Trail cameras are a great way to capture photos and videos of the wildlife in your area, but you may wonder if they work through glass. In this article, we’ll discuss how well trail cameras work through different types of glass and offer some tips for making sure your camera works properly.
Trail cameras, in general, do not work through glass. For the most part, you’ll need to remove all windows and other forms of transparent or mirrored surfaces from your trail camera’s field of view. If you don’t, the PIR sensor will not be able to detect motion and start snapping photos.
If you’re using a game camera with a video option, this would be an appropriate time to mention that some models can capture footage through slightly tinted windows (sometimes called “cat-eyes”), such as factory car windows or windshields that have been treated for heat protection.
However, since only certain models offer video mode and window tint varies significantly depending on who applied it and when (not to mention if it’s factory or aftermarket), the only way to tell for sure is to test it yourself.
How to help your camera work through glass
You can use scotch tape to cover up any glass surfaces if you want to experiment with your camera. This will keep your camera from actually taking photos, so make sure you have an SD card in the camera before taping over any windows.
If you don’t mind ruining a few disposable cameras, this is another good option for testing whether the tint on your car windows is light enough to allow game cams through – just stick one of your old disposables facing out toward the window and drive around. Then check back at home to see if anything was captured on film!
The next best solution that does not involve removing glass is to mount the game cam on the outside of your vehicle instead. That way you can simply drive around keeping track of where it’s aimed until you get to an area where game activity has been spotted.
Once you find a spot, switch the camera over to video mode (if it offers one) and keep moving at least 20 feet every 5 minutes or so to ensure that the PIR sensor stays active.
Glass types that are difficult for trail cameras to work through
Note, however, that many trail cameras do not focus well when they are in video mode (but if yours does, you’ve got a much better chance of capturing footage without having to move the camera).
We recommend using your game cam in photo mode instead. It will take higher quality images with less “noise” (fuzziness) in them.
If you’re still skeptical about whether or not trail cams work through glass, consider this: would you be able to see out of any type of window where your game cam is pointed? Remember that reflective surfaces like mirrors and windows act like one-way mirrors in police investigations – only the person inside can see out because the material is so highly polished.
This is why, in most cases, we can see out but not in when looking at glass. Trail cameras are unable to take photos through any type of glossy or mirrored surface because it interferes with the PIR sensor’s ability to detect heat-based movement when there are no direct rays of sunlight hitting an object.
To sum up how well trail cams work through glass: you should never have to worry about your game camera seeing in if something walks by outside while you’re not home. However, once you remove all reflective surfaces from your field of view, you should be good to go! We hope that clears things up!
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