So recently a few people have been asking me about the use of game cameras and wanting to know the differences between a few of them. I will start off by saying that I personally have only been using Ltl Acorn cameras. Now I have them in a couple of different flavours so I will cover them for you now so that those interested can make their minds up about them.
The first camera I got was a Ltl Acorn 5210mm. This is a 12 megapixel camera that has 940nm blue IR LEDs for night time. This means that the LEDS are all but invisible at night. Great little camera that took a lot of good pictures before I retired it in favour of the mms capable variation The two of these I have are now used by myself and my hunting partner for video footage. The video below was filmed on one of these. These are available from a lot of places on the net for between $125-$145au. Personally I got mine from Eazywaydirect on Ebay.
The next cameras I brought were the 5120mg. These are technically the same camera but with mms/email functionality. This means that if/when the camera is triggered it automatically sends me an image via the mobile network. Up side to this is you can pattern the game without having to even step foot into the area once your cams are set up. Downside is of course you are paying for the prepaid sim cards to do this. As I am running currently three cameras on Telstra this makes my monthly costs about $60-$80. Worth it? I think so. That’s up to you to decide. Of particular note right here while I remember, if you set them up to do both Email and MMS you will get charged as such. I had one set-up so it sent myself and my hunting partner an email as well as the default mms. This meant every photo was being sent three times and as such costing $1.50. That adds up quickly. My suggestion is just use mms and forward it to people if need be using the email functions on your smart phone. Note: The images you receive via mms/mobile are only as good a quality as the available light and also are culled in resolution to make the files small enough to send. Here is an example in good light e.g. just after sundown vs night.
Now these cameras are obviously more expensive than the non-mms ones. They will set you back about $430 for a pair of them from the same place I listed above. You can of course buy singles but I just thought two is better than one. It allows you to set them up on the different trails hundreds of meters apart and thus you can gauge where your game is moving on your hunting property. If anyone has any questions regarding game cams please feel free to use the contact us page and I’ll try to assist you.
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