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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:58 am 
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I know nothing about game cameras.

I'm looking for a good-value-for-money camera set up. Something that is functional but not over-the-top. Kinda like the Ruger or Hyundai of the Game Cam world. I've done some dabbling online, and my one buddy gave me suggestions (but he likes to buy the most expensive shit so he wasn't much help).

Anyone have any suggestions? I need about 2 or 3 cameras, I'd like to keep them around $50 each. For use in summer and fall

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At the $50/ ea price range there won't be much difference. Just get the cheapest ones you can find.

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I picked up a Moultrie A-5 for my wife a couple years ago, just to use as a toy, monitoring places she does nature photography. She's happy with it. It's just over $50.


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What range is the target and is nightime activity important? Do you want pictures or video?

If you are trying to cover a trail during the day any of the ones under $60 will likely fill the bill.if on the other hand you want video @1080 HD at night with targets 50 feet+ away you will likely be disappointed with any of the under $60 units.

I have several Stealthcam brand that seems to work well and are sub $60. These are placed at choke points and cover only a small area. But work great. I use the 3 burst picture mode since video eats the batteries.

The IR emitters are visible as red lights. You can see the critters stare at the emitters. So if night work is important
Look for units that say the emitters are not visible. These are normally more expensive.

BTW when I am walking around at night and I trip these cameras, the red lights on them creep me out. :lol:

Use good quality memory cards and quality batteries.


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Link to the cameras I use. I got them on sale for sub $60 each.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00 ... UTF8&psc=1

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I have ordered from this site with great confidence: https://www.trailcampro.com/
So, it might serve you in your research. As someone else said, the $50 - $60 models are not going to have a lot of variance.

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Thanks for the info errbody...

Yes, I'm looking for nighttime ability. But I don't need video, just pictures is fine.

I was looking at Sportsmansguide and they have some cool "kits" that come with stuff. I'm just worried about which stuff is crappy knockoff garbage like all the optics and cameras that you can get from Amazon that have names like Ohatsuaka or nitestockersniperplus or some shit...

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A link to a photo my ~$60 game camera took at night. It works for what I want but clearly the blurry animal was not moving that fast. That and about 50 feet is the range of the light. Note the hot spot close by on the black asphalt. You need to mount the cameras at least 5 feet up to avoid this.

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This is generally what I use these for, close distance monitoring of access points, feeding stations or in this case I used one to figure out why I could not catch a raccoon that was eating my wife's chickens. Yep I needed a much bigger trap. On a different subject thanks to the cameras, I noticed he came every night between 3:30 am and 4 am. What can I say habits can be bad for your health. :wink:

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That's perfect for what I need!!!!

I just want to watch the black bears that I posted about in my other thread. Just need to see their habits (times and routes).

Sadly, those cams are looking to be $75 right now, which is 2 cameras as opposed to 3 at $50. But I'll look for sales or check it's specs and compare as the baseline.

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This Bushnell was my most costly but I bought a steel lockbox, cable lock, and some accessories when I purchased it. It takes pics/video and has a good number of settings. I have hundreds of photos but I always go to the link I posted previously to see what others are capturing around the world.
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