Last Updated on November 28, 2020
The ability of trail cameras to track motion makes them excellent choices for home security devices.
If you are thinking about buying a trail camera, we’re here to help. We tested all of the top trail cameras and came up with this list of detailed reviews, comparing design, durability, and quality to help you shop.
Keep reading for our ranking of the 10 best models, and don’t skip the buyer’s guide if you’re wondering which features will matter the most to you.
|Best Overall||Foxelli 57047||
|Best Value||WingHome 859431||
In our opinion, the Foxelli 57047 Trail Camera is the best trail camera to use for surveillance. It can capture 14-megapixel photos and 1080P high definition video for up to 10 minutes with sound. It has an impressive 120-degree wide-angle view and can detect motion from 65 feet away. It will also trigger in 0.5 seconds. Battery life is up to eight months and there are no visible lights when taking pictures or recording video. It is also equipped with 42 infrared LEDs that allow for stealthy night operation.
Setting up the Foxtelli camera is a breeze. The front is hinged and when you open it up there is a 2.4-inch LCD that allows you to quickly change settings. The camera ships with a strap which allows it to be easily mounted to poles or trees. It’s also enclosed in a case that is resistant to water and the elements in general.
A small percentage of cameras do seem to have an issue with the motion capture sensor but Foxtelli’s customer service is great about this and has helped customers get their issues resolved. Overall, this is an excellent performer and manages to remain affordable, which is why it gets our top pick.
The WingHome 859431 Trail Camera offers most of the quality features you would expect from a top contender but at a very reasonable price. It can take up to 24-megapixel pictures, and record 1080p video with audio. It has a decent triggering speed at 0.8 seconds but the viewing angle is limited at 52 degrees.
It can operate at night since it has 42 infrared LEDs, but some owners have complained about a lack of clear night pictures. Objects up to 65 feet away will set this thing off, which is great for capturing any possible intrusions.
You’ll be pleased to know that the Winghome trail camera won’t alert intruders that it’s recording since there are absolutely no visible lights when it’s taking pictures or recording video. It’s waterproof, too, and stands up well to the elements. This camera’s batteries will last for up to eight months. It is also equipped with a mounting strap which makes it easy to mount on trees or poles.
This is a good camera but it could perform a little better at night. Overall, for the money, this is a very good deal and the issue with night images could be counteracted with minimal background lighting.
This CLOBO trail camera is clearly a premium choice. It can take up to 20-megapixel images and record 1080p video with audio. It has a wide viewing angle of 120 degrees and it has very fast triggering speed at just 0.2 seconds. Movement from up to 65 feet away will trigger the CLOBO camera. It also has a nifty time-lapse function which is cool if you like to monitor the progression of things happening in nature such as how foliage changes as the seasons change.
It doesn’t give off light when capturing pictures or video and can operate well at night since it has 48 infrared LEDs. The battery also lasts for several months. The CLOBO has a rugged construction that will stand up to the elements, and it’s waterproof.
This unit is easy to mount but it can be difficult to set it up since the instructions are a little hard to follow. You can attach it to a tree for convenience.
Overall this is a great unit with a rapid triggering speed. However, some customers have reported an issue where they simply couldn’t get it to record video. It gets knocked out of our top two picks due to the lack of a good instruction manual, and for this money, there shouldn’t be issues recording video.
The Campark T40P is a solid option for home security. It can take decent pictures, up to 14 megapixels. It can also take high definition video, up to 1080p HD with audio for up to 10 minutes, which is impressive. It has a wide-angle lens, allowing for a 120-degree view. It triggers in 0.5 seconds, which will work well for home security.
A feature to note about this camera’s triggering is its ability to trigger from 75 feet away. The Campark T40P doesn’t disappoint when it comes to battery life, either. The battery will last for up to 8 months.
It ships with the hardware necessary for mounting on trees or poles and is easy to set up and use. It’s a sturdy, waterproof unit and stands up well to the elements.
This is a solid option but it seems to be almost overly sensitive and is reported to take lots of pictures of absolutely nothing.
The Meidase SL122 Trail Camera holds its own in the trail camera arena. It can snap up to 16-megapixel pictures and can record video at 1080p resolution. It has a limited viewing angle of 90 degrees, however. On the other hand, it triggers in just 0.2 seconds and can detect motion from up to 85 feet away. Additionally, it is equipped with 38 infrared LEDs that allow it to capture at night. Battery life is a bit below average at six months. Setup isn’t complicated and this unit can be easily mounted to things like trees with the included strap.
Although this camera is rated as waterproof, some owners have complained about their cameras being damaged by water. Generally, the night pictures aren’t great, either.
The APEMAN H70 trail camera is another solid contender. It can snap high-quality pictures up to 20 megapixels in resolution. It can record high quality 1080p HD video too. The viewing angle is a little limited at 90 degrees. It has quite an impressive triggering speed; it will trigger in only 0.2 seconds. It can be triggered by movement up to 65 feet away.
The APEMAN H70 is well suited for security since it doesn’t display any visible lights when recording and can capture video at night since it’s equipped with 40 infrared LEDs. It’s waterproof which is great since it will be exposed to the elements when being used. Setup is straightforward and the camera comes with both a strap and a tripod as mounting options.
Generally, this is a good camera capable of taking high-quality video and images. However, people who bought it have reported poor battery life and low quality of night time pictures.
The Victure HC200 is a decent trail camera. Its picture resolution is 12 megapixels and it can record 1080p HD. It has a decent triggering time at 0.5 seconds and doesn’t have visible lights when recording at night. It’s also waterproof and easy to set up.
The Victure HC200 will get the job done. However, the pictures are just OK. There could be a lot of improvement in this area. The battery life is poor, and the instructions included with the camera aren’t great, either. For the money, you could do a lot better than the Victure.
The TOGUARD H40 trail camera is another decent option. It can snap pictures with a resolution of 14 megapixels and can record HD video at 1080p. It has a wide viewing angle of 120 degrees and triggers in just 0.5 seconds. It can detect motion from up to 75 feet away. Setting up of the TOGUARD camera is simple, allowing you to begin recording in a few minutes. It is waterproof and stands up well to the elements.
The TOGUARD H40 takes good day pictures but the night pictures are bad. The battery life could be a little better as well. If you don’t mind bad night pics and changing batteries a little more regularly than with other models, this camera will work for you. Generally speaking, it doesn’t offer anything to make it stand above the crowd.
Compared to many other options on this list, the WOSPORTS 8595777459 is an average camera—at best. It can snap pictures which have a resolution of 12 megapixels and record 1080p high definition video. It triggers at a speed of between 0.3 – 0.6 seconds and can detect movement from up to 65 feet away. It displays no lights when recording, which is necessary for being a good security camera. The battery life is quite good with batteries able to last up to 18 months. The camera is waterproof so you don’t have to stress too much about protecting it from the elements. Setup is easy and the unit can be mount on trees and poles with the included strap.
The WOSPORTS 8595777459 will get the job done but the pictures it takes tend to be grainy. The instructions included with the camera are also quite bad. There are also some quality control issues with the camera. A few people who purchased the camera have reported their units failing in short amounts of time.
The HOLLYWTOP Mini trail camera can apparently take pictures up to 20 megapixels in resolution and record 1080p high definition video. It is capable of recording at night since it is equipped with 22 infrared LEDs. It does suffer from a limited 90-degree field of view but the triggering time is fast at 0.4 seconds. Movement from up to 65 feet away can trigger the camera.
Although this camera’s specifications say that it should take decent pictures, this isn’t always the case and the quality of the pictures is poor. There seems to be an issue where the motion detector malfunctions on some cameras as well. With this issue, the camera can’t detect motion from more than a few feet away. Setup can be a little challenging as well. It seems that you may need some advanced technical skills to get the unit up and running. Otherwise, you may have a hard time setting it up.
If you are in the market for a trail camera, it’s important to know what to look for. We have reviewed some of the best cameras out there, but you should still be aware since you may want to investigate other cameras. Even if you go with a model on our list, understanding the information in the buyer’s guide will help you to pick out the camera that best suits your needs. After all, everyone doesn’t necessarily need the Foxtelli.
Most trail cameras can take both photos and videos. Photo and video quality are important so you’ll want to choose a camera with the highest possible megapixel count that your budget will allow. Also, try to get a camera that records high definition video for as long as possible.
You should also pick a camera that triggers as quickly as possible. This ensures that the motion of possible intruders is picked up by the camera.
A trail camera will also need to be able to capture viewable images at night. The best way to achieve this is to have a camera equipped with infrared LEDs so that you don’t have to rely on visible light to illuminate the area you’re monitoring. This increases the likelihood of capturing any trespassing happening on your property.
Another important thing to check for is battery life. Again, as long as possible! You can also imagine the importance of the camera being inconspicuous. Get a camera that has few or no visible lights when operating.
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The Foxelli 57047 Trail Camera has an impressive feature set and proved to be the best overall pick. However, the WingHome 859431 Trail Camera is clearly great value for money. If you’re looking for a more premium choice, then the CLOBO Trail Camera may be right for you (if you can understand the instructions).
If you are looking into buying a camera, then you have probably realized that sifting through all of the information, reviews, and features of each camera to try to make a choice is tedious and confusing. That’s why we’re here to help. We hope that we have made making your choice easier and that you now know what to look for in a trail camera, and have some options for possible buys.
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Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.
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