Bushnell Cellucore 20 Solar Review
The Bushnell Cellucore 20 Solar Trail Camera has great picture quality and battery life. We can't accurately even calculate how much the solar panel will add to the 6+ months of battery life, but it should be fairly significant. This isn't the fastest camera, but it should do a really good job in most camera trap setups. If you are on a budget, looking for a cellular trail cam that has great picture quality and long battery life, we would recommend this Bushnell game camera. - TCP Staff
Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:
20 Mpxl Photos (interpolated)
Battery Life: 6.6 Months (pics)
Using 15 pics day + night
Trigger Speed & Detection:78/100
Trigger & Recovery: 0.73 s. - 44.8 s. (Pictures) | 80 ft. Range
Quality of Design:85/100
12 AA Batteries | 9-volt External Battery Jack | No Internal Viewer
Bushnell Cellucore 20 Solar Review
- Really good picture quality
- Excellent battery life
- Easy setup and dual modem (works on ATT and Verizon)
- Below average trigger speed
Be Wary Of Megapixel Ratings
Megapixel ratings for trail cameras seem to increase more & more every year. In reality, the native resolution of 99% of all trail cameras is 5 megapixels or less. Manufacturers artificially inflate megapixel ratings for advertising purposes through a process called interpolation. Interpolated photos are enhanced by software to mimic the file size of a higher megapixel photo, but seldom offer additional clarity or resolution. The result is an exponentially larger file size photo which takes longer to load and slows down the speed of your camera. We always program our cameras to capture photos at the image sensor's native resolution. This allows our cameras to operate as efficiently as possible and store more photos to memory. With shorter load times, this also allows us to review photos at a much quicker pace. To put things in perspective, the trail camera widely considered to be the "Gold Standard" and used by more professional researchers than any other unit is just 3 megapixels.
Photo resolution: 20 mpxl (interpolated)
Flash Type: Red Glow IR
Day and night pictures are fantastic. Hard to find any faults with them. The day pictures have realistic color, good clarity, and stop motion well. The night pictures have a ton of flash range, really good contrast and just a bit of overexposure on close objects at night. You can check out sample photos below.
Night IR Blur Test
The equipment for the test consists of a target moving along a track from left to right at a constant speed controlled by a stepper motor and a sensor to trigger the capture of a picture near the center of the field of view of a trail camera.
The target is moving at 1.25 feet per second and is 10 feet from the camera at the center of field of view. The test is conducted in a dark room. Two pictures are taken, one with the target not moving and one with the target in motion. A visual comparison can now be made of the two pictures. All settings that affect the quality of night photos will be tested.
What if you purchase from us and aren't happy with the image quality?
This is a common question and we have a very simple solution. Call, email, or chat with us and we can take a look at the images and offer suggestions or immediately tell if something is wrong with the camera. If so, we will warranty the camera for you (with the free 2-Year warranty you receive from us) or return the camera for a full refund (within 90 days of purchase). You have control of the process, remember, we work for you.
In the past, many people get confused with the megapixel rating trail camera manufacturers advertise. Companies inflate the mpxl rating to attract eyes to their products. They do this through interpolation, which digitally adds megapixels to a photo without actually improving the picture.
The best way to judge picture quality is to look at actual pictures. You will notice this the most when you zoom in on a full-size image that a camera has taken. The details of the photo will appear hazy or even digitized. This is normal, and to be expected.
Picture & Video Resting Power (on): 1.06 mW
Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 27.8 Ws | 31.6 Ws
If this camera were to take 15-day and 15-night pictures every 24 hours, the Bushnell Cellucore 20 Solar would last 3.46.6 months in the field on a set of 12 AA lithium batteries.
Our battery test only allows us to test the consumption versus the 12 AA batteries you install inside the camera and does not and can't account for the attached solar panels battery pack and the ongoing charge you can potentially get from the sun. However, with just batteries providing half a year's battery life, that is impressive for any cellular camera.
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.73 s. | 44.8 s.
Detection Range & Angle: 80 ft. @ 34.9° detection angle (41.3° field of view)
The trigger speed is well under average and the recovery time is middle of the road. The detection range is 80 ft. (average) as well. This camera's detection circuit has nothing brag about and nothing to worry about.
Dimensions: 8" x 6" x3"
Battery Type: 12 AA
External Battery Jack: 9-volt (Bushnell specific)
The case design is similar to the other Cellucore models with the exception of the obvious solar panel on top of the camera. The panel is removeable and quickly clicks in and out of the camera. It also comes with a cord that allows you to mount the panel on the back of a tree and attach via the cord. This is a small panel but has a battery pack built into the bottom of the panel and provides the camera with two batter banks to draw off of (as long as you install internal AA batteries).
The Bushnell Cellucore 20 Solar does not have internal programming so all setup options are controlled via the app on your phone. This camera can connect to either ATT or Verizon networks, so that takes part of the guess work out of picking a cellular camera before purchasing (very nice perk).
The case of the Cellucore itself is fairly typical and functional. We always like when antennas come off the side of the camera and not the top as it is harder for water to pool at the antenna's base and enter the camera. Overall, the case seems to be well thought-out and functions properly without too many bells and whistles (outside of a solar panel).
- Download the Bushnell Trail Camera app to your phone and create an account.
- Log in and click the camera icon at the bottom of the screen and hit the + button to add your new camera. Scan the QR code on the label inside your camera or you can manually enter its serial number.
- Install 12 AA lithium batteries (alkaline and rechargeable are not recommended). Install a SD card (up to 32 GB)
- Remove the solar panel from the top of the camera and remove the protective film from the contact points. Re-install the panel and tighten the thumb screw
- The Cellucore 20 Solar has a dual modem which automatically connects to the carrier with the strongest service (either ATT or Verizon)
- Prior to closing the camera, ensure the camera has acquired cell signal by checking the camera staus indicator lights and guide.
|Up to 2000 Photos||Unlimited Photos|
|$9.99 per month||$14.99 per month|
|10 Hi-Res images||Unlimited Hi-Res images|
|5 monthly video downloads||Unlimited Video Downloads|
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FAQ's: Trail Camera
Q: Will this trail camera trigger on small animals (birds, rodents, etc.)?
A: Trail cameras detect on a combination of heat and movement, so, yes, small mammals will trigger the camera. However, if you are going after smaller warm-blooded mammals, we recommend getting the camera closer to your target. For best performance, place the camera in an area that would enable picture detection from 3 - 20 ft.
Q: Can animals see the infrared flash on this camera?
A: This is somewhat controversial. Humans can't see the flash as the nanometer spectrum is above what the human eye can detect. It's also much harder for an animal to see, but that could depend on the species of animal as different species see in different light spectrums.
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