The 2019 Bushnell Core DS No 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 No-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 No-Glow is a top quality offering and a return to form for Bushnell. The price however is fairly high, but influenced by external factors beyond Bushnell’s control.
Read more of our review below…
Trigger speed: about 0.4 seconds Recovery time: about 0.7 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.
Considering its also a no-glow camera (which gives 30% less IR light off than a low-glow) the performance is really strong.
The frame rates are great too, matching those that have been available on rival cameras (Browning’s Spec Ops 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 No-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.
Trigger speed: under 0.2 seconds Recovery time: about 0.6 seconds
Photo quality is another area Bushnell have really improved on. The night pictures in particular offer much better clarity and there isn’t as much motion blur as with previous Bushnell cameras – again, thanks to that dedicated night lens.
On this no-glow version of the Core DS, the reduced IR light you get from no-glow cameras means the flash range is a good chunk behind that of the Low-Glow version.
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 pretty 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.
Detection range: approx. 110ft LED type: No-Glow LEDs
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.
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 over 2 months from one set of batteries (slightly better than the Low-Glow version). 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 No-Glow is covered by a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty in the UK when bought through NatureSpy.
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.