Honeycomb Trail Camnera Buying Guide

Honeycomb Trail Camnera Buying Guide
I Purchased My First Trail Camera Over 20 Years Ago. They’re Expensive, Bulky, Have Terrible Battery Life, And Take Grainy Photos. It’s Crazy To Compare These Cameras To The Cameras I Use Today. Arguably No Hunting Technology Has Advanced As Much As Trail Cameras In The Past Five Years, And A Big Part Of That Advancement Has Been The Development Of Cellular Trail Cameras.

Cellular Trail Cameras Send Photos And Videos To Your Smartphone Or Email, Allowing Near Real-time Access To Scouting Information And Eliminating The Distractions Caused By Manually Checking Cameras. By Studying Photos And Videos, Hunters Can Get A Good Feel For The Animals In The Landscape And Better Determine The Location Of Game, Including Mapping The Patterns Of Specific Animals As They Move Between Beds And Feeding Areas. Additionally, Cellular Trail Cameras Are A Great Tool For Monitoring Remote Properties And Keeping An Eye On Food Plots.

Initially, Cellular Trail Cameras Were Prohibitively Expensive, But Now There Are Several Models Available For Under $150. I’ve Been Running A Fleet Of Cellular Trail Cameras For Years And Have Learned A Few Things Along The Way. Here’s A Buyer’s Guide With Everything You Need To Know About Cellular Trail Cameras, Plus Safari Magazine’s 2023 Cellular Trail Camera Tests.

You Don’t Need To Be A Technical Expert To Set Up A Cellular Trail Camera.
Advantages Of Cellular Track Cameras

Cellular Is As Broad As Ever, And There Were Very Few Areas I Was Looking At That Didn’t Have At Least One Service Bar. Many Cellular Cameras Also Come With A Pre-installed SIM Card And Automatically Connect To The Strongest Network. There Are Other Models That Can Connect To Global Cellular Networks, So You Can Keep An Eye On The Entrance To A Whitetail Property In Iowa Or A Watering Hole In South Africa. There Are Many Advantages To Cellular Trail Cameras, And The Only Reason I Don’t Use A Cellular Camera Is Because The Area I’m Hunting Doesn’t Have Cellular Service.

The First Advantage Of A Cellular Camera Is That You Always Have Up-to-date Information – An Animal Walks In Front Of Your Camera, The Camera Takes A Photo, And You Can View The Photo A Few Minutes Later. Some Cameras Even Offer Live Streaming, Where You Can See What’s In Front Of The Camera In Real Time. This Is A Huge Advantage Over Traditional Cameras Where You Have To Go To The Camera And Check The SD Card Manually. With A Traditional Camera, I’d Be Lucky Enough To Know What Happened Yesterday. With My Cell Phone Camera, I Know What Happened 10 Minutes Ago.

The Second Advantage Of Cell Phone Cameras Is That They Are Less Intrusive. While Testing This Article, I Had Some Cameras In The Field For Over 300 Days But Never Visited Them. These Cameras Took Over 10,000 Photos Without A Single Visit, Keeping My Scent And Presence Out Of The Woods.

A Final Advantage Of Cell Phone Cameras Is That They Greatly Expand The Area That Hunters Can Effectively Scout. You’ll Cause Less Disruption To The Area, And You Won’t Have To Travel There To Check On Them. You Can Run More Cameras And Distribute Them Across Multiple States Or Countries.

Picture Quality

The Most Common Misconception About Trail Camera Image Quality Is That More Megapixels Means Better Image Quality. In Fact, Almost All Cameras On The Market Shoot At Around 3-5 Megapixels And Then Use Software To Interpolate The Images. Simply Put, Interpolation Adds Fake Megapixels To A Photo By Splitting Real Megapixels Into Multiple Simulated Pixels, Creating A Higher But Deceptive Resolution. More Simply, Interpolation Increases The Megapixel Rating For Promotional Purposes. Just Because One Camera Claims To Have More Megapixels, Doesn’t Mean It’s Better Than Another.

Additionally, When A Cellular Camera Takes A Picture, It Writes The Information To The SD Card And Then Compresses The Image Before Sending It To You. Different Companies Use Different Software To Compress Images, Resulting In Wide Variations In Photo Quality From Company To Company. The Only Thing That Matters Is The Quality Of The Image You See On Your Phone, And The Only Real Way To Determine That Is To Evaluate It Yourself (which Is Exactly What We’ve Done For You Below).

Type Of Flash

When Purchasing Any Trail Camera, You Should Consider The Type Of Flash Used In The Camera. There Are Three Common Types Of Flashes: Red Light Infrared, Low-light Infrared, And Dark (sometimes Called Black Light) Infrared.

As The Name Suggests, Red Light Infrared Uses Infrared Light For Night Photos. When Triggered, They Emit Red Infrared Light, Producing Black And White Photos. Red Light Cameras Take The Brightest, Clearest Night Photos Because They Emit More Infrared Light. They Also Generally Have The Largest Nighttime Range. Some Hunters Think The Red Light Scares Prey, While Others Don’t. This May Depend On The Animal You Are Targeting, The Position Of The Camera, And The Individual Animal.

Low-glow Infrared Is Similar To Red Glow, But Emits Red Light That Is Nearly Invisible To The Human Eye. Low-glow Cameras Are A Good Compromise Between Range And Stealth. Many Hunters Use Low-light Cameras To Monitor Wildlife And Ensure Safety.

Finally, Glow-free Cameras Use An Infrared Flash With A Filter That Makes It Invisible To The Human Eye. These Are Best Suited For Monitoring Property Entrances Or For Hunters Who Want The Least Intrusive Flash. In The Past, Non-illuminated Cameras Have Had Limited Range, But In Our Testing We Found Several Models To Have Excellent Nighttime Range.

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