What do you think of when you hear the words “trail camera”? Probably hunting deer and catching your games on camera, but you can use it for more than just finding a game.
Gone are the days when trail cameras are only used for hunting bucks and wildlife photography. Nowadays, more and more homeowners are switching to trail cameras to use for their home security system.
But what about the perfect home surveillance camera system that has been specifically designed for this purpose? By comparing a cellular trail camera with a wireless security camera, we will weigh the advantages of these two camera systems and find out a few main reasons why trail cameras could be the better option for your situation.
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The difference of security camera & trail camera
1. Video Feature
The biggest difference between a security camera and a tracking camera is that the security camera captures video 24 hours a day for real-time viewing and playback, while the tracking camera captures photos or short videos only when the motion sensor is triggered.
If you are looking for a 24-hour feed, a security camera is definitely your best choice. But keep in mind that the power requirements for this feed are very high, so if you plan to follow this route, it’s best to use a wired system and plug it into a power outlet rather than a battery-powered wireless system. Unless, that is, you don’t like the idea of changing the battery every few hours.
For many models of surveillance cameras, it also provides 24-hour video input and audio input, which means you can listen to the monitored area. Not only that, you can also transmit voice through the camera, allowing communication with friends or enemies at the other end.
As for the trail camera, although many models can capture audio alongside the video, they do not have the bidirectional capabilities of a surveillance camera. So if this sounds like your indispensable feature, then obviously, a security camera is your best choice.
3. Battery Life
As we saw before, taking constant video consumes a lot of power. Therefore, it is difficult to recommend a battery-powered wireless security camera until the battery has greater power capabilities.
This is where trail cameras are unique. Because they only take photos or videos when necessary (that is, when someone or a large animal is active), they are an excellent energy-saving device while still capturing all important actions. With standard alkaline batteries, taking 15 photos and 15 10-second videos every day (day and night) (via night vision), you can expect to change the battery approximately every two months.
4. Operating Temperature
Ever left your phone out on a bitterly cold day? If so, you know that they can easily die if exposed to very low temperatures. The same is true for many types of security camera, which are mass-made and therefore designed for use in average-temperature climates.
The trail camera, however, is a much more rugged device, primarily intended for use in deep forests and mountainous areas. Therefore, you can feel secure in knowing that your trail camera will continue to operate at temperatures down to as low as -30ºF and as high as 149ºF.
5. Covering Range
This is where the difference between the terms ‘wireless’ and ‘cellular’ matters. Both cellular trail cameras and wireless security cameras are ‘wireless’ in the sense of having no wires.
But for security cameras, “wireless” also means relying on the wireless internet in your home to transfer and store captured video. If you plan to connect the security camera within 100m of the WiFi box, and farther away, it is very good, and you are lucky to receive the signal.
Cellular trail cameras, on the other hand, use the same cellular technology as cell phones. So, just as you can use your phone wherever there is a phone signal, you can use the rear camera in the same way, allowing you to install the device over a wide range.
Why Should You Use Trail Camera as a Home Security Camera?
Here are the following advantages that you should consider by turning your trail camera into a security camera:
1. It can help you save money. You don’t need to buy a new set of CCTV cameras to protect your property.
2. Trail cameras can be easily hidden. Compared to standard home security cameras, trail cameras are designed to blend with the surroundings. Therefore, you can easily hide your trail camera in one of the crevices or posts in your house. The thief or anyone will never know that there is a trail camera installed in one of the corners of your property.
3. It notifies you of the problem immediately. If you use trail cameras with wireless download feature, it will automatically send pictures directly to your phone if it detects movement from a distance. Imagine if the thief is breaking in your house and the trail camera sends picture real-time, you have a chance to capture the burglar and turn him over to the police.
4. It is easy to use. Compared to other security camera systems, setting up your trail camera is easy and hassle-free. Hiding your camera in the forest is one thing, but in your house, it’s easy as washing dishes.
The Importance of Home Security Camera
Studies revealed that one in every five crimes took place at the victim’s house or near their property. Aside from that, every 3.7 seconds, property crime is happening all over the world.
So, if you are contemplating if you should install a home security camera or not, you should think twice. You are 33% less likely to be attacked if you have a game home security camera system. And why take your chances of being the next victim if you can turn your trail camera into a security camera?
This is important, especially if you have little kids. You need to provide a safe and comfortable environment for your family. Therefore, installing a home security camera must be considered by every homeowner.
It’s amazing how useful a trail camera could be. Aside from wildlife photography and hunting, you can also make use of it to protect yourself and your loved ones.
For this coming off hunting season, you will probably steer away from the forest. Take advantage of the season and use your trail camera as a security camera. The thieves will never take an offseason when they broke into someone’s house. Don’t be the next victim of a robbery and other property crimes.