Yes. I found the Covert CA 4 trail camera to be very easy to use.
Like the CA 3.0 I found that the hardest thing about the CA 4 was figuring out how to open it. If you turn the trail camera upside down and hold it with the front side facing away from you there will be three things you can see.
On the right side you will see a clasp where you can place a small padlock to lock the bottom slide.
On the left corner closest to you there will be a small button slide that slides in and out of the corner. When you slide it to the open position you will reveal the external power supply connection.
The last thing you will see is a small textured section with an arrow pointing to the right. This is where you slide the bottom to the right and then pick up on the right side and it will hinge on the left side. When you open the bottom it will reveal all of the connections for the trail camera.
Under the bottom cover you have
the slot for the SD card
the battery compartment cover (slide it to the inside and pull up)
the TV-out connection
the USB connection and the on/off switch
the external power connection
One of the first things I noticed like the CA 3.0 and the NV 3 the CA 4 was a small round lens-looking piece near the actual camera lens. When I shook the camera I could hear a rattle and I thought it was broken. Don't panic! This is a small infrared filter and it is suppose to move.
After a little reading I discovered that when the CA 4 game camera is powered up the filter will move into the proper location. If it is daylight the filter will move away from the camera lens so the camera can take quality color photos or video.
At night the red filter moves in front of the camera lens so the camera can see the infrared flash and take quality black and white photos.
Install the batteries and the SD card. Then connect the wired remote to the USB connection. The remote is the key to this camera. Now just turn the Covert CA 4 trail camera on with the power switch.
When you turn the power on you can program the Covert CA 4 trail camera. Using the remote set the time and date. You choose still photos or video. In the camera mode (still photos) you can choose to take 1, 2 or 3 photos at a time. In the video mode you can choose between 640 x 480 (16 fps) or 320 X 340 (20 fps).
I recommend you play around with the remote attached to the camera for awhile so you can be familiar with it before you go to the woods and set the camera up. This will save a lot of time and frustration.
Make sure you format your SD card.
The remote controls everything. You can use the CA 4 camera without the remote but if you want to change anything on the trail camera the remote controls whether you collect video or photos, how long the video is, and whether you take 1, 2 or 3 photos.
So don't lose the remote. You can purchase a new remote if you do lose it. Some of the remotes are sold out and no more will be ordered.
When you open a camera with a remote I recommend marking the remote for the model camera that it controls because the remotes are not interchangeable. A remote for a CA 3 will not control a CA 4 camera.
Is it easy to install?
Yes. When you get ready to go to the woods you want to remember to bring a few things with you.
The Covert CA 4 trail camera
an SD card
and the strap
The strap is easy to use, but remember it has three parts:
A strap with half of the buckle attached to it.
the second half of the buckle
a small plastic what I call a tension adjuster.
Be very careful that you do not lose the tension adjuster because this is what keeps the tension on the strap when you attach it to a tree or post. The strap is easy to use just remove the second half of the buckle and the tension adjuster and thread the strap through slots on the back of the trail camera.
Is it waterproof?
Yes the CA 4 Is waterproof. As long as the battery compartment is secured along with the bottom cover being closed and secure. If you are going to put this or any trail camera in low lying area near creeks or rivers. Be sure that you install the camera high enough that if the area floods your camera will not be under water.
It is waterproof but it can not be submerged in water. Also you need to inspect the trail camera housing for any cracks. Believe it or not sometimes the deer and especially HOGS get ruff with the trail cameras and may damage them.
To help prevent this you can get what is called a Bear / Security safe for your trail camera. Basically it is a steel box that you secure to the tree and the camera goes inside this box.
The safe can be secured to the tree with a Master lock python cable so you can lock it all up. This safe was not offered in 2011 but is offered in 2012. For the Covert CA 4 the price will be $34.99 Master Lock python cable 3/16" $15.99 and 5/16" is $19.99.
Bear/Security Safe for CA 4 $34.00
Master Lock python cable 3/16" $15.99
Master Lock python cable 5/16" $19.99
What about the videos?
The videos are very good color in daylight and black and white at night. Remember to use the wired remote to choose between 640 x 480 (16 fps) or 320 X 340 (20 fps). You can also adjust the lengths of the videos from 1 second to 60 seconds. The videos are in AVI format.
The 640 x 480 videos are about 300 kb per frame that makes it about 17 MB per second, and about 1054 MB per minute. All this said and after talking with the manufacturer no one can tell you exactly how much video you can get on a card but you can expect to get 1 to 2 hours of video with a 1GB SD card.
Realistically so you may get around a hour or more on a 1GB SD card. We will be giving a 2GB SD card for ever CA 4 purchased from trailcamerasandmore.com
I have the CA4 trail camera in teh woods at this time collecting video as soon as I get some video I will put a link to it in this review.
320 x 240 videos are MUCH LOWER quality and don't take up as much room, about 150 kb per second, so you can get much more video on a 1 or 2 Gb card but it is not as good quality. I did not shoot any video in this resolution.
I recommend using 640 x 480 resolution for 10 to 15 seconds if you're checking your camera at least once a week.This will give you plenty of video to see what is in the area and it will not use as much of your battery.
What about the photos?
I think the photos are very good quality. Remember that you will have two different types of photos color in daytime and black and white at night.
The Covert CA 4 trail camera has 24 infrared lights to light up what ever you are photographing. In the daylight you get a quality color photo. Just remember the CA 4 trail camera takes 3 mp megapixel (2048X1536) photographs. The photos are in .jpeg format.
Pictures average about 270 kb per shot so you can get approximately 1520 pics on the 2GB card that comes with the unit if purchased at trailcamerasandmore.com.
How long does the AA battery last?
I used regular AA alkaline batteries and they lasted for almost the entire deer season of shooting video and still photo (not at the same time). If you use AA lithium batteries the Covert CA 4 trail camera could last for several months.
AA alkaline batteries pack of 4 will run you anywhere from $2.50 to about $5.00 versus a 4 pack of AA lithium batteries will cost you $9.95 and up. Always carry some extra batteries in your pocket just in case!
Don't forget you can also attach a 6 volt external power source.This external power source comes with a power cord to attach to the CA 4 and a strap to attach the unit to the tree or what ever you have it attached to. This external power unit holds 8 AA batteries (not included) and is weather proof.
External power Source called a battery extender for the CA 4 will cost $19.99 and will include battery extender and all cables need to install.
How much storage does it have?
The Covert CA 4 trail camera only has one type of storage and that is on an SD card. It can accept an SD card up to 8GB. For a limited time trailcamerasandmore.com will be offering a free 2 GB SD card for every CA 4 sold.
Additional 2GB cards will be offered for sale if you want to have extras for quick change out in the field.
A 2GB SD card will store a lot of photos and videos. A 2GB SD card will store approximately 1520 3MP pictures and a couple hundred 640 X 480 videos. I have left the same 1 GB SD card in for a couple weeks and when I checked it it had not used even half of the storage on the card. This was in a spot with lots of traffic.
USB Remote makes checking your camera a breeze!
When checking the CA 4 trail camera you can use the wired remote to look at videos or photos THIS IS VERY CONVENIENT.
You can delete photos with the remote also. Sometimes the remote is slow to react but other than that it works great. If you don't have the remote when you check your camera just turn the camera off and remove the SD card.
Take it to a computer and download or you could just take a second SD card and replace the first one with a new one and clear off all images. Make sure you format the SD card.
MAKE SURE YOU TURN THE COVERT CA 4 TRAIL CAMERA BACK ON!!
I give the CA 4: 4 stars out of 5
All in all I would give the Covert CA 4 trail camera a "Thumbs Up". It is easy to set up and easy to learn how to operate. The Covert CA 4 trail camera is very reasonably priced.
It is small and lightweight. It records video in two different resolutions and still photos in color and black and white.
This is one of the most popular cameras we sell and is the most popular camera of the 2011 for DLC Covert Scouting Cameras. I would recommend the Covert CA 4 trail camera for anyone and especially for beginners this is a very good entry level trail camera at $129.00 (plus free shipping)purchased from trailcamerasandmore.com.