Bushnell Core Low Glow Review

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Bushnell Core Low Glow Review

The Core Low Glow is extremely fast, takes a decent photo, and has good picture battery life. The battery life in video mode is slightly below average and pictures have a dullish color. Overall, this is a solid trail camera. - TCP Staff

Model #11-9936C | Bushnell Core Low Glow Owner's Manual

Bushnell Core FAQ's

Bushnell Core Low Glow Trail Camera Review


  • Excellent detection circuit
  • 9+ months of battery run time in picture mode
  • Decent flash range on night videos


  • Slightly high video battery consumption
  • Poor audio on videos

Picture Quality:

Photo resolution: 24 Mpxl (Interpolated)

Video resolution: 1920 x 1080 w/ audio

Flash Type: Red Glow IR

Day pictures from the Core Low Glow game trail camera have average color (it is a bit dull) and average clarity. The Core seems to stop motion fairly well (minimal blurring). In general, day pictures lack pop and we would rate as average.

Night pictures have more "white noise" than we would normally expect from a red glow trail camera and offer average clarity. Flash range is also average and overall we consider these night photos to be average or slightly above average.

Daytime videos have similar color to the pictures but do possess solid clarity. The resolution is 1920 x 1080 but are not at the same level as the dual sensor Bushnell cameras that offer the same video resolution. Overall, daytime videos are well above average but not elite.

Night videos have good flash range and turn out well when there is a backdrop to the frame (like trees in the background that the IR light can bounce off of). Contrast and clarity seem to be above average and the motion is fluid.

Audio is fuzzy, which you can potentially hear in the sample videos below.

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.

Megapixel Ratings:

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.

Battery Life:

Picture & Video Resting Power (on): 0.33 mW

Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 3.5 Ws | 3.9 Ws

Video Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 22.1 Ws | 66.3 Ws

Picture Mode

If this camera were to take 35-day and 35-night pictures every 24 hours, the Core Low Glow would last 9.8 months in the field on a set of 6 AA Lithium Batteries.

Video Mode

If this camera were to take 15-day and 15-night videos (10-second videos) every 24 hours, it would last 2.0 months in the field on a set of lithium batteries.

Detection Circuit:

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.18 s. | 1.0 s.

Video Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.51 s. | 1.0 s.

Detection Range & Angle: 100 ft. @ 41.5° detection angle (45° field of view)

We love the detection circuit on the 2019 Bushnell Core. This camera has plenty of speed and detection distance. Detection angle is well-matched to the field of view, which should keep false triggers to a minimum.

There isn't much more to say other than this is an outstanding detection circuit.

Quality of Design:

Dimensions: 5.75" x 4" x 3"

Battery Type: 6 AA

External Battery Jack: 6-Volt

Case Design

The Core is a medium sized trail camera that has a well thought out design and appearance. The latch manipulates easily and allows the front cover to open and close with ease. All the buttons to control settings are prominent and have a positive click when using them. The battery tray ejects easily but does not always click into place on the first try. Make sure you press and hold firmly until you hear an audible click, otherwise the tray might not be properly seated.

The Core Low Glow has a threaded insert on the bottom for a Slate River Mount and a bracket on the back to fit a Python Cable Lock.

Camera Setup

For anyone that has used a Bushnell camera in the past, you will find the settings quite familiar. The simple settings and easy to read screen should get the camera up and running quickly. You shouldn't even need to break out the manual. The Core does have the option for AM, PM, or 24 hour mode and also has Hybrid Mode (picture + video). It does not have a password option.

Overall, programming is very easy but doesn't have quite all the settings we like. The Core Low glow does not come with an internal picture viewer, so field setup will have to be done intuitively.


We don't have any durability or warranty concerns with the Core at this time. If something changes, we will update this review.

Keep in mind, our 2-year warranty program is your free insurance program in case something goes wrong with a camera you purchase from us. This warranty protects you from any manufacturing defect the camera might experience for two years.

The Core Low Glow is extremely fast, takes a decent photo, and has good picture battery life. The battery life in video mode is slightly below average and pictures have a dullish color. Overall, this is a solid game trail camera.

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FAQ's: Trail Camera

Q: How do I view the pictures?

A: There are a number of ways to do this. Pictures/videos are stored on the SD card you place in the camera. Here are some other methods for viewing images:

  • View pictures on your computer. Plug the SD card in a desktop computer or laptop via the built-in SD card reader or use a USB reader if your computer doesn't have one. This method works for most tablets as well. With this method, we recommend having two SD cards per camera so you can swap them in the field.
  • Trail Camera Viewers. While more expensive, handheld viewers are useful if you don't have a smartphone or run multiple trail cameras.

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: Yes. This is a red glow trail camera, meaning it has a faint red glow when taking pictures or videos at night. Humans and animals can see this if looking at the camera. This does not "light up" the woods, though.

Q: Where can I purchase this camera?

A: From us! We hope to woo you with our incredible charm, two-year warranty, 90-day returns, free continental U.S. shipping, and technical expertise. If that isn't enough, we give you a 16 Gig SD card with this camera and you can call and talk our ear off anytime.

Seriously, though, we know you have plenty of options of where to spend your hard-earned money. The internet can be the wild, wild, west of too-good-to-be-true deals. If you choose to do business with us, we will go out of our way to make sure you are happy with the camera you select and the service we provide you.

We are passionate about testing and reviewing trail cameras, but most importantly, we are passionate about treating our customers the right way. We do things differently from what you have come to expect from other internet retailers and we hope you give us the opportunity to prove that to you.

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