Wildlife cameras are rapidly gaining in popularity as a valuable tool for passive wildlife monitoring. As a professional ecologist, it’s easy to see how they could be used for ecological monitoring, for example, determining occupation of a badger sett or otter holt, or even establishing the presence of rare species, for example, the Scottish wildcat. Clearly the value of a wildlife camera stems from the fact that unlike a surveyor, a wildlife camera can remain in the field for days, weeks, even months in some instances.
It was during a recent training and networking event in Perthshire, that we finally gained some initial hands-on experience with camera trapping for pine marten and Scottish wildcat (see our blog from 8 March 2017). So, with our curiosity suitably piqued and recognising the onset of a busy survey season, where such a tool could add value to our services, we made a decision to speculatively invest in our first wildlife camera. However, with a veritable buffet of cameras to choose from, we initially struggled to sift our way through the various options and features on offer from a wide range of manufacturers.
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The precise red illumination helps reticle visibility, and the German glass is bright and clear. We loved the lustrous black finish of the 30mm tube and its mounting dimensions.
Les jumelles les plus utilisées par les chasseurs pour l'affût crépusculaire du sanglier sont celles à objectifs de 56 mm. Elles sont également appréciées pour la chasse du gibier d'eau à la hutte. Test de terrain des MINOX BL 8x56.
2016 has been a ground-breaking year so far and started with me going Metric. For some time I have used a variety of units on a number of scopes but whereas it didn't bother me too much when hunting, my high magnification and precision optics were always M.O.A., no Miliradian. With new metric rangefinders and 1st focal plane delivered into my life, the day has come and I am now an mRad dialler, with 1cm@100m clicks on ALL my scopes and this was the last big decision.
I have shot this MINOX scope type for over 18 months now on several guns, my own personal unit going ont a custom Remington in 260.
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For more composed shots | Minox DCC 14.0
This Lilliputian shooter looks like a toy or perhaps a gadget the circa-60s James Bond might have carried to surreptitiously snap nefarious goings-on. But the DCC 14.0 is actually a fully functional 14-megapixel camera, styled to look like a classic German-made SLR.
Given its specs, the DCC 14.0 might appear limited at first. The camera has no built-in flash and struggles in low light (not surprising given how tiny its sensor is). Video is captured at a paltry resolution of 640 by 480 pixels—a far cry from your smartphone’s HD movies.
So beyond its very charming form, why bother toting the DCC 14.0 around? For its surprisingly accurate optical viewfinder, a feature usually found only on larger cameras. Instead of thoughtlessly tapping a touchscreen, you bring a camera with a viewfinder up to your eye and take the time to frame your shot.
It’s a small shift that can change the way you think about photography—and it’s available in a camera that’s small enough to pack as an afterthought.