11. January 2009 10:02
This new product brought to market by Covert Scouting Cameras caught my eye right away. The Covert II Assassin. "Covert" is the perfect name for such a camera, it's tiny only 5 1/2" high x 3 1/2" wide x 2 1/4" deep. It literally fits in the palm of your hand. I have had numerous game cameras stolen over the years and I could see the benefit of this camera right away. The ability to hide this camera could really help prevent theft in crowded areas. If you weren't looking for it one could walk right past without ever noticing it, which is a feature I really like.
The camera has two settings of either 3 megapixel or 5 megapixel picture sizes to go along with a 40' IR flash range. Unlike most cameras this unit takes 8 AA batteries to power the unit. The reps of theirs I spoke to claim 1,000's of pictures on a set of batteries with a 1.2 second trigger speed. If this is true that will be one great feat out of such a small power supply. With this unit you use the included remote control to program the camera. I am not so sure that I like this feature. Making changes to your trail camera "on the fly" would be impossible without the remote control. You would need to plan ahead of time when you are out in the field to make sure you had the unit's control. I could see this being a problem at times.
Other features of the Covert II Assassin trail camera include:
-24 "high intensity" Infrared LED's with a 40' flash range.
-Adjustable sensitivity for the PIR motion sensor.
-The camera comes with a 2 GB SD memory card. The unit accepts cards from 8 MB to 2 GB in size.
-Adjustable from 1 second to 60 minute delay.
-Adjustable from 1 second to 60 second video length.
-The case includes a sun / rain shield over the lens and PIR unit.
-Industry standards such as locking tabs and a waterproof seal.
-1 year limited warranty.