Trail Camera Flash
When it comes to game trail camera flash, you basically have two options; incandescent or infrared. As with just about anything, there are pros and cons to each. Naturalists, photographers, or anyone who is looking for extreme clarity and high-resolution photos during the night time hours will likely prefer the incandescent flash cameras,also called 850nm hunting camera. These cameras emit a sharp, bright, white light that is good for capturing pictures but generally scares away the animals. For hunters or scouts, an infrared flash is probably better. The images aren’t as good, but the animals will be unaware of the camera and will not get spooked. Also, infrared flash means that the camera can still record videos at night, unlike the incandescent versions. Ultimately, it’s going to come down to personal preference and a little trial and error to see what works best for you.
Infrared flash is preferred by many hunters and scouts simply because it doesn’t spook or scare the animals with a flash of light. Along those same lines, it doesn’t attract other humans and give away the location of your game camera. Infrared flash uses considerably less battery power than incandescent which means that your batteries will last a lot longer. On the downside, infrared flash only allows for black and white night time images and they can sometimes be blurry and hard to see.
Incandescent flash will give you much better resolution on your night time photos and you have the option of having them saved in color instead of just black and white. An incandescent camera tends to be more budget friendly since it relies on the old school technology of crude flash and shutter. Incandescent cameras do not allow you to record videos at night or during low visibility weather. Also, an incandescent flash will use up more battery power and can scare away game.
When it comes to the type of flash you want for your game camera, it really is a matter of personal choice. Many hunters swear that incandescent flash spooks game, especially bucks, while others have shown that they notice more animals in the area of an incandescent flash. If you believe that the flash will scare away game, then choose infrared. If not, then your options are open. Some models offer the option to switch between incandescent and infrared with the flick of a switch, so this might be a good option if you’re on the fence about the matter.