Bushnell 119576C User Manual

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TROPHYCAM

I N S T R U C T I O N M A N U A L

Model#s: 119537C / 119547C / 119576C / 119577C

Lit# 98-2294 /11-12

IMPORTANT NOTE

Congratulations on your purchase of one of the best trail cameras on the market! Bushnell is very proud of this camera 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 31-35.

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 a full set of Energizer® Lithium AA batteries (8 or 12, depending on the model) in these Trophy Cam models to obtain maximum battery life

Do not mix old and new batteries

Do not mix battery types-useALL lithium or ALL alkaline

Bushnell recommends using SanDisk® SD and SDHC Cards (up to 32GB capacity, Ultra® or Extreme® series for HD video) in these Trophy Cam models

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INTRODUCTION

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 0.2 mA) in a standby (surveillance) state. This means it can deliver up to six months standby operation time when the device is powered by the full capacity of 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 (“black” IR LEDs on models 119576C/119577C) 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.

Your trail camera is one of the latest generation of Bushnell Trophy Cams, and includes many new or improved features, including:

Auto PIR Sensitivity-thecamera 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.

Hyper NightVision-TheIR LED Flash array now has increased range, brighter output and better coverage for improved nighttime images.

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-allowsthe 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

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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.

Multi Flash Mode (LED Control)- prevents overexposed flash photos in close range applications

Hybrid Capture Mode-allowsboth still photos and videos to be captured at each trigger, up to highest resolution settings for each.

NV Shutter-usercan select shutter speed for images captured at night allowing control over brightness vs. ability to stop motion

Camera Operating Mode can be limited to Day only, Night only, or 24 HRs

And many more features such as HD Video with Audio, widescreen or fullscreen format still photos, imprintable camera name (user set) along with current data including temperature, moon phase and barometric pressure* (*imprinted barometer data only available on black LED models).

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, A/V Out, and external DC power in (pg 5, Fig. 1).

A 3-waypower switch is used to select the main operating modes:OFF, SETUP, andON (pg 5, Fig. 2).

A control key interface with six keys is primarily used in SETUP mode to select operational functions and parameters. As shown on the next page, 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

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by icons or text above the key as shown below.

Light

FRONT VIEW

Sensor

LED IR Flash

Motion/ Low

Battery Indicator

Lens

Lock Hole

PIR Sensor

Latch

INSIDE VIEW

Video Mic

 

DC in

Tripod Socket

Cover Plug

Fig. 1: Connections

A/V Out Video Mic USB Port

DC In SD Card Slot

Cable to Battery

Compartment

LCD Screen

 

 

 

 

 

 

UP/Video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOWN/Photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEFT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MENU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OK/Replay

Power/Mode

 

 

ON

 

RIGHT/Shot

Switch

 

 

 

 

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 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 or twelve battery slots, depending on your model. For maximum battery life, you should install a full set of batteries. TheTrophy Cam may also be operated by just four batteries installed in the first slots only (starting on the top or left-see photos). Battery life will be shorter with 4 batteries, but the camera will operate normally. Whether you use 4 or a full set, be sure to insert each battery with correct polarity (negative or “flat” end against the long spring of each battery slot).

Bushnell recommends using a full set of new lithium AA (Energizer® brand) or alkaline AA batteries. NiMh Rechargeable batteries are not recommended, as the lower voltage they produce can cause operational issues.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 1550mA. 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).

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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 5, Front View).

Inserting the SD Card

The Trophy Cam has 32MB of 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 for all models. 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 .avi format). SD and SDHC (High Capacity) cards up to a maximum 32GB capacity are supported. High speed SD cards are recommended if you will use the 1280x720 video resolution setting (HD). Before inserting the SD card into the card slot after opening the camera’s front cover, please make sure that thewrite-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 below). 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” 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.

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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 to download your photos/videos. And of course, when you are storing or not using the camera, you will switch it toOFF. 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. 6, “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

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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.

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 (Fig. 3, next page).

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.

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 theMENU 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 thecamera-makesure you are inSETUP mode, press theRIGHT 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 (119577C color viewer model only), or a connected TV monitor (std. display models). See “Playing Back/Deleting the Photos/Videos” (pg. 27) for more details.

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Fig. 3: SETUP Information Screen (standard display model shown)

Camera (Still Photo) Mode

Image Size (Resolution)

SD Card Status

 

Still Photo Mode

 

 

 

Battery Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date:Month-Day-Year

Time Stamp

 

2

 

 

 

 

Field Scan On

 

 

 

Time

 

 

 

Hour:Minute:Second

 

 

 

 

# of Photos Taken

 

 

Remaining Photo Capacity

Video Mode

 

 

 

 

Video Sound On

Video Resolution

 

Video Mode

2

Available Video Recording Time

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