This 4G trail camera from Wildguarder utilises the 4G phone network to send images or video to your email address as soon as they have been recorded. Of course, as with any trail camera, it will also record all captured photos and video to the SD card (not supplied). The 4G camera can record video at 30fps in 1080P HD resolution and can take photos at 20MP quality.
(feel free to click the image above to enlarge it, this image of Max the cat was captured by the Wildguarder 4G Trail Camera and gives you an idea of the daytime image quality you can expect)
The Wildguarder Watcher-1 4G camera trap also has all of the usual trail camera features that you would expect, such as:
- Motion/heat activated recording
- HD 1080p 30fps video & audio recording
- 20MP images (using interpolation from a 5MP sensor)
- Built in 2″ LCD screen
- Capacity for 12 AA batteries (Energizer Ultimate Lithium recommended, do not use rechargeables)
- 54 infrared leds for night vision video & images
- Low standby power consumption
- Up to 32G SD card capacity for storing recordings
- IP66 weatherproof rating
- Time lapse feature
- Timer feature
- Time & date stamping
- CE FCC & ROHS approved
Please see the daytime and night vision videos below to give you an idea if what you can expect from our Wildguarder 4G Trail Camera..
The camera has powerful infrared for night vision, utilising 54 infrared leds. The video footage below was recorded in a completely pitch black area of woodland and so was relying 100% on the camera’s built in night vision power to light the area..
This trail camera will use the 4G network, if it’s available in the camera location, for sending images or video. If there’s no 4G signal then it will try to use the 3G and 2G networks to transmit the files.
We recommend using a 1pMobile PAYG SIM card (uses the EE network) and a Gmail email address for receiving the images and we provide step by step set up instructions if you are using this combination. Sending images to your email address rather than by SMS to your mobile phone is a much cheaper way of doing things and you’ll still be able to easily access your email on your mobile phone anyway.
What else do I need?
The 3 things you will need to run your camera are batteries, an SD card and a SIM card. We recommend Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries but if you choose another brand/type then please ensure that they are 2500mA or higher – your camera will not function properly if they are not. Do not use rechargeables with the Wildguarder trail camera as rechargeables tend to be 1.2v and the camera requires 1.5v batteries.
Also ensure you use a genuine SD card. The cheap fakes available on Amazon & eBay will not work properly with your trail camera so please avoid them! The Watcher-1 4G camera from Wildguarder can accept 4G – 32G SD cards.
For the SIM card, our recommendation is a PAYG SIM from 1pMobile. We use these SIM cards on a daily basis and can vouch for their cost effectiveness and compatibility with the Wildguarder 4G camera.
Wildlife or Security Surveillance..
Trail cameras, especially cellular versions that can send video & images to email, are now often used for security surveillance applications as well as wildlife monitoring. Perfect in places where running a power cable may be problematic or if you want a mobile camera that you could move from location to location without worrying about cable runs etc.
The following is a set up guide which walks you through the set up process step by step for sending images from your Wildguarder 4G Trail Camera to a Gmail email address when using a 1pMobile PAYG SIM Card
Insert your 1pMobile SIM card (make sure it has credit!) into the SIM card slot on the side of the camera.
Insert your SD card (64G max) into your desktop / laptop computer (format the SD card).
Insert the mini disk supplied with your camera into your desktop / laptop computer.
On the disk you’ll find the instruction manual pdf file and the set up software file. Double click the set up software file.
The setup software will now load and run.
The first window will give you all of the standard camera options, you can change these to your preferences.
Now you need to set up the camera to send recorded images to your email so click the MMS / 4G button, it’s above the Save Config File button.
You will now see a new window with lots of different options.
Change Mode to Manual
Change MMS Option to VGA
Change Data Option to SMTP
Now look across to the right hand side of the window under the heading Data APN.
Enter the information below in the APN, Account and Password boxes:
Now, under the SMTP Server heading change Type to Gmail.
Then in the Email & Password boxes enter your own Gmail email address & password.
Now move further down the window until you see the Recipient Email heading.
Enter your Gmail email address again in the Mailbox 1 field, you can then add any other 2 email addresses in the Mailbox 2 & Mailbox 3 fields.
Click the OK button in the bottom left of the window.
You will now return to the first camera settings window.
Now click the Save Config File button to the bottom right of the window.
Save the file (without changing the file name or file type) to the SD card drive.
A new window will pop up with the message Save Config File OK.
Now you can fit your camera with 12 fully charged 2500mA batteries (Panasonic Eneloop Pro 2500mA Rechargeable batteries recommended) and insert the SD card and connect the 4G antenna.
Move the Setup – Off – On switch to the Setup position.
The LCD screen will come on and you can access the menu to check that your settings have been saved.
Now you need to format the SD card, you will find the Format option in the camera menu.
The reason to do this is so that the config file will now be deleted.
If you do not delete this file and you later choose to change a setting via the camera menu then each time the camera is switched from OFF to ON or SETUP mode it will reload the config file that is still stored on the SD card and so your new settings that you changed via the camera menu will no longer be used.
Your camera is now ready to use so you can switch it into ON mode and put it into your chosen position.
When triggered your camera will record as per your settings but will also start trying to send the recordings to your chosen recipient email addresses.
Remember it is not possible for your camera to send images every few seconds, you’re more likely (under good signal conditions) to get an image come through to your email once every 1-2 minutes when the camera is being triggered.
The higher the resolution of the images and/or video you set and the longer each video clip is, the longer it will take for the camera to send the files across to your email inbox.
Also, some email accounts will block files that are too large so bear this in mind too when setting up your camera.