A relatively recent advancement in trail camera technology is the integration of cellular technology to transmit picture data instantaneously, making it easier for hunters and gamekeepers to keep track of their hunting grounds without the hassle of having to check these cameras in person. This immense convenience has made these types of game cameras incredibly popular nowadays, and many cite their ease of setup and use as a few reasons to use them.
So, it’s a safe bet to assume that you’re interested in one of these cameras, right? What other than your curiosity would have brought you here, then? Thankfully, choosing a good wireless camera is nowhere as complex as the cameras themselves are. Like with choosing a conventional trail camera, there are a number of factors to consider, each of which are simple enough to understand. Even with the added technologies of cellular data and wireless transmission, you don’t have to be a tech guru to really “get” wireless cameras.
One of the first things to consider when looking for a wireless trail camera is SIM card compatibility. Those who have used cell phones with any regularity will probably know what one of these are, but just in case you don’t, a SIM card is essentially what ties a cellular device to a particular cellular service provider, such as AT&T or Verizon. Usually, there is little variation between the types of SIM cards each cellular provider makes available, but that doesn’t mean one should automatically disregard SIM card compatibility. When looking for a wireless trail camera, look to see if the camera is compatible with the SIM cards your mobile carrier provides. Typically, a wireless camera’s description page on a retailer’s website will indicate the types of SIM card the camera is compatible with, though user reviews and outdoor store workers should also be able to provide that information if you need to know. The SIM card is what gives the wireless trail camera it’s wireless capability, allowing it to transmit pictures to your email or phone. Make sure you take extra care in assessing this aspect of wireless cameras.
Of course, normal camera features such as trigger speed and detection area must also be considered. Ideally, you’ll want to look for a trigger speed of about 1 second or less, though there are exceptional cameras with slightly higher trigger speeds. As the name indicates, this determines how quickly a camera goes off when it’s detection area is breached, and faster trigger speeds will provide better, more accurate shots. Of course, detection area itself is an important feature to consider, as you’re not going to get very good shots if this is ineffectively small. You are going to want to look into cameras that have a guaranteed range of 50 feet or more, with 60 feet being the ideal for most situations.
Since wireless trail cameras are designed around a “set and forget” convenience, one of the most crucial things to consider about them is battery life and durability. This is information you’ll typically find with a little researching on the internet, usually on the product pages or in the user reviews for a wireless camera. When looking at these, especially within the user reviews, keep an eye out for comments about long battery life and an especially durable build.
With these in mind, finding an ideal wireless trail camera shouldn’t be much of a problem. Just consider the types of SIM cards the cameras take, how durable and long-lasting they are, how far the detection range goes for, and how quickly the camera triggers. Looking for a good wireless trail camera takes no more effort than looking for a good traditional trail camera. There are just different things to look for, for the most part.