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Cellular trail cameras and home security cameras have some differences — but at the end of the day, they’re both surveillance cameras. Many hunters are learning that cellular trail cameras can be a cost-effective alternative to installing home security cameras. However, the right camera to use for your home will depend on what level of overall security you feel comfortable with.

What Is the Difference Between a Trail Camera and a Security Camera?

If you’re trying to decide between purchasing a trail camera or security camera for your home, there are a few main differences between the two that you should understand.

Video Capability

If you want your trail camera to function as part of a home security system, make sure you choose one with the best video capabilities. Many cellular trail cameras can record video, but lesser-quality ones may only take pictures.


Home security cameras are generally more obvious to outside viewers. They can serve as a deterrent before a break-in occurs. That said, their visibility can also make them a target for intruders.

If you’re looking for a more covert option, cellular trail cameras are made to blend in with their surroundings. A potential burglar will be less likely to see your camera and therefore be unable to avoid it or cause damage to it.

The Benefits of Cellular Trail Cameras for Security

Using a cellular trail camera for your home security provides you with a host of great benefits. These cameras:

  • Save money: Overall, cellular trail cameras are much cheaper than home security systems. 
  • Capture any movement: Cellular trail cameras are designed to capture even small movements.
  • Stay hidden: Many cellular trail cameras are no-glow, meaning they use an infrared flash that is invisible to the human eye.
  • Have potentially unlimited storage: With the right plan, your cellular trail camera can capture as many pictures and videos as you need. Plans can range from 100 images a month up to practically unlimited.

The Best Cellular Trail Cameras for Security

To explore some of the best cellular trail cameras for hunting and home security, check out the options at Moultrie Mobile. Our cameras connect to your phone through our app. No matter where you are, you’ll never be without access to your camera system. For more information, submit a request on our website or call us at 844-908-1219.

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