Bushnell NatureView Cam HD Max Trail Camera Review

The Bushnell NatureView Cam HD Max Trail Camera provides you with the ability to capture images and video through the use of an 8MP CMOS image sensor. The camera uses Hyper NightVision technology for the flash which comprises 32 no-glow LEDs and gives the camera a range of up to 60 feet.

Bushnell NatureView Cam HD Max Trail Camera
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This is a trail camera that has been designed as a close-in camera and will take quality shots of small animals that draw near to the camera. This near focus feature is possible by using the close focus lenses. These lenses mean you can get minimum focus distances of 9.8” and 18.1”.

The camera is powered by 12 AA batteries that are located at the back of the unit. This makes accessing the batteries a little difficult when the unit is mounted on a tree or post.

Trigger Speed

The trigger and recovery times of the camera are quite impressive and meet the measure of many of its competitors. The trigger speed of the camera is 0.69 seconds and the camera recovers to be ready for the next shot in 2.6 seconds.

This performance is the type that is perfect for the close-in work that the camera is designed for.

Capture Modes

The clarity of the pictures that are taken with the camera is very good, particularly with the close-up shots taken in daylight. It is possible to capture either still images or video up to 60 seconds in length through the Full HD 1080p video.

The camera has a few features that will add to the finished image such as a date and temperature stamp that will display the current date and the temperature at the time of capture.

The camera will also display the phase of the moon under which the photo was taken. This will give you an idea of which animals are more or less active under the light of a full moon.

Securing the Camera

The design of the case of this trail camera has been based on that of the HD Max and in terms of security for the camera the unit is equipped with a padlock point that will give you the ability to lock the unit door. It can also be secured inside a CamLockBox security box which serves the dual purpose of deterring thieves from taking the camera as well as hiding it away from the damage that might be caused by curious animals.

The camera operates on 12 AA batteries and should give you long life. The recommendation is to use lithium batteries but alkaline or nimh rechargeable batteries will also work well.

Features of the Bushnell Nature Cam HD Max Trail Camera

  • 3, 5, 8MP
  • 32 LED No Glow Black LED
  • 60 foot flash range
  • Dimensions 7” x 4.5” x 3”
  • Long battery life from 4-12 AA batteries (not included)
  • Up to 1 year of battery life
  • 1920 x 1080p video resolution
  • 2.4″ Color LCD Monitor
  • Up to 60 seconds video recording
  • 2x close focus lenses
  • Audio record
  • Hyper Night Vision
  • Multi Flash Mode

Customer Opinions

The following customer opinions have been compiled from reviews found on various online sites and placed here to give you an all-around view of other customer experiences with the trail camera. We have included an attribution to each of the websites so you can visit them and get the full picture there. Because we acknowledge that there are many positive, negative and neutral experiences with all products we have included the comments that cover all three reactions.

Smiley FaceThe Positive

Bird watching is the obvious draw, but put this camera on ground dens, beaver dams or anything else you can think up – and prepare for incredible action shots. The camera gets the highest recommendation.
— from TrailCamPro.com
The day videos are fantastic. I have used the closeup lens for my bird feeder and have some great videos and pictures. I use Tenergy rechargable batteries and they last a long time. The night videos are not the best and need more light but for a black flash that animals cant see this is what you get.
— from BHPhotovideo.com

Neutral FaceThe Neutral

I like it but it is difficult to program and get the pictures off. Pictures could be a little clearer. — from Amazon.com

Frown FaceThe Negative

The night time HD video is quite grainy and has poor resolution. And the stills aren’t much better. Daytime video & stills are quite good.
Door closure locks are positioned near the back and hard to access if mounted flush against a tree. Strap guides in back can get caught on the inside of the bear safe if mounted with screws to the tree. Very tight fit. — from BHPhotovideo.com
While the quality of day-time videos was superb, the night videos taken by infrared were unacceptably grainy. I consulted with Bushnell’s customer service about this. They asked me to e-mail them a sample, which I did. After looking at the sample, they told me that I was seeing the expected quality of IR-illuminated videos. — from Amazon.com

Product Manual

If you want to view the Bushnell Nature Cam HD Max Trail Camera manual you can do so by visiting the Bushnell website.
To find out more details about this or other Bushnell cameras it is recommended that you visit the Bushnell website.

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