Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential E2 12MP Trail Camera, Tan
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Adjustable settings allow images to be captured at one to three per trigger, or video clips from 5-60 seconds. Image resolution can be set to 3, 8, or 12 MP. Runs up to 12 months on one set of (8) AA batteries (not included). Features a 0.3 second trigger speed, 32 Low-Glow LEDs, lime lapse mode, and 80 ft. night flash range.
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120 of 124 people found the following review helpful.
Great camera, good price
Own two, one from amazon and one from another retailer.
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.
126 of 133 people found the following review helpful.
Two defective cams in a row
By Mr. D. Sullivan
[[VIDEOID:b16dd82a4901afdd04184f86e5ed33b5]] Maybe I just have bad luck, but both Essential E2s I have tried render many of the videos as pixellated beyond recognition--just a fuzzy image--can't see anything but static. Last night, 4 of 10 captured videos rendered like this. Maybe it is the humidity here or something (midwest). Is anyone else having this issue?
I contacted Bushnell support, and they wanted me to send it the E2 at my expense plus pay for return shipping and then wait 3-4 weeks for them to fix it and send a replacement. That's terrible customer service, especially for a new-to-market product. Anyway, looks like I will probably be trying Essential E2 number three, because when it works it is awesome. Hopefully I'll have better results with this one.
Edit: dropping to one star...Bushnell has the worst customer service of any company I've dealt with, ever (worse that cable companies). Their customer service dept asked for me to document the problem, so I took the time to upload the videos to drop box and emailed them the link; after I had proven the issue was real, customer service just stopped responding...I even emailed them from different accounts to make sure it wasn't a spam issue. Most recently, I emailed again to ask if they had any updates. A "senior engineer" emailed me back, said he would replace the camera (wasn't very polite about it)...said send him my address. I did. That was over a month ago. I heard nothing back. A company like this doesn't deserve anyone's business. I sent my Essential E2 back to the retailer and I'm getting a Browning Strike Force Elite. What a terrible company
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful.
My third trail cam
By N. Gerstner
I bought my first cam 7 years ago and it still functions flawlessly. I recently added 2 more and they work as advertised.
Setup instruction are clear and precise, setup time is under 10 minutes. I would advise a person to stay away from trail cams with advanced settings, they can made it very hard to operate. This is a basic trail cam, strap it to a tree, point it where you want it, turn it on and walk away, it does the rest.
I use my cams strictly for photos on travel corridors, pinch point and entry points into the crops. I can't comment on the video mode setting on the cam since I didn't purchase it for that function.
Bushnell is only in the optics business, they don't sell guns, clothing, calls or scents /lures like some of the other manufacturers out there. To me that's like buying tires from a company that makes dishwashers.