Tips For Selecting Webcams

Webcam or web camera, is the loosely used  term for any camera that generates images that can be accessed by and displayed  on the world wide web through a server. A webcam is  essentially just a camera that is connected to a computer, either  directly or wirelessly, and gathers a series of images for remote display  elsewhere. Webcam technology is widely used by all sorts of people for all sorts of different reasons.
Webcams have crept into homes, businesses, public  streets and buildings. Webcams are often used for personal use in the home by  parents who want to give distant relatives visual access to their children or  want to monitor what goes on in the home while they are at work. People
Bushnell Trophy Cam XLT Night Vision with 2 inch Color Viewer - 8MP

Bushnell Trophy Cam XLT Night Vision with 2 inch Color Viewer - 8MP

might  also use webcams in the home to keep an eye on things while they are out of town  or even just to see what their pets do all day. The uses of a webcams are  limitless. Businesses often use webcams for video  conferencing, and webcam technology is used by numerous other entities to  give the public access to a variety of information, from weather and traffic to  the feeding habits of the most recently acquired zoo animal. Some schools and  day care facilities use a webcam to allow parents to see what their children do  at school. Hunters use Web Cams to scout terrain for bear, deer, elk and other critters in the woods.  Bird watchers use Web Cams to monitor the activity of new born chicks high up in the trees.  Now that you know some of the uses for webcams, I’ve provided a list of things below to consider when selecting webcams for your purpose.
Tips for selecting webcams
  • The types of batteries determine how long the webcam will operate.  Game scouts and hunters often prefer webcams that support lithium batteries vs Double AA batteries because lithium batteries last longer.
  • The size of your webcams is important.  Many people prefer small webcams so they are easy to keep hidden.  Others like small web cams because they will be able to carry several in their pack and position them at multiple locations
  • Make sure you know the supported mega pixels because the quality of the photos will be determined by this.  Webcams may support 3, 5 and up to 8 mega pixels; usually more money for more pixels.  5 Mega pixels is normally fine these days.
  • Consider the maximum length of video clips the webcam can handle.  60 second video clips are common today.
  • Night Vision is a cool and sometimes necessary feature if you want to detect animal movement when it’s dark.  The Number of LEDs on the webcam will determine the strength of the flash during the photo.  Consider webcams with as many as 30 LEDs for good night vision.
  • Make sure you understand the maximum size of SD Card supported by the webcam.  Some models today support up to 16GB.
  • Make sure you know how many photos can be taken and stored on your SD card.
  • Make sure you can set the Interval between taking pictures
  • Having a Date & Time stamp on your photos will help you get a strong understanding of the movement of animals in your area
  • Consider how you are going to want to mount the webcams.  Some webcams come with brackets to mount on tree.   Maybe you want to mount your webcam on a tripod stand.  Or prehaps straps are adequate to mount on objects in your area.
  • If you are going to mount your webcam on a tree, make sure nearby branches won’t hit the webcam during strong winds.
The Bushnell Trophy Cam XLT Night Vision w/2″ Color Viewer – 8MP meets most of the criteria above for selecting webcams so I suggest you check it out along with others and remember, “The Joy is in the Journey”.
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