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Game Cameras | Trail Cameras – What to get?

by on Sep.09, 2011, under Equipment

Game Camera used in paranormal investigationIt was a while back when I watched Ghost Adventures, and I saw Zack with a Moultrie I-40 Game Spy camera. I picked one of those up and used them on various investigations. It’s a great game trail camera. I get a few emails asking about what is a good game camera to get for paranormal investigations. I think when you’re ready to purchase a trail camera you need to ask yourself a few questions.

– What are my features? (video, IR, water proof, storage capacity, ease of use, built in viewer, sound, etc).
– What is my quality requirements? (megapixel for example)
– What is my budget?

Once you have these defined, you can start shopping and looking around. For some of you that aren’t familiar with game cameras at all, then I’ll break down some of the features needed.

You should have a camera that IR (infrared). It needs to shoot in the dark as well as in the daylight. Video is nice to have as well, but not necessarily required. Video will use more of you SD card, etc so you need to plan ahead with that. Some cameras actually shoot HD video and record sound. This will definitely use more memory and you’ll need to consider that for long investigations. I purchased the Moultrie Game Camera because it records time and temperature as well as lunar cycle. I like the temperature, especially during investigations people will discuss how cold the room has gotten. With the game camera in the same room, you can verify temperature drops.

I would also look at the megapixel of the images. You want good quality images when reviewing evidence. The higher the better, but also understand the higher the megapixel or MP, the higher the cost of the unit.

Now-a-days cameras are getting smaller and smaller, which is great. If you’re team is wanting to cover a large area or multiple rooms, a trail camera is a great asset to have in the investigators toolbox. You should expect to pay between $100 – $200 for a quality camera. Obviously you can pay much more and get deals below $100, so like I mentioned above, first get your requirements in budget in place. That will help with your decision.

If you’re looking to purchase a game camera, check out GameCamerasOnSale.com which is a great place for locating deals as well as seeing images and video in the blog. It’s a great way to see what type of footage a camera is capable of. Note – most of these will be images of wildlife, but you should be able to get an idea of what the camera can and can’t do.

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Moultrie Game Spy I-40 Infrared Flash Game Camera

by on Jan.28, 2011, under Equipment, Shows

Moultrie Game Spy I-40 Infrared Flash Game CameraI got a email the other day asking about some of the infrared photos on this site.. and what cameras were used to create them. I tried to email that visitor (but the email bounced) so if you’re out there, I thought I would make a quick post, since I have been asked that a few times on the blog.

First off, a lot of the infrared camera shots were from my custom modified IR camera. If you’re interested, check out my post on how I converted a digital camera to infrared. Some of those interesting shots were actually taken in the day and not at night. That is one reason for the crazy exposure. I have used the camera at night with a infrared illuminator for light source.

Now the other shots (and the original emailer asked what camera was used on Ghost Adventurers) were taken with a Moultrie Game SPi I-40 camera. This is a great game camera which can take shots triggered by motion or manually. It has a tripod mount as well as the ability to tie on poles/trees, etc. It has incredible battery life. I’ve had mine for two years now.. and I’m still 60% charged. The Moultrie Game Camera writes to SD card, so space is dependent on the size of card you use. You can also configure the quality which can increase or lower the number of photos per session. Again, I’ve never run into a issue here. It stores a ton.

The other great feature of the Moultrie Game Camera is that it records the date/time, temperature and moon cycle.  I like to use this information when there discussions of temperature drops, etc. Then I make note of the time and cross reference the photos to see if it matches the drop. Currently I have one, but would like 2 or 3 for investigations. It is nice to set them up statically as motion traps, but also to take random shots as a hand held unit. See the photo below:

Moultrie Game Spy I-40 Infrared Flash Game Camera

When taking shots by hand it’s important to stabilize the camera, since it’s similar to ‘night shot’ on point and shoot cameras, and ayou can get photo artifacts or tracers.. not good evidence.

If you guys are looking to pick up the Moultrie Game Camera it’s available for only $150 at Amazon at the time of this posting. I ‘ve seen the crew of Ghost Adventurers use this particular camera on investigations with interesting results.

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