Originally Posted by banc123
I've seen a few guys using them. The downside is cell service / providers. We would consider them if Verizon was an option.
You probably know this, but the low-end stuff is all GSM. The BEC systems have done the necessary testing so they can run on Verizon.
Originally Posted by jmparkerson
Does anyone have experience with cellular trail cameras? I am considering purchasing the HCO UM562 or Spypoint Live Cellular 5. I plan to use it to monitor my hog corral trap. Any feedback would be apperciated!
In general, the low end cellular cameras have not proven reliability. For most wireless applications reliability is important. No one wants to put out a camera hundreds of miles away only to find it fails a few weeks in. Wireless also consumes significant battery. Similarly, for many applications, a dead battery spells failure. So many of these low end cams simply limit the picture size transmitted. Most are set up so you have to pay the cell company for each camera as well.
So, in the end, there are very few application where I'd recommend one of the low end wireless cameras.
However, your application is fairly specialized. I presume your intent is to find a way to notify you when hogs enter the trap so that you can go deal with the situation. In you case, where you really only care about the notification and reliability is not critical, a low-end wireless may work OK.
Whatever you do, buy from a reputable dealer that has a long history of good customer service, not some fly-by-night company with nothing but a web site. If they can't provide a physical address and US phone number, you are asking for trouble. Be sure to look for a liberal DOA return policy from the vendor as well as a long warranty when dealing with low-end cameras.