I have worked with trail cameras for the last decade and I would NOT recommend any trail camera selling for less than $50. In my experience these are (understandably) unreliable – generally a cheap import.
There are several trail cameras available for under $50, but make sure it is a new trail camera with a warranty or some other type of guarantee.
Beware of pre-owned trail cameras. They could be out of date, be a faulty clearance trail camera, have missing parts or functions. Or they could even be stolen and that applies particularly you buy it on classifieds website. Tip: if there is no warranty then be sure that you are buying a lemon.
Another tip: the more information there is online about any given make or model, the more likely you are buying a tough, reliable and long-lasting trail camera.
If you absolutely can’t afford a trail camera above $50 then take a look at these models at Amazon. At least they are new and you have some kind of recourse if they turn out to fall short on promise:
Ten features to check when choosing a trail camera:
- Image resolution
- Video capability
- Response speed
- Is the camera body waterproof
- How is the camera powered? (Usually AA batteries)
- How long do the batteries last?
- Is the manufacturer well-known and reputable?
- Do you get a warranty with the camera
- Are the online reviews favorable?
- Price, compared to similar models