2010 HCO Scoutguard SG-570V Camera Review - June 24, 2010 Back to Main Review Page

2010 Scoutguard


To make pulling the sd card easier, use these Post-it flags on your SD card.




2010 Scoutguard SG-570V 5MP 24 count Red Flash Camera Review

We are ashamed as to how long we have had this camera and have not been able to get to it because of one problem after the other. Our friends at Boly Media have had a time with this camera and finally things have settled down and all the molds and technology is back home they can now proceed with getting another Scoutguard to market. We hear of some litigation operations being directed toward some unsavory critters who may have borrowed some ideas for their own use. This may stretch all the way to the US as things materialize. Anyway this is a strong company who operates here through HCO to get their great products to market. Our first look at this camera in the pre production time frame showed a number of problems and after our reports there has been some real solid upgrades and testing going on and the end result hopefully will show in this review. The inherent flaws of the original camera and thought to have been borrowed with out permission actually showed up in a clone. Measures have been taken and the market is being watched for anyone who chooses to market what is not theirs to do so. So much for the history lesson on this production and letís get to the review. 

The still on going life of the SG-550 has enjoyed a degree of popularity unprecedented in the trail camera industry. The old 550 had its issues by the clone makers also and were also found out. The 550 platform was advanced for its time and now that same system that has had a number of years to be improved upon with the results showing up in the 2010 units offered by Boly Media. Just a handful of camera (3 ľ X 5 ĺ X 1 Ĺ inches) that has a 4 AA cell power source so far during our initial testing looks to be pretty solid. The science of adjusting components and how they consume power is in the fore front in camera design. The worry, that a 4 cell system not lasting will be scrutinized very closely and reported on. We know how the previous Scoutguards worked on just 4 cells so we donít really see where it is going to be an issue knowing the advancements made in power management. Then there is also the possibility of using an external battery if needed. 

This is a 5 MP sensor camera so there is no interpolation to reach that level. The 2560X1920 resolution is more than enough for any trail camera as long as it pumps any degree of quality pictures. Through the program you can also select the 3 MP setting if you wish. Video is the standard 640X480 16fps type that is programmable in length and can also be reduced to 320X240 20fps if needed. The motion sensor is the multi zone style like the 550. We should see a trigger times close to the one second timeframe. This is where these cameras shine, delay time 1 second (not really due to write time) to 60 minutes. They have chosen to still use the wired remote for programming which worked well for us on the old 550. When the battery gets low there is a LED indicator to tell you the batteries needs to be changed. 

The bottom of the camera has a trap door (connected) that slides to one side then opens displaying the battery compartment, TV out, Remote jack, power switch, and external power receptacle. The external power jack Goes through the door so all the programming must be done with power on and the door closed prior to connecting to the external battery. They now have a neat little sliding cover instead of the rubber plug to cover the hole to the power receptacle when not in use. This is great for those who like to set the camera on its base and use it that way. There is no rubber plug sticking out that prevents the camera from setting strait. The battery cover is a trick to open by pushing on the outside lip towards the center of the camera the door will slide and open. Inside the door is the plus and minus symbols to indicate battery polarity installation. Once the batteries are installed the cover must be pushed down and slid back toward the outside lip to latch. This is not the greatest arrangement and came must be taken not to dislodge the door during card change. You have to remember that this camera is about and inch and a quarter thick so space for all the required switches and sockets is tight. The SD card slot is a good example of tight quarters. I used the same trick with this camera as I had to do with the I-40 Moultrie and put a piece of electrical tape or post it flag on the card to pull it out. The card and main switch is tucked in a tight place and old stubby fingers just canít go there very well. The card goes in with the card contacts toward the front of the camera. The front of the camera is very much at a glance a Scoutguard with some of the same profile with the added security loop at the top. The security loop may keep some real honest people honest but would not be much of a deterrent to determined individual. There is a chefís hat style array (24 count) at the top and the lens and PIR sensor are in line down the front of the camera. This is a full service camera that will do pictures and video with very minimum delay periods. The chart below has the specifications listed.

(correction to the chart below, it should read 4AA batteries)


We did not get documentation with this camera in its new bubble pack so I cannot report on that. The programming was easy and not at all hard to do. It follows the same pattern as previous cameras from the same company. Security is just the top loop which is not much so an after market box would be in order for those using areas where things disappear un announced. Having a little camera that has a 5 second delay made the trigger time (un official) testing go like a snap. I did not get the one second that I expected but it also did not go close to two. The remote is also the picture viewer if needed and it does work well but it is small and detail cannot be seen with my old eyes. 

We will now get this thing back in line so it can take its turn through the system. My initial impression is that most people would probably like this camera because of the amount of function in relation to cost.

06-26-2010 update:  Last night after things settled down I put a couple cameras in the dark looking down my hallway and was measuring the time that the arrays came on. One of the cameras was this one and the other was a preproduction look alike with a three legged sensor setup. After I was finished and logged the data down I took a quick look at the night time with flash pictures off the cards just out of curiosity. There was no comparison, this camera had much better pictures to the point I was beginning to think the other camera had a fogged up lens. We may have another cam that will lend itself to working with one of the black flash conversion ExtendIR units we have. The other cam did not do well at all. Today we managed to get the trigger times done and they came in at the one and a half second category which is fine and where most of the BMC cameras have fallen. The day range pictures were good and the eight plate was clear at full zoom. So far this camera has seemed to out shine that other camera all through the initial tests.

06-29-2010 update:  The line for the trigger time setup is long and often stopped because of the need to ensure correct results. We did manage to get this little camera on the bench long enough for it to do its stuff. It turned in a with flash trigger time of 1.69 and without flash 1.5. We then hit the hill and did the sensing and it was a very warm 85 degrees and it would catch movement at 35 feet easy. The flash range is out to the 50 foot mark and from the flash range pictures the 8 plate was clear on full zoom. We are dealing with Boly so we get firmware changes as needed. We have had two this week in the process of getting everything as close as they can. The first sample pictures were respectable and with this new down load we expect much better results. It is out for that collection now so we can post the results.

06-30-2010 update:  This unit was moved directly to the feeder with a little fresh feed spread out and we managed to catch a few photos both day and night. There were no white out pictures but some were a little dark but sharp and clear. The pictures in good light were to me exceptionally good. Full zoom on 30 foot animals the detail was still good. Check the sample pictures and we are sure most will feel they are well above average. Remember this camera will fit in your T shirt pocket with room to spare. If we can kick a month or better battery life out of this camera it should become very popular and maybe have a following like the old 550 camera. Time will tell and the availability is very soon to the dealers. No word on cost yet. The changes that have been made in just one week are amazing to us. We see some difficulties and an E mail is sent and within a couple days firm ware arrives and problem is resolved. We are hoping that Bushnell and the Keeptime crowd are paying attention as how to do business and end up in a success in days rather than months, if it happens at all. Boly and their engineers are a delight to work with because of this forward looking way of solving those other than hardware problems.

07-22-2010 update:  Having to go back through all the notes to get up to date on material has slowed this process down a bunch. We have done all the final updates and done all the testing on the day range/8 plate plus the flash range and gathered the sample pictures. Day range pictures were sharp and clear and the zoom to the 8 was clear at 200%. Flash reached out past the 50 foot range and this is also the sensing distance. We posted the sample pictures and had a delay getting something here to talk about their quality. In the mean time we had plenty of comments where many people liked the quality, so we will let the pictures speak for themselves.

08-28-2010 update:  We have kept this cam going and so far it has not let us down and has given very good results for the price. We are going to go ahead and close this review.




Trigger Times without flash - around 1.5 seconds


Trigger Times with Flash - around 1.69 seconds


Flash Range Tests



Photo Samples 5MP




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