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Choosing the Best Trail Camera: A Beginner’s Guide

The best trail camera

Exploring the variety of trail cameras for your needs might seem overwhelming, but don't worry- we're here to help! Whether you're using a trail camera for property surveillance or hunting purposes, there are specific features you should consider before purchasing. In this beginner's guide, we’ll break down the key components to consider when choosing a trail camera that meets your needs.


When choosing the correct resolution for your trail camera, consider your specific needs and how you plan to use the camera. Both hunters and those using trail cameras for property surveillance can benefit from high-resolution cameras.

For hunters, high-resolution cameras can provide clearer images and videos, making it easier to identify animals and assess their size and movements. This feature can be beneficial when scouting for specific game or monitoring patterns and behaviors.

When it comes to property surveillance, high-resolution cameras are essential for capturing detailed images and videos of any potential intruders or suspicious activity. Clear, high-resolution footage can provide crucial evidence of theft or vandalism and help identify individuals involved.

If you're looking for a high-resolution trail camera, consider the Ronin Camera System, which all offer resolutions of 1080p and above. These cameras ensure you receive clear, sharp images and videos for all your wildlife observation or property surveillance needs.

Detection Distance and Field of View

When selecting a trail camera, it's crucial to consider the detection distance and field of view. The detection distance refers to how far the camera can sense motion and trigger a capture. If you're monitoring a large area, you'll want a camera with a longer detection distance to ensure you don't miss any activity. The field of view determines how much of the surrounding area the camera can capture in one frame. A wider field of view is ideal for monitoring large open spaces.

Standard trail cameras typically have a detection distance between 45 and 100 feet. However, if you need to cover a larger area and want a better chance of capturing a subject in the distance, it's worth investing in a camera with a longer detection distance and field of view.

The Ronin Camera System is equipped with a FLIR color tracker with an impressive 200-foot detection system and a 57-degree wide field view, allowing it to capture a broader perspective of the surroundings.


When choosing a trail camera, storage is another factor to consider. After all, you don't want to miss out on capturing important moments due to limited storage capacity. The storage size of a trail camera determines how many photos and videos it can hold before you need to transfer them to a computer or other storage device.

Most trail cameras have a standard storage size, typically 8 to 32 gigabytes. This storage amount can be sufficient for many users, especially if you regularly transfer your captures. However, if you plan on leaving your camera unattended for extended periods or simply want the convenience of not transferring files frequently, consider a trail camera with a larger storage capacity. The Ronin Camera System accepts up to 2TB SD Cards!


When it comes to trail cameras, batteries are an essential consideration. Standard trail cameras typically have a battery life ranging from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the frequency of captures and other factors.

If you want a trail camera with long-lasting battery life, consider the Ronin Camera System. These cameras are designed to last up to 30,000 images in power mode 0, which is impressive compared to other models on the market.

Even better, if you're looking for a sustainable and long-lasting solution, you can opt for the Ronin Camera Systems solar panel attachment. By harnessing the sun's power, these cameras can last up to 10 years without needing to change batteries, depending on the effectiveness of your solar panel attachment. You can ensure you never miss important moments by opting for a camera with long-lasting battery life or the ability to use a solar panel attachment.

Trigger Speed

When capturing those split-second wildlife moments or monitoring fast-moving subjects, trigger speed is a crucial factor to consider. The speed at which the camera detects motion and promptly captures a photo or initiates recording is known as trigger speed. For optimal performance, you’ll want to look for cameras with trigger speeds of less than 1 second.

With a trigger speed clocking in under 0.5 seconds, the Ronin Camera System leads the pack with one of the fastest trigger speeds available, enhancing the probability of seizing those brief, split-second moments.

Cellular or Not

When deciding whether to choose a cellular trail camera or a non-cellular one, it's essential to consider your specific needs and circumstances. A cellular trail camera lets you remotely view and receive real-time updates on your camera's captures through a cellular network. This feature can be convenient if you have limited access to the camera's location or want immediate updates on wildlife activity. It's important to note that cellular trail cameras typically require a data plan and may come with additional costs.

Cellular or not, you need to be able to get the images off of the trail camera. Before the Ronin Camera System, a monthly data plan was the only way to do this. Leveraging the radio channel facilitated by the Ronin Sentinel, users can seamlessly access their camera photos at no cost from distances of up to 9 miles, given a clear line of sight. The Sentinel will then text you, wherever you are in the world for no extra costs in real time when a camera gets an alert. The ability to access your photos without the need for a costly cellular plan is a game-changer.

The Ronin Camera System is your key to advancing property surveillance or wildlife operation to a higher standard, meeting and exceeding all your needs. Invest in the best trail camera for your needs and unlock a whole new world of wildlife discovery and security.


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