Recently, I bought some new trail cams. I got them at Dicks, during their sale and trade in deal. I got two Bushnell Essential E3' and one Bushnell Agressor. Dicks was offering $30 off, plus another $30 off for trading in in another camera ...and I had coupons for $10 and $20 off. I got the Essentials for $59 each and the Aggressor for $79.
Anyhow, I've had them out for a couple weeks. Here is what I have experienced. They both take fantastic Quality video with audio. The Essential films in 720p and the Aggressor in 1080p. I have only used the cameras in video mode.
Here are the issues I have noticed. Some of these can be attributed to user error. Here we go!
The set up is easier on the Essential. You have to remember to click OK after setting date and time or it will not be saved.
It is very easy to forget to switch the camera on into armed mode. Twice, I returned days later to find camera was still in set up mode. Very easy to forget to switch.
The Aggressor batteries lasted about 3 weeks. They claim up to I year with Lithium, 6 months with alkaline. Mine were Alkaline.
The Aggressor does not have programmable video length, the Essential does. The Aggressor will keep videoing as long as there is movement up to 2 minutes. Some of my videos seemed too short.
These cameras don't seem to live up to the trigger speed rating. Many videos start when the deer is already close to the camera. Possibly the PIR really doesn't detect movement at the 100ft they claim. I do not know. Just that deer seem to be in the face of the camera before video starts when set aiming down the trail. It could be the the sensor's field of view is not very wide. I just don't know.
Nite time video seems pretty good being able to see very well.
On the Essential cam, I get videos that are corrupted that won't open but other videos are fine. I don't understand that. Out of maybe 15 clips, 3 or 4 are corrupted.
That is my first impressions. All I can say is, I'm glad I didn't pay the full price of $129 and $159.
Here is a video I put together featuring some clips from my trail cams. Other cameras used were. WGI Terra6 and Muddy Pro Cam. You can compare the footage here