Moultrie M-880i Gen2 Black Flash Camera/June 13, 2015

ImagesFactory SpecsCG ClassificationCG TestingSamples
  • 8MP resolution provides crisp, clear pictures and HD video
  • Backlit navigation buttons for easy setup
  • iNVISIBLE™ Flash technology won’t spook game or be noticed by other hunters
  • 70-foot flash range; 50-foot detection range
  • Battery life approximately 13,500 images

Redesigned with an easy-to-use interface, this versatile 8MP game camera with advanced iNVISIBLE™ Flash technology won’t spook game or be noticed by other hunters. Its 36 LEDs produce a 70-foot invisible infrared flash. Backlit navigation buttons make low-light setup quick and easy. Features four modes: infrared triggered game camera, time-lapse plot camera, day/night game camera and day/night HD video. SD card slot for up to 32 GB of internal memory. Managed Memory™ overwrites oldest files first, so you never run out of space. Password protected and displays temperature, time, date and moon phase. Secures with nylon straps, included. 45-degree optical field of view. Battery life approximately 13,500 images. 50-foot detection range. 16:9 widescreen images and video. Displays barometric pressure. Operates on eight AA batteries, not included. Imported.

CategoryScouting Cameras
Model Year2015
ModelM-880i Gen2
Flash TypeIR Black Flash
Battery Type8 AA
Test PerformedResult
Flash Range50+ feet
Trigger Time without flash0.84s
Trigger Time with flash1.26s
Video Trigger Time1.44s
Photo Recovery time4.32s at 5s delay
Video Recovery timeNot captured due to annoying firmware bug. see write up.
Day Range
Battery Life
Filter ClunkNo
Invisible Flash
Motion Blur
Sensing Test35 feet at 88 degrees F


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Moultrie M-880i Gen2 Camera Review

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-880 Gen2 we are reviewing.  The camera has the same two line backlit display menus for its settings which include resolution options, time lapse, video and more.  The main difference on this version is the use of iNVISIBLE technology which should mean the camera’s flash is invisible to the human eye.

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 the VGA (low) and 720p HD (medium) setting for video.  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.

Progress and Activity
06-13-2015 Update
Started the M-880i review. Gathered media shots. First impressions are that this is an easy camera to use. Set up did not require a book.  I captured some day range test pictures.  Images have decent clarity and contrast with a slight over saturation of color.
06-14-2015 Update: Trigger Testing - firmware bug
Yesterday I started trigger testing several Moultrie cameras.  I hope to complete the trigger tests tonight. I did notice a small firmware bug during the testing of the M-880 and M-880i.  I would set the camera to video mode, run several trigger tests then power off the camera, pull the SD card and look at the captured videos.  I then put the SD card back to test the recovery times in video mode.  I would switch the camera back on and arm it as normal.  After running several tests, I would again pull the SD card.  I noticed that the camera would automatically switch back into photo mode all on its on, even though I had not gone back into the settings or pulled the batteries out.  I find that before arming the camera I have to go back into the settings where it correctly shows Video mode, switch to photo mode then back to video.  Then arm and the camera will stay in Video mode.  Don’t get bit by this issue after a two week run of what you think are videos and come to find out its only photos.  This was slowing down my testing and creating some issues until I discovered the pattern.  It is not a one off issue since it happens on the M-880-ish cameras. Tonight I will determine if this issue is on the M-990i as well.
06-16-2015 Update: Trigger and Flash Range
I managed to capture the trigger times and the flash range.  The trigger times are respectable.  The flash range is usable to 50+ feet.  The images are a bit dark with a bit of haze to them.
06-28-2015 Update: Photo Samples
I pulled a nice card full of photos in various conditions and I am now switching the camera over to Video Mode.
07-05-2015 Update: Video Samples
I pulled a nice card full of Videos and notice a problem right away. The first couple of days had an issue with a stuck filter arm. all those daytime videos are pink. See the video samples I uploaded. The video quality is usable but a lower frame rate creates some noticable jerkiness and motion blur.

I am moving this camera into the battery life testing.




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