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Trail Cams - Which One???!! #4761792
11/25/14 03:12 PM
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We are looking at trail cams, wanting to set up just a couple - but the variety out there appears nearly endless, and is a bit confusing. Is there a wide swing in picture quality between manufacturers? Which combines high quality resolution with fair ease of use, reliability and durability? ie - what is the best buy for trail cams?


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Re: Trail Cams - Which One???!! [Re: Blondie] #4761899
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Covert mp6 black!,,for the money they can't be touched!,,bill

Re: Trail Cams - Which One???!! [Re: Blondie] #4763230
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Blondie,

There are some great review sites but just a quick note.

Depends on the quality of pics or video you want or need, the
Distance you want to capture from, and a ton of other little factors.

I've used the dlc 550 coverts for years and have found few that beat
Them for the money, would I like some of the expensive cams? Sure,
but cost doesn't outweigh the added benefit for me.

WCT magazine just did a review....

The best cams can produce crap shots of not setup right too...

Re: Trail Cams - Which One???!! [Re: Blondie] #4763427
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What did you pay for the 550's and do you have any pictures to share.? .can you set the picture mode to take pictures every 10 seconds or is it 30 seconds on that model? Thks bill

Re: Trail Cams - Which One???!! [Re: HD_Wildlife] #4763676
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Originally Posted By: HD_Wildlife
Blondie,

There are some great review sites but just a quick note.

Depends on the quality of pics or video you want or need, the
Distance you want to capture from, and a ton of other little factors. Fairly close - 20 yards or less

I've used the dlc 550 coverts for years and have found few that beat
Them for the money, would I like some of the expensive cams? Sure,
but cost doesn't outweigh the added benefit for me. And there you have it. [color:#CC0000]We can't afford the real expensive cams, so best benefit for the buck is what I am looking for.

[/color]WCT magazine just did a review....

The best cams can produce crap shots of not setup right too... Too true
Bill, I will check out the mp6 blks, thank you!


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Re: Trail Cams - Which One???!! [Re: Blondie] #4763735
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Welcome!,,I'm waiting for Black Friday ,, I'm hoping to find some kind of deals on them!

Re: Trail Cams - Which One???!! [Re: Blondie] #4763794
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Before getting a cellular camera, make sure you have cellular coverage. HCO just released a GoCam for the Verizon network that will work off a Verizon data plan. They also have an AT&T version of that model as well. In regard to the Covert Code Black, it only works with the AT&T network. Also, anyone that has this model and it isn't the 2014 version should consider upgrading to the 2014 version. Covert is currently offering upgrade specials. The pricing I was given is $50 for the 2013 model and $100 for early models.

The reason to upgrade is that AT&T is upgrading their cellular network and the versions before 2014 will not work once the upgrade is completed. For some, that is now while for others it may be some time next year.

If you're just looking for a trail camera, I just did a post last week with some information regarding how to choose a model here http://www.trapperman.com/forum/ubbthrea...r_#Post4761122.


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Re: Trail Cams - Which One???!! [Re: Blondie] #4773298
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I have a stealth cam and have no complaints about it! its easy to program, easy to set, and take really good nighttime and day time videos and photos!!


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Re: Trail Cams - Which One???!! [Re: Blondie] #4773764
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Blondie,

I don't have any current shots handy, when I used them most was for feral hog trapping programs in my former employment.
I bought all of mine through macks prairie wings they had the best price if you were buying a number of them. At the time
this was 5 years ago now, they were running me $140 I believe and they were the smallest and best camera at the time.

No cellular ability so if you wanted something that is going to send you pics like Eric eluded to, that is a horse of another color.

For me the main pic quality I was looking for was to identify pigs based on their color patterns so I didn't need something to sell
to national geographic, but I still wanted good photos for presentations and such.

I suppose for me the bottom line is always what I'm trying to get and what I truly need from the camera.

We are currently buying a gopro for some specialized survey work and we scrutinized which model based on what we truly need.
Do we need 5mp, 10, 12, etc...? Do we need the extra couple of features that are at the top model level for $499 or can we use
the one for $250.00 and get what we need?

I love great electronics and gadgets, but back in my trail cam days I was able to try them all (cuddeback, reconyx, etc...) on various
field research projects and had colleagues using other models to compare to, in the end I was happier spending less and getting what
I needed instead of that small series of killer color photos some of them got.

No matter which one you pick, one little issue I've personally found with many of the new ones in the lower price range and even some
of the more expensive models is the batteries can be loose and it doesn't cause an issue till after you walk away thinking you are set.

Never thought about this when buying originally but it became an issue on quite a few since then....

Load of fun and very versatile of course, makes some of the work more interesting or helps in ability to share with other folks.

Good luck either way!

Justin

Re: Trail Cams - Which One???!! [Re: Blondie] #4774053
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When we were zip-lining they rented P.J. a GoPro to record the experience. When we were done, he asked, "How come we don't own at

least one of these?" My answer was swift; "I'm sure we will now!" I hope they go on sale for Christmas. Anything I should know before

I buy, Justin?

Re: Trail Cams - Which One???!! [Re: Blondie] #4774090
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Wink, basically no sales or very limited I've hunted the last week. The silver 3+ edition has been $50.00 off. Best deal in terms of sale I've found thus far.

Either the 3 or 4 are where most want to be for clarity and quality.

There are some great ways to use this for fun of course but for inspections seeing behind or over objects really
limitless.

They are not great in low light despite saying they are, we've trailed the 4 on a whim once last year and didn't like the low light quality.

That said we are marrying it to some led lights for some work we are doing.

Possibilities are endless in case PJ hasn't convinced you yet... smile

Neat world the guy opened up, though of course lots of folks entering this realm to knock his idea off...

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By the way Paul, wal mart was the $50 off.

Difference in the 3 versus 4 is 10 vs 12 megapixels.

In my experience you can't tell this small difference in still shots.

$499 versus $250 is a no brainier for me.

The 3 and 4 both allow you to use an app on your phone to see what the cam sees and
You can control it take pics video, etc...from your phone or tablet.

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Thanks Justin: Amazingly while I was reading your posts, Boss #2 called ( P.J. ) and surprisingly he just said that I should buy one

instead of one for all 10 of us. ( He must have spent more dough in Hawaii than I realized )

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Paul,

Here is a link comparing the GoPro models http://shop.gopro.com/compare?category=cameras. They also have a lot of accessories including LED lights so you can customize it how you want.

Keep in mind that they have a lot of submodels with black, silver, regular and then music or surf which can be a little confusing. I'd recommend using the Shop by Activity option on the GoPro website so you can see what accessories are more likely to be needed/wanted along with the cost of them.


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Quick note walmart sold out of the model I mentioned.... Back to the drawing board...

Wink, starting with 1 will be good as the crew can see what they like and don't and shop better
the second time around....

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Bushnell makes a nice one.


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Re: Trail Cams - Which One???!! [Re: Blondie] #4775725
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with the help of this site I went it the cheap Cover E5 for $65 through Macks Prairie Wings. Bought several for the price or one. Happy with the pics and video and used down to 10 degrees with no complaints on battery. I wish it more choices of video (only 10 sec on and 1 min off) but for the price i make it work and it works great for watching client properties.

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Thanks Eric and Justin! And Cooner, I agree about the Bushnell; We have been pleased with ours. ( The only problem is that when you

need one, you have to guess who has them and which trucks they are in )

Re: Trail Cams - Which One???!! [Re: Blondie] #4776504
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Mr Winkelman, we had that problem too, only we still don't know who's truck it's in now. laugh


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Hey Justin, I now understand why you recommended the Walmart deal. GoPro is the only camera I have ever seen that is sold at the same

price everywhere including the manufacturer. Knowing the normal mark-up on cameras, I can't help but wonder how GoPro pulls it off.

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