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Old 04-08-2021, 11:24 AM   #1
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Hello all,

We need to purchase more cameras for research. These will be in the field almost constantly throughout the year. The stipulations are:

Standard SD card size
AA only
Non cellular.


What are you having the best results with? We will need 25 cameras, and reliability is key.
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Old 04-08-2021, 11:37 AM   #2
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Hello all,

We need to purchase more cameras for research. These will be in the field almost constantly throughout the year. The stipulations are:

Standard SD card size
AA only
Non cellular.


What are you having the best results with? We will need 25 cameras, and reliability is key.
Reconyx

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Old 04-08-2021, 11:39 AM   #3
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Tasco from Walmart.
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Old 04-08-2021, 11:40 AM   #4
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I've had success with the many of the Browning cameras.
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Old 04-08-2021, 11:47 AM   #5
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The research ranch I worked on uses Reconyx and I think they're happy w them but I don't recall if the batteries are AA or something larger. They used to use Brownings and I don't think liked them very much. Editing to add they also used Stealthcams which were good but not as good as Reconyx imo.

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Old 04-08-2021, 11:48 AM   #6
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I used Browning for a year now and it still has the same batteries in it.
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Old 04-08-2021, 11:50 AM   #7
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Reconyx and had them for 6 years no issue. The sting wears off after a week or so ......
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Old 04-08-2021, 12:06 PM   #8
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Stealth Cams are easy to use and take decent pictures. I have two of the low end models I think I paid 39.99 for.
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Old 04-08-2021, 12:11 PM   #9
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Browning. I have tried them all

Www.trailcampro.com

Is the best unbiased, honest, and accurate reviews I have seen.
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Old 04-08-2021, 12:22 PM   #10
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Browning StrikeForce
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Old 04-08-2021, 12:26 PM   #11
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Old 04-08-2021, 12:37 PM   #12
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Tasco from Walmart.

Itís amazing how well they work. If only they made scopes that good
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Old 04-08-2021, 12:52 PM   #13
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I have tried many different brands of cameras. The best cameras out currently for my needs is the Browning strikeforce. I used to be a Moultrie guy and when their products went to junk I switched to Stealthcam and when their products went to junk I have now switched to Browning. The only negative I have to say about the Brownings is that they take a large SD card (32gb) to store up to around 3,000 pics where with Moultrie and Stealthcam cameras I could get 4,000 plus pics with an 8gb card.
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Old 04-08-2021, 12:59 PM   #14
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Tasco from Walmart.
This has to be a joke right? Have yall used nice brands of cameras before?
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Old 04-08-2021, 01:04 PM   #15
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This has to be a joke right? Have yall used nice brands of cameras before?

Have you ever tried the 28$ tasco? They do better than you might expect. Especially if there is a chance of them getting stolen. I also contend with River bottom flooding.
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Old 04-08-2021, 01:12 PM   #16
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This has to be a joke right? Have yall used nice brands of cameras before?


Have you ever bought 25 Browning Strike Force cameras at once?

I own at least 60 cameras of several brands.

Those $28 Tasco cameras work flawlessly. I have a dozen of them in the woods, and haven’t had a single issue.

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Old 04-08-2021, 01:55 PM   #17
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Tasco's have exceeded my expectations. I wasn't a fan at first, but the guys on our lease chipped in and we bought about 15 last season. No issues or complaints. Good clear pics and very good battery life.
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Old 04-08-2021, 01:57 PM   #18
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The Muddy cameras for $30 at Academy are pretty good. We have 5 of them on the place where we don't have good cell service and the pictures are really clear. Just use lithium batteries and it should last a long time, we get a year at least on them. It loads the card with great pics.
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Old 04-08-2021, 02:15 PM   #19
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I have a couple of the tascos that are 3 or 4 years old. Still work like a champ. I have never had one go bad yet, but I have lost a few prematurely due to theives and flooding.
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Old 04-08-2021, 02:19 PM   #20
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I can't tell you which is best but I can tell you which one I've had the most success with and a few notes about them

Moultrie A 35 - Favorite and most reliable, high quality pics, batteries seem to last longest, battery level indicator at turn on (percentage level), easy setup, had it for about 2 years now, has been out and running almost the entire time.

Primos bullet Proof 2 - moderate preference, I actually really like this camera for using on Game trails, not so much a feeder camera, but can be used anywhere really. Small/compact, and reliable (I bought one at academy on sale for $30, wish I would have gotten 4 of them). Been running it about a year or so at different locations, so far so good, really feel like I got my money's worth on it. Only downside to this camera is that you have to do the time/date setup on a computer, but once its setup (as long as you don't remove the batteries) its good till the next battery change, doesn't really bother me, but worth mentioning.

Stealthcam STC PX26NG - Moderate Preference, battery life seems to be average/lower than expected, picture quality seems to be fair, nightime pictures seem to dropoff in quality significantly as the cameras age, but again could be heat related, in constant sun, etc,

Stealthcam STC QS12XV2 - Moderate Preference, battery life seems to be average/lower than expected, picture quality seems to be fair, nightime pictures seem to dropoff in quality significantly as the cameras age, but again could be heat related, in constant sun, etc,


Wildgame Innovations Terra Max (TX 16i62A-20) - Least Favorite, no definitive "On/Off switch" just a power button, have had multiple times where I set it up and turned it on and left it but when I got back a month later, it turns out it was off the whole time even when the batteries were fully charged. medium to low quality pics. Trigger/Shutter speed seems to be slow, but maybe that's just me. I've owned two of these, the only endearing feature this camera has is its usually fairly cheap....you get what you pay for.


I mainly look for anything that is reliable, high res pics are nice but I place reliability over that. I only check them every month or two, so if it doesn't do its job, its a bit heartbreaking when I finally get to it. Not sure how much I paid for each one originally except the primos but here's what I'd pay for them if I were to get them again/if they are still available:
Moultrie A35 - $110
Stealthcam (either) - $60
Wildgame Innovations - $40
Primos bulletproof 2 - $60

I know these are all on the "lower end of the spectrum" but I haven't found a camera that I've been able to repair (circuit/IR LED wise; Cheap/expensive) or that is worth the repair/refund hassle. So I stick to the cheaper ones and just replace when needed.

Hope it helps!
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Old 04-08-2021, 04:41 PM   #21
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Reconyx and had them for 6 years no issue. The sting wears off after a week or so ......
^^^^^^^ This
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Old 04-08-2021, 04:51 PM   #22
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It all depends on what your budget is. Sure... the Tascos work great. I have about a dozen myself. Picture quality is average at best. Upper model StealthCams and Moultries have much better quality as far as pictures go. Reconyx is primo if you can afford them.

So, buying 25 cameras will not be cheap if you want better to best as far as quality pictures go.
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Old 04-08-2021, 05:08 PM   #23
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I tried a Tasco from Walmart. In my case, the area is very bright. White rocks and no trees (out west). It did not take good pics. When I tested it at home in wooded area, they looked good.
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Old 04-08-2021, 05:20 PM   #24
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Old 04-08-2021, 07:18 PM   #25
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Thanks all, we are going to give the browning strikeforce a try. Red wolf research so picture quality matters too much for tascos.
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Old 04-08-2021, 07:45 PM   #26
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Thanks all, we are going to give the browning strikeforce a try. Red wolf research so picture quality matters too much for tascos.


You will definitely be happy with the Strike Force. Tasco is a good camera for viewing game, but it canít provide the resolution youíre needing it for. Best of luck. Post some pics here if youíre allowed to.
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Old 04-08-2021, 07:56 PM   #27
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My Strikeforce are nice but I've been just as happy w the Apex Dark Opps. Browning makes the best cameras in my opinion.
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Old 04-09-2021, 12:14 AM   #28
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Old 04-09-2021, 12:45 AM   #29
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browning strikeforce we use across our ranch and they work great.
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Old 04-09-2021, 08:24 AM   #30
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Sure... the Tascos work great. I have about a dozen myself. Picture quality is average at best.
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Great or average at best? LOL

He didn't mention money. He said which cameras are the best.
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Old 04-09-2021, 08:25 AM   #31
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Have you ever bought 25 Browning Strike Force cameras at once?

I own at least 60 cameras of several brands.

Those $28 Tasco cameras work flawlessly. I have a dozen of them in the woods, and havenít had a single issue.
No but I have bought 8.

He didn't say anything about money. He said which cameras are the best

And to say a $28 TASCO is BEST, is laughable

You get what you pay for
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Old 04-09-2021, 05:20 PM   #32
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Good question SuperExotics, I’m in the market too. Thanks to all who posted this helpful info.
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Old 04-09-2021, 05:36 PM   #33
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You will definitely be happy with the Strike Force. Tasco is a good camera for viewing game, but it canít provide the resolution youíre needing it for. Best of luck. Post some pics here if youíre allowed to.
Weíll see how it turns out. Not sure yet, so I wonít post.

They appear to be high percentage hybrid red wolf x coyote in north Texas. Multiple biologist in agreement that itís worth looking into.
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Old 04-09-2021, 05:39 PM   #34
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Browning have worked the best for me.
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