Moultrie M-880i Trail Camera (2014 model)

Moultrie M-880i 2014 model review

Moultrie M-880i 2014 model reviewIf 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.M-880i no-glow IR image

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. ThMoultrie M-880i sturdy casee 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

 

Pros

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)

Cons

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.

Conclusion

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.

Buy Moultrie M-880i

COMPARE MOULTRIE M-880i (2014 MODEL) WITH OTHER TRAIL CAMERA MODELS HERE

[azdf asin=”B00HAH6M08″]

Moultrie M-990i Trail Camera (2014 Model)

moultrie m-990i review
moultrie m-990i review

Moultrie M-990i is one of the flagship trail camera models in the Moultrie’s line-up. It has also been one of the favorite no-glow trail cameras among the hunters since its introduction in 2013. This 2014 model has some minor tweaks compared to 2013 model but essentially it is still the same, brilliant trail camera.

Feature-wise M-990i is neck and neck with other popular no-glow models on the market. However M990i is typically about $20 more expensive than models like Browning Dark Ops and Stealth Cam G42NG. Thus it is hard to say if this Moultrie model can be included among the affordable models or not. We decided to add it to our site anyway since you may encounter some offers in Amazon.com where this model is sometimes sold at discount making it making it more cost competitive.

Moultrie M-990i is a 10 megapixel camera that can record up to 90 second HD video clips with sound. Both the daytime and night time images are nearly flawless.

excellent daytime image quality by M-90i

With this model Moultrie has really succeeded fine tuning the night time shooting. Taking into consideration that this camera uses no-glow flash that are famous of producing darkish pictures, the nigh time shots of M-990i are beautiful.

amazing night time image quality for a no-glow camera

There are no big flaws when it comes detecting the objects either. PIR sensor of the camera detects heat and motion up to 50 ft and the camera triggers in less than one second. Recovery time is approx. 5 seconds which is quite typical for today’s trail cameras. Setting up the camera is a breeze thanks to LCD display that can be used as a live preview screen when mounting the camera. Also testing the detection zone of the camera can be done quite easily after the mounting.

Moultrie M-990i is packed with all the bells and whistles you expect to find from a trail camera of this price range. The trigger delay is programmable; camera is capable of taking multi-shots or function in Burst Mode. You can also select the time lapse mode or operate the camera in hybrid mode where the camera works both in time lapse and PIR mode. There are actually so many different features that it is recommended to familiarize yourself with all the options at your home, with the user manual, before going out in the field.

Moultrie M-990i case design is excellent

There have never been big flaws in case designs of Moultrie trail cameras and this one is no exception. The casing is sturdy, weather proof and painted with nice Mossy Oak® Treestand Camouflage pattern. The battery tray slides from the bottom of the camera and holds 8 AA alkaline or lithium batteries. Moultrie claims that this model can take even up to 13,000 images on one set of lithium batteries, but there is also external power port located on the bottom so that you can use power packages or solar power kits.

SD card slot is located on the side of the camera (inside the case naturally) and you can use up to 32GB SD cards with this camera.

Moultrie M-990i Features

  • 10 Megapixel Images
  • HD video recording with sound (720p, max. 90 seconds clips)
  • 32 No-Glow IR LED flash with range up to 70 ft
  • Motion Freeze technology for clear nigh 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, barometric pressure, temperature and camera ID info
  • trigger speed less than 1 second, recovery time approx. 5 seconds
  • programmable trigger delay (5, 10, 30 seconds or 1, 5, 10, 30 minutes)
  • Multi-Shot and Burst Mode, 3 images per triggering
  • Time Lapse mode with hybrid possibility (uses both time lapse and PIR triggering)
  • LCD display for live aim preview, reviewing images and changing the settings
  • 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® Treestand Camouflage pattern
  • Python cable lock compatible
  • operates on 8 AA batteries
  • One year warranty

Pros

This camera takes excellent images. Daytime images are sharp and colorful and night time shots are exceptionally good for a no-glow trail camera.

As M990i uses no-glow it is invisible for animals and humans alike. Thus you won’t spook the game with this camera or reveal the location of the camera if you are using it for surveillance.

LCD screen of this model is really handy. You can use it as a live preview screen when mounting your camera. And naturally it allows you to review the images and videos right there on the spot.

The battery life of this model is excellent, especially if you use lithium batteries.

Small size makes this camera easy to handle.

Cons

Setting up Moultrie M-990i can be somewhat tricky and the manual is not the most self-explanatory one.

The price is a little bit on the expensive side.

Conclusion

Moultrie M-990i is a great trail camera. It is not a surprise that it is a favorite gadget of many hunters but also a tool of many nature photographers out there. The images it takes are outstanding also during night time despite of no-low flash. It has everything you might need in a small package and it can be used in any application you may need it. Only major downside is the price, this model is not as affordable as we’d like it to be. On the other hand you won’t find many no-glow trail cameras with LCD viewing screen out there at this price.

Buy Moultrie M-990i

COMPARE MOULTRIE M-990i WITH OTHER TRAIL CAMERA MODELS HERE

[azdf asin=”B00HAH6NFM”]