Instruction Manual - Covert Scouting Cameras

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2015 MP8 and 2014 MP8 Black
Covert Scouting Camera
Instruction Manual
Table of Contents
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Camera button info diagram:...................................3
Installing the batteries ............................................. 4
Installing the SD card ............................................... 5
Customizing the camera settings ............................. 7
Setting the camera mode:........................................ 8
Camera mode settings: ............................................ 8
Video mode settings:. .............................................. 9
PIR tab: ................................................................... 10
SYS tab.................................................................... 14
Viewing photos on the color display: ..................... 18
Manually taking photos or video: .......................... 20
Tricks and Tips/Trouble Shooting .......................... 21
Covert Scouting Cameras Warranty:...................... 24
Covert Warranty Policy and Procedure: ................ 24
Covert International Warranty Policy and Procedure: .. 26
Covert International Warranty:..............................25
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MP8/MP8 Black Covert Scouting Camera! We truly
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Camera button info diagram: (Fig. 1)
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Color LCD
Select/OK
Menu
Navigation
arrows
Aux battery
jack
Mini
USB
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Selector switch
SD card
slot
Installing the batteries
MP8/MP8 Black's can function short term on 4AA
batteries. We suggest you use 8AA batteries to
maximize camera performance and battery life.
Using Covert 2300mAh, NiMH rechargeable AA
batteries can extend the battery life significantly.
Figure 1
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Install the batteries by sliding the top battery in to
the sleeve first, then depressing the spring with the
other battery and snapping down in place. Pay
attention to the (+) or (-) molded into each sleeve to
determine if you insert the positive or negative end
into the sleeve first. Negative battery terminal
always contacts the spring.
Installing the SD card
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Figure 3
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To be able to power up the camera you will need to
install a Covert SD card in the slot in the bottom of
the camera. See figure 3 below for card
orientation. Push into the card slot until it clicks
and release. To remove, repeat that process, the
card will pop out enough to remove. You can use
any SD card size up to 16GB. You must have the SD
card in the camera to be able to turn the camera on
and set it up.
Understanding main screen info:
Mega Pixels
Camera/Video chosen
icon
Battery life
indicator
Date
Time
# of Megabytes
remaining on
card
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# of photos
taken
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Figure 4
Customizing the camera settings
Your camera is set to function with the default
settings without any further customization.
However, you will likely want to at least set the
clock and date. The following information will help
you customize your camera settings so you can get
the most out of the trail camera experience.
Figure 5
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To start, Press the MENU button once to open the
customization menus. We will start with the CAM
system tab. You will see CAM, PIR, and SYS tabs
across the top of the screen. CAM should be
highlighted in white. (Figure 5).
Setting the camera mode:
Press the ▼ button to enter the Camera Mode
option. Either Photo or Video will show up in a
white box. Press the ►button to toggle between
Photo or Video until the option you want shows in
the white box. Press OK to save this setting. The
white box will turn red to indicate it’s saved.
NOTE: If you do not press OK, your setting will
return back to the previous setting.
Camera mode settings:
PHOTO SIZE: Press the ▼or ▲ button to enter the
Photo Size option.
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PHOTO BURST: Your camera can take a 1, 2 or 3
shot burst every time the PIR is triggered to take a
photo.
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Press the ►arrow repeatedly to toggle between
3mp, 5mp, and 8mp. Press OK once the desired
option shows in the white box. Again, the box will
turn red.
Press the ▲ or ▼ buttons to enter the PHOTO
BURST option: To set this function, press the
►repeatedly to show the 1 Photo, 2 Photos, or 3
Photos option. Press OK to save the desired setting.
Video mode settings: (Figure 6).
Figure 6
VIDEO SIZE: You can choose from VGA(640x480) or
QVGA(320x240)
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VIDEO LENGTH: You can adjust the length of time
the camera takes a video from 5-60 seconds. Press
the ▼ button to enter the VIDEO LENGTH option.
Press the ◄ or ► buttons repeatedly to change the
number of seconds shown in the white box. Long
videos fill the SD card up quickly.
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Press the ► button to toggle between the 2
options. Press OK to save the setting.
PIR tab:
Press the ▲ or ▼ buttons repeatedly until only the
top tab menu is highlighted in white. Press the ►
or ◄ button to highlight the PIR tab in white.
Screen should appear like Figure 7.
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SENSITIVITY: There may be situations where you
might feel the camera is not catching animals that
are nearby or maybe the camera is triggering too
easily. You can adjust the sensitivity of your camera
to help with this. Under most conditions, the
NORMAL option will work the best. In high
temperatures, the HIGH setting might help
differentiate between the outside temps and the
body temps of the animal. In cold conditions, you
may find that the LOW option is best as the camera
can easily differentiate the outside temps from the
body temps of the subject. If you are using the time
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Figure 7
lapse function, you would choose OFF to turn off
the PIR.
Press the ▼button to enter the Sensitivity option.
Press the ► button repeatedly to toggle between
the options in the white box. Once the desired
option is chosen, press the OK button to save the
setting.
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TIP: You can press and hold the ◄ or ► button to
speed through the settings rather than repeatedly
pressing the button.
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TRIGGER INTERVAL: Allows you to customize how
often the camera can be allowed to take a photo.
Press the ▲ or ▼ arrow to enter the Trigger
Interval option. Repeatedly press the ► or ◄ to
adjust the timing. Options are 5-60 seconds (5
second increments) and 1-60 minutes. Once you
have chosen your desired trigger interval, press the
OK button to save the setting.
TIME LAPSE: Press the ▼ or ▲ arrow to enter the
Time-Lapse option. This option allows your camera
to automatically take a photo without being
triggered by the PIR. If you already set the
Sensitivity to OFF, then the camera will only take
photos when the Time-Lapse option is on. If you
have the PIR set to LOW, NORMAL, or HIGH, the
camera will also take photos when the PIR is
triggered. To turn the Time-Lapse option ON, use
the ◄ or ► buttons to choose a time option. 5-60
seconds (in 5 second increments) and 2-60 minutes.
Once you have chosen the time option you want,
press OK to save the setting. The camera will
continuously take photos in timed increments you
set.
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NOTE: Remember, this will generate a lot of
photos and you may want to check more
frequently as it will fill the SD card up fast. Use
max size SD card for best performance.
START-STOP: If you only want your camera to be
on during part of the day each day you can set the
Start-Stop function. Press the ▲ or ▼ buttons to
enter the Start-Stop option. The default setting is
OFF. Press the ► button to toggle the setting to
ON and press OK. See Fig 8&9 below
Figure 8
Figure 9
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Press the ► button to navigate to the Stop settings
and repeat the process from above to set the Stop
time. You can press the ►◄ buttons to navigate
back through the settings if necessary. Once you
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Once you press OK you will see the screen in Fig. 9.
Use the ▲▼ buttons to set the time in hours
(military time) and press the ► button to change to
minutes and use the ▲▼ to set the minutes.
have the start-stop times set, press OK to save the
settings.
SYS tab
The SYS tab controls all the internal system
information such as Setting the clock, Time stamp,
Password, Over Write, and Format. (Fig.10)
Figure 10
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Figure 11
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SETTING THE CLOCK: Scroll over to the SYS tab
using the ►◄ buttons and then press the ▼
button to enter the Set Clock option. Press OK.
You will see the following screen. (Fig 11)
Press the ▲▼ button to set the MONTH, the press
the ► button to navigate to the DATE and use the
▼▲ buttons to set the date. Press the ► button
to navigate to the year and set that using the ▲▼
buttons.
Navigate down to the time using the ► button and
follow the same process as above to set the time.
Once you have the time set, press OK to save the
settings.
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PASSWORD: Press the ▼ button to enter the
Password option. You can password protect your
camera with this setting. The default setting is OFF.
Make sure you write down your password or store
it in your phone so you don’t lose it. If you set this
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TIME STAMP: Press the ▼ button to enter the
Time Stamp option. The default setting for the
Time Stamp option is ON. This puts the Time, Date,
Temp and moon phase at the bottom of the
camera. If you do not want the Time Stamp ON,
use the ► button to toggle to the OFF position.
Press OK to save the settings.
option to ON, you will not be able to access your
camera without the password. This is a very
important security feature. To turn the password
ON, press the ► button to toggle to ON and press
OK. You will see the following screen. (Fig 12).
Figure 12
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If you forget your password, please call Covert
Scouting Cameras at 877-462-1799 to request RA #.
Please make sure that you register your camera on
our warranty site as we verify all password resets
through our warranty database.
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Use the ▲▼ and ► buttons to set the password.
Press OK to save the settings. When you turn your
camera back on, you will need to use the ▲, ▼
and ► buttons to enter the password, and then
press OK.
OVER WRITE: The Over Write function will save
new photos over the old photos on your SD card if it
becomes full. Each time a new photo is taken the
oldest photo on the card will be overwritten.
The default for this option is OFF. If you want to
change this, Press the ▼ button to enter the Over
Write option and then press the ► button to toggle
the setting to ON. Press OK to save the setting.
DEFAULT SET: The Default Set option is the last
option in the SYS tab. If you want to start clean and
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If you have a new SD card, you should always
format the card before you use it in the camera. To
format the SD card, press the ▼ button until the
Format option is entered. Press the OK button.
You will see a screen that has Yes and No on it, use
the ► button to navigate to YES and press OK.
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FORMAT: If you get into the field and forgot to
clear your SD card before you went out, you can
clear the contents of the card using the Format
option.
re-set all the settings to the original factory default
settings you will choose this option. Press the ▼
button to enter the Default Set option. Press OK.
Make sure 100% that you want to re-set all the
settings to factory default as you will have to start
over with the process in re-doing all the settings.
Viewing photos on the color display:
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Figure 13
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You can view your photos on the color display when
in the field. If you want to do this, make sure the
Selector switch is set to SETUP. Press the OK
button. You can use the ▲ and ▼ buttons to
toggle through the photos. If you see photos you
want to delete, show the image on the screen and
press the MENU button. You will get a screen that
looks like Figure 13 below.
PLAYBACK: The Playback option plays the videos on
the SD card.
DELETE ONE: This option deletes the photos that
are showing. Press the ▼ button to highlight the
Delete One option and press OK.
You will see the screen below. Use the ► button to
navigate to YES and press OK. If you do not want to
delete, press the MENU button again and to exit.
(Figure 14).
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AUXILIARY POWER: Your camera comes with an
Auxiliary power jack. If you want to hook up an
external 6V battery to power the camera, you can.
The jack necessary to make the connection is a
standard 4mm jack.
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Figure 14
MINI USB: Your camera comes with a mini USB
cable to hook up to your computer or TV to look at
the photos. Plug the small jack of the cable into the
bottom of the camera. Plug the USB end into the
USB port on your home computer or USB capable
television. The USB will recognize the new
hardware and download the proper driver to view
the images or videos. The screen on the camera will
say Mass Storage. If the image files don’t
automatically open, you will need to open it using
Windows Explorer to locate the camera. It will
appear as removable disk.
Manually taking photos or video:
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Depending on if you are in VIDEO or CAMERA mode,
the following steps will vary. In CAMERA mode, to
manually take a photo, press the ► button. You
will notice the photo counter increase by 1. If you
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Put the camera in Set-up mode by making sure the
selector switch is in the SETUP position. If you are
in the MENU mode, press MENU to go to the home
screen.
are in VIDEO mode, press the ► button to start the
video and the ► again to stop the video. You will
see the video time counter on the screen when you
first press the ►
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For best results, mount the camera
approximately 4 feet off the ground facing
straight forward as level as possible.
To enhance the flash, we recommend
positioning the camera in an area with a
backdrop to reflect the maximum amount of
light. For instance, place the camera 20-30’
from a field edge facing the woods. For the
inside of timber, positioning the camera facing a
thicket approximately 20-30’ away.
Try to set the camera up so it’s not facing
directly into the sun either in the morning or
the evening when game movement is at its
peak.
Use the Covert Tree60 mounting system to
mount the camera up higher pointing down on
them for a better look. Works great when you
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Tricks and Tips/Trouble Shooting
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don’t have a straight tree to attach to.
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ISSUE: Camera will not turn on.
POSSIBLE PROBLEM:
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No SD card in the card slot
Corrupt SD card
Batteries are too low to power up camera
POSSIBLE SOLUTION:
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Insert SD card in card slot
Try a different SD card
Install fresh batteries
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If you are still having problems with your MP8/MP8
Black after checking the above potential causes and
solutions please contact Customer Service at 877462-1799 or e-mail us at support@dlccovert.com
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When turning switch from the setup position to the
on position the screen goes black. It is supposed to
do this.
Covert Scouting Cameras Warranty:
Covert Scouting Cameras warranties this product
for a period of 1 year from the date of purchase.
This warranty only covers manufacturer’s defects
and does not cover damage caused by misuse or
abuse of the product. This warranty includes one
year repair or replacement service on product from
date of purchase. If you have problems with this
product, please do not contact the store you
purchased it from. Contact Covert Scouting
Cameras Customer service toll free at 877-462-1799
or e-mail us at support@dlccovert.com. Proof of
purchase will be required for replacement.
-All returns must have a Return Authorization
(RA#) prior to sending in the camera.
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To receive repair or replacement by Covert Scouting
Cameras one year warranty, we ask you to do the
following:
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Covert Warranty Policy and Procedure:
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1. E-mail or call our customer service department.
-support@dlccovert.com
-toll free: 877-462-1799
Please explain to the technician what issues you
are having with your camera.
2. If you are asked to return your camera to
Covert Scouting Cameras, you will be
responsible for the cost of shipping to Covert
Scouting Cameras. In return, Covert will
provide fast and exceptional service as well as
incur the cost of shipping back to you. (Only
within the Continental United States.)
3. Please include the following information when
sending in your camera.
-RA# on outside of package
-Return address
-Telephone and Email address
-Brief description of the problem
-Copy of proof of purchase
4. Please make sure all the accessories are
removed (i.e. SD Cards, batteries, solar panels,
SIM cards, straps, ETC.) before shipping. All
accessories received by Covert Scouting
Cameras will NOT be returned.
5. This warranty only covers manufactures’
defects and does not cover damaged caused by
misuse or abuse of the product.
Covert International Warranty Policy and
Procedure:
1. Outside the US, service is the available through
the distributor/reseller of purchase.
2. All returns must have an RA# provided by Covert.
Copy of Proof of Purchase is required for all returns.
In the maintenance of the product, Covert Scouting
Cameras may use new or equivalent, to new parts,
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4. Insurance for returns is at the discretion of the
customer. Additional charges apply for return
shipping.
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3. Covert is not responsible for lost or damaged
products incurred during the shipping process.
assemblies or products for equal or improved
quality. All defective parts, assemblies, and
products became the property of Covert. Return
and claims will be handled according to the current
Covert Scouting Cameras, Inc. procedure.
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a. To repair damage resulting from attempts
by personnel other than Covert
representatives to install, repair or service
the product unless directed by a Covert
representative.
b. To repair damage, malfunction or
degradation of performance resulting from
improper use or connection to incompatible
equipment or memory.
c. To repair damage, malfunction, or
degradation of performance caused by the
use of non-Covert supplies or consumables
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These warranties shall not apply to any defect,
failure or damage caused by improper use or
improper or inadequate maintenance and care.
Covert shall not be obligated under these
warranties:
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g.
h.
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e.
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or the use of Covert supplies not specified
for use with this product.
To repair an item that has been modified or
integrated with other products when the
effect of such modification or integration
increases the time or difficulty of servicing
the product or degrades performance or
reliability.
To perform user maintenance or cleaning or
to repair damage, malfunction.
To repair damage, malfunction or
degradation of performance resulting from
use of the product in an environment not
meeting the operating specifications set
forth in the user manual.
To repair damage, malfunction or
degradation of performance resulting from
failure to properly prepare and transport
the product as prescribed in published
product materials
Failure to register the product warranty
within 10 days of purchase.
i.
To replace items that have been refilled, are
used up, abused, misused, or tampered
with in any way.
j. To install replacement items that are not
considered customer replaceable.
k. To support software not supplied by Covert
l. To provide software or firmware updates or
upgrades.
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THE ABOVE WARRANTIES ARE GIVEN BY COVERT
WITH RESPECT TO THIS PRODUCT AND ITS RELATED
ITEMS IN LIEU OF ANY OTHER WARRANTIES,
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. COVERT AND ITS VENDORS
DISCLAIM ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE OR ANY SIMILAR STANDARD IMPOSED BY
APPLICABLE LEGISLATION. COVERTS REPONSIBILITY
TO REPAIR, REPLACE, FOR DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS
AND RELATED ITEMS IS SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE
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Any service identified in the above list and provided
by Covert at the Customer’s request shall be
invoiced to the customer, at Covert’s then current
rates for parts, labor and shipping.
REMEDY PROVIDED TO THE CUSTOMER FOR
BREACH OF THESE WARRANTIES.
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TO THE EXTENT ALLOWED BY LOCAL LAW, EXCEPT
FOR THE OBLIGATIONS SPECIFICALLY SET FORTH IN
THIS WARRANTY STATEMENT, IN NO EVENT SHALL
COVERT AND ITS VENDORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY
INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOSS OF
PROFITS) WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT,
OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY AND IRRESPECTIVE
OF WHETHER COVERT OR THE VENDOR HAS
ADVANCE NOTICE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH
DAMAGES.
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the exclusion or limitation of incidental or
consequential damages or exclusions or limitation
on the duration of implied warranties or conditions,
so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply
to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights,
and you may also have other rights that vary by
state, province, or country.