Can you use a cellular trail camera as a regular trail camera?


I want to make sure that if the cellular function on my cell trail cameras stop working or if they are in an area where the coverage is spotty; I can still use the trail camera like a regular trail camera.  Can I do this?

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Yes, you can use a cellular trail camera as a regular trail camera.

Cellular trail cameras are designed to send images or videos to your phone or email via a cellular network. However, they also have the capacity to store photos and videos directly onto an SD card, just like a traditional non-cellular trail camera. This means you can use them in places where there is no cellular coverage, or if you prefer to check the images and videos manually.

Here are a few steps to use a cellular trail camera as a regular one:

  1. Install an SD card: Just like a regular trail camera, a cellular trail camera requires an SD card to store photos and videos. Make sure you have installed an SD card with sufficient memory.
  2. Disable cellular function: If you don't want to use the cellular function, you should be able to disable it in the camera settings. This might vary from model to model, so you may need to consult the user manual for specific instructions. My Exodus Rival has a switch for this that I can flip if I want to use it in standard mode.
  3. Set up the camera: Once the SD card is installed and the cellular function is disabled, you can set up the camera in your desired location.
  4. Regularly check the SD card: Since you're not receiving the photos and videos remotely, you'll need to manually check the SD card on a regular basis to review the images and videos captured.

Please remember that using a cellular trail camera as a regular trail camera might not be the most cost-effective solution if you never plan to use the cellular feature, as cellular trail cameras are usually more expensive than non-cellular ones. However, if you already have a cellular trail camera or if you want the flexibility to use the cellular feature in the future, it can certainly function as a regular trail camera.

But, to answer your question, yes, you should still be able to use your cellular trail camera even if it's in a low coverage area or if the cellular features stop working, as long as the camera itself is functioning properly.

Cellular trail cameras are capable of storing images and videos on an SD card, just like regular trail cameras. This means that even if the cellular service is not available or not functioning, the camera can still capture and store images and videos.

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