Snowlynx and I decided to treat ourselves and get a trail cam for Christmas... but being on a budget, we had to opt for an auction on Ebay. We kept getting outbid, but today managed to have the highest bid on one that will hopefully arrived sometime in the new year.
It's coming from China, so we're hopeful that the thing will work, (I don't fancy trying to send it back for a refund) and before it gets here I'll need to find the right sort of memory card to go in it.
We're looking forward to seeing what the foxes get up to at night- and probably get lots of footage of neighbourhood cats. Still, it will be exciting setting it up and trying it out! I'll probably be on here asking for lots of tips and advice on how to use it.
Along with the memory card, a set of recharageable batteries and a charger are useful too. Normal alkaline batteries will be be very expensive in the long run.
I don't know if all trail cameras are similar but on ours the eight batteries it uses are not installed in what I think is the normal way. The first four go + -, - +, + -, - + however, the second four batteries do not follow this pattern. They go - +, + -, - +, + -. Hope this makes sense
Viewing the videos in the morning becomes addictive.
I've been doing searches for a memory card for it, but I'm going to hold off buying one until it arrives and we can make sure it works, (we've got a memory card that can temporarily be taken out of another gadget just to test it.) I use rechargeable batteries in my two cameras and a motion detector light in the bathroom, but I'm not sure I've got eight... will have to invest in a few more, it looks like. I've found Eneloops hold a charge really well, but they're not the cheapest!
I do like that mini-tripod... it's the sort of thing that would be useful to take on holiday, too.
It actually arrived the Saturday before Christmas... and as far as we can tell, it actually works!
Bit of a challenge, because the instruction manual is rather hopeless... no information at all about how to open the battery compartment, but fortunately a reviewer on Amazon included photos with their review showing it open so we were able to figure it out from that. (Who writes these manuals, anyway??)
We've taken some photos and a video with it, and if the weather permits tomorrow we're going to have a go at positioning it outside.