Moultrie M-880 Camera Review

Moultrie M-880/February 23, 2013

 

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SpecificationValue
ClassOptics
CategoryScouting Cameras
Model Year2013
ManufacturerMoultrie
ModelM-880
Flash TypeIR Red Flash
Battery Type8 x AA
MSRP
2013 Moultrie M-880 Specs
Test PerformedResult
Flash Range40 - 50 feet
Trigger Time without Flash0.95s
Trigger Time with Flash0.96s
Video Trigger Time2.65s
Day RangeGood clarity with some over saturation on the color
Battery Life1305 images and 596 video clips over 10 weeks
Filter ClunkYes - twice a day
Invisible FlashNo
Motion BlurModerate
Sensing Test50 feet at 42 deg F
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This camera feels like the M80 camera we have tested in previous years.  Gaining popularity in the forums we felt like we needed to squeeze this camera in.  The constant rain has held back our timely testing but we are pushing through.

The camera runs on 8 AA batteries that reside in a pullout drawer, nothing new here. The setup is the old familiar lcd screen setup and I did not need a book to figure it out.

Sensing range tests revealed triggers at 50 feet for 42 degrees temperatures.

The sensing range is identical on the 880c as the 880i.  Both cameras will not trigger beyond 30 feet.  I did jumping jacks, slow walks, fast walks and the limbo. I can’t get it to trigger beyond 30 feet.

I am wondering if the pir sensing cone is aimed more down, which is the problem or is it something they can tweak in the firmware and provide an update?  I sent my Moultrie contact an email and I hope they will get back with me on this.

Progress and Activity
03-10-2013 Update
03-10-2013 update: I ran the camera in two shot standard mode. I did notice that at night the first shot of two is bright while the second is dimmer.  This is something I have seen on other brands before.
03-17-2013 Update
03-17-2013 update: With respect to the video function, it is necessary to tilt the camera forward (aimed down) because of the cropping done on the images as it is captured by the camera.  As you can see our samples were taken using the same mount as in photo but the foreground is lost in video mode.
03-28-2013 update
03-28-2013 update: I just received firmware updates for this camera and applied them.  Two things that I know of were corrected and that was the filter click changed from every night shot to just twice a day at transitions.  Also corrected was the zoom effect on the video.  Both are nice updates that indicate the company is listening to its customers.  The update will become available for download from Moultrie site in the near future. If I get a link I will post it here.
06-02-2013 Final update
06-02-2013 update:  The batteries are now dead on this camera and the results are in.  The camera took a total of 1305 photos and 596 video clips over a period of 10 weeks.  We are sure that the photo count would be higher had we taken less video.  This review is closed

 

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