The buzz in the outdoor world is all new 2014 Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Wireless. That’s right a cellular trail camera from one of the best brands in the business. As you can tell from our stand Trophy Cam review we really like Bushnell trail cameras. I can promise you that we are really pumped to bring our readers the Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Wireless review.
How Does the Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Wireless Work
The Bushnell Wireless is tough to find so here is a deal on the Trophy Cam HD.
It runs on the AT&T network but that will be covered later. I find it interesting that Bushnell is labeling this a Wirless Trail Camera instead of a Cellular Trail Camera.
The cool part of this package is the complete wireless control over the Trophy Cam. You can do this from the smartphone app or from a computer.
In this video Michael Waddell describes all the features of the Trophy Cam Wireless
Here is a list of settings you can control from the internet and app:
- shutter speed
- image resolution
- camera mode
- pictures per trigger
- motion sensitivity
- LED flash intensity
- Delay interval
- image timestamp
You can also view the following trail camera indicators:
- battery level
- storage capacity
- cellular signal strength
After you have put batteries and powered your camera up then you need to head over to wirelesstrophycam.com. This is the portal where you can access your camera over the AT&T cellular network. Let’s not try to figure out exactly how it works let’s just be glad it works.
All you really need to do is enter the serial number of the camera and this will register the sim card and activate the camera. From this point you will be able to remotely set up the Trophy Cam.
An added bonus is the Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Wireless app. From my initial login it looks like the app has all the functionality available from the computer portal. Use the same login credential as the account you created above and you are off and running. Here are a couple of screenshots from the Android App.
Download the Bushnell Trophy Cam Wireless App
This is a good time to set up the camera and then make changes with the computer and the app. You will be amazed!
Now get everything set the way you like and head out to your deer hunting lease and turn this bad boy loose.
I’m sure you will be holding your cell phone tightly waiting for the first alert of a new trail camera picture. You can choose to be alerted with email or app alerts.
What About The Pictures?
The pictures and “thumbnails” was a point of initial confusion for me when I started the research for this Bushnell Wireless Trophy Cam Review. The app and the internet portal are only capable of transmitting thumbnails.
Thumbnails are basically just small low resolution versions of the trail camera picture. The original picture is still stored on the SD card of the trail cam but only a thumbnail is transmitted to the app and the internet. The attached app samples below provide a better idea of the quality of the Bushnell Trophy Cam Wireless thumbnails. Each picture is time stamped and it looks like you should be able to tell which buck is visiting your hunting location.
What Cellular Coverage Do I Need?
The Bushnell Wireless Trophy Cam HD is Bushnells first cellular trail camera. It is capable of sending pictures via AT&T GSM network. A sim card and a data plan is required for this service. Be sure to check out the AT&T coverage map in your area before getting to excited about this new cellular hunting gadget.
Bushnell ships and packs the Wireless Trophy Cam with a sim card and the data plan is free for the first 30 days. I believe the 30 days begins after you have activated your account and registered the trail cam.
All future plan changes will be handled by Bushnell and can be made and purchased online. For rates and plan upgrades check out your accounts page on the WTC site.
What Does It All Cost
Most of my hunting gear decisions come down to price and I am sure many of you are the same. We have families and limited budgets and just can’t buy the latest thing to hit Cabelas. Which leads us to the big question.
What is the Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Wireless Price??
As my Uncle would say “Brace Yourself”
Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam HD Wireless $599
The price is hard to swallow and it is currently only available at Cabelas until April of 2014.
How Much Are The Bushnell Wireless Trophy Cam Plans
If you are still ready then you must not have passed out when you saw the $599 price tag. So let’s talk about the cost and coverage of the data plans. From my experience AT&T has pretty good coverage. Take a look and click the map to view official AT&T page.
The first months service is free, well actually comes with the $599 trail camera. After your first month runs out then you have several choices. The table below breaks it all down and I will only explain a few options.
|Data Package||Monthly Thumbnails||Price Per Month|
Maintenance mode is perfect for people that live a long way from hunting camp. This package gives you complete control over all trail cam settings and lets you view battery life. No pictures or thumbnails are delivered with this data package.
The Economy Package provides the transimition of 1000 thumbnails. This means you get 1000 small versions of the trail camera pictures uploaded to the internet and your smartphone app. This is per month and is for a recurring fee.
Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Wireless Specs and Features
- iPhone and Android App
- .6 second trigger speed
- 3 months battery life
- 8MP resolution
- HD Video – 1280×720 pixels
- 32 No glow LED’s
- 60 ft flash range
- 2.4 inch LCD display
- Programmable trigger interval: 1 sec. to 60 min.
- Multi-image mode: 1-3 images per trigger
- Video length: 1 second to 60 seconds, programmable
- Field Scan 2X with two available time slots so you can monitor dusk and dawn movement
- Temperature range -5° F to 140° F
- PIR sensor is motion activated out to 60′
Leave Your Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Wireless Review
We will update this post as more develops with this game camera. Please leave a review below if you have been lucky enough to field test the Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Wireless. You can also check out trail camera reviews section and also our Browning Strike Force Review. Right now we really like the Covert cellular game cameras but our opinion can always change.