The 2019 Bushnell Core DS Low Glow is a complete design departure from the tradition Bushnell designs of the last 5-10 years, with a one-body camera and small door opening.
On the Core DS models, it doesn’t end there – these are Bushnell’s new flagship cameras, with two lenses tuned to day and night imagery – meaning better quality day and night. The Camo finish on these cameras is some of the most realistic we’ve ever seen.
It also doesn’t depart on where it matters, and Bushnell have always had a very strong showing in detection and speed. The new models, including this Core DS Low-Glow, continue that tradition with very quick trigger speeds, big detection ranges and quick recovery times.
Video quality is a general improvement over the previous models, particularly at night, and the Core DS models offer 60 frames per second at night for the first time on a Bushnell, rather than the 18fps on the last model.
It is straight-forward to use and the menu will be familiar to Bushnell users, with no major departures or changes in the settings.
It’s powered by a 9V system from 6x AA batteries, less than normal in a Bushnell, but battery efficiency is a big improvement over the Aggressor models. This still 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 this camera, we feel this Bushnell Core DS Low-Glow is a top quality offering and a return to form for Bushnell. The price however is fairly high, but also influenced by external factors beyond Bushnell’s control.
Max res: 1080p (60fps day, 60fps night) Max length: 2mins day, 15 secs night (can be up to 60s with LED Control reduced) Trigger speed: about 0.4 seconds Recovery time: about 0.6 seconds
Video quality has always been a strong point with the Bushnell cameras, but this year it’s taken a good step forward. The night video, in-particular, is much better with great contrast and detail – thanks in part to that dedicated night time lens.
The frame rates are great too, matching those that have been available on rival cameras (Browning’s Recon Force Advantage) at 30 and 60fps to give much smoother footage.
There can be some variability however – occasionally in very low light at dawn and dusk, the Core DS Low-Glow leans towards colour rather than black and white video which makes the video quality suffer. It isn’t a common occurrence however.
Is the video quality better than available on the Browning Advantage trail cameras? In truth, if anything, it’s marginal and its very similar – with the Bushnell offering just a touch more clarity on night video.
One drawback is the pretty narrow field of view, at around 34 degrees, versus the standard 40-45 degrees.
Max res: 30MP (lowest 3MP) Max number per trigger: 5 photos Trigger speed: under 0.2 seconds Recovery time: about 0.7 seconds
Photo quality is another area Bushnell have really improved on. The night pictures in particular offer great clarity and there isn’t as much motion blur as with previous Bushnell cameras, especially on the Core DS Low-Glow – again, thanks to that dedicated night lens.
Day pictures are good and offer nice clarity. It does require good sunlight to get the best from the day pictures however – when overcast, dawn/dusk or in a darker forest, day pictures can get a bit grainy.
The Core DS also has the popular Hybrid mode, where the trail camera will take a photo followed by a video. Be warned however – in tests, the video doesn’t start until 6 seconds after the photo is taken – and in most cases, the animal will be gone.
Bushnell have always had some of the best detection circuits on the market, and the Core DS is no different. There are no drawbacks to it.
Video trigger speed is amongst the fastest at just under 0.4 seconds and recovery has improved to about 0.7 seconds. Photo is a similar story – very quick indeed.
Add that to a really strong detection range and everything appears pretty great.
We have however noticed a little bit of inconsistency in detection, more so than in other cameras. More often than usual animals have crossed well into the field of view before a video has started. It doesn’t happen all the time, but it’s something we’re noticed.
Build quality & batteries
Warranty: 2 years (through NatureSpy) Batteries: 6x AA (Lithium recommended)
The Core DS represents a complete redesign from the previous Bushnell cameras. It actually is more like the Browning cameras now – with a battery tray to make replacing them easier, a forward facing colour screen and LEDs at the side of the lens, rather than above.
As you’d expect from the Bushnell brand, the camera trap feels strong and robust and will hold up well in the field for extended periods of time.
The latch is better than previous models, although the door is quite lightweight. However, we have had no problems reported so far.
Battery life is far, far better than on previous Bushnells, with the camera using 6x AA batteries at a time. Lithium are strongly recommended to get the best out of the camera.
If using Lithium and taking about 20 videos every 24 hours, you will get just under 2 months from one set of batteries. If taking about 60 photos every 24 hours, you will get about 1 year. Very impressive considering only 6x batteries are being used, and in part it’s thanks to its modern IR LEDs.
The Bushnell Core DS Low-Glow is covered by a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty in the UK when bought through NatureSpy.
Ease of use
The redesign is very welcome departure from previous models and much easier to use than previous models. The forward facing colour screen makes setup and review in the field far easier, and changing settings is very straightforward.
Those that have used Bushnell cameras will recognise all the settings – there are no major changes or departures here, but the layout is clearer and more intuitive. The manual is clear and easy to follow.
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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2019 Bushnell Core DS Low-glow…
The Bushnell Core DS (Dual Sensor) No-Glow trail camera is a completely redesigned offering from Bushnell and released as part of a new range of cameras, the first in over 2 years. A familiar name in trail cameras, this new model suggests its reputation will continue.
The headline upgrades for the DS (Dual Sensor) models are;
A completely redesigned camera casing, now with a battery tray and the camera body enclosed, rather than as part of the door
Image resolution is now up to 30MP (interpolated from 3MP)
Dual sensor technology, meaning dedicated lenses for day and and night imagery
Much improved trigger speeds for both photo and video
Change in LED type – higher power efficiency
Better battery life compared to previous Bushnells off 6x AA batteries
Marginal improvement in the detection circuit
The 2019 Bushnell Core DS Low-Glow is a weatherproof wildlife camera that records 1080p HD video @ 30fps or 60fps, with motion detection out to 110ft and an internal colour LCD screen.
In a first for Bushnell, it has two lenses (Bushnell are calling them sensors) – one tuned for daytime and one tuned for night-time. The result is better images and videos day and night compared to other Bushnell cameras.
The Bushnell Core DS Low-Glow has a trigger speed of just under 0.2 seconds and recovery between triggers is around 1 second. Video trigger speeds are about 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. In a first for Bushnell, you can also get up to 5 images per trigger event.
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 Core DS Low-Glow is powered by 6x AA batteries and they will last, under average use, 2 months for video mode and around 9 months on photo mode (using Lithium). For long-term use and to get the best from the Bushnell Core DS Low-Glow, it is important to use Lithium batteries. Using inferior batteries, and batteries with below a 2500mAh capacity will seriously affect the performance of the camera.
The Infrared LEDs are low-glow which makes them generally invisible to animals and people, but give off a faint red glow when the camera is triggered at night. Low-Glow LEDs offer a better flash range and give better night results compared to No-Glow LEDs, but less suitable for sensitive animals and security use. The type of LEDs used on the Core DS are a new style which makes them much more power efficient than standard LEDs.
As a fully authorised Bushnell dealer, we supply the 2019 Bushnell Core DS Trail Camera with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty.
2019 Bushnell Core DS Low Glow Features:
30MP high-quality full colour resolution
Dual lenses for better daytime and night time imagery
HD Video – 1920 x 1080 pixels at 30 or 60 frames per second
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). Custom video lengths also can be set within these boundaries
Hybrid capture mode; capture a full-res image and then take full-res video in same trigger
4 new, power efficient Low-Glow with 100′ range, invisible to wildlife and people
Adjustable PIR (Lo/Med/High) or Auto PIR
0.2 second trigger speed (0.5s video) with improved 0.5 second recovery speed
Programmable trigger interval: 1 sec. to 60 min.
Multi-image mode: 1-5 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 100′
Adjustable web belt and 1/4-20 socket
SD card slot (max. 32GB)
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.