Camera traps are intended to be easy to use but there are a few common, easily rectified issues people can run into.
Absolutely the number one cause of camera trapping issues is incorrect or low quality batteries.
The majority of common problems users encounter, such as not recording at night or cameras not turning on, are nearly all due to battery issues.
We strongly recommend that you avoid Duracell batteries. Instead plump for Philips Alkaline (for low-end camera traps) or lithium batteries such as Energizer Ultimate Lithium. Lithium are 5x better than alkaline batteries, and also are impervious to cold - a very important consideration if camera trapping in the UK!
Rechargeable batteries can be used in camera traps but have a much quicker depletion rate and need to have a minimum current of 2500mAh – they will last approximately 2 months compared to the 6-9 months other batteries can offer (depending on usage).
Not recording any wildlife?
Has your camera been out for a while but not picked up any activity?
Camera trapping takes patience, practice and a little bit of luck.
Animals can be elusive and unpredictable but getting to grips with the correct settings and placement is also an important step in helping you record wildlife activity.
You will find a ‘tips & tricks’ quick guide card in your parcel (with most models) when your camera trap is delivered from us. This will provide you with some basic dos and donts when using your camera.
If you want more in-depth help and advice to get optimal use out of your trail camera, we run full training courses on camera trapping for wildlife monitoring independently and with national organisations, which you may find useful.
Low-Glow or No-glow LEDs?
All camera traps will either have low LED’s (also known as white or standard) or no-glow LED’s.
This can be a bit confusing when choosing a camera.
It’s essentially a choice between having a camera less detectable by human and wildlife eyes or a larger LED range and thus brighter image quality by about 30%.
A more detailed look into the practical differences between the two options can be reviewed here.