Myth #1: More Megapixels = Better Pictures.
Simply put, no. This is by far the most common trail camera buying mistake. "Camera X has 18 megapixels! Wow, it must take great pictures!!!"
Absolutely not. In fact, most megapixels ratings on trail cameras are interpolated. What is interpolation? Interpolation occurs when the native resolution of an imaging device is enhanced via software to a higher resolution. Think of megapixels as tiny dots on an image. The more dots on the image, the more you can theoretically zoom into the image and see detail. Also, the more dots on the image the sharper and clearer the image becomes. As of this writing, no trail camera we are aware of has a native resolution higher than 5 megapixels with most using a 3.1 or 1.3 imaging device.
Interpolated images are created when the camera digitally adds extra pixels for every real pixel the camera creates. Worst case - each additional pixel added is identical to the first. So a green pixel is just split into 4, 8 or 16 additional green pixels. This neither increases the quality of the picture or allows you to zoom in to view additional details. Best Case - additional pixels are added using computer algorithms to guess the color of the added pixels. In either case, the interpolated file size is exponentially larger creating longer recovery times and consuming vast amounts of additional storage space.
Why do companies do this? Because it is an advertising gimmick that has fooled many game camera buyers over the years.
So how do you know whether a game camera takes good pictures or not? You must look at sample pictures from each trail camera. Here at BlazeVideo, we provide sample photos for every trail camera we review and sell. Just select a camera and read the review. There is a section on every game camera review on Picture Quality. These photos and videos are unedited and come directly from the camera (we do resize the pictures so they won't take so long to load).
Helpful Link: Trail Camera Reviews
Myth #2: All Infrared Trail Cameras Are Created the Same
There are 3 main categories of IR Trail Cameras:
1. No Glow Trail Cameras
2. Red Glow Trail Cameras
3. Low Glow Trail Cameras
No Glow game cameras do not produce a visible light to the human eye when taking a photo or video at night.
Benefits of No Glow Trail Cameras:
Invisible to the human eye
Great for security surveillance
Can work as both wildlife & security cameras
Red glow game cameras produce a faint red glow from the IR emitters when taking pictures or videos at night.
Benefits of Red Glow Trail Cameras:
Brighter, clearer night photos (because more light is being emitted)
Excellent as wildlife cameras as they allow for better species identification
Less expensive (on average) than no glow cameras
infrared trail camera pictures
However, low glow trail camera is between no glow and red glow.
Deciding which infrared camera to buy depends on how you will use the camera.
Myth #3: lithium Batteries and rechargeable batteries Work Great in Trailcams
While rechargeable batteries are convenience & certainly do work in some situations, they are not ideal.
We give our customers a 1-year warranty on game cameras, so we see all types of defects and trail camera problems. A huge amount of the cameras we test with perceived defects were simply receiving over sufficient voltage from lithium and rechargeable batteries. Although voltage of lithium batteries usually is 1.5V, but actually more than to 1.8V, four batteries reach to 7.2V, trail camera just accept 1.7V*4=6.8V, that must be damaged if over input 6.8V.
The alkaline battery is also nominally 1.5v, but the maximum is only 1.6v, and the maximum power is 6.4v when it is powered by four batteries, which is within the tolerance of the camera.
Rechargeable batteries are generally not recommended, has variety of the categories, some batteries has high voltage (such as 3.7v), however some batteries has low voltage such as Nihm (1.2v), too low voltage can not drive the infrared light, resulting in not taking pictures at night, too high voltage directly destroy the camera。
For the most consistent performance and picture quality use 8 high quality brand Alkaline batteries.
Myth # 4: You Must Be a Tech Genius To Operate a Game Camera
Not at all. Most trail cameras can be set up in minutes - if not seconds.
Each camera manufacturer uses a slightly different setup menu, but most are relatively simple and easy to use. If there are any issues with setup, we make sure to note them in the "Quality of Design" section of our trail camera reviews.
Below is one of the easiest game cameras to setup - a BlazeVideo Trail Camera.