A trail camera can help you learn about the wildlife in your area and plan the best hunting trips. However, few things are more disappointing than going to check your cam and realizing that many of the pictures it has snapped are ruined from condensation. Here’s a look at why this problem occurs and how you can prevent it.
How Dew Points Affect Trail Cameras
The dew point refers to the temperature at which water vapor in the air condenses into water. It’s typically a cool temperature, which is why we see a lot of condensation in the morning. Because surfaces don’t change temperature as rapidly as the air, dew tends to build up on them.
This effect is immediately evident on your camera lens. Condensation can distort or even ruin any images captured before it evaporates. A less obvious problem with condensation is buildup inside the camera shell. Moisture in this area can cause corrosion of the battery and circuit boards over time.
Taking Preventive Measures
The best way to avoid the issues that come with camera condensation buildup is to take preventive action. There are many anti-fogging products that you can apply to your lens to keep morning dew from ruining your images.
To apply your anti-fogging product, follow these basic steps:
- Wipe down the lens with a damp microfiber cloth in concentric circles, moving from the center outwards. This step helps remove dirt and particles and keeps any residue at the edges of the lens.
- Dip a cotton swab into the anti-fogging solution and apply it to the lens. Let it dry.
- If you notice a white film on the lens, use another microfiber cloth to buff it away.
- Reapply whenever you check your camera for the best results.
The solution to keeping the inside of your camera shell dry is even easier. Place a few silica gel packets inside, like the kind that come in beef jerky or in the box with new shoes, and they’ll absorb up to three times their weight in moisture. Just remember to replace them regularly.
Capture Clear Images With a Moultrie Mobile Camera
Condensation might not be the only thing keeping you from getting the most from your cellular trail camera. At Moultrie Mobile, we supply top-quality cameras that will provide you with clear images day and night. Browse our selection to learn more about our offerings and reach out to us with any questions.
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