Bushnell 119455 User Manual
I N S T R U C T I O N M A N U A L
Model#s: 119435 / 119445 / 119455
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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
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)
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 16GB 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
The Trophy Cam consumes very little power (less than 300μA) in a standby (surveillance) state. This means it can deliver up to six months
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 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 inSETUP 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.
Fig. 1: Connections
LED IR Flash
Motion/ Low Battery Indicator
TV Out USB Port
SD Card Slot
Cable to Battery
Fig. 2: Button and
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 to read the following directions and cautions:
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
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 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
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
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 16GB capacity are supported. Before inserting the SD card into the card slot after opening the camera’s front cover, please make sure that the
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
(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.
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 and
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).
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 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.
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.
In the SETUP mode you can check and change the settings of theTrophy Cam with the help of its
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 (seeFig. 3 below).
NOTE: always move the power switch from OFF toSETUP mode. It is possible that the camera could lockup if it is switched fromON toSETUP mode. If this occurs, simply move the switch toOFF and then push it up toSETUP again.
Fig. 3: SETUP Information Screen (standard display model shown)
SD Card Status
Number of Images
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
•Press the OK key to replay (review or playback) photos/videos on the LCD (color viewer models only), or a connected TV monitor (std. display models). See “Playing Back Photos/Videos” for more details.
Using the SETUP Menu to Change Settings
The main purpose of the SETUP mode is to allow you to change the settings of the camera’s parameters
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 theSETUP mode. Once inSETUP 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 theSETUP 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 toON to begin actually taking photos or videos. No images will be captured if the switch is left in the
SETUP position (unless you press theRIGHT/Shot key after exiting the menu)- in fact, the camera will power off automatically after a few seconds with no key pressed.
Color Viewer vs. Standard Display Models
There is a slight difference in how the settings for a parameter are shown between the two different types of Trophy Cam models:
• On models with a color viewer, all the available settings for the currently displayed parameter are shown on one screen, with a checkmark next
to the current setting (Fig. 4a). To change the setting, first use the UP/ DOWN keys to highlight (select) the new setting you want (Fig. 4b), then press OK to “Execute” the actual change to the selected setting. The checkmark will appear next to your new setting to confirm this (Fig. 4c).
• On models with standard
Fig. 4: Selecting Parameter Settings
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 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 highlight “Video” (color viewer models) or to select the “Video” setting (std. display models). 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.
The SETUP Menu – Parameters and Settings List w/Descriptions
Selects whether still photos or
video clips are captured when the
camera is triggered.
5M Pixel, 8M
Selects resolution for still photos
Pixel, 3M Pixel
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.
1 Photo, 2
Selects how many photos are
Photo, 3 Photo
taken in sequence per trigger in
Camera mode. Please also refer to
the Interval parameter.
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
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
Selects the length of time that the
camera will “wait” until it responds
with a 60M
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
in one minute
with too many redundant images.
Settings begin with 10 second
default when parameter is first
in one second
selected. Note: after setting down
past “1S”, settings start over at “60M”.
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
Deletes (erases) all files stored
(followed by an
on a card to prepare it for reuse.
Always format a card that has been
Yes step on color
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 (then select Yes
and press OK again on color viewer
models), press MENU (or select
NO then press OK) to exit without
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 primar-
ily in Europe.
Select “On” if you want the date &
time (that the photo was captured)
imprinted on every photo, select
“Off” for no imprint.
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
“12”=noon) and minute, and then
(on the lower row), the year, month
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”
MOUNTING AND POSITIONING THE TROPHY CAM
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 theTrophy Cam on a sturdy tree with a diameter of about 6 in. (15cm). To get the optimal picture quality, the tree should be about
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 theTrophy Cam. Push one end of the belt through the two brackets on the back of theTrophy 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