Moultrie A-5 Gen2 Red Flash Camera/June 7, 2015

ImagesFactory SpecsCG ClassificationCG TestingSamples
    • 5MP Resolution camera
    • Less than 1.5 second trigger speed
    • 40 feet detection range
    • 50 feet flash range
    • 16,000 images per 8AA batteries
    • Long-Range 850nm IR LED Infrared
    • 640×480 video
CategoryScouting Cameras
Model Year2105
ModelA-5 Gen2
Flash TypeIR Red Flash
Battery Type8 AA
Test PerformedResult
Flash Range60 feet. Below Avg clarity
Trigger Time without flash1.40s
Trigger Time with flash2.34s
Video Trigger Time3.90s
Day RangeA moderate degree of fuzz and lack of contrast.
Battery Life
Filter ClunkNo
Invisible FlashNo
Motion Blur
Sensing Test38 feet at 74 degrees F

Moultrie A-5 Gen2 Video 640×480 from on Vimeo.

I pulled out two more cameras this morning from the queue of cameras waiting for review.  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.

This camera is one solid piece with a small door or flap that opens to reveal the buttons, switches, batteries and SD card slot.  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 metal hinges 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 only 6 LEDS per side.  We will have to see how these 12 leds light up the night in the flash range test. Having 12 LEDs seems like a return to earlier years but LED technology is advancing.  Fewer LEDs can reduce battery consumption.  If adequate for night time use, then the camera could have improved battery life as a result.  Time will tell.

The camera supports 8 AA batteries making it economical to run.  The bottom of the camera has a tripod insert with the 12v battery 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 essentially a 5MP camera with a Low and high setting and a single VGA setting for video (640×480).  There are 4 delay settings with the lowest being 10s.  A simple switch allows you to change delay, and function. After setting up the date and time, you will likely not need those buttons unless you need to change burst mode.

The Moultrie A-5 Gen2 is a basic camera that is easy to setup and use with features that can make it an econmical part of your scouting arsenal.

The day test shots reveal an image that has a bit of fuzziness or lack of contrast. Zooming in a bit reveals a moderate amount of pixellation.

I am off to the trigger testing station with this camera.

Progress and Activity
06-07-2015 Update
Started the A-5 review. Gathered media shots and day range. First impressions are that this is an easy camera to use. Set up did not require a book but I guessed at holding down Enter to start edit mode after switching to settings.
06-10-2015 Update: Trigger Testing
I grabbed the trigger times on this camera but due to severe thunderstorms and heavy rain every evening I have not found a time to grab the flash range samples.
06-12-2015 Update: Flash range
Last night the rain had stopped and I was able to capture flash range on 4 of the Moultrie cameras.  The night shots on the A-5 reveal usable flash out to 60 feet but below average clarity and contrast.  Sensing Tests reveal sub par performance.  The camera would not trigger beyond 38 feet at 74 degrees.
06-17-2015 Update: Photo samples
I managed to capture a nice set of photos both day and night.  Overall this was a good set of photos. Image quality is bit under par but the day and night images are certainly adequate for scouting purposes.
06-20-2015 Update: Video samples
I finally managed to get the deer to cooperate and hang around long enough to get a night video sample. The videos are smooth but the image quality is a bit under average. Bank for the buck is decent on this unit.




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