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Bushnell NatureView Cam HD

ushnell Natureview Review

- This is a close-focus trail camera designed for taking high-quality pictures of animals within 3 meters. The Natureview also comes with 2 additional lenses and a remote that plugs into the camera and shows the live view of the camera lens. - TCP Staff

Model # 11-9740  |  Liveview Owner's Manual


Bushnell Natureview Cam HD Trail Camera Review

Pros

  • Crisp focus on objects close to the camera
  • Great picture detection
  • Excellent battery life
  • Comes with f600 mm and f460 mm camera lenses

Cons

  • Slow video trigger speed
  • Requires a remote to program the camera

Trailcampro Analysis

The Bushnell Natureview Cam is designed with one thing in mind, close focus wildlife photography.  This is the most popular camera for anyone using the camera for bird watching, rodent surveys or any other project that involves taking pictures within a few meters of the camera.

Normal trail cameras have trouble focusing on animals near the camera.  The 2018 Natureview comes with f600 mm and f460 mm camera lenses that screw onto the front of the lens.

Picture Quality:     

Photo resolution: 14, 8 or 3 mpxl  |  Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080 w/ audio  |  Flash Type:  Low Glow Infrared

This category is a tale of two extremes.  Day pictures are incredible and some of the best you will ever see.  Outstanding clarity, great color, and consistent quality on all the photos.  Extremely impressive.  Night photos ranked among the worst in our Flash Range Test.  We apologize for the lack of night sample images.  For whatever reason, we couldn't get any critters to come by the bird feeders at night.  Check the Flash Range Test for night images.

Most, not all, of the users who want a close-focus game trail camera like this aren't as interested in the night photos as they are the day pictures.  So the importance of this will be entirely up to you.

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Video quality mimics picture quality.  These are among the best HD trailcam daytime videos you will ever see.  

Battery Life:     

Resting Power (on):  1.26 mW  |  Daytime Power Consumption:  4.63 Ws|  Nighttime Power Consumption:  5.82 Ws

Battery data is outstanding.  Low draws across the board.  The Natureview HD is an efficient game camera.

If this camera were to take 35-day pictures and 35-night pictures every 24 hour period, this camera would last an astounding 11.4 months in the field on a set of lithium batteries.

If this camera were to take 15-day videos and 15-night videos every 24 hour period, this camera would last 2.7 months in the field on a set of lithium batteries. This is with 10-second video clips.

Detection Circuit:    

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.26 s. / 0.7 s.  |  Video Trigger & Recovery Speed:  2.14 s. / 4.8 s.  |  Detection Range & Angle:  100 ft. | 43° (42.4° F.O.V.)

You can't ask for a much faster picture taking camera.  1/4 second trigger speed and recovery well under a second.  Video trigger is on the opposite end of the spectrum, it is very slow.

Detection range is an incredibly impressive 100 ft.  Other than the slow video times, this is a great detection zone.

Quality of Design:     

Dimensions: 6.5" x 4.5" x 2.75"  |  Battery Type:  12 AA Batteries  |  External Battery Jack:  6 Volt

Case design is solid but not as good as the new Bushnell Aggressor models.  The batteries are a very snug fit.  The camera has a python bracket in the back and a 1/4" x 20 threaded insert on the bottom of the unit for a Slate River Mount.  The additional lenses that come with the camera simply screw in and out of the front of the game trail camera.  They are very easy to change.

Programming is unique as it requires the remote (comes with the camera).  From the remote, you can change settings and see the camera's field of view (hence the name Liveview).  The remote plugs into the bottom of the camera so this is not a wireless unit.

Programming and setup are extremely easy, it is just important you don't leave the remote at home when checking the camera in the field.

Durability, to date, has been excellent.  No issues have come up.

 

 

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Manufacturer Specifications

  • 14 mpxl interpolated photos
  • 1920 x 1080 HD Video w/ audio
  • Low glow infrared flash
  • 24 hr/Day/Night mode
  • Adjustable PIR (low/medium/high) or Auto PIR
  • No glow infrared flash
  • Trigger interval: 1 sec. to 60 min.
  • Multi-shot mode: 1-3 images per trigger
  • Video length: 1 second to 60 seconds, programmable
  • 1/4 x 20 threaded insert
Bushnell NatureView Cam HD has a rating of 4.3 stars based on 13 reviews.