Night wildlife camera

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Night wildlife camera

Night wildlife camera

In nature, the night is just as full of life as the day, it’s just that many of us never get to see it. For many creatures, night is the only time you can see them.

Night vision is a common feature on many of the more professional trail cameras, but it’s definitely a feature worth having. A camera with night vision will still capture footage during the day, but also get that priceless footage of nocturnal animals going about their way.

Some cheaper cameras will use a simple “white light flash”, just like on a common digital or smartphone camera. This type of flash is OK as an entry level feature, but if you’re wanting top-quality photos, you really need infra-red. Normal flashes have two main faults: firstly, they can create a glare on the images, reflecting in the animal’s eyes and any other shiny surface; secondly, they can startle an animal, meaning you don’t get to capture them casually eating or walking, but usually looking with surprise at the camera, that’s if they aren’t immediately scared away, and it also causes distress to the animal.

Infra-red uses light that’s invisible to the animal, it won’t startle them and it doesn’t glare. Many cameras are now good enough to produce crisp, clear images in infra-red that are almost as good as natural light.

There are two main types of infra-red flash, no glow and red glow. Red glow cameras give out a slight red glow when shooting, while no glow versions are invisible to the human eye. Red glow cameras tend to take better nighttime pictures than no glow options.

Night vision cameras aren’t just a good thing for catching shots of animals at night, they are also a good way to snap good images of creatures from inside their dens or placed in the shadow of rocks or undergrowth.