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Trail camera question about rain

Post  elevated on Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:19 am

anyone ever have a problem with their trail cams with all the rain we get here in hawaii? I was thinking about getting a moultrie trail cam but I'm worried about rain damage. thanks
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Post  Babooze on Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:52 pm

I never had a problem. I believe the cams are weather proof.

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Re: Trail camera question about rain

Post  Nic Barca on Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:30 pm

Sorry beforehand for this long post. I've been lucky enough to try multiple brands and had many problems because of the moisture here. Solution: dessicant packs. If you are using it in a dry area, no problem, but if you are using it in high altitude areas which get clouds, or even the windward lowlands, you should take some precautions. Get a model with a good watertight housing and add new desiccant packs each time you open it. If you are in such high altitude that there are clouds, you can get problems with accumulated moisture due to condensation and humidity. To solve this problem, get a model with good quality air tight housing and add a new dessicant packet each time you open it. If you are in the lowlands, you will probably be fine with whatever model so long as it has a waterproof seal. I'd say if you are above 2000 feet windward, you'll probably get issues with moisture at some point.

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We used to use the Moultrie I-40 cameras. They worked really good, had good battery life (6 months on 6 D batteries) and took decent low resolution video with a picture after. The cameras had very low quality weatherproofing and would sometimes crap out especially during periods of heavy rain. The moisture had a tendancy to cause corrosion on the circuit board and the first thing to go would be the screen, then the buttons.

Moultrie discontinued that model and made the I45S which is partly open to the air. I really dislike this camera. The trigger speed often misses animals walking by on trails. It takes a photo before the video, then takes several seconds to save the photo before starting the video. Therefore all it's good for is a photo. It tends to break quickly in high altitude rainy areas (again due to air humidity, condensations and corrosion) but works okay in the lowlands.

I haven't tried the other moultrie cameras but so long as a camera has a good waterproof seal, it should be okay. Again, if you are so high up that there is cloud mist, you'll want to add new dessicant packs each time you open the housing. That should prolong the life. Otherwise, you'll start seeing water droplets forming on the inside and it leads to corrosion problems on the circuitboard. Other problems I've experienced was that battery connections would deteriorate and batteries would drain quickly.
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Re: Trail camera question about rain

Post  Dexter22 on Wed May 01, 2013 6:39 am

No problem, all trail cameras were designed to be weatherproof because it normally uses outdoor for several seasons. So, it must withstand to rain, cold and hot weather, sunlight as basic features. If you use the cam over a year, you must check its seal and replace when it's deterioration. If you are looking for a new cam, you can check out http://www.thegoodgears.com/Trail-Camera/ for top cams at this time.

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