This is to explain important features most good trail
cameras have, and tricks I use to make my life easier.
Ok, this helps a ton, why cameras have them is simple
after you set the camera on a tree etc you switch on
the laser to check if the camera is pointed correctly.
HOWEVER in the day you can’t see the red dot easily, I
do this – I put my hand close to the laser and walk
backwards and see if the beam is correctly pointed,
keeping the laser dot on my hand as I walk away. If
it’s wrong I reset the laser till the location is
correct. As a norm I set my cameras about 38cm off the
ground (KNEE HEIGHT) with the laser dot hitting the
ground at about 10m. This is a pretty good angle to
use and the camera fires pretty easily on sensing
This is a good one, many good quality cameras have
in South Africa it isn’t so necessary because we don’t
hunt lands that have lots of hunters on them like the
USA and hunting government land, here we don’t have
such things, and all land is private so we know who is
on our property (or at least most times anyway). So –
a trail cam runs a less of a risk of being stolen. But
anyway, good cameras have PASSWORDS, every time you
set it or look at photos you need to punch in a
password, if you don’t you can’t see or use the camera
at all. It is NO use to anybody who steals it – but to
the general public they won’t know that till they take
it, and later find out it is of no use to them.
Again good cameras have these viewers,
you can view your photos in the field on the camera
(same principal as digital cameras) without having to
take out the card to see them in a digital camera,
computer or on a TV. If you view a photo on TV most
times the bottom line wont show with all the
information on times, moon and temp etc. Trail cams
come with cords / USB cables to view pictures on
computer and television.
PHOTO SNAP SELECTION/ QUALITY OF PHOTO/ VIDEOS
Most cameras have this neat feature,
you can select what you need, either to take 1,2 or 3
photos each time after 1 minute etc, and also it gives
you the choice to film a video or a normal still
photo, a simple feature but very nice. It also gives
you the chance to film in low or high or advanced
resolution, so the quality of your pictures can be
better for printing or publishing in a magazine etc.
For videos remember to put camera on a low resolution,
if you don’t the video will fill a normal memory card
in a second, but on low resolution you will be able to
film a few times before the card is full.
By switching on the camera,
you can then set the camera like you wish with regards
to those headings above, then walk away and after 4
and a bit minutes the camera will activate and go into
standby made, you don’t have to set it on AUTO etc,
just switch it on so that it shows the camera is set
on the date etc, and it will activate itself after a
while and go on standby all on its own.
GOOD CAMERAS HAVE THIS FEATURE
Now we are cooking!
is a very important feature, and
remember quality cameras use INFRA RED flash features
at night NOT WHITE FLASH! These IR flash cameras will
not spook an animal as it shows no burst of white at
night, the camera looks normal, with nothing showing
of any evidence it took a photo, also this is good
especially if a person is walking nearby – he wont see
the camera take a photo- if you used a white flash he
will see the camera fire and chances are he will steal
your camera also!!!!
When you stand near the camera outside;
it blows good clean clear air and you won’t get
better! Have a really nice happy day!