2016 Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential E2

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)


  • Released June 2016
  • Big improvement on night videos and photos
  • Fantastic battery life
  • 1280 x 720p HD video
  • Stunning 12MP images
  • 0.3 second trigger speed
  • 32 infrared LEDs for impressive night time flash
  • Perfect entry model
This item has been discontinued. There is a newer version available; 2017 Bushnell Essential E3

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The 2016 Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential E2 captures incredible 720p HD video and 12MP images.

The 2016 Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential E2 is a great place to start with Bushnell camera traps – the 720p video is fantastic quality and the 12MP image quality is eye-popping – they have also made big leaps forward in terms of night time photo and video quality and definition, and added the ability to record audio.

The Trophy Cam HD Essential E2 is a completely weatherproof, motion-activated camera which records directly onto an internal SD card. The passive infrared motion sensor is triggered up to a distance of 80 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 2016 Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential E2 low-glow has a trigger speed for photos of just 0.3 seconds and recovery between triggers is around 1 second.  The trigger interval can also be adjusted – this is the time in between capture events – between 1 second to 60 minutes. It is also possible to specify how many images to capture per trigger (1 to 3). Video trigger speed, as with all camera traps, is slightly slower.

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 2016 Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential E2 is powered by 8 AA batteries (not provided). Batteries will last for up to a year based on normal usage (i.e. taking approx 50 pictures a day).

2016 Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential E2 Features:

  • 12MP high-quality full colour resolution
  • HD Video – 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Day/night autosensor
  • 32 low-glow infrared LEDs with 50′ range
  • Adjustable PIR (Lo/Med/High) or Auto PIR
  • 0.3 second trigger speed (photos)
  • Programmable trigger interval: 1 sec. to 60 min.
  • Multi-image mode: 1-3 images per trigger
  • Video length: 1 second to 60 seconds, programmable
  • Records audio with video
  • 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.

Example day and night footage (courtesy of customer Trevor Gilbert);

  • Model: 2016 Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential E2 119836C
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Resolution Setting: 3, 5, 12MP (3MP sensor)
  • PIR Sensor: Low/Med/High/Auto
  • Night Vision Flash: 32 infrared LEDs
  • LCD Display: B&W Text LCD
  • Data Stamp: Yes
  • GPS Geotag: No
  • Power Supply: 8x AA
  • 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

    Alan (verified owner)

    Delivered yesterday, and soon got down to trying to work it out. Easier than i thought, and set it up ready for the night. Knowing what i’m like with technology, it was with trepidation that i plugged the card into my computer this morning expecting to see nothing for my first attempt but, wow !! well pleased with results. Just got to get the settings tweaked a little for even better results

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  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I Hughes (verified owner)

    What fantastic service. I narrowed down my options then e-mailed with a couple of queries. I had a reply almost immediately with helpful objective advice. I placed my order that afternoon and received my order two days later as promised. The camera itself is excellent for me as a beginner. It is easy to understand and I was able to get it up and running straight away. Without any further messing about I set it up to take some shots overnight and was delighted with the outcome. The night time video was very clear and the colour from the early morning shots were perfect. Whilst all I have done so far is the basics the setting options available make this quite a sophisticated camera trap. I would fully recommend this product and the company.

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  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Trevor Gilbert (verified owner)

    So far this camera has produced great photos and videos, especially the nighttime ones, albeit you can only set a maximum length of 15 seconds for nighttime videos (which I was made aware of before purchase). Have captured a deer, a fox, a badger, a squirrel, mice and many birds. Service from NatureSpy excellent in particular the prompt support given by James who gave great advice and help. Had a problem with the first camera purchased but NatureSpy send out a replacement promptly. Would not hesitate in recommending NatureSpy.

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  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    K. Whamond (verified owner)

    Brilliant camera, does what it says.
    It’s important that you have a decent set of batteries.
    Service from NatureSpy was spot on, ordered and delivered in two days.
    Really impressed.

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      Thanks Mr. Whamond – glad you are enjoying the camera!

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