Moultrie LX-50IR 5 MP 18 count red flash digital camera
Soon after the ATA show we made up our list of cameras to potentially be
included in this years review calendar. When I began to
see some indication of this camera becoming available, I
went to work trying to locate a source to purchase one.
I could not find a single internet company that sold
this camera that had any potential of even qualifying as
a reliable dealer. Only one had a physical address and
two had phone numbers. The rest were a tablet and
computer drop ship type of outlet. I even tried to go
through Moultrie customer service and that was also a
total loss of time. I had given up and had scratched out
this camera from the list and put a week’s vacation
possibility in its place.
This morning my good contact person from Academy Sports told me he had
one in his hand and it had my name on it. There went my
vacation. I made the trip and it is now on the bench
getting ready for what looks to be a very short process.
I unpacked the camera and scanned through the booklet
and then proceeded to fill the tank with six C cells.
The on/off switch was in the on position when I slid
tray into the camera there was a filter clunk from hell.
I could actually feel the camera move when that
happened. Without going ahead with entering a program, I
headed for the dark room and did a quick test. That did
not go well either because the delay was set for about a
week. I brought it back out and went ahead and went
through the programming and then back to the room for a
couple of tests. I believe that this was a copy of one
of the old Stealth cameras design. It does a double
clunk each time that the array fired. I then headed
outside and put the sun to my back and did a normal
setup. I could hear the clunk with these triggers also.
I pulled the card and looked at those pictures and they were a bit fuzzy
and my first thought was that because the camera
vibrates during the filter shift was the reason but the
picture is shuttered long after the filter moves.
The price of this camera ranges from 70 to 90 dollars but it is feature
rich. I just finished the Eyecon camera review and this
camera far exceeds that camera in features. It had black
flash and a fast trigger but that was about it. This
camera has time lapse, video, photo, and a filter clunk
from hell and still caries the under $100 price tag.
I am trying to make myself like this camera because all the pre
acquisition study I felt that this feature rich little
camera would have some value. The S to C time (sensing
to clunk) is instantaneous. This is followed by the
firing of the array which is on about a second. The
picture is shuttered sometime during the firing of the
array. My initial feeling is that the trigger time
should be somewhere just over one second.
The case is a dark tan color and is about five and a half inches square.
It sticks out off the tree about three inches. A small
eighteen count array is at the top front and the main
lens and PIR sensor are just below. The bottom front has
a window to the inside LCD screen. There is some sensors
and aim indicators just to the right of the main lens.
The back has strap loops with no bark grabbers. There is
a tri-pod insert on the bottom next to the external
battery port. Inside the camera and battery area are in
the back of the camera. The battery compartment is a
slide out tray that holds 6 C cells and slips up into
the camera from the bottom. The tray release button is
just under the LCD screen. The programming buttons are
inside just to the right of the PIR sensor lens. There
is no security built into this camera. Documentation is
somewhat weak but adequate for programming.
Further evaluation on into the time lapse mode showed that being this
mode is normally used where the PIR cannot reach; this
brings up an additional issue. Target animals out past
the normal PIR range (the 100 foot + range) are pretty
small and because of the lack of picture quality they
are of little use. The bad clunk takes this camera out
of the trail camera use and the time lapse is of little
value so we just do not have much of an area except
maybe some close in security applications where noise
from the camera might not matter. Thinking back about
the anticipation of finally finding a source for this
camera I asked questions to Moultrie. I wonder if that
same individual that just avoided that request is the
same person that is supposed to ensure that new products
are evaluated in house prior to sticking them out on the
market. The idea and specifications built into this
camera are definitely good enough that it should be
taken back and reworked into a usable product. Let’s
hope that they do exactly that and I will redo the
review when ever that happens. As is, I would not
recommend this camera.
The trigger times were very impressive and well under one second, but
the range pictures are very bad. The night quality was
so fuzzy we could hardly read the trigger time on the
monitor. This review is closed until Moultrie does a fix
on this model.
Time & Date on
Pictures & Video
Uses 6 C-Cell
batteries (Not Included)
90 Day Average
of :10/:30 & 1-30 min
external power port
( without flash 0.56s)
( with flash 0.73s)
Day Range 8 Plate
Clunk Video taken with camera. Sound is