So I was just cleaning dust off my game camera before putting it back out at the watering station, right? And…

…my finger went right through the badly-fogged plastic that covers what I take to be the light sensor. Might explain why it hasn’t been working so well lately. UV for the win.

I’ve had a lot of fun with this one, and it did last a few years. But I’m open to suggestions for a better model than the Browning.

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6 Responses to Mediocre!

  1. Mike says:

    You were right Joel, the part that failed is the PIR lens cover. Before you toss the camera out, Browning sells replacement PIR covers.

  2. Ben says:

    Do you have a roll of clear shipping tape?

  3. Joel says:

    That’s good to know, Mike. Thanks!

    Ben, I don’t have any handy but could probably find some.

  4. Phssthpok says:

    Could also try cutting a piece of clear soda bottle and glue it in place with some RTV/Silicone.

    The curve of the sensor housing looks like there might be a bottle size that would match.

  5. Bmq215 says:

    According to my friends who buy trail cams by the hundreds for research, Browning is the dependable mid-range option. For real reliability there’s Reconyx but you do NOT want to check the price on those.

    I’d be curious to hear whether the tape or pop bottle alternatives work. My gut says that they cheaped out on the PIR sensor and a clearer window will produce tons of extra photos (because it’s being triggered by shadows, clouds, etc.) But perhaps worth a shot? A piece of exposed camera film makes a good infrared-passing filter too but these days it’s probably cheaper to just buy the part from Browning than it is to find real film…

  6. John says:

    Twenty bucks incoming for a replacement lens and a spare. Little doubt UV and the elements are hard on a plastic lens. Rough life for a camera!

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