The virtues of trail cameras are too numerous to name, and it’s safe to say that these pieces of equipment have changed the way many outdoorsmen approach their hunting lands. Having photographic evidence of what passes through our hunting grounds is a piece of the hunting puzzle that sportsmen of decades ago never had access to, and the knowledge it gives us is unbeatable.
But how many of us rely on cameras that, even though they are brand new and sport the latest and greatest features available, still give images that are less than stellar, and sometimes leave us guessing about certain aspects of the animals being photographed?
“That’s just the nature of trail cameras,” is an easy explanation, and one that many hunters have come to accept. After all, you’re just trying to determine what is on our land, not win a photo contest.
But a group of North Carolina outdoorsmen weren’t happy with that explanation, and they took it upon themselves to step things up a notch, making trail cameras that give DSLR quality. No more blurry, slightly-out-of-focus, underexposed, overexposed, or ambiguous photos for them. And luckily, their products, USA Trail Cams, are available to us as well. No more guessing if that’s an 8-point buck or a 9-point buck. No more squinting to make out those early morning photos in the fog and low light.
What led to the development of USA Trail Cams, and how do they get the image quality they do? This statement from their website says it best.
“Image quality is the most important aspect of a camera. If you cannot see what you took a picture of, there is no real point even taking the photo. Developing a great image on a trail camera is no easy task as you cannot adjust settings on the fly as a traditional photographer is able to do. For this reason, we have paired the absolute best lens, shutter, aperture, sensor and IQ possible. We have not only studied the paring of each component but test each component individually and collectively so that we could create the absolute best pairing. Once we were set on the hardware, we turned to the software settings which is what controls how the camera reacts and manages all the image processing. We have manually adjusted, tested and set every possible lighting scenario so that when your camera goes off, it does so as if we were there setting the shutter, iso, aperture and f/stop with you,” they said.
Another factor for trail cameras is battery life. USA Trail Cams addressed this issue, finding out through experimentation that the short life span of batteries is mainly due to poor design features in the products that use the batteries. They came up with a better design, and outfitted their cameras with it.
“By thinking about those concepts and conquering them in our extreme weather testing as seen in the negative twenty degree image, we were not only able to achieve long battery life in the warmth, but also in the extreme cold. Our extreme testing produced over one hundred thousand images on a single set of standard AA batteries from December to March in sub zero weather,” they said.
Several different models are available from USA Trail Cams. Click here to find the one that best suits your needs.