Placing the camera

In this article, we will briefly tell you about general recommendations for placing the camera. 

Camera placement

There is no single guideline for placing the camera because the surroundings are different, as are the objects being filmed. However, by experimenting with different places and positions, you will find the best one so that the camera's PIR sensor works optimally.


General guidelines for camera placement are:

  • Open area. Branches hanging in front of the camera etcetera may affect the operation of the PIR sensor and cause false triggers.
  • Position the camera so that it faces away from the sun. The direct sunlight and other heat sources, such as heaters, can interfere with the PIR sensor causing false triggers. Photos may also be blurry, unusually colored, or shadows may appear due to sunlight. Consider what time of day the camera takes the most pictures and position the camera accordingly. If necessary, test the camera elsewhere.
  • Keep the camera centred on the area you expect to see activity. For example, if you have a feeder you should position the camera so this is in the centre of the screen. 
  • If placing the camera indoors, note that the PIR sensor does not respond to changes in infrared radiation if there is a window between the subject and the camera. 
  • The optimal distance from the object is about 5-10 meters.
  • The optimal height from the ground is determined by the object you are about to monitor: 0.8-1.5 meters.



Directing the camera plays an important role for PIR functionality and how well the night images are exposed. When the camera is attached to a tree with a mounting belt, it is automatically directed slightly downwards. Try different positions. Finding the optimal position for your camera requires a bit of testing.


Note! You can find proper placement recommendations for your camera, as well as technical specifications, in the camera user manual. You can download manuals for trail cameras still for sale in PDF format here.