This is a decent camera that takes pretty good pics at a great price, but there are a couple issues you'll want to be aware of before buying:
- I bought the previous version and the housing started leaking after about a year. This version has an identical case so I'll be surprised if it lasts more than one season if left outdoors year round.
- This camera uses a Micro-SD card, which is a big problem. If I realized this beforehand I would not have purchased. One problem is that if you have multiple cams and share SD cards, this one can't use those other standard SD cards. The second problem is changing the card in the field. You pretty much have to dismount the camera to swap the card. This is a big PITA. It's not a big enough problem to return it but I won't be buying another one that uses Micro-SD cards.
August 27, 2018
Easy to use Awesome Trail Cam
I needed this trail cam to see how many deer are destroying my garden and what times of the day they are doing this. One of the main things I love about this cam is it tells you the date and time each picture was taken. It also tells you which pics were taken when the batteries were low. Where I set this cam it was pitch black at night and it was able to be bright enough to capture a deer. The day time pics are clear and sharp. I love how simple and easy it is to use and set up. This cam comes with all the hardware needed to attach it to an object but the best object I had was a tree so I didn't use all the hardware right now. This trail cam looks and feels well built. The batteries I used weren't the bast and they lasted for a few days so I will be investing in top of the line batteries. Another thing I really like is I can play back my pictures or video right on the screen of the cam or just pop out the sd card and download right onto my computer. The only problem I had is the manual is very small with tiny writing but I took pictures of the pages and was able to enlarge then. I know there is more I can do with this cam and will at some point like do video and I am so excited to continue using this for so many years to come. If I can I will up date after I have used this for a while.
May 22, 2018
Bought this to have fun in the backyard. Without this I would have never known what goes on in my yard after dark. In the first week I have pictures of raccoons, opossums, skunks, foxes and the neighbors cats. The night pics with the infrared are surprisingly good since it is too dark to see anything without the camera. The day shots are very vivid. This is well worth every penny. It is good quality and easy to operate. It has given me something to look forward to each day wondering what new things I might see. I would recommend this trail camera. I am very happy with it. The only issue I have is that I would like to shoot more video but when I do this it uses up the battery life rather quickly. I was hoping to find a power supply that I could use with this. Hopefully I will find one.
September 24, 2018
Campark is a lesser known Chinese brand to me but the product description listed comparable features and price of my two Apeman units, especially the side view sensors, so I decided to give the Campark T45 a try and compare. Amazon offered a $4 discount coupon.
The T45 unit is significantly smaller than Apeman but construction seems solid. Campark states that it requires 8 AA alkaline batteries (NOT included). Campark specifies NOT to use rechargeables. That doesn’t make sense to me. Low self-discharge NiMH batteries like Eneloops, are always superior to alkaline except in very very low draw situations.
The menu settings between Apeman and Campark are similar so I could set them up similarly. A difference is that the Apeman uses a standard SD card while the Campark uses a Micro SD card (NOT included). Since there is an on-board color display, I can view and delete images without removing the card. Image quality is excellent.
Apeman claimed 12 Megapixel resolution so I had them set to highest resolution but later learned that any resolution over 5 Meg was interpolated so I set the Apemans back to 5 Meg. Campark claims 14 Megapixel resolution but I can’t find anything about interpolation so I left Campark on the highest resolution. Campark image quality is superior.
CONS: My only complaint thus far is that it is very difficult to remove the protective film from the lenses. There is no easy way to grab the film without using a pointed implement to reach into the recess to lift an edge of the film. That risks scratching the lens the film is designed to protect. The micro SD card is also difficult to manipulate in the field. It is very small and hard to access.
July 14, 2018
I liked the footage results, ease of programming, and ability to view photos on the screen right from the device. The quality of the video for the price was unexpectedly good.
However, the mounting plate slips, the camera is too heavy for it. The viewing window is inside the weatherproof case, so what you see is only what your getting until you close the case, which try as you might to keep it steady, still shifts the camera lenses up down left right or sideways as you shut it. It’s fine for pointing in a general area, but if you wanted an exact subject on the screen, it’s not necessarily going to be easy or accurate.
But it serves my purpose. My baby chickens are being eaten by something as my mama hen desperately tries to protect them and gets scratched up. The coop is supposedly predator free, so we didn’t know exactly what it was. The camera captured raccoons climbing over and around the coop. Reaching their little hands inside to grab at the baby chicks. We set a trap and got it on film as we caught one. The footage helped us to understand what was killing the chicks and how many were still wandering around.
Don’t worry, no raccoons were harmed while trapped and relocated.
September 12, 2018
Over the years, I've owned or borrowed a few different game cameras, and over time have seen improvements in each one. The Campark version was a step-up for a couple of reasons. This is the first I've owned which has its own viewing screen. Major improvement. No running inside with the memory card, fumbling with a computer or other device, and then forgetting to put the card back in the camera. You see what you've got, instantly. Night time pictures/video seem to keep improving also. This is 95% of what I use game cameras for - to see what critters are crawling around our property at night, stalking our chickens and eating the barn cats' food (apparently ours is the best in the neighborhood).
On the downside, I still get some videos of animal tails leaving the camera's view. I continue to experiment with settings, but I really question the 0.35 second reaction time of the camera. I usually get just enough view of the tails to show that they're walking, not sprinting in front of the camera, so I was expecting to see more action. And that's another thing I do 95% of the time...videos. I want action, not still photos. These game cameras could be video-only and I'd be perfectly fine with that.
Another less-than-enjoyable feature is the micro-SD card. These may be great in keeping mobile devices small, but the micro-SD's are just too tiny for a game camera. If you drop one on your shag carpet, best of luck. If you drop one in pasture grass, you're screwed. I'm sure Campark had their reasons for choosing this version of memory card, but I don't see why it's necessary. A regular SD card would have been a better option for me.
So, a one-star deduction for the camera reaction speed and the micro-SD card; otherwise, a solid piece of technology.