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Well what the heck, trying another one.Tasco 8mp from Walmart $29. Just set up today. At least this one takes more than one picture every 15 seconds. As you can see in my initial pictures the color stinks, but just about all of the pictures I get of predators, which is what I am looking for, are at night anyway so they are black and white. It really fluctuates between bright and dim pictures. The sensitivity is good, I am happy with how easy it triggers and it triggered with me walking about 15 or 16 yards away, I did not try further than that. The trigger speed is slow, I ran past the camera and it did not get me in the frame. I was about 5 yards away from it. The field of view is also somewhat narrow, that doesn’t help a slower trigger speed any. This one comes with a strap which is nice, although I quickly learned how cheap the latch is. It broke when I put some tension on it. So it’s tied on. LOL, it works. We’ll see how it does through the week. Hopefully have more pics next weekend. Oh, and this one has loops for a cable lock, definitely a plus.
 

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Well here are a few of my first weeks pictures. I have to say I am pleasantly surprised with the performance of this camera. It’s trigger sensitivity and distance is good, and trigger speed is a little better than I initially thought. When I went to check it today, I ran past it probably 2 yards further away then I tried last week, and ran a little slower. It quickly triggered and captured my image.
The daylight pictures are probably a 50-50 mix of dark and bright images. The picture quality is it weakest point. Color is poor in daylight, and nighttime pictures are a little grainy.
At $29 I am very satisfied overall at this point. Definitely would buy it over the wild game innovations that I’m posting about on another thread.
 

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I have one that worked great for about 5 months but now it doesn’t seem to want to take pictures unless you get within 5-10 ft of it. The picture quality was exactly how you described and about what I thought it would be for a cheap camera. For 28.00 I’ll get another. It worked better the primos or the stealth cams I got this summer.
 

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I had a Moultrie on a stake on the edge of my pond in the yard. I pull the cards every week to check them. unbeknownst to me it fell over and was under water for a week. I took it into the garage and pulled out the card and batteries and just figured it was all junk. I put the camera on top of my heater and set the batteries to the side. took the card in and had a nice picture of it hitting the water. that was 3 weeks ago. saw it today and thought what the heck, stuck the batteries in it and it says no card. put a card in, set it on the bench and walked by a few times. pulled the card and it is working. I put it back out today, hard to believe!
 

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I had a Moultrie on a stake on the edge of my pond in the yard. I pull the cards every week to check them. unbeknownst to me it fell over and was under water for a week. I took it into the garage and pulled out the card and batteries and just figured it was all junk. I put the camera on top of my heater and set the batteries to the side. took the card in and had a nice picture of it hitting the water. that was 3 weeks age. saw it today and thought what the heck, stuck the batteries in it and it says no card. put a card in, set it on the bench and walked by a few times. pulled the card and it is working. I put it back out today, hard to believe!
Probably not trying to use it, just letting it set and dry out was the best thing for it. Great to hear it's working.
 

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Latest pics. The coyote is at 17 yards. Very happy with trigger sensitivity. So far I will say the shortcomings of this camera are the sometimes dim daylight pictures, rain droplets on the lens with every rain, and poor picture quality you would expect from a bottom end camera. Picture quality really shows up when you try to zoom on a picture, as in the last picture here. It is a screenshot off my phone.

But at 29 bucks I am really loving this camera. It is capturing what game is present, and that is all I am asking it to do.
 

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Thanks for the review! I may get one or two of these to try.
I don’t need anything fancy and I have a real hard time investing in a top end trail cam only to leave it on public ground.

Does it seem like all of the animals are hearing it take pics?
 

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I have the same camera and was very surprised that it worked as well as it did. For the price I couldn't leave it on the shelf and found out it worked better that both of the wild game innovations cameras that I also ran this year. I plan on getting a couple more for next year. The land I hunt is what I call semi private (lots of ATV activity) and for the price if they disappear I am not out much money.

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I might have to get one. For the price I think the pictures look pretty go. How is the battery life ?
 

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I found out it worked better that both of the wild game innovations cameras that I also ran this year.
Have Wild Game Innovations on another thread. It’s ok but I would definitely by the Tasco first.
 

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I might have to get one. For the price I think the pictures look pretty go. How is the battery life ?
Can’t yet say. I’ve only been using it since the beginning of this thread.
 

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I'd say what you are getting is better than you have a right to expect from a 29 dollar camera. Good luck going forward.
 

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i like the cheaper cameras. if they get stolen...so what. i have a primos easy cam. works great and excellent battery life, takes photos only. you have to set it looking up or down trail as the trigger speed isnt the fastest. if some goes across it and happens to be to close, you wont get anything but a photo of the woods or field.


i also have a wild game innovations terra 10, got it as a gift, i think my son said it was on sale for 30 bucks. takes great 30 second video and has excellent battery life.


gonna buy some tasco or something when they get marked down for clearance after Christmas.
 

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If you google primos quick shot, you’ll find a $20 camera at dicks sporting goods. Meh, don’t like buying from there or FAS but I did. The cams are pretty quick, do 3 burst or video. No way to lock camera face so sd card/batteries can be stolen. I’ll rig something. A bit blurry on faster motion but for my purposes, there is strength in numbers.
 

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I appreciate these reviews on the "more affordable" trail cams as I've been thinking about placing a few cams up in the Poconos that I won't be able to check for months at a time. I'm thinking that a cam left in one spot for that long on public land could walk or be eaten by a bear, whichever, I won't be out a lot of money. Probably will lock them to the tree with a python lock that costs nearly as much as the cam itself!
 
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