Posted: 07/01/2015 at 15:33
Things I would consider when buying such an item.
1. Is it fully water and weather proof? After all its no good if it doesn't work in the rain or is designed so that it falls to bits in the rain and allows snow to sit upon the lens.
2. How is stores the images. Are we talking about it saving them onto an SD card that I must go and retrieve to insert in my laptop, does it send me images by Wi-fi (no everyone has wi-fi in their gardens of course), or for more remote areas (for instance I would love to have such a device at the very top of our three storey museum to broadcast images of the birds nesting in the roof broad casting onto a screen on the floor below, I'd also be interested in putting them in my pear tree near a nesting box at home - neither easy to get at to recover an SD card!) Does it would with a phone sim card automatically texting or emailing me pictures when it detects motion
3. Power source. I am not going to be impressed if its running on batteries that need replacing every week. At the same time I don't want to drag a car battery around with it! Perhaps it is solar panelled but what if I want to hide it in the trees or bushy undergrowth. Is the solar panel attached or (like my fairy lights) are they on length of electrical wire so that they can be placed up to a metre away.
4. Does it have a flash? I can't see the point in a flash. How sensitive would it need to be to work in what weather conditions and what if it scares the animals? Infrared cameras would be ideal as they'll also work in fog / rain / typical Yorkshire grey and damp.
Hope it helps!