Over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to test a lot of different trail cameras. I am what you might call a trail camera “power user”, as I run 5-10 of them almost year round! With that kind of time being put into these cameras, I get a pretty good idea of whats working and whats not. This past year I had the chance to test a new camera, the Covert Edge, and after a few months of use – I’m hear to say it works!
In late summer I received my Covert Edge and immediately noticed a few unique design features that you don’t see too often. Number one would have to be the drop down face of the camera. Rather than opening from the side, this camera opens from the top and rotates down. The actual LCD screen and buttons are on this panel which is now hanging down against the tree. I immediately came to like this design feature. Additionally I really liked the fact that the tree strap for this camera was made from an elastic fabric. This made attaching to different size trees really easy and didn’t require quite as much adjusting. Last the Edge has the ability to “pipe” a python cable through the camera, securing it to a tree. Definitely a handy security feature.
As much as I liked some of the unique design traits of the Covert Edge, I was equally happy with the actual camera performance. With the ability to take up to 8 MP pictures, I was really happy with quality of images I got from my camera. For the most part pictures were crisp, clear and had good color. As with pretty much all cameras, I had a handful of dud shots – but not so much as to deter me from using the Edge.
Another important feature of trail cameras for me is a quick trigger speed and the Edge seemed to meet my requirements on this front. With a 1.2 second trigger speed the Edge caught most moving deer right away, and I captured images of most deer crossing several times in the frame. As with many other cameras, the Covert Edge has the info bar at the bottom of the pictures with information like the date and time. But in addition it also includes temperature and moon phase, which are very important factors for deer movement. One other neat feature the Edge has is the ability to use time-lapse photography. I never ended up trying it, but I know this is an increasingly popular tool and one I’ll definitely be trying soon.
Dependability is another incredibly important trait to consider with trail cameras for me. And after testing the Edge for about 4 months, I can’t complain too much on this front. Over this period of time the camera consistently took pictures with no malfunctions and without needing new batteries. I did have one instance where I had a long series of black pictures for a couple days. But this soon cleared it self up and I haven’t encountered this issue again.
Overall I thought the Covert Edge was a solid addition to my trail camera lineup and a product that I’ll happily continue to use. The majority of photos captured were crisp, clean images and the trigger speed was fast enough that I was able to catch moving deer in frame. The camera operated without major malfunctions and the battery life was great. Additionally a few smart design features made this camera unique from most other units I’ve used. Look for many more Covert Edge trail camera pictures from me in the future!
For more information, visit the Covert Scouting Cameras website