Tech Talk: Trail Cameras

A combination of digital imaging technology and passive infrared sensors, trail cameras give you the ability to monitor the woods 24/7. The built-in camera is triggered when an animal passes with the sensor's coverage area, an image or short video of the event is stored on an internal SD card. High-quality nighttime images are captured with the aid of a night vision LED flash.

Key Trophy Cam Features

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Trophy Cam Technology Glossary

No-Glow Black LED’s:

No-Glow Black LED’s are the latest advancement in nighttime covertness. Utilizing a black lens and Infrared LED’s, No-Glow cameras emit no visible nighttime flash or glow, so they will never spook game or give away the cameras position to other humans. This is important when using cameras for security purposes and also when using a camera on a game feeder or mineral lick because it is completely undetectable at night. Nighttime pictures taken with No-Glow Black LED’s will be in black and white.

Low-Glow IR LED’s:

Low-Glow night flash uses and array of Infrared (IR) LED’s that emit an IR flash that is not visible to humans or animals, so it is much more covert than traditional bright white incandescent flash cameras. Low-Glow cameras produce black and white night images and are great for trails and field edges, because they provide a longer distance flash than No-Glow Black LED’s.

Hyper PIR (Auto) Sensor:

Trail cameras use a Motion Sensor and Passive Infrared Sensor (PIR) to detect heat and motion (aka animals) to trigger the camera to take an image. Bushnell utilizes two unique features in our PIR Sensor; Hyper PIR and Adjustable PIR.

Hyper PIR:

Hyper PIR has a built-in temperature sensor that self-regulates the passive infrared sensor for more consistent function in all weather conditions, whether hot or cold. The Hyper PIR also extends the coverage range for the PIR Sensor out to 60 feet and beyond.

Adjustable PIR:

Bushnell Trophy Cams give you the options of selecting High, Medium, or Low PIR sensitivity, or auto for the Hyper PIR feature. This allows you to customize the PIR setting for your exact setup.

GPS Geotag:

GPS Geotag allows you the ability to input the GPS coordinates for the location of your camera into the camera. The coordinates will automatically be embedded into each picture and that enables you to plot your camera locations on a map, which makes tracking game movement easy.

Hybrid Capture Mode:

Select Trophy Cams feature the Hybrid Capture mode. When the camera is on Hybrid Capture Mode, the camera will take a full resolution image, followed immediately by a full resolution video. A lot of camera users cannot decide whether or not to use video mode or image mode, but now you can do both! This feature is perfect for capturing a trophy buck chasing a doe or a big gobbler strutting across your food plot.

HD Video:

All Trophy Cam HD models feature High Definition video with audio. The HD Max (119678) unit features 1920x1080p HD video, while all other HD units feature 1280x720p HD video. HD video gives you a brilliant connection with the game you hunt like you’ve never seen before. HD video is perfect for any situation; feeders, food plots, mineral licks, trails, or field edges. Bring your game to life, and enjoy that monster buck chasing a doe or big tom gobbling with HD Video.

Field Scan 2x:

Field Scan is a great tool for scouting strutting gobblers in the spring and rutting bucks in the fall. Time-Lapse Technology automatically captures images at preset intervals of one minute to 60 minutes, within the time frame you select (ex: 6:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.). Bushnell’s Field Scan 2x offers the unique ability to select two time frames for field scan (for example: 6:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.). This allows you to monitor dawn and dusk movement on your favorite food plot. Unlike other time-lapse cameras, Bushnell Trophy Cams can simultaneous run time-lapse and a live trigger at the same time, this ensures you will not miss any trophies that walk by your camera.

Field Scan mode allows you to cover an entire food plot with just one camera. Since the camera is taking an image at pre-set intervals, it will capture images of deer or turkey entering your food plot at 60 yards, 70 yards, even 100 yards away. This allows you to see when and exactly where the animals are entering your food plot, so you know where to hang your stand. It is best to place the camera higher on a tree than you normally would when using for Field Scan. Placing the cameras 5’ to 7’ off the ground pointed slightly down will give you the best view of the entire food plot or field. Setting the delay interval is based on your personal preference. Deer generally feed across a food plot rather quickly, so a 1 minute or 5 minute delay is appropriate so you do not miss any animals. Spring gobblers strutting in a field will generally stay in the field for long periods of time, so 10 minutes to 30 minutes will work well.

Hyper Night Vision:

Hyper Night Vision gives you bright, sharp after-dark images. Big bucks often roam the darkness for most of the year; make sure your camera can capture high quality nighttime images of your trophy.

Hyper Recovery:

Recovery Time is the amount of time it takes a camera to take a picture, store the image to the SD Card, and “arm” itself for the next trigger. This is a very important feature for a trail camera, and often one of the most overlooked. Recovery times range from under 1 second to over 60 seconds on some cameras in the market. Bushnell’s Hyper Recovery is the market leader in recovery time and comes in at less than 1 second. This is very important because you want your camera to take a picture and ready itself for the next picture as fast as possible so you do not miss multiple animals walking by. For example: You are scouting turkeys and a hen triggers the camera. If a big gobbler is following behind the hen by a few seconds (which is generally the case), cameras with slower recovery times will likely completely miss taking a picture of the gobbler. The same example can be used during the rut when a doe walks by the camera and has a buck trailing several yards behind her.

Lightning Fast Trigger:

Trigger Speed is the amount of time it takes for a trail camera to “wake” from its resting state and take a picture when activated by an animal moving in front of it. When you have a camera on a game trail or field edge, you want the fasted trigger speed possible so you do not miss any animals walking by quickly or running by. Just think of how much ground you cover in a few seconds walking at a normal pace. If your camera has a slow trigger speed, you will likely miss pictures of animals completely or just get their hind end in the frame. Enter Bushnell’s Lightning Fast Trigger speed. At under 0.2 second, you will never miss any animal moving in front of your camera, even if it is running.

Freeze Frame Shutter:

Freeze Frame Shutter allows you to adjust the night vision shutter speed to help prevent image blur on moving animals at night. Bushnell Trophy Cams offer High, Medium, and Low speeds to accommodate any night time setting.

Programmable Trigger Interval:

Programmable Trigger Interval allows you to customize how often your camera takes a picture, to maximize the camera’s usefulness and versatility. Bushnell Trophy Cams trigger interval can be programed to capture images from 1 second to 60 minutes.

The fast trigger intervals are great for trails and field edges, where animals will likely be walking by and not lingering in front of the cameras. You want your camera to capture an image and then ready itself for the next image as soon as possible. If you have trophy buck trailing a doe down a trail, you don’t want to miss the picture of the buck because your camera’s trigger interval was set for a 30 second delay. On the other hand, if you have your camera set up on a feeder, there is no need for the trigger interval to be set at 1 second. Animals feeding will like stay in front of the camera for several minutes at a time, so a trigger interval of 5 minutes to up to an hour, depending on how busy the area is, may be appropriate. You do not want your SD card to fill up the first day with several thousand images of the same animal, so longer trigger intervals work well in this situation.

Multi-Image Mode:

Multi-Image Model allows you to capture multiple images with each camera trigger. Bushnell Trophy Cams have the option for 1, 2, or 3 images per trigger. This feature is great for capturing images of a group of animals moving down a trail, or getting a multiple angles of a trophy buck’s antlers as he works a scrape or feeds.

Day/Night Autosensor:

Day/Night Autosensor is used to “sense” the amount of daylight, and allows the camera to switch from Night Vision mode to Day-Time mode for the best night and day images.

Data Stamp:

The Data Stamp is automatically placed on the bottom of every image, and includes; day/date, temperature, time, and moon phase at the time of capture. The Trophy Cam HD Max (119678) includes Barometric Pressure as well. This information can help you identify patterns in your deer movement to give you the upper hand on your next hunt.

Multi-Flash Mode:

Multi-Flash Mode allows you to adjust the brightness of the night vision flash to accommodate your setup. Trophy Cams feature High, Medium, and Low settings for the flash. The High setting allows for maximum flash distance, while Low setting conserves battery life and prevents the “hot spot” effect in images of objects close to the camera.

Removable “ARD” Shield:

There is no question glares in the woods will spook game. The Removable Anti-Reflective Shield on the 2014 Trophy Cam series prevents any glare from the sun or other light off the LED lens, making it the most covert camera on the market, day and night.

Baro Stamp:

Many scientists have found a direct correlation that links animal movement to changing barometric pressure. The Trophy Cam HD Max (119678C) features the barometric pressure on the data stamp of each image, and whether the pressure is rising or falling. This will help you determine the peak times of deer movement in your area, and figure out the best times to be on stand.

Solar Panel Compatible:

Bushnell Trophy Cams have long been known for their famed 1 YEAR Plus battery life, but we didn’t stop there. Compatible with the new 2014 Trophy Cam Models, the solar panel will extend your battery life even longer. The solar panel has a built in rechargeable battery that can run the camera for several weeks, even if there is no sun to recharge the battery. As long as the panel receives several hours of sunlight on a regular basis, the camera will continue to run on the solar panel battery and only switch back to the internal camera batteries when the battery in the solar panel runs out of charge.

Weather Proof:

Trail cameras are not very valuable if you cannot hang them out in the elements where your game hides. Bushnell Trophy Cams are completely weather proof and will continue taking images even in the harshest conditions.

SD Card Capacity:

All Trophy Cams are capable of using and SD Card with up to a 32GB capacity. This allows you to capture thousands of images in-between camera checks.

Temperature Operation Range:

Our cameras will continue to take images from arctic cold temperatures of -20 F to desert temps as hot as 140 degrees F.