The Covert Extreme Red 40 Trail Camera has been a favourite trail camera of many people who are looking for a strong and reliable camera that will take pictures over an extended period of time. The camera has been built with the same features as the Extreme Black 60 except it has 40 Red Glow LED’s for night-time illumination.
It is possible to set the camera to different resolution levels to control the clarity of the pictures. You have a choice of 3, 5, 8 or 12MP resolution. the camera has an HD video with sound option.
The trigger speed of the Red 40 is very similar to that of the Black 60. It fires at just over 1 second and the recovery time is a very respectable 5 seconds. This means the camera will pick up most moving animals as they pass through the field of range and will be ready to pick up the following animals.
Although the range of the camera is advertised by Covert as being as long as 65 feet, the reality is that it continues to be reliable out to a distance of 50 feet for both daytime and night time flash operation.
One of the oft repeated comments about the Red 40, which has been around for a number of years now, is in regards to its durability. Many hunters and game managers have found that the camera can be relied upon for continuous operation over extended periods of time.
The features of the camera include a standard infrared glow which makes it a suitable trail camera for hunting situations rather than for home security or surveillance.
It is possible to set up the camera so that it triggers at set intervals with the range spanning 1 second out to 60 minutes. It is also possible to trigger the camera either as a single shot or in bursts of 1-3 images.
While the pictures that are taken during the day are sharp and bright, it is the night time shots that have drawn negative comments due mainly to the level of blurriness that is experienced. People who don’t mind some blurriness will not be bothered by the results from the Red 40.
The camera is capable of taking an SD Card with a capacity of up to 32GB. The battery capacity ranges from 4 up to a maximum of 12 and these batteries may be lithium, alkaline or Nimh rechargeable batteries.
Securing the Camera
The latest version of the Red 40 is the 2013 model and it comes with password protection that will lock the camera from taking pictures until the correct password is entered. This provides great protection from thieves who will gain nothing from taking the camera. It does mean that you will have to remember to unlock the camera when you set it up.
For additional security it is possible to get a camera lock box for the Red 40. You can also thread the camera with a Python cable for additional thief deterrent.
Features of the Covert Extreme Red 40 Trail Camera
- 12mp Color CMOS = 3-5-8-12 MP photo resolutions
- 1.2 Second Trigger Speed with intervals set from 1sec to 60 min
- Photo bursts 1-3 images
- Date/Time/Temp and Moon Phase stamp
- Built in color viewer
- 65 ft invisible infrared flash range
- Takes pictures and video
- HD video with sound!
- Password protection
- Overwrite Selection (if selected will overwrite oldest photo on SD card with newest photo after card is filled to capacity)
- Operates on 4,8 or 12 AA batteries.
- Rated for up to a 32GB SD card.
- 1 Year Warranty
The following customer opinions have been compiled from reviews found on various online sites and placed here to give you an all-around view of other customer experiences with the trail camera. We have included an attribution to each of the websites so you can visit them and get the full picture there. Because we acknowledge that there are many positive, negative and neutral experiences with all products we have included the comments that cover all three reactions.
Best camera I’ve ever owned. I had 3 of them just sold 2 to get new ones when they come out in march. Never had any issues at all with any of them, Trigger speed is phenomenal, I don’t understand why some would say they are slow. I ran one of them all year on one set of lithium batteries and were talking over 30,000 pics. The best quality of pics I’ve seen out of a camera in that $ range. Plus there customer service is best in the business. If you have any issues you need to call them and they will take care of it. I had a problem with another model of there camera and they had me a brand new one in exactly one week. Top notch I have countless amount of beautiful pics from these camera’s.
— from ArcheryTalk.com
these cameras were built for the cold! I have yet to change the batteries since early May and they are still running strong. We have even had below zero temps and snow storms here in Iowa! Best trail camera for Iowa!
— from TrailCamTrophies.com
The 2012 red 40’s are the best camera I’ve ever used, period hands down. The 13’s are pretty good too. The LED’s seem to be brighter so in the woods, you gotta tone down the distance. They’re pretty good cameras tho!
— from KentuckyHunting.net
I have had my Red 40 for about 1 1/2 weeks. It was extremely easy to set up and program. It takes good pics with a few disappointments. At the time between dusk and dark it will take almost white out pictures. It also does not take good pictures if there is much movement, they come out blurry. Or if the animal is very close to the camera sometimes they will be completely bright white( at night). I have only had two day time pics and of the two animals in the pic, one was clear one with a slight blur, but the color was good. The pictures that are taken about twelve feet from the camera are very good of animals the size of deer but smaller animals are mot very clear sometimes you have to take an educated guess about what it is.
I have the camera set at normal sensitivity and that seems to work really well. It seems to be picking up motion early on but I have a lot of pictures with animals directly in the center.
— from WingSupply.com
The 2013 covert red 40 has the option of doing just video or pic first, then takes a video a couple seconds later. I have used the pic+video feature with some success. The delay between the pic and video may vary depending on the size of the pic,usually a few seconds.
— from ChasinGame.com
I bought a 2013 Covet EXTREME Red 40 in June and It was $215. After having it out for 2 months I’m not very impressed. It’s set on 12 MP but the pics only look like 6. I just doesn’t take very quality pics and it doesn’t have very good color for a 200 dollar camera.
— from ArcheryTalk.com
We have provided you with a copy of the product instruction manual to make it easier to understand the functionality and set up requirements for the camera. It is also possible to find out more information on the company website. You can download the Covert Extreme Red 40 Trail Camera Manual here.
To find out more details about this or other Covert cameras it is recommended that you visit the Covert website.