Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Aggressor/August 14, 2017

The HD Aggressor is a medium sized camera, a bit larger than this years micro series by Browning.  It requires only 8 AA batteries internally and 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.  Both screen and buttons are 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.  There is an external battery port on this camera but its voltage is not published and the plug is a proprietary design requiring the purchase of Bushnell compatible accessories. 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. However, there are some settings that will require some reading.

Bushnell calls this a low glow camera but Chasingame would not. Its flash is a bright red rather than a dull or dim red.

The setup menu has “presets” which make it easy to set up if you are in a hurry, while you can also select “advanced menu” and change each option individually.

Things to note:

  • LED Control: You can change the number of LEDs that fire when it flashes (36 or 48).  Using fewer, if suitable for your needs, will increase battery life.
  • Sensor level:  You can set  the sensitivity base on your temperature or leave it on AUTO and have the camera determine the best PIR sensitivity.
  • NV Shutter: AUTO – the camera will do its best to give you well illuminated photos increasing potential motion blur, while HIGH will reduce motion blur but give you less illuminated photos.

Manufacturer model #: 119874.

Manufacturers specifications:

All the features of the Trophy Cam HD No Glow models, these Low-Glow models feature the brightest night vision offered in the Trophy Cam line. Crisp and clear images with a super-fast 0.2-second trigger speed, hyper 0.5s recovery rate, extended nighttime photo range and true 1-year battery life.

The New Trophy Cam HD Low Glows are best in class-built on a legacy of performance.

  • Lightning fast 0.2s trigger speed
  • Incredible 0.5s recovery rate
  • 100 Feet Detection Distance
  • Pre-set menus and backlit 5-way buttons for easy setup
  • Dynamic video
  • True one-year battery life for all season scouting
  • Unparalleled night vision distance and brightness
Wireless Connectivity: No
Resolution Setting: 20 MP
PIR Sensor: Low/Med/High/Auto
Night Vision Flash: 36 LED / 100′
LCD Display: B&W Text LCD
Date/Time/Temp/Moon Stamp: Yes
GPS Geotag: Yes
Power Supply: AA (4-8)
Solar Compatible: Yes
Battery Life: Up to 1 Year
Video Resolution: 1920x1080p
Video Length: Up to 60s
SD Card Capacity: 32 GB
Field Scan 2X: Yes
Audio Record: Yes
Hybrid Capture: Yes

The MSRP on this camera is around $179.99.

Chasingame Test Results:

Test PerformedResult
Flash RangeGood white balance and contrast. Usable detail out to 50+ feet. Using NV Shutter on AUTO
Trigger Time without flashavg 0.22s
Trigger Time with flash0.43s
Video Trigger Timeavg 0.95s
Photo Recovery Timeavg 0.62s
Video Recovery timeavg .48s. (trigger (interval .6)
Day RangeUnder illuminated and dark.
Battery Life2498 photos (70% with flash) and 636 video clips over 4 weeks.
Filter ClunkNo
Invisible FlashNo
Motion Blur
Sensing Test65+ feet at 79F degrees

Photo Samples captured in 4K setting.

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Video Samples captured in 1080p setting.

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Progress and Activity
08-14-2017 Update: Unboxed
The next Bushnell camera in line for testing is the Trophy Cam HD Aggressor.  This is a fairly inexpensive camera but likely a good performer and good bang for the buck.  Included in the box is the camera and a nice strap with metal buckle and user guide.  I will grab some photos while its sunny and get onto the trigger testing machine.
08-14-2017 Update: Day range test (underexposed)

The weather here is nice, partly cloudy. On the first day range sample the sun was behind a cloud.  The second one was with full sun, but dappled due to the forest.  both images are very dark. Both pics have some color so its not going into night mode.  This is a problem. I verified with Bushnell that I am on the latest firmware.  They admitted that they are having some light metering issues and that a new firmware would be available at some point and they would update me.

08-14-2017 Update: Trigger testing
I managed to get all the trigger testing done and as I expected this camera performs well. The only puzzling thing is when I began to test and setup for video recovery time, I realized I could not find a video length setting in the menu setup.  Of all the video clips I captured some were 8 seconds and some were 10 seconds.  I guess its time to read the booklet… In which case I see no setting to control the length of the videos.  You get 8 or 10 seconds randomly from what I can tell thus far.

Update: if trigger interval is .6 the camera takes 10s video clips (I get 8s sometimes), otherwise it is in dynamic mode which takes video while there is motion.

08-15-2017 Update: Flash range and Sensing
I performed both flash range and sensing on this camera and find the flash range to have good white balance and clarity with usable detail to beyond 50+ feet. sensing is excellent on this camera.
08-18-2017 Update: Photo Samples
I left the camera out in photo mode for several days and got a nice representative grouping of images.  This camera definitely can use a firmware update to improve light metering for both day and night.  Images are overexposed and underexposed in low light conditions and even in sunlight.  Near whiteout occurs at these times as well.
08-21-2017 Update: Video Samples
After several days in video mode this camera turned in a good report card. The video quality is good on the camera. the audio is also excellent. Video is a strong point on this camera.
09-18-2017 Update: Battery Life
I have pulled the final set of photos from this camera as the batteries have died. The camera took 2498 photos (70% with flash) and 636 video clips over 4 weeks. This review is now complete.

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