It’s getting to that time of year where we retreat inside of our cosy homes whilst the cold weather rages on outside. This is when our furry and feathered friends come out to play, or at least, find food for their families.
Wildlife watching has taken the nation by storm, and it’s especially wonderful to participate in this activity with all of the family. Badgers, foxes, bird, and even the next door neighbours cats roam around during the day and night and we are usually too busy to even contemplate watching these lovely animals. However, what if there was a way the whole family could enjoy such an educational and fun night in watching all the animals?
Well, with garden wildlife trail cameras you don’t have to worry about hours of sitting, watching and waiting. These clever machines are designed to capture wildlife in their natural habitats, including your backyard. Motion sensor technology ensures you’ll never have to miss another visitor, who knows, you might even catch a burglar!
What to look for in a Garden Wildlife Trail Camera?
If you happen to be new to nature watching, you’ll need to know what to look for in a wildlife trail camera. Here’s a quick guide of what to look for:
- Detection Range – Having a wide detection range aids in capturing more animal visitors, the normal range for wildlife cameras is around 100ft with it being lower at night time because of the dark. Detection angles are also important as this helps with wildlife monitoring without any distortion.
- Trigger Time – We’ve all had that moment where we think we’ve shot the best picture and it ends up being blurred. The problem with this, despite shaky hands, is the trigger time. When we click, the figure has moved too fast for the camera to catch. Most trail cameras have a sub one second fast trigger speed, but this factor can range from 0.2 to a few seconds in each camera. A fast click is the difference between art and fart and thankfully these wildlife camera creators have thought of everything.
- Picture Quality – Trail cameras use megapixels for their picture quality, and in simple terms, the more of these you have, the better quality image you’ll receive. 20 megapixels is one of the highest resolutions you can get and it’s advised that you don’t purchase a trail cam with lower than 10 megapixels.
- Flash – Different flashes are available with motion detecting cameras, these are generally categorised as white glow, low glow and no glow, and these will have a certain flash range. White glow is when a white flash goes off as the trail camera is motion activated by a visitor, this glow will scare most animals away though. Low glow is usually when a red infrared light that is still visible is used, this will cause less of a scare. Finally, no glow uses black infrared LED’s that are not visible to the human or animal eye, causing no surprises in the process.
- Power – Trail Cameras are usually powered by 4 to 8 AA batteries, or another battery source. Be sure to check the amount of time these batteries will run the camera, as buying batteries can get quite costly and you want the trail camera to run for as long as possible.
- Storage – And last but not least, storage! It is so awful when you go to take a picture and it says: *MEMORY FULL* . Thankfully though, many trail cameras have been manufactured to accept all sorts of large storage SDHC cards. Each camera review will often tell you which SDHC card is best suited to your trail camera.
Garden Wildlife Camera Reviews – Our Guide
Right, let’s get down to business, the following trail cameras are just a few of our many favourites, hopefully you will find your next trail camera in our list!
1. The SecaCam HomeVista Surveillance Trail Camera
- 100 Degree Motion Sensor Angle – With a 100 degree detection angle the SecaCam does away with distorted images and offers clearer camera takes.
- No Glow – Multiple invisible black infrared LED’s help capture images and videos without scaring away the intruders.
- 0.4 Second Trigger Time – As soon as an animal or person nears the detection range this trail camera will automatically trigger and will snap a shot of them in a time of 0.4 seconds, which is fast.
- Waterproof – Obviously, being outside means that these trail cameras will need to be weatherproof and waterproof. Thankfully the SecaCam is waterproof so you won’t have to worry about it breaking in stormy weather.
- Batteries and SDHC Card – The batteries and SDHC Card required for this trail camera are included. This means you won’t have to fork out for these extra accessories. Yay!
To fit in with nature the SecaCam HomeVista is designed to blend into its surroundings with a rock like exterior. It wouldn’t fool the human eye but inquisitive animals might come closer to have a look.
Eight AA batteries power this trail camera, these are included along with an SDHC card, a USB cable, a video cable, an assembly belt and an instruction manual.
The overall image quality is satisfactory, with a range of 5 megapixels to 12 megapixels, considering the price of this item which we will consider later, the manufacturer could have added more megapixels to make this product perfect.
Different modes allow for photo and video recordings, either one at a time or simultaneously, as well as time lapse photos/videos. A timer can also be set which is ideal if you have a rough idea of when a furry friend might appear.
What are the Pros and Cons of the SecaCam HomeVista Surveillance Trail Camera?
- Dark Motion Freeze Technology – This special tech helps capture full HD high resolution images even when it’s night time.
- Easy to Use – Simple straightforward instructions show that the SecaCam is easy to use and install, with many users praising this aspect.
- Security – If you’re unsure who’s been nicking your bloomers or you feel there’s an unwanted visitor about, then this trail camera is perfect for catching the culprit and putting your mind at rest.
- Quality – Some customers feel that the exterior of this product is not to the highest standard, especially being an outdoor piece of equipment.
- Windy Weather – When the weather outside is stormy, this SecaCam HomeVista is prone to be triggered by the wind. With everything shaking about in the wind, your trail camera will pick up this movement, so maybe steer it away from wild weather.
- Price – At around the £150-ish, this trail camera is a tad on the higher end, but in return you will get memories, cute animals pictures and a new hobby!
The SecaCam HomeVista is an exceptional trail camera. There are still a few improvements that need to be addressed and if these were implemented, we feel there would be more of these cameras flying off the shelves.
2. The GRM Wildlife Trail Camera
- Full HD 4k Video Quality – When an animal walks into your camera trap range, the GRM camera will capture a clear video/image with it’s fantastic full HD video quality.
- 0.2 to 0.5 Second Trigger Time – Snapping those special images or videos will take no time at all with an impressive trigger time of 0.2 to 0.5 seconds.
- Waterproof – A trail camera needs to be waterproof in order to endure the weather, come what may. Fortunately, the GRM camera does just that.
- 75ft Night Vision – With 42 no glow infrared lights, the flash range on this camera is 75ft. This is a great range where you can capture the best black and white images.
The exterior of the GRM trail camera is a little bit strange, the camouflage used looks like it has been prepared for a zombie apocalypse. At least if zombies do approach, you’ll get a clear picture of them beforehand with the high resolution quality.
The video resolution ranges are: 18 megapixels, 2.7k and 4k. Whilst the photo resolution ranges are: 12 megapixels, 16 megapixels and 20 megapixels. All of which will give you a high standard video or image. In fact, a favourite in the trail camera world is the Apeman wildlife camera, and this only reaches 16 megapixels.
8x AA batteries power this trail camera, and it can be used for watching nature, hunting, surveillance etc…
This item comes well packaged and overall is a well built machine.
What are the Pros and Cons of the GRM Wildlife Trail Camera?
- SDHC/TF Cards – The GRM camera supports SDHC and TF cards with up to 256gb of storage, meaning more photos and videos can be stored!
- Network – You can use this product in a place where there is no network or where there is network, it doesn’t matter, it will still work.
- Easy to Use – This camera is easy to use and install, making it hassle free.
- Time Lapse Videos – Watch your plants grow, or monitor your cats hunting habits with a time lapse video option. This is great to speed up long hours of footage.
- Reviewers – Reviews for this item have been very favourable, with a rating of 4.9/5 on Amazon.
- Extras – Batteries are not included, neither is a SDHC card, which is a bit disappointing. Users tend to like a few more accessories with their purchase, so to receive hardly any perks is a disadvantage.
- Look – The look of this product is a bit confused, it isn’t a major problem though.
- Price – At around the £80+ range, this product isn’t as expensive as the SecaCam HomeVista, but it still is unaffordable to some nature enthusiasts. I think that if they added a few extras, this would be well worth the price.
The GRM wildlife trail camera is a great bit of kit. It’s a far reaching master of detection and will leave you impressed with its many capabilities. Like the SecaCam HomeVista, the GRM camera is a bit rough around the edges but that definitely doesn’t hold it back from performing well.
3. The TOGUARD Waterproof Trail Camera
- 130 Degree Wide Angle Lens – See a wider range with the TOGUARD camera’s 130 degree lens.
- 0.3 Second Trigger Time – This camera trap will snap a picture or video in no time at all! This is even faster than an Apeman camera.
- Full HD 1080p Video Resolution – Witness clear video quality along with audio recording with this camera’s Full HD video resolution.
- Waterproof – Rain, dust and other types of weather shouldn’t affect the usage of your TOGUARD camera.
- 65ft Night Vision – With 42 no glow infrared LED’s and 3 passive infrared sensors, the flash range of this camera reaches 65ft, allowing the user to capture black and white images during the night.
To power this product you can either use four AA batteries or eight AA batteries, depending on how long you plan to use the camera for. With this power the user is able to take many different shots including time lapse videos.
The exterior of this camera is mainly army style camouflage which will stand out to a human unless planted well. It will fool some animals and if it doesn’t then they are usually curious enough to have a sniff.
So far, this camera is ticking all the right boxes. Especially with the audio recording setting, it would be so cute to hear those little animals sniffing around.
What are the Pros and Cons of the TOGUARD Waterproof Trail Camera?
- Easy to Use – This product is easy to use and install, what more could you ask for?
- Performance – With the range of clever tech used in this camera including infrared and high res image and video, the performance is exceptional.
- Operating Temperatures – TOGUARD’s trail camera can operate in temperatures of -20 degrees centigrade to 60 degrees centigrade.
- Multipurpose – Like our other trail cameras, this product can serve a number of purposes. These include, wildlife watching, security and hunting amongst other detection hobbies.
- Price – In at the region of £60, this camera is value for money and is more affordable than some of our other trail cameras.
- Software – This device uses unknown software which can really unsettle a new user, but others have found this to be okay.
- Batteries – Some users have complained about the batteries and their relatively short life span. Always be sure to purchase reputable batteries and if this is a major problem for you then using another power source might be more advisable.
- Accessories – No SDHC card or Batteries or other accessories are included with this camera, which isn’t overly surprising but slightly disappointing.
Overall, the TOGUARD trail camera performs well with its great video, image and audio recording abilities. TOGUARD offer a wide range of advantages with this camera and would be a credit to any user that purchases it.
4. The WiMiUS Wildlife Trail Camera
- 70 Degree Detection Range – Whilst this isn’t as high as the other trail cameras detection range, it’s still a rather wide range for the user to capture their images.
- Full HD 1080p Video Quality – Video with audio recording will be crisp and clear with the full HD quality that the WiMiUS camera has to offer.
- 0.2 Second Trigger Time – Fast, precise pictures will be taken in less than a second, faster than our fingers could ever hope to achieve.
- Waterproof – This camera is not only waterproof but also dustproof. This means it will be able to stand a better chance in the weather.
- 68ft Flash Range – With 42 low glow infrared LED’s this detection range is even better than the Apeman trail camera, this brand is one of the front runners but some of our trail cameras here are even better.
The WiMiUS camera has a camouflaged exterior which is synonymous with many trail cameras. It receives power from either four AA batteries or eight AA batteries which will give the user an operating time of 3 months to 6 months.
This camera will also support any micro SD card of up to 32gb. Additionally, connecting to the TV is also an option. Accompanying the Full HD 1080p video is a 20 megapixel image for a nice crisp shot, this is ideal if the user wants to crop any image without losing the resolution.
We’ll now review even more good points about the WiMiUS trail camera.
What are the Pros and Cons of the WiMiUS Wildlife Trail Camera?
- Standby Time – The WiMiUS camera has a low power consumption setting which allows the standby time to reach 12 months. I’m sure you will capture a picture before you get that far into the standby time though.
- Operating Temperatures – This camera can operate in temperatures of -15 degrees centigrade to 60 degrees centigrade.
- Quality – The quality of this item as well as image, video and audio recording quality is what customers have appreciated about this camera, and we can see why!
- Price – Affordable at around £60, this camera is value for money and affordable too.
- Functionality – Some users have found this camera to be less effective for them when they have used it.
- Date and Time – There is no date and time stamp which is a big disadvantage if you want to know when a person or animal has visited your property.
The WiMiUS has a lot to offer but it falls short in a few areas. Ultimately though, it is a great camera that can be used for all kinds of purposes, especially for security and wildlife watching.
5. The Victure Surveillance Trail Camera
- 120 Degree Detection Range – This is a great range for the Victure camera to utilise. The more you see, the better it will be.
- Full HD Resolution – With 1080p high resolution the user will enjoy watching videos back in the warmth of their home.
- LCD Screen – An easy to use LCD screen has been added so the user can often check the camera’s progress without having to disconnect it and bring it inside.
- 0.5 Second Trigger Time – A fast trigger time aids in a clearer picture and with its half a second trigger time, the Victure camera does just so.
- Waterproof – This camera is waterproof and weatherproof. Leaving it outside won’t do it too much harm with this impressive protection.
24 infrared LED’s help the Victure camera to detect in its surroundings. Four AA batteries or eight AA batteries are used to power this camera but these batteries aren’t included.
The accessories that are included with this item include: The Wildlife Camera, mounting belt, wall mount, USB and an instruction manual. These are all extremely useful to a beginner and expert in wildlife watching alike.
A 12 megapixel image is displayed, this is lower than our previous trail cameras but it will still give a clear image. The exterior is also camouflage which will help the camera blend into nature.
What are the Pros and Cons of the Victure Surveillance Trail Camera?
- Price – A wallet loving range of £50ish, this camera is excellent value for money. It has accessories, it has great functionality and the price is an added bonus.
- Versatile – The Victure camera is versatile and robust. It is well made and can be used for all kinds of purposes.
- Battery Life – Praise has been received for the Victure’s long battery life. This is a great factor for any nature watching camera.
- Easy to Use – This item is easy to use and easy to setup, making the users life a lot more easier in the process.
- Warranty – A twelve month warranty is included with the purchase of this item.
- Recommended – The rating of this product on Amazon is 5 out of 5, many customers have even come back to recommend it to everyone.
- Picture Quality – There are hardly any bad points about this camera but if I had to be picky, I would change the 12 megapixel quality to a higher quality like the other trail cameras listed.
The Victure camera has so much to offer. It has impressed us in so many different ways and has hardly any disadvantages. That’s why we had to add it to our top trail camera list.
All of our products have earned their way onto this list. They have all shown extreme versatility, great picture quality and an appreciation for nature. Using a trail camera is a fun and educational process, so we hope you and your family and friends enjoy learning about nature with your very own trail cameras.
Who knows what you might find?