Camera traps are not just suited to snapping still shots; many offer amazing video capture capabilities that will really bring you closer to the action. The question, then is which particular camera traps are equipped with the best video recording features, as well as offering the most compelling image quality?
The good news is that modern models will almost certainly provide access to high definition video capture settings as standard. But don't be fooled by the promise of ‘HD’ potential if it is part of the product information, as this two letter combo alone is not enough to let you know just how capable a camera may be.
High-def resolutions vary, with 480p sometimes being seen as a step above standard definition. 720p is a more common minimum benchmark, while 1080p, also known as full HD, is also a widely offered resolution. 4K, also known as Ultra HD, is not really present in the camera trap market at the moment, but could be a staple in hardware in a few years.
Many reputable brands offer products with impressive video quality and a range of excellent features, including Browning and Bushnell. Of course, sensor resolution alone is not all you need to look out for; also pay attention to the detection capabilities of the camera to see whether it will be suitable for your needs. The smarter, more modern units can boast all sorts of bells and whistles, including the ability to differentiate between human and animal subjects, which could prevent wasting memory card space, for example.
Check out a few of our most compelling camera traps in terms of video quality below...