Discover Why This Scoutguard Game Camera Is So Popular With Wildlife Enthusiasts
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The Scoutguard SG560C trail camera, also called SG860c is the second of its type to enter the market. It is the second camera with white LED trap, which is used as an alternative to the incandescent flash camera. It can be mounted on a rope, a belt or a python lock. The instruction manual included with the package is easy to understand and the camera programming is also very simple. A nylon webbing strap is also included with the camera, which is helpful for camera installation.
The case is a camouflage green color which can be easily hidden. It contains 20 white light emitters which are amplified. Just below the lights, there is a main lens and Passive Infrared light. When you open the back door the inside is same as other trail cameras, there is an LCD, control buttons and an 8 AA battery holder.
Specifications And Features Of The SG560C
This Scoutguard game camera has an 8 Mega Pixel resolution, which can be set to two settings: 5MP or 8MP. The video recording is high definition with a setting of either 640 X 480 or 320 X 240. The video length that it can capture is between 1 to 60 seconds. The video trigger time as observed after some usage was recorded to be about 1.9 seconds. It does not only claim to give color video recording at night like other camera manufacturers, it actually does the colour recording and that too in a pretty good quality. It comes with a 2 inch TFT display screen. It also includes a multi-zone Passive IR sensor. The trigger time is 1.2 seconds, which is much slower as compared to other cameras in the same range. The burst mode captures 1 to 3 shots and the interval between triggers can be set from 1 second to 60 minutes. The day time pictures are good in quality and night light pictures seemed little hazy but had good color. Below is a video of images captured:
Sensitivity levels of picture triggering mechanism are adjustable. The day time pictures on a good clear sunny day have amazingly sharp color and quality. Another advantage is the white LED flash. The incandescent flashes have a snapping sound when pictures are clicked at night but there is no such sound in a white LED flash. There is not much security on this camera case, just one lock loop on the door. There is no built-in Python cable insert either which is another minus for security.
- Dimensions: 5 X 4 X 2.5 inches
- Up to 32 GB SD memory slot
- Uses a set of 8 AA lithium batteries
- 20 amplified white light emitter set
- 52 degrees field view
- 2 inches built in TFT viewer
- Trigger speed about 1.20 seconds
- Detection range 70 to 90 feet
- 40 feet flash range
- 1 year limited warranty
Performance And Battery
Quality day and night photos are the best part of this game camera. The operating temperature of the camera is -20 to 60 degree Celsius and the storage temperature is somewhere between -30 to 70 degrees. Delay in pictures can be programmed to 0 seconds, but even with 0 setting, the camera takes its own time to come to life and click photos which are a major drawback. Time lapse can be adjusted between 10 seconds and 8 hours. This time lapse function runs 24 hours at one time when selected because it has no adjustable operating window. The camera flash is not up to the mark and is weak. The camera survives really well against weather changes. This camera might surprise you with its good working; the sensing was 70 feet at 73 degrees of horizontal viewing. The pictures clicked on a bright sunny daytime are also exceptionally good and the resolution is much better than stated and better than any other camera of the same resolution.
The degree of haziness in daytime images (if there is any in some of them) was not as apparent. The camera has a good detection range of up to 90 feet. The detection range actually works pretty well. The night flash functions good enough for about 50 feet. It works as good as any other strobe white flash camera of its range. The camera shows a red flashing LED light when it works. However, when tested in the field it does not scare off bucks or any other animals. It uses a set of 8 AA lithium batteries, which are said to work for 500 ten second video clips with LED lights. According to recorded field test, the batteries lasted for almost 4 to 5 months and took a total of 4000 photos and 450 video clips. This camera shows the low battery indication with a LED alert. Lithium batteries are used in this game camera which has a longer life expectancy and produces brighter night photos than alkaline batteries. The battery life is amazingly long and durable.
- Easy programming and good case design
- Battery life is good
- Detection zone and flash range covers a good area
- Weather resistant
- Good quality night images and videos
- Trigger speed is average
- Motion blur in night time clicks
- Not secure
Verdict On The Scoutguard SG560C
The Scoutguard SG560C is a commendable work of technology, especially when it comes to night time photography and video. With its great detection range and fairly good battery life, it can be one of your top most choices. Below 250 dollars, this camera is a good selection. The blur in night time pictures is observed only beyond 50 feet, which is acceptable. The wide detection range also sort of makes up for the slow triggering speed. The security aspect is a little low as there is only one loop lock to secure the camera. But this trail camera is tough and sturdy, so it is fairly weather proof.