Monday, April 11, 2016

TEC.BEAN 12MP 1080P HD Game & Trail Hunting Camera (Model SG-009)

I have several other trail camera brands including Stealth Cam, Moultrie, Covert, Primos, Browning, and now TEC.BEAN. Honestly, the day time pictures with all of these brands are adequate for hunting and scouting purposes. What separates a camera in my eyes is trigger time, quality night pictures,
recovery time, battery life, strap connecting to the tree, ease of setup, pictures of an object in motion, and durability. I’ve been using trail cams since about 2009, mainly with pictures. I started taking videos with trail cameras in 2014 and took quite a few in 2015 in addition to taking pictures. My choice in taking pictures or videos depends on the setup I have, but I feel comfortable writing/reviewing about either. I don’t do time lapse. It’s just not something that’s useful for my hunting/scouting purposes. If you can’t decide on pictures or video, hybrid mode is a good option. I have included a video and some pictures. Overall, I like what I see from the TEC.BEAN SG-0009…

+ LCD Screen allows users to see where camera is pointed and you can review pictures/videos on it – Very unusual to see that in this price range
+ Easy to follow and program menu
+ Fast Trigger time (0.6-0.8 seconds) - above average
+ Day & night pictures are good
+ Video with audio (5 to 90 second video clips)
+ Photo bursts from 1 to 9 pictures at a time
+ Security password (optional)
+ Video file size is small (this means you can take more videos without requiring you to swap SD cards). For reference a 5 second video is 7-10 MB.
+ It takes 8 AA batteries, so batteries don’t need to be swapped as often as some cameras
+ Speaking of batteries, they don’t fall out (ahem, Covert cameras)

- This camera has a strap with a plastic buckle. I prefer a metal clip for easy removal and positioning
- Average to somewhat slow recovery time (time between pictures or videos) – 6 seconds for night video, 10 seconds for night photos

o Average # of blurry motion pictures. I set the camera to 3-picture burst mode on most of my cameras to combat blurry motion pics
o 5.25" x 4.25" x 3" - Not the smallest, but on par with most on the market
o Durability seems on par with other cameras I’ve used
o Battery Life seems standard
o I haven’t witnessed many false triggers, but I want to test more extensively in warm weather when false triggers are highest

In summary, I really like this camera and it’s one of my favorites in this price point, along with the Browning cameras. I really like the LCD screen. It’s so helpful in the field (at least to me). This camera is very customizable as well. However, I really would like to see the strap changed. It’s just a pet peeve of mine to have to use a buckle strap. Fortunately, I personally have some old cameras that no longer work that I’ve salvaged their straps with a metal clip. Overall, this is a solid camera at a reasonable price!

Display Screen: 2.0" Color viewer TFT LCD
Image Sensor: 12.0 MP Resolution
IR-LED: 36 black IR LED flash from 0-23m/75ft
Memory: SD-card (not included) up to 32GB
Picture Size: 12MP=4000x3000 / 8MP=3840x2160 / 5MP = 2944x1656 / 2MP=1920x1080 (JPEG)
Video Size: HD:1920x1080,15fps / 1080x720,30fps (AVI)
Video & Audio Recording
Digital Zoom: 2x, 3x, 4x
Trigger Time: 0.6-0.8s
Triggering Interval: 1s-60min programmable 
Burst Model: 1 to 9 pictures at a time, up to 40,000 pictures 
Video Length: 5-90s programmable
Power Supply: 8 x AA Batteries or 12V DC (not included) or solar panel or 12V power bank or storage battery.
Stand-by Current: < 0.3mA 
Stand-by Time: 3~6 months (8*AA)

Security Authentication: CE FCC RoHS

 Available by clicking the Amazon photo to the left

I received this product for free or purposes of testing and reviewing. However, the opinions expressed herein were formulated based on my personal use of the product. I welcome all suggestions, feedback and/or product questions

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