Cellular Trail cameras have upped their game by proving themselves to be an advantageous tool, especially with the recent upgrades that have made the overall hunting experience much easier than before. The basic function of trail cameras allows you to scout the land and study behaviours of wildlife, without physically being present on the site. Although these basic trail cameras can still limit you. You must make physical interaction once in a while to check on, and retrieve images and recordings if captured.
You are not really a Big Boss if you have to submit to those conditions, right? That is why the trail camera manufacturers soon figured out ways to counter that limitation. One of them was introducing WiFi and the other cellular to the camera device.
Now you don’t have to frequent visits to the woods to extract the SD card. You can easily receive notifications or emails with your pictures, right from the comfort of your own home, or anywhere for that matter. Cellular trail cameras stand out because unlike wifi-enabled cameras, they have a further reach. You could be in a different forest or even another state! And it wouldn’t make a difference as long as your device is receiving adequate signals.
How does the Trail Camera work?
Cellular trail cameras carry a special slot for SIM cards just like your smartphones. Using 3G, 4G, 5G or any other cellular network, cellular trail cameras send images to the user as soon as they are captured. This allows the user to monitor the wildlife and get alerts in real-time without missing a beat.
Cellular trail cameras primarily function the same as the basic game cameras, the detection circuit wakes up the camera from standby mode as the subject moves in the range, a trigger response activates and captures the image, but with the added benefit of instant access from remote areas. They save the hunters time and energy consumed from scouting in the wild and the multiple trips of retrieving information.
Buying A Cellular Trail Camera
Before you purchase a cellular trail camera, it is important to perform research about data plans and cellular networks available in your hunting area. Since these cameras are only good if they are getting a minimum reception of three bars. Once you have found a strong cellular network that could facilitate your trail camera, you are then required to download an application from the website of your product and connect your phone or tablet to the trail camera. Usually such trail cameras have highly sensitive sensors that detect motion and will immediately capture and send images to your personal device, so its best to find a data plan that suits your needs because irrelevant images or recordings may quickly wipe out your data. There are some ways to control this situation. You can go to the settings and adjust the motion sensor sensitivity of the trail camera and you can also program it to send you limited pictures per day to minimise false alarms. This will not only save the internet data but also your battery life.
Cellular trail cameras are suitable for outdoor areas. So supplying power to them using power adaptors and route cables is not the best idea. They usually run on batteries or solar panels to match their low maintenance personality.
A drawback to cellular trail camera is that you cannot link multiple cameras using a single cellular network, unlike the wifi option. You will need separate SIM cards for each camera. However, they do not need to be the same network as the one on your phone or tablet. You can have completely different networks on your camera and phone and they would still send and receive data.
Cellular trail cameras differ from a regular trail camera in the storage department as well. Yes, they do have the option of storing images and recordings on an SD card but that still requires you to go physically and retrieve it. These cameras provide you with a better option of storage, i.e cloud storage. When your camera captures images and recordings, it has the option of getting uploaded in the cloud. It may require additional data but it is the safer choice in the unfortunate case you lose data.
Cellular trail cameras are more popular among the hunters in assistance to their game, but this camera can also serve as the security measure on private properties when the hunting season is over.
You can get real-time notifications of any break-ins, burglary, vandalism or trespassing on your property using your smartphone app for the trail camera that is installed miles away from you.
If you are still confused, here I have compiled simple pros and cons list of using cellular trail cameras:
– Cellular trail cameras save time and effort by giving you remote access from the comfort of your home.
– Allows wildlife study and tracking to be free of any contamination. Animals have an extraordinary olfactory sense and the hunter’s scent in the forest may scare off the animals.
– It allows near-instantaneous retrieval of data using the cellular network.
– They produce excellent photo and video quality.
– Strong signals are required in order for them to function properly. Else a minimum of 3 bars would also do the job.
– Involves a lengthy setup/orientation process because of the additional feature of sim cards and applications to be downloaded.
– May give off glitches or delay depending on the network.
– Cellular trail cameras use more battery just like your smartphone when it is not connected to wifi.
Technology has made our lives easier but they can also complicate your life right back if you fail to understand them and their functions properly. Hopefully, this article has helped you in tackling the basic concepts of cellular trail cameras.