Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential E2 12MP Trail Camera
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- Adjustable images per trigger
- Takes 720p Video
- 3, 8, or 12 MP resolution
- 0.3 trigger speed
- 80 ft. infrared flash range
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Trophy Cam HD Essential E2
Keep a watchful eye on your favorite outdoor spot around the clock. If you want to see what’s out there, all you have to do is set one up.
Temperature range -5° F to 140° F.
PIR sensor is motion activated out to 80 foot.
Runs up to 12 months on one set of batteries.
Adjustable web belt and 1/4-20 socket.
SD card slot.
3, 8 or 12MP high-quality full color resolution.
Adjustable PIR (Lo/Med/High).
0.3-second trigger speed
Programmable trigger interval: 1 second to 60 minutes.
Multi-image mode: 1-3 images per trigger.
Video length: 5 seconds to 60 seconds, programmable.
Field Scan 2x time-lapse mode takes images at pre-set intervals, 1 minute to 60 minutes.
1-Year Battery Life
True one year battery life for all season scouting.
Every image is automatically stamped with day/date, temp and moon phase at time of capture.
Hyper Night Vision
A quantum leap in distance and brightness, this new system ensures that sharpest after-dark imagery.
Field Scan 2X
Time-lapse technology automatically snaps images at preset intervals of one minute to one hour, within the hours of your choice. Now with two available time slots so you can monitor dusk and dawn movement. Because it’s not triggered by game, it provides the widest viewing area possible. But unlike all other time-lapse cameras, its simultaneous live trigger will still capture images of anything that walks by.
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First week of use I managed 447 picture on 8Megapixel, normal trigger, 30 second reset and normal IR nighttime settings, 0 false triggers and maybe 10 that were just slightly blurry and those were night pictures.
Night time you get great pictures, everything within 50 feet is clear and you can see out past 100 feet.
Only complaint so far is that it switches to night time at like 5-6pm, which it's under heavy tree cover and with the sun behind it so that might be playing a role(update this was the issue, moving to face south towards the sun extended daytime mode). Even using nighttime mode at 6pm in the summer it's still looks ok just a little saturated b/c of the extra light.
thus far have gotten 4,000 pictures over 1 month span and batteries (Energizer Lithium) are still showing full on the battery indicator.
15,000k+ pictures, 75%+ are night time with flash and the Energizer Lithium which I originally purchased and which have been installing and outside since August 2016 are still reading full battery on the indicator for the camera and still going strong!!!!!!
I contacted Bushnell support, and they wanted me to send it the E2 at my expense plus pay for return shipping and then wait 3-4 weeks for them to fix it and send a replacement. That's terrible customer service, especially for a new-to-market product. Anyway, looks like I will probably be trying Essential E2 number three, because when it works it is awesome. Hopefully I'll have better results with this one.
Edit: dropping to one star...Bushnell has the worst customer service of any company I've dealt with, ever (worse that cable companies). Their customer service dept asked for me to document the problem, so I took the time to upload the videos to drop box and emailed them the link; after I had proven the issue was real, customer service just stopped responding...I even emailed them from different accounts to make sure it wasn't a spam issue. Most recently, I emailed again to ask if they had any updates. A "senior engineer" emailed me back, said he would replace the camera (wasn't very polite about it)...said send him my address. I did. That was over a month ago. I heard nothing back. A company like this doesn't deserve anyone's business. I sent my Essential E2 back to the retailer and I'm getting a Browning Strike Force Elite. What a terrible company
Works just as advertised and I'm having a lot of fun seeing what kind of critters are walking my property at night. Amazing color pictures in the daylight and very decent B&W at night. Somewhere there's a review that said when you switch it to off mode it loses the time/date setting, but I've found that's not the case. I just slapped regular Duracell batteries in my camera and have flipped it off/on many times as I take the pictures off the card...it's never lost the time setting. You can also get a TON of 12 mb pictures on a relatively small SD card, so no need to splurge of the expensive one. You're better off buying two smaller ones and swapping them when you want to check your pictures.
Might be worth doing a price history search, as there's some variation. As soon as the price drops again I'm going to buy a second.
The night time pictures are very good (see pic) and the daytime ones are also good. I am assuming you are trying to identify animals, not creating a portrait to hang on the wall.
I did some tests.
First of all, the detection LED that you use to see if the camera is set to the right angles did not respond beyond about 6'. I was initially concerned but it turned out not to be a problem. The camera responds in practice about what the mfg claims. I tested it in daytime and got pictures of myself out to 50', but not 60'
The camera angle is (measured) 35deg W X 26 deg Vert.
I did not measure the detection angle, but assume it to be the same as the Bushnell Aggressor (45 deg.), which has a much longer detection distance.
The camera has a very useful capability for night time shots in that it reduces the IR lighting if the animal is close, so helps to eliminate washout in the B&W images.
The picture of the giant slug eating the cat food was taken from 8' away.
If you want to see more test pictures go to www trailcampro
Battery life with lithium batteries is reported to be 11 - 12 mos, but I haven't had it that long.
It is a small simple camera and does what it does with the best of them.
Response time, recovery time, and interval between shots seem to me to be adequate for the intended use.
It takes videos plus time lapse videos.
The menu has a small learning curve but that is usual with all electronics. Keep the manual handy.
It cost twice as much as the one I sent back, but it works and the other one didn't
I am very happy with it .
P.S This camera will not respond to slugs. You need an additional cat.