Covert Scouting Cameras Inc. is a company providing various trail camera models from basic entry level cameras to more advanced ones under brand of Covert Scouting Cameras, or more commonly just Covert. On this review we concentrate on perhaps one of their best selling models, known as Covert Scouting MP6 Trail Camera.
Covert MP6 is is actually an older model in Covert’s line-up of trail cameras as it has been on the market at least since 2012. That means of course that its price has come down as newer Covert models have entered the market. And lower price is something that naturally suits us, the customers, perfectly.
Covert MP6 provides solid quality 6 megapixel daytime pictures and more than adequate night time pictures as well. The 28 LED red glow IR flash of the camera has enough power to nicely illuminate objects that are within 40 ft.
The detection range of Covert Scouting MP6 is really good; it is able to detect motion even up to 70ft. Also the detection width is really good, almost too good actually, as the detection width is wider than the camera’s field of view, and that can result to empty frames.
Other worth-to-mention features of this camera include time lapse, photo burst and start stop modes, adjustable PIR sensor and color display to view the settings as well the photos on field. You can also select the resolution of still images and video clips.
MP6 stores the photos and videos on standard SD card; you can use SD card size up to 16GB. The camera is powered by AA batteries and you can select whether you want to use four or eight batteries to run it.
Covert Scouting MP6 Features
- adjustable image resolution (6, 5, or 3 MP)
- trigger speed of 1.2 seconds, recovery time approx. 5 seconds
- video recording 5-60 seconds (640×480 or 320×240 resolution)
- Red Glow IR flash with range up to 40ft.
- adjustable PIR sensor (HIGH, LOW, OFF)
- 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
- trigger interval option allows you customize how often photos are taken
- photos tagged with moon phase, temp, time and date 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
- integrated strap loop
- Python® cable compatible
- one year warranty
Covert Scouting MP6 is a nice package. Setting up is easy, thanks to color display and user friendly setting logic. The casing is well designed and waterproof. Camouflage pattern and somewhat small size make it easy to conceal in the woods.
The daytime picture quality is simply good. And when you reflect the picture quality to the price of this camera, we can say that the value MP6 provides in this area is excellent. The nighttime shots are not as good as the daytime ones, but can be considered as average.
Battery life of this camera is absolutely superb. So if you are looking for a trail camera that can operate a long time on its own, this might be a camera for you. If you use a full set of 8 AA Lithium batteries to power it, it will take months before you need to start worrying about running out of juice. And you can extend the operating time even more by attaching 6V external power pack to the camera.
Detection range of MP6 is very good as it can detect movement up to 70 ft. The trigger speed is on average level; approx. 1.2 seconds, but the recovery time of approx 5 seconds is not bad at all for a camera at this price point.
Because of the red glow IR LED flash, Covert MP6 might not be the best option for property surveillance. Also the range of the flash is rather limited when compared to some competing models.
Since the detection area is wider than the camera’s field of the view, you may end up getting some empty photos. Thus carefully planning how to place the camera in the field is the key with this one.
Covert MP6 is a good basic trail camera. The overall quality of the camera is good and majority of the customers seem to be more than satisfied with it. And the price is not bad either. To put it breifly Covert MP6 is a solid choice for any budget-minded hunter or any trail camera enthusiast out there.