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What do you recommend /cellar camera?
I am looking at cellular cameras and packages. I have hunting land 5 hours from where I live. Verizon is my carrier. any suggestions?
I don't have any cell cams but Moultrie seems offer decent deals. The big thing I would look at is the warranty....ie....who offers the best warranty and customer service.
I have Spartans and like them
I don't have a cellar but any good surveillance camera should work, if your cellar is damp maybe a GoPro or something waterproof?
First year using the Cuddelink cell plan. So far it is working ok. Need to move one of the cameras that is not linking up, but I do like having multiple cameras out and only paying one cell plan. I think in the future I will invest in the solar panels so I won't have to worry about batteries. Right now they have been out less than a month so I can't comment on battery life.
I bought a Moultrie and it has worked good. The one thing that I have been overly impressed with is the battery life. I put it out early last fall and the battery is still at 89%. I don't get a ton of pics, but that is impressive.
I have a Moultrie. It’s been flawless. Sent about 20 pictures per day for 7 months on one set of alkaline batteries
I did use Lithium batteries. Not sure how much difference they make
The new Stealth Cam Fusion looks interesting.
Reconyx is supposed to be shipping their new cellular cameras soon.
I have a Ridgtec cellular. The App is good the plan is good. I am not sure I love the camera. The detection circuit is out of this world probably to a detriment to the camera. On windy days I need to send different setting to the camera or end up with 125 photos of moving brush. I have picked up birds, squirrels and about everything in between. I have moved the camera 4 times. I feel like you need the perfect spot for that camera and not the perfect spot for a camera. You need to trim all vegetation in front of the camera. Night photos are pretty good but day photos can be blah. You need a higher MP rating to make the high def photos better but it comes at a price. I think overall it’s okay but I’m not sure I will add a second Ridgetec. Their customer service is really quick to respond and battery life has been fantastic also.
Spy point is also releasing a cell link this year that is supposed to allow you to turn any camera into a cellular camera. I have a few Reconyx I may try that on. I think it Retails for $59.
I just seen on the Reconyx Facebook they started shipping their new cell camera yesterday
I have a couple of the spypoint micro links out in Ohio which is 6hrs from my home in East Tennessee and they are working great so far. Pretty good pic quality too
I would recommend the Spartan. I have three friends using them and all like using them.
I would be really interested to see someone run a test of a cell camera against the best camera, a reconyx and see what the cell cam might be missing? To me it’s the only real test of when a camera is any good! People will often say how their x brand camera works great but haven’t measured it against anything. Just my 2 cents
Mike, I have used the Spartan and Spypoint and if you want a quality picture in my opinion non of them will out perform the regular camera quality. The cell cam is just a nice tool to have if you hunt property out of state or further away from home and you want to keep tabs on action.
Very happy with my covert code black. Runs all year with the solar panel and takes good enough photos for my needs. It missed at least a few animals walking past that I know of....but so has every traditional camera I have owned.
I've run several generations of the Coverts, on both AT&T and Verizon. They've all been pretty much problem-free. Covert is constantly upgrading and tweaking features. Of course they send low-res pics across the cellular network, in order to save bandwidth, but the newer models allow you to request a high-resolution image remotely, when one is desired. Battery life is entirely dependent on the number of triggers, but with average use I normally get several months use out of a set of 12 AA copper-tops.
I’m looking at getting some cell cameras too and picture quality is one of my least concerns. My biggest concern is the camera missing taking a picture of a big animal that may only come by once or twice a year but it’s a critical piece in understanding movement patterns, especially in a non baited, non farm crop area. I’ve run multiple cameras at one spot and some cameras will completely miss an animal. A camera that is too sensitive is as much a problem as one that isn’t sensitive enough.
I have been using covert Black hawks for a few years. So far the best option I have found. I still have a few areas that I don't get a signal but much better than the others I have tried for getting a signal. Cellular cameras have come a long way in the last ten years.
I have mostly Spypoints Micro links out.... I have heard a ton of horror stories about them, but mine work well, and take a lot of pics. I also have 2 Spartans, one has worked well, the other has been a real PITA. I really like the HD photo option on the Spypoints,
Good topic as a friend and I were talking about these cameras just a few days ago. My question is cost, of the plan?
Here is a screenshot of Spypoints rates... you get 100 free photos per month. HD photos are $5/50... and you just pick when you want to see a photo in high def.
I have heard their customer service is terrible. So far, i haven't had to use it. The micro link cameras run about $130-$150 retail, depending on where you buy them. I don't have my Spartans out yet, but I'm sure one is getting sent back in, unless it some self corrected in the last 6 months.
Avoid Bushnell wireless cams. I've been running them for 4 years, and for 4 years running each of the cameras has broke or stopped functioning prior to making it through a full season (often right as the season is starting). The only reason I haven't switched is because each time it breaks they apologize profusely and send me that year's "new and improved" version. Then it breaks, they apologize, I get a free upgrade, etc, haha. I like some of Bushnell's other things but their wireless cams have to be a massive financial drag on the organization...not sure what's going on.
Those rates are not bad, much less than I thought.
Those rates are not bad, much less than I thought.
Anyone have any experience with browning defender?
I have been running a spypoint Link Evo on my farm for two years. Picture quality is not the best, and pretty sketchy at night. That could also be attributed to where I have it and lack of background for the flash to bounce back. I love their interface, which can be done on an app, and also on a PC to pull up the grainy thumb nail pictures and enlarge them. I do have an extension antenna on it to help signal and it only needs batteries twice a year. It takes a lot of pictures. I have been testing a new Recoynx Cell cam in the back yard for the past week. So far so good. I'm heading to the farm this week to put it out and get some real feedback. I'm hoping there is enough signal there to run it properly.
Iplumb - I’d be very interested to know how that Reconyx cell works out for you. I’ve been running their regular trail cams for years - great product.