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Old 12-14-2010, 08:39 AM   #1
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I've decided to buy a few trail cameras but I don't want to spend alot of money on just one camera. I'd like to buy 2 or 3 for the same price...any suggestions...
Mind you, i'm new to the camera thing...But I've been looking at the Tasco cameras for $90.00

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Old 12-14-2010, 08:52 AM   #2
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Cabelas has the Tasco 5mp for 79.95. You can look at the comparison I did with a bushnell trophycam if you go to Gallery and then search for pics from elkrn. The biggest difference is that the Tasco only senses out to 30 -35 feet where the Bushnell I have been getting consistantly to 60 feet, and the Bushnell is twice as bright with 30 infrared illuminators as compared to 16 for the tasco. If you are packing them in the tasco is the smallest I have yet seen. I got a 2.5 inch card viewer at Bimart last week for $16.99 but takes maximum of 2gb SD cards. They also had a 3.5 in screen viewer for 26.99 on sale. It is nice to be able to view what is on your cameras without having to make extra trips and the little viewers accomplish that with a minimum of cost. I like both the Bushnell for $190 and the Tasco for $80 but I have 3 of the Tasco's so I can watch more trails for the same amount of money.
Let us all know what you decide on and why. Thanks!
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Old 12-14-2010, 09:01 AM   #3
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Wildview 5.0 Megapixel is 100 bucks and I like mine a lot.

I have a couple of the 2.0 and don't like them.

The newer ones may be better.
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Old 12-14-2010, 11:15 AM   #4
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i've been looking too, and the best information i found was on the cabelas website. look at their game cams and go to the reviews, tons of then. Remember most people are way picky and have tons of money so paying for a little clearer picture isn't worth the 200 extra bucks.
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:53 PM   #5
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I use the small Bushnell cameras.. Just under $200 Take great pics and over 18000 on one set of batteries. I think its as good as my buddies $600 reconyx cam.
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Old 12-15-2010, 05:16 PM   #6
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I would look at the Primos 35 they are under a $100.00 AND RIGHT NOW AVAILABLE AT ROGERS SPORTING GOODS ON LINE FOR $79.99 GOOD QUALITY PI'S AND VERY EASY TO USE. BATTERY LIKE IS ALSO GREAT.
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Old 12-15-2010, 07:28 PM   #7
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Just remember, buy cheap gear and you can usually expect cheap results.
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:28 AM   #8
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I just got an email that has some cameras on sale. The Primos 46 is $90 and the 35 is $70.

The Bushnell trophy 5MP is $150. It has some others on there as well if you are interested. It is from one of the main online shooting supplies store.

Let me know if you are interested in it and I can send it to you.
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:27 AM   #9
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ive been using the wildview 5.0 its used 100 bux and has worked great for two years
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:42 AM   #10
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Go look at "chasing game". More to read there than you will ever need.

I'm at least a little interested in the Tasco 5mp IR camera for ~$80. I like the price and the reviews arent all bad.

I hate to spend much on a camera cause they grow legs so easily, but I hate ones that dont work even more.
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:59 AM   #11
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I am with Chesepeake.....get a good cam without bustin the bank cause you never know when it wont be there.....private land or not!

I have a Bushnell Trail Sentry....lower version of the trophy cam....and I love it....got it for 70 on ebay..new in package. Has great batt life...I think the 4 D batteries make the difference. Also is password protected which makes me feel good if someone does get it they wont use it. Takes great quality pics and video if you want.

Also plan on 30-50 on a metal box for security and 10 or so on a good bike lock.

I just cant see spending 200+ on the cam alone when I plan on leaving it in the woods for months at a time....security box or not....
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:04 AM   #12
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I just bought a Bushnell Trophy Cam on an Ebay store for $145.99 brand new in the box. A year's worth of battery life on a few AA's is WAAAAYYY better than changing out 6 C's or D's every 3-4 weeks. If you're willing to spend $150 I would lean towards these.

Another good option is the Stealth Cam Sniper Pro which is normally $149 but Cabela's has them currently for $119. You won't be disappointed with these and for the price is a pretty good deal.

Also look into the lower end Primos Truth Cams. I've seen some really good pictures come out of the $100 range cameras.

Trail Cameras are just about as addicting as hunting itself and all it takes is just going and getting one. Good luck and post some pics!
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the moultrie D-50 is on sale for 70 right now at Cabelas. I have used mine for 5 years straight...with no problems to speak of. Gets pictures out to about 60 feet at night, and triggers out to about 50 in the daytime. Better quality than I have seen out of the tasco's and cheaper. The only draw backs are:

1. Not an IR cam
2. Runs on 6 d cells
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:43 AM   #14
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i like my stealth cam rogue IR 8.0 they are about 115.00 if you shop around
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Old 12-16-2010, 12:11 PM   #15
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Thank you everyone for you input...Haven't made up my mind on one yet...But I'm leaning toward the Bushnell Trophy...because I like the size of the camera....But really want to try that Tasco, again because of the size, may just buy one ea. Pulling the trigger after christmas. I'll keep you posted on the one I decide on
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Old 12-16-2010, 04:09 PM   #16
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Thank you everyone for you input...Haven't made up my mind on one yet...But I'm leaning toward the Bushnell Trophy...because I like the size of the camera....But really want to try that Tasco, again because of the size, may just buy one ea. Pulling the trigger after christmas. I'll keep you posted on the one I decide on

Cant wait to see some pics!!
I think we all can agree that it is very addicting....hard to wait between swapping cards!!
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Old 12-17-2010, 03:37 PM   #17
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I use the small Bushnell cameras.. Just under $200 Take great pics and over 18000 on one set of batteries. I think its as good as my buddies $600 reconyx cam.
WOW!!!! 18,000 pics on one set of batteries is a little hard to believe,but if this is true i want one.
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Old 12-18-2010, 06:00 PM   #18
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I picked up the tasco 5mp last summer and have been very pleased. I got tired of paying soooo much for D batteries. I like that the tasco will take many pictures on 4 AA battereries. They also take nice pictures day and night.
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:20 AM   #19
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i started useing a trail cam this year, i use a multre d50 never had any problems
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Old 12-19-2010, 02:15 PM   #21
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Just remember, buy cheap gear and you can usually expect cheap results.
Just upgraded my Moutlrie D-50 to a Bushnell trophy - much happier now.

(And since this could be construed to be a critical post, I am Ray Beamesderfer and I approved this message.)
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:48 AM   #22
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I picked up the tasco 5mp last summer and have been very pleased. I got tired of paying soooo much for D batteries. I like that the tasco will take many pictures on 4 AA battereries. They also take nice pictures day and night.
I'll second that, though the night pics on moving subjects are a bit blurry I think that it is a function of the infrared cameras in general requiring a longer exposure time at night. I would like to hear from other infrared cam owners what their experiences are with this. My comparisons between the bushnell and the 5mp tasco show that they have the same blurryness on moving targets at night and both take nice day photos. The tasco's are darker with only half as many LED's but still show you what is out there. Stills at night are both clear. I have comparison pics in the gallery with both cams side by side. for anyone interested. I measured the voltage after 350 pics on the tasco after one month and found new voltage levels of 1.67volts on each battery.
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:54 AM   #23
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i bought a few cuddeback trail cams last week at fishermens and saw that they had the older model there refurbished for like 130? could be a sweet deal if its still there
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Thank you everyone for you input...Haven't made up my mind on one yet...But I'm leaning toward the Bushnell Trophy...because I like the size of the camera....But really want to try that Tasco, again because of the size, may just buy one ea. Pulling the trigger after christmas. I'll keep you posted on the one I decide on
I've also been looking at getting cameras for this next year and have read all the reviews on the Bushnell Trophy cam. I'm leaning towards these but haven't decided just yet. Sounds like they have great battery life and do great pics during the day but the night pics could be iffy. I've seen a lot of people say they've had issues with 2010 models but enjoy their 2009 models. Keep us posted on what cam you decide and how the pics turn out.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:17 AM   #25
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Wildview....digital.........1.3 megapixel........with video mode, 4 c batt/

just saw them for $45 each at Wally World.
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WOW!!!! 18,000 pics on one set of batteries is a little hard to believe,but if this is true i want one.
That's about right. Use 8x Lithium Ultimate and check each battery charge individually for best results.
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Old 12-25-2010, 06:45 AM   #27
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So my parents asked what I wanted for x-mas and I mentioned trail cams. Didn't get what I wanted but they bought me 2 of the 3meg tascos, which I won't complain because I now have trail cams YAY. they run on 4D batteries and have a regular flash. So I'll have them up and taking pics asap and will share what I cature in a few weeks.
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Old 12-25-2010, 07:12 AM   #28
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Just to give a good tip to trail camera people it does not matter how many mega pics the camera has long as it is 4 mp you will do fine. i found out yesterday when i bought one that the human eye can only pick up 4 mp of of a footage so dont go spend extra money for a camera with a bunch of mega pics.
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Old 12-25-2010, 08:53 AM   #29
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Just took some test shots with the new cam. at 10ft clearity is decent and trigger speed is ok( I make it about 3/4 into frame at a walk before pic is taken. camera triggers at about 43ft with a great pic. Happy with my Dads choice in a camera. its a Tasco 3mega pixel. will post pix as soon as I get some wildlife
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Old 12-25-2010, 09:09 AM   #30
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Welcome to the addiction......
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What are some good ways to secure the cams? Even with a security box? I hear people talking about how often they get stolen, but others talking about how they have used theirs for years. Is it just luck that it didn't get jacked? I haven't used mine yet, but was thinking covering with moss or something to hide it.
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:14 PM   #32
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Ive got three lag bolts for the box, bike lock thru box and around tree, and the box has a locking point for a padlock.

If they want it they will get it....still I want them to work for it....

My cam and box are fairly good size and noticable so not much "hiding" going on for them.....

Next cam is going on some public land and I will be using tree stand climbing sticks to put them in a tree....some on trailcam thread do this and seem to have good luck....
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Your right about "if they want it they will get it" I lost three trophy cams last year. lock box and all. Every one of them in a spot I never thought would get stolen. The only thing I dont like is one of my first trophy cams I paid extra for the veiw screen on th camera, but the screen is so small its useless.
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but the screen is so small its useless.
Amen! And it eats the batteries in a hurry if you use it! Otherwise a GREAT camera...
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Your right about "if they want it they will get it" I lost three trophy cams last year. lock box and all. Every one of them in a spot I never thought would get stolen. The only thing I dont like is one of my first trophy cams I paid extra for the veiw screen on th camera, but the screen is so small its useless.
Wonder if it would work setting up a hidden camera just looking @ the non hidden camera to take pics of the thief? Not a bad idea if they are being taken regularly
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