Bushnell 119455 User Manual

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Model#s: 119435 / 119445 / 119455

Lit# 98-1517 /1-10


















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 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 PassiveInfra-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 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.


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-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 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

LCD Screen



LED IR Flash

Motion/ Low Battery Indicator


Lock Hole

TV Out USB Port

PIR Sensor


SD Card Slot

Cable to Battery










Fig. 2: Button and

Switch Guide


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 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 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 274-1532 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-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 16GB capacity are supported. Before inserting the SD card into the card slot after opening the camera’s front cover, please make sure that thewrite-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-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” 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.


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 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 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



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.

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.


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 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)



















Image Size





























SD Card Status





















Battery Level

Camera Mode





































TV Status

Time Stamp







































































Number of Images

Available Space

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-makesure you are inSETUP 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 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(12-13different ones are available) so yourTrophy 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 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 (non-color)display, onlyone setting is displayed at a time, starting with the current setting for the parameter when it is first selected (Fig. 4d). To change the setting, use the UP/DOWN keys to display the new setting you want (Fig. 4e), 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



Press OK



EXAMPLES-Changingthe 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 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











Camera or

Selects whether still photos or



video clips are captured when the



camera is triggered.




Image Size

5M Pixel, 8M

Selects resolution for still photos

(only affects

Pixel, 3M Pixel

from 3 to 8 megapixels. Higher

still photos)


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

(only affects


Camera mode. Please also refer to

still photos)


the Interval parameter.




Video Size


Selects video resolution (in pixels

(only affects


per frame). Higher resolution

video clips)


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 format.





10S (second)

Sets length per captured video

Length (only

default, with

clip. Settings begin with 10 second

affects video

60S to1S

default when parameter is first


possible range

selected. After stepping down to



1S, video length settings start over



at 60S.
















10S (second)

Selects the length of time that the



camera will “wait” until it responds


with a 60M

to any additional triggers from the


(minute) to1S

PIR after an animal is first detected


(second) range

and remains within the sensor’s


of settings

range. During this user set “ignore



triggers” interval, the camera will



not capture photos/videos. This


(60M-1Mare set

prevents the card from filling up


in one minute

with too many redundant images.



Settings begin with 10 second


59S-1Sare set

default when parameter is first


in one second

selected. Note: after setting down



past “1S”, settings start over at “60M”.





Normal, High,

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.


additional No/

Always format a card that has been


Yes step on color

previously used in other devices.


viewer models

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







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 primar-



ily in Europe.




Time Stamp

Off, On

Select “On” if you want the date &

(only affects


time (that the photo was captured)

still photos)


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-hrformat only, “00”=midnight,



“12”=noon) and minute, and then



(on the lower row), the year, month



and date.















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”









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 about16-17ft. (5 meters) away from the place to be monitored, with the camera placed at a height of5-6.5ft. (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 camera.

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