Thursday, June 7, 2012

Introducing Cuddeback Scouting Cameras!

Want a trail camera that is easy to use and set up? One that captures great images?  Recently, our sales staff had the opportunity to take a close look at the Cuddeback trail cameras, an exciting product line at Eagle Optics. Then, I decided to try one myself. All I can say is, "Wow!"

I live in the country, and every year about this time, I have raccoon mischief happening outside my house at night. Raccoons raiding bird feeders, raccoons stealing goldfish from my pond. Lately, I had a raccoon using the cat door to gain access to the cat food bowl. So every year, I learn to bring in the feeders at night. I no longer restock my little pond with fish. And I keep the cat door closed. Still, those critters are tenacious; I knew my experiment with the Cuddeback camera might capture at least one masked bandit.019021

Setting up the camera (I used the Attack IR Digital Scout Camera) according to the owner's manual was step-by-step simple. I wanted my small pond to be the target, so I attached the mounting bracket to a board and set it on the deck. The test setting allowed me to adjust the aim of the camera. I knew it was aimed correctly when I stepped down in front of the pond, waved my hand, and the camera sensed the movement and flashed. I was ready.

Next morning, here's what my Cuddeback Attack camera showed me:002

Busted! Note that even though the images of my masked marauder were captured between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m., they are surprisingly clear. More importantly, the subject is captured in the center of the frame. This is due to the fast (1/4 second) trigger speed and the Centered Subject Technology on all Cuddeback cameras. Lesser trail cameras don’t have these features. Therefore you can get glimpses of a nose or tail, but rarely the entire animal. The Cuddeback Attack IR's trigger speed boasts being able to capture a running deer at 20 ft. per second!

I was impressed with The Attack IR's ease of use, rugged construction, and multiple features which made it very user-friendly. I viewed my photos with an ordinary SD card which I'd inserted into the camera (it also accepts a flash drive), and it uses just 4 D Cell batteries, which can last an entire year. See the amazing photos others have taken with Cuddeback cameras at this link. Daytime photos benefit from Cuddeback's SmartColor Image Technology, providing exceptional color photos. And, all Cuddeback cameras have a video feature. 

Stay tuned!  I'm looking forward to capturing more photos with Cudddeback scouting cameras. Set it and forget it, and come home to (or wake up to) images you just can't get yourself.  It's great fun. Thanks, Cuddeback!

Nina Cheney
Eagle Optics Staff
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