How to Set Up and Use A Trail Camera

Taking an image of the surroundings, used to be a long and tedious thing, having to paint a picture, taking many hours and days for it to be accomplished. Technology has brought us a long way, by producing cameras, that can capture still and moving images quite quickly. Because of this, more technological advancements have been made to improve the quality of both still and moving images, and more innovative ways have been presented to the market as well.

Cameras can now be used for capturing images in about any way one would like to take an image, from taking photos underwater, close up, a panoramic view of the environment, close up images for identification, photos of groups, photos of individuals. One can also take advantage of other supporting gadgets such a tripod, a timer, protective casing, even batteries, to extend the potential of a camera, by setting them on a stand that can be controlled remotely and potentially extend the usage of a camera.

With these forms of technological advancements, cameras have become more flexible for use in many industries, such as for outdoor use as well. Cameras have been a popular choice for outdoor use, with the support of other parts that can definitely help make the cameras more useful.

One of the recreational sports that have been able to benefit a lot from this is hunting. Hunting has been a long standing sport, and it takes not only knowledge of the gadgets that helps to improve one’s game, but also with being in the right location.

Cameras help in ensuring that a hunter is in the right location, because cameras can be set up in potential locations to long before the season even starts, to confirm if it is a good location to be in. In fact, avid hunters have already been able to do this for a while, and this gives them an advantage over many others, because they are already able to get an estimate of how good their potential hunting spot is, based on the wild life they are able to capture through their cameras.

Now, there is no one definite camera that is being used for hunting. As different preferences call for different options, there are also many different ways that cameras, or trail cameras as hunters would call them, are used, and what they are targeted to capture.

There are several kinds of cameras that can be used.

Flash Cameras

Flash cameras are what may be most similar to what we know as personal cameras. They usually are movement-triggered, and would capture an image, once there is movement within their capture zone. The usage of this camera is quite simple, especially if you already have experience with using a camera for personal use. Once purchased from the outdoors shop, they are already ready-to-use, and primarily they need to be set up in the right location. The right location is quite relative, as it is based mainly on the preference of where the potential hunter would like to set up shop. When the hunter has identified potential hunting locations, he can then set up his flash cameras on trees, facing downward, so they are also out of reach from animals, which can be a problem if they are at eye level. The cameras come with a movement trigger, so they flash when something moves within their range of sight, and this is good, especially when there is not much light, like during the night time. Definitely, they are a popular choice, because they do not necessarily have to be on active mode all the time, and are built for withhold many different types of weather conditions. However, They also come with the disadvantage of the flash. This usually is an impediment to the wild life surrounding the area, and can easily scare off animals when their flash goes off.

Motion-activated Cameras

A flash camera may be a variation of a motion-activated camera, by definition, as it delivers a similar purpose, in that it takes images when there is movement within the range of sight. Motion-activated cameras have the benefit of not having to be on the entire time, so it saves on battery and life usage, because it will only turn on when there is movement. Located higher than normal range, it is targeted to be facing the general environment, taking in as much natural space it can within its range of sight, to optimize the expanse of nature. There are two things to check out mainly when purchasing a motion-activated camera, and these are the two features that really make them special. First would be checking on the motion sensitivity, and then checking on the actual range of sight. Without either of these, the motion-activated camera does not have much purpose.

Wi-Fi Camera

A wireless wi-fi camera is a combination of a camera and another technological advancement, which is in the telecommunications space. With a wi-fi enabled camera, the user would be able to receive images immediately, as the camera captures them, as they are have the wireless fidelity method to transmit images. It would not be necessary to have a wire between the receiver and the camera, because both gadgets already have that wireless connection which keeps them in contact with each other. There are some limitations to this camera, however. First, would be, these cameras may not always be fit for usage outdoors for long periods of time. These cameras can be placed at a higher level like their other peer trail cameras, but there is also the other limit of ensuring that the receiving gadget is within Wi-Fi range of where the camera is. This also puts a limitation on the person receiving the images, because it is likely that the wi-fi distance range of the camera is not too far, it will not exceed 1km likely, and so the receiver will only be able to receive images when they are close by. Finally, there also exists the limitation of lifespan. As the camera remains on active and ON mode, it will be consuming the battery, which, unlike its peer trail cameras mentioned earlier, who only turn on when triggered, this camera stays on for a long period of time. Hence, it may be necessary to replace the batteries frequently.

Cellular Cameras

Cellular cameras are similar to wi-fi cameras as they use an additional bit of technology to transmit images in real time, excluding that they do no need to use the wi-fi technology and that takes away the need for having the receiver nearby. Instead, they have a SIM card placed inside, and transmit images over the network to the receiver, who does not necessarily need to be within the range of the camera. There are limitations to this type of camera as well, though. Because the camera itself needs to be in an area where there is a network for it to be able to transmit images. Also, because it is on ON mode for an extended period of time, like the wi-fi camera, it may need to have its batteries replaced frequently as well.

These are the popular cameras that are being used as trail cameras. They present the different kinds of variations, and are usually set up in a higher location, so that it is out of reach from animals on the group, yet are able to capture the images within their surroundings. They can be set to take images in high resolution, and if a hunter has been eyeing a particular target, they will likely be able to find the answer as to if the location is a good probably choice for the hunter to set himself up in during the start of the season.