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TRAIL SENTRY™

Digital Trail Camera with Night Vision

Model 119303

Instruction Manual

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Congratulations on your purchase of the Bushnell® Digital Trail SentryCamera! This weatherproof, rugged trail camera is designed to record still images or movie clips of outdoor wildlife activity. This instruction manual will help you understand, setup, and use your Sentry to achieve the best possible results.

Bushnell Digital Trail Sentry Features

If you’ve been looking for a digital game scouting or surveillance camera that has all the essential features but without the unwanted frills, expense, or confusing operational menus of some less effective off-brand“game cams”, the Bushnell Trail Sentry will end your search. With one of the most user friendly interfaces in the industry, this trail camera is easy to setup and use. The extra-widestrap ensures a secure mount to the tree, and a padlock loophole plus software password keeps outwould-bethieves. The high resolution digital camera delivers crisp views of game in your area and stamps each image with date & time. The Sentry can capture 3.2 MP still images, or 14 second movie clips (both models). All images, movies and events are recorded onto an SD card for convenient transfer to your home computer (or use the Bushnell11-9500CTrail Scout Viewer to view, copy and delete images in the field). The camera will function day and night and sense game out to 45 feet. The oversized incandescent flash or LED Infrared flash will reach out up to 30 feet for nighttime images. A new photo is taken every 30 seconds for as long as motion/heat events are detected. The LCD display makes set up a breeze in the field. The Trail Sentry is rugged and weatherproof.

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QUICK GUIDE: BUSHNELL TRAIL SENTRY 119303

1.Open the camera by releasing the latches on the right side of the camera. Install 4 “D” cell batteries (flat base of all batteries contacting springs), and insert an SD card (not included, use any capacity from 16MB to 1GB) in the slot to the right of the 5 buttons (upside down, brand name facing you). Press the card down until you hear it click into place.

2.Press and release the Power switch. The display will show four “dashes”, then change to “HHHH” with a blinking key icon below it. This is a prompt to enter your password, which can be changed in the setup menu. The first time the camera is turned on, the password is the default, “0000”. Press the Enter button four times to enter four zeros, then press it again to confirm-thedisplay indicates “PASS” and the camera is ready to operate. If the wrong password is entered, the display will flash “ERRO” and the camera will not work.

3.If you are using the camera for the first time, you should set the date and time so your photos will be “stamped” correctly. Briefly press the Menu button-”DATE”will blink on the display. Press Enter to confirm you want to change the date, then the first two digits will flash, prompting you to enter the month. Use the Up/Down buttons to set the current month, then press Enter, and repeat to set the day of the month and press Enter again. The display will then change to let you set the year, with only the last two digits flashing (“20_ _”). Again use the Up/Down buttons to change the year if necessary, press enter, and set the time (“TIME” will flash, press enter and use Up/Down to set the hour and minute. The time display uses the 24 hr standard, so 2:00 PM is indicated as “1400”, etc).

4. After the date and time have been set, and Enter is pressed, “EVENT” will blink on the display. Press Enter and the “camera” icons for still photos and movie clips will both blink. This allows you to choose which type of file will be recorded every 30 seconds for as long as motion and heat events are detected. Press Enter again, and only the still photo icon will blink. Pressing the UP and DOWN buttons will now let you alternate between blinking movie camera and still photo icons. Select the photo mode you prefer and press

ENTER while that icon is blinking.

5. After selecting still photo or movie clip mode, press ENTER. The “Sun” icon will blink (f). Press ENTER again and use the UP or DOWN buttons to set thehour-thisis the time the camera will consider to be the start of the “Day”. During the Day, normal color photos/videos will be taken. If the day becomes cloudy, the regular flash will fire. Next, press ENTER and the “Star&Moon” icon will blink. Press ENTER and set the hour for the start of “Night”. During the Night, photos and videos will be taken using the invisible infrared LED lamp array to light the scene. This allows you to take night photos without startling animals. Next, press ENTER.

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QUICK GUIDE: BUSHNELL TRAIL SENTRY 119303

6.The “key” icon will blink next, press ENTER and enter any four digit password of your choice (to keep using the default “0000”, just press ENTER 4 times) by using the UP/DOWN buttons to change each digit and using ENTER to step to the next digit. When finished, press ENTER if you want to return to the date/time setup menu, or press and hold the MENU button at any time to exit all setup menus and return to normal operation.

7.In normal operating mode, the display will only show the still photo or movie clip icon in the lower left corner, an SD card icon on the lower right, and one or more digits that indicate how many photo or movie files have been stored on the card. To test the camera operation, wave your hand in front of the lens and PIR (passive infrared/motion) detector, while looking at the LCD display. Every time an “event” is detected, the display will indicate “Plr”, “EVNT”, “rECd” in turn, and the event is recorded on the SD card as a new line in a text file, including the date and time of the event. As long as events are being detected, a new still photo or movie clip

(as set in the menu) will be recorded every 30 seconds, indicated on the display by “Plr”, “SnAP”, then “SAVE”. Note: for movie clips, the display will stay on “SnAP” for the 15 sec duration of each movie.

8.Thread the strap through the slots on the back of the Sentry and attach the buckles, then strap it onto a suitable tree, making sure the strap is tight and the camera is aimed at the area you wish to observe. Turn on the camera (make sure a new or empty SD card has been inserted) and leave the area-thereis a 60 second delay after power on before the first photo is taken. The flash will fire automatically at night for still photos, but not movies, so they will be dark unless the area is well lit by the moon or another light source. Batteries typically last 30 days or more, depending on how often the Sentry is activated, how often the flash fires, ambient temperature, etc..

9.Pressing the Up/Down buttons during normal operation will switch the display between showing # of photos stored and # of events recorded. To look at your captured photos, make sure the power is off, and remove the SD card by pushing down lightly on the top edge of the card-itwill pop up for removal. Use an SD card reader with any PC or Mac (or the Bushnell Trail Scout

Viewer) to view, copy, or delete the photos (standard JPG files) and movies (AVI files) inside the “DCIM/100MEDIA” folder on the card. Double click on an individual file to see it, or open the files with the photo software of your choice. The event log is the

.TXT file, just double click to open and view with your default software for standard plain text files.

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Digital Trail Sentry Specifications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Sensor

3.2 Megapixel (MP) CMOS sensor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lens

F/3.5, effective focal length 42mm. Sight range: 45 degrees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flash

High power electronic Incandescent Flash or IR LEDs (array of 20). Range: 30 ft.

 

 

 

 

PIR Sensor

Low noise, high sensitivity passive infrared sensor. Range: 45 ft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion LED Indicator

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Display

Monochrome LCD. Auto-off:3 min.2-digitevent and image display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

File Format

Standard JPEG format (.jpg) still photos. Video movie clips (.avi). DCF ver. 1.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

file management.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Modes

3.2MP still photo or AVI video (320x240 pixels per frame, 10 frames per second

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rate, 14 second length)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exposure

Auto

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Balance

Auto

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power Supply

4 x “D” size alkaline batteries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery Life

Approximately 30 days (dependant on temperature, camera activity and flash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

usage)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Card Compatibility

Up to 1 GB maximum capacity secure digital (SD)cards. The use of MMC cards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

is not recommended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

User Password

Yes, available range: 0000 to 9999 (Default setting = 0000)

 

 

 

 

 

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Glossary

PIR—PassiveInfrared Sensor. Senses motion like typical security motion detector. Requires infrared energy (heat) in addition to motion to trip sensor to assure detection of live animals.

Event—Anytime that the PIR senses motion it counts it as an event. Events are recorded to the SD card in a text file. Events are recorded continuously during operation.

Image—Adigital picture recorded on the SD Card when motion is sensed. Images are taken at the desired delay between images.

Image Delay—Timeelapsed between photos while events are sensed and recorded. This is fixed at 30 second intervals in the Trail Sentry.

IR Flash—LEDNight Vision Flash. Sends a burst of Infrared Energy which is invisible to the human eye. Especially useful for night photos when a visible flash is undesirable.

Camera Flash—IncandescentFlash used for night or low light photography. Automatically fires if required.

SD Card—Memorycard used to store images and events. Compatible with up to 1GB capacity SD card.

Battery Life—Timethat camera will function in the field. Dependent on temperature, number of images and number of flashes during that time.

Setup—Usingthe display menu and buttons to set the date/time, still photo or movies, and password.

Security (2 methods)—Oneof the most important requirements of any trail camera. The Trail Sentry has 2 levels— padlock tab and software password.

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Front of Camera

 

PIR

 

StandardFlash

LED

Camera

IR

Lens

Flash

 

 

PIR Detected (or

 

Low Battery) LED

 

Lock

 

Tab

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Control Panel

Inside Front

LCD

SD Card Slot

Display

 

Button & Display

Detail

Setup,

Menu &

Power

Buttons

Parts

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Setup and Operation Guide

1.Open the Sentry by pulling out on the two latches on the right side. Install 4 “D” cell batteries (flat base of all batteries contacting springs), and insert an SD card (not included, use any capacity from 16MB to 1GB. Do not substitute MMC cards.) in the slot to the right of the 5 buttons as indicated on the slot cover (upside down, with the notched corner of the card on the left and metal contacts of the card facing the back of the slot). Press the card down until you hear it click into place. If the Sentry is turned on without a card in place, it may not turn off-resetit by pulling one of the batteries out partway, insert a new or empty SD card, and put the battery back in place. Only remove or insert cards with power off.

2.Press and release the Power switch. The display will show four “dashes”, then

change to “HHHH” with a blinking key icon below it (Fig a). This is a prompt to enter your password, which can be changed in the setup menu. The first time the camera is turned on, the password is the default, “0000”. Press the Enter button four times to enter four zeros (b) (if you previously changed the password in the setup menu, use the UP/DOWN buttons to enter your password digits, pressing ENTER after each one.), then press it again toconfirm-thedisplay indicates “PASS” and the camera is ready to operate. If the wrong password is entered, the display will flash “ERRO” and the camera will not work or allow the password to be changed. After an incorrect password is entered for the third time, the Sentry will automatically turn off.

Power must be turned on again before beginning a new password entry cycle.

3. If you are using the camera for the first time, you should set the date and time so your photos will be “stamped” correctly. Briefly press the Menubutton-”DATE”will blink on the display. Press Enter to confirm you want to change the date, then the first two digits will flash, prompting you to enter the month (c). Use the Up/Down buttons to set the current month, then press Enter. Set the day of the month the same way, and

a

b

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Setup Guide (cont.)

press Enter again. The display will then change to let you set the year, with only the last two digits blinking (“20_ _”) (d). Again use the Up/Down buttons to change the year if necessary, press enter, and set the time (“TIME” will flash, press enter and use

Up/Down to set the hour and minute. The time display uses the 24 hr standard, so 2:00 PM is indicated as “1400”, etc).

4. After the date and time have been set, and Enter is pressed, “EVENT” will flash on the display. Press Enter and the “camera” icons for still photos and movie clips will both blink (e). Press Enter again, and only the still camera icon will blink. Pressing the UP or DOWN buttons will now cycle between the 2 photo mode choices: Still Photos or Video

Clips. This allows you to choose which type of file will be recorded every 30 seconds for as long as motion and heat events are detected. Select the photo mode you prefer and press ENTER while that icon is blinking.

d

e

5. After selecting still photo or movie clip mode, press ENTER. The “Sun” icon will blink (f). Press ENTER again and use the UP or DOWN buttons to set thehour-thisis the time the camera will consider to be the start of the “Day”. During the Day, normal color photos or videos will be taken. If the lighting conditions become dark or cloudy, the standard flash will fire to help illuminate the photo. After setting the start hour for “Day”, press ENTER and the “Star&Moon” icon will blink. Press ENTER and set the hour to define the start of “Night”.

During the Night, photos and videos will be taken using the infrared LED lamp array

 

to light the scene. This allows you to take night photos without startling animals or

 

revealing the camera position, as infrared light is invisible to the eye. During the time

 

period you defined as “Night”, an internal filter which blocks infrared light from

 

reaching the digital image sensor is automatically deactivated, so that the IR LED

f

lamps can work. During the day, the infrared filter is reactivated, so that only normal

 

visible light strikes the sensor and affects the image. After setting the start hour for Day

 

and Night, press ENTER.

 

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Setup Guide (cont.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6. The “key” icon will flash next (g), press ENTER and enter any four digit

 

 

password of your choice (to keep using the default “0000”, just press ENTER 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

times) by using the UP/DOWN buttons to change each digit and using ENTER to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

step to the next digit (h). When finished, press ENTER if you want to return to the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

date/time setup menu, or press and hold the MENU button at any time to exit all

 

 

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setup menus and return to normal operation.

 

 

7.In normal operating mode, the display will only show the still photo or movie clip icon in the lower left corner, the day or night mode icon, an SD card icon on

the lower right, and one or more digits that indicate how many photo or movie files have been stored on the card.

To test the camera operation, wave your hand in front of the lens and PIR (passive infrared/motion) detector, while looking at the LCD display. Every time an “event” is detected, the display will indicate “Plr”, “EVNT”,

“rECd” in turn, and the event is recorded on the SD card as a new line in a text file, including the date and time of the event. As long as events are being detected, a new still photo or movie clip (as set in the menu) will be recorded every 30 seconds, indicated on the display by “Plr”, “SnAP”, then “SAVE”. Note: for movie clips, the display will stay on “SnAP” for the 14 sec duration of each movie.

8.Thread the strap through the slots on the back of the Sentry and attach the buckles, then strap it onto a suitable tree, making sure the strap is tight and the camera is aimed at the area you wish to observe. The red LED lamp on the front of the camera can help you determine how large an area is covered, as it will flash when an “event” is detected. Turn on the camera (make sure a new or empty SD card has been inserted) and leave the area-thereis a 60 second delay after power on before the first photo is taken. The standard flash will fire automatically at night for still photos, but not movies, so they will be dark unless the area is well lit by the moon or another light source.

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