HCO Scoutguard SG565 Review

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HCO Scoutguard SG565 Review

- 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

Model # SG565 | HCO SG565 Owner's Manual


  • Excellent color day and night photos
  • Wide detection zone
  • Reliable


  • No nighttime video capability
  • Uses a remote to program the camera
  • Slow trigger speed

Trailcampro Analysis

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.

Picture Quality:

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.

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Battery Life:

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.

Detection Circuit:

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 1.31 s. / 5.0 s. | Video Trigger & Recovery Speed: 1.66 s. / 5.9 s. | Detection Range: 70 ft.

The 2017 SG565 trigger 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 is 70 ft. This makes for an above average detection zone.

Quality of Design:

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.

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.

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Manufacturer Specifications

  • Incandescent flash
  • 6 Volt External Battery Jack
  • 640 x 480 Video
  • Picture Info Displays: Time and date
  • Runs on 8 AA batteries (We recommend Lithium on Nimh rechargeable batteries only)
  • Supports up to 32 Gig SD Card
  • 1/4" x 20 threaded insert
  • Multi-shot up to 3 images

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    HCO SG565 Accessories

    Here are a few of the accessories we like to use in the SG565.

    Energizer Ultimate Lithiums | 8 Pack


    - There is no downside to using lithium batteries. Long battery life, extreme durability and better night pictures. You will be happy you did.

    HCO SG560 Security Case


    - Use this to protect your new camera from bears and thieves. It provides much-needed peace of mind when leaving your camera out in nature.

    6 Foot Python Cable Lock


    - Use this with the security case. The SG565 does not have brackets on the back for the python so you will need the case as well.

    Extra SD Cards

    Start at $5.95

    - SD cards store your pictures and videos for easy removal. We give you a free SD card with the SG565, but most people use a second card. If you have two cards, you can swap them out when you retrieve the pictures.

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