I've never purchased one of these before and I'm really bad with technology, but I found this one to be very easy to use for a dumb dumb like me, and it works very well!
video, audio, photo
NO FLASH/GLOW IR, so people never see it go off. I suppose if the cryptids see in IR then they'll still see it
programing is very easy and simple
video and photos are very clear
Don't really know what else to say, I was very scared to buy because I had no idea what I was doing, but I got lucky and this is a great trail cam. I would definitely recommend to anyone who is in the same boat as me and out of their league. Its pricey, but because of the audio and such clear imagery, it has many applications
I've used a couple of Moultrie cameras, the now older model MCG-12693 AKA 880i, and the TRACE MCS-13070 Premise Pro (which is just a game cam, colored grey and marketed as a security cam). Both have invisible IR (but you have to look for this feature in the specs - I would not want the "lo-glo" which emits visible light).
The last time I used my older one (I think it's 8MP) it got moisture inside it, maybe when I was changing the card out. I haven't tried it since I brought it inside to dry out.
The Moultries were somewhat effective, but missed a lot of things which would trip them and get out of the frame before the camera went off. The lenses are fairly sharp and the IR is ok. The Moultries are not very expensive.
I tried a Wild Game Innovations from Tractor supply and it 1.) emitted visible light, and 2.) made pictures so bad you could not recognize a person's features at 20 feet. I took it right back for a refund. There is some real junk out there. Look for sample shots made by customers if you can find them. There are some videos on YT that tell what cameras they were made with.
There is a guy on YT that makes a hobby of screwing with trespassers and miscreants. Here he shows a camera concealed in a pipeline marker.
One of their "stings" involved filling a push lawnmower with concrete then capturing the fun as people tried to pick it up to take it. (I don't consider that theft myself- if you throw it away, it's fair game, lol, and I've found a lot of useful things that people threw away, and no I don't go diving in nasty dumpsters, lol).
Shows them mounting some cams at a silo of some sort: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g2xGDo-FwU This guy is wickedly unabashed on conducting surveillance. btw, covert audio of people (interception of communication) is illegal at the federal level and most states have laws against it too. Some states allow it if one party knows, some only if the one party is law enforcement, some it's still illegal (like if you record a phone conversation - in PA, unless you are law enforcement, it's illegal to do it without the person's consent). Just throwing that out there. Video - you're pretty much fair game in public places where you have no reasonable expectation of privacy as far as video goes (check state laws). You may encounter these issues if you're running surveillance gear, even if it's there for animals. Something to keep in the back of your mind. If you accidentally capture audio of someone, even out in the woods, I would delete the audio track. This doesn't constitute legal advice.
Good idea. Yeah I'm probably gonna lose mine to meth heads... lol. This one you can set the trigger time from 0-60 seconds, factory is 3 seconds and I tried it out on some rats in the yard. Set it for 0 seconds this morning so we'll see what tonight brings. I saw the moultries for 10 dollars less and I think I went with the stealth cam because it had higher mpx, more memory, NO GLO IR, but perhaps 20ft LESS distance... I can't remember exactly. However one important feature I forgot about is some moultries have a viewing screen if I'm not mistaken, so you can browse your images ON THE CAM without taking the memory stick out... Mine doesn't have that, you have to remove the stick or plug a device into a USB type port... I don't know if that means a phone, laptop or what, but it has a USB type plug you'd find on a GPS unit. I'll have to pick up that cord or just buy an extra stick so I can take the old one home and plug the new one in...