Trail / Game Cameras

 

logo-with-border-name-and-small-shadow.jpgThe Best-Rated Trail Cameras Of 2022

 Function In The Field . Ease Of Use . Camera Resolution and Range . 

Features And Options . Value For The Money

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Our Featured Trail Cameras

Ultimate Value is for the better than average hunter who wants an affordable piece of equipment, but wants something that works well for its intended purpose.

Performance Class is for the serious hunter who wants outstanding performance, dependability, durability, etc. In other words getting excellent “performance” for their money.

Professional Hunter Grade is the absolute top of the products available in the higher consumer price range. It's a piece of equipment that will handle most any extreme, something worthy of day in, day out, professional-type use.

 

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Moultrie A20 Mini Game Cam

 Field Score  9.08 out of 10   

  Resolution: 12 MP
  Trigger Speed: less than 1 second
  Detection Range: 50 Feet
  Flash Range: 50 Feet
  Battery Life: 16,000 images (8 AA batteries)
  Flash Technology: Long-Range Nighttime IR
  Moultrie Mobile Compatible: YesMoultrie Hunter Quick Review:  Fabulous little trail camera. Not a lot of bells and whistles, but for around $70 bucks it does what it is supposed to, so you can't go wrong. Because of the price, a hunter could utilize quite a few of these in their hunting territory and have a real good idea on general deer movements, buck to doe ratios, feeding times, and buck quality.
 
Resolution on the Moultrie A20 is 12.0 MP and is decent for this price range. Trigger speed is less than 1 second. Flesh range is out to about 50 feet. The A20 uses long range infrared (850 nm). Video is 480 px and is pretty good for a trail camera in this category.

Moultrie has had good success with this lower end trail camera. They have sold a ton of them, and for very good reason.

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                      9.2

Ease Of Use

                                                                                                                                                                                      9.2

Resolution And Range

                                                                                                                                                                                8.8

Features And Options

                                                                                                                                                                                8.8

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                            9.4 

 

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Ultimate Value Category

Stealth Cam STC-PX14 8MP Trail Game Camera

 Field Score  9.28 out of 10   

  8.0 Megapixel

  14 IR emitters/50 ft.

  Burst Mode 1-6 images per triggering featuring 5-59 sec/5-59 minute recovery time out

  with Time, Date and Moon Phase

  Durable Digital 3-D Camo Housing

  Low Battery IndicatorImage result for stealth cam Hunter Quick Review:  Stealth Cam offers this feature-packed scouting camera, the PX14, at a really good price to value of around $60. The PX14 game camera is 8.0 Megapixel with 3 resolutions; 8MP, 4MP, and 2MP. It integrates 14 IR emitters with a 50 foot range. The low light image sensor allows for a 30% brighter night Imaging so detail is much more defined in your night pics. It operates both at night and during the day with comparable performance. The HD video records lengths of 15 seconds at 16:9 wide ratio.

This camera also features a reflex trigger, Matrix blur reduction technology, and even an active time setting allowing you to set your camera to operate during the hours you prefer. Setting the cameras to burst mode, this game cam takes 1-6 Images per triggering with 5-59 second/5-59 minute recovery time out. Each image or video recorded has the date, time, and moon phase, to document animal behavior, habits, and baselines.

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                       9.2

Ease Of Use

                                                                                                                                                                                       9.2

Resolution And Range

                                                                                                                                                                                    9.0

Features And Options

                                                                                                                                                                                            9.4

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                                9.6

 

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Crenova Game Camera 12MP 1080P HD

 Field Score  9.40 out of 10 

  Powerful 5 Megapixel CMOS sensor 1080P HD video superiority with a great audio quality

  Easy to setup for smooth and hassle free operations

  IR Filter function and built-in 42 pcs LED night vision lights up to 20 meters away

  Responsive and Sensitive two PIR sensors, capturable area up to 120-degree angle

  Complete Functions: Its supports Multi-shot, Intervals, Time-Lapse, Timer 

  Password  protection, Timestamp, Serial No, Alarm, Low power notification

  Durable Electronics parts to sustain longer life span

  Water resistant 

  1 year warranty. 

 Hunter Quick Review:  We like the Crenova 12MP entry level game cam. If a hunter put out 2 or 3 of these bad boys it would cover a lot of trail caming! It has a good design. The IR works right. There are lots of function options. A 1 year warranty covers most any potential problems.

The Crenova has flexible working time settings. Presetting the working time for the trail camera you can get more efficiency. To extend the overall working time of the trail camera, you are recommended to connect it with an AC adapter or a small solar panel

Crenova has sold a steady stream of these trail cameras because, for under a hundred bucks, it really is a very solid unit for the money. This game cam scores unusually well for its price range, which is $80 thereabouts . Crenova is also known for great Customer Service. 

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                           9.4

Ease Of Use

                                                                                                                                                                                           9.4

Resolution And Range

                                                                                                                                                                                        9.2

Features And Options

                                                                                                                                                                                                9.6

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                            9.4

 

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 Cabelas Outfitter IR HD Trail Camera 

 Field Score  9.48 out of 10 

  • 14MP photos in daylight and black and white photos at night
  • 40 infrared LEDs illuminate photos and videos in low light
  • 100-ft. daytime, 85-ft. nighttime detection range
  • 2" LCD screen ensures instant viewing of images
  • Images and recordings are date- and time-stamped
  • Accepts 1GB to 32GB SD cards 

 Hunter Quick Review:   The Cabelas Outifitter 14 MP Trail Camera is a third generation upgrade from previous Outfitter models of trail cam. The Outfitter will run you about $120 and comes with lots of features that make it worth the money. This is a straightforward, good quality, proven in the field trail camera platform that puts the hunter into a Performance Class type of trail camera.

The Cabelas Outfitter takes pictures out to a 100 feet during daylight hours; night time pictures out to about 85 feet. This gives it good range in the woods and at the field edges. 40 infrared LEDs ultra illuminate each photo, so you can see exactly what quality of animal is traveling at night. It has a 2 inch LCD screen so you can view these captured images at the camera in the field; and, of course, with your SD card you can download these images into your computer as well. Each image gives you a date and time so you know precisely when that 10 point runs his circuit.

This is a quality, standard trail camera that Cabelas has continually improved and made better with each new generation of trail cam they produce. One thing that Cabelas has always done well is get the hunter what they really need, something a lot of hunting equipment manufacturers miss because they get caught up in the latest new fads. The Outfitter does precisely that - it gives you the essentials in a trail cam, ups the quality, and then puts it together in an easy to use format that any experience level of hunter can take out into the woods and start using. We think the brilliance of the Outfitter trail camera is that it truly answers the basic needs of what a hunter uses a trail camera for, and takes it one step further by adding Cabelas' no nonsense approach to making something that is already good, into something that is really good. 

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                               9.6

Ease Of Use

                                                                                                                                                                                           9.4

Resolution And Range

                                                                                                                                                                                           9.4

Features And Options

                                                                                                                                                                                               9.6

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                           9.4

 

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ZenNutt Mini Waterproof Game Camera HD 12MP 1080P

 Field Score  9.44 out of 10 

  12MP 1080P HIGH QUALITY DAY & NIGHT CAPTURES

  SUPER FAST TRIGGER SPEED

  WATERPROOF

  120°WIDE ANGLE DETECTION & FLASH RANGE: IP54

  USER-FRIENDLY SETUP WITH 2.4" LCD SCREEN DISPLAY

  VARIOUS FUNCTIONS: MULTI-SHOT, INTERVAL, TIMELAPSE, ETC. 

 Hunter Quick Review:   The ZenNutt 12MP HD is a good standard trail camera, especially in higher rainfall areas like the Pacific Northwest and as you find in many wet, humid Midwestern and Eastern locations. It is very well built—and rates and reviews as very reliable. It has some pretty good quality video. It comes with an LCD display. The flash is fairly quiet. which is nice if you are trying to get multiple pictures of mature trophy animals. Waterproofing seems to work, and seals and openings are closed tight . All in all, this game cam has a bunch of things going for it for being right around the 100 dollar mark. We are very impressed with this ZenNutt Product.

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                               9.6

Ease Of Use

                                                                                                                                                                                       9.2

Resolution And Range

                                                                                                                                                                                           9.4

Features And Options

                                                                                                                                                                                           9.4

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                               9.6

 

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Wild Game Innovations 360 Game Camera

 Field Score  9.52 out of 10   

  New 360 degree IR digital trail camera - 12 megapixels

  Capable of both daytime/nighttime still images and 720P video

  70 ft IR flash range and a 1.5 second trigger speed

  Includes custom T- post mounting bracket system

  Monitor an entire food plot

  Up to 6 month Battery life on 8AA batteries wildgame-innovations-logo.png Hunter Quick Review:  A 360 degree trail cameras really add to a hunter's scouting capability. Unfortunately, many of the 360 degree cams have issues. Wild Game Innovations stands out from the crowd on this one. The WGI 360 is a good all the way around (pun intended) trail camera system that goes for around $170. Mechanically, the WGI 360 functions well and has a well thought out design. We really like the fact that this 360 cam is already set up, ready to go with its T-post mounting system—turn-key ready for your food plots, ridge saddles, meadow corners, or larger creek beds with multiple meandering trails, something a normal trail camera can't really do well. In addition, we get excited anytime we see a good standout camo design. This 360 camera has an exterior, 3D camo relief pattern that is unique and blends in nicely. Folks, this game cam does the job in the 360 category...and looks really cool in the process.

 A USHuntGear Insider's Tip 

The Wild Innovations 360 mechanically rotates its camera body/lens when its sensors pickup a specific measure of qualified movement. The rotating of the game cam mechanism does make some sound, and, of course, movement. Because this type of trail cam is usually placed eye-level to the deer in normal situations, the deer often hears and sees the camera's rotation, and it will likely spook the animal to some degree. Eventually most deer will get used to this, and accept it as part of their normalcy bias, much like a game feeder...but not the big wall-hangers. Do not use this type of camera, a mechanically driven 360 degree, near your final stand location if you are after trophy quality animals. You risk creating an ingrained, location specific, predatory defense response too close to where you will be setting up during season. Again, this will probably not deter less mature animals, but it does pose the risk of educating those well tuned-in, super sensitive, trophy bucks. Ideally, use this 360 degree cam on multiple ingress and egress trail routes in the preseason; map out your target animal's overall habit patterns; and then set up your final stand placement accordingly, well away from where your 360 degree cam has been used.                                                  

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                              9.6

Ease Of Use

                                                                                                                                                                                          9.4

Resolution And Range

                                                                                                                                                                                          9.4

Features And Options

                                                                                                                                                                                                9.6

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                                9.6

 

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Wildgame Innovations R12i20-7 360 Cam Trail Camera

If you would like more info and a price on the NEW version of the Widgame Innovations 360 click button below. It costs more (about $190) but has some nice updated features.

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Performance Class

Wild Game Innovations Silent Crush 20

 Field Score  9.48 out of 10   

  20 Megapixel silent light out trail camera

  Time-lapse technology

  Infrared Flash Range: 100 ft.

  Equipped with 42 piece invisible IR LEDs

  Less than 1/2 second trigger speed.

  Daytime and nighttime photo

  720 HD video with 30 second capabilities. 

wildgame-innovations-logo.png Hunter Quick Review:  The Wild Game Innovation's Crush 20 has been a very successful game cam, and with the newest version just recently making its debut - The Silent Crush 20, WGI looks to have another winner here.

The latest innovative feature found on the Silent Crush 20 is the dual on-board shutters so it makes zero sound when taking an image or video. This is an important addition, especially when trying to capture multiple images of sound sensitive, mature trophy animals.

The Wild Game Innovations Silent Crush 20 is an excellent dark hours trail camera. The Crush 20 has a very good flash and detection range at around 100 feet. This set up is known for taking good quality nighttime pictures. There is an anti-fog lens coating to eliminate dew and moisture on camera lenses.

Memory is up to 32 GB on a SDHC card. You will get up to 1 year battery life pending usage, settings, and environment.

Like most trail cameras from WGI, the Silent Crush 20 is just a great working unit that performs well and will most likely keep performing well for years out in the field. The Silent Crush goes for just a little over $140 at this time.

Update 8/11/17: We have been getting reports that WGI has been having some issues with sensitivity of picture mode on some of their Silent Crush 20 units as of late. We will get back to you when the problem is resolved.

 A  USHuntGear Insider's Tip Compare the Wildgame Innovations Silent Crush 20 to the Tec.Bean 12 MP. Both are very good trail cams. Both function pretty much the same as upper tier, standard trail cameras. In our opinion, the WGI Silent Crush 20 does a better job with picture resolution at night and has a little bit further flash range. On the other hand, the Tec.Bean seems to do better video, and appears to be slightly more waterproof than the WGI Silent Crush 20.

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                           9.4

Ease Of Use

                                                                                                                                                                                           9.4

Resolution And Range

                                                                                                                                                                                               9.6

Features And Options

                                                                                                                                                                                           9.4

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                               9.6

 

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TEC.BEAN 12MP 1080P HD Trail Camera No Glow Infrared

 Field Score  9.6 out of 10  

HIGH RESOLUTION: 12MP High Quality Full Color Resolution with 1-9 pictures per trigger

LONG NIGHT VISION RANGE: with 36pcs 940nm Black IR LED

PATENTED MOTION FREEZE

2-LEVEL PROTECTION: IP66 High Waterproof Certified, protect your hunting cam from raining, moist, sand, dust, corrosion etc. Password needed offers your trail camera another guarantee

CAPTURE MODES AND TFT LCD: 2.0" Color Viewer TFT LCD exactly shows all data. 5 Capture Modes 

 Hunter Quick Review:  The Tec.Bean 12 MP trail cam is a nice step up from the standard trail camera. Higher resolution, superior waterproofing, TFT LCD screen, longer vision range, more capture modes, etc.

Pound for pound, compare the Tec.Bean with the Wild Innovations Silent Crush 20 Lights Out. They are very similar top-notch performers. The Tec Bean trail camera takes better video, in our opinion; and it incorporates much better weather proofing than the Silent Crush 20. At the same time, we feel that the WGI Silent Crush 20 takes slightly better night pictures, and much more quietly; but overall, it's pretty much a toss up as far as general performance.

The big news about the Tec.Bean is its price. It goes for anywhere from 90 to 100 dollars, depending on the retailer, which is just a little more than a basic entry level game cam; and yet the Tec.Bean is far above an entry level game cam in features and quality. Put it all together, and we consider this trail cameras one of the beat deals out there in quality at a fantastic price for what you get!

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                               9.6

Ease Of Use

                                                                                                                                                                                           9.4

Resolution and Range

                                                                                                                                                                                               9.6

Features And Options

                                                                                                                                                                                               9.6

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                                    9.8

 

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Professional Grade 

HCO Uway GSM Wireless Scouting Camera Camouflage

 Field Score  9.32 out of 10  

External battery jack works with 6-volt external power including solar panel

SD card capacity allows you to use your device in areas with no cell coverage.

Ultra low stand-by power consumption.

Temperature and moon phase stamp on the images.

Build-in color display for camera setting and picture view 

Image result for hco uway gsm wireless scouting camera Hunter Quick Review:  As most of us know, wireless game cams are all the new rage in the trail camera world. Wireless technology applied to the trail camera has brought the idea of trail surveillance to a whole new level. Literally you can be sitting watching the ball game in your living room hundreds of miles away from your game cam and suddenly your cell phone will alert you to the fact that your game camera has just been activated by a deer crossing the motion detector. It will instantly send you the image of that deer, all the while, you can then communicate with your game cam remotely what you would like that game cam to do, change modes, turn off for awhile...whatever, all from the comfort of your living room.

Pretty cool.

With that said, wireless trail cams come with their own set of issues, primarily around the different cell carriers and which one works best with each different make and model of wireless cam. This has led to some real confusion when purchasing and then trying to use the various wireless game cams that are currently in the marketplace.

As such, we have had a difficult time recommending wireless game cams because of all the unresolved issues that have yet to be fully worked out...until now.

The HCO Uway, along with a few other recent wireless cams, have now brought the wireless cam into the realm of more consistent, reliable performance. Once you work through some of the details surrounding "email versus text" (not too complicated), you will find that the HCO Uway wireless game cam is a very good. reliable wireless camera system that allows the user to remotely control their game cam in the field with numerous options, functions, and features - all just a cell phone command away.

Images from the HCO Uway are very good. Flash range and detection range are also very good. Weatherproofing seems tight, and the design of the HCO Uway would lend itself to long term durability.

We will be up front with you, these wireless game cams are more complicated to set up and use, more so than your standard game camera. However, once you get the hang of it, it's pretty straight forward and it will open up a whole new world to you in what you can do with a trail camera. The internet has some great instructional videos you can utilze which will make set up much easier.

The HCO Uway will run you about BTW, HCO has a newer version of the Uway trail cam that has just recently come out. We have a few unanswered performance questions regarding the newer version, and until we can further test and review the new version and HCO work out some of the bugs in it, we will stick to recommending this version of the Uway which is a good wireless game cam in our opinion.

Update 8/11/17: The HCO works on ATT&T 2G. ATT&T is eliminating 2G and upgrading their systems to 3G/4G. These cameras will not work on the 3G/4G systems. This is a great camera, but we would not purchase this until something is resolved.

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                           9.4

Ease Of Use

                                                                                                                                                                                    9.0

Resolution And Range

                                                                                                                                                                                           9.4

Features and Options

                                                                                                                                                                                           9.4

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                           9.4

 

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The Exodus Lift

 Field Score Average  9.84 out of 10  

Night time images like you've never seen from a black flash camera

One of the simplest user interface on the market

Designed, engineered, and built to stand up to a 5 year "No BS" Guarantee

Quality construction with aluminum alloy support and mounting plate

1/2.3" CMOS sensor with advanced natural color optimizer

Approximately 20,000 images on a set of 8 lithium AA batteries

Exodus Outdoor Gear Hunter Quick Review:   We think the Exodus Lift may have had some Divine inspiration—like Moses leading disgruntled game cam purchasers into the Promised Land. Wow! We like this unit! This is truly an innovative, yet rock-solid approach to a trail camera—and boy does it work. You do not want to Passover this one until you have thoroughly done some homework on this camera.

The Exodus lift has a ton of options. The build is solid as can be. The various options and functions are easy to use. The pictures are exceptional. The customer service is superb. The Lift will run you about $175.

The Exodus Lift is what we consider to be an apex standard trail camera: absolute top of the game cam pyramid. Sure, it's not a state of the art wireless in the sense it sends pictures to your phone while you watch the football game a hundred miles away. No, it's not a new dog and pony show; it's just a superior game cam that performs darn near perfect without the common problems that plague most models.

And we are not the only ones saying it. This trail camera is getting rave reviews. The Exodus lift may have just raised the staff in the game cam industry to a whole new performance level.

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                                   9.8

Ease Of Use

                                                                                                                                                                                                   9.8

Resolution And Range

                                                                                                                                                                                                   9.8

Features And Options

                                                                                                                                                                                                   9.8

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                                        10.0

 

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Bushnell Trophy HD Aggressor Wireless Game Cam 14MP

  Field Score  9.52 out of 10  

14.0 Megapixel high-quality full color resolution

1280 x 720 HD video

48 No-glow Black LED's with 60ft range

Gaps data tag—day/night auto sensor

Field Scan 2X with two available time slots so you can monitor dusk and dawn movement 

Image result for bushnell Hunter Quick Review:  For a larger manufacturer selling a high volume of product, Bushnell has actually done a good job with this wireless trail camera. Dependable performance. Good options. Good feedback from a steady stream of buyers. There's a lot of right about this camera. The pictures are top-rate. The wireless portion seems to have fewer issues than most. The build is straight forward heavy duty. It is fairly easy to understand the setup, with plenty of instructional material to point the way. So, if you are more comfortable with a bigger brand name because of customer service depth and reputation, then this is just what you are looking for. If, however, you are more of a trail camera purist and would normally snub your nose at the likes of such a mass consumer product like a Bushnell, we have to warn you: you will likely be pleasantly surprised at how much you will like the Bushnell Trophy trail cam. It really is a good wireless game camera.

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                                9.6

Ease Of Use

                                                                                                                                                                                      9.2

Resolution And Range

                                                                                                                                                                                                9.6

Features And Options 

                                                                                                                                                                                                9.6

Value For The Money 

                                                                                                                                                                                                9.6

 

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