Pictures and films capture the best moments of our hunting experiences. In fact, many of today’s hunters film their hunt to show to their friends, colleagues, or to post online for everyone to see. There could be a million reasons to film your hunt. For me, one of them is to capture the hunt on tape. I want to record my mistakes, my successes, and the adventure and thrill of the hunt. Enough about me. Today, we’re gonna talk about the best hunting cameras for recording your hunts. So read on to learn what’s the best the in the market right now!
What Are The Best Hunting Cameras For Self-Filming?
When talking about hunting cameras, a few things come to mind. In addition to image quality, ability to film and shoot in low light, and price, you also need to consider its durability. We know for a fact that the outdoors isn’t a place for shabby equipment, so the gear we buy should withstand rough conditions. Summing it all up, I’ve come up with a short list of the best hunting cameras in the market today!
Action cams are the best choice for any outdoor excursion because of their lightweight and compact built that no other camera can offer. Furthermore, the Hero4 offers a wide 1080p, 30 fps recordings that will capture everything in the general direction you point it to. Lastly, there’s a low-end option for the Hero4 depending on your budget starting at $299 or the Black version which is at $399.
What makes the Rush Cam perfect for hunting is that it has a shape resembling that of a bow’s stabilizer, so you can mount it where the stabilizer is. It adds a few more ounces, but you have a stabilizer and camera that records your activity. Plus, there’s not even a single doubt when it comes to this camera’s durability. The Rush Cam is highly recommended for bow hunters and rifle hunters alike.
Blackmagic Design Micro Cam
The Blackmagic Design Micro Cam incorporates action cameras’ compact design with the versatility and HD images of a DSLR. Furthermore, it has remote access features that allow you to film at angles you couldn’t get while on a tree stand. The price might sting at a whopping $995 but I think it’s worth the investment.
Canon Vixia HF G40
Another great contender for the best hunting camera is the Canon Vixia HF G40. All of the Canon Vixia series are excellent at producing high quality 1920 x 1080p videos, but the price gets higher. With the Canon Vixia HF G40, you can go as high as $2000. This is the camera for professionals. The only downside with this camera is that you’d need a camera arm on your stand, or a tripod if you’re on the blind, so it can kill mobility.
The FDR-X1000V is splashproof, which makes it a great pick for rainy days. In addition, you’ll be able to shoot 4K stills and excellent video quality with remote access as well! The image stabilization on the FDR-X1000V is so superb, providing you with crisp images despite all the movement. All these at $499 but the remote, waterproofing, and shockproof accessories aren’t included. Nonetheless, I still think it’s a fair price for Sony’s action cam.
GoPro Hero Session
If you want to shoot up to 1440p in video resolution, the GoPro Hero Session is what you need. It’s waterproof, lightweight, and you can easily mount it anywhere. Plus, the Hero Session has the ability to capture videos in low light without adjusting anything. Furthermore, the GoPro Hero Session is waterproof and ultralight which makes it a great outdoor hunting cam.
Ditching the action cams and DSLR’s? If so, the Panasonic HC-V770 is the ultimate all-around camcorder because it works great with all outdoor activities. You might need a camera arm, but the video quality is crisp and smooth, giving you quality up to 100 fps. Some hunters prefer to review their shots so a camera with high fps (frame per second) like the HC-V770 is most suitable for the task. It provides the smallest details in slow motion allowing you to analyze the shot well.
For hunters filming their harvest, you can’t get better video quality than Panasonic’s HC-VX870 for less than a thousand bucks. While some cameras soar well over the $2500 mark, Panasonic’s HC-VX870 closely competes with them when it comes to 4k filming. In addition, the camera weighs only 14 ounces, you can bring it anywhere on the field. Although, you might wanna handle these Panasonic cameras with care ’cause they might succumb to the elements.
Sony HDR-GW77VB Waterproof HD Camcorder
When you’re up on the stand or down on the ground, the only element you really want to look out for is water. However, Sony’s HDR-GW77VB is waterproof, so you can take rain out of the picture. The camcorder takes excellent footage and stills but the only issue I have is its screen. LCD screens are way off when you’re hunting in broad daylight making it hard for you to see what’s on it. Nonetheless, Sony’s HDR-GW77VB still makes the cut for the best hunting cams due to its small, compact design and video or image quality produced.
Garmin VIRB Elite
Now here is a true product of innovation as the perfect blend of action cam and GPS. VIRB Elite is able to produce 1080p video footages at 30 fps with digitally stabilized images. In addition, your movements are all tracked and recorded via GPS. Another sleek trick from this awesome action cam is the ability to connect to your smartphone thru WiFi to remotely control the camera. You can easily place it on the stand or on the field for a closer view on the game.
The Tactacam might just be the best hunting camera in the market today. Instead of producing a wide angle perspective, you’ll see a more realistic view with the Tactacam 2.0. The footage you get from it is insanely close to what you’re seeing with the naked human eye thus letting your audience experience the harvest firsthand. In addition, there’s no hassle when a game appears 30 yards away from you as its single button turns it on and starts recording instantly. Lastly, it’s waterproof and compact that allows for easy mounting on your bow or rifle.
VantagePoint Outdoors shares their take on the best hunting cameras on this video so click play to take a look!
Whether you’re looking to review your harvest or you just want to share the fun with everyone, these hunting cameras are all excellent for those purposes. Although cameras that produce higher quality videos can cost more, it surely worth the investment. So if you’ve got the budget, don’t hesitate to invest in these cameras. Wish I had one of these bad boys when I was a young buck. It is always thought-provoking to witness how technological advancement can make you relive the good ole memories of an irretrievable past in full HD. And lastly, feel free to share your thoughts with us through the comments section below!
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