A trail camera, also known as a wildlife or hunting camera, is a rugged camera designed for outdoor use, typically to monitor wildlife and recreational activities or provide security surveillance.
Trail cameras are motion-activated cameras. They use infrared motion sensors to detect movement in the field of view and automatically trigger the camera to take photographs or record video when motion is detected. This allows hunters, wildlife enthusiasts, and others to capture animals, sporting events, or intruders moving into the area.
Trail cameras are built to be weather-resistant and stealthy. They have weatherproof housings to withstand harsh outdoor conditions. And they often have camouflage patterns to blend into natural environments like trees, fences, or bushes. This makes them inconspicuous of wildlife and intruders to avoid disturbances.
Most trail cameras capture both still photographs and short videos. Some models specialize in still photo shootings while others provide both still and video options. The cameras can capture thousands of photos and hours of footage on a single battery charge for days or weeks of monitoring.
Many trail cameras offer remote access features. This allows users to view, review and download the captured footage from an app on their smartphone or tablet. Some cameras provide live streaming footage as well for monitoring in real time.
Trail cameras use rechargeable lithium batteries for power. Batteries typically last 3 to 6 months per charge, depending on the camera and settings used. Once the battery gets low, hunters can retrieve the camera, recharge it, and redeploy it in the field.
Trail cameras have a variety of purposes and uses. The primary uses include wildlife photography, hunting, security surveillance, tracking, and monitoring recreational activities. They provide an affordable and effective way to observe nature, catch a glimpse of elusive animals or monitor for intruders.