2015 Bushnell NatureView HD Essential

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)


  • 1280 x 720p HD video
  • Stunning 12MP images
  • 0.6 second trigger speed
  • 32 infrared LEDs
This model is discontinued. Instead, we recommend the Browning Strike Force HD Pro X at this price range.

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2015 Bushnell NatureView Essential – Our Rating:2015 Bushnell NatureView Essential 119739 review


We no longer recommend this model. Instead, we recommend the Browning Strike Force HD Pro X or Bushnell Essential E3 at this price range.
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The 2015 Bushnell NatureView Essential is an entry-level and basic camera, but a decent all-rounder, particularly suited to back gardens.

Video quality is not bad at 720p, and the use of low-glow LEDs with no filter screen means a powerful IR flash range. It does glow more that most other camera’s however, so isn’t recommended outside a garden setting or for sensitive wildlife.

Photo quality is very good – unlike most Bushnell cameras, the NatureView Essential is actually using a 5MP CMOS sensor, as opposed to the usual 3MP. This results in high-quality photos, better than most other Bushnell cameras.

The build quality and overall design of the NatureView Essential is good – the traditional Bushnell pelicase design.

Bushnells have always been easy to use, and the NatureView Essential is the same – it’s quick and easy to change the settings to what you need.

The NatureView Essential is using the older 6V power system, meaning it can run of 4 or 8 AA batteries. However, this means night videos aren’t as good as some more up-to-date 12V cameras, such as the Browning Recon Force Extreme or Bushnell Essential E3, but the nighttime video length limit is 60 seconds rather than the 15-20 seconds on 12V cameras.

Also taking into consideration the price of the camera, we feel the Bushnell NatureView Essential is a decent choice for backgardens, but in this price range there are some better, more up-to-date options – such as the Browning Strike Force HD Pro or Bushnell Essential E3. Therefore, we give it a 6 out of 10.

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Bushnell NatureView HD Essential 119739 features review

Video quality
Max res: 720p (30fps day, 30fps night)   Max length: 60 secs day & night
Trigger speed: about 2.7 seconds   Recovery time: about 3 seconds

The video quality on the NatureView Essential is not bad, at 720p. It adjust exposure well after about 2 seconds of a video starting, and the videos are well lit at night, with good colour during the day.

The video trigger speed, at 2.7 seconds, is certainly on the slow side. We find that generally this camera is very good for watching hedgehogs however – they are not particularly fast, and therefore you also may want the 60 second videos at night that this camera can do, as opposed to faster, more modern 12V cameras.

A Godwin Road explorer at 4:30 this morning 🙂

Posted by HK Hedgehogs on Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Sound is middle of the road – you won’t hear hedgehog snuffles, but bird song and running water etc are picked up.

Photo quality
Max res: 12MP max. (lowest 5MP)  Max number per trigger: 3 photos
Trigger speed: about 0.6 seconds   Recovery time: about 1.8 seconds

The Bushnell NatureView Essential is a great camera for photos. Daytime photos have great colour thanks to the high quality 5MP CMOS sensor, and the camera seems to cope well in low-light conditions.

Night photos are good, due in part to the 32 low-glow LEDs without any kind of filtering. This means the camera packs a punch at night – anything too close will likely be overexposed, but in most situations it’s good.

Photo trigger speed isn’t the fastest, but it definitely fast enough for most uses.

Trigger speed and detection
Trigger speed: approx. 0.6s (photos), 1.7s (videos)   Recovery speed: 1.8s (photos), 3s (videos)
Detection range: approx. 60ft   LED type: Low-Glow LEDs

The detection circuit on the Bushnell cameras has long been a major strength. They trigger fairly reliably, especially compared to other brands like Ltl Acorn and Minox.

Video triggers are pretty slow on this camera. It isn’t unusual for the camera to trigger when the animal is already well within the frame.

Photo triggers are quite a bit faster, as with most camera traps. Recovery again is a little slower than more modern cameras however. Overall, the triggers and recovery rates of this camera reflect the fact it is a 2015 model rather than the current 2017 offerings from most manufacturers.

Build quality & batteries
Warranty: 2 years (through NatureSpy)   Batteries: 4 or 8x AA (Lithium recommended)

Bushnell cameras are known for their sturdiness. You can tell they are well built and strong units, and NatureView Essential,in a green plastic casing, is no different.

Battery life is good from 8x AA Lithiums – generally, you can expect around 10 months battery life for photos (taking around 60 pictures every 24 hours) and about 3 months for video (taking around 20 videos every 24 hours). This will obviously vary depending on how active and how each video is, and if there are more night shots than day.

The Bushnell NatureView Essential is covered by a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty in the UK when bought through NatureSpy.

Ease of use
Bushnell cameras have long been amongst the easiest to use, and the NatureView Essential is no different. The internal design of the camera is basically the same as previous years of Bushnells.

The camera trap has a decent amount of settings, but most of these you won’t need to worry about too much initially. Most users just want to go straight for video – changing the resolution to the full 720p and setting video lengths. Interval is always an important setting to play with too, and it’s all straight-forward to change on the onboard menu.

We tend to notice that Bushnell camera’s field of view is always a little higher than you think it may be – therefore we generally always angle the camera down, just a touch – it can make a big difference. Be careful not to go too much however as the camera can over-expose at night!

Overall a very straight-forward camera trap to use, but if you do require any help or have any questions you can just get in touch with us.

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Bushnell NatureView HD Essential…

The all new 2015 Bushnell NatureView HD Essential captures incredible 720p HD video, 12MP images and features audio record in video mode.

The 2015 Bushnell NatureView HD Essential is a great place to start with Bushnell camera traps – the 720p video is good quality and the 12MP image quality is eye-popping.

The 2015 Bushnell NatureView HD Essential is a completely weatherproof, motion-activated camera which records 12MP images and 1280 x 720p HD video with audio directly onto an internal SD card. The passive infrared motion sensor is triggered up to a distance of 24 metres (60 feet) and has adjustable sensitivity (low, medium, high or auto).

Images and videos are in full colour during the day and at night or in low-light conditions the camera trap switches to black and white. Hyper night vision technology ensures that night-time images are crisp and clear.

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The 2015 Bushnell NatureView HD Essential low-glow has a trigger speed of just 0.6 seconds and recovery between triggers is around 1 second.  The trigger interval can also be adjusted – this is the time inbetween capture events – between 1 second to 60 minutes. It is also possible to specify how many images to capture per trigger (1 to 3).

The 2x Field Scan function uses time lapse technology to capture images at specified intervals (1 minute to 1 hour) between the hours of your choice. You can programme two separate time lapse windows so that you can monitor both dusk and dawn activity at your survey site.

The 2015 Bushnell NatureView HD Essential is powered by 4-8 AA batteries – you can use either amount. If 8 batteries are used they will last for up to a year based on normal usage.

As a fully authorised Bushnell dealer, we also supply this camera with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty.

2015 Bushnell NatureView HD Essential Features:

  • 12MP high-quality full colour resolution
  • HD Video – 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Day/night autosensor
  • 32 Infrared LEDs with 50′ range
  • External power compatible
  • Adjustable PIR (Lo/Med/High) or Auto PIR
  • 0.6 second trigger speed
  • Programmable trigger interval: 1 sec. to 60 min.
  • Multi-image mode: 1-3 images per trigger
  • Video length: 1 second to 60 seconds, programmable
  • Field Scan time-lapse mode takes images at pre-set intervals, 1 minute to 60 minutes
  • Temperature range -5° F to 140° F
  • Black & White internal screen
  • PIR sensor is motion activated out to 60′
  • Runs up to one year on one set of batteries
  • Adjustable web belt and 1/4-20 socket
  • SD card slot
  • Weather proof
  • 2 year warranty

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Our Bushnell camera traps are central to what we do. Their sturdy build quality, strong detection and video quality sets them apart. We have an intimate knowledge of what makes them tick after years of working with them.

The new 2019 Core and Core DS models represent a big step forward for Bushnell, with much improved case design and battery life, along with faster speeds and better video quality. The Core DS models in particular, with dual sensors for better day and night imagery, have been giving great results.

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We ran a crowd-funding project at the end of 2013 to raise money for Bushnell camera traps as part of our Yorkshire Pine Marten Project, and still use more up-to-date Bushnell camera traps in our iWild North Wales and Deescover projects.

We used Bushnell cameras solely in the iWild North Wales project and to a lesser extent in the Deescover project, mainly due to their high video quality.

All of our environmental projects generate hundreds of camera trap videos every single month; you can see some of the highlights and quality of the Bushnell footage on our YouTube channel. Please note that all this footage comes from a variety of Bushnell models at different resolutions.

They are extremely hardy and able to resist both low and high temperatures very well, and the case is well designed.

The image quality is consistently good and it’s main stand-out feature is the video quality.

If you aren’t sure which camera trap is for you, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll provide the best advice we can. All of our staff actually use different camera trap models in the field every single day, so we are ideally placed to help you make the right choice.

  • Model: 2015 Bushnell NatureView HD Essential 119739
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Resolution Setting: 12MP
  • PIR Sensor: Low/Med/High/Auto
  • Night Vision Flash: 32 infrared LEDs
  • LCD Display: B&W Text LCD
  • Data Stamp: Yes
  • GPS Geotag: Yes
  • Power Supply: AA (4-8)
  • Solar Compatible: No
  • Battery Life: Up to 1 year
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720p
  • Video Length: Up to 60 seconds
  • SD Card Capacity: 32 GB
  • Field Scan 2X: Yes
  • Audio Record: Yes
  • Hybrid Capture: No
  • Warranty: 2 year

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Enjoyed watching all manner of wildlife. Easy to use and the camera is quite robust. USE Philips lithium batteries AA otherwise it doesn’t work very well.

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  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Maree Green (verified owner)

    I found the 2015 Bushnell NatureView easy to set up and understand. I brought it mainly to see what comes into my garden at night and on the very first night was rewarded with 100 pictures of a fox. The second night I set it to video, again easy to do and again had several very clear videos of the fox again. I have found the video and daytime pictures clearer then the nighttime ones. I did get quite a few pictures of plants and grass as they moved about in the wind.
    Naturespy were very helpful in answering my questions and helping me to make the right decision and in making sure the camera got to me by Christmas, no one else on the internet supplies you with SD card and batteries!
    I would 100% buy one again and use Naturespy in future.

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