2017 Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential E3 Camera Review

Bushnell Trophy cam Essential E3/August 07, 2017

The Essential E3 is a medium sized camera, a bit larger than this years micro series by Browning.  It uses only 8 AA batteries internally.  The E3 uses a small monochrome multi-line LCD display screen for its menu setup.  It is a bit hard to see unless you get it at the right angle.  It is back lit for use in the dark.

This camera utilizes a visible IR red flash LED array for its night imaging.  I do not hear a filter click during image capture.

The surface of the camera has a molded “industrial” geometric pattern that Bushnell has used for a few years.  The camera is an olive green color front and back.  The LED array is black and broken up by a honeycomb overlay to reduce glint in the sunlight and to help the camera hide in its background.

This camera opens like a book, with camera in the front half and battery compartment in the rear half.  The bottom and back have a threaded insert for mounting while the back of the camera supports both strap and a python.  Note: There is no external battery port on this camera. I like the single cam buckle that latches securely and feels tight.

Included in the box is a substantial nylon strap with a metal cinch type buckle.

Ultimately, I recommend a lock box for this camera for better security and protection as there is no way to stop someone from opening your camera and removing the SD card otherwise.  Also, with a python it can fairly easily be yanked loose from the python, breaking the thin plastic tubes holding the python.

I would consider this an easy camera to use and I was able to change the configuration with out referring to the printed manual so far.

Manufacturer model #: 119837.

Manufacturers specifications:

  • No external battery jack
  • 16 interpolated mpxl photos
  • 1280×720 videos w/ audio
  • 2X time lapse w/ live trigger
  • Day/Night/24 Hour mode
  • Date, time, and temperature stamp on all images
  • 8 AA batteries required
  • Accepts up to 32 gig sd card

The MSRP on this camera is around $149.00.

Chasingame Test Results:

Test PerformedResult
Flash RangeVery Bright, usable beyond 60 feet.
Trigger Time without flashavg .20s
Trigger Time with flashavg .30s
Video Trigger Timeavg 1.80s
Photo Recovery Timeavg .84s
Video Recovery time.01s
Day RangeDarker fairly natural color and good clarity beyond 50 feet even when zoomed.
Battery Life4456 photos (70% with flash) and 363 video clips over 5 weeks.
Filter ClunkNo
Invisible FlashNo
Motion Blur
Sensing Test70+ feet at 83F degrees

Photo Samples captured in 16MP setting [transition and early morning overcast].

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Video Samples captured in 720p setting.

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Progress and Activity
08-07-2017 Update: Unboxed
08-08-2017 Update: Flash Range, Sensing and Photo samples/Whiteout
08-09-2017 Update: Review on hold for replacement camera from Bushnell
08-15-2017 Update: Replacement Cam has arrived
08-15-2017 Update: Photo samples on replacement
08-23-2017 Update: Video Samples
09-18-2017 Update: Battery Life


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