A look back at the top 5 best selling game cameras over that last month reveals that they all have one thing in common... a low price.
The top 5 best sellers (per Amazon which deals in big volumes) shows that they all have price points that are under (or just above) $100.00. Surprisingly, these 5 game cameras all have customer ratings between 3 to 4 stars, with 5 being the maximum rating. None of these scouting cameras had below average (1 or 2 star) ratings. So these low cost game cameras might be worth a closer look. You can invest the money that you would normally spend on a single, more expensive game camera, into multiple lower cost scouting cameras. This will allow you to cover more areas and extend that capability of your scouting efforts.
Let's take a closer look at these low cost, top selling trail cameras.
#1 - Primos Truth Cam 35
Crossing the finish line in first place is the Primos Truth Cam 35 infrared digital game camera. This is the lower end game camera in the Truth Cam series offered by Primos. They definitely caught the eye of game camera enthusiasts when they entered the game camera market last year with the Truth Cam line. I personally tested the Truth Cam 35, and it was a solid consistent performer, which is probably why it has a 4 out of 5 star rating from it's customer reviews. This is definitely a popular game camera that is easy to use and quick to get up and running. As I write this blog post, the Truth Cam 35 can be purchased for under $83.00.
A few of the features that makes this camera stand out are:
#2 - Wildgame Innovations X6C
The Wildgame Innovations X6C infrared digital scouting camera was a close second to the Truth Cam 35. This is another trail camera that I have personally tested, and still have in the woods. The consumers have rated this game camera a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I am definitely impressed by the clarity and sharpness of the infrared images, but that quality does tend to fade a bit as the batteries weaken. You will get approximately 4 weeks on 8 x AA batteries. The menu system for configuring this trail cam is easy to use, which is a major plus. As of today, the X6C can be picked up for just over $100.00.
A few of the features that really attract me to the Wildgame Innovations X6C are:
#3 - Stealth Cam Unit
The Unit is the first of the small form factor game cameras offered by Stealth Cam. The STC-U840IR measures just 6" x 4" x 3". Stealth Cam really stepped up their game with the Unit by adding some cutting edge features. It captures both pictures and videos, but the 640 x 480 digital videos also record the surrounding audio. This infrared digital game camera will accept up to a 16 GB memory card, which is good because it allows you to record videos of up to 3 minutes in length. With a 4 out of 5 star rating, and a price tag under $120.00, it is time to give Stealth Cam another look.
A few of the features of this infrared digital game camera that make it stand out are:
#4 - Moultrie Gamespy I-40
I was a little surprised to see the Moultrie Gamespy I-40 sitting in the #4 position. Surprised because I would have expected to see the new M-80 and M-100 models beating it. This 3.5 out of 5 star rated infrared game camera is under $120.00, which is approximately $100.00 off of the retail price. The I-40 has gained a reputation for being a solid performer. The 150 day battery life makes it an economical camera to operate.
A few features to take note of on this scouting camera are:
#5 - Wildgame Innovations IR4
Wildgame Innovations also captured the number 5 spot with their IR4, 4.0 megapixel infrared digital game camera. I have been intending to pick this camera up for a personal test, but have not gotten around to it yet. I have a few too many tests in the pipeline currently. Seeing this camera show up in the top 5 best sellers will definitely make me re-evaluate my test schedule though. The IR4 has an average customer rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, and a current price of under $75.00, both of which I am sure has helped to drive this scouting camera's popularity.
A look at the specs shows the following features to take note of:
I've seen a lot of action on many of the newer game cameras for 2011 and expect to see them moving into some of the top 5 spots next month. There have been a lot of new releases from game camera manufacturers this year, which is a trend that we expect to continue seeing.