Not many customers noticed the release of this new Bushnell when it was introduced back in 2012. Since its release Bushnell X-8 has collected reputation as a small sized, value packed trail camera that has some very impressive features.
X-8 falls in to price category of $130, so if you are ready to invest this amount of money you surely will get bang for your buck if you decide to buy Bushnell X-8. But before making a buying decision, make sure you read this review.
Bushnell X-8 (product model 119327c) is a trail camera that can provide 2, 4 or 6 megapixel, full-color resolution daytime pictures. High quality of the black and white night time pictures is guaranteed by impressive amount (36 pcs) of bright infrared LEDs. X-8 is also capable of recording short AVI video clips with a resolution 640 x 480 @ 30fps.
Other features of this Bushnell model include adjustable PIR sensor for detecting wildlife, multi-image mode, adjustable photo delay and time-lapse mode.
X-8 is powered by four or eight AA batteries (lithium or alkaline), or by 6V external power source via DC input jack.
X-8 Product Features
- 2, 4 or 6 megapixel image resolution
- full color day pictures, black and white night pictures
- photos stamped with time, date and moon phase info
- 640×480 AVi video (5 to 15 seconds)
- 0.866s trigger speed
- 36 IR LEDs flash with range up to 45 ft
- day/night autosensor
- adjustable Passive Infrared Sensor (Lo/Med/High)
- PIR detection range up to 45 ft
- programmable trigger interval: 1 second to 10 minutes
- multiple Shot mode: (1 or 3 images per trigger)
- time-lapse mode captures images at user set interval, 1-60 minutes
- temperature range -5° F to 140° F
- powered by 4 or 8 AA batteries
- runs up to 9 months on one set of batteries
- external power compatible
- adjustable web belt and 1/4-20 socket for standard tripods
- SD card slot, supports SD memory card up to 32GB
- weatherproof casing
- compact size 5” x 4” x 2”
Considering the price, Bushnell X-8 delivers some very impressive features. On top of the features list are amazing trigger speed of 0.866 seconds as well as 5 seconds recovery time.
Even though the camera manual says that the detection range is up to 45 ft, the feedback from the customers say that X-8 can detect motion even out to 60ft.
Thanks to 36 bright IR LEDs, the night pictures X-8 delivers are among the best on the market. The night photos are sharp and clear, nothing like blurry fuzzy photos that are typically seen from many other trail camera models.
X-8 is simple to use. The manual provides clear instructions which make the programming of the camera pleasant and extremely easy.
And one more thing, the battery life of the Bushnell X-8 is top of the line due to low resting current draw as, well as excellent day and night time power consumption.
One of the minor drawbacks of X-8 is the quality of day time pictures. The pictures tend to be little grainy. And sometimes, depending on the weather conditions, the camera produces even slightly blurry and dark day pictures.
Another minor defect of this model is that it doesn’t work with rechargeable NiMH batteries. This is because the contact points do not strike the NiMH batteries correctly. Thus you are forced to use either alkalines or lithiums that increase the cost in the long run. (One option is to use or external power source.)
Bushnell X-8 is a great trail camera. It is easy to use, easy to set up, and takes quality pics without breaking the bank. It is slightly cheaper than Bushnell Trophy Cam but offers wide range of features just like Trophy Cam. If you are wondering which trail camera to buy, you really can’t go much wrong with X-8.