Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam HD Wireless Reviews

Have you had the opportunity to use Bushnell Trail Cam? If yes, then you know why we consider them one of the best brands in the industry! This cellular trail Cam has created quite the buzz in the outdoor community. Read our Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam HD Wireless review to learn more about this fascinating device.

This trail camera runs on AT&T network provider. You will have complete control over your device and you can do so using a smartphone app or from your computer. Some settings you can control from your internet and app are: LED flash intensity, Delay intervals, Motion sensitivity, shutter speed, camera mode, image resolution, number of photos per trigger, and much more!

Set up

When you put batteries on and power up your device, head on over to wirelesstrophycam.com. Here, you can access your machine over the AT&T network. All you need to do is enter the serial number of your Cam and then register the SIM-card and activate your gadget. From here on, you can remotely set up the Bushnell Cam. Program everything the way you want and head on out to your deer hunting adventure. You can choose email alerts or app alerts.

Pictures

Referred to as “thumbnails”, they are small, low-resolution versions of your trail cam images. Original images are still stored on your SD-card but only thumbnail is transmitted to the app and internet. Each image is time and date stamped.

Cellular coverage

Your Bushnell gadget uses AT&T GSM network for cellular coverage services. You require a SIM Card and an internet coverage plan to access this service. Before purchasing your Bushnell Cam, peruse through the AT&T coverage map first to see if your area is covered.

After purchase, Bushnell will ship the gadget with a SIM card and your network plan is free for the first month – this trial begins when you set up your account and register this Bushnell model. If you wish to change your data plan, you can do so by contacting Bushnell or by making online purchase. Frequently peruse through your accounts page on the WTC site for rates and data bundle upgrades.

Price

If money is an issue and you are trying to save up, then we would suggest you try looking for cheaper alternatives as this model is on the higher price range. However, the features and benefits you get are worth every penny. Initial price is inclusive of one-month free Internet service. You have several choices when it runs out. Some options available include:

– Maintenance mode – 0 monthly thumbnails at $6.99

– Economy package – 1,000 monthly thumbnails at $9.99

– Basic package – 2,000 monthly thumbnails at $19.99

– Deluxe option– 5,000 monthly thumbnails at $29.99

– Elite option – 10,000 thumbnails per month at $59.99

If you do not live near hunting camps, maintenance mode is perfect for you because you will have complete control over all your settings and you can also view your battery life. Keep in mind that no images or thumbnails are received on your Apps with this package

All other data packages are per month and the price is recurring.

Features

You will receive 60 feet of flash range and PIR sensor, 32 No glow LEDs, and 2.4 inch LCD display that is easy to use and navigate.

Video length is 1 second to 60 seconds – this setting is programmable via the display or app setting.

Your Bushnell Cam has 2X field scan with two available time slots. Users can monitor dusk and dawn movements.

A user is able to capture tons of images using the 0.6-second trigger speed. Enjoy 8MP high quality photos – daytime or nighttime images.

Temperature range is -5 degree F to 140 degrees F.

The battery life is known to last for more than three months without needing replacement.

Pros

– You can view tons of information about your Cam from laptop or your mobile phone such as battery level, Cellular signal strength and storage capacity

– Users have complete wireless control over their Cam – You are able to program your gadget remotely

– There are varieties of Internet bundles to choose from. This way, you are able to pick one that is pocket friendly and suitable to your needs

– You receive alerts of your new trail Cam photos on your cell phone

Cons

– Thumbnail option is confusing to many people and learning how to operate will take some time.

– It is expensive

– Charges are recurring, meaning you have to pay per month to receive above mentioned services

– You will receive no images or thumbnails if you subscribe to Maintenance Mode

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What happens if you are out of range and your Trail cam has no cellular signal?

Answer: If you do not have signal, your device will work just like regular trail Cam. You can still use for taking images, videos etc

  1. What is the quality of thumbnails sent?

Answer: The thing to keep in mind is that these are not some high definition quality pictures, they are just thumbnails, but they do show some fairly decent images. Your Storage Device still has all images saved and they are high quality pictures.

  1. Can I receive thumbnails to my computer only if my phone text rates are too high?

Answer: Yes, you can choose email alerts only. Select this option when you are customizing settings

Final Verdict

Just like any other gadget, research and read up about Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam HD Wireless Camera before purchase. This way you will have an idea of what to expect. If your wireless connection does not work, simply use as any other trail Cam until you get to a location with strong wireless signal. You will not lose any images as they are saved in your SD card.

All thumbnails are also available on your storage device – you can easily transfer them to your laptop or blow them up on big screen for better viewing. All in all, this product delivers. If the price is too steep, you can browse through some websites and look for Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam HD Wireless cameras on sale. You are bound to find deals soon enough.

Remember to purchase a security box and anti theft cable to ensure your gadget is protected at all times.

Browning Trail Camera Dark Ops Reviews 2019

Browning Trail Camera Dark Ops Reviews 2019


If you are an outdoor junkie and love to hunt, then you have definitely heard of Browning manufacturers. This company has been on the market for years, and their products are said to be innovative and top the line.

Browning offers vast models of trail Cams, all in the different price range, ensuring any user can find a suitable item.

Their cameras are sturdy, solid, and very durable. They are inclusive of all features necessary to cover every need of a wildlife observer or a hunter.

In this Browning Trail Camera review, we shall take a closer look at Browning Trail Cameras Dark Ops.

It provides excellent quality and overall value. The performance you will get is same as higher priced models. Dark Ops uses invisible night vision LED’s – this means that you can take pictures at night and anything passing by will not notice it.

Design Of Browning Trail Cameras Dark Ops

Dark Ops comes in a plastic shell and inside this covering, you get your camera and an instruction manual – your manual has all conclusive details on how to set up, mount, and use your Cam.

This device is well designed. Its front has a tree bark camouflage finish and the other components are solid brown in color. Cover latches are strong allowing your camera to withstand brutal elements for months at a time.

Browning Trail Cameras Dark Ops Features

  • Fast trigger speed of 0.67 seconds.
  • Recovery time of 2.3 seconds
  • Infrared flash detection range is up to 70 feet
  • Has a 10Mp resolution camera
  • Can record video clips with lengths of 5 seconds – 2 minutes
Pros Cons
  • Durable design
  • Fast trigger speed
  • Long battery life
  • Affordable price – when compared to other model offering same features, Dark Ops is a steal.
  • Easy to use –even a first time user can set it up and operate it with no difficulties.
  • No glow infrared flash – you can use it for security purposes as well because it goes undetected.
  • Nighttime power consumption is a bit high
  • When compared to other models from same brand such as Strike Force, its detection range is shorter
  • Some users have said that daytime pictures should have more clarity

Performance Of Browning Dark Ops

Trigger speed of Dark Ops is considerably fast at 0.67 seconds. It has a recovery time of 2.3 seconds. This recovery times enables Dark Ops to be ready to shoot images fast, ensuring you never miss your perfect shot. This speed is perfect for home security use or wildlife use.

The speaker and 12V power port are located at the bottom. Its power port is covered by a silicone rubber cover that protects it from moistures.

Navigating your option menu is fairly simple. Used the “E” mode and operate using the four directional buttons. Here, you can set up the date, time, and select your desired picture settings.

Browning Trail Camera – Dark Ops infrared flash detection range is up to 70 feet. This is a bit low when compared to other Browning models. But it is still a great range for any trail cam. Overall performance of this gadget is very reliable, even in different weather conditions.

Battery and Storage

To load your 8 AA batteries, all you need to do is push the “Eject” button located at the top and your battery compartment will slide out from the bottom. Batteries are not included in the package, so you will need to buy some. To add longevity, manufacturers advise you to use lithium batteries. For cost saving purposes, you can opt to use NiMH rechargeable batteries.

If possible, do not use alkaline batteries as they do not last long and this might cause you to lose precious shots. This model features a low resting current setting – you can expect daytime power consumption to be very low. However, nighttime consumption remains high.

Located on its inner side is a standard SD Card Slot (it can hold up to 32 GB SD card), a TV Out port for viewing images and video on a TV screen, and a USB port that you can use to connect to a computer.

Pictures and Video

Dark Ops takes high quality images that are bright and have good contrast. Daytime pictures have little to no blur – they are quite sharp and in focus. You will receive sharp images of even a deep running across your camera frame.

Nighttime images are also very good and have minimal ghost effects. It is a no glow device, so expect your images to be a bit dimmer. However, if an animal gets too close to the lens, your picture will be greatly whitened out.

Its high definition video function has the ability to record sound. Video quality is great and you can choose the length of video clips ranging from 5 seconds up to 2 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:  Does Dark Ops offer night video recording?

Answer: Yes it does. However, keep in mind that night video clips are only 10 seconds long. You can still capture some amazing quality clips but you do not get the option of a 2-minute long video recording.

Question: What is the best alternative to Dark Ops if I cannot afford it?

Answer: Dark Ops is not expensive but there are other Browning models that provide near similar services at lower costs. Best alternative is the Strike Force. However, each of these models has their own strengths and weaknesses.

Question: How long does one set of recommended lithium batteries last?

Answer: 8 AA lithium batteries should give you about one hunting season of battery life.

Final Verdict

These cameras are compatible with several accessories including a Browning Security Box that gives you 3 places to lock your box to a tree. The 3 places include a standard padlock, and the other ports located on the back work best with a steel Python cable.

If you are looking for more flexibility in mounting and aiming your camera, then a Browning Tree Mount is what you need to purchase.

Browning Trail Cameras Dark Ops truly gives a user best value for their bucks. Aside from AA batteries, you can use rechargeable batteries in case your batteries run out of juice.

The device is packed with some pretty awesome features and produces very satisfying videos and high-quality photos – be it daytime or night time.

Next time you are searching for trail Cam for wildlife observation or for security purposes, Dark Ops is exactly what you need. Thanks to its “no glow” features, it goes undetected by passerby and animals as well.