Moultrie is highly-regarded as a leader in game management. They work hand-in-hand with hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and game management professionals to innovate top-quality trail cameras. We regularly buy and test game cameras from different manufacturers, and below we’ve reviewed the three best Moultrie trail cameras currently on the market. We’ll also break down the advantages of each specific model to help you choose the correct one.
Top 3 Moultrie Trail Camera Reviews
The Moultrie M990I trail camera packs so much punch that we actually had to double check the price because it didn’t seem logical that you could get so much for so little. The picture quality obtained from the 10-megapixel camera is astounding, as is the results you get with the 720P video resolution (that also has a 16:9 widescreen option). This trail camera also has a multi-shot feature to capture multiple images in quick succession.
The M990I has a one second trigger speed, which is unusually fast for a game camera in this price range. The recovery speed is five seconds. The motion sensor has a 50-foot range and this model has a field of vision of 50 degrees.
Nighttime photography and video recording is made easy with this trail camera thanks to Moultrie’s 32-piece “no glow” infrared flash LED system that illuminates up to 70 feet without alerting targets. Video recordings also include audio.
To operate this device, which is designed in military beige with woods-style camo, you can either use 8 AA batteries or an external 12-volt power source. Moultrie fitted the M990I with the QuickStart system to make it easy to start scouting as soon as you remove the camera from the box. The helpful LCD screen displays the current date, time, temperature, camera ID and moon phase, all of which can be conveniently stamped onto your photos and videos.
Moultrie Panoramic 150
The Moultrie Panoramic 150 is in a class all by itself. This trail camera allows you to combine three separate images into one panoramic photo. This means you get three times the detection zone as you would from a standard game camera. The 8-megapixel lens provides clear photos around the clock, as nighttime photography is aided by Moultrie’s advanced infrared LED technology. You can also record high-definition video with sound with this model.
This device has a one second trigger speed (recovery time is somewhat sluggish at six seconds) and thanks to Moultrie’s innovative design there is virtually no sound when the camera rotates to achieve its full 150-degree field of vision. It has far more modes than other trail cams, including:
– Trail cam mode, Time lapse mode, Panorama mode, Video mode and Hybrid mode.
It’s easy to program this device so hunters of all experience levels should have no problem getting the results they want out of the Moultrie Panoramic 150. The design and durability of this device also score well. The casing is a weatherproof plastic composite covered in dark green camouflage. Using one set of 6 C batteries Moultrie estimates you can capture up to 9,000 photos, though battery life is obviously shortened somewhat if you use video mode or if the camera does most of its work at night.
Moultrie released the original M-880 a couple of years ago and recently came out with the second generation model. The first version was adequate but we are extremely happy with some of the upgrades. In short, the M-880 2nd Generation trail camera combines a lot of Moultrie’s signature technology into a single model that’s very reasonably priced.
The M-880 provides you with an 8-megapixel camera and the ability to record high-definition videos. Moultrie included the standard one second trigger speed with this model and the 36 infrared LEDs allow you to snap photos and record videos at night with a 100-foot flash range (with a 50-foot detection range and 50-degree field of vision).
The case has been completely redesigned. It’s more rugged and durable than its predecessor and it includes a beige/green tree bark camouflage design. It operates with 8 AA batteries or via a 12-volt external power source, and some of the options you can choose to use with this trail camera include QuickStart, time lapse mode (10 seconds-24 hours), video mode (5-90 seconds), multi shot mode (1-3 images per trigger activation), and SD overwriting in case the memory card gets full.
Which Unit is for You?
The Moultrie M-880 is a great option as an entry level trail camera. Pictures are not as clear as those taken by the other two models but they are still very good. The QuickStart feature makes it easy to set up and program, although you might need some help mounting the camera due to the unique design of the python lock bracket.
The Moultrie M990I is a better choice for more experienced hunters, especially if you foresee needing the camera for nighttime videos in areas where the weather can be harsh. You’ll love the high-definition video and the multiple mode options.
If you need to cover a wide swath of land and need an extremely customizable game camera, the Moultrie Panoramic 150 is the model for you. It’s a truly unique and advanced machine and serious trackers will appreciate all of the bells and whistles. If you’re new to trail cameras, however, you might find programming this device somewhat complicated.
Moultrie is undoubtedly a leader in the field of trail camera technology. From panoramic views to high-resolution photos and videos, it’s tough to top game cameras developed by this company. We hope you found our reviews of the top three best Moultrie trail cameras to be helpful, as well as our tips on how to select a game camera that will meet your needs. We’d love to hear what you think about these devices, and we wish you the best of luck in your hunting and scouting endeavors.