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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2012
I've recorded a batch of 550 photos and another batch of 65 videos of the creatures who came through my back yard. Almost everything is working as it should.

This camera didn't work with the memory card I had (of another brand), but it works well with the new SanDisk Extreme - Flash memory card - 32 GB - Class 10 -SDHC.

The lower-end model Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam Black Led Trail Camera with Night Vision I originally bought and returned was a disappointment, and wasn't working correctly. This higher-end model is worth the extra cost for me, because it's working correctly (with the SanDisk card) and because it displays the images it's captured on its own screen.

Not every application can work with the AVI video files it captures. Windows 7 Media Player and Windows 7 Live Movie Maker work fine, but I can't open them in Adobe Premiere Elements, Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum, Adobe Premiere CS6, or QuickTime Pro. Maybe that's all you need to know, but here's more: QuickTime Pro asked me to install an unnamed plugin, so I installed the 15-day DivX trial software but that didn't help (in fact, I had to uninstall the DivX software to get Windows 7 Media Player working again). Bushnell support recommended MPEG Streamclip, so I installed it, but it didn't convert the AVI file into anything that even Windows 7 Media Player could view. There's no help on the topic from the Bushnell FAQ, nor from Bushnell support. Maybe there's a solution somewhere, but I haven't found it yet, and Bushnell support hasn't referred me to it (and since they didn't take my contact info, I don't suppose they intend to).

So if you're buying this TrophyCam and you want to work with the videos it captures, don't expect help from anybody but Microsoft.

There's a similar review on http://www.amazon.com/Bushnell-Trophy-Black-Camera-Vision/product-reviews/B006U0Z676 (search for "AVI").
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2012
Ok folks, this is the 2nd Bushnell camera I've purchased. I purchased the 1080p version (last year's model) and the quality was incredible. I was a little disappointed by the slowness of the trigger. (2s) So in looking at getting a 2nd camera I was hesitant to get their new 720p camera but read a review that said it was great. (contrast better, and trigger speed of 0.6seconds much better) So I just retrieved my first video from my fancy camera tonight and ... grainy city as viewed from my 1080p viewsonic monitor. I double checked all of the settings and had it set up correctly. Also tried a second computer with a very fast Samsung monitor but also poor quality. I then compared the output of the two cameras and saw that on the 8MP setting the new camera actually only had a 6MP image. I then compared the video and noticed the old camera recorded video in a MOV file format, while the new camera recorded it as an AVI. Not sure of the difference but the quality was strikingly worse with the new camera. If you are looking for a nice trail cam, go with the 1080p 2second trigger camera from last year, not their new model.

So....what where they thinking? I can only believe this was a cost reduction play by Bushnell to increase profit at the expense of quality. Too bad, I would have expected more from them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2012
Did the research and went for the one with the view screen, best purchase I've made in a long time. Camera and Video work great! Battery life is amazing! Great to see your images and videos on the little screen w/o having to bring home memory card to download. Worth the $$$. We captured deer, fox, raccoon all in the 1st week 200 ft. from our home. My 5 year old loves to go check the trail camera!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
I purchased this camera [Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Max] as a replacement for a stealth flash camera that has a very very very slow trigger time. I read the reviews and decided that I would skip on the latest from stealth (my last 3 camera's have been Stealth) due to the large amount of batteries I was having to purchase. The Bushnell has a small learning curve and after reading the manual twice things sorta smoothed out.

What I love:
1.The black cover-Deer don't jump when the camera starts.
2.AA batteries have lasted a month in video mode.
3.You have the option of field scan (it takes a lot of pictures and after downloading a special program it will string them together for a movie)

What I hate:
1.You will need to download another program to be able to view video! This alone would have swayed my decision!
2.You have to reset the date and time every time that the unit is switched to the off position. I do this every day in order to switch out SD cards. IT SUCKS!
3.The video quality is not what I expected from 720p.
4.The picture quality in 8mp mode just sucks.

I am giving this camera a 3 because I have used worse. It has been recommended that I give the new Moultrie a try but the last 2 were absolutely awful (cheap but awful). The very expensive Cuddyback camera ($400.00 plus) leaked water the 3rd time it was used and they offered to repair it for $125.00. It was less than a month old! I will never own another one!

I read reviews here also. [...]

Still shopping!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2012
Overall, very pleased with this camera.

I wanted a new trail camera, with the covert (black) LED, and barometric pressure and moon phase on the time stamp.

BLACK LED

I ended turning the flash setting to the minimum. While it worked well for closer targets, some of the further ones were a little blurry. But, all and all, simply having the option is great feature most of your trail cameras won't have. Visibly, I have noticed less deer actually looking at the camera, versus some of my standard IR flash cameras. Still, nothing is perfect, and I did see some. Not sure if it was noise from the camera or what.

Visually, I could still see the LED's lighting up on the high flash setting, but almost nothing on the low.

PICTURE QUALITY

Daytime photos have turned out amazing for the most part, and I don't even have the camera on the highest resolution. I did have a few pictures where the lens was fogged over, and a few where I was getting glare from the sun. But these were in the minority, and I believe you would have had them on any camera.

Nightime, I have gotten some blur. But, again, I haven't noticed any more than any of my other cameras. My 2011 Trophy Cam (standard LED Flash) might have slightly less blur. Some of the blur may be due to my settings though (low flash, 3 picture burst). I will have to play around with it to see if this can be reduced.

One of the reasons I bought the camera, Date, Time, Moon Phase, Temperature, Barometric Pressure are all available on every picture. Extremely value information for hunting applications.

VIDEO QUALITY

I haven't played around with this feature.

OVERALL

I am completely happy with my purchase. I would definitely consider buying another one. I would give it a 5, but knowing higher end cameras (Recoynx) are available, I wouldn't feel right about it. Still, value for your dollar, I would give it a 5 star rating, based off all the features, and function.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2013
Trophy Cam works better than expected. Photos are clear although the evening pictures are a little dull but with Photo shot you can lighten up. The only complaint I have is the temperature is not accurate. When the temps were hovering around zero the cam showed 75 degrees. This is not a critical item for me.
So far I have taken over 2000 photos day and evening in temperatures ranging 17 below zero to 37 degrees above zero. It is easy to set up and with the number of photos taken the batteries are still strong!
I also purchased the security box. Puts my mind at ease knowing the camera is cabled to a tree and people can not walk away with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2013
Bought it for $225 and you can't beat the performance for this price. I got the trail cam with black IR LEDs because the critters were reacting to the regular IR LEDs. I only use it to see what's going on in the open space on the other side of my fence, and in the month I've had it I have captured videos of many deer, coyotes, gray foxes, raccoons, possums, skunks, and owls. Great fun to see what's going on while you sleep.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2013
It uses the control buttons for multiple purposes which makes it hard to remember which button does what. Also the labels on the buttons are impossible to read so you have to memorize the positions. Why not have labels in a contrasting color?
The strap is awkward to fasten and aim. There is no way to to easily take a shot and check that it is aimed correctly without removing it from the tree which defeats the purpose .
On the 2nd day of being used the rubber seal came loose and I guess I will have to glue it back in myself or return it.

However once it is setup and aimed, the daytime pictures are excellent. The night pictures are OK but I only have one short test to go by.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
Amazon offers the best products and service! This camera produces night pictures as perfect as those taken during day-light!
Foxes and Coyotes at night and birds all day long!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
I ordered this camera to take pictures of deer. I must say it takes great pictures. So far I haven't had to replace the batteries. Also this camera doesn't make any sound while taking pictures. The wildlife doesn't even know it's there. It's worth the money!
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