Those are some sweet pictures.
I would have to agree with Reconyx comments. If you want a camera that will take thousands of photos a half second apart, day or night and never run out of batteries, Reconyx is the way to go. I bought one of their cameras in February and put it up with the best recommended AA batteries. It took over 9000 pictures in the first couple of weeks and when I pulled the card, the camera showed 99% battery life. I have not taken that camera down since February and it's still reading 85% battery life and has over 30,000 photos through it already.
I used to believe in the Camtraker, but it doesn't hold a candle to the Reconyx. Camtraker has a multi-photo trigger that shoots every half second, but at night, the flash will only go off once, throwing out all the other pictures in that trigger instance. The battery dies on that Camtrakker in 3 days. I had to send it in during the middle of hunting season last year, asked for my money back, got talked into letting them try and fix it. Got it back and a month later, it's taking maybe 5 to 20 pictures in a 2 week span because the battery is dead after 2 days. As best I can tell, it triggers a night time photo and the processor sits and spins for hours, trying to figure out why there's no image, before finally running the battery down. It has been a constant nightmare of a headache.
Reconyx has been the type of camera where you plug the memory card in, load batteries, turn the power on and close the camera and come back 2 weeks later and have thousands of photos. I've worked with Cuddebacks, Moultries, Wildviews, Bushnells and lots of other cheap cameras. Problem after problem after problem. None of them have ever consistently worked well. And the most photos any of them have ever produced were a couple hundred.
The only complaint I have for Reconyx is that their daytime photo quality leaves a little to be desired in the clarity and color aspect, and their night time flash length could be longer. But in terms of telling what deer are there, the Reconyx is unfailing.
Latest velvet photo postings from my Reconyx:
As an update to my prior post, I just pulled the card from my Reconyx this last weekend. The camera finally ran out of batteries. It lasted from early February to June 11 on one set of Lithium AA batteries.
This last set took 10,092 photos. Approximately 7000 were photos of bucks, only 300 or so were photos of racoons or opossums, the remaining 3000 in change were does. There as a total of 1 false trigger. For me, that's impressive.
The camera was set on the feed setting, which is the least sensitive of the factory camera settings, designed to take 3 photos at each trigger instance, 5 seconds apart.
I did a ton of research last year on trail cameras. Reconyx is definitely the best, but I finally settled on Bushnell Trophy Cam 8 MP since I wanted several cameras to use on our ranch. We bought 11 cameras rather than 3 or 4 Reconyx for the same money. The Bushnell is small, lightweight (easy to carry a couple in a daypack), fast trigger speed, IR flash, nice photo quality, and great battery life. We have been very happy with them. If you want one or two cameras, buy a Reconyx. If you'd like a few to blanket an area I like the Bushnell.
I just bought a few primos46 cams a month ago, they're still out in the mountains now so I'll post back in a month after I swap memory cards. Before buyin these I did alot of reserch as well, and found out their rating was good with the amount of options they have for the money.
Before buying these I had the wildgame innovation brand with the regular flash. The pics taken during the day and night were crap. Maybe It was just the model I had?
Last edited by Muleys 24/7; 01-18-2012 at 05:49 PM.
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Stealth cam unit 7,for me....Easy icon programming...The results are good.
I love it...