1. What is the range of the sensor on the Treebark digital trail camera?
The sensor range will vary depending on season, or temperature. In summer months the sensor will detect out to approximately 15 yards. In the winter it can detect out to approximately 25 yards. This is due to the fact that the sensor is sensitive to heat motion and in the summer the air temperature is not all that different than body heat, so a body will need to be closer to the unit in the summertime to set off the sensor. In the winter months the sensor will detect body heat much better. All Treebark digital units now come with a sensitivity adjustment.
2. How is the camera's LCD for reviewing photos in the daytime?
The rear LCD of the D-360L camera is 1.8" screen, or 1.6" x 1.2" in size. With 3 x LCD viewable zoom capability, it is fairly large compared to the LCD screens of most other digital cameras. Unless you are in direct sunlight, the photos will appear bright and clear. Try and keep the unit in the shade when reviewing photos. It is best to do a quick review in the field on the camera's LCD screen and then replace the card for another and view and save on your home computer.
3. How long will the camera's internal Nimh "AA" batteries last?
The recommended internal batteries for the camera are Nimh "AA" rechargeables. 2100 up to 2500 mAh are recommended. These are great digital quality batteries ideal for digital cameras. They will last for approximately 150 - 200 photos depending on how many are day and/or night shots. Reviewing the photos will also reduce the battery life of the "AA"s. It is recommended that when checking your camera in the field, to do any/all photo reviewing first and then replace the internal Nimh batteries with a fresh set. Lithium AA's will last much longer than Nimh AA's. Although not rechargeable, these Lithium AA's will last for two months or 800 photos.
4. When should I bring in my camera for the season?
The Treebark digital unit will withstand extreme cold like no other digital unit. It is not uncommon to have great photos taken at -35 C. However, battery life may be decreased. Expect 25% less battery life at -25 C, and 50% less at -35 C.
Note: Remember, in the winter you will leave a trail in the snow leading right to your camera. For security and piece of mind, many users bring their trail cameras in for the winter.
5. I seem to be getting a lot of photos of nothing.
There are two basic reasons for this. The first is the sunshine issue. Point your camera north in the winter and south in the summer. The second reason will be if the sensor battery power is low, below 6 volts. This will trigger the sensor on its own. Change out the sensor batteries if under 6.0 volts if the board power supply is rated for 6 V. If a 9 volt supply is used, change the battery if the voltage is under 8 volts.
6. I get a lot of back-end photos of animals.
The Treebark power-up style trail cameras power up and take a photo in under 2.5 seconds. The best trail set up is out in front 3- to 5-yards. It's hard to say just how fast an animal will be traveling down a trail, but if you find the only or best tree is at 3-yards or less from the trail, try to angle the camera along the trail. Another trick is to kick a mock scrape on the trail to try and stop the animal. This mock scrape works very well and most animals will stop to check it out.
7. Can I use my trail camera for security purposes?
This is one area that we will be exploring in 2008. Definitely yes. Security for farms and acreages is a possibility. The only area of concern is the concealment of the unit. If a stranger is on your property and they know their photo has been taken, the unit will more than likely be lost or damaged. The camera can be programmed to not flash, or work in day only, night only, or both. Encasing the unit in a birdhouse at the entrance to your property is one suggestion. We are just now starting tests on security units with IR (invisible) flashes for security purposes.
8. Is there an advantage to an IR (invisible) flash?
The Treebark power-up style trail cameras come with a standard (white) flash. We offer the IR flash on a custom order basis. Check out our Test Bench Page for updates on our IR flash testing.
9. Will video units soon be available?
This is one area that we will be exploring in 2008. Definitely yes. Our base Sony camera units do already take daytime video clips. For night clips a flash array is needed, and IR is suggested. Check out our Test Bench Page for updates on our IR video testing.
10. Is there really an advantage to having a trail camera with a removable camera?
The Treebark power-up style trail cameras allow for the camera to be removed for every day use. This is advantageous if you are in need of a regular good quality digital camera in a pinch. If you have no need for using your digital camera out of the case, then there would be no advantage.
11. Will Treebark be building transmitted image units?
We are currently conducting our own tests on these types of units. We will not be offering the instantly emailing styles of camera units, but we will focus on short range transmitter/receiver units. This would be ideal for those who have an acreage or cabin within a mile of the area they want to monitor. Transmitter/receiver unit information coming soon.
12. I have a digital camera. Will you build my camera into a unit, and how much would I save?
A common question we are asked at trade shows and via email. We are staying with the basic three or four camera models that we currently use. This is based on their shutter response time, flash range, battery life, noise, photo quality, and the ability to function in extreme cold conditions. If you have one of the models we use, you can save $80 to $180 off the price of your unit.