HCO Scoutguard SG565
- The SG565 takes incredible day and night photos. Some of the best you will ever see. This camera isn't fast though and uses a remote to program. Even still, this has been a staff favorite for many years. - TCP Staff
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HCO Scoutguard SG565 Review
Model # SG565 | HCO SG565 Owners Manual
- Excellent color day and night photos
- Wide detection zone
- No nighttime video capability
- Uses a remote to program the camera
- Slow trigger speed
Every year it seems the options in the incandescent market seems to shrivel. Most people are moving to infrared cameras. However, there is still a rather sizable market for flash cameras because of their superior night pictures and ability to ID specific animals.
Quality of Design 3.3 Stars
Dimensions: 5" x 4" x 2.5" | Battery Type: 8 AA Batteries | External Battery Jack: 6 Volt
The HCO Scoutguard SG565 is well-built, made of high quality material, comes in a completely sealed case (keeps the weather and humidity out) and camouflaged nicely.
The ease of use score gets knocked down because you have to use a remote (comes with the camera) to program the SG565. The remote does have a little viewing screen that can help in the initial setup process. Also, the actual programming of the camera is simple and anyone can master it in seconds. Here is a look at many of the popular setting options:
- 1-3 multi-shot
- 5 s. - 60 s. video clips
- Time Lapse: No
- Photo Stamp: Time and date
- Picture + Video Mode: No
- Start/Stop Time: No
- Password Protection: No
- SD Card Overwrite: No
- PIR Settings: Yes | High, Low or Off
- Flash Settings: No
The SG565 makes a clunking noise every time the camera takes a photo. We don't consider this as serious a problem as an infrared camera that does the same thing. This is because you buy this camera for the color night pictures, which are produced from a bright, white incandescent flash. If an animal or person is not scared off by that flash, a little clunk when it takes a photo isn't going to bother it either.
The overall durability of the SG565 has been excellent with minimal returns and warranties. Most warranties on this unit involve a faulty programming remote.
Detection Circuit 3.0 Stars
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 1.31 s. / 5.0 s. | Video Trigger & Recovery Speed: 1.66 s. / 5.9 s. | Detection Range: 60 ft.
The 2015 SG565 triggers is 1.31 seconds, it recovers in 5 seconds. This little camera is pretty slow and the detection circuit isn't built to wow anybody.
Detection range can vary depending on ambient temperature, so expect that range to shrink on warmer days. This makes for an above average detection zone.
Picture Quality 4.4 Stars
Photo resolution: 8, 5 or 3 mpxl | Video Resolution: 640x 480 audio | Flash Type: Incandescent Flash
While conducting the HCO Scoutguard SG565 Reviews, we found the day pictures are excellent with vivid color and excellent clarity. We have collected (and been sent by our customers) a ton of incredible daytime pictures from the SG565. These could quite possibly be the best daytime pictures on the market.
The night flash is fairly good, reaching out 50 ft. consistently. Since this is an incandescent camera, both day and night pictures are in color. Objects close to the camera can "white out." Ideally you would not want the camera within 10 ft. of the animals you want to photograph. We have heard of some researchers that try to cover the flash to minimize its effect on close animals with marginal success.
If set in video mode, the camera will only take video during the day since an incandescent camera can't "flash" enough to take a sustainable video at night.
Battery Life 3.0 Stars
Resting Power (on): 1.26 mW | Daytime Power Consumption: 2.62 Ws | Nighttime Power Consumption: 20.9 Ws
The battery data is about what you would expect from an incandescent trail camera. The day consumption and resting current are really good, the night consumption is extremely high and will account for the majority of the power consumption.
We use Tenergy Nimh Rechargeable batteries in the SG565. However, because of a relatively high cut-off voltage, they will not get as long of battery life as normal alkalines would. For that reason, if charging the batteries every month to month and a half is not feasible for you, we recommend grabbing a set of the Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries. You can expect up to 6 months of life out of the lithiums.
HCO Scoutguard SG565 Reviews Conclusion 3.4 Stars
Overall, this is one of our favorite flash cameras of all time. It is a solid all-around camera trap, and will work well for you whether you are using it to take color night photos or if you are trying to specifically ID different animals of the same species (i.e. big cat surveys). This camera is an excellent value.
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