Moultrie M-990i Gen2 Camera Review

Moultrie M-990i Gen2 Black Flash Camera/June 14, 2015

ImagesFactory SpecsCG ClassificationCG TestingSamples
  • 10MP Resolution
  • Variable Sensitivity PIR Motion Sensor
  • 1.0-sec Motion Trigger Speed
  • 36-LED Infrared Flash with 70′ Range
  • 2″ Color Display
  • HD 1280 x 720 Video with Audio
  • Time Lapse Interval Mode
  • Burst Mode Takes 3 Pictures / Trigger
  • Records to SD Cards up to 32GB
  • Runs on External Source or 8 AAs
SpecificationValue
ClassOptics
CategoryScouting Cameras
Model Year2015
ManufacturerMoultrie
ModelM-990i Gen2
Flash TypeIR Black Flash
Battery Type8 AA
MSRP199.99
Test PerformedResult
Flash Range50+ feet
Trigger Time without flash0.81s
Trigger Time with flash1.23s
Video Trigger Time1.44s
Photo recovery time5s at 5s delay
Video Recovery time17.62 at 5s delay with 10s clips
Day RangeDecent Clarity and contrast with an amount of overexposure and color saturation
Battery Life
Filter ClunkNo
Invisible FlashYes
Motion Blur
Sensing Test35 feet at 88 degrees F

 

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Moultrie M-990i Gen2 Camera Review
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I pulled out two more cameras this morning from the queue of cameras waiting for review.  These are the M-880i and M-990i.  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-880i Gen2 camera on the inside and outside looks nearly identical to the M-880i Gen2 we are reviewing although the camo pattern is a bit different and called Mossy Oak.  The camera has the full color lcd display and menus for its settings which include resolution options, time lapse, video and more.  Like the M-880i this camera includes the  iNVISIBLE technology which should mean the camera’s flash is invisible to the human eye.  The camera can provide playback for photos and videos on the 2” display.

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 eject-able 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 10MP camera with multiple photo resolutions setting and the VGA (low) and 720p HD (high) setting for video.  Audio will also be captured in video mode.  There is also a hybrid mode for photo and video.  Timelapse supports two periods, morning and evening.  There are two settings for flash intensity as well. 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.

The camera also captures and records the barometric pressure in the photo.  The video aspect ratio can be set for 4:3 or 16:9.  Although more pleasing to display on a widescreen monitor the 16:9 format likely crops a band on the top and bottom of the image to provide this shape.

Progress and Activity
06-14-2015 Update
06-16-2015 Update: Trigger and Flash Range
06-28-2015 Update: Photo Samples
07-05-2015 Update: Video Samples

 

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