Discover the Best Game Camera! Ultimate Game Camera Comparison Guide

January 17, 2014

If you want to take your hunting to the next level the piece of equipment you want is a game camera.  But obviously if you are reading this then you’ve already knew that.  You’ve thought ahead, and know that you don’t just want a game camera, but you want the camera that is going to best suit your hunting.

The interactive chart of game cameras below and the analysis that follows will help you decide what the best device is for you.

We all have an opinion on what makes the best hunting equipment, but with so many conditions and types of hunting, you want to have the best possible camera to suit your needs.

Ultimate Game Camera Comparison Guide and Key

PictureCameraRange (Ft)Picture QualityPriceRating
PictureCameraRange (Ft)Picture QualityPriceRating
Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam Standard Edition 458MP$$4.2
Moultrie PANORAMIC 150 Game Camera 1008MP$$4.1
Simmons Whitetail Trail Camera with Night Vision (4MP) 254MP$4.0
Reconyx HyperFire HC500 Semi - Covert IR Game Camera 508MP$$$$5.0
Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam Bone Collector Trail Camera 458MP$$4.2
Wild Game Innovations Invisible IR Digital Scouting Camera, 8-Megapixel 708MP$$$4.1
Moultrie D-444 Low Glow Game Camera 808MP$4.1
Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam HD Max Black LED Trail Camera with Night Vision 608MP$$$4.2
Wildgame Innovations Crush 12 MP Touch Trail camera 5012MP$$$4.2
HCO SG560C Full Color Scouting Camera 705MP$$4.7

Included in the Guide are six categories

  • Picture of the Game Camera
  • Title of the game camera and link to the details and to purchase
  • Range of each particular Camera in feet
  • Quality of the pictures in Mega Pixels
  • Price $-under $100 to $$$$-over $300
  • Rating is the number of stars from reviews from Amazon

 

 

Advantages of using game cameras

  •  Saves Time Let’s face it.  If you hunt you want to harvest an animal.  You want to bring home something that proves you were there, and that you had a reason to be there.  Using a game camera is a great way to make sure that your favorite spots actually have impressive animals.
  • Finds Better Animals If you go hunting it may be for the quiet, or it may be for the experience, but deep down you want a big score.  If you throw up a few game cameras you will typically find a spot where that animal you’ve dreamed about is lurking around.
  • Low Maintenance Hook a camera to a tree, put in an SD Card, and wait until a couple of weeks before season starts, and see where you’re going to setup shop.  This alone can save you days of waiting in unproductive spots.

 What is a Game Camera

A game camera (also known as a trail camera) is a motion activated device that takes pictures of animals when they come into the field of view.  These cameras have a wide range of uses, but are primarily used by hunters to find patterns of animals in order to better track them for harvesting during hunting season.

How to Pick a Great Camera

There are so many factors to consider when choosing a great trail camera.  That’s why we created our guide!  But we do have several features that you may want to consider when looking to buy these cameras

  • Picture Quality- Are you going for great pictures or quantity?  Are you using it to just track movements or are you going to put a high quality picture of your buck alive on the same mantle where his antlers will be?
  • Price- Do you know your land well?  If you are hunting a large tract or someone else’s land you may not want the top of the line models, but if it’s your land that you know well, you may want to have the best cameras that will stay there a while
  • How Many- Like price, you will want to consider how many cameras you want to have in the wild.  If you are hunting a large spot you may need more than a few cameras to get the most out of your trip.
  • Hunting Conditions- What kind of weather will your camera have to put up with.  Most will withstand the rain, but what about sub-zero conditions?

Game Camera Set Up Tips

Setting up a trail camera can make or break your season.  You don’t want to pull your SD cards and find that your pictures weren’t there, or sun blocked, or poor quality.  So we’ve compiled these tips to help you get the best out of your equipment.

  • Make sure you have a SD in the camera and take a few test pictures.  This may sound obvious, but we felt obligated
  • Number all of your cameras, and use your smart phone to mark the gps location.  This is going to be helpful every step of the way.  You may have to learn some new skills, but it will be worth it.
  • Secure your camera.  Not just for bears (who are very curious), but from other hunters.  Hide it well, but also be sure to use a great cable to hook it up, and you may even consider a security box made for your model.
  • Set your camera level or higher angled down on the tree, but never low looking up.  This will not take good pictures.  Unless you’re looking for possums and squirrels.
  • Angle your camera to look down the trail not just a section of the trail.  You’ll get more pictures of the animals, and they won’t be blurry.
  • Make sure your camera is facing north!  This will keep the sun out of the eyes of your camera, and usually give you the best light for your pictures.