Bushnell Cellucore Live (Cellular) Review

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Bushnell Cellucore Live Cellular Trail Camera Review

 - TCP Staff

Model # 119908D | Bushnell Cellucore Live Owner's Manual


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Picture Quality:                                                                            87/100

   32 Mpxl Photos (interpolated)  |  1080p Video Resolution

Battery Life: 2.9 Months (pics) 

 Using 30 pics day + night  

Trigger Speed & Detection:                                                                                100/100

 Trigger & Recovery: 0.11 s.  -  9.2 s.  (Pictures)  |  0.9 s.  -  n/a  (Videos)  |   100 ft. Range

Quality of Design:                                                                      86/100

  12 AA Batteries  |  9-volt External Battery Jack  |  No Internal Viewer



  • Live Stream Trail Camera Feature
  • Hybrid Mode
  • Work Mode
  • Cellular On/Off
  • Connects to AT&T or Verizon
  • Camera Location
  • Trigger Speed


  • Battery Life
  • External Jack is only compatible with Bushnell products



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.

Picture Quality:  87/100

Photo resolution:  32 mpxl (interpolated)

Video resolution:    1920 x 1080p

Flash Type: No Glow IR



Battery Life:    50/100

Picture & Video Resting Power (on):  21.2 mW

Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption:  13.7  Ws  |  14.5 Ws

Video Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption:  n/a

Here are your best battery options:

Trailcampro Choice: AmpTORRENT Rechargeable AA Lithium

If the Bushnell Cellucore Live were to take 15-day and 15-night pictures every 24 hours, this camera would last 1.9 months in the field - per charge - on a set of AmpTorrent Rechargeable AA Lithium batteries. 


There are a number of benefits to these batteries:

  • Up to 1,200 charges
  • Consistent 1.5 volt operation
  • Charges with the included USB cable
  • Eco-friendly (less batteries in a landfill)
  • Batteries pay for themselves after 2-3 charges


Longest Lasting Choice: Energizer Ultimate Lithium

If the Cellucore Live were to take 15-day and 15-night pictures every 24 hours, this camera would last 2.9 months in the field on a set of Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries.


Ultimate Lithium batteries are the longest-lasting battery choice due to their incredible consistency and capacity. We've loved these batteries for a long time. However, in recent years they have become cost prohibitive and forced us to seek out a more affordable, eco-friendly option. 



Detection Circuit:     100/100


Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed:  0.11 s.  |  9.2 s.

Video Trigger & Recovery Speed:   0.9  s.  |   n/a 

Detection Range & Angle:   100ft @ 34.7° detection angle (38.6° f.o.v.)




Quality of Design:     86/100


Dimensions:  2.5" x 6" x 6"

Battery Type:   12 AA

External Battery Jack: 9-volt

SD Card Size: SanDisk Class 10 up to 256GB


Case Design


The case design is similar to the other Cellucore models. The Bushnell Cellucore Live 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 makes selecting a carrier before purchasing (very nice perk).

The case of the Cellucore Live 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. The camera has a hole through the back to run a cable lock through and lock the door. The camo pattern blends in well with many areas. Overall, the case seems to be well thought-out and functions properly without too many bells and whistles.


 Camera Setup


  1. Download the Bushnell Trail Camera app to your phone and create an account.
  2. 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.
  3. Install 12 AA lithium batteries 
  4. The Cellucore Live has a dual modem which automatically connects to the carrier with the strongest service (either ATT or Verizon)
  5. Prior to closing the camera, ensure the camera has acquired cell signal by checking the camera status 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



The vast majority of consumer-grade trail cameras are inexpensive, imported devices exposed to harsh conditions 24/7/365.  Most manufacturers only offer a one-year warranty.  We stock only the most durable units and provide an additional year of warranty at no extra charge. The Trailcampro exclusive 2-year warranty allows you to deal directly with Trailcampro avoiding long wait times on hold with the manufacturer and prolonged periods without a replacement camera.  We turn around most warranties in just one business day!

 All test results are achieved through the use of proprietary equipment used exclusively by Trailcampro.  Any re-publication of this data without prior written consent is strictly prohibited by law. COPYRIGHT TRAILCAMPRO, L.L.C. 2023, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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