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on July 31, 2013
Bought camera March 31st; writing this July 31st; Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam Bone Collector Trail
Bought to capture video of varmints raiding my garden at night and destroying my freshly planted seedlings. Placed camera in various locations to view my 18 foot long 4 foot wide raised bed garden.
After a few days of using this camera and after finally stuffing in enough masking tape to hold the batteries so that they don't lose contact causing it to lose its date/time settings when it is moved; while checking the camera several times each 24 hour period.
Opinion of this camera:
This camera is an enigma:
1. One that is puzzling, ambiguous, or inexplicable.
2. A perplexing speech or text; a riddle.
It, in fact, does capture insects and small animals within 6 feet during daylight and night. It makes good video. On high sensitivity (which is the only way I used it), the motion sensor (sometimes) picks up motion that is outside the frame or activates so slowly that whatever was in the frame has already passed through; so that whatever passed through is missed.
At night is when it becomes a real enigma. The activation response time is very slow, even when set on highest sensitivity. At 10 to 18 feet, the infrared beam seems to be almost like a wide spot beam but will sometimes pick up activity on the edges.
Mounting this camera on anything other than a tree is very difficult; I finally built a pivot arm to strap onto a pole and used a long bolt & nut to make it easier to position the camera.
What did I expect? I expected that day or night, from 20 feet away, which puts the 18 foot raised bed garden fully in the frame, that I would capture video of squirrels, birds, possums and cats. It didn't work out like that for me. For nighttime surveillance, I had to move the camera to the end of the bed and still the results are problematic. From this position, I had cats and possums, (verified by the scat and diggings), which were not detected by the camera. Thats an 18 foot bed with 2/3's of it in the frame. same result from 20 feet away with the 18 foot bed in the frame. (I'm wondering if the animals have developed a new stealth technology?) Even in daylight, it missed a visually verified cat intrusion thus: enigma.)
At random critical times, when you know there was activity and you are really curious about the results, the camera will begin to make zero length files and will continue to make them with each activity until you start to unlatch the camera at which time it will record the unlatching process. enigma !!! This happens day after day.
For me, and my first game cam, this has been a total frustration. A friend who has one of these and two other cheaper camera's for capturing deer video, says he likes his two cheaper cameras better.
Finally, this camera does not have a playback function. Not a problem for me but if you are going to the woods with it, you better have a lot of practice with it before going.
For my needs, I give this camera one star.