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Bushnell 119628C User's Manual
Model#: 119628C
Congratulations on your purchase of one of the best trail cameras
on the market! Bushnell is very proud of this little unit and we
are sure you will be pleased with it as well. We appreciate your
business and want to earn your trust. Please refer to the notes
below and the instructions in this manual to ensure that you are
completely satisfied with this product.
If your Bushnell Trophy Cam does not seem to be
functioning properly or if you are having photo/video quality
issues, please check the Troubleshooting/FAQ section
on pages 28-32.
Problems are often due to something simple that was
overlooked, or require only changing one setting to solve.
If your problem continues after trying the solutions in
the Troubleshooting/FAQ section, please call Bushnell
Customer Service at (800) 423-3537. In Canada, call (800)
Bushnell recommends using 8 Energizer® Lithium AA batteries in
this Trophy Cam model to obtain maximum battery life
Do not mix old and new batteries
Do not mix battery types-use ALL lithium or ALL alkaline
Rechargeable batteries are NOT recommended
Bushnell recommends using SanDisk® SD and SDHC Cards
(up to 32GB capacity) in all Trophy Cams
About the Trophy Cam
The Bushnell Trophy Cam is a digital scouting camera. It can be triggered
by any movement of game in a location, detected by a highly sensitive
Passive Infra-Red (PIR) motion sensor, and then take high quality pictures
(up to 8MP still photos), or video clips.
The Trophy Cam consumes very little power (less than 300mA) in a standby (surveillance) state. This means it can deliver up to six months stand-by
operation time when the device is powered by eight AA alkaline batteries,
and up to twelve months utilizing lithium AA batteries. Once motion in the
monitored area is detected, the digital camera unit will be triggered at once
(typically less than one second) and then automatically take photos or videos
according to previously programmed settings. The Trophy Cam is equipped
with built-in infrared LEDs that function as a flash, so that it delivers clear
photos or videos (in black & white) even in the dark, and it can take color
photos or videos under sufficient daylight. The Trophy Cam is designed for
outdoor use and is resistant against water and snow. Your trail camera is one
of the latest generation of Bushnell Trophy Cams, and includes many new
or improved features, such as:
Auto PIR Sensitivity-the camera monitors ambient temperature conditions
and automatically adjusts the sensor/trigger signal to be more sensitive to
slight variations in temperature on hot days, less sensitive on cold days.
Field Scan 2x with Live Trigger-The “time lapse” feature added in last year’s
models has been enhanced with the addition of the option for a second
block of recording with its own start/stop times. Trigger signals generated
by nearby wildlife activity will still generate additional photos/videos as they
normally would, independently of the Field Scan operation.
GPS Geotag Capability-allows the user to input the longitude and latitude
of the camera’s position, which will be embedded in each photo file. This
enables Google Earth, Picassa and other geotag enabled software to
automatically show a map pinpointing each camera’s location when a group
of photos are reviewed on a computer. Especially useful for those who setup
multiple Trophy Cams to monitor large or widely separated areas.
Audio Recording capability in Video Mode.
The Trophy Cam can be used as a trail camera for hunting or scouting
game. It is also suitable for surveillance usage.
The Trophy Cam provides the following connections for external devices:
USB port, SD card slot, TV Out, and external DC power in (Fig. 1).
A 3-way power switch is used to select the main operating modes: OFF,
SETUP, and ON (Fig. 2).
A control key interface with six keys is primarily used in SETUP mode to
select operational functions and parameters. As shown in Fig. 2, these keys
are: UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, OK and MENU. Four of the keys can also
perform a second function (shortcut operations in SETUP mode) in addition
to their main function: The DOWN key can be used to set the camera to
Photo mode (still camera icon), and the UP key can set the camera to Video
mode (movie camera icon). The RIGHT key also serves as the manual shutter
(“SHOT”) button of the camera and the OK key switches the camera to
the Playback (“REPLAY”) mode. These secondary functions are indicated by
icons or text above the key as shown in Fig. 2.
Cable to Battery
LCD Screen
Fig. 2: Button and
Switch Guide
TV Out
Video Mic
USB Port
SD Card Slot
Video Mic
Fig. 1: Connections
DC in
Cover Plug
Tripod Socket
LED IR Flash
Motion/ Low
Battery Indicator
Lock Hole
PIR Sensor
Before you begin learning how to use your Trophy Cam, you will first need
to install a set of batteries and insert an SD card. Although that may only take
you a minute, there are some important notes about both batteries and SD
cards you should be aware of, so please take the time to read the following
directions and cautions:
Loading Batteries
After opening the two latches on the right side
of the Trophy Cam, you will see that the Trophy
Cam has eight battery slots. Starting at the top
of the battery compartment, slots 1, 2, 3 and 4
form one group, while slots 5, 6, 7 and 8 form the
other group, each providing 6 volts in parallel. For
maximum battery life, you should install a full set
of eight batteries. The Trophy Cam may also be
operated by just four batteries installed in the top
group only (see right), starting at slot 1. Battery
life will be shorter with 4 batteries, but the
camera will operate normally. Whether you use 4
or 8, be sure to insert each battery with correct
polarity (negative or “flat” end against the long spring of each battery slot).
Bushnell recommends using eight new lithium AA (Energizer® brand) or
alkaline AA batteries. NiMh Rechargeable batteries can also be used, but
they might have a shorter life span due to their reduced efficiency over time
and at low temperature. It is also possible to use a lead-acid external battery cell
with 6V output or suitable AC adapter-see below for more details.
Using an External Power Source (optional, user provided)
Optionally, you can connect an external 6V DC power source to the “DC In”
jack at the bottom of the Trophy Cam. It is recommended to use a power
source with a current output greater than 1000mA. However, during bright
daytime operation when no flash is required, the Trophy Cam can function
with much less current (>400mA). Please use a compatible power source
cable (not provided) to connect the external DC power source with the power
input jack of the Trophy Cam, making sure that the polarity is correct. Note:
The power connector is a 4.0x1.7mm coaxial DC power plug with positive
“tip” (inside pin) polarity (Radio Shack P/N 274-1532 or equivalent).
If both an external power source is connected and batteries are installed, the
Trophy Cam will be powered by the external power source.
When the batteries become weak, the low-battery indicator LED will glow
blue, indicating the batteries should be changed (pg 5, “Front View”).
Inserting the SD Card
The Trophy Cams have 32MB internal memory, which can hold only about
20 photos (@ 5MP resolution). This is handy for testing and getting familiar
with the camera, but you will no doubt want to leave the camera unattended
for longer than a day, so using an SD card is recommended. Insert the SD
card (with the camera’s power switch in the OFF position) before beginning
to operate the camera. Don’t insert or remove the SD card when the power
switch is in the ON position.
The Trophy Cam uses a standard SD (Secure Digital) memory card to save
photos (in .jpg format) and/or videos (in .avi format). SD and SDHC (High
Capacity) cards up to a maximum 32GB capacity are supported. Before
inserting the SD card into the card slot after opening the camera’s front
cover, please make sure that the write-protect switch on the side of the card
is “off” (NOT in the “Lock” position). The following describes how to insert and
remove the SD card:
• Insert the SD card into the card slot with its label side upwards (see
above). A “click” sound indicates that the card is installed successfully.
If the wrong side of the card is facing up, you will not be able to insert
it without force-there is only one correct way to insert cards. If the SD
card is not installed correctly, the device will not display an SD card icon
on the LCD in SETUP mode (the SD card icon displayed after switching
to SETUP mode will have a “lock” symbol inside it in it if the card is locked).
Formatting the SD card by using the Trophy Cam’s “Format” parameter
before using it for the first time is recommended, especially when a card
has been used in other devices (see “Format”, pg. 19, for details).
• To take out the SD card, just gently push in the card (do not try to pull
it out without pushing in first). The card
is released from the slot and ready to be
removed when you hear the click. Be sure
the camera’s power is switched OFF before
inserting or removing SD cards or batteries.
Once you’ve prepared your Trophy Cam by properly installing batteries and
an SD card, you could simply take it outside, strap it to a tree, switch it on
and leave-and you might get some great photos that are exactly what you
wanted. However, we highly recommend that you first spend some additional
time indoors with this manual and your camera until you know a bit more
about what the 3-way switch and those control keys do. If nothing else, you’ll
probably want to at least set the date and time so the camera will imprint
them (or not-it’s your option) on your photos as they are taken, learn how to
set the camera to shoot video clips instead of still photos if you like, and read
some tips about mounting it on a tree.
The Trophy Cam has three basic operational modes:
• OFF mode: Power switch in the OFF position.
• ON mode: Power switch in the ON position (LCD screen is off.)
• SETUP mode: Power switch at SETUP position (LCD screen is on).
OFF Mode
The OFF mode is the “safe” mode when any actions must be taken, e.g.,
replacing the SD card or batteries, or transporting the device. You will also
use OFF mode if you connect the camera to a computer’s USB port later
to download your photos/videos. And of course, when you are storing or not
using the camera, you will switch it to OFF. Please note that even in the OFF
mode the Trophy Cam still consumes power at a very low level. Therefore,
it’s a good idea to take the batteries out of the battery compartment if the
camera will not be used for a long time.
ON Mode
Anytime after the batteries and SD card have been inserted, you can switch
on the camera. When the power switch is moved to the top position, the
camera will enter into the ON (Live) mode. The motion indicator LED (pg. 5,
“Front View”) will blink red for about 10 seconds. This interval allows time for
you to close the Trophy Cam’s front cover, lock it, and leave the monitored
area. Once in the ON mode, no manual controls are needed or possible
(the control keys have no effect). The Trophy Cam will take photos or
videos automatically (according to its current parameter settings) when it is
triggered by the PIR sensor’s detection of activity in the area it covers.
You can either move the power switch directly from OFF to ON mode, or
stop at the SETUP position first to change one or more settings, then move
the switch to ON after you have finished doing so.
In the SETUP mode you can check and change the settings of the Trophy
Cam with the help of its built-in LCD (or a monitor connected to the TV out
jack). These settings, found in the SETUP Menu, let you change the photo
or video resolution, interval between photos, switch the time imprint on, etc.
Moving the power switch to the SETUP position will turn on the LCD display,
and you will see an information screen that shows how many images have
been taken, the battery level, camera or video mode, etc (see Fig. 3, pg. 10).
NOTE: Always move the power switch from OFF to SETUP mode. It
is possible that the camera could lockup if it is switched from ON to
SETUP mode. If this occurs, simply move the switch to OFF and then
push it up to SETUP again.
SETUP Mode Shortcut Keys/Functions
As mentioned earlier in “Parts & Controls”, four of the keys below the LCD
have secondary, “shortcut” functions when the camera is switched to
SETUP mode (but the MENU key has not been pressed):
• Press the UP key to quickly set the camera to shoot video clips.
• Press the DOWN key to quickly set the camera to take still photos.
• Press the RIGHT key to manually trigger the shutter. This is useful
for testing the camera-make sure you are in SETUP mode, press the
RIGHT key, and a few seconds later a photo or video (depending on
how the camera was set) will be saved to the SD card (or internal
memory if no card is inserted). The “number of images taken” counter
on the bottom left of the LCD will increase by one. If the display
indicates “SD PROTECTED” when you press the SHOT key, switch
the camera OFF, remove the SD card and slide its protect switch off.
• Press the OK key to replay (review or playback) photos/videos on a
connected TV monitor. See “Playing Back Photos/Videos” for more
Fig. 3: SETUP Information Screen
Camera (Still Photo) Mode
Image Size (Resolution)
SD Card Status
Still Photo Mode
Battery Level
Time Stamp
Field Scan On
# of Photos Taken
Remaining Photo Capacity
Video Mode
Video Sound On
Video Resolution
Video Mode
Available Video Recording Time
Using the SETUP Menu to Change
The main purpose of the SETUP mode is to allow you to change the settings
of the camera’s parameters (15 different ones are available) so your Trophy
Cam operates exactly the way you want it to. You will do this by entering the
SETUP Menu and pressing the keys below the LCD display, which will show
you each parameter and its setting.
Changing Parameter Settings in SETUP Mode
A wide range of options or “parameters” are provided to allow you to set
the Trophy Cam to your operational preferences. To change the setting of
any parameter you must first switch to the SETUP mode. Once in SETUP
mode, pressing the MENU button will allow you to select any parameter and
change its setting. The name of the parameter and its current setting will be
shown on the LCD. Pressing the RIGHT or LEFT key scrolls to the next or
previous parameter (RIGHT key to move on to the next parameter and LEFT
key to go back to the previous parameter), and pressing the UP or DOWN
key lets you select a different setting for the currently displayed parameter.
Once you have selected your preferred new setting for a parameter, press
the OK button to save the new setting (actually change it). When have are
finished changing the settings of one or more parameters, press MENU
again to exit the SETUP menu. MENU can also be pressed anytime you
want to cancel changing a parameter’s setting after a new setting has been
selected (but OK has not been pressed yet). After setting the parameters
to your preferences, be sure to move the switch to ON to begin actually
taking photos or videos. No images will be captured if the switch is left in the
SETUP position (unless you press the RIGHT/Shot key after exiting the menu)in fact, the camera will power off automatically after a few seconds with no
key pressed.
Parameter Display
The settings for a parameter are shown on the display as follows:
Only one setting is displayed at a time, starting with the current setting
for the parameter when it is first selected (Fig. 4a). To change the
setting, use the UP/DOWN keys to display the new setting you want
(Fig. 4b), then press OK to “Execute” (make the actual change to this
setting). If you want to confirm this setting is now the current one, just
press the RIGHT key to scroll to the next parameter, then press LEFT
to go back again to the previous one. You should see the parameter
setting you just made.
Fig. 4: Selecting Parameter Settings
Press MENU
Press DOWN to select new setting
for the highlighted parameter
Press OK to confirm and execute
the new setting
EXAMPLES-Changing the Settings of Some Common Parameters
Following this page, you will find tables listing all of the parameters found in
the SETUP Menu, along with their possible settings (or range of settings),
and a detailed description of what the parameter controls and what
the settings do. If you read the previous section detailing how to select
parameters and change their settings, you should be able to dive right in, find
the parameter(s) you want, and setup the camera to your preferences. But
maybe you’d rather walk through an example or two first:
To change any parameter’s setting, always start with the power switch in the
SETUP position. After the LCD comes on, press the MENU key.
The first parameter you will see when you first enter the SETUP Menu is
“Mode”. To change it from its default setting of “Camera” (still photos) to
“Video” (shoot video clips), press the DOWN key to select the “Video”
setting. Press the OK key to “Execute” (Set) the new setting you’ve selected
for this parameter.
Now press the RIGHT key to move to another parameter in the Menu.
Pressing it four times will take you to “Video Length”. Try using the UP and
DOWN keys to scroll through the range of settings, then press OK to lock in
your setting for the length of each video clip the camera shoots.
Pressing the RIGHT key several more times will get you to the “Default Set”
parameter. Highlight or select “Execute” (using UP or DOWN) and press OK
to restore all parameters (including the Mode and Video Length parameters
you changed a minute ago) back to their original factory default settings. The
default settings for each parameter are indicated in bold type in the SETUP
Menu tables on the next several pages.
Be sure to set the current date and time, using the “Set Clock” parameter, if you
choose to change the “Time Stamp” parameter setting to “On” since that will tell
the camera to imprint the date and time on each of the images it captures.
Field Scan 2x with Live Trigger Feature
Field Scan is a revolutionary new feature for the Bushnell Trophy Cam,
which allows you to monitor your food plots or field edges with time lapse
images or video. When set to “On”, the Trophy Cam will take a photo (or
record a video clip) automatically at your choice of intervals (for example,
once every five minutes) during one or two blocks of time you set up for each
day, without requiring a trigger from an active animal. This has the
advantage of giving you the ability to monitor the edge of a field that might
be 50 or 150 yards away from the camera out of the PIR sensor’s range. The
result is an effective range much greater than it would normally be, with the
camera dependant on triggers generated by nearby animals. This is a great
tool for hunters to scout an entire field with only one camera.
If an animal does enter the area covered by the PIR sensor and generate a
trigger event during a time in between the Field Scan intervals you set, the
camera will capture an image or video just as it normally would, based on
your other menu settings. Here’s how to setup and use Field Scan (be sure
you’ve set the current time in “Set Clock” first, so your Field Scan recording
will stop and start at the correct times of day):
1. Move the main switch to SETUP, then press MENU.
2. Keep pressing the RIGHT key, stepping through the Setup Menu until
you reach Field Scan.
3. Press the UP key to select On, and press OK (Step 1, pg.16). You will
see "A", representing the first block of time you can define (a second
block of time later in the day, "B" can also be setup if you wish). Press
OK (Step 2). This takes you to the screen to set Start and Stop times,
which determines the clock times when the first block of Field Scan
recording will begin and end for each day. You can set these times to
the exact hour and minute you want, for a recording “window” that
lasts anywhere from just a minute to a full 24 hours.
4. Set the [Start] and [Stop] times, beginning with the Start hour, using
the UP/DOWN keys to change the setting (Step 3). The hour setting
is based on a 24-hour clock, with “00” hours = midnight, “12” hours
= noon, “23” hrs = 11PM, etc. To move to the next setting, press the
RIGHT key, change the minute for the Start time with UP/DOWN,
then on to the hour and minute settings for the Stop time.
5. After you finish setting the Stop minutes, press OK to confirm your
settings for the first block of Field Scan recording. If desired, you can
create a second block of time by pressing the DOWN key to select
"B" (Step 4), then press OK and follow the same process to set Start
and Stop times for Field Scan block "B" (Step 5). As an example of
how you might use these two available time blocks, you could setup
Field Scan time block "A" for the dawn hours from 6 AM to 8 AM, and
block "B" to capture images between 5:30 and 7 PM. No Field Scan
recording would occur from 8AM to 5:30PM, or from 7PM to 6AM.
6. After setting Start/Stop times to define Field Scan block "A" and/or
"B", press OK, then press the UP or DOWN key to select "Interval"
and press OK (Step 6). The Field Scan "Interval" setting lets you
control how often a photo or video clip is recorded during the block(s)
of time you defined with the Start and Stop settings. Your options are
60 minutes, 30 minutes, 15 minutes, 5 minutes (this is the default), or
1 minute (still photo mode only). Use the UP/DOWN keys to select
your preference, then press OK to save it (Step 7). Note that for videos,
"Interval" is independent of the Length of each video recording-it’s
how often videos are recorded, not how long each one lasts.
7. Here’s an example of how the camera would operate, based on the
following Field Scan settings:
Field Scan: On
Field Scan A:
[Start]: 6:00
[Stop]: 8:00
Field Scan B:
[Start]: 17:30
[Stop]: 19:00
Interval: 15M
Note: avoid any "overlap" of Field
Scan A & B recording blocks when
setting their start and stop times,
to assure correct operation.
These settings would cause the camera to capture a photo (or video,
if the camera is set to that mode) once every 15 minutes, beginning
at 6 AM, until the Field Scan "A" recording block stops at 8:00 AM.
Later that day, the camera would again take a photo or video every 15
minutes between 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM (during Field Scan time block
"B"). The next day, the camera would again record an image or video
once every 15 minutes between 6:00 and 8:00 AM, and between
5:30 and 7:00 PM. No Field Scan recording would occur from 8AM
to 5:30PM, or from 7PM to 6AM. Remember, Field Scan recording
is independent of normal triggers due to animal activity–even if no
animals enter the IR sensor coverage zone, an image or video will still
be captured every 15 minutes during the block(s) of time. If an animal
triggers the camera “in between” the 15 minute intervals, it will be
recorded, same as it would if you had setup the camera with Field Scan
turned Off. Note: Field Scan settings of frequent intervals and/or
long periods between start and stop time can reduce battery life.
(Step 1)-set Field
Scan Mode to “On”
(Step 2)-select Field
(Step 3)-set Field
Scan "A" (press OK) Scan "A" Stop & Start
Steps 4 & 5 are
optional (only
required if you want
to set up a second
block of Field Scan
recording with
(Step 4) (opt)-select Field (Step 5) (opt)-set Field
different stop and
Scan "B" (press OK) Scan "B" Stop & Start
start times)
Note: the Interval
Setting sets the
timing between each
image for both Field
Scan "A" and "B"
recording blocks.
(Step 6)-select Field
Scan "Interval"
(Step 7)-set Field
Scan Interval
The SETUP Menu – Parameters and Settings
Camera or Video
Selects whether still photos or video
clips are captured when the camera
is triggered.
Image Size
(only affects still
5M Pixel,
8M Pixel,
3M Pixel
Selects resolution for still photos from
3 to 8 megapixels. Higher resolution
produces better quality photos, but
creates larger files that take up more
of the SD card capacity (fills up
faster). 5M is a good compromise
between quality and file size.
(only affects still
1 Photo,
2 Photo,
3 Photo
Selects how many photos are taken
in sequence per trigger in Camera
mode. Please also refer to the Interval
Video Size
(only affects
video clips)
Selects video resolution (in pixels per
frame). Higher resolution produces
better quality videos, but creates
larger files that take up more of the
SD card capacity (fills up faster).
640x480 is VGA video in standard
4:3 format, 720x480 is widescreen
Video Length
(only affects
video clips)
10S (second)
default, with 60S
to1S possible
Sets length per captured video
clip. Settings begin with 10 second
default when parameter is first
selected. After stepping down to
1S, video length settings start over
at 60S.
10S (second)
default, with a
60M (minute)
to1S (second)
range of settings
Selects the length of time that the
camera will “wait” until it responds
to any additional triggers from the
PIR after an animal is first detected
and remains within the sensor’s
range. During this user set “ignore
triggers” interval, the camera will not
capture photos/videos. This prevents
the card from filling up with too
many redundant images. Settings
begin with 10 second default when
parameter is first selected. Note: after
setting down past “1S”, settings start
over at “60M”.
(60M-1M are set
in one minute
59S-1S are set
in one second
Sensor Level
Low, Normal,
High, Auto
Selects the sensitivity of the PIR
sensor. The “High” setting will make
the camera more sensitive to infrared
(heat) and more easily triggered by
motion, and the “Low” setting makes
it less sensitive to heat and motion.
The High setting can be useful when
the ambient temperature is warm
(making it more difficult for the sensor
to detect animals), and the Low
setting may help in cold weather if
the camera is being triggered too
often by anything warmer than the
surroundings. “Normal” is for average
or moderate conditions. The default
“Auto” setting will allow the camera
to determine the best setting based
on its current operating temperature.
This is an ideal setting if the weather
is expected to change significantly
during the period the camera will be
Deletes (erases) all files stored on a
card to prepare it for reuse. Always
format a card that has been previously
used in other devices. Caution! Make
sure you have downloaded and
backed up any files you want to
preserve first! Press OK to execute,
press MENU (or select NO then press
OK) to exit without formatting.
TV Out
Selects video standard /format for
the “TV Out” output jack. The video
standard is NTSC for the United
States, Canada, Mexico, Asia and
South America. PAL is used primarily
in Europe.
Time Stamp
(only affects still
Off, On
Select “On” if you want the date &
time (that the photo was captured)
imprinted on every photo, select “Off”
for no imprint.
Set Clock
Press OK and use the UP/DOWN
keys (to change the setting) and
LEFT/RIGHT keys ( to move to the
next field) to set the hour (24-hr format
only, “00”=midnight, “12”=noon) and
minute, and then (on the lower row),
the year, month and date.
Field Scan
On, Off
(After On is
selected): “A”
Start/Stop, “B”
Turns Field Scan (Time Lapse) recording mode on/off. When activated,
Field Scan forces the camera to take
photos or videos even when it is not
triggered by a nearby live animal,
useful for constant monitoring of an
area that might be far away from the
camera. The user can set the start
and stop times for up to two independent “blocks” of Field Scan recording,
as well as the interval time between
each photo/video. To ensure correct
operation, avoid setting overlapping
start/stop times for Field Scan A and
B. Please read the “Field Scan 2x…”
section of this manual for details on
using this feature.
Off, On
Allows the user to input latitude
and longitude coordinates for the
camera’s location. This data will
be embedded in the files saved on
the camera’s SD card (if “On” is
See "Using
the Coordinate
Input Screen",
next page
Video Sound
(only affects
video clips)
On, Off
Select “On” to record audio along
with the video when the camera is set
to video mode (saved file sizes will be
slightly larger).
Default Set
Select “Execute” and press OK to
restore all parameters to the original
factory default settings. If the camera
is behaving oddly and you think you
may have changed the setting for
something accidently (but aren’t
sure which one), this will reset all
parameters to their most commonly
used or “generic” settings.
Coordinate Input
After selecting the Coordinate Input parameter, press UP or DOWN to
select the On setting and press OK. The latitude and longitude for any
location where you plan to place the camera can be obtained at many
websites, for example: http://itouchmap.com/latlong.html. You can enter
a nearby street address, just zip code, or use the various types of maps to
locate the approximate position. The format you will need to use to enter the
coordinates in the Trophy Cam menu screen is shown below:
N=North, Latitude
S=South (3 digits)
Minutes Seconds
(La) N000,00'00"
(Lo) W000,00'00"
W=West, Longitude Minutes Seconds
E=East (3 digits)
Note: You may see "negative" latitude or longitude coordinates online. These
designate South latitudes and West longitudes. US/Canada locations will
have North (+) latitude coordinates and West (-) longitude coordinates.
Entering your camera's coordinates and selecting "On" for the Coordinate
Input parameter during setup makes it possible to see each camera’s
location as a “pushpin” on Google Earth maps when reviewing a folder full
of photos from multiple cameras, or use other “geotag” capable software
(Picassa, etc).
After you’ve set up the camera’s parameters to your personal preferences
at home or in your truck, you’re ready to take it outside and slide the power
switch to “ON”. When setting up the Trophy Cam for scouting game or other
outdoor applications, you must be sure to mount it in place correctly and
securely. We recommend mounting the Trophy Cam on a sturdy tree with
a diameter of about 6 in. (15cm). To get the optimal picture quality, the tree
should be about 16-17 ft. (5 meters) away from the place to be monitored,
with the camera placed at a height of 5-6.5 ft. (1.5~2 m). Also, keep in mind
that you will get the best results at night when the subject is within the ideal
flash range, no farther than 45’ (14m) and no closer than 10’ (3m) from the
There are two ways to mount the Trophy Cam: using the provided adjustable
web belt, or the tripod socket.
Using the adjustable web belt: Fig. 5 illustrates using the web belt on
the Trophy Cam. Push one end of the belt through the two brackets on
the back of the Trophy Cam. Thread one plastic buckle part onto each
end of the belt. Fasten the belt securely around the tree trunk by clicking
the buckle ends together after tightening the belt so there is no slack left.
Fig. 5: Attaching the Belt
Using the tripod socket: The camera is equipped with a socket at the
bottom end to enable mounting on a tripod or other mounting accessories
with a standard1/4-20 thread.
Two optional mounting accessories, a “Bear Safe” metal camera box
(model # 119653C) and Deluxe Tree Bracket (model# 119652C) are
also available-please see your Bushnell dealer or website for more details.
Sensing Angle and Distance Test
To test whether the Trophy Cam can effectively monitor the area you
choose, this test is recommended to check the sensing angle and monitoring
distance of the Trophy Cam. To perform the test:
• Switch the Trophy Cam to the SETUP mode.
• Make movements in front of the camera at several positions within
the area where you expect the game or subjects to be. Try different
distances and angles from the camera.
• If the motion indicator LED light blinks, it indicates that position can be
sensed. If it does not blink, that position is outside of the sensing area.
The results of your testing will help you find the best placement when
mounting and aiming the Trophy Cam. The height away from the ground for
placing the device should vary with the animal size appropriately. In general,
3 to 6 feet is preferred.
You can avoid potential false triggers due to temperature and motion
disturbances in front of the camera by not aiming it at a heat source or nearby
tree branches or brush (especially on windy days).
Switching ON the Camera
Once you switch to the ON mode, the motion indicator LED (red) will blink
for about 10 seconds. This gives you time to close and lock the front cover of
the Trophy Cam and then walk away. During this time, the motion indicator
LED will blink red continuously. After it stops blinking, the PIR is active, and
any motion that is detected by it will trigger the capture of photos or videos
as programmed in the SETUP Menu. Be sure you have read the descriptions
of the Capture Number, Video Length, Interval and Sensor Level parameters.
Please note, the PIR is strongly sensitive to ambient temperature. The greater
the temperature difference between the environment and your subject, the
farther the possible sensing distance. The average sensing distance is about
45 ft.
Before leaving the camera unattended, please check for the following:
• Are the batteries or DC power supply inserted/connected with correct
polarity and is the power level is sufficient?
• Does the SD card have sufficient available space and is its writeprotection (lock) switch off?
• Is the Power switch in the ON position? (do not leave it in SETUP).
After you have setup, mounted and activated your Trophy Cam, you will of
course be eager to return later and review the images it has captured for
you. There are several different ways this can be done.
Reviewing Images Directly From the SD Card
This is the most popular method of viewing images. Since unmounting the
camera and taking it to your computer isn’t very convenient, you may find it
easier to just take the card out. By removing the SD card (swapping it for a
new empty card if you like) and taking it to your home or campsite to view
the images by using an SD card “reader” (user supplied) connected to your
computer (some computers and TVs have a built in SD card slot), you can
leave the camera in place ready to capture more images. Once connected,
the card reader works the same way as described below-please read that
section if you have any problem finding your files.
Reviewing Images on an External Video Monitor
A TV monitor can also be used to play back pictures
(or videos) from the device. Connect a TV monitor or
a viewing device (such as a digital picture frame) that
has a standard composite video input (RCA jack)
to the Trophy Cam ‘s “TV Out” mini jack using a
suitable cable. Then:
• Put the power switch in SETUP mode (switch
to OFF first).
• Press the OK key. The most recently captured
image will be shown on the video monitor. For
video clips, press the SHOT (RIGHT) key to
start playing, press again to stop.
Cable from “TV Out”
• Press the UP key for the previous photo or video and the DOWN key
for the next one. When viewing images, the total number of all images
in the SD card and the index of the displaying image are shown in the
center of LCD and at the bottom of the video monitor respectively.
• Press the OK key to return to live preview state (SETUP mode) when
playback is finished.
Reviewing Images by Connecting the Camera to a Computer
You can always unmount the entire camera from the tree and connect its
USB port to a computer-it will be recognized as a “removable disk”, without
the need to install any drivers or software. When using a PC (or Mac*) to view
photos (or video clips*), first connect the device to the computer with a USB
cable (user supplied). Then use commercial software with an image browser
feature, or an image browser included with the PC’s operating system to
view images saved on the SD card in the folder \DCIM\100EK113. Each
new image or video will be numbered incrementally in order of the time it was
captured. For example, you will see file names such as “PICT0001.JPG” or
“PICT0001.avi”. Through the file format suffix you can distinguish whether
the file is a still photo (with suffix .jpg) or a video (with suffix .avi).
*“.avi” video files may require additional software for viewing on a Mac.
The Trophy Cam supports 3 kinds of file system formats, FAT12, FAT16,
and FAT32. The default value is FAT16 to save photos and videos. Here are
some related notes:
• You don’t need to be concerned about the file system format of the
Trophy Cam unless your equipment has problems reading the SD
card. If this happens, please format the SD card with the Trophy Cam
or in your computer first and then insert the card into your Trophy Cam
and try again.
• The default file system format of the Trophy Cam is FAT16, which most
computers can read. If you format an SD card for the Trophy Cam
in your computer, you should choose the file system format FAT16.
Normally FAT16 is recommended unless you have another image
viewer that uses FAT12 or FAT32 format.
Deleting Photos or Videos
If you see a photo or video during playback on a connected video monitor
that you want to delete, it can be done easily without leaving SETUP mode:
• Press the MENU key. You will see the first “Delete” screen, which lets
you selects the option to delete only the currently displayed photo/
video, or all photos/videos (see below).
• Highlight the “Delete Current” or “Delete All” option, then press OK.
• Next, select “Yes” and press OK to erase only the last displayed photo
or video (if you selected “Delete Current”), or every photo and video file
on the card (if you selected “Delete All”)-or select “No” and press OK
to cancel the operation without deleting any files.
NOTE: after deleting a picture or a video file, the deleted files can’t be restored!
It is also possible to delete all files from the card by using the Format parameter.
(see pg. 19)
To download your photos/videos to a PC or Mac*, first make sure the Trophy
Cam power switch is in the OFF position. Connect a USB cable to the
camera’s USB port, then directly to a main USB port on your computer-do
not use front panel/keyboard USB ports or unpowered “hubs”.
The Trophy Cam will be recognized as a standard “USB Mass Storage”
device (this may take several seconds the first time you connect it). If you
would rather leave your camera in the woods and just pull its SD card out, an
SD card reader works the same way as described in this section once the
card is inserted and the reader is connected to your computer.
With Windows XP or later, you can then simply use the
options in the pop-up window to copy, view, or print
your photos (right).
On all Windows OS, the Trophy Cam will also be
listed as a “Removable Disk” if you open the “My
Computer” window (on Macs, an icon will appear
on your desktop). The Trophy Cam’s photo files are
named “PICT0001.JPG” etc, and are located in the “DCIM\100EK113”
folder on this “Removable Disk”. Video file names will end with “.avi”. You may
copy the photos/videos to your hard drive as you would any file-just copy/
paste or drag the file names or icons to your drive or desktop.
After the photos are copied to your hard drive, you can disconnect the
Trophy Cam. (On Mac computers, drag the “disk” that appeared on your
desktop when the camera was connected into your Trash to “eject” it before
disconnecting.) The .jpg standard files from the Trophy Cam may be viewed
and edited with any photo software you choose to use. The .avi video files
may be viewed with Windows Media Player (version 7 or later) as well as
other video playback programs that may have been supplied with your
computer, or are available online.
* the .avi video files may require conversion to .mov or MPEG-4 format for viewing on iOS devices.
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Camera takes continuous images of no subject
A camera has what is known as a “false trigger” if the PIR sensor thinks that
there is motion and heat in front of the camera lens when there is no subject
in the image. These “False Triggers” are the result of placing the camera in an
environment where there is motion associated with tree branches creating
motion in front of the camera or an area where there is high heat in the foreground and any motion from wind could set off the camera. Setting a camera
up over water is also a potential cause for this issue. To remedy this situation:
1. Try moving the camera to an area that does not have any of these issues
or try changing the sensor level on the menu settings.
2. If the camera continues to take images when there is no subject in them,
try placing the camera in an inside environment and aiming at a location
where there is no motion.
3. If the camera continues to show issues, then there is probably an
electronic component issue. If this is the case, please contact our
customer service to send the camera back for repair.
Battery life is shorter than expected
1. Battery life will vary with operating temperature and the number of images
taken over time. Typically, the Trophy Cam will be able to capture several
thousand images before the batteries die.
2. Check to make sure you have used new alkaline or lithium batteries.
Bushnell recommends using 8 Energizer® Lithium AA batteries in
all Trophy Cams to obtain maximum battery life.
3. Make sure that the power switch was turned to the “On” position and that
the camera was not left in “Setup” mode while in the field.
4. Make sure that you are using a good quality name brand SD card in
your camera. Bushnell recommends SanDisk® brand SD Cards
up to 32GB. Our experience indicates that poor quality SD cards can
sometimes reduce your Trophy Cam battery life.
Camera stops taking images or won’t take images
1. Please make sure that the SD card is not full. If the card is full, the camera
will stop taking images.
2. Check the batteries to make sure that they are new alkaline or lithium AA
batteries. See note above about short battery life.
3. Make sure that the camera power switch is in the “On” position and
not in the “Off” or “Setup” modes.
4. Make sure that you are using a good quality SD card in your camera.
Bushnell recommends SanDisk® SD Cards up to 32GB. 5. If the SD card has its write protect switch in the lock position, the
camera will not take images.
6. If you have used an SD card in another device before inserting it in
your Trophy Cam, you might want to try formatting the card using the
“Format” parameter in Setup mode (make sure you have backed up
any important files first, as formatting will erase all previous files). In
some cases, other devices may change the formatting of the SD card
so that it will not work properly with the Trophy Cam.
Camera won’t power up
1. Make sure that you have installed at least 4 batteries (the required
minimum #) in the battery compartment, starting at the top, filling
battery spaces 1-4 with no “gaps”.
Bushnell recommends using 8 Energizer® Lithium AA batteries in
all Trophy Cams.
2. Make sure that the batteries are installed correctly, observing proper
polarity. Always place the negative (flat) end of each battery in contact
with the spring side of its slot inside the camera.
3. After moving the switch from “Off” to “Setup” or “On”, make sure
that the switch is correctly in position to ensure the proper mode
(avoid positions “between” two modes).
4. Do not move the switch directly from “On” to “Setup”-always move
the switch all the way down to “Off” first, then back up to “Setup”.
Still Photo and/or Video Quality Problems
1. Night photos or videos appear too dark
a. Check the battery indicator icon to see if battery power is full. The flash will stop operating near the end of the battery life.
b. You will get the best results when the subject is within the ideal flash range, no farther than 45’ (14m) from the camera. Subjects may appear too dark at greater distances.
c. Please note that when the Capture Number parameter is set higher than “1 Photo”, or with very short Interval settings, some images may appear darker than others due to the quick response and rapid retriggering of the camera, allowing less time for the flash to fully recharge before firing again.
2. Daytime photos or videos appear too dark
a. Make sure that the camera is not aimed at the sun or other light sources during the day, as this may cause the auto exposure to produce darker results.
3. Night photos or videos appear too bright
a. You will get the best results when the subject is within the ideal flash range, no closer than 10’ (3m) from the camera. Subjects may appear too light at closer distances.
4. Daytime photos or videos appear too bright
a. Make sure that the camera is not aimed at the sun or other light sources during the day.
5. Photos with streaked subject
a. In some cases with low lighting conditions and fast moving subjects, the 5MP or 8MP resolution settings may not perform as well as the 3MP setting.
b. If you have multiple images where fast moving subjects produce streaks on the photo, try the 3MP setting instead.
6. Red, green or blue color cast
a. Under certain lighting conditions, the sensor can become confused resulting in poor color images.
b. If this is seen on a consistent basis, then the sensor may need servicing. Please contact Bushnell customer service.
7. Short video clips—not recording to the length set
a. Check to make sure that the SD card is not full.
b. Make sure that the camera has good batteries in it. Near the end of the battery life, the camera may choose to record shorter video clips to conserve power.
Date/Time Stamp not appearing on images
Make sure that the “Time Stamp” parameter is set to “On”.
Photos Do Not Capture Subject of Interest
1. Check the “Sensor Level” (PIR sensitivity) parameter setting. For warm
environmental conditions, set the Sensor Level to “High” and for cold
weather use, set the sensor for “Low”.
2. Try to set your camera up in an area where there is not a heat source
in the camera’s line of sight.
3. In some cases, setting the camera near water will make the camera
take images with no subject in them. Try aiming the camera over
4. Try to avoid setting the camera up on small trees that are prone to
being moved by strong winds.
5. Remove any limbs which are right in front of the camera lens.
PIR Sensor LED Flashes/Doesn’t Flash
1. When the camera is in the “Setup” mode, a special LED on the front of
the camera will flash when it senses motion. This is for setup purposes
only and will help the user aim the camera. 2. During use, the LED will not flash when the camera takes an image. This is to help keep the camera hidden from game.
LCD Screen Issues
1. LCD screen powers on but no text is present.
a. After moving the switch from “Off” to “Setup” or “On”, make
sure that the switch is correctly in position to ensure the proper mode (avoid positions “between” two modes).
b. Do not move the switch directly from “On” to “Setup”-always move
the switch all the way down to “Off” first, then back up to “Setup”.
2. LCD screen shows a faint black line after turning from “Setup” to
a. The LCD will turn off when you slide the switch to the “On” position. In some cases, this black line will appear and then fade in about 1 second. This is normal and the camera will function properly.
3. Screen comes on but then powers off
a. Make sure that you have installed the SD card correctly.
Camera won’t retain settings
Make sure that you have been saving the changes to any parameter
settings that you made while in Setup mode, by pressing “OK” after
changing the setting. If you don’t save your new setting after changing
it, the camera will continue to use the original default setting for that
Moisture or Ants Inside Camera
1. To ensure humidity or rain is kept out of the camera, secure the DC In
plug firmly in place.
2. Ants can be attracted by low level electronic vibrations, and enter
through any gaps between the exterior and interior of the camera.
Make sure the DC In plug is securely attached.
Field Scan (Time Lapse) not working properly
1. Make sure that the stop and start times of Field Scan "A" and "B" do
not overlap (for example, do not set the start time of "B" to 8AM if the
stop time of "A" is 10AM).
2. When using Field Scan in video mode, the smallest interval time
available is 5 min, to avoid potential overheating of the batteries and
electronic components, which could cause operational failure or
damage to the camera. In still photo mode, a 1 min. Interval can be set.
Do not mix old and new batteries.
Do not mix battery types-use ALL lithium or ALL alkaline.
Rechargeable batteries are not recommended.
Image Sensor
5 Megapixel Color CMOS
Maximum Pixel Size
2848x2136 (6 MP)
F = 3.1; FOV=50°; Auto IR-Cut-Remove (at night)
IR-Flash Range
36’-45’ (12m-15m)
Display Screen
Std B&W Display: 24x32mm(1.5”)
Memory Card
SD or SDHC Card, Maximum capacity 32GB
Internal RAM
Picture Size
8MP = 3264x2448; 5MP = 2592x1944; 3MP =
Video Size
720x480/30 fps, 640x480/30fps, 320x240/30fps
PIR sensitivity
PIR with 3 sensitivity levels: High/Normal/Low
Response Time
0.8 sec
Triggering Interval
1sec. - 60min. programmable
Shooting Numbers
1— 3 programmable
Video Length
5-60sec. programmable
Power Supply
8xAA recommended, 4xAA as emergency power
Stand-by Current
< 0.3mA (<7mAh/day)
Power Consumption
200mA (+530mA when IR-LED lighted)
User Interface
LCD display
TV out (NTSC/PAL); USB; SD card holder; 6V DC
Strap; ¼-20 attachment
-20 - 60°C (Storage temperature: -30 - 70°C)
Operating Humidity
5% - 90%
Your Bushnell® product is warranted to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for
one year after the date of purchase. In the event of a defect under this warranty, we will,
at our option, repair or replace the product, provided that you return the product postage
prepaid. This warranty does not cover damages caused by misuse, improper handling,
installation, or maintenance provided by someone other than a Bushnell Authorized Service
Any return made under this warranty must be accompanied by the items listed below:
1. A check/money order in the amount of $10.00 to cover the cost of postage and
2. Name and address for product return
3. An explanation of the defect
4. Proof of Date Purchased
5. Product should be well packed in a sturdy outside shipping carton, to prevent
damage in transit, with return postage prepaid to the address listed below:
IN U.S.A. Send To:
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Attn.: Repairs
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dealer for applicable warranty information. In Europe you may also contact Bushnell at:
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D-50827 Köln
Tel: +49 221 995568-0
Fax: +49 221 995568-20
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You may have other rights which vary from country to country.
©2014 Bushnell Outdoor Products
Specifications and designs are subject to change without
any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.
FCC Compliance Statement
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference
to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur
in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The device does not contain any user-serviceable parts. Repairs should only be made by
an Authorized Bushnell repair center. Unauthorized repairs or modifications could result
in permanent damage to the equipment, and will void your warranty and your authority to
operate this device under Part 15 regulations.
The shielded interface cable which is provided must be used with the equipment in order to
comply with the limits for a digital device pursuant to Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC Rules.
For further questions or additional information
please contact:
Bushnell Outdoor Products
9200 Cody, Overland Park, Kansas 66214
(800) 423-3537 • www.bushnell.com
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