Every hunter I know would love to have 20+ trail cameras. Not only that, we’d all like to have the premium features that go along with it. Unfortunately, 20 or more cameras with all the bells and whistles will add up to thousands of dollars quickly. So if you are like me, you’re always looking for the best value, and finding the right one can also add up to a truckload of cash.
Trail camera options are plentiful, and so are the name brands, but what about the ones you haven’t heard of? There are brands outside of the hunting industry that can do the job, and you don’t have to pay for the marketing hype. One brand you should get to know is — BolyGuard by Scoutguard via Amazon.
Bolygard 30MP BG-490 Trail Cam Review
BG490-I30 is a wide angle hunting camera with 850nm low glow IR LED Lights. Featuring 30MP image resolution and 1080p HD video and a 2″ LCD screen.
Boly Trail Camera First Impressions
The first thing I look for in a camera is the price. When I purchased this camera, it was in the $86 range, and I’ve seen the price fluctuate over $100. It’s not the cheapest on the block, but it also packs all those features you’ll want, such as time-lapse, 1080p video, 30MP photos, low-glow IR, and it’s waterproof.
The 30 MP BG-490 feels well-built and not loose or fragile. Everything is tight, and the attention to detail in the craftsmanship is on-point. When I opened up the camera I did as any man would, I didn’t read the instructions and jumped right into the settings. It was a breeze to setup. It’s worth mentioning the camera takes 8 AA batteries, which seems to be the standard size as cameras are getting smaller.
Boly BG490 Picture Quality and Trigger Speed
Picture quality is something that all hunters are concerned with. The last thing you want is a blurred set of antlers or animal that you can’t tell anything about. I ran this camera up against a competitor product at a similar price range, and the BolyGuard outperformed the name brand camera I’ve been using for the last couple of years. From the speed to the quality of the image, this thing was hitting a home run.
The advertised speed is 0.7s and 100ft distance detection. To ensure this was accurate, I tested this camera in my yard where all distances could be easily measured, and I checked the speed against other brands. To my knowledge, this camera performed as advertised in all aspects.
Boly Trail Cameras Warranty
Not all cameras come with a warranty, but this one does — 12 months guarantee and life-time customer service. It’s also beneficial purchasing this off Amazon as they are always great with returns if you aren’t satisfied with the product at the time of purchase.
Boly Trail Camera Review Summary
I have a strict policy of not paying over $100 for a camera, but for $110, I would make an exception here. I wouldn’t hesitate to add a few of these cameras to my arsenal when they drop in price. But the price is fair based on all the features you receive. I want to mention I only ran this camera for two months. I can’t speculate on the life that you’ll get out of this camera, or the long term battery life. These two categories are significant. Because of this, I’m going to wait a few more months on actually purchasing more.
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dam Crews grew up hunting in Middle-Tennessee. From an early age, he was hunting small-game, turkey, and whitetail deer. A Marine Corps veteran, he has served two tours of duty in Iraq. He and his family call Tennessee home and enjoy hunting and kayak fishing together.