If you hunt on public land you know that there are some untrustworthy people out there. Odds are that if it hasn’t happened to you you know someone who has had their hunting gear vandalized or stolen while on public land. Unfortunately, trail cameras are among the gear that often gets stolen.
So to combat these risks trail camera users who hunt public land have begun looking for and using smaller trail cameras that are easier to conceal. They also want these trail cameras to perform well yet still be affordable so they won’t be out a large sum of money if something happens to the camera. One of these new small trail cameras is the Campark T20-1mini trail camera.
The Campark T20-1 is small, lightweight, and has a camo exterior, which is just what you would expect in a mini trail camera. What you might not expect is the great performance and large number of features, many of which aren’t on other mini trail cameras – especially ones that are so affordably priced.
Note: Prior to the release of the T20-1 Campark released the 12MP T20 model. The T20 is still out there and still available to purchase in some places. This review is for the updated T20-1 16MP model.
The camera is one of the strong features of the Campark T20-1. It captures 16-megapixel images, which is a significant improvement over the 12MP camera that was on the T20. The T20-1 also captures high quality 1080p full HD videos. It also sports a wide 120° angle lens.
As with all trail cameras, the T20-1 has a PIR, passive infrared motion sensor, that detects activity in front of the camera and triggers the camera to start recording. The PIR on this Campark trail camera has three sensitivity levels (high, medium, and low), which makes the trail camera more versatile by allowing you to use it in a variety of settings without worrying about getting a bunch of false triggers.
It also has a wide detection angle of 120 degrees to go along with the wide-angle lens. It has a detection range of up to 65 feet.
The trigger speed is the amount of time it takes from when the motion sensor is triggered until the camera begins capturing images or videos. The Campark trail camera has a trigger speed of 0.5 seconds. That sounds fast, but know that there are some similarly priced and equipped mini trail cameras that have trigger speeds of 0.3 seconds, which means that the trigger speed of the T20-1 is 67% longer than those faster cameras.
So is the trigger speed too slow on the T20-1? No. First, remember that 0.5 seconds is really a short amount of time. Second, know when a slower trigger speed is combined with a PIR that has a wide detection angle it can greatly compensate for the slower trigger speed. So unless you plan using the trail camera in an area with a lot of really fast-moving objects most people should be fine with the trigger speed on the T20-1.
For night photography the Campark T20-1 trail camera has 22 pcs low glow infrared LEDs with a 65 foot flash range. The low glow flash won’t scare away animals, but you can see a visible red glow on the front of the camera if you are looking directly at it when the flash is in use.
Among the many attractive features of the Campark T20-1 is its compact body. It has dimensions of 2.75 X 4.13 X 1.57 inches and weighs roughly 1.05 pounds. The small dimensions and mass make it easy to conceal and convenient to carry through the woods – especially if you are carrying multiple cameras.
The T20-1 has the time-lapse function, which enables you to capture footage without the motion sensor being triggered. Instead of waiting for the PIR to be triggered, the PIR is turned off and the camera takes photos at predetermined time intervals that you specify.
This feature is good for monitoring activity in the area that is beyond the 65 foot range of the motion sensor. It is also useful for capturing slow-moving animals, more so the cold-blooded ones. You can also use this feature in nature photography to record processes such as plant blooming.
Having LCD screens on trail cameras is getting to be pretty commonplace these days, but they aren’t always on the more compact mini trail cameras. So in this case having an LCD screen is a nice bonus.
Every trail camera needs a memory card to store the pictures and footage it captures. The Campark T20-1 can use SDHC memory cards up to 32GB in capacity. You can also use a micro SD card with an adapter. Campark recommends using a class 10 card.
We recommend the SanDisk 32GB Ultra SDHC UHS-I memory card
You can restrict the use of the camera by encrypting it with a password. On the menu, you look for password protection and then select ‘On’ to set your password. You need to input a four-digit figure between 0-9. Then every time you need to operate the camera, you will be asked to provide the password you created.
The Campark T20-1 is powered by four AA batteries. If you want batteries that will ensure the best performance and longest life in the field we suggest using Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries.
If there is a ton of activity where you want to post your trail camera or if you like to leave your trail cameras in the woods for extended periods of time you might become concerned about battery life and think about how you can extend it. If this describes your situation you will be happy to know that the T20-1 comes with an input for an external power supply. If you decide to use an external power supply with your T20-1, Campark’s requirement for an external power source is 6V/2A.
Here is a link for Campark's Trail Camera Solar Panel.
The image stamp feature shows you the essential information about when the pictures and videos were captured. The information included on the image stamp for the T20-1 is pretty standard. It includes the date, time, temperature, and moon phase.
The Campark T20-1 trail camera is flexible when it comes to the language of choice. Besides English, you can opt for other languages including options such as Italian, Spanish, German, and French. You can pick your preferred language when setting up the camera.
The Campark T20-1 comes with several included accessories. They include a mounting strap, a USB cable, three screws, a threaded tripod, and a mounting plate.
Affordable trail cameras that are small and easy to conceal are very attractive to use on public land, where they might be at risk of getting stolen, or to use as a security camera that you don’t want intruders to see.
However, you need to remember that cameras with low glow flashes like the T20-1 are visible at night. If you look directly at them when the flash is in use you will see the LEDs glowing red (even though the area they are illuminating still appears dark).
The Campark T20-1 is competitively priced to compete on price with entry level trail cameras. However, when you look at the included features you can clearly see that the T20-1 offers more value for the dollar than a lot of similarly priced competition. You can check its current price here.
The upgraded 16MP Toguard H20 mini trail camera is similar to the Campark T20-1 in almost every respect. One of the few differences between these cameras is trigger speed. The Toguard has a quick 0.3 second trigger speed while the Campark T20-1 has a slightly slower 0.5 second trigger speed. Both cameras have low glow flash with the difference being that the Toguard has 32 infrared LEDs compared to the 22 LEDs that are found on the Campark. While these differences do tend to favor the Toguard by a small margin there really isn’t a night and day type of difference between these cameras. So you might want to base your decision between these two off of price or the different camo exteriors found on each camera (maybe one camera will better blend into the environment you plan on putting it in). You can see the current price of the Toguard H20 here.
The Apeman H40 is another great 16MP mini trail camera for you to consider. This camera is almost identical to the Campark T20-1 with a couple of differences in the areas of trigger speed and number of infrared LEDs each camera has. The trigger speed on the APEMAN clocks in at 0.4 seconds, which narrowly edges out the 0.5 second speed of the Campark T20-1. As far as the LEDs go both cameras have low glow flashes rated at 65 feet, but the APEMAN uses 26 low glow infrared LEDs while the Campark T20-1 uses 22.
Ultimately there isn’t much difference between these particular APEMAN and Campark models so if you are deciding between these two your decision might be based on which cameras camo exterior you like best or which one has a better price. You can check the current price of the APEMAN H40 here.
The 16MP Campark T20-1 mini trail camera is feature-rich. It even has features that are sometimes missing on other mini trail cameras. Its compact size makes it easy to conceal and convenient to carry into the field even if you are carrying more than one camera with you. Plus, its low price makes it affordable if you are thinking about buying more than one. You can check its’ current price here.
Last update on 2021-04-14 at 15:02 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
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