2010 Moultrie I-35 Review - May 18, 2010 Back to Main Review Page
   

2010 Moultrie I35

CamLock Box designed to fit I-35

2010 Moultrie I-35 4 MP red flash 28 count digital camera review

A new style box this year wearing a fall color with a little green showing. This is a nice camouflage color and should hide very well provided you don’t choose to use a security enclosure. A 28 count array if tuned right should provide good lighting down range for those night pictures. Security is not there so an after market system must be used if you are in an area that requires extra caution. This is a very good match for most applications with the exception of the minimum delay which is not acceptable at one minute. To get around this you must select a multi shot (burst) which repeats triggers at a 4 second rate. The instructions tell us that you can also adapt this camera to their game management system (wireless) cellular for a monthly fee. Like most companies they have upped SD card size to 16 gig which is a big over kill for a 4 MP camera but some folks like that feature. We are very happy that they at least offered some cameras this year that are not in that ill designed lunchbox configuration that caused us all the moisture and trash problems last year. We will not be testing any of those this year because of the strong feed back and agreement to our last year’s findings.  

You can select up to 4 different picture resolutions and two video resolutions. A full information strip on each picture is another standard feature. Those that use the extra large cards and have the need for extended stays in the field the 4 D cells should do pretty good but the external battery port and optional panel might also be the way to go. Make sure that if you choose one of the great security boxes to put this camera in that you make sure that the hole is in the box so you can access the external battery port. All the right features are there along with the rapid response time which we assume means trigger time. Should this camera come in with a 3+ trigger time I will say up front this will be a very short review. Moultrie has shown all of us they can do great things with pictures and battery life, it is time to also show us that they learned how to decrease the trigger times so they become competitive with the market. Not being situated in the lunch box this year and hopefully having a sub 2 second trigger time we believe the price and function will make this camera a super seller like the first year I-40. The size is a whopping 6X9X31/4 inches which takes it out of the mini category. 

Out of the box first impressions were very good at a glance until I actually picked the camera up. I almost pitched it over my shoulder because it was so light. I carefully opened the two plastic latches and peaked inside thinking I may have bought an empty box. Everything was there but it has that flimsy feel like everything is about half the gauge in thickness as all previous Moultrie cameras we have tested. I picked up my old D-40 from last year and it has a lot more heft than this camera. The inside of this camera is totally plain Jane with no frills. Of course we are dealing with a $ 150 camera but again looking at that old $79 D-40 and it has a look and sheen with a more of a quality appearance to me than this camera. Gone is the nice gasket in the groove to seal the door and now there is just a mass of flat rubber about a ¼ inch wide all the way around and the door must compress into it. It looks functional but clearly low rent compared to previous Moultrie cameras. With the door open there is a 28 count array at the top and a round PIR sensor lens just below that. Next there is the camera lens and LCD for programming with its associated UP/DOWN/OK buttons. There is also a LED aim which is not very functional because it dies at a very short distance. TV out/USB ports are next to the SD card slot (up to 16 gig) and there are tubular battery slots left and right of the LCD which hold three C cells + side down toward the bottom of the cam. These battery holders have a couple of shaped little plastic covers which snap in place and appear to be real easy to loose if you are not careful. The outside on the bottom is the port for their system (cell) and the external battery port. 

A quick trip to the TT table and performed an hour plus of un official tests and the trigger times look to be just over two seconds. The IR array produces two short blips which appears to be a light metering step to reduce washout on close subjects.  The short duration will also help avoiding that dreaded spook factor. Below is a list of the specifications and the fact that we have a Moultrie that has a sub 2 second trigger time I would say we have a good long review to do. Let’s hope that one of those wild field mice don’t take offence to this thing being in his domain and trashes the case. I did a couple daylight tests to see if the “high” quality setting was what we were going to get, well I will not say that I would by any means call the results as being high quality pictures, but I would say that for a $150 camera it does a pretty good job and to me the pictures look better than last years $450 wannabe black flash camera from another company. This camera may just be the distant cousin of the great 07 I-40 we loved so much. Too bad that it got dressed up in a new coat that does not have that solid look and feel.

While I was doing those hours worth of trigger time tests I noticed that this camera has what we would call a definite filter clunk Anthony listened to it and said it was not to bad) that can be heard not only loud to my old ears but to his young ears I would have expected a more colorful  response. This means that we will be getting a lot of pictures in 3 burst with the deer looking at the camera and then heading for Dodge. Stealth cam 540 you have a twin in that respect.  We will see if they pick up on the noise. It is there and I am sure that we will probably get some reaction. The sample pictures should tell us this.

Manufacturer's Specs:

Technical Information  

  • Resolution: 4.0 MP, 3.2, 1.3, VGA

  • Trigger Speed: sub 2 second

  • IR or Incandescent: IR

  • Number of emitters in array: 28

  • Flash Range: 50 ft aprox.

  • Video: Yes 640X480  320X240

  • Video Time: 5/15/30 second clips days 5 second night

  • Internal Memory: Yes, 32MB

  • Memory Card Type: SD

  • Memory Card Size: Up to 16GB

  • Memory Card Included: No

  • Multi-shot: Yes, up to 3 shots

  • Weather-resistant: unknown yet

  • Menu Type: LCD monitored up/down/select

  • Programming Remote: No

  • Battery Type: 6 C

  • Time and Date/camera name on Pictures: Yes

  • Temperature on Pictures: Yes

  • Moon phase on Pictures: Yes

  • Mounting Strap Included: Yes

  • USB Cable Included: Yes

  • TV Out Cable Included: Yes

  • Sensing range: 35 ft

  • FOV: 52 degrees

 

05-26-2010 update:  We had planned to pull this camera for some new pictures but prior to that we decided to do the flash range and sensing tests. The flash range is very good and reaches out past the 50 ft marker. This does very little good because the night time pictures are so bad that you cannot distinguish anything much of anything past the 20 ft marker. The picture quality is so bad that the 8 plate is just a dot in the distance and when zoomed it is just a big mess of confusion. Next the sensing distance tests which were very weak for a 73 degree evening. Multiple attempts showed that 25 feet was about maximum which of course would go up during cold weather but still not nearly as good as many of the sub $100 cameras we have tested which also had much better pictures. Just when we finally get a camera with a trigger time that we could live with something else falls apart; this is too bad because we had high hopes. This will definitely shorten this review.

05-27-2010 update:  Well the stuff hit the propeller once the last update hit the site. It seems that several new buyers made time to go pull cards and make that dash to the computer to see if they had won the trail cam lottery. It looks like each and every one so far has the same report which matches our observations. The mail came in and there are still more folks out there wanting to find time to get the cam back out of the woods. This same story we are also hearing about the 55 IR and the samples I have seen so far looks like they were taken with our camera. We will see because we are going to get a quickie test on that cam also. The only camera that we have seen in the recent past to match that type of pictures was the ill fated cudde capture IR, theirs at least had decent day pictures. We can still at least do a battery life test and then call it quits after we catch a half dozen more sample pictures.                       

06-05-2010 update:  We have been busy with a new load of cameras that arrived so after we get a few more sample pictures and videos we will move this cam to the side to just run out until dead so we can get a battery life measurement. This has not been a very impressive camera being that we are presently testing other cameras that cost less with better features (delay /trigger/picture quality) and so far have given better results.

06-13-2010 update:  Ran this cam through most of the tests and sample video/pictures and we can say that everything did work but we can also say that it did not work well. Most of the issues dealt with picture quality and the availability of being able to program certain functions in times that have become standard anymore. We are going to go ahead and close this review and not proceed because this camera has not generated much interest or feed back to support us spending a lot more time in the field.                       

 

 

Flash Range Test (camera only)
(click for full size original)


 

Day Range 8 Plate Test


 

Trigger Tests with and without flash
both are approx. 2.25 seconds



 

 

Photo Samples




Video Samples (high res)

 

   

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