Generic brands that aren’t well known have to make a name for themselves by introducing product that shakes the market up. In this case the Bestguarder HD Waterproof IP66 Infrared Night Vision Game & Trail Hunting Scouting Ghost Camera is a great example of that and then some. The medium priced camera has all of the upper tier features without the associated costs.
There are two available styling for the camera, one that only comes with DTC-880V and the other being the SG009. The difference is in color and shape, but for the purposes of the review it will focus on the DTC-880V. The camo is good looking but kind of plastic looking. It’ll still blend in fine for trail hunting and outdoor activities, but due to the camo and look won’t work well for home security, but other trail cameras can work.
This is a hefty camera that comes in at 1.5 pounds, one of the heavier available for its size. The shape of it is like other cameras as well as the size, so positioning shouldn’t be too hard for seasoned hunters. The bigger part of the equation is whether the extra weight will come into play if it is dropped from a high area.
Intermediate and up recommend for all of the advanced features the camera has to offer. There are just too many options for newbies to get lost in, and with Bestguarder being a lesser known company, help might not be as instant. Advanced users will love the camera the most, and it also benefits those that master all of its many settings.
Pretty solid both inside and out. The camera is waterproof and can handle a good amount of severe weather while still delivering photos and videos. The case is pretty hard, but isn’t a pain to get open. It can take a few drops here and there, so customers won’t have to worry about the conditioning of the unit anytime soon.
Pictures and Video
At 12MP, there is very little the camera can’t do. Pictures come out looking vibrant and full of life, and to save battery there are options for 8, 5 and 2MP resolutions. That’s an incredible amount of options for anyone that wants to really sink their teeth into the configuration of the camera.
Video is another huge asset, delivering 1920x1080p to make any video you take look like a feature length film. The quality can’t really be appreciated unless you load it up on an HD television and really take advantage of the media. Length of the video can go all the way up to 90 seconds, so there is plenty of space that can be filled up with this awesome resolution of video.
At first you can say the battery usage is average, but on further looking it’s actually quite excellent. Only 8AA batteries are required and it does an impressive job when you consider that the resolution can go all the way down to 2MP. Most cameras that offer variable resolution stop it at 4MP, so consider this as a low power mode where the camera is still functional. It’s great on batteries and probably the best in its tier.
Definitely the picture and video quality, with a 36 Black IR LED that functions up to 75ft. out. It isn’t affected by daytime or nighttime, so expect some really thrilling work if you position it correctly. The illumi-night sensor works with the regular lens to give you great night time photos and videos without any of the graininess or blur of other products. The hybrid mode that is usually found in upper tier cameras is available in this camera and it can take pictures while recording video at the same time. This isn’t a tacked on feature, and it is done in a way that doesn’t lose quality on either side. Battery usage is the best you can get for a camera with these features.
Not a recognized brand name, so there may be a little concern about warranties or returns. Night time photos are in black and white only. Camera can’t be taken out of the plastic case, which would require a bit of hacking if you want to check some things out with it. Not good for home surveillance due to the case, and the casing looks a lot like plastic.
How Do People View It?
Customers can’t stop raving about the quality of the pictures, which is pretty much what is expected as people keep posting videos and pictures they took. Customers are so impressed with the power that they are not even holding their breath for a pack to be released by the company, instead choosing to buy several more and combine them. The trigger time of 0.6-0.8 seconds has been reported as being on the lower side of that figure, which is very pleasing to customers buying a camera for this price. The size is also seen as much smaller than traditional trail cameras, but not exactly compact (if you are looking for the small sized trail cameras then you should read out the small trail camera guide).
The value is incredible, and it is a deal from the inside out. This is a mid-tier camera that has upper-tier features. In many tests if it went head to head with the top Bushnell or Moultrie product, it could beat them flat out. You’re not going to get a camera of this quality from anyone else, so it is very much a model that you should be on the lookout for.
It’s hard to say completely, since the company is not that big. For the camera itself it is futureproof by a lot, and can last up to a decade without needing to switch it out. A well taken care of camera like this can last you for many years, but once again with the company you have to factor in normal wear and tear and dealing with them. Customer support seems okay, so for anyone wondering if this model will stand the test of time, the short answer is yes.
There are plenty of these all over the place, and it is developing a bit of a following. There isn’t much more to it than that, as most user will be satisfied to know it’s available if they need it. These models won’t become hard to come by unless the word keeps getting spread around about how good they are.
Making room for cameras like these in a flooded marketplace isn’t hard when it is a 12MP camera that has Hybrid capabilities. There are a lot of low quality 12MP trail cameras available that are low quality-this isn’t one of them. It is a well-made piece of machinery that looks like it can stand the test of time with a little love and care. Buyers that want to take a chance on the company will not regret it one bit and find this is exactly what they’re looking for.
The Bestguarder HD Waterproof IP66 Infrared Night Vision Game & Trail Hunting Scouting Ghost Camera is a really good camera that shouldn’t be overlooked just because it is from a lesser known brand. This company is very much legit and worth taking a chance on.