Covert LoRa LB-A3 Review
This is a very interesting cellular trail camera system. The LoRa system allows up to 9 Covert LC32 cameras to transmit to one base station (the LoRa). The base station then sends all the photos out using AT&T cellular towers to your Covert account. The system works well, is fairly easy to set up, and takes great day pictures. On the flip side, the base station will require external power and the cameras take poor night photos and has a well below average detection circuit.- TCP Staff
Model #LoRa LB-A3
Covert LoRa LB-A3 FAQ's
Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:
Mpxl Rating | Video Resolution
Resting Power(on) | Daytime Power Consumption | Nighttime Power Consumption
Trigger Speed & Detection:67/100
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed | Video Trigger & Recovery Speed | Detection Range
Quality of Design:83/100
Dimensions | Battery Type | External Battery Jack
Covert LoRa LB-A3 Trail Camera Review
- Great daytime photos
- 90 ft. detection range
- Multiple cameras send photos to one base station
- Night pictures lack flash range
- Base station will require an external power supply as battery life is very poor
- Poor detection circuit
The Covert LoRa System can connect up to 9 Covert LC32 cameras to one base station. From the base station, the photos are transmitted out to your Covert account (via website or smartphone app). This particular package is one base station + three Covert LC32 cameras. You can buy more individual cameras by looking at the Covert LC32 sale.
Picture Quality: 84/100
Photo resolution: 32mpxl Interpolated
Flash Type:No Glow IR
We found the day pictures to be very impressive on the Covert LB-A3 trail 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.
What if you purchase from us and aren't happy with the image quality?
This is a common question and we have a very simple solution. Call, email, or chat with us and we can take a look at the images and offer suggestions or immediately tell if something is wrong with the camera. If so, we will warranty the Covert LoRa trail camera for you (with the free 2-Year warranty you receive from us) or return the camera for a full refund (within 90 days of purchase). You have control of the process, remember, we work for you.
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.
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.
Battery Life: 40/100
Picture & Video Resting Power (on): 81.49 mW
Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 18.2 Ws | 18.3 Ws
If the LoRa base station transmitted 15-day pictures and 15-night pictures every 24 hours, it would last 0.8 months on a set of lithium batteries. This is quite poor and is almost entirely due to the high resting current, which we can deduct is from this camera always being "on" trying to communicate with the other cameras. The high resting current draw makes an external power supply necessary for practical operations. Keep in mind, the more cameras connected the worse the battery life would be.
If the LC32 LoRa system 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.
Detection Circuit: 67/100
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.94 s. | 45.9 s.
Video Trigger 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.
Quality of Design: 83/100
Dimensions:4.41" x 2.5" x 5.59"
Battery Type: 12 AA
External Battery Jack:12V
These Covert LoRa trail cameras look and feel very much like older Covert 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.
Cellular Setup Instructions
Camera & App Setup:
- Go to secure.covert-wireless.com.
- Create an account if you are a new user or login to an existing account.
- Select the data plan you want to use under the "Purchase Additional Subscription Plans" heading
- Enter your personal information and billing information in the appropriate areas
- Enter your ICCID number (this is on the sim card that comes with the camera) and the IMEI number (this is on the top-inside of the camera, on a sticker)
- There is a warning during this step that it could take up to 24 hours for your camera to become active. So, if it doesn't start sending photos right away, this could be the reason.
- You can refresh your browser in a minute or two to check the status of the activation. On the cameras we did, it was active immediately after refreshing.
- At this point, you can load 12 Lithium Batteries, an SD card, and the sim card into the base model and turn it on.
- The screen will turn on and it will start looking for the network. It will give you the status in the top-right hand corner.
LorA Data Plans
The cameras are designed to send photos to the base station and do 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.
Keep in mind, our 2-year warranty program is your free insurance program in case something goes wrong with a camera you purchase from us. This warranty protects you from any manufacturing defect the camera might experience for two years.
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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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