If you are planning to buy a new trail camera right now is an excellent momentum for that. Why? Well all the major players have just about released their new models for 2015. And naturally most of the hunters are comparing those new models and trying to decide which one to buy. At the same moment there are plenty of 2014 and even 2013 trail camera models that are currently selling at discounted prices all over the internet. So instead of buying that brand new shiny 2015 model, why not go for an older model that has already shown its value on the field and got excellent reviews.
Moultrie M-880i (2014 model) is a great example of the situation. This time last year it was hard to find this particular model below $150 range but at the moment of writing you can find deals starting from $110. Moultrie M-880i is the no-glow IR flash version of Moultrie M-880. All M-880 models have been selling very well from the very beginning and this one is no exception. It is a versatile trail camera with plenty of options for everyone.
M-880i takes 8 megapixel images and records video clips at 1280×720 aspect ratio. (Please note that video clips are recorded at the frame rate of 10fps, so the quality is not officially HD). The daytime pictures are great but there has been some out of focus problems with M-880 models that Moultrie has been struggling with. Color-and contrast-wise the images look good though.
M880i is equipped with no glow IR flash consisting of 32 LEDs. The flash range (according the manufacturer) is up to 70ft, but in real life the effective flash range is somewhere around 50ft. The night time images themselves are solid quality for a no-glow camera, even though the flash itself is not that powerful.
Moultrie M880i has all the same features than the regular M-880 model. These include delay mode, multi-shot mode, timelapse mode and a hybrid mode that uses both motion detector and time lapse program. The motion detection of M-880i works nicely but the range is quite limited. The camera only detects motion up to 50ft. The trigger speed is not the fastest possible but still ok; approx 1 s. And recovery time of 5 seconds is something you can live with.
Moultrie says that M-880i can take up to 13,500 images on one set of 8 AA batteries. And the truth is that Moultrie M-880i is one of the best trail cameras out there when it comes to battery life. And you have also possibility to extend the battery life with external 12V power source. M-880i stores the images on SD memory card (class 4 cards recommended) and can handle cards up to 32GB. This model is also compatible with with Eye-Fi Connect X2/Pro X2 Wi-Fi memory cards. M880i also features “Overwrite Oldest” mode that will erase the oldest photos and videos in order to create free space for new photos and videos when your SD card is full.
Moultrie M-880i Features
- 8 Megapixel Images
- Video recording at 1280×720 aspect ratio
- 32 No-Glow IR LED flash with range up to 70 ft
- Motion Freeze technology and extended flash range for clarity in night time images
- PIR sensor with motion detection range up to 50 ft
- Test Mode for testing the PIR sensor coverage area
- images stamped with time, date, moon phase, temperature and camera/location ID info
- trigger speed approx 1 second, recovery time approx. 5 seconds
- programmable trigger delay (5, 10, 30 seconds or 1, 5, 10, 30 minutes)
- Multi-Shot and Burst Modes, 3 images per triggering
- Time Lapse mode with hybrid possibility (uses both time lapse and PIR triggering)
- backlit buttons for ease of viewing in low-lit conditions
- password protection to increase security
- SD Card slot up to 32GB (Class 4 or higher SD cards recommended)
- ¼” -20 socket for tripods and tree mounts
- USB output and external 12V power jack
- durable housing with Mossy Oak® Camouflage pattern
- Python cable lock compatible
- operates on 8 AA batteries
- One year warranty
Moultrie M-880i takes very nice images, but what’s especially good is the quality of the night time shots. For a no glow camera night time images are solid as long as the objects are within 45 ft. range.
No glow flash makes the camera invisible. You won’t spook the game or those trespassing your property if you use the camera for surveillance.
The battery life of M-880i is excellent, one of the best on the market. Possibility to use external power source is a nice bonus.
Small size, durable case, Mossy Oak® camouflage and simple to use; Moultrie sure knows how to design trail cameras.
Currently you can find great deals for older trail camera models thus price is definitely one of the strong points of M-880i (2014 model)
The detection range of M-880i is a bit disappointing. On the other hand if the effective flash range is only 50ft, then why bother having better detection range. We would like to see both better flash range and detection range in the future models.
Moultrie has had some focus problems with M-880 models and unfortunately the problem occurs in this model also. Therefore if minor focus problems bother you consider some other model instead.
All that can be said is that Moultrie M-880i is solid Moultrie quality. It has proven its value and earned some nice reviews and now you can get yours at discounted price. So if you are looking for a good no-glow camera or a good trail camera in general, and you don’t want to spent too much money here is a trail camera for you.