Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow 82/100

MSRP: $199.99 Manufacturer: Bushnell

Review

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Intro

The Bushnell CORE DS-4K game camera is the latest model from Bushnell Trail Cameras, equipped with two dedicated sensors for day and night imagery. The DS-4K camera has an invisible no-glow flash that won't spook the game and is invisible to the human eye. In addition, the camera is capable of 4K HD video resolution and 32-megapixel photos. The Bushnell Core DS-4K camera can capture pictures and videos simultaneously. While the game camera has a long list of impressive features, the DS-4K is still one of the smallest 4K cameras on the market and requires only six AA batteries. The memory card slot can fit large SD cards up to 512GB. The camera has a bright 1.5-inch screen and is easy to set up. The DS-4K also comes with a tree mounting strap and a two-year warranty.
Camera picture: Bushnell Core DS-4K No GLow - Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow
Bushnell Core DS-4K No GLow
Camera picture: Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow - Side - Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow
Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow - Side
Camera picture: Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow - Back - Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow
Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow - Back
Camera picture: Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow - Open - Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow
Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow - Open
Camera picture: Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow - Battery Tray - Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow
Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow - Battery Tray
Camera picture: Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow - Screen - Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow
Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow - Screen
Camera picture: Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow - Mounted - Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow
Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow - Mounted
Camera picture: Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow - Dirty - Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow
Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow - Dirty
Camera picture: Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow - Detail - Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow
Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow - Detail

Pros

  • Invisible No-Glow Flash
  • Two Image Sensors
  • 4K Videos
  • Two (2) Year Warranty

Cons

  • Expensive
  • 15 Seconds Max Night Videos
  • Inconsistent Lowlight Images
  • Wind Noise Sound Sensitivity

Camera Ratings


Detection Range: 16/20

The Bushnell CORE DS-4K detection range is listed at 80 feet, and we have achieved those ranges. 

Black Bear checking another trail cam
80 Feet Detection Range
Excellent Detection Range

Speed: 10/10

The trigger speed is almost instant at only 0.15 seconds and is definitely one of the best we have seen.


Accuracy: 9/10

The CORE DS-4K has four sensitivity options. Low, Medium, High, and Auto. The Auto option will automatically adjust based on the outside temperature. We are using the Auto option, and the camera has had very few false triggers.


Battery Life: 10/10

Our cameras are deployed high in the Rockies, so we don't use feeders, deer licks, or attractants. But since the DS-4K cam has an excellent battery life reputation, we have used a deer lick to speed up our test. On the first set of lithium batteries, the camera recorded 3,251 ten-second videos and took 571 pictures. The batteries lasted almost three months. Very impressive, especially considering the Bushnell CORE DS-4K camera only uses six AA batteries.


Daylight Images: 9/10

Daytime videos are excellent, with only a slight ISO grain. The colors are vivid, well-balanced, and natural. 

Marie-the-wolf and her pack
Mama Elk with her Calf
Mule Deer Buck at snow
Mule Deer with a Fawn
Two Brown Black Bears
Young Bull Elk in Velvet
Mule Deer Buck on windy day
Sharing is Caring

Lowlight Images: 5/10

The lowlight images during early mornings and late evenings are probably the weakest strength of the Bushnell CORE DS-4K model. The camera is inconsistent when switching between monochrome (black & white) and color images. In an ideal world, the color switch should occur when there is enough or not enough light. For example, we noticed the camera would often switch to the color mode early in the morning when it is still too dark, resulting in poor-quality images.

Mule Deer Does
Young Elk Bulls in Velvet
Low Light Low Quality Video
Low Light Mule Deer Bucks
Low Light Mule Deer
Low Light Elk Calf

Night Images: 7/10

The dedicated nighttime sensor captures clear images without too much grain or the typical flash-burn. While the nighttime videos are limited to only 15 seconds, the fast video trigger will record another footage without any significant delay. Nighttime videos and still images are recorded in black-and-white monochrome. The no-glow illumination of this model is sufficient but not the brightest we have seen.

Elk Cow & Calf
Black Bear at Night
Marten on snow
Midnight Snack

Design: 16/20

The Bushnell CORE DS-4K trail camera is well designed, well-balanced, and 4K HD video capable no-glow camera. The 70 degrees Filed-of-View provide a wide-lense view without too much distortion. The camo design is somewhat light but still easy to conceal. The CORE DS-4K camera can be secured with a standard Python cable lock, but the door latch does require an additional padlock. While not the largest, the 1.5-inch screen is bright, and the settings are easy to understand, even for a novice user. Extra props to Bushnell for the very detailed user manual. Probably the best we have seen. The included strap has a metal buckle and is of good quality. 

Wind Sensitive Sound Recording

Verdict: 82/100

It has been only a few weeks since we got our hands on this hot-selling unit, but so far, we are impressed. The trail camera has dedicated day and night sensors, and the Bushnell CORE DS-4K images are excellent. The lowlight videos are mediocre at best, but a software update may correct the switching issues between the day/night recording modes. The video mic is super sensitive to wind but not a dealbreaker. The battery life is impressive, as are the trigger speed and the trigger accuracy. In our case, the light, compact design makes the camera suitable for high mountains and remote locations. Yes, the camera is pricey, but you can expect big results from a small package.


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Specs

Official specs from the manufacturer.
Name:
Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow
Manufacturer:
Bushnell
Model:
119987C
Model Year:
2021
Series:
CORE
Flash Type:
No-Glow IR
Max Pixels:
32
Max Video:
4000p
No. of Sensors:
1
Detection Range:
80 ft
Flash Range:
120 ft
Field of View:
70 degrees
Trigger Speed:
0.15 second
Min Delay:
1 seconds
Max Delay:
60 minutes
Max Card Size:
512 GB
Cellular/Mobile:
No
WiFi:
No
Bluetooth:
No
Live View:
No
MSRP:
$199.99
Warranty:
24 months
Country of Origin:
N/A

Questions & Answers

What battery(s) are used ?
Install six AA lithium or alkaline batteries. Lithium batteries are recommended.

Am I correct that this camera works with both Verizon & AT&T? What is their monthly charge?
This camera model does not have cellular capabilities. At this time, Bushnell does not make a trail camera of this quality with a cellular connection.

I just received mine and there is no colour during the day. Is there something I need to change in the settings?
That does not sound right. Unless very low light (dawn, dusk), daytime pictures and videos should always be in color. I would recommend using the RESET ALL option in the settings. Also, try a different memory card. If that does not help, you should consider swapping the camera through your retailer.

Does this camera have simultaneous time-lapse and motion-capture capabilities?

Does this camera have simultaneous time-lapse and motion-capture capabilities?

Great review - seems like as of April 2023, it is already out of stock even with the manufacturer. Any idea of why that may be? Thanks!

does it have external battery capability?

I bought in Mai 2023 the Spypoint FORCE-PRO, this camera took at night far better pictures as the Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow, I bought in July! Unfortunately I returned the Spypoint to the seller.

We are looking for a camera to be used for security, only at night. Lots of activity during the day. Can I program the camera to only trigger in the dark?

Packaging terrible, hard to get in and pack away after. Instructions difficult to follow. Says 'check your viewscreen for the area your camera will see' ..no explanation how you do this. At and of settings menu...no explanation of what to do next...
Viewing the Camera's Field of View:
When you turn the camera on, the screen should display the actual view from the camera. This allows you to adjust the camera's position to ensure it covers the desired area.

Exiting the Settings Menu:
Once you reach the end of the settings menu, the options will start over again. To exit the settings, press the Menu button or simply turn the camera off.

Testing the Camera:
Turn the camera on and wait about 30 seconds for it to be fully operational.
Walk in front of the camera to test its motion detection and capture capabilities.
Review the test footage either on the camera display or by using a memory card reader with your phone or computer.


Photo & Video Samples

Marie & Antonin
Elk Cow
Young Buck Eating Grass
Mule Deer Doe
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