The Bushnell Trophy Cam Trail Camera is one of the most popular and reliable trail cameras available. It is an 8MP camera providing great quality day time pictures, a widescreen video capability that can be set up with audio for sequences up to 60 seconds in length.
The camera can be set up to take single pictures or programmed for intervals ranging from one second out to 60 minutes. It is also possible to set the camera to multi-image mode where it can take up to three images at one second intervals.
As with the more recently released Trophy Cam HD Max, this trail camera has a night vision flash that is completely invisible. This gives the camera unprecedented stealth qualities.
The camera can be powered by between 4 and 8 AA batteries and the battery life in this camera can be as long as a year.
The trigger speed is not as impressive as the newer Trophy Cam HD Max, but at one second it is as good or better than the vast majority of competitor cameras. The recovery time for the multishot mode is very quick too at one second between shots and illustrates one of the features that has made this particular camera particularly popular.
It is possible to set the camera up so that it will take pictures at set intervals with the trigger interval able to be programmed anywhere from 1 second out to 60 minutes. This will allow you to take regular shots at your favorite spot at times when animals are more active to get a better understanding of their movements.
The video length is also programmable with the time of capture able to be set from 1 second out to a stream of 60 seconds.
The Trophy Cam has been designed to withstand a range of temperatures from -5 degrees F up to 140 degrees F.
The flash is adjustable to low, med and high and is useful depending on the distance that the shot is taken. The range of the flash is 45 feet, not quite as long as the Trophy Cam HD Max but large enough to capture a good selection of animals. You will have a choice of PIR settings to choose from which will provide suitable coverage in different lights and situations. A high setting will hold the shutter open longer to provide more light to enter for a nighttime shot. Medium and low settings will darken the shot but will allow for setups that are typically closer to the animal being shot.
By using the lower settings you will be lengthening the lifespan of the batteries. You can expect the batteries to last around 2-4 months with normal use and in situations where the rate of capture is low that range could extend out to 6-12 months.
Securing the Camera
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 is also possible to buy a separate lock box that will fit the Trophy Cam perfectly. Additional security measures can be taken by using a Python Cable Lock that may be strung through the various holes in the unit designed for this purpose. The security box will serve 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.
Features of the Bushnell Trophy Cam Trail Camera
- Low/Med/Hi PIR Sensor
- 32 Black LED Night Flash with 45’ range
- Black and White Text LCD Display
- Long battery life from 4-8 AA batteries (not included)
- Battery Life up to one year
- Programmable trigger interval 1 sec to 60 min
- Multi-image mode 1 – 3 images per trigger
- Video length up to 60 seconds
- Support up to 32GB SD card (not included)
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.
These cams have all the features you need combined in one trailcam: Photos (3MP, 5MP or 8MP), Video (with audio) and Time Lapse/Plot watcher. When these trailcams first came on the market, they were $299/each and worth every penny, just on the battery life alone.
— from Bowsite.com
This is the best for the money I have several other cameras but this is the best i have found for a all around camera It takes great day and night pics The pics are just as good as the $400 cameras i have and the battery life is allot better.I have over 13000 pictures on the first one on the first set of battery’s over a two years ive had it. I Cant help with the video because i have not tried it yet.
— from Amazon.com
The Trophy cam has gotten better and better since 2009 and I have added a number of them since. I have had problems with the 2010’s and sent them back for $10 and always got a new cam. The Bushnell customer service has been great to me. last send back they upgraded my 2010 “text sceen”model to a 2011 viewscreen and that unit takes the best pics of any TCam I have.
— from ArcheryTalk.com
So I have this bushnell trophy cam that won’t take a picture. The screen and everything works, just won’t take a picture. I have not used it since last year. It will take a picture if I have the camera box open, but not closed. It seems as though the sensor is out. I have had it since 2009
— from qdma.com
Very Disappointed, for the money they are not worth it, i love all the features of the cam but unfortunately Bushnell sucks.
The pic and video quality are really not that great, at least not on my cams. i have a 09 that i got for christmas that i did not use untill this summer, my mistake was buying 2 more one at Bass pro and one at cabellas (on sale at least), they both have 30 return policy, which i tried to do right around my 30 day but none were in stock so im screwed. the cameras are quircky sometimes not going into set up mode, I have to keep shutting off and trying again. had problem with the door hinges on one started to fall out and i damaged the hanger that the clasp secures to. intermitent white outs also.
— from DeerandDeerHunting.com
I bought a Bushnell Trophy cam (8MP brown case) back in 2010-2011 winter. The first cam started out OK, then after a couple days just started taking pics until the cam was full and the batteries were dead, it would just trigger then not stop taking pics, non-stop, every second to 3 seconds until finished. I brought this camera back to where I bought it and they exchanged it, no problem, great service. I received the second cam set it up and it seemed to work fine, for awhile….it was working OK after a few times out so I painted it with camo spray paint, used it a bit more and then all of a sudden the same issue! It sits out for a day or two, then triggers when an animal walks by and doesn’t stop taking pics and/or video til everything is either full or batteries are dead!
— from HuntingBC.ca
To find out more details about this or other Bushnell cameras it is recommended that you visit the Bushnell website.