Cuddeback is an establish brand in the trail camera market. However, this is a market that is very competitive and one which has a lot of new and developing technology. This means a company needs to be on the cutting edge at all times. Given that, how do Cuddeback trail cameras stack up with the competition? We compiled review data and stats from hundreds of Cuddeback reviews in an attempt to figure out the aggregate opinion of owners. And here’s what we found.
A Brief Overview of Cuddeback Cameras
There are numerous Cuddeback trail cameras out there, each of which has its own strengths and weaknesses. As a general guideline, the cameras are divided into three different types. There are IR cameras, which include the Seen, Ambush, and Attack models. These take color photos during the day and black and white photos at night, giving the ability to take long range night photos. There are the Ambush and Attack no glow cameras, also known as black flash, which provide less range for night pictures but which give off no flash at night. Finally, the Ambush and Attack models also come in a white flash variety which provides high quality color photos even at night.
IR Trail Cameras
The IR camera is probably the most commonly purchased of the Cuddeback trail cameras. This is an ideal camera for beginning wildlife photographers or for those who are interested in an affordable but high quality trail camera. For the most part, online reviews of the various Cuddeback IR camera models were positive. Most often cited among these reviews was the simple control setup that made it easy for even new users to operate their cameras. Battery life also tends to be high among these models, sometimes lasting for months before needing to be changed. The biggest drawback to IR cameras is the fact that they aren’t very quiet and they do give off some light that might spook deer and other wildlife.
No Glow or Black Flash Cameras
The black flash Cuddeback trail cameras are very popular among those who want close up shots of wildlife and who want the most candid photos possible at night. These cameras don’t have the range that the IR trail cameras do, but they also don’t give off any light that might distract wildlife. Like the IR trail cameras, these cameras have a long battery life and are very user friendly. They are easy to set up and take down, and the Cuddeback models all come with a tree stand that allows the camera to stay standing even in rough weather. These cameras do have a shorter range than other models, and users reported having poor photo quality if the camera was not set precisely right.
White Flash Cameras
Of all the different Cuddeback trail cameras, the white flash models are by far the best reviewed cameras that we saw among our aggregate of online reviewers. These cameras provide all the features of the other models but also have many perks of their own including the ability to take color pictures even in the dead of night. Although these cameras will give off a white flash when a picture is taken, it is usually rapid enough to keep the wildlife from getting scared away before the picture is taken. But be prepared for a more involved feature set. Some beginning users reported trouble with the more advanced interface that these models have. If you’re at all familiar with trail cams, you’ll be fine.
General Cuddeback Features
There were some features that are common to all brands of Cuddeback trail cameras and which the majority of online reviewers seemed quite pleased with. This included the relatively low price point of Cuddeback cameras when compared to other trail cameras that offered the same array of features. People also liked the warranty that came with these cameras (more on that below), and those who had to contact Cuddeback’s customer service team seemed fairly pleased with the experience. The one thing that several reviewers did complain about across the many models was the placement of the SD card slot, which often required removing the camera from the its mounted position in order to access it.
Probably one of the coolest features of the Cuddeback brand is not really a feature at all. It’s that warranty I mentioned. Each Cuddeback Trail Camera comes with a 12 month, or 180 operating day warranty. You read that right, you’ll have one less receipt to keep up with. They are able to tell when the camera was first used, as well as how many days (operating days) it was used. Its a lot like a car warranty – the 12 months or 180 operating days is “whichever comes first”. I know I can’t stand digging around looking around for receipts, so this warranty really grabs my attention. The flip side of that is if you’re a daily user, then your warranty is effectively 6 continuous months.
Seen, Ambush, and Attack
Each of the different type of Cuddeback trail cameras are also broken into three general model types: the Seen, the Ambush, and the Attack. The Seen is a very basic model that is only available with the IR trail camera, while the Ambush and Attack are available across all three types. Reviewers generally saw the Seen as a good cost effective model, but it lacked the features, range, and quality that the higher end cameras had. Of the online reviews out there, the Attack was far and away the most popular brand of the three, offering plenty of features, high quality pictures, and a long illumination range. The Attack is heavier than the Ambush, while the Ambush is better for those who want a compact model, but has more features than the rest.
Exactly which of the Cuddeback trail cameras you choose is dependent on your level of experience and how much you want to invest in one of these cameras. Overall, the Cuddeback reviews we checked were mostly positive about these cameras with only a small amount of negatives pointed out across hundreds of different online reviews.
$130 to $200 depending on the model, and where you get it.
Do you own one of these models? please let me know what you think of yours in the comments.