Review: Bushnell Trophy Cam HD 20MP Trail Camera

   06.20.18

Review: Bushnell Trophy Cam HD 20MP Trail Camera

One of the best parts of my job is that I sometimes have the opportunity to try outdoor gear so I can tell you folks about it, and I’ve really enjoyed testing this Bushnell game camera. It’s the Trophy Cam HD Aggressor 20MP No-Glow. It’s easy to use and hasn’t given me a lick of trouble in the months that I’ve been using it.

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Even though the black LED flash is “no glow,” deer and other animals sometimes appear to take notice of it, but as far as I can tell, they don’t seem as concerned about it as on full-glow or even low-glow cameras.

Here are some highlights, according to Bushnell:

  • 0.2s trigger speed
  • 0.5s recovery rate
  • 100 Feet Detection Distance
  • Pre-set menus and backlit 5-way buttons for easy setup
  • Dynamic video
  • True one-year battery life for all season scouting
  • Unparalleled night vision distance and brightness
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I’ve gotten plenty of pictures from this camera, and most are quite clear. The exceptions are only blurred due to animal movement.

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Manufacturer Specs

  • Model: 119876C
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Resolution: 20 MP
  • PIR Sensor: Low/Med/High/Auto
  • Night Vision Flash: 48 Black LED / 80ft
  • LCD Display: B&W Text LCD
  • Date/Time/Temp/Moon Stamp: Yes
  • GPS Geotag: Yes
  • Power Supply: AA (4-8)
  • Solar Compatible: Yes
  • Batteries: 4 or 8 AA, Energizer lithium recommended
  • Battery Life: Up to 1 Year
  • Video Resolution: 1920x1080p
  • Video Length: Up to 60s
  • SD Card Capacity: 32 GB, Sandisk brand recommended
  • Field Scan 2X: Yes
  • Audio Record: Yes
  • Hybrid Capture: Yes
  • Shipping weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Currently available at Amazon for $134.69
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This camera is easy to set up, and I had no trouble getting it running. Strapping it to the tree is simple enough, although I would prefer not having to thread the strap through the buckle every time. The menu is not the most intuitive I’ve ever used, but it’s not difficult to maneuver.

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I like the latch. It’s large enough to use with gloves on, and the fact that it’s a draw type latch makes it easy to open in relative silence without jolting the camera.

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Once open, controls are easy to find and operate. The backlit buttons and LCD display are nice, helping you do your setup in low light, and the 4 or 8 AA batteries are easy to access without fighting with another compartment door.

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The SD card is also easy to access. The slot is a push-to-eject type, so even with clumsy cold fingers, swapping the SD card is easy to accomplish.

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Each of my game photos from this camera feature the temperature in F and C, moon phase, date, and time.

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You can use location presets to tell the cam where the cameras is: feeder, trail/scrape, or food plot. Auto exposure settings help eliminate “white out” photos. Will record 1080p HD video with audio for up to 2 minutes, as long as motion is detected. Hybrid capture mode will take a full-resolution photo followed by a full-rez video each time the camera is triggered.

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If you’re looking at a large field where some activity may be out of range, you can use a time lapse setting to automatically take photos, and you can set two “windows” of time for this (say at dawn and dusk).

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Final Thoughts

The Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Aggressor 20MP No-Glow camera is a good trail camera, in fact I think it’s the best I’ve ever had. Menu setup was easy enough, and I had it set up and taking photos of nocturnal predators in no time. At the hunt club, deer and turkeys were easy to capture on camera.

It’s easy to use and does a good job. What’s not to like?

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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