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    Default Which trail camera to get?

    Advice please from those who have used them: we have a relatively remote family property that borders (and is part of) the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and have, among other things, leopard, baboons, various buck and small mammals, and the occasional human predator visiting. We want to install a trail camera to see what comes through - our property is completely off grid, with no electricity, so battery life and/or solar capacity is a key factor. Transmission of the pics via SMS/email etc is not necessarily an issue as the property is visited regularly by family members and we can download on at least a monthly basis.
    Suggestions please for the best quality video and stills camera?
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    Default Re: Which trail camera to get?

    Have a look at this site

    https://cameratraps.co.za/buyers_guide/
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    Default Re: Which trail camera to get?

    Can't help but following with interest, as I am also in the market for one, just for when one goes to the game reserve, to a farm, etc.

    When I did a search on the forum a while ago there were no clear candidates. I am also looking for good images, most discussed here seem to be more focused just on keeping records/for security.

    I recall a few people suggested the Bushnell make.

    I have also received quite a few push notifications from Banggood recently but unknown names.
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    Default Re: Which trail camera to get?

    Camera traps are one of the classical examples of "you get what you pay for"!

    I found a good medium between price and quality is Browning Patriot.. You can also get from came traps link provided above.
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    Default Re: Which trail camera to get?

    My Bushnell Trophy Cam has been working since 2011 on my farm on Piket-bo-Berg.
    Good quality video and easy operating.Just make sure you get a camera cage for the baboons-they like taking selfies.
    You can also use external battery power to increase camera time.

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    Default Re: Which trail camera to get?

    Tony suggest before you buy chat to the Cape Leopard Trust.
    They have a lady who handles all their cameras.
    Contact person (Not the camera expert) Phone: 076 522 1201 (Helen Turnbull).
    [email protected]
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    Default Re: Which trail camera to get?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    Tony suggest before you buy chat to the Cape Leopard Trust.
    They have a lady who handles all their cameras.
    Contact person (Not the camera expert) Phone: 076 522 1201 (Helen Turnbull).
    [email protected]
    Thanks Paul, we actually helped sponsor some of their cameras in the Kogelberg a while back - I know Helen, will give her a call.
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    Default Re: Which trail camera to get?

    Hi Tony

    This is what I'm using up here in the Linyanti https://safarioutdoor.co.za/shooting...a-ds00407.html it's been working really well, waterproof, dustproof and good quality images. I've lost one or two because of elephants ripping them off the trees but other than that, pretty solid cameras in my experience.
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    Default Re: Which trail camera to get?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bush Boy View Post
    Hi Tony

    This is what I'm using up here in the Linyanti https://safarioutdoor.co.za/shooting...a-ds00407.html it's been working really well, waterproof, dustproof and good quality images. I've lost one or two because of elephants ripping them off the trees but other than that, pretty solid cameras in my experience.
    Many thanks, that looks good, and the price is within range. Good to have field feedback. If it can survive the Linyanti, it can survive the Kogelberg!
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    Default Re: Which trail camera to get?

    Have one of those and it is a pretty good camera. Uses 6 AA batteries and does not like rechargeables though. It has a charge port but I have not yet sorted out alternative power.

    Other than batteries it is a good piece of kit.

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    Default Re: Which trail camera to get?

    I have had four Bushnell cameras over the past 10 years. Still using three and I have found them to be very good. Discovered leopard, rooikat, badgers, brown hyenas, etc, etc that I have never seen on my farm before.
    Especially the latest 24 MP Bushnell cameras are very good. Video quality is excellent, as well as still photos.
    Video is heavy on batteries but with stills you can take a few thousand photos on a set of batteries.
    It is important to use lithium penlights which are expensive but last the longest.
    I would definitely buy Bushnell again and the "Bear Cage" is also important. I tie the bear cage onto a big tree where the camera is mounted with a bicycle cable which is very strong and fit for purpose at a reasonable price.
    There are many different Bushnell models but I like the 24MP camo model.
    You also get the Black LED model and the normal red LED model. The black is invisible to humans and animals at night but I have found that the red does not disturb the animals when it flashes at night. The Black LED gives less light and therefore has less range than the red and pic quality is also poorer.
    Where and how you set it up is important. Wind moving branches in front of the camera will trigger thousands of photos.
    I have found that all animals like rock salt so place a block in the camera range.

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    Default Re: Which trail camera to get?

    Had this one for 5 years now:

    https://www.amazon.com/Bushnell-Trop.../dp/B07YQKVN9G

    very satisfied with it, welded a heavy-duty box for it so the hyenas don't sharpen their teeth on it & the bobbejaan doesn't hi-jack it.

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    Default Re: Which trail camera to get?

    You could also get hold of Keith Newnham here on the forum. See his thread "You never know what's out there".
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    Default Re: Which trail camera to get?

    Hi Tony have you decided on a trial camera yet? Would be interested to see what you decided upon.

    I see local prices for similar units are nearly double that of U.S. prices; with normal cameras and lenses the discrepancies are normally not that big.
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    Default Re: Which trail camera to get?

    Quote Originally Posted by walkabout View Post
    Hi Tony have you decided on a trial camera yet? Would be interested to see what you decided upon.
    Ja, after advice here and input from various field researchers we're going with Bushnell, not sure yet which model.
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    Default Re: Which trail camera to get?

    Thanks.
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    Default Re: Which trail camera to get?

    If you can afford the Bushnell it's the one to get
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    Default Re: Which trail camera to get?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Weaver View Post
    Ja, after advice here and input from various field researchers we're going with Bushnell, not sure yet which model.
    Hi Tony, did you purchase this?

    If so which model did you go for?

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    Default Re: Which trail camera to get?

    Quote Originally Posted by walkabout View Post
    Hi Tony, did you purchase this?

    If so which model did you go for?

    Thanks.
    No, in the end we decided it wasn't worth the expense. May still give it a go in the future. The mountains above us are well monitored by both the Cape Leopard Trust and the HWS baboon monitoring group.
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    Default Re: Which trail camera to get?

    Ok thanks, makes sense.
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