecting them from thieves? I can't suggest much there: the places I use 
camera traps are rarely visited by humans (Funny how thats where the good stuff 
is, huh?). Reconyx do have security straps for sale but I suspect they won't 
deter a serious thug. 

Happy hunting!

Mark Carter

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