One of the most highly debated topics around trail camera performance and field use is whether the type of flash that your camera has will impact or affect the patterns or habits of the game you are capturing. With so many different options out there today it’s hard to know and it’s likely that just about everyone you talk with has an opinion on the matter. I know guys who swear by infrared or “invisible” technology while other hunters use cameras with flashes and don’t seem to have any problems taking down big whitetails on a consistent basis.
There are cameras which use a standard white flash and others that leverage infrared technology. However, let it be known that all infrared cameras are not created equally. Some discharge infrared light as a beam while others filter the light. If you are looking for complete invisibility, you will want to go with a filtered infrared camera.
Personally, I tend to lean towards low glow, infrared or invisible flash technology. If for nothing else, I believe that whitetails (or other game) are smart enough to detect the smallest changes in their environment, which is why mature animals are so tough to hunt. If they can do that, there may be some impacts to heightened senses around something that is out of the ordinary in their environment. The more that I can eliminate any abnormalities from Mother Nature that may impact the animals natural habits the better.
With a large number of photos from game cameras typically being captured at night or in low light situations the question remains, which do you prefer?