Moultrie 12-Volt Solar Panel: Stop Worrying About Dead Batteries

Moultrie’s Power Panel is an efficient combination of a solar panel, built-in 12-volt battery and innovative software, that can extend your camera life indefinitely in the field.

Product features

  • Compatible with Moultrie 2007 and later digital trail cameras
  • Solar panel and built-in 12v battery
  • LCD display for solar panel and battery information
  • Limited warranty available
  • Easy to mount
  • 10-ft. extension cord allows optimal placement
  • Completely weather resistant

Features of the LCD screen display

  1. Shows real-time solar value that aids in mounting
  2. Shows daily solar average ie. daily solar efficiency
  3. Shows weekly solar average ie. weekly solar efficiency
  4. Shows built-in battery charge level

Never worry about changing the batteries in your trail camera again. This Solar Power Panel provides a continued power source for Moultrie Trail cameras and you don’t have to worry about missing a shot because of dead batteries.

Moultrie 12-Volt Solar Panel Review:

Design and build

solar panel for trail camera

The Moultrie 12 Volt Solar Panel has been designed for the outdoors. It may look a bit bulky, but that’s a necessity to capture enough light to run the game cameras that you have in the wild.

Just to give you an idea, the longest part of the solar panel is around 8 inches. The weight for the solar panel is quite light at 1.19 pounds.

If you are going to follow the Moultrie Solar Panel manual, this is easy to use. Even for first-timers, you can easily set this up to power and even extend your trail cam battery life.

This is a great option to set up on top of a tree. This way, it gets the sunlight it needs.  

Durability

As far as durability is concerned, this solar panel is lightweight. Though it could tolerate the harsh environment, you will still have to pack it up once you have a typhoon or strong winds.

It could break or be taken away by strong wind given its weight. However, if you are only dealing with a bit of rain or fair weather, then you don’t exactly have to worry about anything.

Though it isn’t the most durable option that you can have in the wild, there are instances when it can get the job done. It can be a great option to power your trail cameras especially if you have rechargeable batteries.  

Pros

  • Moultrie 12V Solar panel is especially good if you own a trail camera model that eats a lot of batteries.
  • You can save a bundle of batteries and the solar panel will literally pay for itself.
  • The panel is very easy to use and adjust.
  • The LCD display gives you good feedback for adjusting the panel so that you can maximize the solar energy obtained.
  • The use of the panel also enables you to use larger memory cards in your camera when you don’t have to worry about batteries draining out.

Cons

  • The wires between the panel and the trail camera are thin enough for varmints like squirrels and raccoons to chew through them.
  • This can be a real problem in some installations, so you may need to figure out a way to protect the wires.
  • Some customers have reported problems with the power connector with the older trail camera models (eg. Moultrie D40, Moultrie D-55). Apparently, in some older models, the connector does not fit properly and can fall out quite easily.

Conclusion

In most cases, the Moultrie 12V Power Panel is an excellent buy. In the long run, you can save a ton of money not having to replace the batteries all the time.

If you own a trail camera model that drains batteries easily, then this power panel is definitely a product for you.

Moultrie M-990i Trail Camera (2014 Model): Is it Still Hunter’s Choice?

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.

Features Moultrie M-990i
Image resolution10 MP
Detection range50 feet
Trigger speedLess than 1 seconds
Supporting modes Multi-Shot and Burst Mode, 3 images per triggering
Flash range70 feet
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This 2014 model has some minor tweaks compared to the 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.

Moultrie M-990i in-depth review

Build and design

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; the camera is capable of taking multi-shots or function in Burst Mode.

The casing is sturdy, weatherproof and painted with nice Mossy Oak® Treestand Camouflage pattern.

There have never been big flaws in case designs of Moultrie trail cameras and this one is no exception.

Thus it is hard to say if this Moultrie model can be included among the affordable models or not.

Camera

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

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

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.

There are no big flaws when it comes to 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.

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.

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.

amazing night time image quality for a no-glow camera

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.

Detection circuit:

Moultrie 990i has a trigger speed of fewer than 0.5 seconds.

Recovery time is approx. 5 seconds which is quite typical for today’s trail cameras. Setting up the camera is a breeze thanks to the 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.5 seconds which is quite typical for today’s trail cameras.

Moultrie M-990i case design is excellent

Battery

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.

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.
  • The 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.
  • The 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.

The 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.

Moultrie M-550 Review: The Best Entry Level Trail Camera

Today we are reviewing one of the best trail cameras from the brand Moultrie, i.e Moultrie M-550.

Features Moultrie M-550
Image resolution7 MP
Detection range50 feet
Trigger speedLess than 1.5 second
Battery8 AA batteries
Supporting modes1. Multi-shot mode of three images
2. Burst mode, 3 shots in 1 second
Flash range 70 feet
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Moultrie has good options for those who need basic trail cameras, namely Moultrie A-5 and Moultrie A-8.

They also have good products in high-end cameras at a decent price like Moultrie M-880. But what about when you are in a need for a low priced trail camera that can provide more than just the basic features? Moultrie’s answer: M-550.

Build and design

M-550 features the same small but durable case design as Moultrie M-880. The camera even includes two ¼” -20 sockets for tripods or tree mounts.

Compared to the price, Moultrie M-550 does offer quite a nice amount of different features, like time-lapse, burst mode and multi-shot.

Moultrie M-550 looks really good on paper. Competitive price, 7MP images, good flash range, small size and above all; plenty of bells and whistles to play with.

When tied to the camera it is not noticeable by animals. It’s color blends with the tree.

This really could be a recipe of a very successful trail camera model. Unfortunately, the execution is not the best possible.

Let’s dig deeper.

Camera

Moultrie M-550 provides 7-megapixel images and/or max. 90-second AVI video clips at 640×480 resolution.

The camera features a 20 LED low-glow IR flash with a range up to 70ft. Unfortunately, in real life, the flash is not that powerful and maximum effective range is closer to 50ft.

The day time images produced by M-550 are quite good, not spectacular, but at least above the average.

The camera has a hard time dealing with the motion though, so don’t be surprised if you encounter some blurry day time shots.

The night time shots are a bit disappointing. The flash just does not have enough power to decently illuminate the images and thus the images end up dim and really blurry if the object(s) are moving.

Detection circuit

Very little has been improved when it comes to object detection when compared to A-5 and A-8 models. The detection range is only slightly better, roughly 50ft.

m-550 back side with socket

The trigger speed is less than 1.5s which is too slow for a trail camera in this price group. At least the recovery time has improved significantly, M-550 recovering in 5 seconds.

Moultrie M-550 is powered by 8 AA batteries and the battery life is solid Moultrie quality. The manufacturer promises 17,500 images on a set of batteries and it should not be an impossible task to achieve.

Please note that the manual states that Moultrie M-550 is only compatible with alkalines or lithiums.

Pros

  • Excellent battery life is one of the biggest strong points of Moultrie M-550.
  • In addition to low power consumption M-550 features external power connection, allowing you to extend your field time even more by using a battery pack.
  • The battery tray design of M-550 is brilliant.
  • Day time image quality is quite good for a camera of this price category.

Cons

  • Nighttime image quality is disappointing.
  • The images are bit dim and tend to be blurry.
  • You would think that 20 IR LEDs could provide an adequate amount of illumination, but no.
  • The flash range and coverage just don’t meet the expectations.
  • Trigger speed could be faster. Especially if you compare to trigger speeds of other similarly priced trail cameras (for example Stealth Cam G30 with a trigger speed of 0.5 seconds).

Conclusion

Moultrie M-550 is a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand, it is a well designed, sturdy trail camera that offers a lot of features at a relatively low price. On the other hand, it does not do the basic job (night time image quality, flash, trigghttps://amazon.com/dp/B00HAH6JIS/?tag=cheap-trail-cameras-20er speed) well enough.

So is it worth its price?

Naturally, it depends what you are looking for, but we would advise at least checking models like Stealth Cam G30, Stealth Cam G42 or Moultrie D-444 before purchasing decision.

Another option is to consider again if you really need all the extra features at all. Or could you settle for a cheaper basic model like Moultrie A-5, A-8 or Stealth Cam P12?

Moultrie A-5 5MP Low Glow IR Game Camera: A Detailed Review

Trail cameras don’t get much cheaper than this. Moultrie A-5, a 5MP Low Glow IR Game Camera is one of the 2013 trail camera releases from Moultrie.

Features Moultrie A-5
Battery4 C-cell batteries
Detection range50 feet
Memory32 GB
Trigger speed1.16 seconds
Recovery time62 seconds
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It is also among the cheapest models on the market today and therefore it is no wonder that it is among the best selling trail cameras on any online store.

Moultrie A-5 comes with a price tag of approximately $70, meaning that it is seriously competing with low-cost models from Wildgame Innovations, Tasco and Primos.

Moultrie A-5 5MP Low Glow IR Game Camera Review

Build and design 

The Moultrie A-5 5MP Low Glow IR Game Camera is made specifically for the outdoors. The exterior is made of durable plastic material that allows the camera to withstand both dry and wet weather conditions.

You don’t have to worry even if there is a typhoon. The casing is also dust-proof which protects the internal parts from corrosion. 

The size of the camera is also something that makes this trail camera’s design stand out. The camera is small enough to fit in a user’s hand. It means that you will have an easy time packing and setting up the camera.

Also, it is worth mentioning the compatibility of the Moultrie A-5 to a python cable. This makes it possible to set up the camera and tie it on a tree or anywhere stable in the wild.  

The appearance of the Moultrie A-5 5MP Low Glow IR Game Camera is also another important reason why it’s a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts including hunters and conservationists. 

The appearance of the Moultrie A-5 5MP Trail Camera is designed to blend with the trees and the leaves. It has a dark green color that animals won’t bother to look at once it has been placed in the woods. Even in the morning, it can remain discreet and camouflaged. 

Key features

Moultrie A-5 is a simple, easy to set up a trail camera that provides 5-megapixel pictures and 10-second AVI video clips at 640×480 resolution.

A-5 is equipped with 12-LED low-glow IR flash that won’t spook the game but still has an effective range up to 50 feet.

Photos come tagged with moon phase, time, date and camera ID info. Picture delay settings of A-5 gives you a choice of 1/5/10 and 30 minutes delays.

Moultrie A-5 accepts SD/SDHC memory cards up to 32 GB and can take 8000+ images by the power of 4 C-cell batteries that are used to operate.

Camera 

  • Photo resolution: 5MP
  • Video resolution: 640p x 480p
  • Flash: IR

The Moultrie A-5 5MP camera might not have the best photo resolution and 5 megapixels but it does the job well especially if you are going to use the camera during day time. You get clear photos, plus the subject is easily recognizable.

Next, the video is not even in HD. It may have its downside if you consider the fact that the majority of trail cameras in the market today are running on at least a 720p resolution.

But despite the lack of HD feature on this camera, you won’t have a problem recognizing the video, especially during daytime. Just like the still photos, it provides crisp results once there is good lighting. 

At night time, it does perform decently. Though you can’t call it the best trail camera given the relatively low resolution on photos and videos, it does meet your needs especially if you are simply after monitoring and you don’t care about high-quality shots. 

The IR LEDs are not exactly no-glow. The Moultrie A-5 5MP Trail Camera made use of long-range 850nm low-glow IR LEDs.

It means that there is still a slight chance that it can get the attention of animals especially if it’s in a pitch-black environment.

However, during a full moon, you can take advantage of the additional light provided by the moon for added illumination giving better results on both photos and videos. 

Detection circuit 

  1. Picture trigger: 1.16 seconds
  2. Picture recovery: 62 seconds 
  3. Video trigger: 1.16 seconds
  4. Video recovery: 62 seconds 
  5. Detection range: 50 feet

The Moultrie A-5 has a relatively acceptable trigger speed at just a little above 1 second. It means that you can easily capture an animal that enters its range.

If you are looking to take a photo of a moving animal and you want a different angle, this can become a problem. 

You will have to wait for more than a minute before the camera is ready to take another shot.

However, in terms of distance, the Moultrie A-5 5MP Trail Camera has a 50-foot effective detection range for both day and night. It means that you can easily capture images even in an open field. 

When using the camera, don’t be surprised if you will get mostly blank shots with no animal detected.

The trail camera is quite sensitive that the trigger goes off even with small movements from trees and the grass caused by the wind.

It only means that if you opt to have the Moultrie A-5 in the wild, you might consider having a blank SD card to ensure that you have enough space to save photos. 

Power 

Unlike most trail cameras powered by AA batteries, the Moultrie A-5 Trail Camera needs 4 C batteries to operate. The good news is that it is also compatible with an external power source.

This is the reason why it has also become a popular option not only among wildlife enthusiasts but also among customers that are looking for a home surveillance camera. 

If you opt to use batteries for your Moultrie A-5 Trail Camera, this camera can take around 8,000 images before it completely drains out.

But of course, there are a number of factors involved. If you are going to use the trail camera at night, you can expect the battery to not last that long considering the need to power the IR LEDs as well. 

And when it comes to its memory, the trail camera can support SD memory card up to 32GB.

Pros

  • The price is low, it is easy to use and takes decent quality images and video. What more can you ask from a low-cost entry-level trail camera?
  • The low-glow IR flash is virtually undetectable and even though A-5 only has 12 leds in its flash bank, it can still provide clear images up to 50′ away from the camera.
  • Battery life is very good. A word of warning though: using video mode can drain your batteries rather quickly.

Cons

  • There are no big flaws in Moultrie A-5 trail cam. One of the minor drawbacks is the delay options.
  • The lowest delay option is 1 minute which can be way too long for some purposes (like feeders).

A-5 day photo

Conclusion

It’s time to wind up Moultrie A-5 5MP Game Camera review.

If you are on a shoestring budget or just looking for a simple, easy to use the camera, Moultrie A-5 is definitely an option to consider. While it does not offer an impressive amount of features, it does provide decent quality photos and videos without hassle.

Make sure you read our review of Moultrie A-5’s big brother, Moultrie A-8 in here.

Moultrie M-880i Trail Camera (2014 model) Reviewed With Pros and Cons

Moultrie M-880i 2014 model review
Moultrie M-880i 2014 model review

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.

Camera

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.

M-880i no-glow IR image

M880i is equipped with no glow IR flash consisting of 32 LEDs. The flash range (according to 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 model that uses both motion detector and time-lapse program.

Detection circuit

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 the recovery time of 5 seconds is something you can live with.

Batteries

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 the 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.

Memory

This model is also compatible 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 a range up to 70 ft
  • Motion Freeze technology and extended flash range for clarity in nighttime images
  • PIR sensor with a 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 the 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.
  • 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

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.
  • Moultrie has had some focus problems with M-880 models and unfortunately, the problem occurs in this model also.

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 a 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 spend too much money here is a trail camera for you.

Moultrie A-8 Trail Camera

Moultrie A-8 Review

Moultrie A-8 ReviewOne 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

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

 

Conclusion

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.

 

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Moultrie D-444 8MP Low Glow IR Trail Camera: Best value for money

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If you are looking for a trail camera that provides the best bang for the buck, Moultrie D-444 sure is one of the top choices.

It may not be among the cheapest trail camera models, but it is still very affordable (the price of D-444 is currently around $110).

Moultrie D-444 is one of the several new models that Moultrie released at the beginning of 2013, and it may well be the best one of those when it comes to value for money.

The list of features it provides is quite outstanding and it is hard to find a competitor’s model that could offer the same at this price.

Moultrie D-444 Review

Camera

D-444 is equipped with 8MP CMOS image sensor that provides clear photos and videos. Nighttime pictures and videos are illuminated by IR flash that consists of 26 Low Glow LEDs.

The picture quality of both night and day images is nothing but excellent. Especially the night pictures are very impressive. Powerful IR flashes together with Motion Freeze technology provides clear and precise pictures.

The flash has an excellent range up to 80-ft and due to Low Glow LEDs, the flash won’t spook the game.

D-444 has four different operational modes to choose from. It is also capable of taking multi-shots (1-3 shots), FastFire shooting (1-3 pics/second) and time-lapse photography.

D-444 records your photos and videos on SD memory card (supports up to 32GB) and Moultrie claims that it can take over 25,000 images on one set of batteries (6 x C-cell).

Detection circuit

The detection zone is wide and deep, the bigger game can be detected roughly at 60 feet and small birds that come into the field of view at about 20 feet. Combined with fast trigger speed this means that you will very seldom miss the shot.

One of the superior features of D-444 is the trigger speed of less than 1 second which is fast enough to capture any moving animal.

D-444 Product Features
D-444 is simple to set up

  • 8MP image resolution
  • full-color day pictures, black and white night pictures
  • Motion-freeze blur reduction technology for better nighttime pictures
  • photos stamped with date, time and moon phase, temperature and camera ID info
  • 640×480 AVI video (10 seconds) @ 24fps
  • trigger speed less than 1 s, recovery time 15 sec.
  • 26 low-glow IR LEDs flash with a range up to 80 ft
  • LCD text screen for settings
  • 4 operating modes; IR triggered, Time-lapse, Time-lapse by day & motion detect at night, day and night video
  • delay time range 15/30 seconds, or 1-60 minutes
  • multiple image mode of 1-3 photos
  • FastFire mode of 1-3 images/second
  • password protection
  • powered by 6 C-cell batteries
  • compatible with standard camera tripod mounts
  • SD card slot supports SD memory card up to 32GB
  • integrated mounting strap with Python cable compatibility
  • weatherproof camouflage casing
  • size 9.7″ x 6.3″ x 4”
  • one year warranty

Pros

  • The motion sensor is very good.
  • The battery life of D-444 is among the best in this price group.
  • Setting up and programming of the camera is logical and easy.

Cons

  • The only small drawback of D-444 is the long recovery time.
  • After the shot, there is a 15-second delay before the next shot can be taken. Many times this is a too long time for fast-moving animals.

Conclusion

To put it briefly Moultrie D-444 is a steal. If you are not obsessed with finding the cheapest trail camera on earth, buy Moultrie D-444! It is highly unlikely that you will regret that decision.

Digital Picture Viewer for Moultrie Trail Cameras

External Picture Viewer

External Picture ViewerYour life in the field just got a lot easier. With Moultrie’s Digital Picture Viewer you can access your images in the field. This amazing device allows you to manage all of your trail camera photos and videos in the field.

You can view and copy the images from the SD card in your camera onto internal SD card in the Viewer. You can scroll through the images or view them as slideshow, zoom in or brighten the images, or delete all or some of the images from your camera’s SD card. In addition, USB connection allows you to download all images to your PC in just one step.

 

Product functions

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  • Delete all the images on SD card
  • Copy the currently viewed image from camera to Viewer’s SD card
  • Copy all the images from camera to Viewer’s SD card
  • Increase or decrease the image brightness
  • Scroll through all the images on the SD card with slideshow function
  • Quickly scroll through the pictures by index number with photo index function
  • Scroll through all videos on the SD card

 

Product features

  • 5-way button pad fro controlling
  • 2,8″ TFT LCD viewing screen
  • USB connection (mini plug type)
  • Compatible with SD cards up to 16GB
  • Powered by 4 AAA batteries

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Moultrie Game Spy D-55IRXT

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Moultrie Game Spy D-55IRXT features

  1. 5 MP image resolution
  2. Full-color day pictures, black and white night pictures
  3. High, Medium and Low picture resolution settings
  4. High and Low video resolution settings
  5. Photos stamped with time, date, moon phase and temperature info
  6. 1.7s trigger speed, recovery time 8s
  7. 26 IR LEDs flash with a range up to 50 ft
  8. Detection range up to 45 ft
  9. Trail Cam Mode takes still photos when the game is detected
  10. Plot Cam Mode takes photos at specified intervals and combines them as video
  11. In Hybrid Mode camera operates in Plot Cam Mode during the day and Trail Cam Mode during night
  12. Fast Fire Continuous Shooting Mode captures up to 3 photos per second
  13. Video Mode captures 640×480 AVI video up to 30 seconds (10 seconds at night)
  14. Picture delay 15 sec, 30 sec, 1-60 minutes
  15. Powered by 6 C-cell batteries
  16. External power compatible
  17. SD card slot supports SD memory card up to 32GB
  18. Weatherproof casing and mounting strap
  19. Compact size 6” x 5” x 3.5”
  20. 1-year warranty

Pros

  • The picture quality of D-55IRXT is actually quite excellent for a trail camera of this price.
  • The daytime pictures are clear and have a beautiful color.
  • The IR flash of the camera has plenty of power and thus the camera produces clear nighttime IR shots.
  • The recovery time of only 8 seconds is a vast improvement over the previous model.
  • The 45 ft. detection range is impressive.
  • The camera can easily detect small animals like birds and squirrels at 10-20 ft, people and bigger game animals at 40-45 ft.
  • The battery life is also improved and during normal operation, the Moultrie D-55ir XT should easily operate for 2 months without changing the 6 c cell batteries.
  • The operation of the camera is really simple and the instruction manual provides clear guidelines on how different features are used and programmed.

Cons

  • Let’s be honest, the trigger time of 1.7 seconds isn’t that great and can lead to blurry pictures, especially during nighttime. However, you can partly overcome this problem with smart camera placement.
  • Some customers have reported having SD card problems with this camera. These included read/write problems and locking of SD card.
  • In general, these problems have occurred at the very beginning so these customers have been able to make a warranty return.

Conclusion

With its good picture quality, 45 ft range, ease of programming features and solid durability, Moultrie D-55IRXT may just be one of the best daytime/nighttime cameras for the price.

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Moultrie D55-IR

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UPDATE: This model is not actively sold any more as there is a newer model Moultrie Game Spy D-55IRXT available.

For sure, an excursion in the wild will become even more memorable when you are using a good hunting camera.

Moultrie Game Spy D-55IR surely offers many of the features that you are expecting to find from good trail camera, especially if you are on budget.  Typically you will encounter Moultrie d55IR offers sold for approx. $100 to $130 with 1-year warranty period.

 

Product Features

  • 5 MP camera with infrared night features (infrared sensor, 50-foot infrared flash)
  • Three picture resolutions, two video resolutions
  • multi-shot feature (max. 3 shots)
  • Easy to use LCD display
  • There is also a display present in Moultrie Game Spy D-55IR which will show to you its actual battery life. The camera is also made with three picture resolutions.
  • IR aim for faster camera set up
  • powered by  6-cell batteries
  • supports memory card up to 16 GB
  • weather resistant camouflage housing
  • mounting strap

 

Pros

One of the best things about Moultrie D55-IR is that its night vision really works well. Despite of the dim environment, it would still be easy for you to capture the pictures you want.

It is also amazing how easy it is to use this camera unit. It comes with evenly distributed buttons as well as competent display that will pave the way for you to enjoy using it.

Housing of the camera is really robust making ideal for tough conditions.

The easy set up of the camera is also among its pros, thanks to its authentic IR aim which makes it easy for you to set it up. When it comes to its price, D55-iR is also affordable.

Cons

Flaws that have made existing customers upset include slow trigger that you have take into consideration when setting up the camera. If possible, you need to position the camera angling down the trail so that the game will not be crossing in front of it only for a few seconds.

Some customers are also complaining about low battery lifetime of this model, when at the same time some customers have thanked the long battery lifetime. Thus much depends on what kind of batteries you are using, how many pictures you have set the camera to take and what kind of trigger delay you are using .

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Conclusion

After reading this review of Moultrie D55IR, you will probably agree that this is among the top contenders as the best, yet still very affordable trail camera model in the market. D55-IR is equipped with stunning and exciting features that you will surely like the most.

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