Will a 64Gb SD Card Work in A Trail Camera?


Will a 64Gb SD Card Work in A Trail Camera?

The answer is probably. But, to be 100% sure it will work in your trail camera, you need to check the compatibility of your camera with a 64 Gb card and you also need to ensure that your trail camera does not require a specific file type (e.g. exFAT) for recording photos and videos onto an SD card.

64Gb SD Card Compatibility Checklist:

Can the trail camera accept a 64 Gb SD card > Yes ___No___

  • If yes , chances are you can ignore this article and enjoy your new storage capacity!
  • If no , read on…

Does the trail camera take an SDXC card?

An SDXC (Secure Digital Extended Capacity) is slightly different from regular SD cards.

Will the trail camera allow you to use an SDXC card?

Some cameras (e.g. Bushnell Trophy Cam HD: http://www.bushnell.com/cameras/trophy-cam-hd) do not allow this and will only accept a maximum 32 Gb card, even if the specification of the card states that it is an SDXC card (64Gb).

  • If your camera does not take an SDXC card, chances are you can ignore this article and enjoy your new storage capacity!
  • If your camera takes an SDXC card > go on reading…

Does the trail camera require exFAT for recording photos or videos onto an SD /SDHC/SDXC card?

Some trail cameras only accept the FAT32 file system. If that is the case, your maximum available storage will be 32 Gb regardless of what card you use.

Is the trail camera’s firmware up to date?

Trail Camera Viewers are adding new features all of the time, some of which may require a firmware upgrade or an update for compatibility with newer cards.

Does your firmware version support exFAT?

Can you find any information about limitations on SDXC cards in your manual/on-line help section/instruction video?

If necessary, contact the manufacturer before purchasing a larger capacity SD card.

What to Look for in a 64GB SD Card for a Trail Camera?

Before you head out to get that 64Gb sd card for your trail camera, you should know about things that may get in the way of your plans. These are compatibility issues which you can find here on this page. 

To be specific, there is a possibility that the SDXC standard used by some cards will not work with your trail cam. This is because certain brands and models use a slightly different variation in the specification. Like I said before, a 64Gb sd card may work in your trail camera but it’s best to check beforehand if these things apply to you:

Mainly it has to do with what type of memory controller is built into your trail cam – either SDHC or-I/UHS-I/UHS-II. We’ll get into more detail about this later on, but for now just know that you have to be really careful about this because SDHC and UHS-I memory cards are not compatible with each other.

(If your trail cam uses a UHS-II card slot, then these things will not apply to you so you can chill out.)

To help determine what type of memory controller your trail cam has, look carefully at the model number on the back. It should be printed in fine print underneath where it says “(for) California customers.”

Basically if there is no mention of any of these identifiers on your camera, chances are high that it’s a standard SDHC controller:

  • Full HD 1080p
  • 1080P or above for FullHD
  • HDR, WDR, OIS, GPS

If you have a trail cam that has a memory card slot and you’re wondering what type of cards go in it – well don’t worry. I’ll help ya out.

The SDHC memory card standard is used by manufacturers to differentiate from regular SD cards and high capacity ones. As the name suggests, an SDHC controller was designed to support cards with storage capacities between 4Gb and 32Gb while SD cards max at 2Gb capacity.

Also note that if your trail camera says that it either supports or requires an “SD” card then it’s using the older standard which only supports up to 2Gb maximum capacity (1024Mb).

If your trail camera has a UHS-II card slot, I’m pretty sure that it can handle up to 128Gb so you don’t have to worry about compatibility issues. You could probably go higher but why push it? I always aim for the middle ground – especially when it comes to buying things which require other things, like a memory card and a trail cam. It’s best not to get anything bigger than what you need because after all, those cards are expensive.

And if they’re too big then there will be wasted space on them because SD cards max out at 2Tb maximum capacity (1,048,576 Mb). So if your card is greater than 2Tb then there is no data on it, nothing is stored on it – it’s all unused.

Also I would not recommend getting anything under 4Gb capacity because compatibility issues may arise. Do expect some firmware updates in the future to fix any bugs with cards of small capacities though.

What are the Risks?

None really if you get a compatible card but there are risks involved if you do get an incompatible one. You can’t use them to store pictures or videos on or access their contents either while using that trail cam which requires another type of memory controller.

That means these things will just keep sitting around taking up space until you return home and find out what went wrong so read carefully! Like I said before, be really careful about this especially when buying more memory cards in the future.

Not all brands are aware of these compatibility issues so they will market their products using non-standard names which is confusing – you might think that they are compatible when in fact they are not.

Check my list above to figure it out. Or if you’re lazy, just buy one of each and try them out! If something goes wrong then at least you know what didn’t work with your camera.

How to Install a 64GB SD Card for a Trail Camera

Most trail cams require that you format a new card before it can be used. It’s best to get into the habit of formatting your cards after each use so they’re ready for the next time. I have a bunch of 16Gb cards and only have one 64Gb card because it would take too long to fill up all those slots with 128Gb cards, but I do love replacing my 32Gb ones with larger ones when the price drops enough for me to justify buying them.

I’m sure you’re wondering how much storage space is left on your card but keep in mind that not all cameras display this information despite including it in their settings menu – some just show available memory instead which just makes things more confusing. Happily many of them do show the amount of space used so hopefully yours does too.

Here’s how you can check your camera’s available memory without formatting it first:

  1. Turn the trail cam on and remove its SD card – now insert it into your computer.
  2. Open up My Computer or This PC (Windows) or Finder (Mac).
  3. Browse to the card’s directory through My Computer/This PC/Finder depending on what OS your computer is running on.
  4. Find a folder called DCIM which should contain subfolders for each media type that is compatible with that trail cam – they include JPG, RAW, MP4, MOV, AVI and possibly others like BMP, but just look for the ones you normally use.
  5. The number of files and folders will tell you how much space is available as well as how much space has been used. If it’s full then there isn’t any more room left, but if it’s only half-full then that means up to half its total capacity can be used by you!
  6. Rinse and repeat with your next camera and so on…

What About More Than One SD Card?

For a few dollars more, 32Gb cards are a lot more practical and save you a ton of time when formatting them. The only reason why I bought the 64Gb card was because it was on sale at the time for 40 USD which is cheaper than two 32Gb cards!

It’s important to know which SD cards are compatible with your trail camera before you start filling up all of the slots. If there is a problem, it will become immediately apparent and you’ll be able to troubleshoot accordingly. You can also check how much storage space remains on your card without reformatting it by looking in the DCIM folder for files or folders that correspond to what type of media they store – JPG, RAW, MP4, MOV etcetera.

If all else fails and you can’t figure out why your memory card isn’t working then just reformat the card with the trail cam itself to start over.

Don’t forget that formatting will use some of your storage space so if possible, try not to do it too often! Better yet, just buy lots of cheaper 32Gb cards instead…

Bill Toro

I’m Bill Toro. I have been invited by my best friends to go camping with them when I was bored with my life. That all It’s a game-changer for my entire life. This site is all about things I found interested useful while camping. It’s will be something that helps you have better camper moments.

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