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I know nothing about trail-cams. I'm hoping you guys can help me out.
I want to count the number of cars that go past my house on a weekly basis. Will a trail cam with infra-red flash capture the picture of a car at night and not alert the driver to its presence?
I can place a T-C within about 40 feet from camera to opposite side of road. Will it still pick up a passing car?
The 'why' of the traffic count is a long story. It has to do with Calcium-Chloride application for dust control. The amount of the application is based on traffic volume.
Thanks for any help...
I have two watching my road. I get a photo of every car coming in and going out. One camera gets the license plate.
I set the time that the infared starts. Prior to that, flash is activated if it is too dark.
Humans cannot see the infared flash without night vision.
My cams have a small red LED that flashes when they sense movement. Cover that with a piece of tape.
Infared in the daylight will give you a pink photo.
One of the fur people stands watch.
Here is what I bought them for:
I know very little about trail cams as well but I'm learning. I made the mistake of buying 3 Bushnell cams from Walmart.
The Bushnell cams are a POS.
Their warranty is a POS.
Their customer service is a POS.
Their technicial service is a POS.
The Bushnell cams turn themselves off during use. I determined it was occurring with a temp/weather change. i.e. Condensation! I called the factory and explained what I was seeing. The technician said it could not be moisture since the cam is sealed with an O-ring. I tried, twice, to explain condensation and the fact that a sealed box will cause condensation! He kept repeating, their boxes are sealed to keep moisture out.
I was an electronics technician for 35 years and have seen and fixed this problem many times. I took the tinest drill bit I could find and drilled a hole in the bottom of the door. The hole is so small rain will not blow in and bugs cannot get in, but, the inside air can stabalize allowing condensation to dry rather than short out the electronics.
I did this to all three of my cams and they have not shut down since.
Bushnell cams also do all kinds of wierd things as well. Flash will fire in broad daylight, neither flash nor infared will fire in darkness, infared will activate in the middle of the day, etc. Programming seems to be a suggestion.
I have not spent any time checking this out.
I had one unit to fail so I sent it back to the factory. They sent me a letter telling me their policy is to replace the unit rather than repair it. So, if I would send them $130 plus $16 for shipping they would replace my unit. I originaly paid $150 for it at Walmart!
I said, "I'll send you $16 to send it back, I'll repair it!"
So, bottom line, I will not buy anymore Bushnell products. I have heard good things about CuddyBack but they are expensive.
I am interested to hear comments from other users.
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