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Old 09-27-2014, 08:38 AM
 
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I would like a simple but good IR trail cam for my little urban patio. Just for fun.
I have a ground bird bath out there and I regularly see Opossums, Racoons, Skunks, Squirrels drink from it. I don't suspect I'll see anything else considering my location and surrounding but I think it would be fun to see some nighttime shots as critters cruise through.

Problem is its a small apt patio (aka as 6 sq feet of concrete). The few trail cams I've looked at don't talk about minimum focal length. I've only got about 5 to 6' (or less) out there between a chair I can strap to and the bird bath.

Anyone know whether that will work? Model recommendations?
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Old 09-27-2014, 08:30 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I run a bunch of cameras for the business. Reconyx makes a great, top of the line camera. But they start at around $500.00+
Ran short last year and had to run pick up a couple of Primos brand from Walmart. Around $120.00 each at the time. They worked great. Not as many setting options as the Reconyx but they take a great picture.
Recently picked up another, smaller, Primos and a small Bushnell to try out. So far they both seem to work well.
I've also got and use on occasion a "Dice camera" A little more of a pain to set up but it takes good, short range pictures for a $39.00 camera.
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Old 09-28-2014, 05:53 AM
 
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Thank you mtncat. How close a picture do you think they will take?
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Old 09-28-2014, 02:51 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Thank you mtncat. How close a picture do you think they will take?
I've got some pretty good pictures of various animals just a few feet away.
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Old 09-28-2014, 07:57 PM
 
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A few examples. Range about 4' to 8'






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Old 09-29-2014, 07:52 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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I pull mine before the start of season as the bunny humpers will tear them down or throw rocks at them.
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:51 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Pulling them is a good idea. I don't always have that option though as I use them for work.
Keeping them well hidden and away from where "normal" people tend to wander helps keep them up and running.
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Old 09-29-2014, 09:01 PM
 
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A few examples. Range about 4' to 8'





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Old 09-29-2014, 09:15 PM
 
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I shouldn't have to be the one to tell you guys this but if you suspect cougars/mountain lions are near use extreme caution when setting up your cameras. The Indians used to say when they found whitetails with their throats ripped out, they always knew who was doing it.
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Old 09-30-2014, 03:55 PM
 
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I have various cameras in the $100 range. Seems to be a good price point to get something reliable and takes a decent picture. The difference is minimal to me besides the fact I like some shells more than others.

They come with a lot of features for me anyways. HD video, exposure, sensor sensitivity, time/date, temp, etc. The best thing is, I'm only out a $100 if it gets stolen or a bear ravages it.

Going cheaper is getting kind of iffy.
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