Since its inception in 2002, Wildgame Innovations has built a stellar reputation for itself as a leading manufacturer of high-quality trail cameras. Several different Wildgame trail camera models are available, but which one is right for you? We’ve tested and reviewed three of the company’s most popular trail cameras below, and we’ve also provided you with some helpful tips on how to compare each of these three models.
Things To Consider
Wildgame Innovations has a wide variety of trail camera models. Here is a brief breakdown of each game camera series produced by Wildgame Innovations as of 2016:
- The 360 series is exactly what it sounds like. It can be mounted on a pole and give you a 360-degree view.
- The Clock series is a line of economical models. These cameras are useful for home protection, but they do not come standard with camouflage designs.
- The Nano trail cameras are designed to be sleek and compact, thus allowing you to conceal them easily.
- The Vision series is known for capturing high-quality photos and videos, and they come with varying levels of LED flash capability.
- The company’s Crush line of game cameras are extremely advanced and often the cameras of choice for hardcore professional trackers.
- The Blade models are ideal for experienced hunters who need to track animals both during the day and at night. They offer an attractive combination of features and options at a competitive price.
By knowing what you’re looking for you can narrow down your choices and compare the trail cameras that make the most sense for your needs.
Top 3 Best Wildgame Innovations Game Cameras
Wildgame Innovations Blade X6
The Blade X6 has a six megapixel camera and is able to record videos in 480P quality. This trail camera comes standard with a 36-piece infrared black flash to aid nighttime recording. It has a 50-foot range and a trigger speed of just 1 second.
This Wildgame trail camera accepts memory cards of up to 32 megabytes, and the company states that you can get up to one year of battery life out of the 8 AA batteries (not included) required for this device. Alternatively, you can use the 12-volt battery box to add external power to this trail camera.
This trail camera is protected in a weatherproof, durable plastic housing and its “Tru Bark Texture” camouflage allows it to be easily concealed. Additionally, the Blade X6 comes equipped with Time Lapse Mode so you can survey a large area over an extended period of time.
Another useful feature of this camera is the ability to adjust the distance and range settings. You can choose between a short, wide view; a normal view; or a narrow, long view. This is extremely helpful when you have a specific area that you want to target.
Wildgame Innovations 360
This camera is truly an innovation. Unlike most other trail cameras, you can use this model to capture photos and videos in a full 360-degree range by using a “T” design mounting post. This trail camera has a 12 megapixel camera and the ability to record 720P high-resolution videos of up to 30 seconds.
Its black infrared flash has a 70-foot range and the trigger speed is a mere 1.5 seconds. You can get up to six months of battery life (8 AA batteries not included) with this trail camera, which is compatible with memory cards of up to 32 megabytes.
The design of this trail camera is state-of-the-art, and it is weather-resistant and comes standard with a tree-bark style camouflage for concealment purposes. If you want to capture images and videos at night, you’re in luck. The Wildgame Innovations 360 is equipped with a 36-piece LED system that works at night without alerting your target, thanks to a “black flash” infrared lighting system.
Wildgame Innovations K7B5G Cloak 7
The Wildgame Innovations K7B5G features a 32-piece LED, high-intensity, “lights out” flash system which provides you with the capability to capture photos and videos at nighttime without alerting your target to the camera’s presence.
This trail camera is equipped with a 7 megapixel camera for crystal-clear picture taking, and when using video mode you’ll be able to take advantage of the 480P video quality during both day and night. The K7B5G also has an advanced stamping feature that places date, time and moon phase information on each photo taken.
Wildgame designed this model with a durable casing that comes standard with a woods-style camouflage design, and the device is built to be water resistant and weather endurable.
You can use memory cards of up to 32 megabytes with this trail camera, meaning you can store thousands of pictures or dozens of hours of video before needing to download the data and clean the card. Additionally, thanks to the one-year battery life estimation provided by Wildgame Innovations (8 AA batteries not included) you can have peace of mind knowing that your camera will continue functioning for months at a time without you being forced to replace or recharge the batteries.
Comparison – Which Unit Should You Choose?
Now that you know all about the features of each of these three Wildgame Innovations trail camera models, how can you compare them and determine which one is best for you?
If high-resolution video quality is what you’re after, the 360 model might be right as it takes 720P video while the other two models only go up to 480P. Additionally, the 360 gets its namesake from the fact that it can capture movement in any direction, giving you the benefit of detecting targets anywhere within its 70-foot detection radius.
If you want the most economic trail camera, the K7B5G deserves a closer look. It’s very affordable and it still affords you the ability to track targets during day or night. It also has a neat time stamp feature so you can document when and where targets were spotted. However, the K7B5G is slightly larger than the other two models and it only has 32 nighttime flash LED pieces, whereas the other two models have 36.
The Blade X6 has the fastest trigger speed of all three models at just 1 second flat. If you’ve been having trouble with trail cameras that only capture the tail end of a target, the Blade X6 can fix that for you. It also has a respectable 50-foot detection range.
Each of these three Wildgame trail cameras can accept memory cards of up to 32 megabytes, and they all have expected battery lives of up to one year. They all have durable, camouflage designs and they share the same infrared flash system (although the K7B5G’s flash system is slightly less powerful. So, based on your needs as a tracker and hunter you should now be able to decide what’s important, thus allowing you to choose the Wildgame Innovations camera(s) that will suit your requirements.
How To Set Up & Use a Wildgame Trail Camera
Setting up and making effective use of a Wildgame Innovations trail camera is quite easy, but there are a few tips that can help you get the most out of the device.
- Although it sounds like a no-brainer, reading the manual until you’re clear on how to set up and use the camera is highly recommended.
- After removing everything from the box and verifying that all contents are present, you’ll want to turn the camera on and update its firmware. Updating the firmware regularly will fix any software bugs and help your camera operate as it should.
- Next, insert your memory card and take a few test photos from various distances, at different angles and with varying degrees of light. Repeat the procedure in video mode, and with as many different settings as possible. Enlist someone to help you with this because it’s easier to test your camera at home than when the camera is already mounted. One mistake that many rookie trail camera users make is failing to test their cameras thoroughly before mounting them.
- When you’re satisfied with the testing results, it’s time to mount the trail camera. You can do so using a purchased or homemade mount, or by using the standard trail camera bungee cable that comes with many Wildgame Innovations trail camera models. The most important thing is to make sure the camera is secure.
- You can mount the camera anywhere, but most hunters prefer a location that is close to but not directly on a trail, and cameras are usually mounted slightly higher than eye-level. Wildgame trail cameras have camouflage designs, but we suggest that you protect your camera in a lock box and/or add some foliage around the camera for extra concealment. Be sure to avoid obstructing the lens or flash, as this is another rookie mistake to avoid.
- After the camera is mounted, conduct a few more tests to make sure the settings are configured the way you want them to be, and then switch out the memory card so you can download the test photos/videos at home. To get the most value out of your trail camera, organize your downloaded photos and videos meticulously. Delete useless info but use the other videos and images to determine the times, weather conditions, etc. that draw out your targets. One of the biggest regrets of trail camera users is that they failed to organize the information in a way that allowed them to track animals properly.
We hope this article on the best Wildgame Innovations trail camera reviews has been helpful. You should now be well-equipped to make an informed decision on which trail camera is right for you, and you probably also know more about setting up a trail camera and how to compare various models than you did previously. If you have used any of the aforementioned Wildgame trail cameras, or if there’s another Wildgame trail camera model you prefer, we’d love to hear from you. Happy hunting!