Covert MP8 Black is 2014 model from Covert Scouting Cameras. The manufacturer says that it is an improved version of their MP6 model that we have reviewed in here. The biggest differences when compared to MP6 are 8 megapixel image ratio and black IR flash. There are also two camouflage options in MP8; the usual Mossy Oak pattern as well as licensed Realtree camo.
Based on the daytime image quality, MP8 really seems to do things little better than MP6. The daytime images are really clear, sharp and colorful. When there is plenty of daylight available the images are plain beautiful, and MP8 does a solid good job even when the amount of light goes down.
The night time images are decent but the fact that the camera has a no-glow IR flash can clearly be seen in the images. As expected, the images are darker, more grainy and not quite as well illuminated as with MP6.
Covert MP8 Black can detect movement up to 70ft. The trigger speed of 1.3 seconds is not the best possible as majority of today’s trail cameras at this price range can go below 1 second. The recovery time is approx. 5 seconds and one can totally live with it.
A nice feature in the camera is the possibility to view the photos in the field via small color display. Even though the screen is small it might come handy from time to time. Other basic features include time lapse mode, photo burst and start stop modes as well as adjustable PIR sensor sensitivity.
While most of today’s trail cameras are compatible with SD trail cameras up to 32GB, MP8 Black can handle max 16GB SD cards. This is something to keep in mind if you are planning to shoot lot of videos or time lapse photos with short intervals.
Covert MP8 Black IR Features
- 8MP image resolution (adjustable 8, 5, or 3 MP)
- trigger speed of 1.3 seconds, recovery time approx. 5 seconds
- 5-60 seconds video clips at 640×480 or 320×240 resolution
- 40 invisible IR LEDs flash with range up to 40ft.
- adjustable PIR sensor (HIGH, NORMAL, LOW)
- time-lapse mode
- photo burst mode, takes 1, 2, or 3 shots per trigger
- start stop mode allows you to select the time the camera is operational
- adjustable trigger interval 5-60 seconds and 1-60 minutes
- manual photo/video mode
- photos tagged with time, date, moon phase and temperature info
- password protection
- color display to view the photos on field
- mini USB and 6V external power connections
- compatible with SD memory cards up to 16 GB
- powered by 4 or 8 AA batteries (8xAA recommended)
- Mossy Oak or Realtree camouflage
- integrated strap loop
- Python® cable compatible
- one year warranty
MP8 Black is a user friendly piece of device. It is easy to set up thanks to user friendly setting logic and clear instruction manual. The casing is sturdy and waterproof, and is available with two different camouflage options (Mossy Oak or Realtree).
When it comes to daytime image quality, Covert MP8 Black is at least as good as the competing models like Browning and Stealth Cam. It indeed takes beautiful images.
Superb battery life is one of the biggest strong points of MP8. If you are looking for a game camera that can operate a long time on its own, this one is a really good option. 8 AA batteries will keep the camera juiced for a long, long time and you can even extend the operating time by attaching 6V external power pack to the camera.
Detection range of MP8 is really nice, up to 70 ft.
Trigger speed and recovery time could both be better for a camera of this price.
The flash range and power is quite limited when compared to some competing models. Due to this fact the night time images tend to be dim and grainy.
You may end up getting some empty photos since since the detection area is wider than the camera’s field of the view.
A minor flaw is that the camera only supports SD cards up to 16GB.
Covert MP8 Black trail camera is a nice little package. Thanks to low power consumption and no-glow IR flash it is a viable option especially for surveillance purposes. Excellent daytime image quality makes it good option for any use basically.
If the camera was a little cheaper it would be a very competitive option. Now it is priced roughly the same as Browning Dark Ops & Strike Force and unfortunately these models still provide slightly better bang for your buck.