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Trail Camera Guide

Our mission...bringing wildlife closer


Buying a trail camera can be a complete minefield, trust us...we know! 

After years of working with leading trail camera brands we have tried the good, the bad, and the ugly of the trail camera world. From budget amazon offerings which give you a week of frustration then stop working, to high end, expensive trail cameras which promise much but often don't deliver.

That is why we created OS Wild Trail Cameras and, with the help of our experience, our trail camera guide below will get you perfectly prepared for your journey into using trail cameras. 


We've all been there, browsing the web for a product and coming across a fancy page which goes something like...

"This product can save you time, money, and maybe even your life by using its quadthrusher 86000 turbo"

OK, maybe not exactly like that...but the point is there is a lot of unhelpful and confusing jargon out there.

There is a lot to go through but the three main specifications that can be misleading can be found below. 

Megapixels - This is perhaps one of the most misleading pieces of info you will find on trail camera websites. Claims of 40, 46, or 48mp are totally unfounded, and refer to the interpolated image size. The crucial factor is the standard megapixel rating of the sensor, these can be anywhere from 2 megapixels up to 13 megapixels, like in our OS Wild 4K DS MAX and OS Wild 4K DS SOLAR cameras. 

Video resolution - Another area of contention is video resolution. In order to achieve true video resolution, such as 1080P or 4K a sensor has to be a certain resolution. For true 1080P video a sensor must be at least 2 megapixels and for true 4K video it must be at least 8 megapixels. 

Trigger speed - This is yet another area which can be misleading. If you see a quoted figure of under 0.2 seconds then we would take it with a pinch of salt. What this is referring to is the reaction time of the motion sensors, and not how quickly the photo/video recording starts after motion is detected. Typically trail cameras can detect motion and begin recording in 0.3-0.4 seconds, which is still very fast. 

Beyond these three key specifications there are many others which can affect just how good, or bad, a trail camera is. However, learning the above information is a good starting point. 


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OS Wild Trail Cameras - THE ETHICAL CHOICE

Chances are that if you are here and reading this text you are looking to buy a trail camera for observing wildlife. 

OS Wild trail cameras stand out from the crowded trail camera market in many ways and perhaps the most important factor is that they are the ethical choice. 

Our trail cameras are designed to support conservation projects, monitor wildlife, and manage predation and disturbance. 

Due to our love of wildlife, we do not sell out cameras to the hunting market and we have provided many trail cameras to conservation projects in the UK and abroad. 


As you can see the trail camera market can be a confusing place to shop. This is why we not only offer a range of high performing trail cameras but also offer a completely ethical range for every budget. 


If you would like more information about choosing the best trail camera for you then please email us below

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