Best Hunting Video Cameras

Best Hunting Video Cameras

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When it comes to choosing a video camera for hunting, there is no doubt that this can be a daunting and overwhelming task. The choices and options are wide and varied. The price of the camera surely will play a huge factor in in determining which video camera you ultimately choose. You will also need to consider the level of quality of the video recording and playback you desire.

Nikon D4S 16.2 MP CMOS FX Digital SLR with Full 1080p HD Video

Nikon D4S 16.2 MP CMOS FX Digital SLR with Full 1080p HD Video (Body Only)

The Nikon D4S DSLR Camera is a really good camera that features a full-frame, FX-format 16.2MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED four image processor to produce high-resolution still images and full HD 1080p videos with notable image detail, quality, and sensitivity. As a result the combination of these two technologies affords you exceptional image quality that is marked by smooth tonal gradations as well as very clear, yet accurate, color reproduction in addition to an expansive dynamic range.

This camera captures photos and video in a variety of lighting conditions, and the D4S also features a broad unique sensitivity range, from ISO 100 to 25,600, which is further expandable to an equivalent ISO 409,600 to allow working in low-light conditions. This is a top-of-the-line camera and has an eye-watering price tag. This camera, albeit expensive, is an excellent choice for a camera of this caliber.

Pros

  • 2 MP FX-format CMOS sensor
  • 30 percent faster EXPEED four-image processing engine
  • 51-point autofocus system and 3D Color Matrix metering III with a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
  • Produces noise-free images from ISO 100 to 25,600
  • Professional video and audio capabilities
  • Fast autofocus
  • 11 frames per second and keep subjects that are moving in focus
  • Huge buffer capacity
  • Works well in exceptionally low light
  • Better auto white balance than D800
  • Improved video recording capabilities

Cons

  • Expensive for those on a budget

While this is not your typical hunting camera, the D4S represents a top notch camera and is definitely one of the best that is available on the market. Its world-class features and its ability to put you right in the thick of the action is simply second to none. Even though this is a really expensive camera, it is worth the money.

Spypoint Hi-Definition Video 1080p 5MP Hunting Edition

Spypoint Hi-Definition Video 1080p 5MP Hunting Edition, XCEL HD HUNT ED

This compact action camera allows you to capture full HD 1080p footage of your hunt. This camera is perfect for mounting on your bow or scope and allows you to replay, enjoy, and share every moment of your hunt with a wide angle video. The camera has a waterproof camo housing to protect it in inclement weather. The camera allows you to choose between video, photo, or a time lapse mode and has the option to start and stop the camera manually or with the included remote control.

Additionally, the XCEL HD is fully compatible with a vast range of accessories that are designed for various sports action and outdoor activities. The camera is waterproof up to 30 feet, is shock resistant, has sound recording capability, uses a micro SD card memory for recording, and has USB and TV-out ports (NTSC/PAL).

Pros

  • Great value for price
  • Mounts on your bow, scope, or forehead
  • Features camo waterproof housing
  • Video, photo, or time lapse mode
  • Waterproof to 30 feet.
  • Shock resistant
  • Sound recording
  • Micro SD card memory recording
  • USB and TV-out ports (NTSC/PAL)

Cons

  • Micro SD card is not included in package
  • Sound can be a muffled in the case

This camera truly puts you in the thick of the action. With its flexible mount system, this camera is really a joy to have. Additionally, this camera gives you a variety of options. It is waterproof and weather resistant making it both durable and a good investment.

Midland XTC285VP 1080p HD Wearable Action Camera Breakout Case with Image Stabilization and Universal Mount Video Camera

Midland XTC285VP 1080p HD Wearable Action Camera Breakout Case with Image Stabilization and Universal Mount Video Camera (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

The Camouflage XTC285VP in the Mossy Oak Breakout pattern is a wearable video camera offering full 1080p HD for a crisp, clear picture. Additionally, the lens focuses from five inches to infinity guaranteeing that you never have to miss a shot. The Midland XTC285VP Video Camera is the pinnacle of all camouflage video recorders for a hunter who wants to covertly be a part of the action.

The camera comes with two different video recording options (1080p or 720p) and produces very clear high definition video that includes audio as well. It also has image stabilizers to reduce blur while the camera is in motion. This feature in particular is important as it is what makes this the ultimate video camera for all hunters looking to get some video footage in the woods.

This camera is absolute value for the money.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • 1080p high definition for a crisp, clear picture
  • Image stabilization
  • Quiet operation option
  • Mossy Oak Breakout Camouflage pattern
  • Rapid charge 900 mAh lithium ion battery for up to two hours of recording
  • Submersible case included for using the camera in depths up to 200 feet.
  • The micro SD card slot will accommodate up to a 64 GB card (not included)
  • Approximate record times: 11 minutes per GB in 1080p HD, 13 minutes per GB in 720p HD
  • Compatible with Win XP SP2+, Vista, 7, 8, MAC OS X 10.4+
  • Very versatile
  • Lightweight
  • Price makes it very affordable

Cons

  • Camera tends to record on its own
  • May have difficulty telling if the target is a hit

This camera is similar to the Spypoint High Definition as it is also wearable on certain hunting apparel. Another camera that puts you in the thick of the action, the image stabilization is a highlighted feature of this camera. This camera represents a really good alternative to other more expensive options.

Conclusion

So these are my picks for hunting video cameras that really stand out from their competitors. My personal pick among them is the Midland XTC285VP; not only for performance but for price as well. If you are not limited by your budget, the Nikon D4S DSLR Camera is an optimal choice. If you are looking for a mid-range model, the Spypoint Hi-Definition Video 1080p 5MP Hunting Edition is a great choice. Happy Hunting!

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