July 13, 2012
By Tracy Breen
Stay on top of what's roaming around the deer woods with any one of these new trail cameras!
was one of the first scouting cameras that would transmit pictures to a computer from the field. They have a new, extra-small camera system called the X7D that can transmit a picture to a computer several miles away without using a cell phone plan or any type of expensive service. The camera system can be used with several different types of batteries including a solar panel so hunters would rarely need to visit the camera. With a special Internet plan (there is a cost involved), you can control and download images from several X7D cameras from one computer, saving time and money.
Bushnell Trophy Cam HD
was one of the first companies to bring small scouting cameras to market. This year they have added several new features to their Trophy Cam. The camera comes with HD video and audio, a 2x field scan mode that gives you two windows of image capture to capitalize on, dusk and dawn movement, and a trigger speed of .6 seconds. It can be purchased with no-glow black LED lights to ensure the camera doesn't spook game.
Cuddeback Ambush IR
has a new compact scouting camera called the Ambush IR. The Ambush IR might be compact, but it has all the features hunters are used to getting when they purchase a Cuddeback camera, including a 1/4-second trigger time and a 5-second delay. One set of eight batteries can take 10,000 images, which will save time and money. The Ambush IR can take 10-second videos and comes with Center Subject Technology, which puts the deer in the center of the image.
Day 6 PlotWatcher Pro
Hunters wanting to know what is going on in their food plot during daylight hours should check out the Day 6
PlotWatcher Pro. With this camera, images are saved directly to video format with Tru-Video. The camera comes with GameFinder software. With MotionSearch, hours of video can quickly and easily be watched and frames in which any movement is detected can be found quickly. Another great feature of the PlotWatcher Pro is it can reportedly take 1 million pictures on eight AA batteries.
HCO Outdoors UM562
Scouting cameras that transmit an image to a cell phone or email address are all the rage these days, and HCO Outdoors
makes a great one. The UM562 comes loaded with features such as a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, which provides crystal clear images, a built-in image viewer, a 1.2-second trigger time and 40 high output IR LEDs, which will provide bright pictures even at night. This camera stamps the pictures with moon phase and temperature. It is compact, which is something all hunters are looking for in a scouting camera.
RCX-2 camera will surely impress hunters. This 10MP camera takes magazine-quality images, has a trigger range of 45 or 90 feet and has a trigger speed of less than one second. The RCX-2 can be purchased as a kit that includes all kinds of accessories such as an RCX Controller for viewing pictures, 12-volt cable, Lock-Down Security Plate and screws, car adapter, home adapter, USB cable, and more.
has earned a reputation for building great scouting cameras that sell for a fair price. The new M-80XT would be a classic example of that. This camera comes with Plot Stalker time lapse mode, Illumi-Night sensor with Motion Freeze blur reduction technology and a 1-second trigger speed. All of these features are available for less than $170.
Primos Turkey Tracker
has a new scouting camera called the Turkey Tracker that is designed to watch over a food plot, field or open area all day so hunters know what is going on at their favorite hunting location. The Turkey Tracker is built with a 1.3MP wide-angle camera that offers long-range surveillance, perfect for large open areas. The Turkey Tracker can be set to take a picture every five to 10 seconds. Eight AA batteries last up to 24 days on the 10-second mode.
makes great scouting cameras for hunting use or security purposes. One of their most popular scouting cameras is the HC600 Hyperfire High Output Covert IR. The high output Hyperfire has many great features including No Glow infrared technology that eliminates the game-spooking glow that many cameras have. It has an incredibly fast 1/5-second trigger speed and it can take two frames per second. The pictures are in color during the day and monochrome at night.
Cell phone technology is changing the way hunters scout. SpyPoint
has a new scouting camera called Live that is a dream come true. This camera uses a cell signal to send trail cam pictures to an online account so the camera doesn't have to be regularly checked. The best feature is the Anti-Theft function that lets the owner know if the camera has been moved, making it easier to catch crooks.
Stealth Cam Sniper HD
Jim Shockey teamed up with Stealth Cam
to produce a scouting camera with all the features Shockey demands in the field. The new camera is called the Sniper HD Professional. It offers three still-image settings, five 300-second, adjustable video clip settings, and it can record video in color or black and white. It has a burst mode that can take between one and nine images per trigger. The Sniper HD has a 64MB built-in memory and operates on eight AA cell batteries.
Wildgame Innovations Pulse 10X
has a new 10MP camera called the Pulse 10x. This camera can be used as a regular scouting camera but is also Wi-fi capable so it can be linked to a computer or smart phone, allowing hunters instant access to what's going on in the field. The camera's range is up to 60 feet, and it is capable of taking 30-second video clips. The Pulse 10x comes with a unique Sensor QuickDraw System that activates when motion and heat are detected. It also has a view screen. This camera is very versatile and is packed with features.