As more and more people join in wildlife observation activities, more and more knowledge about tracking cameras is known. As the main equipment for outdoor tracking and observing wildlife, tracking cameras can provide observers with detailed information about the active behavior and living habits of wildlife and improve the cognitive ability of wildlife. However, when it comes to understanding the use of hunting cameras, there are often some misunderstandings that lead to missing some great shots. This blog will describe some of the more common hunting camera misconceptions in daily activities, to provide some reference value and advice to tracking camera users, to better use the camera to capture the required images.

Common Trail Camera Misconceptions

The Higher The Pixels, The Better The Shot

When consumers want to buy a hunting camera, the main factor to consider is the camera's pixels. The phrase "the higher the pixels, the better the shot" is one of the most common misconceptions about camera pixels on the internet.

Most of the "megapixels" we see on the market are interpolated. Interpolation occurs when a device's native resolution is increased to a higher resolution by other software. So in either case, the interpolated file size captured by a tracking camera grows exponentially, resulting in a larger storage footprint.

Users in the purchase of the camera should not just simply through the product description to judge the shooting effect of this hunting camera, you must check the hunting camera shooting sample images to go as a review criteria.

Common Trail Camera Misconceptions

Not Formatting The Memory Card For The First Time

Users will prioritize the memory card for storage when saving pictures and videos taken by the hunting camera, and most of them will work directly with the memory card, which is a more common mistake. When using a memory card for the first time, you should format the card first to save pictures and videos better and to prevent the card from some unknown risks. As hunting cameras are designed differently, the memory card used needs to have a format that matches the different devices, so it is best to reformat the memory card before use to prevent adverse effects on the communication signals between the tracking camera and the memory card.

When users use the memory card directly, it may result in not being able to read the saved pictures or videos, leading to the loss of some important information.

Common Trail Camera Misconceptions

Failure To Trim Weeds Within The Camera's Range.

When the camera is tracking outdoors, most people overlook the weeds, branches, etc. around the camera. When these plants start to sway in the wind or grow naturally, they can accidentally trigger the tracking camera's working mechanism, thus capturing unwanted images or videos. Therefore, when using a tracking camera, users should clean and trim the weeds, tree trunks, etc. near the camera to improve the accuracy of the camera's triggers and to ensure that the camera can record important images.

Common Trail Camera Misconceptions

Infrared Tracking Camera Effect Are The Same

The common infrared tracking cameras on the market are generally categorized into three types: no glow hunting cameras, low glow hunting cameras, and red light hunting cameras. The main difference between these three types of infrared tracking cameras is whether or not they produce light that can be seen by animals or the human eye when taking pictures and videos at night, so the effect of these three types of hunting cameras will be different when taking pictures at night. The no-glow hunting cameras are not noticeable to the human eye or animals when they are working at night, while the low-glow hunting cameras are almost undetectable when they are running, and the rest of the infrared hunting cameras produce some faint red light when they are shooting at night.

Users need to find out which type of hunting camera the camera belongs to before using it for better nighttime footage.

Common Trail Camera Misconceptions

Using Alkaline Rechargeable Batteries

When choosing a power source for a hunting camera, people usually choose the more affordable alkaline rechargeable batteries. The battery calculator inside the hunting camera is calibrated to recognize the voltage level of the alkaline batteries. Since the voltage level of the alkaline batteries decreases with the number of pictures taken, especially in extreme weather conditions, and the chemical properties of the alkaline batteries decrease with the drop in temperature, when the voltage of the alkaline batteries is too low, the camera will automatically recognize it as being dead and thus turn off the camera operation automatically.

When acquiring a hunting camera, users should prefer one that includes a battery inside the camera or one that is equipped with a solar panel. If you need to replace the battery, you should follow the recommendations in the product manual to purchase the battery to maintain the performance of the camera and prolong the life of the camera.

Common Trail Camera Misconceptions

Not Placing The Camera Correctly

When a hunting camera is placed too high, it can only capture the highest part of the wildlife, and when the camera is placed too low, it can only capture the wildlife below the legs, try not to place the camera in an area that is exposed to direct sunlight, to prevent the camera from capturing images and videos that are glaring. Users should take extra time when placing to ensure that the hunting camera is placed at the correct angle and height to ensure that they can maximize the number of images that can be captured. When determining placement, users should crouch down flush with the lens of the hunting camera and first observe the area that the trail camera is pointing at with the human eye to ensure that the camera has the correct viewing angle.

The correct location for camera placement should be adjusted according to the environment in which it is placed, the trunk of the tree to which it is tied, etc. There is no right answer to the correct placement of the camera, only constant experimentation will ensure that the camera will capture the image you want.


In the process of using a tracking camera, not only the above common mistakes need to be attention to, but there are many other aspects, this blog just gives a small list to give users some reference suggestions. This blog is just a small list to give users some references and suggestions. In actual use, you still need to try more to capture the pictures and videos you want correctly and efficiently.