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Lovely to hear you have altered your patch to accommodate the hedgies. As
for cameras, I have had mine for almost a year and had no trouble from it.
It cost about £60 from http://www.laptopdirect and it was delivered next day. The best part was it came with the Kingston 32GB Micro chip included. Ebay
has a similar one going for the same price with free postage. It is a 720P/30FPS video Digital Trail Camera with 5 Mega pixels. 20m range of IR Flash, with a trigger time of 0.6 seconds. It is water resistant, however sometimes the lens does fog up with the weathers precipitation, which is natural. I make sure as well that the micro chip is formatted regularly by using the cameras on board facility. If you do not do it regularly it tends to clog up. There is a more expensive version of it as a 1080P going for £76. One that looks like an updated version of mine now costs about £43 on Ebay, which again is a digital hunting trail camera for outdoor wildlife. I agree with Prickles about the AA batteries. I buy 50 Duracell at a time, though up to now I have not had to replace the original 8 I put in some time ago. It seems to wear well. It does say you can use 8 or 4 batteries but I prefer the 8. This will probably give you the standby time of 12 months.
We both enjoy watching the hedgies antics every morning on the laptop. Last night we had the pleasure of watching a fox vying for the dry food with the hedgies. Happy viewing with whatever camera you choose.