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Wildlife Camera Review and Demonstration

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Wildlife Camera Review and Demonstration

today I’m going to talk to you about the Bushnell nature view cam high-definition with live view and this camera is fantastic I’m going to explain why this comes with a really nice owner’s manual has all the details all the specs this camera is different from other game cameras that I own trophy cam I guess is what Bushnell calls it but we use it to spy on animals and this little screen down here on the right is what makes it different and I’ll go over that in a minute this comes with a nice heavy duty strap with a steel buckle so you can put it around a tree or a fence post or something else it comes with these two lenses that let you get up close and have a nice sharp focus video 460 millimeters is 46 centimeters which is 18 inches and the 600 millimeter is 60 centimeters that gets us 23 inches close to our subject USB cord is included and another cord that connects the view cam screen to your camera and these are the two lenses these things are nicely machined they’re metal they’re threaded and the lens quality looks really good to me and I can’t wait to show it to you when you’re using a camera like this it records in 1080p and it’s only 24 frames per second but you definitely want a fast card like this extreme Pro by SanDisk 64 gigs class 1095 megabytes per second and this is the Bushnell color viewer and this is the key to lining up your camera it also takes double-a batteries I recommend any loop batteries always when I’m using double A’s any loops are rechargeable they sit in standby mode and hold their charge for a long time 80% charge over a year and rechargeable is just environmentally responsible here’s the bottom of the camera you see that it’s got a microphone pickup it’s got the quarter twenty thread in the middle over here is the DC connection if you have the AC adapter and over here is where you’re going to connect your screen so you can actually view what the camera sees and here it is again it comes with a packet of a rings and I’m going to show you how to install that without the lenses installed this thing operates just like any of the other trophy cams that Bushnell makes so the big difference here is going to be the ability to attach these 46 centimeter or 60 centimeter lenses depending on the distance of the subject you’re hoping to video and of course this is the 460 millimeter which is 46 centimeters and I’m going to be able to put this camera within 18 inches of the subject that I want to video very nice connection here very nicely made body and in every other regard it’s pretty much like the other trophy cams that Bushnell makes once you open it up you can run this thing on for double-a batteries but it’ll also hold 12 and I load it with 12 because I want it to last as long as possible and I definitely don’t want the camera cutting out when something’s going on and they need to see that video this is the remote screen and here we’re going into the setup mode so if it were all the way up we ran on setup and the bottom is off I’m gonna quickly go through this and I’m only showing you exactly the way I set it up for the way I use it so you open it up with that card that’s in it that I already showed you we could have 1700 still photos I want the interval at one second you can have it at two seconds or three seconds I want the sensor level at high because my target is small things like birds and mice or other rodents that I’m trying to track down shutter speed is high also I wanted to record 24 hours which is day and night mode now when you put in a new card always format it click on execute hit OK and it’ll take care of that I don’t like the timestamp to be on it because I want the videos to be clear so I leave it off also I’ve already set the clock you can see that when it first turned it on the digits current here’s the clock setting 14:47 so it’s in the 24-hour mode 2017 April 4th and then you just click OK and you’re set field scan that thing will automatically take a picture no matter what’s going on like a time lapse I don’t use that video sound I always want that on in the off chance that I can get some really cool sounds from the wildlife and videoing camera version I want it in hybrid mode that means it takes still pictures and video together Mac’s image size for this cameras 14 megapixels I want it in the widescreen format because that’s what my videos are going to be in now you can set it up to take one two or three photos I set it for one on this one LED control is low because they don’t want to blow out the subject but I’m trying to see when it’s really close to the camera it has another setting that’s medium for a more distant object and then of course high when you have something that you’re shooting in a field here we’re gonna plug in the viewer and I’m going to show you how that works so again the cameras loaded with batteries the viewer has two double-a batteries in it we’re all connected up and the on/off switch for the viewer is on the right-hand side of it now when this thing is plugged into the camera you cannot open and close the camera you have to pull that plug out here’s the bottom of it open of course you have the USB connection the SD card which is in the DC import which I’m not using and there’s that viewer receptacle all the way on the left and the microphone built into the camera is at the lower center screen now look at this while it’s plugged in I can’t tell you how many times I’ve carefully set out a trophy cam somewhere and then when I went back to get the video data or the photo data it has been tilted just wrong or turned just wrong and I missed the subject that I was interested in this is a game changer for me because I can plug this in and I can see exactly how it’s going to be positioned to get my target animal this is perfect now the first thing you did was took it outside and set it up near a bird feeder that’s hanging in a tree in my backyard this is a squirrel proof feeder but I want you to just watch and listen also to the quality of the audio that it picks up the speed of these birds seems kind of jerky and that’s due to low frame rate of this camera it’s only 24 frames per second so things appear to be a little in fast-forward our normal video frame rate would be 29 frames per second and I understand that going 24 frames per second does save some data storage space on your card this is of course a red-winged blackbird this is a nuthatch now did you see that blowout that started this is in night mode and this is a deer mouse that’s been robbing these snap traps of peanut butter and of course none of the trap snapped on the mouse it just comes and cleans it all off if you’ve ever had the frustration of setting out mouse traps finding the mouse trap taken off somewhere or just empty of the bait and then no mouse a game camera like this especially with this nature view that has the two close-up lenses that you put on it is giving us as crisp view and did you see the blowout that started again at the beginning of each night video sequence for subjects that are very close to the camera and in this case there are 18 inches away you get a blowout from the screen and then it adapts and the exposure corrects itself still images of this mouse were absolutely useless this close at night even with the lowest led settings it just blew out the image and you couldn’t see the mouse now if you’ve ever wondered what happens to those traps when you go to check it and it’s completely gone this little rascal is an example of us catching it in the act of removing a trap this is a pregnant female deer mouse and there goes the trap so at least we know from this video what direction to look to go and find it for comparison I’m showing you a normal game CAM trophy cam view that’s set a couple of feet away and you can see the mouse running away with that trap and going behind some honeybee frames there but look at the quality difference this is a normal trophy cam as compared to the previous video quality now we’re back outside it’s snowing and I wanted to get a critical look at the video quality in a challenging high contrast environment if you notice we have snowfall everywhere which means we have a high key background these birds are in shadow so it actually does really well considering if the grass were just green and exposed it would balance itself better and you can see again it has kind of this fast-forward tricky motion and that’s a the framerate the other thing I want you to notice is because we’re in a close-up mode and again this is only 18 inches from the leading edge of this feeder you can see that that titmouse that’s the closest to us on the left is in focus but look just 10 to 12 inches away this focus is already soft and the distance is well out of focus what we call bokeh so you need to position this carefully if you’ve got a subject that’s going to be coming to or walking away from the camera you need to know that that focal length that depth of field for that lens is going to be shallow thanks for watching I’m very impressed with the bushnell nature view cam and I couldn’t be happier I hope you liked it too and thanks for watching

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