Bushnell 119425C User Manual

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TROPHYCAM

INSTRUCTION MANUAL

Model#: 119425C

Lit# 98-1573/02-10

IMPORTANT NOTE

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 25-28.

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)361-5702.

Bushnell recommends using 8 Energizer® Lithium AA batteries in all Trophy Cams to obtain maximum battery life

Bushnell recommends using SanDisk® SD and SDHC Cards (up to 4GB capacity) in your Trophy Cam

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Important Note

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Table of Contents

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Introduction

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General Description

5

Applications

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Parts and Controls

5-6

Installing the Batteries and SD Card

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Loading Batteries

7

Using an External Power Source

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Inserting the SD Card

8

Using the TROPHY CAM

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The OFF, ON and SETUP Modes

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OFF Mode

9-10

ON Mode

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SETUP Mode

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SETUP Mode Shortcut Keys/Functions

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Using the SETUP Menu to Change Settings

12

Changing Parameter Settings in SETUP Mode

12

How Parameter Settings Are Displayed

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EXAMPLES-Changingthe Settings of Some

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Common Parameters

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The SETUP Menu-Parametersand Settings List

w/Descriptions

 

Mounting and Positioning the TROPHY CAM

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Mounting

19

Sensing Angle and Distance Test

20

Switching ON the Camera

20-21

Playing Back/Deleting the Photos/Videos

21

Reviewing on an External Video Monitor

21

Deleting Photos or Videos

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TABLE OF CONTENTS (continued)

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Reviewing Images Directly from the SD Card

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Reviewing Images by Connecting the Camera to a

23

Computer

24

Downloading the Photos/Videos

Troubleshooting/FAQs

25-28

Technical Specifications

29

Warranty

30

FCC Compliance Statement

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INTRODUCTION

About the TROPHY CAM

The BushnellTrophy Cam is a digital scouting camera. It can be triggered by any movement of game in a location, detected by a highly sensitive PassiveInfra-Red(PIR) motion sensor, and then take high quality pictures (up to 5MP still photos), or video clips.

The Trophy Cam consumes very little power (less than 300μA) in a standby (surveillance) state. This means it can deliver up to six monthsstand-byoperation 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 within one second) and then automatically take photos or videos according to previously programmed settings. TheTrophy Cam is equipped withbuilt-ininfrared 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. TheTrophy Cam is designed for outdoor use and is resistant against water and snow.

Applications

The Trophy Cam can be used as a trail camera for hunting or scouting game. It is also suitable for surveillance usage.

PARTS and CONTROLS

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-waypower switch is used to select the main operating modes:OFF, SETUP, andON (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 andMENU. Four of the keys can also perform a second function (shortcut operations inSETUP mode) in addition to their main function: TheDOWN key can be used to set the

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camera to Photo mode (still camera icon), and the UP key can set the camera to Video mode (movie camera icon). TheRIGHT key also serves as the manual shutter (“SHOT”) button of the camera and theOK key switches the camera to the Playback (“REPLAY”) mode. These secondary functions are indicated by icons or text above the key as shown inFig. 2.

Front View

LCD Screen

Power/Mode

Switch

LED IR Flash

Motion/

Low Battery

Lens Indicator

Lock Hole

 

Fig. 1: Connections

PIR Sensor

TV Out USB Port

 

DC In

SD Card Slot

 

 

Cable to Battery

 

 

Compartment

 

 

UP/Video

 

 

DOWN/Photo

 

 

LEFT

 

 

MENU

 

 

ON

 

OK/Replay

 

RIGHT/Shot

SETUP

 

 

 

OFF

 

Fig. 2: Button

 

 

 

 

and Switch

 

 

Guide

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INSTALLING THE BATTERIES and SD CARD

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 toread the following directions and cautions:

Loading Batteries

After opening the two latches on the right side of the Trophy Cam, you will see that theTrophy 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. TheTrophy Cam may also be operated by just four batteries installed in the top group only (seeright), 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, theTrophy Cam can function with much less current (>400mA). Please use a compatible

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power source cable (not provided) to connect the external DC power source with the power input jack of theTrophy 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 274-1532or 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-batteryindicator LED will glow blue, indicating the batteries should be changed (pg 6, “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 theOFF position) before beginning to operate the camera. Don’t insert or remove the SD card when the power switch is in theON position.

The Trophy Cam uses a standard SD (Secure Digital) memory card to save photos (in .jpg format) and/or videos (in .asf format). SD and SDHC (High Capacity) cards up to a maximum 4 GB 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-protectswitch 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 withoutforce-thereis 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 theTrophy Cam’s “Format”

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parameter before using it for the first time is recommended, especially when a card has been used in other devices (see “Changing Menu

Parameter Settings” 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.

WARNING

Be sure the camera’s power is switched OFF before inserting or removing SD cards or batteries.

USING THE TROPHY CAM

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 andleave-andyou 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 the3-wayswitch 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 (ornot-it’syour 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 OFF, ON, AND SETUP MODES

The Trophy Cam has three basic operational modes:

OFF mode: Power switch in theOFF position.

ON mode: Power switch in theON position (LCD screen is off.)

SETUP mode: Power switch atSETUP 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 useOFF mode if you connect the camera to a computer’s USB port later

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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 theOFF mode theTrophy 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 theTrophy Cam’s front cover, lock it, and leave the monitored area. Once in theON mode, no manual controls are needed or possible (the control keys have no effect). TheTrophy 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 toON mode, or stop at theSETUP position first to change one or more settings, then move the switch toON after you have finished doing so.

SETUP Mode

In the SETUP mode you can check and change the settings of theTrophy Cam with the help of itsbuilt-inLCD (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 theSETUP 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 below).

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.

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