2012 Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Max Review

     -Last update 4/10/13  - Discontinued

Quick Facts
 Trigger Time:
  Recovery Time:
  Detection Range:
  Flash Range:
   Battery Type:
0.595 s
3 s
50 ft
70 ft
12 AA Batteries
6.5" x 4.5" x 2.5"

Trailcampro Star Rating

4.1 Stars

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  • Lightning fast trigger and recovery speed
  • No Glow Infrared
  • Long battery life
  • 1280 x 720p video (with audio)
  • Easy to operate
  • Adjustable night flash
  • "White out" on close objects if flash set on high
Trailcampro Analysis

     No Glow Infrared Flash will continue to grow in popularity as theft and trespassing continually get worse.  No Glow Infrared cameras, like the Trophy Cam HD Max, ensure that there is no visible light emitted when a picture is taken at night.  This keeps trespassers/thieves from knowing they have been photographed red-handed.

     The Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Max is nearly identical to the Trophy Cam HD with the exception of the No Glow Infrared, the slightly larger size and the option for the internal viewer.  All other aspects of the camera are identical.

Detection Circuit       3.9 stars
The 2012 Bushnell HD Max cuts both the trigger and recovery times in HALF from last years camera, making this the second fastest responding trail camera on the market.  The trigger speed is 0.595 seconds and the recovery is 3 seconds.

     The rest of the detection circuit on the new Trophy Cam rounds out nicely with a wide detection zone and a 50 foot detection range.  This detection zone covers a large area and makes the camera suitable for any possible game or security application.  The biggest knock on this camera is the detection range maxes out at 50 ft.  If this were increased, the detection circuit would be rated significantly higher.  As it is, the detection zone brings down the overall rating of the detection circuit.

Picture Quality    
  4.5 stars
     Along with the improved detection circuit, the 2012 Trophy Cam HD Max has an enhanced night infrared flash.  The night flash is adjustable - low/med/high. 

     The high setting holds the shutter speed open longer which allows the camera to collect more light for nighttime pictures.  As you can see from the sample photos, the night pictures are plenty bright.  Now, this is a double-edged sword.  With a longer shutter speed also comes the risk of blur from moving objects at night.  Objects within 10 feet experienced severe "white out."

     Setting the camera on medium or low will shorten the shutter speed and darken the night pictures gradually.  This is ideal for camera trap setups that require having the camera close to the animal you are intending to photograph (i.e. fox dens).  This will also lengthen the battery life of the camera and decrease blur from movement.

     Day pictures on the Trophy Cam HD have excellent color and are clear.  Also, another improvement in 2012 Trophy Cam is every picture is now stamped with temperature and moon phase.

     The video quality is some of the best in recent history.  The audio is sensitive and will pick up sounds from a distance.  This is great for both security and wildlife.  The video is shot in 1280 x 720p.

Battery Life       4.0 stars
     Anyone who knows us at Trailcampro, knows we place a huge emphasis on battery life.  For a no glow camera, the 2012 Trophy Cam HD Max does not disappoint.  The low resting current and low nighttime power consumption stand out in the below battery statistics.  The daytime photos are good, but not great.  Overall, these are excellent numbers and will result in battery life of 2-4 months.  In situations that don't require many photos, this camera could last upwards of 6-12 months.

Resting Current Draw
Daytime Power Consumption Nighttime Power Consumption
0.21 ma
855 ma
1458 ma

ma = milliamps

     You will find that you can experience the best battery life if you combine the Trophy Cam HD with Tenergy Nimh Rechargeable batteries.  With these batteries, you will get the same battery life in warm months as you will in the cold winter months (alkaline batteries fail quickly in the cold).

     Please note: In Bushnell's owner manual they say that the camera does not work with rechargeable batteries.  This is absolutely false, and is only in there because Bushnell has a deal with Energize Lithium so they are promoting them.  Nimh batteries work perfectly in all Bushnell cameras.

Ease of Use    
  4 stars
     As with most modern cameras, the Trophy Cam HD is easy to setup and quite user-friendly.  This is the same setup menu the Trophy Cams' have had for the last several years.  However, the improvement is that you can adjust the night flash, which we have found to be invaluable.

     While slightly larger than the Trophy Cam HD, this is still an excellent case design.  It is simple and has no obvious flaws.  The durability of the camera, to date, has been excellent.  The warranty rate is minimal.

     Short of a Reconyx, this is currently the best no glow camera on the market.  Exceptional detection circuit, bright night photos and long battery life make this camera stand out.  Add the high quality video capabilities and you have an excellent camera for both wildlife and security applications.
Trophy Cam HD Max Photos