The Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential E2 Trail Camera is one of the best choices when it comes to investigating what is in your neighborhood. This camera includes several features that hunters appreciate, like top quality video images, light sensors, plenty of memory, and power. It also is easy to set up and is extremely durable. Let’s take a good look at the features and quality of this camera.
1. Image and Video Quality
The Bushnell Trophy Cam has high quality video and image resolution and quality flash. When you are watching your trails and fields, it is important to be able to see exactly what is hanging around and when those creatures begin to wander through your fields. With the Bushnell Trophy Cam you can enjoy a maximum still-image resolution of 12 MP, but you can save space using 8MP or 3MP. The video resolution is just as good, coming in a HD 720p. You can capture video that lasts between 5 and 60 seconds. Along with variable video lengths, you can also capture several images in one trigger, up to 2 or 3 with the push of a button.
This amazing little camera also has field scan feature that lets you capture images during the time periods that you choose. It can do at intervals that are a minimum of one minute apart or up to 50 minutes apart and you can set the hours that those interval shots are captured. The interval recordings can be done at dusk and dawn, which is when animals in the field tend to be more active. This features is designed so you can really see the action and how patterns develop and change as the weather changes. It is easy to see how the site you choose to capture changes over time, so this camera is a popular choice to record changes at construction sites, at gardens, and during active weather patterns. Even if you do choose to use the time-lapse interval feature, you can still activate the live motion trigger so you can get the images you want, even if the camera is not set to capture them at that time.
The live motion trigger sensor is captured via a passive infrared motion sensor. Not only does it detect unexpected movement, but it also detects temperature changes. The motion sensor can sense movement and temperature change in a 48° field of vision and up to 80 feet in distance. The trigger releases in 0.3-seconds, so you do not miss anything that is happening at your site. The infrared sensor can be adjusted to three different sensitivities and it can be set to an automatic mode that determines the speed of the trigger based on the temperature of the movement.
Your image quality will also be better than other cameras because the Bushnell Trophy Cam is so easy to mount. Where the camera is mounted can determine the quality of the images. When a camera is easy to mount, it makes getting the images that much easier. This camera as a ¼” 20-threaded mount so it is easy to connect it to a stable tripod or to a tree mount. Using the included adjustable web belt also adds to the ease of connecting this camera to a post or tree.
2. Flash and Day-Night Sensor
The flash can a blessing and a curse for anyone who wants to use a trail camera. If the flash is consistent and bright, the flash can be a detriment to getting animals to wander in the vicinity of the camera. So, the 32-LED flash uses night vision technology so the nighttime images are easy to see without scaring animals away. The flash has a range up to 80 feet. The day-night sensor does help keep the images looking good no matter what time of day or night.
3. Memory and Power
There used to be a time when cameras would run through batteries, but this is no longer the case. The Bushnell Trophy Cam uses a limited amount of battery power, so many users can get up to 12 months of power out of a single set of 8-AA batteries. The memory on the Bushnell Trophy Cam is notable, too. With an optional SD/SDHC memory card, it is possible to record up to 32GB of images.
4. Setup, Display, and Options
Before installing the camera in the field, there are plenty of features that can be manually adjusted to achieve the perfect setup. It is possible to get the date, time, and current temperature to be time stamped on each image. You can also have the phase of the moon added to help you recognize what days of the month are best for hunting. You get to see what animals are active and when they are hiding due to excessive light. The moon phase setup also allowed your camera to reduce its power output, because it will not need to use as much flash during bright nights as it does during darker nights. The display is set into a black and white LCD panel.
If you are planning on using your trail camera on an actual outdoor trail, then durability is important. This camer comes in a housing that is weather resistant. This is important especially during the seasons when deer hunting is allowed. The camera will function in temperatures as low as -5°F and as high as 140°F. This type of rating shows that the camera does not have issues with condensation in cold weather and it does not have problems with overheating in hot weather.
6. Pros and Cons
1. Trigger speed is the fastest of any trail camera that we reviewed
2. The recovery time is also the fastest of any trail camera we reviewed.
3. Durability in all weather conditions and extreme temperatures
4. Low battery usage makes batteries last a long time
5. Easy to setup and install
1. No camoflauge casing.
2. Average exposure can be difficult to set.
Overall the Bushnell Troup Cam ED Essential is a good camera to capture trail images. It is truly a top camera in this category because it has a large detection zone and a quick trigger from the motion sensor. The images are high quality and the adjustability of the settings makes it a good candidate for many uses.