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Trail cameras: Still photos or video capture?

February 26, 2013 at 08:18 PM

This picture of white-tailed deer bounding away was my favorite picture taken Monday afternoon.

I always take my cameras, even when swapping out SD cards in my trail cameras.

And when I put out the trail cameras, I always set them for video capture.

I find scrolling through countless photos of deer looking down or away frustrating, and video gives me at least some control.

Motion triggers the camera, just as it does for still pictures, but then the camera captures a one-minute video of what happens next.

Video also gives me a look at behaviors of wildlife and a front-row seat for some of the drama that occurs when I’m not there.

This camera, a Stealth Cam, was set up on a fence post that was the highest spot in a restored prairie at the Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary.

A couple of weeks ago, I photographed short-eared owls there.

So I found a perch in the prairie and hoped the owls might take advantage of the high spot.

Instead of owls, I got this clip (above) of northern harriers harassing a Cooper’s hawk.

Below is my first experiment using trail cameras to capture video shot in late 2011:


This video was shot with an older model Moultrie Game Spy camera that captured SD video which is low resolution by today’s standards.

The newer Stealth Cam captures HD video and sound.

But I’m not giving up on my still cameras.

The best pictures I took Monday were on the walk to check the cameras and on the drive home.

A flock of wild turkeys was spotted on the way home.

A pheasant takes flight over the prairie.

I would be interested in hearing your thoughts? Video or stills? Do you set your trail cameras to video?



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