Best Trail Cameras for Security – Buying Guide and Reviews

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Criminals are seemingly getting bolder by the year. It doesn’t seem like it is enough anymore to lock things up or close a gate. Thieves and vandals seem to be a worry wherever you are. Whether you are talking about your home, your business, or vacation property the need for security and surveillance of your property is ever-increasing.

The monthly cost for a 24-hour electronic home security monitoring company can be expensive. Even if cost isn’t an issue for you sometimes you want to monitor something or someplace that is in a remote area where hiring one of these companies isn’t an option.

If you can’t afford a monitoring company or are in a remote area you still have another cost-effective security option to help you.

Trail cameras, also known as game cameras, can do more than help you monitor wildlife – they can also be used for security purposes.

Yes, that’s right. The same technology that is used by hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts can also help you secure your home or other property.

Here are the six cameras we recommend for security purposes. You can read our entire article to find out which situations each of them is best suited for.

 

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How Can I Use a Trail Camera for Home Security?

There are several things that make trail cameras a great tool to help provide security for your home or other property.

There are several things that make trail cameras a great tool to help provide security for your home or other property. For one, they’re relatively inexpensive and easy to set up. They can be left unattended for long periods of time. Many current models can record up to 4K HD video and take amazing pictures, even while remaining undetectable at night. They are also very portable and can be put in places that don’t have electric service. Plus, some of them can even send images directly to your cell phone or email account.

If you are worried about vandalism or theft of your property you don’t have to sit by and just hope for the best. You can use trail cameras as an easy-to-use and cost-effective way to monitor your property – even in remote areas.

However, before buying a trail camera for security purposes you need to know your specific needs so you can better understand the features you should be looking for when buying a camera.

 

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Find Your Perfect Trail Camera Tool

Find Your Perfect Trail Camera

Below is a list of all our current trail camera reviews. Narrow down the list by selecting the type of camera and/or feature(s) that are most important to you. After you are finished making your selections click the “Submit” button to see a list of reviews of cameras that fit your criteria. If you are … Read more

Buying Guide for Best Rated Trail Cameras

Browning Strike Force HD Pro Trail Camera Review

Updated July 6, 2022 

SPYPOINT Link-MicroThese days people seem to be getting busier and busier. People are having difficulty finding time for leisure activities including hunting. Many hunters might only be able to head out into the woods for just a couple days a year. So when they head off to their deer stand or blind they want to go to a location that will give them a good chance of seeing activity and being successful. Unless you are okay leaving your success to chance you want information to help you know where and when you should hunt. One of the best ways to get information about deer or other game in your area is to use a trail camera.

Trail cameras allow you to capture pictures or videos 24 hours a day along with important information about the time and conditions when each image or video clip was recorded. The problem is that there are a dizzying number of models to choose from with each having their own unique combination of features. So it can feel daunting to identify what features and specification that are most important to you so you can get a trail camera that meets your needs regardless of your budget.

This guide is meant to help inform you about the most important features of trail cameras and what specifications you should be targeting whether you’re on a budget or price is no object.

1. Image Quality

Image quality is easily the most important feature to consider when buying a new trail camera. The most important thing to look at with regard to image quality is the number of megapixels, which is abbreviated as MP. Megapixels is how image resolution is measured – and the more megapixels, the better.

That may not be much of a surprise, but what is surprising is how crisp of an image even a lower megapixel camera (like 8-10 MP) can display. This may not mean much to those for whom price is no obstacle, but for everyone else it’s significant. As long as you have sufficient lighting, a megapixel count from 8-12 MP should be fine for most situations. More mid-range priced cameras range between 14-16 MP. If, however, you want to focus on nighttime photography or capturing images of fast-moving animals, the higher-priced cameras usually range between 16-20 MPs. There are even some luxury models that come with 30 MP resolution. Of course, the higher the resolution – the more you money will expect to spend.

Another thing buyers want to think about is the fact that higher resolution images will fill up the storage space on your memory card more quickly. This can be a problem for people who intend on leaving their trail camera for an extended period of time before checking it – especially if it is in an area with a lot of activity. Luckily, most trail cameras will allow you to choose if you want to capture images at the maximum resolution the camera is capable of or at a lower resolution to help you save on storage space. However, most people will be fine having their cameras on the maximum resolution setting if they have a large enough memory card.

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How to Make Any Trail Camera Cellular

SPYPOINT CELL-LINK Universal Cellular Trail Camera Adapter

SPYPOINT CELL-LINK Universal Cellular Trail Camera Adapter

Whether you are using it for security purposes or trying to figure out the perfect location for your next hunt, have you ever put your trail camera out to monitor an area and wished that it was a cellular trail camera instead so you could see the pictures it captured right away and eliminate the need to go out to the camera and pull its memory card?

If you are like most of us your answer is probably yes. But how?

So let’s talk about how you can make make your trail camera have cellular trail camera capabilities, what your options are, how much it will cost, and when it makes sense to do it.

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Moultrie Mobile Delta Base Cellular Trail Camera Review

Moultrie Mobile Delta Base Cellular Trail Camera

Back in 2021 when we reviewed the Moultrie Mobile Delta cellular trail camera we were pretty impressed. It was one of the few cellular trail cameras that came with a no glow flash and still a very affordable price, which put it in some pretty exclusive company. In 2022, Moultrie released an updated version of … Read more

Campark T45A Trail Camera Review

Campark T45 Trail Camera Review

If you have ever used a trail camera before you know how frustrating it can be to check your camera only to find a bunch of empty images – even though you know that something or someone (if you are using the camera for security purposes) came through the area.

If you are looking for a traditional trail camera that will help minimize or reduce this frustration the Campark T45 could be just what you are looking for. Plus, when you look at its amazing set of features and specs you will be hard-pressed to find a similarly equipped camera that is more affordable.

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Why Do So Many Trail Cameras Take Empty Pictures?

If you place a trail camera in a large open space you want the camera to capture images and video covering as much of that space as possible. Too often something comes through the area and the trail camera captures images with nothing in them or perhaps doesn’t capture any images at all.

One example of this would be if you placed the camera facing a field or food plot. Deer or other animals could come from any number of directions and even if they come very close to where your camera is positioned it might fail to capture images or video of the deer is too far to the left or right. This same scenario can play out in the woods if you have your trail camera positioned where two deer trails converge.

This can happen for 5 reasons:  

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APEMAN H45 Trail Camera Review

APEMAN H45 Trail Camera

APEMAN H45 Trail CameraHaving a trail camera that you feel like you can’t use for certain purposes can feel frustrating? This usually relates to the type of flash the camera has. If your camera has a white flash or low glow flash it will be at higher risk of being stolen if you try to use it to scout game animals on public land or if you want to use it as a security camera.

Having a flash that the human eye cannot detect is why no glow trail cameras have become increasingly popular. However, a lot of trail cameras with no glow flash are priced significantly higher and/or have fewer features than their low glow counterparts. So what should you do if you are a budget-conscious consumer or would like to buy multiple low glow trail cameras without breaking the bank?

So What Should You Do?

Luckily some trail camera manufacturers have recognized this need and have responded with trail cameras that are very affordably priced. One of the companies that have released affordably priced no glow trail cameras is APEMAN.

Introducing the APEMAN H45 Trail Camera

APEMAN H45 Trail Camera

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The super-affordable APEMAN H45 is a great choice for hunting, wildlife monitoring, farm monitoring, and home security surveillance. In addition to its no glow flash, which isn’t often found on such a budget-friendly camera, the H45 features include a 16MP camera that was recently upgraded from 12MP.

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