Trail Cameras are kind of like broadheads. If you ask 7 different hunters what is the best trail camera. You are likely to get 7 different answers.
The pro staff here at Deerpros.com have tested dozens of different trail cameras. While our opinion is just that, our opinion. We think we can give you some pretty good advise on selecting your next trail camera.
I have decided to make a chart of the top trail cameras and include the winners early in this article. There seems to be a lot of folks with ADHD so I want to hit you with the flashly chart first.
A couple of key points to remember. Our list was created in September of 2014 and is based upon 2014 trail camera models at that time.
Best Trail Camera For The Money
The Browing Strike Force is our top pick as the overall best overall trail camera for the money in 2014. Features and performance are all here for a great price. Budget minded hunters get the best bang for their buck. Deer hunters with a bunch of money can buy several of these to monitor the entire deer lease.
The detection is great and matched well with the flash range. Our test and reviews from other customers found very few empty pictures. The picture quality was great and the flash did a good job of illuminating the deer in the frame.
Food plot, scrape or trail are all good locations because of the Strike Forces sub-second trigger speed. The .67 trigger speed is enough catch that big rutting buck. A lot of the trail cams currently run on 8 AA batteries but the Strike Force can last up to 10,000 pictures on 6 AA batteries. If you start running cameras in August then I bet you can get a complete deer season from one set of batteries. Amazon currently has the Browing Strike listed at $125 which is an insanely good price.
We are very comfortable in recommending this trail camera and feel you will be happy with your decision. If you are still on the fence then you can check out the more detailed Strike Force Review.
Best Cellular Trail Camera
I had to go with the Covert Code Black Special Ops 3G as the best cellular trail camera. Once you get familiar with this camera, it is real solid and easy to use. If you ever buy a cellular trail camera you will always say that you should have done it years ago.
Covert Scouting Cameras are backed by some of the best customer service in the industry. During my review of the Covert Code Black I found very little to complain about. Pictures captured at dawn and dusk were over exposed but Covert reacted with a firmware update to solve the problem.
The trail cam itself is very easy to setup. Working with AT&T can be an issue but be sure to follow my instructions on how to setup the Covert Code Black 3G. Managing the cellular signal and sending pictures via text message and email does require a lot more battery power than your typical units. My Code Blacks are running about 3 weeks before needing a battery change.
Best Trail Camera Under $100
For $75 bucks the Primos Truth Cam 35 receives top honors in the sub $100 category. Some hunters are fortunate enough to have very large deer hunting leases or have access to many smaller farms. Situations like this might warrant the need for a baker\’s dozen trail cams.
One reason we selected the Primos Truth Cam 35 is because it has been field tested for over 4 years. It has a remarkable 4 star rating on Amazon and has been reviewed more than 1,100 times. This should give you enough confidence to spend the money and try it for yourself.
The 35 led flash will give you bright and clear pictures out to 40 feet. The 3.0MP resolution trail camera pictures have more than enough detail to field judge racks and name those famous bucks on your property. Most tests show the Truth Cam 35 to have a 1.5 second trigger speed. This is perfect for food plots and corn piles.
One of the best features for this
cheap inexpensive game camera is the simple and easy setup. If you are on a limited budget or looking to cover a lot of ground the Primos Truth Cam 35 is one of the best cheapest trail cameras available. Like we said earlier, [easyazon_link asin=\”B003PVGA1O\” locale=\”US\” new_window=\”yes\” nofollow=\”yes\” tag=\”deepro-20\” add_to_cart=\”default\” cloaking=\”no\” localization=\”default\” popups=\”default\”]here is the lowest price we have seen for the Truth Cam 35[/easyazon_link].
Best Trail Camera Under $150
This is easy. The Browing Strike Force trail camera is the winner in the $125 price range. You can see a brief summary in the overall category above or back in the trail camera reviews section.
I will use this opportunity to list the Browing Strike Force Specs and Features just so you can see how far you dollar can stretch.
- High Resolution 10MP pictures
- great HD video with sound
- Super fast .67 trigger
- 6AA long battery life
- TV out, USB port, and 12v external power jack
- Info bar on each picture list time, date, temp, ID, moon phase
- 5\”X4\”X2.5\” micro size
Best If You Are Rich
The American made Reconyx brand wins in the bottomless pockets category. If you have more money than you know what to do with, then buy several Reconyx trail cameras. The quality and reliability are really second to none.
We have already named the best cheapest trail camera and the Reconyx Hyperfire HC500 takes the title of best trail camera for deer hunters with plenty of money. The list of features and capabilities almost seems endless. While putting together this top list we really struggled in finding any bad reviews of the HC500.
The detection range and flash is designed perfectly to capture any and all animals. Industry leading trigger speeds have been tested at .25 seconds. And the battery life is incredible whether you are using 6AA or 12AA. Another performance factor is the game cams ability to function well in extremely cold temperatures. Canadian and midwest outfitters rely on this to monitor their leases.
Like we said this unit is not cheap but we have found the Hyperfire HC500 on sale for $449. You can also read plenty of reviews before making your decision but we imagine you are going to be super impressed.
Looking For Your Feedback
Please let us know what you think of our choices by leaving a comment below. We would love to hear if we overlooked a trail camera or if you found our list helpful.
Thanks for the list. After shopping around I finally found your reviews and list and made the decision to buy the Browning Strike Force.
I couldn’t be happier with my decision and think the Strike Force is definitely the best trail camera I have every owned.
Now I am hoping Santa Claus will bring me a Covert Code Black for Christmas
Bought two Primos 35 beginning of 2013 season………. One took one pix and died so return both. Bad luck maybe but the “Best under $100″……I doubt it.
I don’t understand why the BuckEye cam is never talked about in the trail camera shoot outs. Now, the cost to set up is double that of a reconyx for the first camera and hardware to get to computer. (you only need to purchase that once) but this will send pics 1 mile line of sight(less through trees) on the x7d or 2 mile x80…..free to your computer without ever going outside or disturbing the area. Upgrades are from your computer to the camera, it takes 2 pics in a 10th of a second. Kodiak is not the first camera with wifi. Here is the other issue I have. If you are a rich guy buy the Reconyx or the Buckeye, however, who can afford constantly replacing the cheap ones every two years. I have tried three other (top quality brand cameras) 2-300 dollar price range and had to send them back for waranty repair every year for false triggers mainly, or poor picture quality. (lines through the pics) After shipping costs and replacement I spent more on the cheap cameras, because my reconyx and BuckEye cams are still going strong 5 years in and 3 years for the BuckEye. If you watch any hunting shows you will see that there are old 1st model units still in the field. So….you get what you pay for. My opinion and my experiences.
what would you say is the best cellular camera that works with Verizon? I don’t have the budget for reconyx. I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews about spypoint. what do you think of the spypoint mini lie 4g? looking forward to your response. the more info you give the better decision I can make. thanks.
My game innovations razor 6 lasted till I changed the batteries and never came on or flasher again the worst buy I’ve made in a while. I didn’t read any reviews just went to gander moutain and picked one thinking gander moutain had made a good choice. And boy was I wrong. The pics I did get after chasing down the right card, and a ton of AAs were sloppy at best, I did catch a cat playing with it at point blank range that I could identify 25 pics of a cat and then it was dead for good ( the cam not the cat) . Would not suggest this product even for the cheap price!!!