-- Android trail camera
  • Android PhotoTrap

Turn your old Android smartphone to real hunting camera with free Android application PhotoTrap!


Just install it from our site by clicking Download button or from Google Play, enable Motion Detector, set up Email where PhotoTrap should send photos and videos to, SMS, MMS phone number and you will get a hunting camera almost for free. Similar to usual hunting camera, you will be getting pictures or videos immediately after motion detection via Email or MMS, and also SMS alarm notification. Such Android Trail Camera can also automatically take and send pictures/videos with defined period of time (Time Lapse feature) or by SMS request.

If you connect external sensor via standard headset socket you will get advantages of greatly extended battery run time - Android trail camera can work up to several weeks without charging, especially on smartphones with Android version 4.x, not newer, see below why. External sensor should have normally open output, it means the 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 handy alarm system.  You can order battery operated PIR motion sensor from us. Also you can connect smartphone to output of your Home GSM alarm system, to spotlight with motion detector, to a button for using as a video door-bell and so on.

Examples of external detectors:

                              Motion sensors

                                Door sensor


                                Smoke sensor


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:



Draw your attention,
Some smartphones, like Samsung  Galaxy S3, may open Voice Search application instead of starting photo taking when a sensor, connected via headset socket, triggers. To solve the problem you should connect your sensor to charging port via appropriate cable or you can order suitable sensor for headset socket from us.

Like usual hunting camera, Android Trail Camera sleeps when detector is idle. This solution greatly saves battery allowing to run long enough time. From this point of view, most suitable smartphone has Android version 4.x, not newer. Such smartphones are able to stop its processor and disable radio-module in idle mode. It allows Android Trail Camera to work several weeks (!) without charging. Smartphones with Android of version 5.x and newer cannot programmatically disable its radio-modules, so Android Trail Camera 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 Trail Camera over regular trail cameras is shorten triggering time in Video mode: e.g. for LtlAcorn it's unacceptable 2 seconds while for Android Trail Camera it's about 0,6 seconds for modern smartphones (tested on Samsung Galaxy A3) and it's about 1,5 seconds for older smartphones. So, we recommend to use Android Trail Camera mainly in Video mode due to obvious advantages of video record over a still photo.

After taking photo or video Android Trail Camera sends SMS and/or Email with photo or video (or first frame of video). Email can be sent via 2G, 3G, 4G mobile network (depending what your smartphone supports) or WiFi.  Other advantage of Android Trail Camera over regular hunting cameras is that it continues taking photos/videos when detector triggers during Email sending. After completion of email sending the smartphone falls to sleep again. 

Sending via WiFi is very suitable when Android Trail Camera 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 Trail Camera can be remotely operated via Ltl Hunting Camera Console

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:


         Macro lens, Wide-angle lens, Fish-eye lens

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.

Instruction for Android trail camera is here.

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Android PhotoTrap

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