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    trail cam that allows viewing of images

    Do any of the commonly available trail cams (Bushnell etc) come with a screen that allows you to see the images without having to take the memory card out and plug into some other device?

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    I use little acorn for mine which allows this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ah8217bris View Post
    I use little acorn for mine which allows this

    Same here, although I have 2 memory cards and generally just swap them out as the screen is pretty small and the buttons make an annoying beep.

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    I had a Ltl Acorn for a few years and was very happy with it. If I had somewhere to use it I would buy another tomorrow.

    The screen is fine but as someone has already said, the easiest thing to do is use two cards. Where the screen is useful is in setting up the camera when you just want to walk about in front of it to generate a few pictures to check all is ok.

    It is worth spending the money on high capacity cards, I used the Scandisk Extreme. I found that the no name, buy one get one free type batteries from my local garage worked very well. Mine also had the extra battery pack on the back.

    Be aware that there are counterfeit Ltl Acorn products on the market so buy from a reputable dealer. I think the main trail camera specialist is in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.
    Last edited by Glyn 1; 20-07-2015 at 09:21.

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    Thanks for the replies so far.

    I don't need something with super resolution - just something that will allow me to distinguish deer from sheep (and, at a pinch, bucks from does).

    Cams will be quite a hike in, so want to be able to leave them for a week, walk in, check what's been past and then decide whether to shift the cam or not. Want to avoid having to hike out, load card onto computer, check, then hike back in if I decide to shift the cam.

    Aim of these is to build a picture of where deer are/aren't on a new bit of ground.

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    Have you thought about a cam that emails you the photos?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicowilson View Post
    Have you thought able a cam that emails you the photos?
    I take it you've not encountered the joys of Scottish cell coverage? I'm lucky if I can send a text message from parts of my garden in suburban Edinburgh - let alone images from a camera on a remote hillside!

    Would be nice, though.

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    Another option, especially if you already have cameras, is that a digital camera will usually display the images on a camera card providing it deals with them in the normal, standard, manner. So you can simply take the card out of the camera, slip it into your digital camera and view the images. This often had the advantage that the screen on the camera is reasonable quality and it can zoom and pan around the image etc. so considerably more useful than the tiny camera screens. Most people have, or have access to, a digital camera and would often carry a small pocket one in the field anyhow so often this doesn't even mean carrying more gear.

    Bushnell cameras certainly offer this feature - in the past I would have recommended their older model cameras but the supply of them is drying up and I haven't used the newer model year ones but they don't get very favourable reviews. You should note that all trail cameras, with the possible exception of Reconyx, are cheap electronics in a cheap plastic box which you then leave in the weather 24/7 so they have a limited life and all of them are prone to bugs and other problems with operation.

    These people take their cameras really, really seriously so it is worth browsing their forum, and even asking your question:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mungo View Post
    I take it you've not encountered the joys of Scottish cell coverage? I'm lucky if I can send a text message from parts of my garden in suburban Edinburgh - let alone images from a camera on a remote hillside!

    Would be nice, though.
    Fair point!

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    Bushnell and Moultrie have Ethernet connection.

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