You’ve already heard about the new game camera your friend bought for his deer hunting station. Did he mention how many photos he missed due to the camera not being fast enough or too dark?
It is a big decision to buy a new camera for bear hunting and deer hunting. While the price is important, most hunters will tell their story that the true cost of a new game camera for deer hunting or bear hunting is the time you miss that rare shot of a 16-point buck roaming freely on your hunting grounds. You won’t be able to hunt deer on the first day of hunting season if you have blurry or dark photos.
Before you buy your next game camera, there are many things you need to consider. We won’t get too technical, but we will try to highlight the key points to help you choose the right game camera for your hunting style and territory.
Before buying a gaming camera, here are some things to consider:
- Analog vs. Digital
- Color vs. * Color vs.
- High Quality of Image and Resolution
- Infrared vs. Flash
- Battery Life
- Theft Deterrent System
- Wake Up Speed and Trigger Speed
A digital game camera is the best type of camera you can buy right now. Digital game cameras are much simpler to use. You can download the photos directly to your computer, rather than having to have a film developed or reprinted at the store. A color camera is the best option unless you want to create artistic photography.
Your game camera’s quality and resolution will differ depending on its model. The resolution of most game cameras is between 2 and 7 megapixels. A game camera should have a minimum of three megapixels resolution if you wish to capture high-quality photos that can be edited later.
You can take night photos with infrared game cameras without worrying about animals. The infrared digital camera can take photos in complete darkness and not fear the animals, instead of flashing. Most animals are active at night and before dawn, so the infrared digital game camera will capture photos in complete darkness. This means that many of the best photo opportunities are available late at night and just before sunrise.
Many game cameras have short battery life. The harsh environment outside can cause damage to the batteries. Manufacturers compensate for this by offering large batteries or a reduced number of photos per charge.
You should pay attention to the speed at which a digital camera can trigger and wake up. Most trail cameras are set to sleep until the animal triggers them. This is done to conserve power. You want a camera that wakes up quickly and has a fast shutter speed, to capture fast-moving animals like bears and deer. With fast-moving animals, the faster the shutter speed will reduce blurring.
The majority of modern game cameras will come with a theft deterrent and locking mechanism to allow you to lock the camera to your mount or tree. Game cameras are easy prey to thieves since they are usually not visible from far away.
You should also consider ease-of-use, simplicity of menu features, and cost. Depending on the speed of your lens, features, and popularity, game cameras can cost between $200 and 600. There are many brands available, including Moultrie and Reconyx. Each brand has its advantages and disadvantages, and some brands are more expensive than others.