Trail Cameras for Newbies.

For the inexperienced novice, trail cameras can be a little hard to figure out and use correctly. With their unorthodox design and multiple uses, they can get quite complicated. Luckly, your friends at Action Gear have put together a guild to help you understand trail cameras and their uses.

Check out our guide for Trail Camera Newbies.

What is a trail camera?

A trail cam is camera made to be placed in remote places were a person wouldn't ordinary be, to shoot/capture images. Typically, trail cameras are used by animal lovers to capture images of wildlife and by hunters to track and hunt game. Another popular use for them is for placement near commercial businesses such as underground mines or construction sites. A rugged and waterproof body allows a trail cam to be used in wet and rainy conditions.


Because trail cameras are remote and do not require personal control in the way that still cameras do, they are automated and self-controlled. Equipped with a motion detector, a trail camera can snap pictures or activate video recording upon movement from animals or people within senor range.

The first trail cameras used heat sensing motion detectors to trigger still pictures. The sensors were also known as passive infrared light sensors or PIR sensors.

An infrared sensor allows a trail cam to capture images and video in night time conditions.

Part of a modern trail camera.

  1. 1) Detection Circuit.
  2. 2) Batteries.
  3. 3) Infrared Light Emitters.
  4. 4) Camera Lens.
  5. 5) LCD Viewing screen.

Advantages of using a trail camera over other cameras (outdoors/wildlife/game).

Can be placed in discreet locations.

Long battery life.

Disadvantages of using a trail camera over other cameras.

Night-time images are captured in black and white offer lower quality and detail.

Images may appear overly white or blury.

 Ranges and field of view on a trail camera.

Important things to consider when buying a Trail Camera.

Incandescent flash or Infrared flash.

  • Incandescent offer colour night time images but may scare away animals.
  • Infrared take black and white images but will not scare away animals and remains discreet.

Trigger Speeds (fast or slow).

  • How fast the camera snaps images.

Detection zone.

  • The width of the area in front of the camera.


  • Higher end models offer addition feature while lower end models may not be have important secondary features.

Trail camera Manufacturers:

A trail camera is an excellent tool to use for hunters as it allows them to see which type of game is location in which type of area.

Action Gear stocks a range of trail camera brands for various levels of use. Click for the selection.

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