Toguard H20 Mini Trail Camera Review

Toguard H20 Mini Trail Camera

If you want to maximize the amount of information you can collect when monitoring game animals it is really advantageous to have multiple trail cameras in the field. However, when you start buying multiple game cameras the cost of your investment can really start to add up. Then if you plan on using these trail … Read more

Campark T40 Trail Camera Review

Campark T40 Trail Camera

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.

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Why Do So Many Trail Cameras Take Empty Pictures Or Not Take Any Pictures At All?

If you have used trail cameras for a while 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.

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Campark T30 Trail Camera Review

Campark T30 Trail Camera

Campark T30 Trail CameraHave you ever set up a trail camera on a piece of property only to get a sliver of the game animal in the picture or video just because you didn’t have the camera pointed in just the right direction? Or worse yet, did you miss capturing an image of the animal at all?

Sometimes you don’t know where the activity will happen and the sensor on a traditional trail camera just doesn’t monitor a wide enough area. It can happen to anyone and when it does it is usually pretty frustrating. Luckily, there is a solution to this problem that doesn’t break the bank or require you to buy multiple trail cameras.

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How Can You Monitor A Wide Area With Just One Trail Camera?

The secret to monitoring a wider area without using multiple cameras lies in the passive infrared (PIR) sensors, which is the part of the camera that detects motion and triggers the camera to start recording videos or taking pictures.

Historically, most trail cameras had just one PIR sensor. That sensor would often have a detection angle of around 45°. That might sound like a lot, but it really isn’t. Imagine sitting with your eyes looking straight in front of you. You will miss noticing things if you can’t move your eyes or turn your head.

Knowing the limitations of traditional trail cameras with just one PIR sensor, many manufacturers have now started to make trail cameras with multiple PIR sensors to help people who need to monitor a wider area. They have been able to do this while still keeping the price of these trail cameras very affordable. The Campark T30 is one of those cameras.

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SPYPOINT Link-Micro Review

SPYPOINT Link-Micro

SPYPOINT Link-MicroIf you are familiar with trail cameras you already know that they can be expensive. Then if you want something like a cellular trail camera the price can sometimes be out of reach for people who are on a budget or for people who need to buy multiple cellular trail cameras. Then to make matters worse, cellular trail cameras are often large and are easily spotted by people who might steal or vandalize the camera.

In addition to the price of the camera, you also need to purchase a data plan in order to have the images sent to you. If you have multiple cameras or have a camera placed in an area with a lot of activity the price of sending all those images can add up as well.

If you are a budget-conscious buyer who is looking for an affordable cellular trail camera the super-compact SPYPOINT Link-Micro might be a good option for you.

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SPYPOINT Link-Micro (Smallest Cellular Trail Camera on The Market!)
  • TECHNOLOGY: SMALLEST cellular trail camera in the market! Powered by only 8 AA batteries and MicroSD card. Smaller than your hand! BUCK TRACKER - AI Image Recognition. Mobile app & web app capable with photo viewing on smartphone & computer
  • CELLULAR: 4G Photo transmission, works with major cellular providers nationwide, see Coverage Maps for performance. Preactivated SIM, mobile app capable, simple and fully configuration with app. Data plans available
  • PICTURE QUALITY: 10 MP, 4 Power LEDs, up to 80' Flash and Detection Range, 0.5s Trigger Speed, color photos by day, infrared by night, Multi-Shot and Continuous Modes
  • POWER: 16GB MicroSD memory card (not included), 8 AA batteries (not included), 12V jack Network 4G (HSPA+)

So Is It Possible to Find a Good Compact Cellular Trail Camera on a Budget?

Making an affordable cellular trail camera is exactly what SPYPOINT was trying to do when they made the Link-Mirco. They already have some terrific full-featured cellular trail camera options available, but this was their attempt to make a more compact entry-level model that could still meet peoples’ needs.

They went about trying to achieve this goal by doing 3 different things.

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TOGUARD H45 Trail Camera Review

Toguard H45 Trail Camera

Trail camera users know that all too often you can end up feeling frustrated if you don’t have your trail camera set up just perfectly. One common frustration is when it doesn’t capture any pictures or video even though you know something came through the area. Another frustration comes from checking your trail camera only to find that the batteries are dead and the memory card is filled with a bunch of videos and pictures with nothing in them.

If you are looking for an affordable trail camera that will help eliminate these frustrations the TOGUARD H45 could be what you are looking for.

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Why Do So Many Trail Cameras Take Empty Pictures Or Not Take Any Pictures At All?

When you are placing a trail camera by a food plot or another large open you want it to captures pictures and/or video covering as much of the space as you can. However, all too often something comes through the area and the camera doesn’t trigger (not taking any pictures or recording any video).

This can happen for 3 reasons:

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Bushnell 16MP Trophy Cam HD Essential E3 Trail Camera Review

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential E3

Sometimes it can be hard to find an affordable trail camera with good features and performance at a price that isn’t well over $100. That task can be even more difficult when you want to purchase a trail camera from a brand that has a name you are familiar and with a reputation you feel good about.

Luckily Bushnell helped make this job easier with their Trophy Cam HD Essential E3 low glow trail camera.

Reputation and History of Bushnell Trail Cameras

Bushnell, which was founded in 1948 by David P. Bushnell, is an American company that specializes in sporting optics and other outdoor products.

In addition to trail cameras, Bushnell’s product line includes binoculars, riflescopes, red dot sights, rangefinders, and spotting scopes (small portable high-powered telescopes).

So when you purchase a trail camera from Bushnell you can rest assured that you are buying from a company who isn’t making selling trail cameras as an afterthought. They have based their business on making quality optical products. Plus, they stand behind their products with a one year limited warranty. 

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Browning Recon Force 4K Trail Camera Review

Browning Recon Force 4K Trail Camera Review

Technology always seems to be advancing. That is true if we are talking about the television in your home or the trail camera you mount on a tree. That is the case with the Recon Force 4K Trail Camera from Browning.

Just as 4K technology has made it into the televisions and other products we use in our home it has made it into trail cameras as well.

If you want a full-featured game camera that can capture true 4K UHD video the Browning Recon Force 4K is certainly worthy of your consideration.

What Is 4K Video and Do I Want it on My Trail Camera?

To answer this question we need to talk about pixels because the more pixels an image or video has the more detail it can display.

Traditional HD Video (1080p)

Let’s first talk about the standard for traditional HD which is 1080p, measured by the number of vertical pixels. It maxes out at 1920 horizontal columns of pixels and 1080 vertical rows of pixels, which comes out to a total of 2,073,600 pixels.

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Campark T45 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 trail camera that will help minimize or reduce this frustration the Campark T45 could be what you are looking for.

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Why Do So Many Trail Cameras Take Empty Pictures?

If you place a trail camera 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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