2017 Bolymedia Bolyguard SG520 Camera Review

BolyGuard SG520/August 04, 2017

So, you say you need a small camera?

Well, I believe I have found what you are looking for.  Bolymedia, the creators of the small and revolutionary Scoutguard SG550, has introduced yet another small camera this year.  The Bolyguard SG520 is an extremely small sized scouting camera and touted as the smallest scouting camera on the market.  It uses only 4 AA batteries internally.  The SG520 sports a small 1.44″ color LCD display screen which is mounted on the front of the camera rather than the inside.  This camera utilizes only four low glow LEDs for its night imaging.

The surface of the camera, while not molded with a texture, has a matt finish in an olive green color.

Although this camera opens like a book, the rear half is merely a cover and the batteries push into the front half.  The bottom of the camera has a rubber cover for the external battery port which is labelled 6V.  The back of the camera supports a strap and a threaded insert.

Included in the box is a traditional narrow nylon strap with a plastic buckle.  I tried to use my favorite Browning strap but it is too wide for the strap slots on the rear of the camera.  Fortunately I am able to use my favorite Screw-in Swivel mount from Custom One Enterprises.  I took media photos using the screw in mount supplied with  the BG962.

Ultimately, I recommend a lock box for this camera for better security and protection even though it is small.  Steel lock boxes are available for this unit.

The settings menus are not so familiar to use but the values are actually familiar from my Scoutguard SG550 days and its monochrome remote.  The menu layout is somewhat different and I found important settings are under the Advanced menu.  Also having only two buttons rather than 4 buttons and an “ok” made for a little work but still I was able to complete the setup without reading the guide.  You may want to save yourself some trouble and read the book on using the navigation menus and buttons.

 

Manufacturer model #: SG520.

Manufacturers specifications:

This camera is one of the smallest game cameras in the market and can be used for digital surveillance, security, hunting, or bird watching. It is triggered by any movement of humans or animals, monitored by a highly sensitive Passive Infrared (PIR) motion sensor, and then automatically captures high quality pictures or records video clips. Designed for outdoor use, there is a built-in color LCD display screen on the camera supports up to 32GB SD/SDHC cards, and is resistant against water and snow.

• Smallest game camera on the market (107x76x40 mm)
• 940nm Low-Glow IR LED lights

Photo Resolution Up to 12 MP
Video Resolution Up to 720P
Illumination Type Low-Glow Infrared Flash
Illumination Range 70 ft.
Detection Range 85 ft.
Detection Field of View 55 degrees
Video Screen Built-In 1.44″ LCD

The MSRP on this camera is around $79.99.

Chasingame Test Results:

Test PerformedResult
Flash RangeUsable flash to 50 feet. Pretty grainy when zoomed. Overall somewhat dim image.
Trigger Time without flash2.50s
Trigger Time with flash2.90s
Video Trigger Time4.00s
Photo Recovery Time12.50s at 0s interval
Video Recovery timeNot Performed
Day RangeDecent clarity beyond 50 feet. Natural color.
Battery Life
Filter ClunkNo
Invisible FlashYes
Motion Blur
Sensing Test60 feet at 78F degrees

Photo Samples captured in 10MP setting.

Video Samples captured in 720p setting.

2017 Bolymedia Scoutguard SG520 from Chasingame.com on Vimeo.

Progress and Activity
08-04-2017 Update: Unboxed
08-05-2017 Update: Trigger Testing
08-07-2017 Update: Flash range and Sensing
08-08-2017 Update: Day and Night photo samples
08-13-2017 Update: Video samples
08-15-2017 Update: trying to get dark night video samples

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