Best New Trail Cameras for 2016
June 23, 2016
Trail camera technology continues to exceed expectations for 2016.
The hardcore bowhunter can expect to see faster trigger speeds, higher resolution for both videos and photos, and advancements in wireless technology.
Browning Trail Cameras
Elite HD Series | $149
A host of new features makes Browning Trail Cameras' Strike Force Elite HD and Dark Ops Elite HD notable additions to its Sub-Micro series. A proprietary camo pattern conceals them better than ever, and faster trigger speeds and recovery times improve performance. Newly developed software packages advance SD card management — images will record even if your SD card is full. The "smart" video-recording system ensures you capture up to five minutes more footage during daytime and 20 seconds more at night than your pre-set record time while game is in front of the camera. Both models capture 720p HD video complete with sound.
A-10 | $79
The all-new A-10 and A-10i crunch everything Moultrie owners love about the best-selling A-5 into an even better and smaller camera. Both feature 10MP image resolution, and the A-10i features the inconspicuous iNVISIBLE 940nm IR LED flash, while the A-10 features the Long-Range 850nm IR LED flash. Battery life is outstanding, capturing up to 16,000 images on eight AA batteries! A redesigned, super-small case and less-than-one-second trigger speed make the A-10 and A-10i reliable with high-end performance and user-friendly features. And, they're Moultrie Mobile compatible.
360 Camera | $199
Any hunter who has run trail cameras marvels at the images they collect but probably wonders what passed unseen behind or to either side of the camera. The 360 Camera from Wildgame Innovations revolutionizes game scouting with 360-degree image capturing. Housed in a cylinder are six sensors tied to a high-quality, 12MP camera that covers a 360-degree field of view out to 60 feet. Conventional cameras simply don't provide that advantage. A quiet infrared flash offers a 70-foot illumination range.
HCO Outdoor Products
Spartan GoCam | $379
With AT&T and Verizon versions already available, Spartan GoCam releases a Sprint version for 2016 with data plans as low as $8.50 per month. The GoCam makes monitoring wildlife worldwide possible. It also works with the Go Wireless Web Portal — accessible online or from the mobile app — to provide the best user interface. The portal features camera management, camera-delivery options, synchronized camera settings, photo viewing and management and over-the-air firmware updates. Advanced control features and two-way communication help you manage the camera more effectively. Plus, you can view images immediately without intrusive woods visits.
ZX36NG | $149
The new ZX36NG from Stealth Cam is a no-glow trail camera offering four megapixel settings — 8MP, 6MP, 4MP and 2MP. It integrates 36 IR emitters for a 70-80-foot range. A low-light image sensor captures 20-30 percent brighter nighttime images. The ZX36NG features an ultra-compact design and integrated Python Lock Latch. HD video with audio capture records stunning 5-180-second video clips. Other features include adjustable PIR sensitivity, Burst Mode, Reflex Trigger, Matrix Blur Reduction technology and active-time setting, allowing the camera to operate on a schedule. It also includes a test mode, USB output and secure-lock password protection. It operates on 6 AA batteries or a 12V battery box using an external power jack.
Kodiak Series Trail Camera | $259
Kodiak Series Trail Camera fans can now enjoy great features such as integrated Wi-Fi, which allows them to share, review and download images or change settings from hundreds of feet away via Kodiak's free smartphone app. Other notable updates for 2016 include Realtree Xtra camouflage, an overhauled iPhone app with new features and updated user interface and internal modifications to improve the speed and efficiency of the camera's wireless features. This makes Kodiak Trail Cameras even more functional, while still benefitting from the same great features that made them a hit in the first place.
SOLAR | $229
Instant trigger speed isn't the only notable quality of SpyPoint's new SOLAR game camera. This bad boy also touts a built-in solar panel and rechargeable lithium battery. That's right, your battery-buying days are over! Its 42 LEDs ensure bright nighttime images without game-spooking flashes. The SOLAR captures brilliant 12MP images or stunning 720p HD video, and features multi-shot and time-lapse modes. A 2-inch viewing screen offers pan-and-zoom capabilities for in-the-field image review. The detection range adjusts from 5-80 feet, and a curved motion sensor improves the detection angle and distance of the camera's five detection zones.
Pro-Cam SFi | $89
Muddy's Pro-Cam SFi Bundle includes the new Pro-Cam SFi, six AA batteries and an 8GB SD card — everything you need to begin scouting. The Pro-Cam SFi delivers crystal clear video day and night and provides 10MP color daytime photos and 2MP monochrome nighttime photos using Invisible Flash with 18 HE LEDs at a two-second trigger speed. Optional one-, two- and five-photo bursts with two-second intervals give you maximum versatility, and a 70-foot detection range and 45-foot nighttime flash range help you reach out and capture game. It features four programmable video lengths from 10-60 seconds recorded at 32 frames per second. The Pro-Cam's molded ABS waterproof housing and Climate Shield technology provide optimal performance for multi-season use, and a Natural Hyde non-reflective brown finish offers exceptional camouflage.
Long Range IR | $45
Cuddeback is a respected brand in the trail-camera arena, and for 2016, it introduces the Long Range IR and Black Flash cameras. Both feature Cuddeback's famous quarter-second trigger speed and outstanding 20MP image quality. Zone-control detection lets you capture a wide-angle view in expansive areas, or centered view for trails or feeders. There are separate delays for day and night imagery, and an advanced time-lapse mode can be set from 10 seconds to 24 hours during daytime, nighttime, or both. These features all come in a compact design run by eight AA batteries. As always, Cuddeback cameras give you more pictures of game and fewer blanks.
M-991 | $199
Crystal-clear images contribute to an effective scouting regimen, and Moultrie's new M-999i delivers with its 20MP resolution. With such detail comes a wealth of scouting information, and a less-than-half-second trigger speed helps you capture outstanding images with centered subjects. The M-999i is finished in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country camo and iNVISIBLE IR illumination produces bright nighttime images. Full 1080p HD video with sound capture nearly brings subjects to life on a 2-inch color viewing screen. All this technology combines with Moultrie's industry-leading two-year warranty to make the M-999i the ultimate scouting tool.
Cloak 4 | $79
Wildgame Innovations has boosted the value of its Cloak series trail cameras by omitting frills nobody uses. Both the Cloak 4 and Cloak 4 Lightsout have one-second trigger speeds with video and still image capabilities. The Cloak 4's high-intensity infrared LEDs deliver a generous flash range without spooking deer, while the Cloak 4 Lightsout features Zero-Detection Technology with virtually invisible black-infrared LEDs. The Cloak Series' affordability helps you get more cameras in the woods and find more bucks.
G45NG Pro | $199
Stealth Cam's G45NG Pro is even more compact than previous models and designed with a molded, rugged pattern in the housing for maximum blending power. Customizable range captures targets at specified distances, day or night, and the security mode incorporates an SD-memory rewrite. Retina technology captures images in dim lighting with an advanced low-light sensitivity mode. The Matrix Blur Reduction feature ensures sharper, clearer images and rejects undesirable photos. The GEO-Tag GPS meta-tagging system helps hunters pinpoint and track favorite locations. TRIAD technology offers HD video, still shooting, and time-lapse mode with PIR override. Finally, a Rapid-Fire Burst Mode captures nine images per triggering. The half-second Reflex trigger completes the ensemble.
Pro-Cam AFv | $159
The Muddy Pro-Cam AFv records HD video and still images with stunning quality. Users enjoy 12MP full-color daytime images, and the Invisible Flash with 36 HE LEDs captures 5MP monochrome nighttime images. Its .6-second trigger speed with optional 2-8-photo bursts improves your game-identification capabilities. Video mode includes capture settings from 5 seconds to 10 minutes at 1280x720 HD complete with audio. The backlit LCD screen allows easy setup and programming. The Pro-Cam AFv detects out to 70 feet, and has a 60-foot flash range. A time-lapse mode is perfect for monitoring expansive areas, and one set of batteries withstands 10,000-plus triggerings. The Pro-Cam AFv's molded ABS water-proof housing and Climate Shield technology provide optimal performance for multi-season use, and a Natural Hyde non-reflective Bark Pattern finish provides great concealment. An adjustable buckle strap ensures a secure mount.
MV1 Field Modem | $199
Moultrie Mobile is a technology-driven trail-camera system that helps hunters view images and manage cameras remotely over the Internet. Moultrie has partnered with the nation's leading cellular network for best coverage, allowing hunters to review images and manage cameras whenever, wherever and however they want. Moultrie Mobile uses a field modem that can be moved from camera to camera. The MV1 Field Modem is compatible with multiple Moultrie trail-cam models, including most 2015 models. Hunters can be notified when images are captured through text, email or via the free Mobile App. The Moultrie Mobile website and mobile apps (iOS and Android) offer the most robust photo-management features on the market. Affordable monthly plans require no contract, no commitment, no activation fee and no cancellation fees.