One of the (many) things that makes Moultrie such a good trail camera manufacturer is their philosophy of constant improvement. They are really continuously learning from their mistakes, absorbing the feedback from the field and then improving their trail cameras accordingly. Moultrie A-8 is a great example of this. It was introduced to public in the beginning of 2014 and can basically be considered as improved version of Moultrie A-5. To learn what has changed compared to A-5 and what has not, read the rest of this review.
A-8 and A-5 are both basic affordable trail cameras, designed especially for hunters who need to cover lot of land and thus need to buy multiple trail cameras. A-8 and A-5 are also both excellent options for surveillance purposes as you can cover your entire property at a relatively low cost. Both trail cameras have all the features that an average hunter needs. For those who need slightly better performance without breaking the bank we recommend checking the review of Moultrie D-444.
Moultrie A-8 provides you 8 megapixel images and max. 10 second video clips at 640×480 resolution. Like its little brother A-5, also A-8 comes with 12 LED low-glow IR flash with a range up to 50 ft.
A-8’s detection sensor is pretty decent for a camera of this price point. A-8 can detect movement within 40 ft, and with a field of view of 42° and trigger speed of less than 1.5 seconds you will hardly miss a shot. Unfortunately there has not been any development when it comes to recovery time; it still takes roughly one minute before the camera is ready to take another picture.
Photos produced by A-8 come tagged with time, date, camera ID and moon phase info. Picture delay settings of Moultrie A-8 range from 1 to 30 minutes. Moultrie A-8 also features new Mossy Oak® Bottomland camouflage, making the detection of the device really hard both for the game and humans.
A-8 is powered by 4 C-cell batteries and the manufacturer claims that it can take even 25,000 images on one set of batteries. Photos and videos are saved on standard SD/SDHC memory card, Moultrie A-8 supporting cards up to 32 GB.
Moultrie A-8 Features
- 8 megapixel images
- full color day pictures, black and white night pictures
- photos stamped with time, date, moon phase and camera ID info
- 640×480 video clips up to 10 seconds
- trigger speed <1.5 seconds, recovery time 1 minute
- 12 low-glow IR LEDs flash, range up to 50 ft
- detection range up to 40 ft.
- easy to set up
- small LCD text screen for displaying settings
- 1,5,10 or 30 minutes trigger interval
- runs on 4 C-cell batteries
- takes 25,000+ images on one set of batteries
- 12V external power connection
- adjustable mounting strap and Python® cable lock compatibility
- supports SD memory card up to 32GB
- ¼” -20 socket for tripods and tree mounts
- Mossy Oak® Bottomland camouflage
- one year warranty
The price is definitely one of the greatest strengths of Moultrie A-8. It is currently offered roughly at $75 and it is likely that the price will go down once the product matures.
The daytime picture can be considered decent. The pictures are bright and colorful, but they tend to be little out of focus. (This could be a firmware issue though that will be fixed by Moultrie in the future.)
If you appreciate trail cameras that are simple to set up and use then you will love A-8. You really don’t have to spend much time learning how to use it. There are only three slide switches and four buttons that are used for controlling the camera, plus a simple LCD display showing the current setting.
Trigger speed has improved from A-5 and is now less than 1.5 seconds which is quite good for an affordable trail camera.
Battery life has also been significantly improved. Moultrie says that A-5 can take 8,000+ images on one set of 4 C-cell batteries whereas the new A-8 can take even 25,000+ using similar set of 4 C-cells. That’s quite an improvement.
Since the trigger speed was improved from A-5, we were kinda expecting that the recovery time would have been enhanced as well. But unfortunately it hasn’t. It still takes approx. 1 minute for the A-8 to recover and take a new picture.
Some improvement has definitely happened in the night photos, the images are brighter and the flash somehow seems to be more powerful than in A-5. But the night time pictures are still quite fuzzy. The flash has power to reach up to 50ft. at least in the center, but unfortunately the images just are not clear enough when you go past 25-30 feet.
Pretty much same conclusion applies to both A-8 and A-5; if you are on a shoestring budget this trail camera is a solid option.
There are some enhancements made to A-8 that favor it, such as battery life, trigger speed, image quality and camouflage design. On the other hand the price of A-8 is roughly $20 higher than the price of A-5.
Once again, the choice is all yours.