Bushnell X-8 Trail Camera

Bushnell X-8 Trail Camera

The Bushnell X-8 Trail Camera has been developed with the aim to deliver a camera that is packed with many features that will be useful to the scouting hunter. It comes in a choice of three different resolutions, 2, 4 or 6MP in high quality color resolution.

All of the features that have been loaded into the X-8 have been done in a package that is smaller than other cameras in the Bushnell range and available at a price that must be considered to be good value.

The X-8 sits nicely in the market at the low end of the price range (RRP of around $150) but it has been developed on the back of two of the most popular trail cameras in the market in the Trophy Cam and the Trophy Cam HD Max. What this means is that the superior quality that was used to create the two more expensive models has also been used in this camera. The result is a camera that can be relied upon to take high quality day time pictures.

Although the camera has a infra-red flash capabilities the picture quality is not nearly as good. This is definitely an aspect of the camera that must be considered. The detection range is consistently wide at 60 feet and trigger speed is fast.

The camera is powered by 8 AA batteries but will only take either lithium or alkaline batteries. Rechargeable Nimh batteries will not work in this unit.

Trigger Speed

Like the other cameras in the Bushnell range the X-8 has a very fast trigger speed measured at under 1 second. This makes it one of the faster cameras in the market and the added bonus is that the recovery time of the camera is only 5 seconds.

As already mentioned above the detection range of the camera is very good with consistent triggers being experienced at 60 feet.

Although the default setting of the camera is to take single shots it is also capable to set the camera up to take bursts of up to 3 shots per trigger. The camera can also be programmed to trigger at set intervals from between 1 second and 10 minutes.

Further Analysis

There is video capability with the option of capturing video from between 5 and 15 seconds. This option is easily programmable.

The Night Vision flash consists of 36 LEDs that help in taking shots in dark conditions. Built into the camera is a sensor that detects the difference between daylight and nighttime and the filter switch makes the adjustment for the different images and video that may be taken.

The camera also features Field Scan Time Lapse which will allow you to get an idea of the game pattern over a pre-determined interval.

The length of recording time that is available when the camera is in video mode is shorter than other cameras from Bushnell. In this case the length video time is limited to a maximum of 15 seconds.

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 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.

Features of the Bushnell X-8 Trail Camera

  • 2, 4 or 6MP high-quality full color resolution
  • Day/night autosensor
  • External power compatible
  • Adjustable PIR (low/med/hi)
  • 60+ foot flash range
  • 1 second trigger speed
  • Programmable trigger interval: 1 second to 10 minutes
  • Multi-image mode: 1 or 3 images per trigger
  • Video length: 5 to 15 seconds, programmable
  • Operates on 8 AA Alkaline or lithium batteries
  • Field Scan time-lapse mode takes images at pre-set intervals, 1-60 minutes
  • PIR sensor is motion activated out to 45′
  • Runs up to 9 months on one set of batteries
  • SD card slot up to 32GB capacity

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

Great detection capabilities, perfect night infrared photos, and solid battery life all packed into one of the smallest cameras on the market. What this camera does poorly (day photos and inability to use rechargeable batteries), are just the areas that the Moultrie M80 XT excels in. This gives you the perfect option for whatever situation you will be needing a “value-oriented” trail camera for.

— from TrailCamPro.com

This is a great camera to determine from which direction animals are coming in to your food plot or bait. You can set it up to take a photo every minute for hours close to feeding times. I have had mine set up for three months on the same batteries, a big plus. It’s nice and small and easily attached with the supplied strap. An excellent hunting aid and would recommend this to all deer hunters especially.

— from Amazon.com

I have 13 acres of woods and pasture in rural southwestren Oregon. I have been courious as to what animals inhabit my habitat when I’m not looking and at night while I sleep. The X-8 shows me what I can’t see and has been a source of excitment when I look at capture card.

I am a professional photographer and wish the X-8 had better picture quality but for the conditions (night)it is great. The day pictures are beautiful color.

This camera is great for recording animal traffic as it gives time, date, temperature and moon phase.

— from BHPhotoVideo.com

love my bushnell x8 a lil weak at night pics but day are awesome

— from HuntingNet.com forum

Neutral FaceThe Neutral

The name “x-8” gives an initial impression this is an 8 megapixel camera, however reading the product description it states it is a 6 megapixel camera. This is not the case… I bought this to take photos of wildlife in my backyard. When viewing the images I noticed that the 6 megapixel setting seemed to be “grainy” and not as clear as my 3.2 megapixel cell phone. After reading the Instruction Manual that came with the unit it states that the camera sensor is only a 2 megapixel sensor. The 4 and 6 megapixel images are created via interpolation which is a “smoke and mirrors” technique for the software to generate a higher resolution image. However it is not a “true” resolution. Just like the difference between “optical and digital” zoom on video recorders. Optical is the “true” zoom and digital is a larger image generated by the programming. Just be aware when you buy this “6” megapixel camera you are actually buying a 2 megapixel sensor.

–from Amazon.com


Frown FaceThe Negative

I ordered my first Bushnell X-8 after reading reviews online. The first one didn’t work when I got it. The sensor was messed up and it just randomly took pictures. I returned it and amazon sent me another. This one worked fine for two months then stopped working at all. When I turn it on it just makes a clicking sound. It sensed animals well but it also took grainy pictures. They were good enough to tell what they were but they were poor quality for a 6mp camera. I am very disappointed.

–from Amazon.com

Product Manual

If you want to view the Bushnell X-8 Trail Camera manual you can do so by visiting the Bushnell website. Alternatively we have provided you with a copy of the Owner’s Manual which provides a full list of features and some hints and tips on how to set up the camera for maximum results.
To find out more details about this or other Bushnell cameras it is recommended that you visit the Bushnell website.

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