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Digital Game Cameras

Updated on April 17, 2013

Digital Game Cameras

This lens was designed for digital game cameras enthusiasts looking to get the most out of their digital scouting cameras. Get helpful tips and tricks for getting more and better pictures from your game camera. I have been an avid outdoors man for quite a number of years and spend a lot of time outdoors. I am a game camera enthusiast, and currently own about a dozen game cameras. During the hunting seasons, I use my cameras to pattern game on various properties that I hunt on. Outside of the hunting seasons, I still use my scouting cameras as a hobby. I love capturing unique photos and videos of wildlife in the environment. I have also used my game cameras as security cameras, to monitor property for trespassers.

There are many different brands and models of scouting cameras on the market. The price ranges run from inexpensive to very expensive, and everywhere in between. You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a decent camera, but you can spend a lot on premium brands or for models that offer extra bells and whistles. Most of my trail cameras cost between $100.00 to $200.00, but I own some that cost more and some that cost less. The best piece of advice I can offer to anyone looking to purchase a scouting camera is to become familiar with the models that are available, determine what it is that you want to do with your game camera, and select a model that fits your specific criteria.

Game cameras are much more than just a tool designed to increase a hunter's success. The use of a scouting camera will quickly become a hobby in itself, and is a great way to extend your time in the woods, both pre-season and post-season.

Image credit to DeerTrackingCameras.com.

What Good is a Game Camera?

Game cameras are great tools that have many uses. Here are just a few of them:

  • Home Surveillance

    Game cameras can be used to catch vandals, to monitor entrances and exits, and to keep track of any activity where digital surveillance is needed. They are great for monitoring your land for trespassers, when you can't be there to protect your property. Many people use them to monitor their external buildings as well as entrances to their property. Because these cameras run on batteries, they are great for surveillance in locations that you do not have an electrical outlet.

  • Survey Deer Population

    Game cameras are excellent for surveying the deer population in desired areas. State Fish and Wildlife agencies are even using them to perform population studies. Hunters can be more confident sitting in a tree stand, when you know the number and quality of deer or other game on the property. They are great for trophy deer hunters, and can give you the confidence to pass on shots on smaller deer when you know that there are bigger deer in the area.

  • A Great Hobby

    Scouting Cameras give you an excuse to spend more time in the woods, pre and post-season. They are a great way to extend your time outdoors with family and friends. I use my game cameras as a year-round hobby, and love capturing pictures and videos of wild game in their natural environment.

My Game Camera Videos - My Best Buck Video

This is the best buck video that I have gotten with my Scoutguard SG550. This video was taken on a small wood lot behind my house in the suburbs of Louisville, KY. I'll be watching for this buck when the fall bow season comes in. He should be a monster by then.

My Game Camera Videos - Unique Video!

Here is a unique video I got from my Scoutguard SG550 of some does fighting. I've been capturing a lot of footage recently of deer showing aggression towards each other.

Game Cameras for Sale - Here are some of the highest rated game cameras on the market today.

One good way that you can determine which model of game camera is a good one to buy is to look for models with the highest average customer ratings. These ratings typically range from one star to five stars, with five stars being the best. A thing that I have learned through many years of testing and writing about trail cameras is that outdoors men won't pull any punches when commenting about their outdoor gear. If they love something, they will let you know why. If they don't like something, then they will rate it poorly and usually go on a rant about why they rated it poorly. User ratings from people that own and have used a product can be a great source of information.

Here are the Top 5 Game Cameras available ordered by the highest average customer reviews.

Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam Bone Collector Trail Camera
Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam Bone Collector Trail Camera

I have been a fan of Bushnell's game cameras every since they introduced their original Trophy Cam model. With a battery life that lasts for up to one year, a trigger speed of approximately one second, and a price around $150.00, it is really hard to beat this trail camera. It uses infrared LEDs, so you can get photos and videos at night with no strobe flash to spook your game.

 
Wildgame Innovations Invisible IR Digital Scouting Camera, 8-Megapixel
Wildgame Innovations Invisible IR Digital Scouting Camera, 8-Megapixel

The WildGame Innovations Elite 8 LightsOut 8MP game camera is one of the most innovative cameras that WGI has released to date. It has a 60 pc invisible LightsOut LED infrared flash that gives it a flash range of over 70 feet and a passive infrared sensor that will reach out to the same distance. They have gone to a 16:9 ratio for their images and videos. This game camera is packed with innovative technology, like Time Lapse capability, anti-blur technology, a one second trigger speed, video capability with sound, a full color TFT viewing screen, and more. It can accept a large 64 GB SDHC card and runs on 12 AA-size batteries.

 
Simmons Whitetail Trail Camera with Night Vision (4MP)
Simmons Whitetail Trail Camera with Night Vision (4MP)

Simmons has been manufacturing products for outdoors men for years, but just recently entered the game camera market. And they did so pretty impressively with their Whitetail line of trail cameras. Priced well under $100.00, you can expect a 6 month battery life and a quick trigger speed from this infrared digital trail camera.

 
Primos Truth Cam 35 Camera
Primos Truth Cam 35 Camera

The Primos Truth Cam 35 has been on the market for a couple of years, but is still one of my favorites and one that I still own and use. I like this game camera because of its low price and the fact that it is just a solid performer. It is an infrared game camera, so you can get pictures or videos during the day or night with no strobe flash.

 
Hunten Outdoors 21 LED 2.0 MP Day/1.3 MP Night Infrared Flash Camera
Hunten Outdoors 21 LED 2.0 MP Day/1.3 MP Night Infrared Flash Camera

I have had my eye on these Hunten game cameras for a while now, and have continued to watch them grow in popularity. I think they are so popular because of their low price. Many people claim that this is the best game camera for the money. It currently has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating.

 

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would love to get one of these cameras. Didn't know anything about them before. :)

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I love observing wildlife. Around our yard, I've seen deer tracks and they eat my hibiscus, but a game camera would give me a chance to see what's out there.

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      These are so cool!!!!