Although wildlife cameras look quite simple, users have really many questions about their functions, operation, way of use and time of operation. Each single model has different features, so it is rather difficult to give universal advices. Below you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about camera traps. If you didn’t find advice that you need here - don’t hesitate to write us and we will be happy to pursue your question.
Most of wildlife cameras is able to operate in the sleep mode up to 6 months, however, you should remember that is practice it is difficult to achieve similar result. It is generally assumed that when using high performance rechargeable batteries, the real operation time of the cameras is 3 to 4 weeks, depending on the weather conditions. High and low temperature is the biggest enemy of these devices.
Wildlife camera is a specialised outdoor camera for long-time monitoring. It means that it can be used as a security measure on private premises, parking place, allotment or construction site. This type of cameras is widely used for securing fish ponds and apiaries against theft. They are also popular among forest guards and forest inspectorates as a measure to fight littering and vandalism.
There are several possibilities to power your wildlife camera. The most convenient charging cell is undoubtedly the popular AA rechargeable battery, but it is also possible to connect external power supply, e.g. batteries of higher capacity or solar panels. Some camera traps can be connected to constant power supply, thsi way providing unlimited operation time.
Location of the wildlife camera should be as much unavailable for other people as possible. It is recommended to install the camera high, e.g. on a tree, on a pole, on a garage wall and etc, to secure the device and the recordings on the SIM card.
First of all, place the device somewhere out of sight of other people. It is worth to think it over before buying where you are going to fix the camera and what colour of camouflage will match the surrounding. Most wildlife cameras have the camouflage patter 68” colour. It blends into the surrounding, so it requires a skilled eye to notice the device in that green jungle.
GSM module is a great function offered in an increasing number of camera traps. The device is sending the taken photos directly to the phone number or e-mail address pre-set during configuration. An additional element you will need is a SIM card, the same as for a typical mobile phone. The costs of data transmission are determined by the network operator you use.
Of course. Some wildlife cameras have audio recording feature. For example, Covert Extreme Red 40 is one of the models featuring this function.
For obvious reasons, the range of the sensors coverage during the day is slightly higher. A well-lit area enables the camera eye see more. However, there are devices with infrared diodes, which allow to illuminate the area reaching up to 30 meters. An example of such forest camera is SpyPoint MMS camera trap equipped with a GSM module.
Unfortunately, there are no wildlife cameras that would provide live view of the recorded video. However, in our offer we have a model which send the photos and video recording to the platform.
Most of wildlife cameras have been designed to work outdoors, so they obviously comply with appropriate norms of resistance to low and high temperature and humidity.
The viewing angle of the camera is related to the field of the generated image and determines the area that the built-in camera in the device is able to monitor. Typical viewing angle of the camera is 45-60°, however some models with wide-angle lens offer viewing angle of 100-140°. The viewing angle of the sensors refers to the range of motion detection by the camera trap. The wider the angle, the bigger chance that the sensor will detect the motion and the wildlife camera will start recording.
Camera traps setup is not too complicated, however, for beginners it may be a little difficult. Spy-optic.pl offers free-of-charge configuration of devices bought at our website. Although you can send us other devices bought elsewhere for configuration only.
Yes, most of the wildlife cameras are compatible with foreign mobile phone networks. You just need to setup your GSM module and make sure the used SIM card is topped-up enough for sending photos. The costs of data transmission are determined by the tariff of a particular mobile operator.
The most popular accessories for wildlife cameras are memory cards, sets of efficient rechargeable batteries and chargers. As an option, you can buy dedicated metal casings, special mounting systems and solar panels. A set of external rechargeable batteries is also widely purchased. To see a full list of available accessories for forest cameras go to: https://www.detective-store.com/accessories-280.
Recording schedule is a highly useful function which enables you to pre-set time intervals when the wildlife camera is supposed to be active and monitor the surrounding. The user can decide at what time of the day monitoring will be working. For example: If thefts are usually committed at night, then the best will be to have the camera trap active e.g. from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Wildlife cameras have been designed for monitoring of isolated areas, where it may be difficult to get to. Therefore it is possible to send files to another device, under condition that the size of the files is appropriate. Videos, even after compression, are still too large to be transfered to a phone or an e-mail.
It all depends on the tariff of a particular mobile operator. When choosing the offer consider the higher number of MMS messages and standard data transfer in the package (1-3 GB). It good to take SIM cards of operators who offer unlimited number of MMS messages.
There is no definite answer as to which SIM card works best. It all depends on your individual needs and, first of all, on the reception in the area where the wildlife camera is going to be placed.
More and more cameras offer remote control by special SMS commands. It is a huge convenience and it significantly increases work ergonomics and communication with the wildlife camera. With an SMS command you can, for example, trigger an image on demand or change the mode of operation of the device.
Yes. Some wildlife cameras feature an option which secures recordings on the memory card by a PIN code. However, you should be careful not to lose or forget the password, as it may be impossible to recover it.