Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Product review: Bestguarder 12MP HD 1080P Outdoor Game & Trail Hunting Camera Scouting Camera

I am really enjoying this camera. We see a lot of wild life in our area and it is fun to peek into the life of our visitors. The camera is activated only when something is happening, so every video it captures interesting. The battery use is quite good, it recorded a large amount of videos every day on the same set of batteries for almost 2 weeks. On some days 32G of data was recorded at which point the camera stopped recording. In attached video I included videos with the camera mounted in several different locations, during the day and during the night. The camera is mounted on a tripod using the screw on the bottom of the case. The camera is waterproof and has been out in several rain storms without any problems.

The camera runs on eight AA batteries (not included) and you need to provide your own SD card (up to 32G in size). The battery tray opens by pushing a small button in the corner. The camera has a menu driven interface which is well designed and intuitive.

The video quality is good overall, but varies on lighting. Shooting in very bright sunlight overexposes somewhat (I included a sample in the video). The wild life camera also takes infrared pictures in total darkness. I have included a couple of video clips taken at night when the camera switched to infrared. You will be able to recognize those clips because they are black and white.

The camera produces AVI and JPG output.

The camera records 1080P video and images up to 12MP.
* Image Sensor: 12.0 Mega Pixels
* Picture Size: 12MP=4000x3000 / 8MP=3840x2160 / 5MP = 2944x1656
* Video Size: HD:1920x1080,15fps / 1080x720,30fps

I wish 1920x1080 was 30 frames per second rather than 15 fps. My video editing software does not work well with 15 fps and I have to convert the video to 30 fps or shoot in 1080x720. My video includes video shot in both resolutions, but because Amazon compresses videos which degrades the quality of the image you are likely not to see any difference between the videos shot in different formats. The output you see on Amazon is best viewed as a time stamp image, because of the compression the video you see in a blown up image is much worse compared to what you get from the camera.

This camera was provided to me by Bestguarder for testing and review as part of a new product introduction. Getting a discounted product does not effect what I say. I have a history of leaving critical reviews on regular basis every time the product deserves it. Whether I had a good experience or bad experience you will hear exactly what happened. This camera is intuitive to use and produces good video. It is a lot of fun to see see our visitors!

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★★

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