The PlotWatcher Pro goes a step beyond most game cameras and gives you a greater advantage in your scouting. While many trail cameras on the market capture a 50-foot range of the area, the PlotWatcher Pro captures an area of up to 600 feet, which provides you with more knowledge of the animal activity in your area. The TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winning game camera, created by Day 6 Outdoors, is durable, weather resistant, captures excellent images and video, and comes with the software you need to more efficiently view your footage. We selected it as the best game camera available because its features and design are more advanced than other, similar game cameras on the market.
Using the PlotWatcher Pro allows you to customize what you want to capture and when you want to capture it. The camera is set up for you to select when you want to start and stop your recordings based on intervals and time frames throughout the day. While you can select any of the options available, you can also customize your own time frame and interval period. The time-lapse interval range allows you to customize the recordings to last from one second to 60 minutes at any time.
The camera isn't motion activated; it simply captures the set area according to your settings so you will get pictures no matter what is going on in the area. With the GameFinder Video Player software that comes with the PlotWatcher Pro, you can watch 12 hours of video in three minutes. You will be able to see all important movements and will be able to slow down the video and watch it in real time if you choose. This trail camera will also time stamp the footage so that you will know when and for how long the game is in the area.
The unique design of the PlotWatcher Pro game camera takes scouting to a new level. While most trail cameras and game cameras capture motion directly in front of the camera, the PlotWatcher Pro gives you a larger area to work with so that you can see where the game comes from and which way it is headed. The footage it captures lets you know which area you should be in to have the best target.
Despite the camera offering a lower resolution than other game cameras we reviewed, it captures 1280 x 720 HD video, providing excellent footage of your desired location. We were able to follow the animals in and out of an area and view whether they were male or female. While we recognize that we may not always be able to see the antlers, depending on the distance of the animals from the camera, we agreed that the knowledge we gained of where the animals enter and exit the area is more valuable to us as hunters and game scouts.
The PlotWatcher Pro has a standalone design that makes it a great scouting product for any area. The game camera stands 8 inches tall and is 4.5 inches wide. It has a camouflaged exterior, which we found to be beneficial when planting it on a tree and hiding it from animals as well as other hikers and hunters. Weighing 22.4 ounces and made of a hard plastic material, this game camera is very light and is easy to transport any way you choose, whether you're hiking, on horseback or riding ATVs.
Two latches on the right side of the camera allow you to open and close the camera. Once the camera is open, you will find a compartment for the batteries as well as a 2.5-inch LCD display screen, a memory card slot and setting controls. The controls are individually labeled so that you don't have to guess which switch controls each function. There are three buttons directly beneath the display screen – two arrows and a circle in the middle – labeled Up, Select, and Down; this camera is as user friendly as they come.
A design feature that we believe any hunter will appreciate is the weatherproof material that lines the camera, ensuring that water won't get into it and ruin it. The lining is placed around the batteries, but when the camera is closed and locked, the lining protects the inside of the camera.
PlotWatcher Pro has an SD card slot that will hold up to 32 GB of external memory. It runs on four or eight AA batteries. If you put in eight AA batteries, you will get maximum usage. Although we weren't able to test it for the full amount of time, we were told the batteries would last for 90–120 days capturing 10-second videos for 12–13 hours each day. After a weekend of capturing images and videos using the trail camera, we found that we had barely made a dent in the power supply, reassuring us that the camera will run on the batteries for a lengthy amount of time.
We are very impressed with the performance of the Day 6 Outdoors customer representatives. We received the quickest responses from its support team compared to each of the other trail camera companies we contacted. When we called to inquire about the camera, we were connected to a representative within three rings. The representative took the time to answer each of our questions no matter how simple or difficult they were. We found that the representatives know and understand the products, so we didn't have to wait for answers. The answers were clear and from the knowledge that we gained using the camera, they were accurate as well.
You can contact the Day 6 Outdoors representatives by telephone or email. There are representatives available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. You will also find a number of help and support resources on the company's website, including FAQs, instructional videos, tips for top performance and product manuals.
The camera comes with a user's manual, GameFinder Video Player software and a warranty card. The warranty for this camera is 12 months from the date of purchase, and you can fill out the warranty registration online if you don't want to mail the postcard. The user's manual is easy to follow and easy to understand, although with the camera's easy navigation and use, you may not need the user manual.
The PlotWatcher Pro is our top pick for a game camera. This trail camera offers a larger viewing area than others do, which gives you more knowledge and more opportunity for your hunts. This is exactly what a game camera should offer. With its durable and portable design, unmatched focus range, customizable features, ease of use and outstanding customer service, the PlotWatcher Pro is our pick for the best game camera available.
The PlotWatcher Pro features an immense focus range of up to 600 feet, which is by far the best among the game cameras we reviewed.
The field camera doesn't come with the ability to zoom, but you can purchase a zoom package separately.
This game camera is the best on the market because of its focus range, reliability, quality, customizable features and durable, weatherproof design.