Scoutguard SG550 Review

Green Scoutguard sg550 game camera
Quick Facts
  Price:                              $199.95-229.95
  Trigger Time:                 0.968 s
  Recovery Time:             6-10 seconds
  Detection Range:          50 ft.
  Detection Width:           Wide
  Flash Range:                 40 ft.
  Battery Life:                   3-5 months
  Battery Type:                 8 AA
  SD Card:                       SD Card
•  Warranty Rate:              3.7%

Pictures in Action

turkey picture from a scoutguard sg550
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hco scoutguard 550 game camera photo
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scouting camera picture from a scoutguard trail camera
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  • Small, compact camera design
  • Long battery life
  • Fast Trigger Time
  • Wide detection zone

  • Limited detection range (50 ft.)
  • Flash range could be better (40 ft.)
Best Thing About This Camera...

          Variety of conditions; trails, scrapes, food plots, feeders, security, and research studies

Trailcampro Analysis

           The HCO Scoutguard SG550 has only been around since April 2008 and it has become extremely popular for its reliability, efficiency and versatility.

          The first thing you will notice about this camera is its tiny stature.  The camera is 5 1/2" tall X 3 1/4" wide, or roughly the size of your hand, if not smaller.  The two main benefits I can see from being so small, is it is much easier to conceal from thieves and it is super battery efficient.  In fact, on 8 AA batteries you can expect this camera to last almost a full season out in the field (obviously this varies by how many pictures it takes in your area). 

           I found that programming the camera was a breeze.  The Scoutguard comes with a remote that plugs into the bottom of the camera.  Follow the prompts as it takes you through all the programming options (which I found was just the right amount of options not to confuse the user).  One important note on this camera is that it has a very quick recovery time.  Essentially, when the camera takes a picture it takes 10 seconds for the trigger to go off, take a picture, store the picture, and then recover to take the next picture (6 seconds if you set the camera for a lower Mpxl).  Compared to cameras in this same price range, the SG550 is VERY QUICK!  You can set the time between triggers anywhere from 6 seconds, 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, 10 minutes, etc. 

           You can also take up to 60 seconds video.  The video quality is 16 fps.

           Overall, the Scoutguard SG550 is an excellent camera that we have had great success with the last several years.  We highly recommend this camera.