How trail camera works?
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How trail camera works?

By Steven | 13 December 2022 | 0 Comments
Knowing how trail cameras work will pick the best trail camera for your needs and put it to good use.

In the last twelve years as a hunter, I believe that knowing the movement patterns of wildlife is the key to successful hunting. That is why I discovered the stellar properties of a trail camera. Using a trail camera has been highly effective in giving me insight into wildlife that frequents a certain area. That is how I started setting up successful hunts after figuring out how trail camera works. 

What is a trail camera? 

A trail camera is an outdoor camera. Because of the PIR sensor in the trail camera, footage is captured automatically, saving hunters the hassle of constantly carrying around a bulky conventional camera. You can leave a trail camera outside for extended periods of time to capture day and nighttime images of wildlife. When the animal moves within the camera's detection range, it will be triggered to take a picture or record a video. This feature saved me the hard time I was going through while fast-forwarding long footage. It is economical when it comes to your SD memory because it captures at certain times. There are shy animals and these are the hardest to hunt from my experience. They get scared when they see a strange gadget and run away. This makes it hard to capture their behavior using a conventional camera.  Now with my trail cameras, it has been possible for me to capture photos of such animals and their natural behavior.

Everything About How Trail Cameras Work

With any luck, you'll track big bucks in the series of photos and videos in the trail camera after leaving your trail cameras in the wild for a few weeks or months. So how do trail cameras work?

There are some key mechanisms that enable trail cameras to function: Power, PIR sensors, and footage and video recording, whereas cellular trail cameras, include photo sending.

Trail cameras are powered by batteries and can operate with minimal power. But if you use a cellular trail camera, the power consumption depends on what mode you're using.

A trail camera works by using passive infrared (PIR) sensors. These sensors monitor the temperature or motion in front of the camera’s lens and trigger the camera when a change is detected. Once the camera is triggered by the sensor, the camera is set to snap a photograph or sequence of them as or short video clip.

The passive infrared technology can work at any time: during the day when there is natural light as well as at night when it is dark. In the daytime, the trail camera detects the level of light and uses it as its recording mechanism, the same way as the smartphone camera.

How the cameras work at night

At night, the camera shifts or adjusts to LED's infrared mode from the PIR. It now uses only the Infrared light filter to record in detail any animal that passes in front of the lens. Due to the nature of this technology, photos are in black and white instead of colored. The LED makes the eyes of the animal glow. Perhaps you are asking whether the images captured at night are great. Yes, trail cameras have infrared emitters that enable the gadget to capture great photos at night, when the light is not so good. The infrared LED technology in most modern trail cameras makes it possible for a better night vision range. Your trail camera has an undetectable flash or glow that illuminates the object (which is the animal) without scaring it away. This is how trail cameras work when there is no natural light.

Finally on storage; Trail cameras use memory cards in the form of SD and Micro SD cards. All captured imaged and videos are stored here. With my device, I am always able to view all the images and videos captured from the last time I checked.

How To Get the Photo from Your Trail Camera

There are several ways to view captured photos and footage from your trail camera. From my experience, if you have not connected your camera to any cellular network the one conventional way of getting the pictures from the trail camera is through the camera's Micro SD card. However, the limiting factor is that you have to go to the physical location of your camera to get an SD card connect it to the SD card reader and get the images. I rarely use this method but if I have to view the images after taking my trail camera from the woods, I pop its SD card into my computer memory card reader and enjoy the bigger screen view. I also use a trail camera viewer app to view and transfer photos to my phone. If you use a wireless trail camera, you can connect it to your phone and view pictures, and transfer them to your phone using Wi-Fi.

How Often to Change the Battery?

When I first began using trail cameras, I had the challenge of keeping batteries for three months. However, with time, I learned hacks that help me to date to save my camera's power. The best thing I did was to use an additional power source. While you can use battery packs, I use a solar panel to connect to my trail camera. It has a power port that allows for that connection.  A trail camera consumes much power while connecting to cellar services and that is why I need a power plan for my camera.

How Often to Check Your Camera?

There are factors to consider when deciding when to check your trail camera. First, is the location. In my case, I live not far from the woods so I can check my camera every few days but when I travel, I use the cellular network to view pictures and clips. If you have a camera in a difficult location to access, it will be hard to check it after a couple of weeks regularly. Second, is the hunting season. During this season I regularly check my camera more than I do in other seasons. From my experience, there is no specific time as to when you should check your camera but there are hints you can look into and decide on what works best for your hunting experience.

If you have your trail camera in a place where it would not hurt to check it from time to time, then you have no reason to go for weeks without checking it. If your camera is mounted in a place where you may need to travel for hours, you may limit the frequency of checking it and only do so after one or two weeks. If you live far from the cam location, it will not be economical to check your camera after every few days.

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