New 2012 Covert MP6 Review by Tim Hamilton

Covert MP6 trail camera review by Tim Hamilton
The Covert MP6 trail camera is a easy to use, small, energy efficient trail camera.

When looking for a trail camera some of the things you want to look for are:
  • Is it easy to set up?
  • Is it easy to install?
  • Is it Waterproof?
  • What about the videos?
  • What about the photos?
  • How long does the battery last?
  • How much storage does it have?

    What comes with the Covert MP6 Trail Camera?

    Covert MP6 trail camera comes sealed in a plastic container.

    Inside the container is:
  • The Covert MP6 trail camera
  • A strap to attach it to a tree (or what ever you attach the Covert MP6 trail camera to)
  • A USB cable
  • A warranty card
  • A FREE Scouting Software card
  • An easy instruction card for quick set up
  • A User's Manual for the Covert MP6 trail camera



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    Is it easy to set up?



    Yes. I found the Covert MP6 easy to use and set up. Unlike the Covert CA 3.0 the MP6 does not have a wired remote to keep up with. The MP6 has a built in screen for review in the field and it is used for programming this trail camera. As with all trail cameras I recommend that you get to know the camera BEFORE you go to the woods to set up the camera.

    Once you open the MP6 you will find on the left side the viewing screen and all of the buttons used to program the trail camera. Also if you are holding the camera in your hands open turn the bottom of the camera up and you will discover on the left side a connection for battery extender the USB port and the slot for the SD card.



    When you look at the MP6 open on the right you will see the battery compartment for the camera. Flip the camera with the bottom facing up on the right side you will see a small hole with a rubber grammet with a cover. This is for the battery extender for this unit. Also there will be a 1/4x20 threaded insert to attach the camera to a tripod or a Covert Tree 60 mount.



    After installing the batteries and SD card with the camera open look on the left side you will see the viewing screen and the control buttons. To the bottom left you will see the power switch. This switch will slide into three positions OFF being down, SETUP in the middle and ON to the top.

    Place the camera in the setup position. The camera will cycle through the Covert logo screen. Then it will go to the a screen that has the current programming information. Top left will let you know if it is in camera or video mode top right will be the battery indicator the next line will be the date next line will be time the batteries have been installed and the last line will be amount of photos that have already been taken and stored and the amount that can be taken.

    Press the menu button and the MP6 will enter the programming mode. Once in the programming mode you will see at the top of the screen you will see CAM, PIR, and SYS. CAM will be highlighted PIR, and SYS will be in RED.

    Remember to select the option that you have highlighted always press the OK button. If you select video and never push the OK button the MP6 will not select video it will go to default setting in that location. ALWAYS PUSH THE OK BUTTON!

    With CAM highlighted press the down arrow and you control whether the camera is taking photos or videos. It is pre set PHOTO press the right or left arrows and switch between PHOTO or VIDEO.

    Press the down button again and pick photo size your choices are 3, 5 and 6 MP (mega pixel). Press the down arrow again and pick the PHOTO burst this will be 1,2 or 3 photos burst meaning how many photos the camera will take once it has been activated.

    If you go to the VIDEO section this is where you select the type of video length and all of that info. I will cover this late in this review.

    Go to the PIR section and press the down arrow and this is where you select the sensitivity Normal, High Low or Off. Then you set the trigger interval from 0 seconds to 60 minutes. This is the time the camera will take between photos or video. Keep in mind that this time plus the amount of time for the image to save will be the actual time between activations.

    Next will be Time Lapse mode this is where you select OFF or ON if you select ON you can set the MP6 to take a photo at certain intervals anywhere from 5 seconds up to 60 minutes then it goes by the hour up to 8 hours between photos.

    If you don't want TIME LAPSE be sure get it to off and press OK or the TIME LAPSE will still run.

    Next will be the start stop mode you can select a time for the camera to start and a time for it to stop. If you select ON then you program the times.

    In the SYS mode is where you select the TIME, TIME STAMP, PASSWORD, OVERWRITE, FORMAT, DEFAULT SETTINGS.

    If the OVERWRITE is on it will replace the newist image with the oldest image if the card is full. If you use a 2GB or larger SD card you should not have this problem unless the TIME LAPSE is on.



    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 MP6 trail camera, batteries, 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.



    Is it Waterproof?



    Yes the MP6 is waterproof. As long as the cover is 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. For the Covert MP6 the price will be $34.99 for the safe. Master Lock python cable 3/16 is $15.99 and 5/16Ł is $19.99. These ar the prices at trailcamerasandmore.com.

    Bear/Security Safe for Covert MP6 is $34.00 Master Lock python cable 3/16 is $15.99 Master Lock python cable 5/16 isŁ $19.99

    What about the videos?



    The videos are very good color in daylight and black and white at night. Remember to choose between VGA 640 x 480 (16 fps) or QVGA 320 X 340 (20 fps). You can also adjust the lengths of the videos from 0 second to 60 seconds. The videos are in AVI format.



    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 MP6 purchased from trailcamerasandmore.com



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    320 x 240 videos are MUCH LOWER quality and dont 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 do a 320 X 240 video I feel that the 640 X 480 is a good quality



    I recommend using 640 x 480 resolution for 10 to 15 seconds if you are checking your camera at least once or twice 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. Remember as with any IR (Infrared) camera you will have two types of photos. COLOR in Daytime and BLACK and WHITE at night.







    At times you will get some of your photos that just don't look good they may be anything from fuzzy to half of the photo may be in black and white and half in color. Most of this can be eliminated when you FORMAT the SD card.

    On this Covert MP6 you can choose the megapixel of the photos you can choose from 3, 5 or 6MP. All will produce good photos both day and night. I recommend using the 6 MP this is what this Covert MP6 is made for to take 6MP trail camera photos. The 3 and 5 MP use a little less energy but not enough to make a difference.

    Remember when you program your trail camera to set the photo BURST this is the amount of photos taken each time the camera is activated. On this camera you can choose 1, 2, or 3 photo BURST.

    The MP6 has 28 IR lights so it can light up a pretty good area at night so it will take good photos at night. Sometimes just at dark you will get some not so good quality photos but again format eh SD card and most of this will be eliminated.

    With 28 IR lights this Covert camera has a flash range of somewhere around 40 feet the package says 50 but that is in perfect conditions. I am not saying it won't do it but the area I had it the distance was less than 50 feet. It had no problem illuminating that area.

    Remember the DlC Covert MP6 Trail Camera has 3 different MP (megapixel) setting and in 3 MP, 5 MP or 6 MP you should get somewhere around 1879 photo with a 2G SD card. Remember it will depend on a lot of factors this is just a estimate of the amount.

    How long does the AA battery last?



    This Covert Trail Camera can be ran with 4 or 8 AA batteries. I recommend using 4 if you are goinjg to just be taking photos and will be checking the camera regularly. If you are going to be taking video use 8 AA batteries at a time or even use Lithium.

    I used regular AA alkaline batteries and they lasted for several weeks shooting video and still photo (not at the same time). If you use AA lithium batteries the Covert MP6 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 MP6 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 Covert MP6 will cost $19.99 and will include everything you need to make the connection to your trail camera.

    How much storage does it have?



    The Covert MP6 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 MP6 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. The MP6 will show on the viewing screen an estimate of the amount of photos the what ever size card you have in the camera. I used a 2G card and it showed that 1879 photos could be stored. You can find a lot of charts on the internet about how many can be stored but if you use at least a 2G card you should have plenty of storage.

    Now if you are using this Trail Camera in TIME LAPS mode you need to use a SD card that is larger than a 2G. I recommend using at least a 4G but a 8G card will be even better. You will be needing a large amount of storage because you will actually be taking a lot of photo. I also recommend using 8 batteries and even a battery extender.

    Basically you are taking a photo every few seconds you can even set the camera to take a photo every 5 Second to every 8 Hours. You then save the photo in a program (A download of this program comes with each camera) and the program stitches the photos together into what looks like a video.

    MAKE SURE YOU TURN THE COVERT MP6 TRAIL CAMERA BACK ON!!

    I give the COVERT MP6: 4 stars out of 5

    It is small and lightweight. It records video in two different resolutions and still photos in color and black and white.

    I give this trail camera a big Thumbs UpŁ it was very easy to operate and with the manual it was easy to learn. You don't have a remote to worry with or forget. It has a viewing screen to check your photos with in the field. The Covert MP6 trail camera is very reasonably priced. Trail Cameras and More has the MP6 for $149.99 plus FREE shipping.

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