Choosing a good-quality wireless trail camera doesn’t have to be as complex as the technology involved with getting one to work. You really don’t have to be some sort of techno-guru to find one that works well for your needs, and operates without much complex maneuvering on your part. A good trail camera should be about as easy to set up and use as a cell phone, and as many wireless trail cameras today rely on the phone to send pictures wirelessly, wrapping one’s head around picking a good trail camera shouldn’t be too difficult at all.
Now, perhaps one of the most important things to consider when choosing a wireless trail camera is just how durable and long-lasting the battery on the camera is. Wireless trail cams, as opposed to other trail cameras, are designed to be set up and left alone for days or weeks on end. Therefore, it is very important that you choose a camera that can last for that long. To find this out will require more than just taking a casual glance at a camera’s product information page, or box at the outdoors retailer. User reviews are especially useful in this regard, as those who have used the camera before will be sure to know just how much the battery can hold, and just how fast the camera drains that battery. Especially look for comments regarding whether or not a camera was able to remain operational for long periods of time, even in bad weather. If there are no complaints about the camera’s battery, you may have a camera worth buying on your hands.
Of course, a good battery isn’t the “be all, end all” of a wireless camera. Because most wireless cameras send their pictures through email or through some kind of smartphone app, wireless cameras will need to connect to the internet in some way to do this. This, admittedly, makes them less useful in areas with little to no phone signal, but the point of the matter is, they’ll need to communicate with nearby cell towers to even work. Because of this, it would be convenient for you to look for a wireless camera compatible with your cell phone carrier’s SIM card. SIM cards are what allow cellular devices and wireless cameras to communicate with cell phone carriers, such as AT&T or Verizon. Without a proper SIM card, your cellphone or wireless device would have no network to connect to when sending texts or receiving email, and wireless cameras work the same way. Look into if a wireless camera will support SIM cards from your cell phone service provider. While you could just use a SIM card from a service provider different from the one servicing your cell phone, it’s often more financially sound to keep all of your wireless devices with one service provider and one bill; getting that SIM card will also require getting a data plan from a cell phone carrier, so keep that in mind when searching for wireless cameras.
While things like range and how fast the camera goes off are also essential in looking for a wireless camera, the above are two vital points to consider that are unique to how wireless cameras work. Just remember to look for a camera with a good battery, and one that will work with SIM cards from your cell phone servicer. Keeping these in mind should reduce the headache and stress of looking for a wireless camera, so you can keep your focus on just where to set the thing up!