The 2017 Bushnell Aggressor Low Glow continues the Bushnell Aggressor tradition of fantastic detection, fast trigger speeds and dependable results.
Trigger speeds and recovery times have seen a marked improvement from last year, particularly for video; now triggering in under a second. Photo triggers and recovery are among the fastest available, and the detection circuit continues to be the best available on any camera trap.
Video and photo quality, as you’d expect, continues to be great with 1080p video, although the frame rate at night is a little lower at 18fps.
The build quality and overall design of the Aggressor range hasn’t changed much on last year, but there are a few tweaks and improvements – especially easier, back-lit buttons and a colour screen on this low-glow version.
It is straight-forward to use, and new additions such as dynamic video make the camera very versatile and the settings are highly customisable.
All the 2017 Aggressors have switched this year to a 12V power system (the reason night footage is so improved), and this means night time videos are limited to 15 seconds per clip with LED Control set to ‘High’. Turning this setting to ‘Low’ or ‘Medium’ means you can get 60 second clips at night. The camera will record up to 2 minutes during the day.
Also taking into consideration the price of the camera, we feel this Bushnell Aggressor continues to be an excellent choice for nearly every non-security purpose. There are just a few things we think could be a little better – therefore we give it 8 out of 10.
Max res: 1080p (30fps day, 18fps night) Max length: 2mins day, 15 secs night (can be up to 60s with LED Control reduced) Trigger speed: about 0.7 seconds Recovery time: about 1.8 seconds
The video quality, together with the detection circuit, has long been the draw of the Aggressors. Video quality at night has seen a big improvement this year with the switch to a 12V system for greater clarity. It is a shame however that the frame rate has dipped to 18fps – not terrible, but it’s nice to have smoother footage. Daytime videos are crisp and the colour is wonderful.
The exposure control at night is still good, with adjustments being made after a few seconds. If this happens frequently, you also have the option of turning the LEDs down in the settings (also unlocking longer night videos).
It also has ‘Dynamic Video’ – with this turned on, the camera will continue recording up to 2 mins in the day and 15 seconds at night (again, longer if you turn down the LED Control) if activity remains. This can be quite useful – for example, if you turn on Dynamic video on and a badger stops to have a big scratch in front of the camera, it will continue record until the badger is gone or the maximum video length is reached. And if the badger just runs past, then you just get a shorter video, with no ‘blank space’ – therefore not wasting any batteries or SD card space. Note however that with the lowest interval setting, all videos will be locked to 10 seconds.
Max res: 24MP (lowest 2MP) Max number per trigger: 3 photos Trigger speed: about 0.2 seconds Recovery time: about 0.5 seconds
Photo quality is very similar to last years Aggressors. Day photos are ok, and generally better if you actually turn down the resolution due to the amount of interpolation added at higher resolutions – this can make photos appear a bit grainy.
Day photos are have pretty good colour and are clear. Blur on moving animals both day and night is fairly common, unless the animal is moving quite slowly. This isn’t consistent however – sometimes it can freeze flying birds perfectly, and other times a walking fox will have a bit of motion blur.
We’ve also noticed that the first image on ‘Hybrid’ mode (photos then video) can be underexposed.
Most users of the Bushnell Aggressors are using video however, or are after the great detection and trigger speeds – so this may not be too big a concern for most.
Photo examples coming soon – we are currently gathering images
The detection circuit on the Bushnell Aggressor cameras has long been a major strength – no other camera is as sensitive or can detect to such distances (around 100ft for a human-sized animal) reliably. And if it’s too sensitive, you can easily turn this down using a setting on the camera.
The improved trigger speeds for videos are certainly very welcome too – previously it was sometimes the case that you’d just catch the tail end of a fox running by, or a badger bumbling through. The faster video triggers help make this a less common occurrence.
Photo triggers, as with all camera traps, are faster, and a good bit so on the Aggressor Low-Glow at often under 0.2 seconds. This makes this camera, together with the other 2017 Aggressors, some of the fastest currently available. These speeds coupled with the best detection circuit around make it a formidable unit.
Recovery times are much improved, especially for photos. Videos now recover in under 2 seconds which is great – but it could be a little better.
Build quality & batteries
Warranty: 2 years (through NatureSpy) Batteries: 8x AA (Lithium recommended)
The Bushnell Aggressor cameras are known for their sturdiness. You can tell they are well built and strong units.
The look of the camera – somewhat akin to a grenade/stormtrooper – is a little unnecessary, but does serve to break up the outline of the camera trap.
Battery life is good from 8x AA Lithiums – generally, you can expect around 8 months battery life for photos (taking around 60 pictures every 24 hours) and about 2-3 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. Bushnell did update the firmware on this camera around 3 months after release to make the power use more efficient, so we’ll update this if we notice any change.
The Bushnell Aggressor Low-Glow 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 this year’s Aggressors are no different. The change to bigger, back-lit buttons also makes things a lot easier.
This version has a colour screen, so when the camera is opened up you can see what the camera is seeing and also view videos and photos taken so far. The current view isn’t that useful as the camera door has to be swung open whilst you look at the screen.
The Aggressor Low-Glow has quite a lot 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 1080p and setting video legnths. 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.
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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2017 Bushnell Trophy Cam Aggressor HD Low-glow w/Colour Screen…
The all new Bushnell Trophy Cam Aggressor HD (low-glow) for 2017 builds on it’s highly successful 2015 predecessor, and offers improvements across the board.
The headline changes are;
The camera has been upgraded to use a 12V system, which means much better night time pictures and videos, with clarity not seen before on previous Bushnell models.
This camo version has a built-in 2.4″ colour screen for setup and playback
Image resolution is now up to 24MP (interpolated from 3MP)
A new dynamic video feature; 1s to 2 minutes; PIR activity regulates length and stops recording after 5 seconds of inactivity (Night recordings between 5-60 seconds with LEDs on Low or Medium, 5 to 15 seconds with LEDs on High)
New illuminated 5-button control
Recovery time (time in between image triggers) has been improved to 0.5 seconds
NatureSpy stock comes loaded with the newly released firmware (July 2017) that also adds custom video length and more efficient battery usage
The 2017 Bushnell Trophy Cam Aggressor is a completely weatherproof, motion-activated camera which records 24MP images and 1920 x 1080p HD video with audio directly onto an internal SD card. The passive infrared motion sensor is triggered up to an improved distance of 100 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 clearer than ever thanks to the 36 low-glow LEDs and new 12V power system.
The 2017 Bushnell Aggressor has a trigger speed of just 0.2 seconds and recovery between triggers is a much improved 0.5 seconds. The Hybrid Mode allows you to record both images and video for each trigger. 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).
This camouflage version of the 2017 Low-Glow Aggressor also has a built-in 2.4″ colour screen for setup and playback; ideal if you want to check images in the field or take test shots and check them immediately.
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 2017 Bushnell Aggressor Low-Glow is powered by 8 AA batteries and they will last for up to a year based on normal usage (using Lithium). For long-term use and to get the best from the Bushnell Trophy Cam Aggressor, it is vital that you use Lithium batteries. Using inferior batteries, and batteries with below a 2500mAh capacity will seriously affect the performance of the camera.
It also features a removable ‘anti-reflection cover’ for the LEDs which helps to minimise visibility and prevents wildlife being disturbed by any reflections. The Infrared LEDs are low-glow which makes them generally invisible to animals and people, but the LEDs will glow a faint red when the camera is triggered at night. Low-Glow LEDs offer a larger flash range than No-Glow LEDs.
As a fully authorised Bushnell dealer, we supply the 2017 Trophy Cam Aggressor with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty.
2017 Bushnell Trophy Cam Aggressor HD No Glow Features:
24MP high-quality full colour resolution
HD Video – 1920 x 1080 pixels
New built-in colour screen on this camo version
New Dynamic video – 1s to 2 minutes; PIR activity regulates length and stops recording after 5 seconds of inactivity (Night recordings between 5-60 seconds with LEDs on Low or Medium, 5 to 15 seconds with LEDs on High)
New pre-set menu choices based on location
New illuminated 5-button control
Hybrid capture mode; capture a full-res image and then take full-res video in same trigger
36 Low-Glow with 80′ range, invisible to wildlife and people
Solar power compatible
Adjustable PIR (Lo/Med/High) or Auto PIR
0.2 second trigger speed with improved 0.5 second recovery 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
PIR sensor is motion activated out to 100′
Runs up to one year on one set of batteries
Adjustable web belt and 1/4-20 socket
SD card slot
Fully 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.
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.