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Black Flash Game Cameras

Updated on September 3, 2012

Know Your Hunting Area

Trail Cameras

Trail cameras have become a big part of the hunting world over the years. They allow hunters to know what types and how many animals exist in an area. Typically these game cameras are set up prior to the hunting season. The data that is collected on the animals is used to better understand where the best hunting grounds are located. Having clear knowledge of what game exists in specific areas is a big advantage when it comes time to pack up the truck and head out into the woods for a kill.

But, many wild animals travel about during the dusk and morning hours and all throughout the night. This can make taking pictures difficult. Like most cameras, those used for trail and game come with different flash technologies to capture images at night that are useful. The two most common types of flashes are incandescent and infrared. Both have their benefits as well as their drawbacks, but Black Flash technology (a trademarked type of flash created by Cuddeback) is looking to tilt the scales of quality and performance to the side of infrared.

Incandescent Flash

An incandescent flash is the typical bright white flash that you think of on a normal camera. Although these types of flashes work perfectly well, there is a lot to consider before you use them. Because the flash of an incandescent bulb uses a full spectrum of light, it can capture full-color photos of the creatures stomping around at night. The resolution is typically better as well. The main problem with an incandescent flash is that it spooks the animals, which means you get, at best, one shot at a picture. If there are a group of animals, chances are they will all take off running after the first shot in the dark.

Besides scaring the animals, trail cameras that use incandescent bulbs use more energy than infrared bulbs, giving your camera less time out in the field in active duty. Trigger time on a incandescent camera is much slower as well, giving you less pictures per second (or minute depending on the camera). Perhaps the worst part of a incandescent bulb is that it can attract other hunters as well – even during the day – as they pass by. Even though most people are honest, a discovered camera leaves it open to theft.

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Infrared Flash

An infrared flash has quite a few advantages over an incandescent flash, but also a few drawbacks. The main drawbacks are that it can only capture black and white images at night and that the resolution and quality of game cameras that use infrared flashes are much lower than their incandescent counterparts. In fact, many pictures that you get at night from a camera with an infrared flash will be very blurry to the point of being useless.

However, the benefits of an infrared flash is that you don't scare the game away on the first photo. The infrared light is not visible to the deer and other game, so they dont' spook on the first shot and it is possible to get more than one picture of the animal and perhaps its companions if there are any. Besides the scare factor, infrared has a faster trigger time and it doesn't draw the attention of other hunters ,which is a big plus if the camera is left alone for long periods of time.

Black Flash Technology

Black Flash Technology

Because scaring game at night while capturing its picture is the goal of any good trail camera, many companies have turned their experts onto increasing the resolution and image capturing capabilities of infrared flashes. Cuddeback has made great leaps in what they call Black Flash Infrared Camera Technology. Although not providing color photos of animals, the Black Flash technology greatly increases the resolution and eliminates a great deal of the blurriness seen in other infrared flash cameras. And, Black Flash technology is smart enough to know how to correctly expose the image, whether the animal is close up or far away. No more ghostly images of up close critters, washed out with no detail!

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There is no correct choice between purchasing an infrared or incandescent flash camera. As we've seen, both have advantages and drawbacks. What's most important is knowing your needs and understanding the technology that can help you be a more effective and well informed hunter. Taking the time to understand exactly what tools are at your disposal will give you the edge you need to make every hunting season a freezer full of happiness.


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