Covert LoRa LC32 Review
This camera is designed to be added to the Covert LoRa system. This camera, along with up to 9 total LC32 cameras, will send photos to the Covert LoRa base station which transmits to your phone. This is NOT a cellular camera on its own, it must be used with the base station in order to transmit. - TCP Staff
Model #LoRa LC32 | LC32 Owners Manual
Mpxl Rating | Video ResolutionSee Breakdown ▼
Battery Life:3.1 Months
Resting Power(on) | Daytime Power Consumption | Nighttime Power ConsumptionSee Breakdown ▼
Trigger Speed & Detection:67/100
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed | Video Trigger & Recovery Speed | Detection RangeSee Breakdown ▼
Quality of Design:83/100
Dimensions | Battery Type | External Battery Jack See Breakdown ▼
Covert LoRa LC32 Trail Camera Review
- Great day photos
- Setup is fairly easy
- Poor battery life
- Slow trigger speed
- Below average night pictures
This camera is designed to be added to the Covert LoRa system. This camera, along with up to 9 total LC32 cameras, will send photos to the Covert LoRa base station which transmits to your phone. This is NOT a cellular camera on its own, it must be used with the base station in order to transmit.
Photo resolution: 32mpxl Interpolated
Flash Type: No Glow IR
We found the day pictures to be very impressive on the Covert LB-A3 cameras. You can clearly see the strong contrast and clarity in the snowy photos below. The color is strong and overall, these are very pleasant daytime pictures.
Night pictures lack flash range and display blur on any moving object. They are well below average.
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Night IR Blur Test
The equipment for the test consists of a target moving along a track from left to right at a constant speed controlled by a stepper motor and a sensor to trigger the capture of a picture near the center of the field of view of a trail camera.
The target is moving at 1.25 feet per second and is 10 feet from the camera at the center of field of view. The test is conducted in a dark room. Two pictures are taken, one with the target not moving and one with the target in motion. A visual comparison can now be made of the two pictures. All settings that affect the quality of night photos will be tested.
|No Motion||W/ Motion|
In the past, many people get confused with the megapixel rating trail camera manufacturers advertise. Companies inflate the mpxl rating to attract eyes to their products. They do this through interpolation, which digitally adds megapixels to a photo without actually improving the picture.
The best way to judge picture quality is to look at actual pictures. You will notice this the most when you zoom in on a full-size image that a camera has taken. The details of the photo will appear hazy or even digitized. This is normal, and to be expected.
Picture & Video Resting Power (on): 4.23 mW
Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 21.1 Ws | 27.5 Ws
If this camera were to take 35-day and 35-night pictures every 24 hours, it would last 3.1 months in the field on a set of 12 AA Lithium batteries.
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.94 s. | 45.9 s.
Video Trigger & Recovery Speed: 3.38 s.
Detection Range & Angle: 90 ft. @ 61.8° detection angle (42.8° field of view)
This Covert has a few things working against its detection circuit. The trigger speed is nearly a second and the video trigger speed is over 3 seconds. The Detection range is really good, but there is almost a 20° difference between the detection angle and the field of view. Prepare for quite a few false triggers since the camera is detecting so much wider than what it can see.
Dimensions: 4.41" x 2.5" x 5.59"
Battery Type: 12 AA
External Battery Jack: 12V
These cameras look and feel very much like older Cover cameras. They have basic controls and features. The latch is oversized and easy to open and close. There is a python bracket on the back of the camera for cable lock and a threaded insert on the bottom for a slate river mount. It does have an 1.5" internal viewing screen for photo playback. Overall, nothing really stands out in a big way.
This camera is designed to send photos to the base station and does not send pictures cellularly on its own. Here's how to connect to a base station:
- Insert lithium batteries and sd card. We never recommend alkaline batteries regardless of what a manufacturer claims.
- First, turn the base unit to setup, press menu, and select "choose linked IDs." Select the IDs you want to use.
- Turn on the LC32 (this camera) to the setup mode. Choose the net tab to set the base ID.
- Type the base unique ID showing on your LB0A main screen and select LoRa linked camera ID here.
- Once connected, do a test photo. You can manually take a photo by pressing the right button when camera is on its interface.
We currently do not have any durability concerns, Covert cell cameras have been quite reliable to-date. If anything arises, we will update this review.
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FAQ's: Trail Camera
Q: Will this trail camera trigger on small animals (birds, rodents, etc.)?
A: Trail cameras detect on a combination of heat and movement, so, yes, small mammals will trigger the camera. However, if you are going after smaller warm-blooded mammals, we recommend getting the camera closer to your target. For best performance, place the camera in an area that would enable picture detection from 3 - 20 ft.
Q: Can animals see the infrared flash on this camera?
A: This is somewhat controversial. Humans can't see the flash as the nanometer spectrum is above what the human eye can detect. It's also much harder for an animal to see, but that could depend on the species of animal as different species see in different light spectrums.
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