The camera trap market is surprisingly busy, ranging from cheap and cheerful models at the low end right up to professional-grade equipment that will cost many times more than its most basic equivalents. On our site, you will find lots of high quality products across every segment of the market, including some budget-friendly models that will give you solid performance at a price you can afford.
In looking at the best budget cameras, you need to accept that there will be some compromises in terms of performance potential. Generally, with more affordable cameras, you can expect certain limitations to be present. These commonly include the specification of the sensor, its resolution and thus the resultant image quality; the LED array and hence the low light performance; the quality of the chassis materials and therefore its durability; and finally the connectivity.
Having said that, our budget camera traps are not completely compromised by their price; indeed many models offer a better balance between cost and performance than their significantly more expensive cousins.
At this price point, it pays to give especially close attention to the specifications. Doing so will let you see how well the more affordable models stack up against their counterparts, while also enabling you to spot a bargain and identify a valuable and functional trap without making a major dent in your bank balance.
To give you a head start when it comes to choosing budget-friendly camera traps, here are a few of our recommended models that fit this description...