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Contributors to this thread:
ELKMAN 29-Sep-18
BullBuster 29-Sep-18
Dale06 29-Sep-18
Kodiak 29-Sep-18
PECO 29-Sep-18
Lee 29-Sep-18
Charlie Rehor 29-Sep-18
Glunker 29-Sep-18
Bentshaft 29-Sep-18
Ucsdryder 29-Sep-18
wyobullshooter 29-Sep-18
beemann 29-Sep-18
wild1 29-Sep-18
Southern draw 29-Sep-18
1boonr 29-Sep-18
EmbryOklahoma 29-Sep-18
Dale06 29-Sep-18
Dale06 29-Sep-18
sitO 29-Sep-18
Ambush 29-Sep-18
ronsoutdoors 29-Sep-18
CO_Bowhunter 29-Sep-18
woodguy65 29-Sep-18
DoorKnob 29-Sep-18
GIT R DONE 29-Sep-18
Canuck 30-Sep-18
ELKMAN 30-Sep-18
Aces11 30-Sep-18
Charlie Rehor 30-Sep-18
c5ken 30-Sep-18
PECO 30-Sep-18
longbeard 30-Sep-18
Elite 1 01-Oct-18
Elite 1 01-Oct-18
TrapperKayak 01-Oct-18
WapitiBob 01-Oct-18
mikewood 01-Oct-18
12yards 01-Oct-18
Proline 01-Oct-18
longbeard 01-Oct-18
ELKMAN 02-Oct-18
great white 02-Oct-18
wilbur 02-Oct-18
Elite 1 02-Oct-18
ELKMAN 03-Oct-18
The Famous Grouse 03-Oct-18
leftee 04-Oct-18
rcl 04-Oct-18
ELKMAN 05-Oct-18
ELKMAN 08-Oct-18
Glunker 08-Oct-18
hitmanatgym 08-Oct-18
ELKMAN 17-Oct-18
sticksender 17-Oct-18
APauls 17-Oct-18
Mt. man 17-Oct-18
ELKMAN 25-Oct-18
Elkhorn 26-Oct-18
krieger 26-Oct-18
ELKMAN 30-Oct-18
Charlie Rehor 30-Oct-18
APauls 30-Oct-18
Rgiesey 30-Oct-18
ELKMAN 31-Oct-18
jax2009r 01-Nov-18
brettpsu 01-Nov-18
ELKMAN 05-Nov-18
hogthief 05-Nov-18
ELKMAN 10-Nov-18
ELKMAN 16-Nov-18
ELKMAN 24-Nov-18
Hunt98 28-Nov-18
From: ELKMAN
29-Sep-18
I have several Spypoint trail cams because I found a great deal on them and was just getting started. At this point all but one has failed. I spent an hour on the phone yesterday with their so called "customer service", and I was told not only would they not repair them, they would not replace them without me paying them more than I can find them for online, plus $20 dollars shipping. Went in a circle with the guy for an hour and that is how it ended. So I have a bunch of cameras that are useless and the company basically says: "Good luck with that"... I'm putting this on here as a public service announcement period. Nothing more, nothing less. Obviously I will NEVER patronize the Spypoint again...

From: BullBuster
29-Sep-18
I had problems with one a couple years. Luckily was able to return to Cabelas.

From: Dale06
29-Sep-18
Thanks for the heads up. Stuff breaks and malfunctions, but crappy customer service, is unacceptable.

From: Kodiak
29-Sep-18
I've never owned a good game cam.

They're all crap.

From: PECO
29-Sep-18
I agree with Kodiak.

From: Lee
29-Sep-18
That stinks - Browning Micros have been really good to me so far.

Lee

29-Sep-18
I have two Spypoint Cameras and they are the most reliable I’ve owned.

Never needed customer service but Quebec is sometimes a difficult place for doing business.

From: Glunker
29-Sep-18
If they were a recent purchase on a credit card, the card company may have an extended product warranty you can use.

From: Bentshaft
29-Sep-18
I've been having very good luck with Busnell Trophy trailcams. Long (a year) battery life, great pics.

From: Ucsdryder
29-Sep-18
I love my browning. The little viewing screen is handy when in the field. I’ve had it out 2 seasons both for about 2 months. The batteries still show 97% using video mode.

29-Sep-18
Bentshaft +1. Been using my cheap ol’ Bushnell for about 8yrs now. Reliable as ever.

From: beemann
29-Sep-18
Im running Reconyx, and have never had to send any of them in yet. Some are close to twenty years old. Every other brand of camera I have tried has had to be returned. The first reconyx I bought I left out two years straight once because I couldn't get to it. Went back that spring installed fresh batteries and it went to work still going strong...

From: wild1
29-Sep-18
Thanks for the heads-up. Trail cams are hit-n-miss. I've good luck with Brownings.

29-Sep-18
Thanks for the heads up had to deal with the customer service years ago guess they haven’t changed.

From: 1boonr
29-Sep-18
I had a couple and they lasted two seasons which is 2 or 3 thousand pictures. I don’t expect much more from crap made in china

29-Sep-18
I had similar customer service with Covert. I agree with most, it's hit and miss. I've had an M80xt by moultrie that has worked for nearly 10 years, although I think some floods might've gotten it a couple weeks ago, because I had it near a major creek.

My next cameras will most likely be Browning. Hearing good things.

From: Dale06
29-Sep-18
Kodiak, I’ve owned four Reconyx cameras for I believe five years. One of them had to be sent back. It was out of warranty and cost some to fix it, don’t remember the amount, but not a lot. In my view, they are very reliable.

From: Dale06
29-Sep-18
Kodiak, I’ve owned four Reconyx cameras for I believe five years. One of them had to be sent back. It was out of warranty and cost some to fix it, don’t remember the amount, but not a lot. Earlier this year, one took over 5000 pics in a three month period. And it’s still going strong. In my view, they are very reliable.

From: sitO
29-Sep-18
What are they doing wrong, or what's wrong with them?

From: Ambush
29-Sep-18
I have four super cheap Stealthcams that have been faultless for a few years and out all year taking thousands of pics. My Spypoints are alright, but not great. Miss to much.

From: ronsoutdoors
29-Sep-18
I bought 2 this year the first spypoint link s had issues from the start called customer service had good interaction and sent back got it back 2 weeks later and it is working well second one same type no issues at all taking good pics day and night .I have had cuddeback issues lately cameras about 2 yrs old not working at all glad I got them on sale . I am now trying a couple of the cudde link and seem good so far

From: CO_Bowhunter
29-Sep-18
I have purchased over 30 Browning trail cameras and the only trouble I've had are elk and bears snapping the tripod mount out of the enclosed plastic on the bottom of the camera. I've never had any electronics issues and I use them 52 weeks a year.

From: woodguy65
29-Sep-18
I have 5 Reconyx, had them over 7 years. I've sent one back due to card reader error. EasyPeesy called their customer service in Wisconsin spoke with an American sent it back. They upgraded it, cost me $35 including shipping, still going strong.

I leave them out 9 months at a time, minimum, unless I forget about them. They take about 2000 pics about every week or 2, that's on the low setting. The lithium batteries last over a year.

If you can afford it, and you don't have tresspassing problems be done with it and purchase a Reconyx

From: DoorKnob
29-Sep-18
elk says **Obviously I will NEVER patronize the Spypoint again... ** which is exactly how I feel about stealth cam / GSM outdoors.

From: GIT R DONE
29-Sep-18
Co bowhuntsr what type of browning. They seem to be gettin decent reviews

From: Canuck
30-Sep-18
as above "Been using my cheap ol’ Bushnell for about 10yrs now. Reliable as ever. " End quote. Did have one fail and they sent me a new one FREE!

From: ELKMAN
30-Sep-18
Agreed with Co Bowhunter. I am having very good luck with Browning cams I replaced them with. Everything I have read about them has been positive too.

From: Aces11
30-Sep-18
All I buy anymore is browning.

30-Sep-18
Levi uses Browning good choice!

From: c5ken
30-Sep-18
I have a spy point & had problems with it... customer svs was/is worthless......

From: PECO
30-Sep-18
I have a Wildgame innovations and a Stealth camera. Some day I will get a real trail cam.

From: longbeard
30-Sep-18
I’ve tried a number of different game cams through the years and seems most do fail after a couple of years. CuddiBack is without a doubt the worst company I’ve felt with. With that said the two camera companies which I have had the best success with as far as performance is Moultry and Primos. I get thousands of pictures per month and these two camera companies have performed well

From: Elite 1
01-Oct-18
I agree stay away coustmer service sinks had there 4g went Thur three 4th they wouldn’t replace. When you send them in they ship to Maryland then onto Canada takes forever to get them back never ever again.

From: Elite 1
01-Oct-18
I agree stay away coustmer service sinks had there 4g went Thur three 4th they wouldn’t replace. When you send them in they ship to Maryland then onto Canada takes forever to get them back never ever again.

From: TrapperKayak
01-Oct-18
I have a spypoint 'go-pro' type cam, but the mounting base broke so I didn't use it for about a year. I finally glued it with epoxy instead of sending it back. After hearing this, I'm glad I fixed it myself. It doesn't hold a battery charge very long either.

From: WapitiBob
01-Oct-18
5 years on Bushnell (Tasco) trail cams and still going strong.

From: mikewood
01-Oct-18
I use Moultrie. A couple years ago my favorite model went belly up after 5 or 6 years of use. I emailed customer service and asked if I could pay to haven it refurbished as it was long out of warranty. The nice lady said they couldn't repair that model but if I would give her the serial number she would see what other option she could provide. I got an email back with a discount code for 30% off up to $300 on any cameras on their website. I ended up spending $200 and got three new cameras. I thought that was great customer service.

From: 12yards
01-Oct-18
I have had three trail cams. My first was a Moutrie M80. I got it at least 7 or 8 years ago. It is still in use. I got a Browning trail cam 3 years ago and it quit working after its third deployment. I now have a cheap Bushnell that replaced the Browning. So far so good in year one on the Bushnell.

From: Proline
01-Oct-18
Tend to agree with Kodak. At some point they all crap out. My best luck has been with covert.

From: longbeard
01-Oct-18
Yes they all crap out. It’s called “planned obsolescence”. So we as consumers want some sort of piece of mind if you will and our only option at that point is customer service. That’s where good companies can separate themselves

From: ELKMAN
02-Oct-18
Agreed

From: great white
02-Oct-18
Cabelas trail cameras lifetime warranty

From: wilbur
02-Oct-18
Covert trail camera was my nightmare. They told me to pack sand when a brand new camera was out of box DOA. Stay away from Covert.

From: Elite 1
02-Oct-18
Long beard is completely right customer service is key!!!!!

From: ELKMAN
03-Oct-18
Good heads up, thanks Wilbur

03-Oct-18
Bushnell or Browning. That's all you need to know.

The Bushnell Essential is the best value out there. Best image quality, most reliable, and best customer service.

Grouse

From: leftee
04-Oct-18
Reconyx.Year after year after year.The E bunny of trail cams.

From: rcl
04-Oct-18
Brownings have worked best for me. I have three that have spent the last 2 years in the field without any problems.

From: ELKMAN
05-Oct-18
Good tip Grouse. I'll look for one

From: ELKMAN
08-Oct-18
Still no issues with any of the Brownings I have running

From: Glunker
08-Oct-18
I used 3 primos cameras years ago and they all quit working. Their customer service was no help.

From: hitmanatgym
08-Oct-18
Similar experience..... Terrible customer service!

From: ELKMAN
17-Oct-18
Had another one just fail!

From: sticksender
17-Oct-18
FWIW, I've stayed with Covert cams for about the last 5-6 years. Their customer service has been good for me. And they continue to make some useful improvements to their cams.

From: APauls
17-Oct-18
Always utilize the extra warranty periods your credit cards will give you first of all. Other than that, I figure cheap trail cams are cheap trail cams. I don't expect the world of them. My Spypoint don't even take great night shots to begin with, so I started going even cheaper with Wildgame Innovations and have had better luck.

From: Mt. man
17-Oct-18
I've been running some old Coverts and have 2 of their newer ones. Never had an issue with them. I did call their CS with a few questions and was treated very well. I have no reason to switch and will stick with Covert.

From: ELKMAN
25-Oct-18
And another one quit last night... :^/

From: Elkhorn
26-Oct-18
I’ve had really good success with moultrie. Lasts years great pics ...but I really wanted to try the spypoint solar. Of all my 13 cameras it takes the worst pics and some of my cams are 7 years old. ...battery life though is as advertised, still 100% after 6 months use. I’ll see how good it is when really cold might still be the winner for my winter feeder.

From: krieger
26-Oct-18
I thought Hoyt owned Spypoint... ;)

I've gotten a few Exodus cams this year, so far so good. Very good customer service. I wouldn't use a Cuddeback if you gave one to me, and Bushnell is starting to irritate me, although I've used them for a while..

From: ELKMAN
30-Oct-18
I've had two spypoints randomly just eat their batteries in the last week.

30-Oct-18
Elkman: You must have bought 30?

From: APauls
30-Oct-18
I have one spypoint solar as well. Like you say - crappiest pics of any camera I have but amazing battery life. Had it in a spot all winter long and I guess April a bear woke up and used it as a chew toy and it all still works perfect. So that way I’m impressed and the solar charging is awesome. Just “ok” daytime pics and bad nighttime pics

From: Rgiesey
30-Oct-18

From: ELKMAN
31-Oct-18
Charlie I had 6 total, and my buddy has 2. His are still functioning at a low level, but the night pics are pretty much indiscernible.

From: jax2009r
01-Nov-18
I have great luck with spypoint...i own 8 cameras....i had one break inside of 6 months and they sent me a new one no questions ask

From: brettpsu
01-Nov-18
My one Spypoint is completely worthless for night pics and day pics are not good quality either. Nothing but a blurry mess at night. Still have 5 of 8 Moultrie M88(I think) cameras running and doing a decent job at 5 or 6 years old now. So far the Browning Strike Force cameras have been the best quality pics and most reliable.

From: ELKMAN
05-Nov-18
I am having near perfect on from my Brownings also

From: hogthief
05-Nov-18
I don't use trail cams anymore. they just ended up getting stolen. missed them at first, but not anymore.

From: ELKMAN
10-Nov-18
That would be very difficult for me.

From: ELKMAN
16-Nov-18
My buddy had another one start acting up

From: ELKMAN
24-Nov-18

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From: Hunt98
28-Nov-18
I’ve been using trailcam for over ten years from various companies. I wanted to try a cellular trailcam and I went with a Spypoint Evo. I’ve had it for two months or so. A week ago it quit sending pictures. I did get a text from the company saying that it was an issue with Verizon. They are saying that it is now fixed but you might have to turn it off and on to get it to work. Unfortunately it’s two hours away from home. They said I can’t remotely reset it.

I’m one month into my three month unlimited plan. I do have an email into their support. It will be interesting on how they respond to my emails.

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