HCO SG560PV/May 31, 2014


ImagesFactory SpecsCG ClassificationCG TestingSamples
  • Image Sensor:5MP Color CMOS
  • Lens F=3.1mm
  • FOV (Field of View): 52°
  • PIR Detection Range: up to 80ft
  • Illumination Blackout IR LEDs
  • User Interface: Built-in 2.0″ TFT Color Screen
  • Memory Card: SD/SDHC up to 32GB
  • Picture Resolution: 5MP = 2560×1920
  • Video Resolution: 640×480 (16fps), 320×240 (20fps)
  • PIR Sensor Multi Zone
  • PIR Sensitivity Adjustable (High/Normal/Low)
  • Trigger Time: 1.2s
  • Weight: 8.8 oz(without battery)
  • Operation Temperature: -4F to 140F
  • Storage Temperature: -22F to 158F
  • Interval: 1s – 60 min Programmable
  • Photo Burst: 1–3 Programmable
  • Video Length: 1–60s Programmable
  • Power Supply: 8 × AA
  • Stand-by Current: < 0.3 mA (<7mAh/Day)
  • Power Consumption: 150 mA (+450mA when IR-LED activated)
  • Low Battery Alert LED Indicator
  • Mounting Cable Lock/Mounting Strap/Tripod
  • Dimensions: 5-1/2 inches by 4 inches by 2-1/2 inches
  • Operation Humidity: 5% – 90%
  • Security authentication: FCC, CE, RoHS
CategoryScouting Cameras
Model Year2014
Flash TypeIR Red Flash
Battery Type8 x AA
Test PerformedResult
Flash Range60
Trigger Time without flash1.26s
Trigger Time with flash1.26s
Video Trigger Time
Day RangeGood clarity with natural color
Battery Life
Filter ClunkNone
Invisible FlashNo
Sensing Test50 ft at 79 degrees F
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The HCO Scoutguard SG560PV is the same small sized camera we have reviewed in the past years (earlier models).  The notable difference is that this new model has a 2″ built in color viewer.  There is no remote needed for this camera and it is a welcome improvement. A nice camo pattern covers the front half of this camera in the door style hinged enclosure.  The SG560PV is a red flash camera that uses 8 AA batteries.

It utilizes a color viewing screen that allows for photo viewing as well as video playback.

There is no python loop hole in the back and only a strap slot for mounting.  There is the standard threaded insert for a tripod on the bottom.  You will need a security box for this one.

The walk tests revealed sensing beyond 50 feet at 79 degrees. The flash range test pictures reveal good illumination and pleasing contrast for this camera.  The day range pics revealed natural color and decent clarity.  The camera is simple to set up.  Menus are easy and do not require the booklet.

Trigger times show a decent but relatively average time of around 1.26s for both day and night.  This camera is suitable for both trails and feeders.

At an MSRP of $149 this should be a decent workhorse of a camera.

Progress and Activity
06-03-2014 Update
06-03-2014 update: I managed to capture a decent set of 5mp photos and get those online.  I have switched the camera to video mode now for a few days.
06-07-2014 Update
06-07-2014 update: I captured a nice set of videos representing all times of the day.  The video mode is more than adequate. Its not HD and does not have audio but I find nothing missing on these videos.  I would prefer an info strip like other companies are now doing on video however.  The night videos are well illuminated but a little fuzzy.

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