Infrared Video Cameras for Wildlife

01 May 2014 06:07 - 01 May 2014 06:09 #1939 by wildambience
wildambience created the topic: Infrared Video Cameras for Wildlife
I've been looking into getting some portable IR security-type video cameras which can live stream video to an Android device and are battery-powered. The main purpose would be for use in a hide where we could monitor real-time activity from the safety of the hide and without having to disturb the wildlife with torches. (eg. in Malaysia we sometimes spend a night at a hide overlooking a salt lick - problem is, you can't see anything without a torch..)

Has anyone any suggestions on equipment which might do the job?

Thanks

Marc

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01 May 2014 09:29 - 01 May 2014 09:29 #1946 by Paul TW
Paul TW replied the topic: Infrared Video Cameras for Wildlife
Hmmm.... very interesting. I have been pondering this since reading your post. How do you do the live streaming though? Would you need a wifi network or cell signal? By cable would be simple and cheap, laptop computer and video baby monitor.
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01 May 2014 11:50 #1947 by wildambience
wildambience replied the topic: Infrared Video Cameras for Wildlife
Not sure about the wifi - what got me thinking about it was borrowing my brother-in-law's GoPro & connecting it via wifi with my Android phone. Live view worked quite well, so I thought surely there is something on the market, perhaps for the security market, using infrared cameras & a similar wifi setup to the GoPro.

I found this as an option: www.amazon.co.uk/Tenvis-IPRobot3-Network...=tenvis+night+camera

Looks interesting, but not sure how/if can get something similar but battery powered or how it would hold us with some light rain in the field.

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01 May 2014 13:05 #1948 by Paul TW
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Good point, P2P, that never occurred to me for some reason. Should be good for short distances.

Google "wifi trail cam" and click on "images".

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01 May 2014 16:50 #1949 by onflipflops
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Maybe a stupid idea, but how about just use a red filter on a spotlight and place it somewhere in the trees pointing down on the saltlick? They say many animals are oblivious to red light...

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02 May 2014 14:57 #1954 by wildambience
wildambience replied the topic: Infrared Video Cameras for Wildlife
Not a stupid idea - it could work too. However, I like the flexibility a trailcam would offer, & the fact it can record what we might miss from the hide. I'll keep searching to see what I can find & post details of anything that might be of interest.

Thanks for all your answers/suggestions!

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02 May 2014 16:55 #1955 by onflipflops
onflipflops replied the topic: Infrared Video Cameras for Wildlife
The trail cam I have - an LTL Acorn 5210MM - has the option to insert a simcard (obviously you would need cell signal) and transfer images to your email. I haven't tried this feature yet, and I doubt it would be the best solution. Though it could be interesting to place such cams at the trails that lead to the salt lick. Then at least you will be notified of what might be coming your way...
It has live view (a screen on the backside) in test-mode, however it adds some colored leds (red and blue) to test which motion sensor is active. I have no idea if this is normal in all trail cams, perhaps it is, I'm new to this.

After your request I did a short google search for a heat-sensing camera, it would be great for night walks/ drives. But when I read a review writing "a new affordable cam" and then saw the many-thousand dollar price I thought: Hmmm, maybe not...

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