January 13, 2018
It's time for the 2018 ATA Show in downtown Indianapolis. And with the arrival of this year's bowhunting and archery party and show, there's a whole new crop of innovative trail cameras and accessories. Here's a glimpse of what we've seen so far!
As the 2018 ATA Show kicks off this week at the Indiana Convention Center, there's something of a tidal wave — frozen perhaps, given the weather expected by the show's end — of new trail cameras and accessories designed to help pattern game animals a little bit easier.
Here are a few such products that have caught our attention so far this week in Indy.
Browning Trail Cameras BTC-5HDX and BTC-6PXD
As this year's ATA Show begins, Browning Trail Cameras is up to its old tricks again with a couple of superb new models for 2018, the BTC-5HDX and the BTC-6PXD trail cameras. The BTC-5HDX brings an affordable, high quality sub-micro compact size unit (4.5x3.25x2.5 inches) to market with 16-megapixel images and 720p True HD video with sound. Add in the unit's innovative adjustable Quick Trigger settings (ranging from .4 to .7 seconds) and a 100-foot flash range with Zero Blur Technology and nighttime images are a snap. With battery meter functioning utilizing either alkaline or lithium batteries, the unit runs for a long, long time on just 6 AA batteries.
A step above is Browning's BTC-6PXD, another sub-micro compact unit that uses a cutting-edge Dual-Lens Technology that dedicates one lens for daytime images and videos and another for nighttime images and video! With an amazingly fast .15 second trigger speed and a .4 second picture recovery time, this unit delivers 24-megapixel images and 1080p True HD video with sound in both daylight and nighttime settings. The latter is thanks to Browning's Invisible Adjustable IR Flash â€“ with two options, one long range, the other power saving) - which reaches out to 80 feet. Add in an adjustable tree mounting bracket and long battery life from just 6 AA batteries, and this unit â€“ really both units, for that matter - is a can't miss winner in 2018!
Contact: Browning Trail Cameras; 888-628-4496
Bushnell Impulse Cellular Trail Camera
Thanks to Bushnell taking its scouting-camera abilities to new levels, with the Impulse Cellular Trail Camera, hunters are now able to get connected faster utilizing this no-contact camera. Bushnell has put dual processors to work in the Impulse simultaneously, meaning that the camera can take one photo every second. Add in the ability to sort photos by wind and weather, a GPS anti-theft alert, and live camera views to your Smartphone, and there's much to like about the new Bushnell offering. With 20-megapixel resolution, 1080p HD video, and six-month battery life, you simply set the camera up, leave it, and start observing from afar what's living on your hunting ground! Compatible with a solar panel, the Impulse comes with either AT&T or Verizon options, a camera-leveling arm, and a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity range of 150-feet.
Contact: Bushnell; 800-423-3537
Cuddeback Black Flash and Long Range IR
Longtime trail camera maker Cuddeback brings two great new products to Indy in 2018, the CuddeLink Black Flash and CuddeLink Long Range IR cameras. The Black Flash unit utilizes ¼ second trigger speed, super-fast recovery speed (the unit is ready for the next photo one second later), superb daylight color and nighttime imaging ability, and a premium grade sensor to deliver 20-megapixel images.
Likewise, the Long Range IR offers the same great Cuddeback features and dependability in image ranges out to 100-feet, not to mention many of the same customizable features that the Black Flash and other units offer. Add in the ability to buy a Long Range IR four-pack (three cameras for the price of one) and the ability to utilize Cuddeback's well-known CuddeLink camera-to-camera network and this year's ATA Show introductions should be well-received from the world's oldest game camera manufacturer!
Contact: Cuddeback; 920-347-3810
With cutting edge technology, Moultrie's unveiling of the M-50i in 2018 brings three-second trigger speed, 20-megapixel photos, and 1080p HD video with audio into a unit that carries a two-year warranty. Add in Moultrie Mobile — an interface that helps hunters manage trail cameras and images remotely via cellular data networks — and there's much to like about this unit! With 48 LEDs and INVISIBLE Infrared Flash, the M-50i brings the ability to light up the darkness and illuminate nighttime animals out to 100-feet. With a two-inch color viewer on the unit and a Realtree Original finish, the camera disappears in the woods as it delivers some of the best trail camera images in the industry.
Contact: Moultrie; 800-653-3334
Spartan GoCam 4G/LTE
What's new in 2018 about Spartan GoCam's 4G/LTE model? Now it works with Verizon's LTE in Rural America (LRA) Program! That means that the cellular wireless scouting cameras will be able to send images and videos of big bucks in real-time from the wilds of Alaska to the hollers of Kentucky to theâ€¦well, I think you get the picture. Or you will in the 15 states involved in the program where 21 rural wireless carriers participate in the program, that is! That LRA program helps the Spartan GoCam 4G/LTE camera utilize its ultra-fast image transmission, improved battery life, and video transmission. What's more, the camera uses the Spartan app and web portal for hunters to engage in remote camera management chores and image/video viewing!
Contact: Spartan Camera; 770-582-0004
Stealth Cam XV4
In the new for 2018 edition of the XV4, Stealth Cam has introduced its next generation camera, complete with high-resolution images and night imaging capabilities in a 22-megapixel package. The Sony trail camera brings clear and crisp nighttime images with minimal grain, not to mention automatically adjusted IR output (based on lighting conditions) thanks to Smart Illusion technology. The XV4 comes with 1080p video, GEO-TAG GPS tagging, and a realistic bark exterior that helps it disappear in the woods. With a Reflex trigger, Retina low light sensitivity, and a Matrix advanced blur reduction feature, the result is a high-quality image of the buck of a lifetime, all the time for that matter! Able to house a SD card up to 512 GB, the revamped XV4 comes with an external power jack too.
Contact: Stealth Cam; 877-269-8490
Wildgame Innovations Silent Crush 20, Rival Cam 18, and Rival Cam 18 Lightsout
This longtime leader in the trail camera market is making quite the splash in 2018 with the introduction of three superb units. First, WGI is bringing to market the Silent Crush 20, the first scouting camera offering Tru-Dual Cam technology thanks to innovative dual onboard cameras optimized for daylight and nighttime image capture. Eliminating the mechanical IR filter and the photo noise it creates, the result is increased quality images during the transition from daylight to dark.
Add in WGI's Rival Cam 18 and Rival Cam 18 Lightsout units and there's even more to like about this year's product line. Both units feature high-resolution 18-megapixel processors along with rapid sub-half-second trigger speeds along with a TRUBark HD texture to help the unit disappear in the woods. Add in Tru-Dual Cam technology, illumination ranges to 90 and 85 feet respectively, up to one-year of battery life based on usage of the 8 AA batteries required, a one-year warranty, and an unbeatable price, and WGI looks to have hit one of this year's ATA Show walk off homeruns!
Contact: Wildgame Innovations; 800-847-8269