Updated July 4, 2020
Just because you want to buy something doesn’t mean that you want to break the bank and just because you are budget conscious doesn’t mean that you are OK with something that lacks important features or doesn’t perform well. This is true for most things we buy including trail cameras.
Lucky for us these days there are full-featured trail cameras that come at super affordable prices. One of these trail cameras is the Campark T40.
We like the T40, but keep reading our review to find out about the pros and cons of the T40 to see if its’ features fit the way you want to use it.
Why Do So Many Trail Cameras Take Empty Pictures Or Not Take Any Pictures At All?
If you have used trail cameras for awhile you might already be aware of the frustration of cameras that take pictures of “nothing” (pictures with no animals in them) or worse yet fail to take any pictures at all. For people who are new to trail cameras let’s talk about these issues, why they happen, and how the Campark T40 addresses them.
Let’s start with the problem of not taking pictures even though you know that something came through the area.
The Problem of Failing to Take Pictures
Not Capturing Images or Video Can Happen for 3 Main Reasons:
- The trail camera doesn’t have a wide-angle lens.
- The motion sensor doesn’t detect at a wide enough angle.
- The trail camera doesn’t detect motion far enough away.
How Can This Be Fixed?
Campark has addressed this issue in 3 ways with the T40.
- 120° Wide Angle Camera Lens
- 120° Wide Motion Detection Range
- Gave the camera a 0.5 second Trigger Speed, which means that 0.5 seconds after motion is detected the camera will take a picture or begin recording video.
The Problem of Empty Pictures
Pictures and videos with nothing in them can be very frustrating. It might be even more frustrating if you see something barely visible on the edge of the image. So why does this happen?
Empty Pictures Can Happen for 2 Reasons:
- The subject is moving fast (maybe on the edge of the detection range or the edge of where the camera lens can capture it) and the camera doesn’t take a picture or start recording a video quickly enough.
- The camera experienced a false trigger. This can happen to any trail cameras and has a lot to do with how and where you set them up. You can learn about how to avoid false triggers here.
How Can This Be Addressed?
Campark addressed this issue in 2 important ways with the T40.
- They gave it a 0.5 second Trigger Speed, which means that 0.5 seconds after motion is detected the camera is ready to capture the image or begin recording video.
- They added a motion sensor with customizable settings to the T40 to help avoid false triggers.
Introducing the Campark T40 Trail Camera
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The Campark T40 trail camera is currently one of our favorite Low Glow trail cameras from Campark. Campark is a relatively newer company that has tried to position itself as a company that offers trail cameras with strong features at affordable prices. However, don’t let the newness of the company fool you Campark has overwhelmingly positive reviews from all of its’ buyers.
With the T40 model, Campark addresses the need many people have for a trail camera that has the ability to detect and capture images and videos at a wider angle.
Note: If you see this camera talked about in other places and referred to as being a 14MP camera, know that they are talking about the first version of the HC200 and not the current version.
- 16MP Camera with 120° wide-angle lens
- 1080p video recording with audio
- 120° wide detection angle on the Passive Infrared (PIR) Motion Sensor
- Fast 0.5 second trigger speed
- 2.4 inch color LCD screen
- Fantastic price
- Low Glow flash makes the camera less attractive for security purposes
- Uses microSD card
- User manual could be better
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Review of Key Features and Benefits of the Campark T40
As we said earlier the Campark T40 has an upgraded 16MP camera and can record HD videos in 1080p with audio. It also has a 120° field of view which is a really great feature for a trail camera at the T40’s price point. Having a camera with a 120 degree field of view will make it a lot harder for something to come through the area you are monitoring without showing up in your pictures or videos.
The 120° detection angle on the T40’s passive infrared sensor (PIR sensor) is much wider than what has been traditionally offered on most trail cameras. Combine that with its’ 75 foot range and you can monitor quite a large area. However, Campark didn’t stop there with the PIR on the T40. They made the sensor on the T40 adjustable as well.
The 3 adjustable sensitivity settings (High/Normal/Low) on the passive infrared sensor allows you to customize the PIR for the area you are setting your camera up in, which can help the trail camera avoid having false triggers.
The Campark T40 has a fast 0.5 second trigger speed, which will allow your trail camera to capture pictures and videos of even fast-moving game animals.
If you are new to trail cameras and see that there are trail cameras with even faster trigger speeds you might be wondering if a 0.5 second trigger speed is fast enough. Just know that just a few years ago a trail camera with a trigger speed as fast as the T40 would be considered top of the lin in that area. A sub 1 second trigger speed is usually more than fast enough to satisfy the needs of the vast majority of trail cam users.
This trail camera comes with a 42pcs Low Glow infrared LED flash, with a very solid range of 75ft.
The T40’s flash also comes with a cool energy saving feature. When the flash is set to auto mode the brightness of the flash will decrease as the batteries’ power begins to get low with the camera eventually not taking images when the battery power gets too low. In the situation where the camera stops taking nighttime images, it will continue working in the daytime. Yes, this means that you might miss out on some nighttime images when the batteries start to run low, but if I am using the game camera for tracking game and I have to choose between daytime and nighttime pictures I will choose daytime every time. After all, we only hunt in daytime hours.
Input for External 6V Power Supply
Adding an external battery box or solar panel can drastically increase the amount of time you can leave your trail camera in the field. However, remember that unless you plan on trying to disguise them an external battery box or solar panel can make your trail camera easier to spot for potential thieves. So you might want to think twice before using an external power source – especially if you plan to put your trail camera on public land. However, one tactic a lot of people use if they want to hide the location of their cameras is to post them higher up and angle them down toward the area they want to monitor. That way even if someone sees the camera they would need a ladder in order to get to it.
If you are thinking about using an external power supply with the T40 you might want to check out Campark's Solar Panel for trail cameras, which is pictured above.
The time-lapse feature is terrific and isn’t found on all trail cameras in this price range, which is why we were excited to find it on the T40.
For those of you who are aren’t familiar with this feature and how it can help you let us explain…
If you are putting a trail camera by a large open area it will only take pictures or capture videos when the motion sensor is triggered even though the camera can easily see objects that are much further away than the range of the motion sensor. Having a time-lapse feature on a trail camera will allow you to tell it to take pictures at regular intervals throughout the day. This will increase your chances of seeing game that might be further away and never come within the range of the motion sensor. Obviously, this feature is really only useful in the daylight since most trail cameras don’t have a flash range that allows them to see much beyond the range of their PIR sensors.
Having a 2 inch color LCD screen is a great feature and is a nice bonus on an affordably priced model. While we don’t advocate spending a lot of time previewing pictures in the field there will be those times when you will want to use the color LCD screen (like when you are setting up the camera in the field) and will feel thankful that the camera has it.
Note: The previous version of the T40 had a 2.4 inch LCD screen. It is unfortunate that the screen size is smaller on the updated T40, but we feel that sacrificing some scene size to get higher resolution pictures is a worthwhile tradeoff.
The Campark T40 uses microSD cards with a capacity up to 32GB.
If you have read any of our other trail camera reviews you already know that we aren’t big fans of using microSD cards in trail cameras. Our problem with using microSD cards isn’t from a performance perspective because they work just fine. The issue with using microSD cards in trail cameras is that they are easily dropped and can be hard to find when they land in the grass and/or leaves. That being said, the fact that this trail camera uses microSD cards probably isn’t going to be a dealbreaker for most people.
As soon as they see the price a lot of people will be attracted to this super affordable trail camera. Then when you realize all the great features it has that attraction will only increase. You can check the current price here.
Other Trail Camera Options
The Campark T45 is very similar to the T40. There are two differences worth noting between the two trail cameras. The first difference is that the Campark T45 has a 0.3 second trigger speed compared to the 0.5 seconds on the T40. The second difference worth noting is that both the Campark T40 and T45 have a 120° wide detection angle, but the T40 does it with one sensor while the T45 does it with 3 sensor, which allows you the flexibility to turn off the left and right sensors in those situations where you don’t need the wider detection angle thereby extending the battery life.
If you are willing to jump up in price the Moultrie P-120i offers the same 120° detection angle as the Campark T40. However, the P-120i justifies its’ higher price by offering NO GLOW flash and a 20MP camera, which is something the T40 doesn’t have.
The Campark T40 trail camera is a terrific trail camera that comes at an almost too good to be true price. But don’t let the price fool you. The T40 is full featured trail camera that is a good performer. With its’ 120° wide detection angle and 120° and’ wide angle lens, it will be hard for anything passing through the area to avoid detection since the T40 covers almost 3 times the area as many traditional trail cameras. Combine that with the color LCD screen and this is a trail camera that is very easy to set up and use.
You can learn more about the Campark T40 here.
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