Moultrie M-880 Gen2 Camera Review

Moultrie M-880 Gen2 Red Flash Camera/June 11, 2015

ImagesFactory SpecsCG ClassificationCG TestingSamples
    • 8MP camera resolution
    • Less than 1 second trigger
    • 50 feet of detection range
    • 100 feet of night time range
    • Long range 850nm IR LED infrared
    • 13,500 images per 8AA batteries
CategoryScouting Cameras
Model Year2015
ModelM-880 Gen2
Flash TypeIR Red Flash
Battery Type8 AA
Test PerformedResult
Flash RangeGood clarity and contrast. Flash out to 60+ feet.
Trigger Time without flash0.81s
Trigger Time with flash1.25s
Video Trigger Time1.45s
Photo Recovery time4.66s at 5s delay
Video Recovery time18.75s at 5s delay with 10s clips
Day RangeGood contrast and clarity
Battery Life
Filter ClunkNo
Invisible FlashNo
Motion Blur
Sensing Test38 feet at 74 degrees F


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Moultrie M-880 Gen2 Camera Review

I pulled out two more cameras this morning from the queue of cameras waiting for review.  These are the M-550 and M-880.  This year the Moultrie cameras have a new look and are referred to as “Gen2” for generation 2.  This helps to avoid confusion with models of the same name from previous years.  If you purchase a Lockbox in our store make sure that you select the one with “Gen2” in the description.

The Moultrie M-880 Gen2 camera has a similar design to theM-550 we are reviewing although it has finer detailed greenish camo pattern.  The camera has menus for its settings like the M-550 but there are additional options on this camera, such as resolution options, timelapse, flash intensity settings and more.  The two line display is back lit which is a plus.

This camera is one solid piece with a small door or flap that opens to reveal the buttons, switches, and SD card slot.  The battery is an ejectable slide in tray that holds 8 AA batteries.  This puts the entire camera in the back making it easier to aim than those heavy in front camera in the door style that is most typical.  We will keep an eye out for leaks around this seal.  I have not heard anything but this is something to look for.

The latch feels sturdy with substantial thickness and compresses the door securely when latched.  This is good as I feel the rubber moisture seal will hold in a downpour.

The camera design splits the IR array into a right and left side with the PIR on top and lens below.  There are 18 LEDS per side for a total of 36 which should improve night vision and flash range.

The camera supports 8 AA batteries making it economical to run.  The bottom of the camera has a tripod insert with the 12v power IN and USB OUT ports.

For mounting there are wide strap slots on either side and supplied is a nice wide strap.  There are holes for a python in the rear and I believe that you can loop the python around the camera face and around the tree for a better than average security.  There is no substitute for a lock box though.

You can also use the python holes for bungee straps which I will likely do.

The camera is documented as a 8MP camera with multiple Photo resolutions setting and a both VGA (low) and the 720p HD (medium) setting for video.  There is also a hybrid mode for photo and video.  There are several delay settings ranging from 5 seconds to 30 minutes.  Set up was very easy and familiar. Without reading the book programming was done in 1 minute.

Progress and Activity
06-11-2015 Update
06-12-2015 Update: Range and Sensing
06-14-2015 Update: Trigger Testing - firmware bug
06-28-2015 Update: Photo Samples
07-05-2015 Update: Video Samples



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