January 14, 2022
By Tony Hansen
Trail cameras are as integral to most bowhunters’ arsenal as bows and arrows these days. Trail-cam technology continues to evolve and cellular-equipped trail cams get better and better.
They’re also becoming less pricey. Here’s a rundown of some of the newest budget-friendly models and, just for fun, a couple of yet-to-be-priced options that look like they could offer excellent value.
Cuddeback has changed the trail cam game several times in its storied history and the new Tracks camera looks to continue that trend. This is a dimunitive cellular camera that delivers top-end image quality, thanks to a new IR-cut image sensor. Set up and adjustment of the camera is simple using either an on-camera interface or through the online/app platform.
The Tracks can be set up to deliver images via e-mail or text message to 10 addresses/numbers and can be set up to use either AT&T or Verizon networks. The camera is powered by four D-cell batteries rather than the standard AA option most cameras utilize. It can also run off Cuddeback’s solar or external packs. The price has not yet been set.
Price not available | cuddeback.com
The addition of flexible network options is a definite trend in 2022 cell cameras and SpyPoint’s FLEX is very much on board.
The FLEX has "cross-carrier technology," which allows it to connect with the bext network available in the camera’s location.
Flash and detection range is advertised as 100 feet and image quality is 33MP with 1080p HD video capture.
The SpyPoint app includes maps, weather and filters to automatically ID bucks in images. The camera will be available in the summer of 2022 and pricing has not yet been released.
Price not available | spypoint.com
Covert’s WC20 was designed to reduce the camera’s overall size, thanks to a revamped housing.
The model features a 100-foot flash range and a swift .3-second trigger speed paired with a trigger system designed to keep subject images centered in the photo. The TurboShot burst mode can be set to capture up to three images per activation.
A MaXimum Silence Image Capture system helps keep camera noise to a minimum and prevent game from taking notice when they’ve become a star on candid camera.
Activation is simplified with a QR code in the packaging.
$129.99 | covertscoutingcameras.com
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MUDDY Manifest 2.0
Muddy is a brand known as a maker of all things for hunting and, as it turns out, they can produce a pretty solid trail camera.
The Manifest 2.0 is available in AT&T and Verizon network models and makes setup simple with QR code activation. The Muddy cell plans are amongst the lowest-priced offered and there is no contract commitment required.
Flash coverage range is advertised as 80 feet and the camera offers a burst mode in addition to .8-second trigger speeds and 16MP image quality.
$149.99 | gomuddy.com
TactaCam Reveal SK
The Reveal SK attempts to solve one of the ever-present challenges of consistent trail cam use, particularly those that utilize cellular sending capabilities: Battery life.
The Reveal SK features an integrated solar panel to maintain the camera’s rechargeable pack.
The camera uses onboard WiFi that connects to a phone app for ease of setup and live-view options in the field.
The system features a pair of transmitting antennas and you can choose either AT&T or Verizon networks with a simple SIM card swap.
It has half-second trigger speeds and no-glow IR flash.
$199.99 | tactacam.com
Moultrie Mobile Delta Base
The Base camera has been making the social media rounds with impressive feedback and in-field results from its January release. The Base seems to have addressed some reliability issues revealed in the original Delta camera and delivers excellent camera performance at a very attractive price point in the cellular-equipped camera game.
The Base features a new processor that is delivering excellent image quality both day and night and the top-notch Moultrie Mobile app now includes weather forecasting in addition to the standard slate of Activity Tracking options.
$99.99 | moultriemobile.com