Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential E2 12MP Trail Camera
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- Accepts up to a 32GB SD Card (not included) and operates on 8 AA batteries (not included)
- 0.3 second trigger speed captures 12MP high-quality images or 720P HD video with audio
- Multi-image mode to take 1 to 3 images per trigger and field scan 2x that can take images at pre-set intervals
- Day/night auto sensor with an Adjustable PIR that is activated out to 80 feet and stamps date, time and TEMP on every image
- Programmable video length from 5 seconds to 60 seconds and a temperature range of -5 degrees F to 140 degrees F
- True 1-Year battery life using 8-aa batteries and will take up to 32Gb SD card; Adjustable web belt included
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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!!!!!!
The ONLY issue I have had with these cameras is the date being reset, and that is why I cant give this camera 5 stars. This has happened 3 times, two of which were during winter in temps of the 'teens and twenties. I was using cheap alkaline batteries but will try quality Lithium batts this year and see if that solves the issue, like some people have suggested. Overall I was (and am still) very happy about the performance of this camera, especially at a third of the cost of similar cameras.
In fall of 2017 I looked into buying more of these, and found them on Amazon again at an even lower price, so I purchased 3 more cameras. I did notice they came in a white box, not the retail packaging, and I did notice that those cameras were a much lighter, tan color. It gave me pause, but the shape, features, and functions were all identical, and the sticker on the back looked correct. I got over it and started using them with the same great results as my original authentic #119836C. So I ordered 3 additional cameras a few months later, bringing my total to 7 of these models, with only one being in the retail packaging.
This fall I checked Amazon again in hopes of buying several more. That is when I saw all the reviews stating that they are not the advertised camera, and that underneath the model #119836C sticker was a different sticker for a "Vital Cam HD" model #119826C. I checked all of my tan colored models to see if they bore the same two stickers as the other reviewers' cameras, and they indeed did. This was concerning to me and I wanted to sort it out before ordering any more of them, or potentially trying to remedy this discrepancy.
So today I called Bushnell customer service in Olathe, KS and spoke to an incredibly helpful person named Travis. After a few minutes of searching and reading, he located all of the pertinent information about these two model numbers, and told me that the "Vital Cam HD" (#119826C) was an identical version of the Essential E2 inside and out, but that it was produced for and distributed to, only a certain retailer, thus the different model # designation. He did not know exactly how the cameras would have been issued different stickers, but assured me they are the same cameras. Understanding that this could be frustrating, he told me that if I wished to send back to Bushnell all the #119826C "Vital Cam HD" cameras I had been shipped, he would be happy to ship me brand-new old-stock #119836C models. That folks, is some real deal, US-based customer service!
Seeing that I have all these cameras in the field right now, and that they have performed exactly like my original Essential E2 (#119836C), I am not sure if I will take them up on their offer to replace all my #119826C cameras. However it is great to know I can, and that Bushnell is standing behind their products. Sorry for the small novel here, but if you made it to the end of this review (my first ever) then I suppose you found the information useful. Take care!
So I thought to myself, hey maybe it's buggy software and a firmware update is available. I went to Bushnell web site and while the have plenty of updates, none are available for this model. In fact, I can't find instructions to update this model, which leads me to believe it is not upgradeable. Anyway, I'm sending it back. Tired of being disappointed with missing or totally useless videos.