If you are looking for a compact trail camera that can easily blend into the surroundings, but need to stick to your budget the Wosports LY-121 Mini trail camera is a great option. Not only will it meet the needs of most hunters and property owners, but it does so at a fantastic price.
Read our review below to see if the Wosports LY-121 is a good fit for you too.
Introducing the Wosports LY-121 Mini Trail Camera
Typically priced lower than all the other mini trail cameras we have reviewed, the Wosports LY-121 is an amazingly affordable trail camera. It might not have every feature or the high-end spec that some other higher priced mini trail cameras offer, but the fact is that this helps to keep the price of the camera low and it will still easily meet the needs of the majority of users.
- Compact size
- Super affordable price
- Simple and easy to use controls
- Low battery consumption
- Cannot adjust the length of video clips
- Slow trigger speed
- Flash and detection ranges could be a bit longer
Review of Key Features and Benefits of the Wosports LY-121 Camera
The camera on the LY-121 can take 12-megapixel photos and while the packaging says that it can record 1080p HD video with audio its real video resolution is 720p and it can interpolate the video to 1080p. Remember that just a few short years ago a trail camera with 12MP and 720p cameras were top performers. So while the resolution might be a bit less than some other mini trail cameras, it should still provide you with clear pictures and video footage in most situations.
One thing to note about this trail camera is that it records 10-second video clips, which, unfortunately, you cannot adjust the length of.
Motion Sensor (PIR)
The motion sensor is an essential component of any trail camera, whose primary role is to detect any disturbance and trigger the camera to start recording. The LY-121 has a PIR sensor with a 49-foot detection range, covering a 50° detection angle. The coverage area is not as wide as that of professional-grade trail cameras; however, it is nice if you want to monitor a small area like a food plot or feeder.
When you talk about a trail camera’s motion sensor, you cannot overlook the trigger speed, which is the time it takes for the camera to start rolling once the motion sensor has been activated. Wosports lists this mini trail camera as having a trigger speed that ranges between 0.5 and 1.1 seconds. Most other mini trail cameras currently have trigger speeds of 0.5 seconds or less. So you should view a 0.5-second trigger speed as average and a trigger speed of 1.1 seconds as quite pedestrian. That said, this trigger speed should be more than adequate to capture animals walking down a game trail or animals in a food plot or by a feeder.
The Wosports LY-121 has a 17 piece 850nm low glow flash with a 49-foot flash range. The flash is a bit too concentrated in the bottom and middle of the pictures and videos but gets the job done in most situations. However, the range is a bit short when you consider that most trail cameras, as well as mini trail cameras, have at least a 65-foot range.
Many trail cameras, including mini trail cameras, have a time-lapse feature that once activated will have the camera take pictures at regular time intervals that you select. It is also worth noting that when using the time-lapse feature, you turn off the motion sensor. Having a camera with the time-lapse feature is a huge bonus, especially when you are receiving a lot of false triggers or want to monitor the area that is beyond the range of the PIR sensor. Unfortunately, the LY-121 does not have this feature.
As earlier mentioned, one of this Wosports model’s selling points is its small dimensions, making it easier for it to blend into its environment and making it harder for both humans and animals to spot. It measures 4.01 inches x 3.97 inches x 2.48 inches and coupled with its low weight of 6.03 ounces; it is easy to install and handle even if you are bringing multiple cameras into the woods.
Most trail cameras these days have a color LCD screen to help with changing the camera’s settings and allow you to preview pictures and videos in the field, albeit on a small screen.
The LY-121 doesn’t have a color LCD screen, but it does have a small text display LCD screen that measures 1.33 inches x .63 inches to help with setting up the camera and changing its settings.
While it would be nice if Wosports gave this camera a color LCD screen the camera works fine without it and not having a color LCD screen probably helps to keep the cost of the camera low.
As with all trail cameras, you will need a memory card to store footage recorded by the LY-121 trail camera. It can accommodate SD/SDHC cards up to 32GB in capacity. Wosports recommends using a class 6 or higher card. For best performance and maximum storage space we suggest using the SanDisk 32GB Ultra SDHC memory card.
Another great aspect of this trail camera that you can appreciate is how economical it is in power consumption. The camera can last for up to 4-months on standby with 4AA batteries. So depending on the settings you select and the amount of activity where you post the camera you should feel confident that you can get multiple months on a set of batteries.
For the longest battery life and maximum performance, we suggest that you use high-quality lithium batteries likeEnergizer Ultimate Lithium batteries. If you want to learn why we recommend these batteries you can read our article on the Best Batteries for Trail Cameras.
Image stamps make it easy to document or sort your recordings. The image stamp on the LY-121 includes the date, time, and camera number, which is a two-digit number that you select. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include the temperature and moon phase and while that isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker for this camera it is fair to note that the temperature and moon phase is pretty much standard on most modern trail cameras.
The big negative with the image stamp is on images and videos that are recorded at night. The image stamp information is displayed using white characters on the bottom of the screen just like it is with almost every other camera. However, most cameras have a dark-colored bar on the bottom of pictures and videos that the image stamp information goes on top of and the Wosports LY-121 does not do this. Instead, the image stamp information is displayed right over the top of the picture, which isn’t a big deal during the daytime hours, but at night the IR flash washes out the bottom of the images and videos making the image stamp information difficult to read. Below is a still image that was taken from a video captured by the Wosports LY-121 at night that illustrates this frustration.
Here is what’s included with this mini trail camera to make its setup quick and easy.
- 1- wall mount.
- 3- mounting screws.
- Mounting strap
- User manual
Areas of Use
With its compact size, the Wosport L Y-121 can be put in a variety of locations where you want a trail camera that can blend into its surroundings, which makes it useful for scouting deer or other game animals and property surveillance as well as just keeping track of local wildlife. Plus, given its ability to blend into its environment you can even feel good about using it on public hunting land.
Given its slower trigger speed and its smaller detection and flash ranges you probably want to stick to using the LY-121 in places where you know the activity will be close to the camera and ideally not fast-moving, such as food plots and feeders. You also want to think twice about using it in places where you need the camera to remain hidden at night – since the low glow flash can give away a camera’s location.
The LY-121 is typically one of the lowest-priced mini trail cameras out there. It is a great option for someone who wants to buy multiple trail cameras while sticking to a budget. This camera is also a good option for someone who isn’t sure if they want to get a trail camera and wants to keep the investment in their first camera low.
Campark T20-1 Mini Trail Camera
One of our current favorite mini trail camera models is the Campark T20-1. This recently updated trail camera is typically just a little more expensive than the Wosports LY-121, but it has some things that the LY-121 doesn’t. The T20-1 has a longer flash range and has a longer detection range and a wider detection angle. It also comes with a color LCD screen that aids in the camera’s setup and allows you to preview images and videos in the field. So if you want a mini trail camera that can monitor a wider area and has an improved ability to capture fast-moving animals the Campark T20-1 might be well worth the small additional investment. You can read the full review we did for the T20-1 if you are interested. Otherwise you can check its current price here.
SPYPOINT Link-Micro Cellular Trail Camera
Some people who are looking for a mini trail camera also want something that can send them images rather than having to go out in person to check what is on the camera’s memory card. The SPYPOINT Link-Micro Cellular Trail Camera is one of the few cameras that have both a compact size and cellular capabilities. It also has some specs that you won’t find on the LY-121 such as its 80-foot flash and detection ranges and a 0.5-second trigger speed. It is worth noting that the Link-Micro has a good camera, although it is only capable of taking images with a maximum of 10MP resolution and doesn’t record video, those shouldn’t be viewed as shortcomings. This is true because cellular trail cameras don’t send full-resolution images any and very few send video in order to keep cellular plan charges at a reasonable level.
If you are looking for a mini trail camera with cellular capabilities the SPYPOINT Link-Micro is a great choice. You can learn more about it and see the current price here.
With its small size, the Wosports LY-121 is a fantastic option if you want a trail camera that can easily blend into its surroundings and avoid detection. Able to handle a wide variety of tasks the LY-121comes at a price that makes owning multiple cameras affordable. You can check the current price of the LY-121 here.
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