Covert Code Black 12.1 Review

If you like to scout for the game before you hunt but don’t have much time to do it, then a wireless trail camera can be your best friend. They make scouting for game in an area as effortless as possible. Other Professionals have recommended to us to use the Covert Code Black 12.1 Wireless Camera for this purpose. So we decided to take a closer look at this model cellular trail camera and placed as one of the best wireless cameras on our list.  Here is what we found.

Taking a quick look at the Covert Code Black 12.1 Wireless Camera

Here is a brief overview of this trail cam’s best features and what might be considered drawbacks for some users:




  • 12 Megapixel still photo resolution
  • 60 built-in no glow invisible LED lights
  • ATT Wireless 3G Connection
  • 2” LCD display screen
  • HD video with sound
  • Sends photos to email or phone


  • Initial setup is a little tricky
  • Battery life is just average

Wireless Capability

If you are going to place your wireless game camera in an area that has an AT&T signal you will really enjoy this model trail camera. It works off of a very nice 3G AT&T signal. With it, you have the choice to have it deliver the still photos this trail camera takes to your smartphone or directly into a designated email address.

Performance and Versatility

This camera has some pretty impressive features besides its wireless connectivity ability. As a matter of fact, you can use it as a stand-alone non-wireless game camera in an area where you don’t have a wireless signal too.

The Covert Code Black offers you excellent 12-megapixel photo taking ability and the ability to also shoot short bursts of HD video with sound.

Taking still photos with it can be done during the day and night. Daytime photos are shot in color and nighttime photos are limited to black and white picture taking. The quality of the nighttime is pretty good except when the animals are up very close to the camera.

It has a 70’ nighttime flash range too which is very good. This longer flash range is possible because of its some 60 built-in LED’s. These are no-glow type LED bulbs so the flash cannot be seen by animals or humans when it goes off.

One of its best features is the built-in 2” LCD display screen. This gives you the ability to look at the photos and video it has taken without having to bring an external viewing device with you to the camera’s location.

Ease of use, Battery Life and Construction

Setup with this model game camera can be a little complicated that’s why we list it next as one of its drawbacks.

Battery life is just average which is the case with many wireless trail cameras.

Its built to last thanks to its sturdy polymer plastic shell and the way it’s built so it is tightly sealed up to withstand the elements.


Warranty and Possible Drawbacks

Covert is very confident not only in how well this trail camera is built but also in how much they think you will like it. That’s why they offer both a very generous 2-year warranty on the Covert Code Black 12.1 Camera and will also allow you to return no questions asked for up to 90-days.

As with many wireless trail cameras, this one certainly is not perfect. We thought the initial setup was a little bit to the tricky side and took a while to get right. You will have to pay close attention to the owner’s manual and maybe even find a video on YouTube to help make setting it up easier.

The battery life on this game camera is just average. That’s especially true if you use the wireless connection to send photos to you often. You may want to consider hooking up a solar battery to it because of this.

Summing Up Our Thoughts

This trail camera is definitely a slight bit ahead of the game when it comes to wireless game cameras. It has a well thought-out design and a very decent 3G wireless setup too with AT&T. It takes very good resolution day and night photos and can even shoot video bursts with sound too. You can also use it without the AT&T connection and view its contents on its built-in 2” LCD display screen. If you want a wireless trail cam that makes scouting game simple you should strongly consider the Covert Code Black.