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#6296051 - 05/12/16 05:41 AM best trail camera for the money
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I need to purchase a couple new trail cams. Any thoughts on best bang for your buck?
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#6296265 - 05/12/16 09:21 AM Re: best trail camera for the money [Re: jae011]
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How much you looking to spend?
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#6296328 - 05/12/16 10:01 AM Re: best trail camera for the money [Re: jae011]
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"Best" is relative. "Best" overall regardless of price or best bang for your buck.

The best cheapo camera that I like is made by Stealth and runs about $60 a unit, runs on 8 AA batteries (I use rechargeables) and takes functional (not beautiful) pictures.
http://www.amazon.com/Stealth-Cam-STC-P12-Megapixel-Scouting/dp/B00HMN7LDC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1463064399&sr=8-2&keywords=Stealth+Cam+STC-P12+6.0+Megapixel+Digital+Scouting+Camera%2C+Tree+Bark (sorry, this won't hyper link for some reason, but copy and paste and it will get you there)

For about double, a very good option is the Browning Strike Force. Most people love these.
http://www.amazon.com/Browning-Strike-Fo...ng+strike+force

Personally, game cameras seem to be really hit or miss. I have run some cheapo Moultries that lasted 6 years and other models by Moultrie that didn't run 6 months. I figure that on average, I get 2-3 years out of my cameras before they peter out, hence why I tend not to be expensive ones. I have had 2 $300 game cameras that went less than 18 months, just long enough to be well out of warranty. I am currently using the Stealths above and am happy with them, but like I said, the images are not amazing, but functional. Go with the Brownings if you want beautiful images.





Edited by Double Naught Spy (05/12/16 10:02 AM)
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#6296489 - 05/12/16 12:37 PM Re: best trail camera for the money [Re: jae011]
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Yeah I'm more on the cheaper side I guess. I just had a moultrie go out on me after a couple yrs. I just need it to be functional. I don't need crystal clear images or anything.
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#6296667 - 05/12/16 03:00 PM Re: best trail camera for the money [Re: jae011]
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I use the old style Moultrie A-5. Been working great for 4 yrs.

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#6296684 - 05/12/16 03:25 PM Re: best trail camera for the money [Re: jae011]
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#6297422 - 05/13/16 08:30 AM Re: best trail camera for the money [Re: jae011]
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We currently using a few different brands. The moiltrie is alright but some of the pics aren't the best, and I haven't used the cuddeback enough to tell yet, but I recommend browning. Have used it for about 6 months and takes really good pics and is reliable.
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#6297553 - 05/13/16 09:55 AM Re: best trail camera for the money [Re: jae011]
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Moultrie or truthcam have done well for me...

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#6297676 - 05/13/16 11:24 AM Re: best trail camera for the money [Re: jae011]
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Another vote for Browning Strike Force for "bang per buck".

Great review site.

http://www.trailcampro.com/collections/b...force-hd-review
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#6297826 - 05/13/16 01:09 PM Re: best trail camera for the money [Re: jae011]
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http://www.gsmoutdoors.com/wildview/

I bought one of their cheapest cameras 8 years ago and put it out. I replaced it this year because the SD card wouldn't latch in anymore. It had the best pics you could ask for. Great day or night. I replaced it with a Moultrie A5 that I won at a clay shoot. Not near the pic quality as the cheapo. Most on here will tell you the Wildview is junk but I don't think so.
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#6297853 - 05/13/16 01:41 PM Re: best trail camera for the money [Re: poisonivie]
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Originally Posted By: poisonivie
http://www.gsmoutdoors.com/wildview/

I bought one of their cheapest cameras 8 years ago and put it out. I replaced it this year because the SD card wouldn't latch in anymore. It had the best pics you could ask for. Great day or night. I replaced it with a Moultrie A5 that I won at a clay shoot. Not near the pic quality as the cheapo. Most on here will tell you the Wildview is junk but I don't think so.


I've never heard of these, but wildgame innovations is junk roflmao
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#6297869 - 05/13/16 01:54 PM Re: best trail camera for the money [Re: rickym]
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Originally Posted By: rickym
Originally Posted By: poisonivie
http://www.gsmoutdoors.com/wildview/

I bought one of their cheapest cameras 8 years ago and put it out. I replaced it this year because the SD card wouldn't latch in anymore. It had the best pics you could ask for. Great day or night. I replaced it with a Moultrie A5 that I won at a clay shoot. Not near the pic quality as the cheapo. Most on here will tell you the Wildview is junk but I don't think so.


I've never heard of these, but wildgame innovations is junk roflmao


I 2nd the motion
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#6297897 - 05/13/16 02:19 PM Re: best trail camera for the money [Re: jae011]
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Moultrie, Browning, and StealthCam are what we are running.

The Brownings seem to blur somewhat (slower shutter?) with the night pics.
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#6297929 - 05/13/16 03:01 PM Re: best trail camera for the money [Re: Western]
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Originally Posted By: Western
Originally Posted By: rickym
Originally Posted By: poisonivie
http://www.gsmoutdoors.com/wildview/

I bought one of their cheapest cameras 8 years ago and put it out. I replaced it this year because the SD card wouldn't latch in anymore. It had the best pics you could ask for. Great day or night. I replaced it with a Moultrie A5 that I won at a clay shoot. Not near the pic quality as the cheapo. Most on here will tell you the Wildview is junk but I don't think so.


I've never heard of these, but wildgame innovations is junk roflmao


I 2nd the motion


I agree for cameras!! They make good batteries and their feeders are alright. My sd chip viewer works well too.
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#6298488 - 05/14/16 11:13 AM Re: best trail camera for the money [Re: jae011]
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With the exception of Hunten brand, I think all the companies have a decent model or two that come out of China. All the companies also end up having some crap models as well. Brand name is pretty meaningless for quality. For example, some of the best and some of the worst cameras I have run are Moultries.

Here are a couple of pics of the same hog in about the same place, one day and one night, showing what the cheapo Stealth cam I mentioned above will do.

The feeder is at about 15 yards from the camera and the hog is 230 lbs.






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