We’ll teach you how to program a trail camera to get the results you want from it. This might seem quite difficult if you’re just getting started and don’t know where to begin.
You’ll be guided through programming different types of trail cameras from some of the major brands.
By the end of the guide, you’ll be ready to get started and set up a trail camera for shooting wildlife for research, or security purposes.
Let’s jump into the guide!
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How to Program a Trail Camera the Right Way
We’re going to look at programming Victure, Blaze, Xikezan, Apeman, and more. We’ll show you how to program these trail cameras and more.
You’ll have practical and specific steps to follow to get the trail camera set up just how you want it.
Let’s get started!
Victure Trail Camera Instructions and Settings
Switch the camera to “Test Mode” by moving the slider at the bottom of the unit (when you’re holding it upright and looking at the screen).
The first thing you need to do is to format the SD card to FAT32 from your PC. This will allow it to record larger videos and photos.
Head to the Menu and scroll down the options until you see “Format”. Click “Ok” and then select “Yes”. The screen will go black while your memory card is formatted.
Now, let’s move on to the settings and programming the camera:
- Camera Model: Choose between camera only, video, or camera plus video
- Photo Size: Can be set up to 12MP if you need high-resolution for game counting and research – but remember that they take up more space and use slightly more battery power
- Video Size: Should be set to either 1080p or 720p depending on how important the video quality is to you
- Video Length: Video length can be set from 1-60s up to 10-minutes
- Interval Length: This refers to the time between photos or videos – a longer interval will be lighter for the batteries
Play around and test these settings to get the right setup for you. If you’re using it as a trail camera, you should decide on the picture interval or video length beforehand.
Bear in mind that higher resolution photos and videos will take up more storage space and deplete the battery faster, so you’ll need to find the right balance for your situation.
Clobo Trail Camera Manual and Basic Settings
Start by switching over to test mode by sliding the switch just under the menu navigation buttons.
Just like the Victure trail camera, the Clobo also has the same 3 shooting modes. Select the shooting mode that best suits you and move on.
Let’s move on to the settings:
- Video Size: Should be set to either 1080p or 720p (if you want to save storage space and don’t mind sacrificing a little quality)
- Photo Size: Needs to be set at 12MP or 16MP for acceptable quality, especially for night shots
- PIR Interval Rate: This uses the IR lights and drains the battery far quicker. This Clobo camera has a unique 2-second option for high-action shooting and will give you a time-lapse effect
- PIR Level: This controls the intensity and range of the infra-red (IR) lights when taking photos (keep it on low unless you need more brightness in your night shots)
- Infrared Lamps: Can be set to hunting or security depending on your needs
- Capture Number: This controls the number of photos that will be taken at each interval – only use faster rates for high-action scenes as the battery drain is significant
- Video Length: Ranges from 10-seconds up to 5-minutes
- Correct the clock to your current time and set timestamps to “Yes”
- Time-Lapse and Timer-Settings: These are situation and you’ll need to play around with them if you’re planning on using them
Blaze Video Trail Camera Manual and Basic Settings
As with the other trail camera, hit the “Menu” button and select your mode: camera, video, or camera plus video.
Here are the basic settings:
- Photo Size: This ranges from 3MP up to 16MP
- Video Size: Can be set to 480p, 720p, or 1080p. Higher-resolution takes more power and storage space
- Video Length: Ranges from 3-seconds up to 30-seconds
- Interval: The default is 1-minute, but can be set anywhere from 5-seconds to 60-minutes
- Sensitivity: Don’t set this as high for any trail shots, as it’ll drain your battery and glitch out easily
- Date & Time Stamp: Set these for your current time zone and enable time-stamps as they’re very useful for research and data
- SD Card: You can decide between stopping all storage when it gets full, or cycling the storage by deleting the oldest footage and photos when space is needed
That’s it! This trail camera is super user-friendly and one of the easiest models to use if you’re just getting started and want a smooth and simple experience.
Xikezan Trail Camera Manual and Settings
Once again, you’ll have access to the same 3 camera modes as the other cameras: photo mode, video mode, and photo plus video mode.
Here’s a breakdown of the essential settings you’ll need to adjust:
- Time Out: You’ll have four options to choose from (1 min, 5 min, 10 min, and 20 min). This adjusts the time between the PIR shots being triggered.
- Resolution: You can set the camera to take photo’s up to 8MP (interpolated from the 5MP sensor) and 720p video
- Video Length: This adjusts how long the duration of each triggered video is
- Burst: You can choose between 1, 3, and 5-shot photo bursts and an additional video mode. It’ll save you a ton of space and time sticking to the 1P option
- Date and Time: Set this according to the time zone you’re in. You can also enable time-stamps here.
- Memory Full Action: Decide between deleting the oldest photos and footage, or stopping additional writing to the memory card when it gets full
That’s it for the basic settings. While it’s quite a bit simpler than many other trail cameras, it’s also a little on the limited side and you don’t have access to 1080p video or 12MP+ photos.
Toguard H70 Trail Camera Manual and Settings
Remember to format the memory card via the menu the first time you turn on this camera with a new memory card inside. Flip the switch on the camera’s interface over to the “Setup” mode.
Let’s check out the settings:
- Camera Mode: Choose between camera, video, or camera plus video
- Photo Resolution: You can choose from various resolutions ranging from as low as 3MP up to the highest setting of 20MP. This is very high quality and will take up quite a lot of storage space per photo. You’ll get around 4100 photos at 20MP, whereas you’ll get around 10500 photos at 8MP on a 16GB SD card.
- Video Resolution: You can set videos to shoot from as low as 240p @ 30fps, up to 1080p @ 25fps. You’ll get just over an hour of footage on a 16GB SD card at 1080p25fps.
- Video Length: You can choose any value between 3-59s, and 1-10 minutes for the video duration
- Audio Recording: This decides whether the camera will record audio or not. This will have quite an impact on battery life, though not as much as long video recording times.
- Shot Lag: You can instruct the camera to delay the shot for a set amount of time between 5-seconds and 60-minutes after it first detects an animal.
- Sensitivity of Motion Sensors: Choose between high, medium, and low. We advise you to keep this at medium
- Target Recording Time: You can set the camera to start recording at a specific clock time. Make sure you set the date and time of the camera accurately before using this setting.
That’s it for the basic settings. You should be able to get quite a versatile setup with this camera.
How to Use a Trail Camera for Security
Depending on your trail camera make and model, you’ll need to adjust the following settings for your specific setup. Here they are:
- Remove any shot delay so that the camera starts recording as soon as motion is detected
- If you’re using photos, set the interval to 5-seconds or less once the motion alert is triggered
- Set the sensitivity of the sensors to medium, as high could be triggered by cats and dogs
- Use the highest resolution photo and video possible
- Have at least a 32GB SD card in the camera
- Keep the camera out of reach
- Remove the card and back up the contents often
That’s it for our guide! Well done for taking the time to get informed and ready to get better quality footage and photos.
Take what you’ve learned here on how to program a trail camera and put it into practice on your specific setup. With a little practice and patience, you’ll be getting the results you want and better performance from your trail camera – good luck!