Sunday, 27 April 2014

Bushnell Trophy Cam

This post has been awhile in the making. I had hoped to get it posted earlier but I wanted some footage to show how it performs and so needed to wait a week or so to get some.

I am a big fan of trail cams and have been using them for the past 6 years or so. I have put them out at intervals on my bit of land to record the fauna present. At one point I had two devices. One a simple device imported from America but that actually served me well and an old Bushnell that these days seems enormous.

Over the winter my old Bushnell died and so over Easter I invested in a newer model - the Bushnell Trophy Cam.

The camera is a revelation. It is half the size of my old one and has a much better interface. A standard On/off/setup switch is supported by a colour monitor with a range of buttons to enable playback.






The big draw for me with this model aside from the price and size was the use of no-glow LED lights. On previous models whilst the normal Infra Red LED's provided excellent lighting - often too bright - they disturbed some of the wild life. Badgers in particular seemed to become spooked by the activation. This newer model doesn't attract any unwanted attention.

Battery life claims for the unit are impressive. My last models ran on 6 size C batteries that drained fast. This newer model takes 8 AA batteries and has been out in the field for 2 weeks now with no appreciable loss of battery life it claims to be able to last 6-12 months.

Resolution is good with the ability to take 8 Mb pictures and record video in HD.

Examples of the Video quality:
Night

video
Day
video

Its still early days but I have to say that for the moment I am impressed. I ll keep everyone posted as time progresses to see it the camera keeps up the good work.