Turn your old Android smartphone to real hunting camera.
To get hunting camera almost for free you will need:
- Old Android smartphone with camera and standard 3.5mm socket for headset. Smartphones with Android version 4.x are most suitable, see below why. Install free trial PhotoTrap version from Google Play Market.
- Any alarm sensor with normally open output. It means a sensor should close up its output at triggering. It can be any type of sensors: motion detector, door sensor, vibration sensor and others, depending on your situation. If sensor runs on battery, you will get wires-free alarm system which is very convenient to use. Also you can connect smartphone to output of your Home GSM alarm system, to spotlight with motion detector and so on.
Android PhotoTrap can be used also without external detector by manual requests of photo or video via SMS or using auto-shooting via defined time interval (Time Lapse function).
Examples of external detectors:
or whatever sensor you need.
You can connect Android trail camera to output of your home alarm system to have a photo or video-record at alarm triggering:
or connect Android trail camera to spotlight with motion detector:
Use the following diagram for connecting a sensor to your smartphone:
Connect these pins to normally open output of sensor.
Or order suitable, ready to use, detector from us.
Like usual hunting camera, Android trail camera PhotoTrap sleeps when detector is idle. This solution greatly saves battery allowing to run long enough time. From this point of view, most suitable for PhotoTrap Android version of smartphone is 4.x, not newer. Smartphones with 4.x Android can stop its processors and disable radio-modules in idle mode. It allows PhotoTrap to work several weeks (!) without charging. Smartphones with Android of version 5.x and newer cannot programmatically disable its radio-modules, so PhotoTrap in such a case can run just several days without charging. But you can greatly increase duration of autonomous work by connecting standard external Power bank for cell phones or Ltl Acorn Sun solar panel for regular hunting cameras which is suitable for smartphone charging.
When external detector is triggered, it wakes up the phone which activates camera and takes photo or video. Trigger time (time between detector triggering and starting of video or taking photo) in general matches to this parameter of regular trail cameras, and greatly depends on hardware of the smartphone. For example, is about 0.6 sec for modern smartphones and 1,2-1.8 sec for outdated phones. You can check trigger time of your smartphone due to logging of all events in log-file and evaluate if your smartphone is suitable for using as a trail camera.
Important advantage of Android PhotoTrap over regular trail cameras is shorten triggering time in Video mode: e.g. for LtlAcorn it's unacceptable 2 seconds while for Android PhotoTrap it's about 0,8 seconds for modern smartphones and it's about 1,2 seconds for old smartphones. So, we recommend to use PhotoTrap mainly in Video mode due to obvious advantages of video record over a still photo.
After taking photo or video PhotoTrap sends SMS and/or Email with photo or video (or first frame of video). Email can be send via 2G, 3G, 4G mobile network (depending what your smartphone supports) or WiFi. Other advantage of PhotoTrap over regular hunting cameras is that it continues taking photos/videos when detector triggers during Email sending. After completion of email sending smartphone falls to sleep again.
Sending via WiFi is very suitable when PhotoTrap is being used inside or outside of your house within home WiFi spot range.
Besides external detector Android trail camera can be periodically triggered by a timer (auto-shooting, same as a Time Lapse function in regular trail cameras), and it can take photos/videos by SMS request from other phone.
Android PhotoTrap can be remotely operated via Ltl Hunting Camera Tool of version 3.7 and newer.
Smartphone's embedded flash can be enabled for night shots. Smartphones have usual white bright flash unlike infrared flashes in regular trail cameras, so, if using of white flash is not acceptable, hunting camera's flash extenders (boosters) with infrared invisible flash can be used:
Problem of lens angle choice (wide or standard) is absent for Android PhotoTrap - you can use detachable lenses with an angle you need in your case:
For sure, Android trail camera can not always replace real trail camera, but it can be used in many cases, including joint work with real trail camera.
While you don't have a detector yet you can play with PhotoTrap Android application using a headset: short pressing of headset button is equivalent to detector triggering.
Also you can enable periodic automatic shooting (Time Lapse function) or request picture by SMS.
Application main screen
Video mode: Android PhotoTrap records video at detector triggering
Photo mode: Android PhotoTrap takes photo at detector triggering
Settings mode: in this mode you can configure PhotoTrap via menu
Recorded files: open a directory with saved photos and videos
Photo resolution: choice of low, middle or maximum resolution provided by camera of smartphone
Delay: delay before taking photo, in frames. Can be necessary for some smartphones for setting exposition. Usually delay =0. If taken photos are dark, try delay >0
Auto-flash: enables flash of smartphone at taking photo in dark conditions. May not work at some smartphones
Send preview: each time before taking main photo smartphone opens a preview which can be send to user via Email as a thumbnail
Send Picture: enables sending main photo via Email
Video resolution: choice of low, middle or maximum resolution provided by camera of smartphone
Auto-flash: enables flash of smartphone during video record in dark conditions. May not work at some smartphones
Video mode: choice of recording video of defined length of recording video while detector triggers (not longer 1 min)
Video length: set video length
Send video: choice of sending whole video clip or just first frame of video for battery and mobile traffic saving
Time Lapse: set time interval of periodic shooting
Send SMS: enable SMS sending at PhotoTrap triggering and set phone number
Send Email: enable images sending via Email and set Email parametersConnection to WiFi network, choice of:
- At triggering. Used when a WiFi network is available. Images are being sent via WiFi. It's faster and cheaper comparing sending via mobile network.
- Off. When WiFi network is not available.
- Always on. Maximum battery consumption. Fast SMS controlling. Ability to send images via mobile network.
- Connection at triggering. Optimal mode. Requires Android of versions 4.x. Ability to send images via mobile network. Receiving of control SMS only at PhotoTrap triggering.
- Off. Minimum battery consumption. Inability to send images via mobile network, while sending of images via WiFi still is available.
For sending images via mobile network from Android 5.x and newer smartphones, enable "Mobile data" via smartphone settings. Not necessary for Android 4.x.
When sending images via WiFi network it's not necessary to enable WiFi via smartphone settings, it's being switched on/off automatically.
After parameters' setting start PhotoTrap in Photo mode or Video mode.
For operating PhotoTrap remotely via SMS use Ltl Hunting Camera Tool of version 3.7 and newer.
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