Here is the run down for all the new trail cameras for 2009.
CamTrakker - Unit MK-8
After talking with Dan Stoneburner, the owner of CamTrakker, I found that his focus will remain the same as he continues to improve on the CamTrakker MK-8. Although this unit was released in 2008, changes have been made to the unit's firmware upgrades. The MK-8's most recent update has really made the unit very stable and is working great. If you have already purchased a Camtrakker MK-8 you should contact CamTrakker to make sure your unit is upgraded to the newest version.
Here are some of the highlighted features of the CamTrakker MK-8:
Adjustable flash ranges for both IR operation and Strobe flash operation.
Long lasting lead-acid battery life, included with purchase.
Easy to use & set-up
Ability to view photos in the field.
Easy access to both battery and SD Card
High quality images
Burst mode for daytime images
Recon Outdoors - Viper
The Viper is one of the latest additions to the Recon Outdoors line of Infrared digital scouting and security cameras. We will be adding Recon trail cameras to our site this year and we look forward to testing these units.
Here are some of the highlighted features:
New shape and superior functionality - this unit is extremely small
2.1 MP infrared images
You no longer have to open the unit to check cameras status
One keypad on the front of the unit allows you to view everything including picture count, battery voltage, available memory space all at a glance of any eye.
Available in no camo and Mossy Oak Tree Stand.
Bushnell - All New - Trophy Cam Model (119415) includes built in LCD color viewer & 119405 (B & W Text LCD)
You will not believe the size of this unit. It is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and is packed with some incredible features. This unit is so small you could fit them right into your pants pockets.
- 3 / 5 Mp high quality full color
- Day / Night Auto sensor
- Adjustable PIR (low/medium/High)
- Trigger speed less than 1 second
- Multi image mode - 1 - 3 images per trigger
- Temperature ranges / -5 - 140 degrees
- 24 infrared night vision LED's - 45 feet range
- Runs off of 8 AA batteries for up to 6 months.
- Video length up to 60 seconds.
- Requires the purchase of a SD Card.
- Model 119415 comes with color built-in LCD color viewfinder
In the photo above you can see how small the new Bushnell Trophy Cam is comed to the older units.
Reconyx - MC65 Solocam IR - All New for 2009
Reconyx introduced the next generation in digtail scouting with the Mathews edition Solocam camera.
1/5 Second Trigger speed
1 Photo per second
Lo-Glow IR - Semi-Convert
IR Flash range of 50 feet
CF up to 32 Gig - 4 gig card holds up to 10 - 15,000 photos
Color by Day / Mono at Night
1080 High Definition images
Operating tempatures - -20 to +120 degrees
Predator Trailcams - All new for the Xtinction & Evolution XR is "One touch set-up"
"One touch set-up feature" Install batteries, Insert storage device choose - one touch option ans walk away! Its that simple.
The Xtinction features included - Double Vision Technology which uses 32 or 48 "True" infrared emitters. With 32 emitters activated the nighttime range will be 25 - 30ft, depending on conditions and settings. If 48 emitters are activated the nightime range will increase out to 40+ feet.
High Resolution Images - 3.2 Day / 1.3 Night.
Both units come standard with Next Generation Camo.
4 digit securtiy code can be entered on both units to prevent theft.
Both photos and videos can be viewed in the field.
I have also been told that improvements have been made to increase the overall battery life of these units.
Moultrie Game Spy Management system - New units for 2009 Include the following features - (4 New Models)
Moultrie has really made some big improvements to their trail camera lineup for this year. Just about every complaint that customers had about these units has been addressed. They are smaller, the batteries and flash card are eaiser to access, and the trigger speed has been improved as well. The only thing that has been sacrificed in this year's units is they now take 4 D-cell batteries instead of 6, which will give up some battery life in order to acheive a smaller package. After looking at the cameras firsthand, I think it was a good trade-off.
Game Spy I-45 Includes -
- 4.0 Mega Pixel
- 50ft Flash Range
- Tempature, moon phase, time, date and camera ID on every photo and video
- Color during the day / IR during night
- Three picture resolutions / two video resolutions
- Operates on 4 D-cell batteries
- Upgradeable software
Game Spy I-65 Includes -
- 6.0 Mega pixel images
- 1.8 inch built-in picture and video viewer
- Barometric pressure
- Password security
- Time-lapse mode
- Four picture resolutions
- The I-65 Also includes all the features of the I-45!
Two other units, the Game Spy M-45 & M-65 are both available with the same features as the I-45 and I-65 except with a standard flash unit, not infrared.
But these great new features aren't even the best part about these new Moultrie units. With all of the new units you can at anytime purchase a modem which attaches to the unit and will wirelessly transmit images through AT&T's cellular network. Once the images are sent you can log into Moultrie's new Game Management website which will offer you private access to manage your photos, data and cameras all through your computer once signed up. I have to admit this is pretty cool that you can buy the moden attachment when your ready. Retail cost on the modem unit is going to be around $150.
The new Moultrie I-45 and I-65 trail cameras. You can see the overall package has been completely redesigned for this year.
The website being displayed above the Moultrie's Game Management site where you can manage your cameras and images when using the modem adapter.
New Cuddeback Units for 2009
The folks at Cuddeback are releasing two new units for 2009, however they are still in production and didn't have any working samples for us to look at or photograph. We did get some specs on the forthcoming cameras though. The two new units are the NoFlash X2 and the Expert X2. These are essentially upgraded versions of the old NoFlash and Expert units with a few improvements. The NoFlash X2 will take 5.0 mega pixel images during the day and 1.3 mega pixel black and white images by night. The interesting part about the NoFlash X2 is that it uses two separate cameras for taking pictures by day and by night., meaning each one is optimized for the best quality at both times. The NoFlash X2 also features 15 second delays during both day and night and you can set different delays for each. Video clips are now shot at 18 frames per second for higher quality.
Both cameras will now accept SD cards instead of CF cards (which are more expensive and harder to find than SD) and a new "Genius" mounting system. The Expert X2 has all the same features as the NoFlash X2 in a standard flash camera, however it only has a minimum 30 second delay at night and 15 second delay during the daytime. As soon as we get some more information or photos we'll be sure to blog about them.
It should also be noted that a new firmware version has been released for the Capture IR cameras, which greatly increases the flash range of these cameras. Visit Cuddeback's website to download the firmware and upgrade your camera today.
Most importantly we will be stocking, selling and testing all units right here at Bowhunting.com!
To view photo samples you can check out our new site - TrailCameras.com!