The Covert Special Ops Black Trail Camera is known as a cellular camera. It is one of the first trail cameras to send copies of the images it takes direct to either your phone or computer. If the distance from home to the hunting location is prohibitively long or you simply don’t want to run the risk of disturbing the very deer you are scouting by continually invading their territory so you can recover the pictures, this is a trail camera that will suit you very well.
The camera has a range of resolution capabilities of 3, 5, 8 or 12 megapixels, it is simply a matter of setting the Photo Size option to the required resolution. The higher the resolution the better the picture quality and the larger they are too.
The camera is a no glow trail camera so the flash will be undetectable by the deer.
The camera will be functional with only 4 AA batteries but the life will be very short. It can also be operated with 8 AA batteries but the best performance will be achieved by using 12 AA batteries.
The trigger speed and recovery speed are not quite as impressive as other trail cameras currently available. The trigger speed is around 1 and a half seconds and the recovery time blows out to around 6 seconds. If you set the camera up to also send a copy of the picture when it is cellular mode the recovery time can be as much as 60 seconds.
The detection range of the camera is far more impressive at 95 feet. This makes it one of the best detecting trail cameras available. The detection zone is also very wide and this means that animals that are on the move are going to be picked up quite early. When this is combined with a relatively slow trigger speed you should find that many pictures will find the animal in the center.
The camera is capable of taking shots in multiple bursts of up to 3 photos. An important fact to remember about the burst shots is that only the first may be can be sent to the computer.
As well as the single and burst shot image captures that are movement triggered the camera is also capable of being set for video. The video resolution is adjustable with a high of 640 x 480 and the low res being 320 x 240.
The No-Glow infrared flash has a range of 60+ feet. This is impressive and the quality of the pictures vary from quite sharp during the daytime to slightly difficult to make out in the night time shots.
The quality of the pictures produced will also be slightly diminished when they have been sent to a device by SMS.
Securing the Camera
In terms of security for the camera there is an additional feature that has been put in place to deter thieves – password protection. By locking the camera with a password it can make stealing the device a pointless exercise. Additional external security can be added by securing with a Python strap.
It can also be secured inside a CamLockBox security box which serves the dual purpose of deterring thieves from taking the camera as well as hiding it away from the damage that might be caused by curious animals.
Features of the Covert Special Ops Code Black Trail Camera
- 3, 5, 8 or 12MP
- 1.4 Second Trigger Speed with intervals set from 1sec to 60 min
- Photo bursts 1-3 images (only sends 1st photo of mutiple bursts)
- Date/Time/Temp and Moon Phase stamp
- Built in color viewer
- 60+ ft invisible infrared flash range
- Takes either pictures or video
- Adjustable video resolutions HI 640×480 LO 320X240
- Password protection
- 63ft Flash Range
- 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.
- MMS feature operates on GSM Network and requires an activated SIM card and text plan through a GSM Network provider. ( AT&T, Rogers (CA)
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.
To sum everything up, the 2013 Covert Special Ops – Code Black is an incredible cellular trail camera. The detection zone flat out blew us away. It exceeds any reasonable expectation and has completely changed the landscape in which other cellular cameras will have to compete in. In our opinion, this could quite possibly be the best no glow cellular camera on the market.
There isn’t much that this camera can improve on. Excellent battery life, no glow infrared flash, optional two way communication and cellular transmission is combined with one of the best detection zones on the market – this is an incredible camera.
— from TrailCamPro.com
Absolutely love this camera. Have at least 10 other conventional trail cams that I have to check SD cards periodically the old fashioned way. My friends all get a charge when my phone notifies me that a picture has been taken with this one. Would have been 5 stars except that the setup service I received from the manufacturer was terrible.
— from Amazon.com
It’s a great camera using the emerging technology. It operates with a SIM card, as used in a cell phone. That being said, the downfall for most is poor cellular service coverage in the area you wish to use the camera. I use AT&T and an optional antenna to get about 80% transmission rate from mine. Overall, it’s a great camera and I am pleased. Covert customer service is tops in the game camera industry, in my opinion.
— from ChasinGame.com forum
Covert replaced it with the Code Black, and I love it. It is nothing like the Special OPS. I have it in an area with horrible cell coverage, my droid has no service at all. I do have the extended antenna on my code black. The black flash is truly invisible, I can’t detect anything, and can’t believe how strong the flash is. It is a great camera, and Covert customer service is UNBEATABLE.
— from QDMAcom forum
No neutral comments have been found to this point.
We some times get a series of pictures and the days with nothing. I have contacted the company was told to just leave the camera alone and it will do its job. Not sure why the attitude, but thats what I got. I purchased 2 antennas and installed them with not much improvement, then we had another laps in pictures.
— from Amazon.com
To get all of the instructions you need for set up and operation as well as plenty of handy photos the Covert Special Ops Code Black Manual should be read.
To find out more details about this or other Covertcameras it is recommended that you visit the Covert Scouting Cameras website.