We just came back from a Buckmasters show, and it’s really got our juices flowing again. The countdown to the opening day is in full swing, and it is time to get all your equipment in order. It’s time to take inventory of your trail cameras and replace any broken units, or decide if you need to add to your fleet.
We got to see a lot of new cameras at the show this year, including cameras from our favorite manufacturers like Browning, Moultrie, and Stealth Cam. Check out our list below which offers a good look at some of the best new trail cameras for 2015.
2015 Stealth Cam Lineup
Thanks to their longstanding reputation for manufacturing the high quality and reliable trail cams, Stealth Cam has long been our favorite brand of trail camera, especially the top ranked G42NG and G30 models. For 2015 GSM Outdoors has released two models in the new “GX” family.
1. Stealth Cam GX45NG
Billed as one of Stealth Cam’s top trail cameras of 2015, the GX45NG is a no glow infrared flash camera with an internal screen for image viewing. This camera measures in at 6″ x 4.5″ x 3″, which is slightly larger than the G42NG.
The GX45NG boasts an unheard of trigger speed of 0.22 sec, and a picture recovery time of 1.5 sec. Daytime photos and videos are usually clear and sharp. (Photos include date, time, moon phase, and temperature.)
The 2” internal viewer is one of the best on the market and makes setup and programming a breeze, definitely a plus for someone who is a bit technically challenged.
It has a 70 ft. detection range and a flash range of 35-40 feet. The flash range is good, but perhaps not as bright as it could be, resulting in nighttime photos with minor blurring or darkness along the edges. (Videos range from 5-180 sec and include audio.) The video trigger time is a bit slower at 1.96 sec with a video recovery time of 7.5 sec.
Running that internal screen takes some juice, requiring 12 AA batteries. This does provide a significant battery life boost, so it’s not so bad really.
2. Stealth Cam GXW-Wireless
Absolutely packed with features, the Stealth Cam GXW wireless trail camera is one of the most technologically advanced cams on the market.
Using cellular technology, it provides real time updates and can even transmit video clips or images to the owner’s mobile device using the Stealth Cam Remote app. The Remote allows you to do everything from share photos via social media to control the settings on the camera.
It has a picture trigger time 0.4 sec and a recovery time of 5-59 sec (5-59 minutes for videos. It has a 100 ft. detection range and is equipped with Built-in Blur Reduction™ and Retina™ Low Light sensitivity.
Measuring 5.5″4.0″ x 2.5”, the GXW-Wireless requires 12 AA batteries and retails for $499.99. As an added bonus, it is Secure Lock password protected.
2015 Moultrie Gen 2 Game Cameras
In their continuing effort to put out best in class products, Moultrie worked hard and overhauled much of their camera lineup for 2015. The results are the Moultrie Gen 2 Game Cameras, which includes 6 of their most popular models. The names are the same, but the case design and circuitry have been completely redesigned.
3. Moultrie M-880 Gen 2
This long range infrared LED camera includes a Quick Start setting, as well as Illum-Night sensor to produce astonishingly clear nighttime photos. It also has Motion Freeze to reduce blurring, can catch great photos and videos up to 100 ft. away. It has a photo trigger speed of less than 1 sec, but allows you to select from 5, 10, or 30 sec delays.
4. Moultrie A-5 Gen 2The A-5 Gen2 is Moultrie’s wallet friendly game camera. Priced well under $100, the A-5 is ideal for someone new to trail cams, or hunters who are running 6+ cameras on their properties.
The A-5 has good range, an infrared LED camera that has an easy to use interface, as well as a trigger speed of less than 1.5 sec. It has a 40 ft. detection range and thanks to a 50 ft. flash range, it is capable of producing some good nighttime photos.
The best news though, is that Moultrie got rid of the original model’s need for C size batteries, and the A-5 Gen 2 now runs on AA just like virtually every other camera on the market.
5. Moultrie M-990i Gen 2
The M-990i includes a 2” screen with color preview and is equipped with Invisible Flash IR LED technology, which allows it to stay completely undetected despite taking high quality photos and videos (with audio) day and night.
It has a detection range of 50 ft. and gives you the ability to customize your surveillance using numerous photo, time lapse, and video settings. Best of all, it includes a detailed information strip that lets you know when the best time is for running into game.
6. Moultrie M-880i Gen 2
Also with Invisible Flash, the M-880i includes the Illumi-Night sensor and Motion Freeze to reduce blurring. It has a 70 ft. detection range, 1 sec trigger speed, and is equipped with Quick Start ensuring that it is easy for anyone to program.
It includes a detailed information sheet that includes date, time, moon phase, temperature, and location (in case you have more than one).
7. Moultrie M-550 Gen 2The M-550 is Moultrie’s least expensive in the “mini cam” family.
This long-range infrared LED camera has a trigger speed of 1.5 sec, has a 50 ft. detection range, a 70 ft. flash range, and Quick Start with an easy to use interface.
For enhanced security, it can be password protected.
8. Browning Recon Force Full HD Series
Browning considers themselves to have some of the most cutting edge cameras on the market, and after looking at their 4 updated cameras this year, it’s hard to argue with them.
The improved Recon Force has an amazing 0.67 sec trigger speed, 55 ft. detection range, and a 100 ft. or more flash range. It features Zero Blur technology to get great nighttime pictures/ videos and includes date, time, moon phase, and temperature. However, the best thing about the Recon Force is that it is equipped with a TV out and USB port that allows you play back videos on your TV.
9. Browning Spec Ops Full HD
Designed for the serious hunter, the Spec Ops has a lightning fast trigger speed of 0.67 sec and takes videos (with audio) that last between 5 sec and 2 minutes. It has a 70ft.+ flash range, as well as Invisible Night Vision Infrared LED illumination. It, too, can be plugged into the TV for easy viewing.
10. Browning Strike Force HD
Considered the smallest high performance trail cam in the industry, the Strike Force has a 0.67 trigger speed, a nighttime infrared flash of 100 ft., a new top of the line video processor for amazing video clips with sound. It features Zero Blur technology and also can be plugged into the TV.
11. Browning Dark Ops HD
Available in the smallest case size (4.5” x 3.25” x 2.5”), the Dark Ops has Night Vision, an invisible infrared flash with a flash range of 70 ft. or more. It has a 55 ft. detection range, as well as an 0.67 trigger speed. It can be plugged into the TV and includes date, time, moon phase, and temperature on photos.
12. Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Aggressor No-Glo/Low-Glo
As a leader in the sports optics industry for more than 65 years, Bushnell is known for high quality, affordable products. They are introducing 2 new Trophy Cam HD trail cameras in 2015.
With an industry best 0.2 sec trigger speed, the Aggressor No-Glo is considered the new market leader. It is invisible to both people and animals, has an 80 ft. detection range, and produces incredibly high quality nighttime photos.
Up to 3 images can be taken with each trigger and it is possible to adjust the trigger speed to anywhere from 1 sec to 60 minutes. It features the 2x Field Scan function captures images at specified times using time lapse technology.
Essentially the same camera as the No-Glo, the Low-Glo version has a 36 low-glow LED night vision flash, while the No-Glo has a 48 no-glow black LED night vision flash.