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Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Review

In this 2013 Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Review I will cover several of the reasons this model has been one of our favorites since 2010.  Buying a mid priced trail camera is quite an investment.  This price range is around $160 up to $250.  There are a lot of trail cameras in this price range and selecting one can be a little bit of work.  Odds are you found this article because you were searching for “Bushnell Trophy Cam HD reviews” so you are already interested in this trail camera.
Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Review
The Bushnell Trophy Cam HD is a micro-sized trail camera.

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Price

I decided to include price at the top of the review because it is such a big factor.  In fact I would bet that price is the number one factor when selecting a trail camera.  Bushnell requires all vendors to follow MAP pricing.  MAP is the minimum advertised price so most of the time you will find the Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam HD sale price of $199.   People may be stretching the law on the eBay but do you really know what your are buying?

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Trigger Speed

Trigger speed is probably the most important factor after price.  In this case the Bushnell Trophy Cam HD has a .6 second trigger speed.  This is VERY FAST.  The quick reacting detection circuit would help on active trail setups.  The PIR has three settings but in all my testing I left it on the normal default setting.

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Picture Quality

The Bushnell Trophy Cam HD can capture trail camera pictures at 3MP, 5MP or 8MP.  This feature enables you to select the picture quality that best matches the SD card you have installed.  The pictures do not look like they were shot by a professional with a high tech SLR but they look great.  In the examples below you can see the daytime pictures are rich in color and contrast.  The daytime pictures may tend to be a little bright if anything.  The blackflash is strong and does a good job with the night time pictures.

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Video Quality

I have got to say that I love the Bushnell Trophy Cam Video feature.  In fact you really don’t hear much about the Hybrid Feature.  Selecting the Hybrid option will capture a trail camera picture when triggered and then capture trail camera video.  The video is great quality for viewing on a computer or sharing with friends on facebook or emails.  The video also captures sound which is a great feature.
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Check out the sample pictures and video footage below.  The deer is detected by the PIR and a picture is captured.  Once the picture is snapped the camera begins filming video.  The video can be captured in daytime and nighttime.  Think of the possibilities for this great feature.

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Review Pictures

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Bushnell Trophy Cam HD menu
Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Control Panel

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Ease of Use

This trail cam is easy to use.  The simple menu layout is not confusing and is fairly straight forward.  My 8 year son was able to get through the basic setup so that in itself says a lot.  I have been running all my Bushnell’s with mostly factory defaults.  Here is a quick list of things I change;Date and Time, Video Length, Video Quality, Picture Quality, and Hybrid Setting.  If you would like more detail you can take a look at the Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Manual

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Battery Life

Bushnell recommends Energize Lithium batteries.  In fact, there is a $2 off coupon for the batteries in each new Trophy Cam package.  Most of my cams are set up over feeders and batteries get put to the test.  It is hard for me to say exactly how long the batteries will last but with a normal setting you could expect easily get a year out of a set a batteries.

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD 119537C

Just to Clarify.  The Bushnell Trophy Cam HD 119537C was tested for this review

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Review Conclusion

The real test of any product is the “refer a friend”.  The Bushnell Trophy Cam HD passes this test because I have referred many of my hunting buddies to this trail camera.  This even includes my dad who is still using 4 Trophy Cams.  These great little trail cams get the thumbs up because of the fast trigger speed, good picture quality, and rock solid reliability.  For around $200 this is one of the top performers and highest rated trail camera available.  Remember, you get what you pay for and the Trophy Cam line will not disappoint.

About Jeff

Deer hunting is a great sport and is one of my passions. Between September and January you will probably find me in a treestand with bow in hand. My hope with this site is to share my experience to help you have a more successful and enjoyable deer hunt.

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5 comments

  1. Jeff,

    How did you get such great video quality from this camera ? I have tried using a class 10 Sandisk Ultra & Extreme card and the HD video quality is average to say the least. I have cheap Wildgame Innovations cameras that I get better video from. Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated !!!

    Thanks,
    Jim

  2. Jim
    In the settings menu I selected the highest video quality resolution. The camera was also set in Hybrid mode but I am not sure how that would impact video quality. I actually think i was using a Sandisk card and a Moultrie card.

    sorry I don’t have better advice but I was just using the HD setting
    Jeff

    • I have the same problem that Jim has.
      My daytime photos and videos are great but the night shots are REALLY poor. Jumpy, blurry dark. nowhere near the quality of your nightime shots.
      My camera is new. ( has hybrid mode and shutter speed adjust ) but different than yours , has the no glow flash. I’m using a class 10 Sandisk also.
      Any thoughts

  3. Gentlemen,

    Is your review of the wireless version of the Bushnell camera that sends photos directly to your phone or computer?

    V/R,

    Jocuns…

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