Gear Review: Moultrie M-880

Moultrie M-880 Gear Review 001At the first of every year I go through my hunting equipment and evaluate what items need to be upgraded.  This year I decided to upgrade my trail cameras.  I started researching the different makes and models out there and decided to purchase the Moultrie M-880.  I have used Moultrie products in the past with great success.  I have a Moultrie M100 and have never had any problems with it.  Which made my decision to stay with Moultrie products that much easier.

Most of the areas that I hunt are remote back country areas.  It takes a great deal of effort just to get into some of these areas.  I was looking for a camera that was small and compact that wouldn’t weigh my pack down like a big bulky camera would.  I also needed a camera that had a lot of features to go along with it.  The M-880 fit both of these criteria’s.  Along with the camera I ordered a security box and a Python cable to go along with it.

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When the package showed up in the mail I was pleasantly surprised with what I found.  The camera was small and compact, just what I was looking for.  This camera has many futures that I found very useful.  I couldn’t wait to set it up to find out what was out in the woods.

I took the camera and placed it on one of my favorite elk wallows.  I let the camera sit for about 30 days and came back to see what I had captured.  I was surprised to find it had taken over 800 pictures in that 30 day period.  I pulled the SD card and swapped it with a new one.  I checked for battery life and was pleased to find I had 80% battery life left.

Moultrie M-880 Gear Review 004I got home and place the SD card in my computer and started scrolling through the pictures.  I was happy to find all the pictures were clear and not blurry.  The only problem I had was most of the pictures were taken in the IR mode.  Normally this wouldn’t be a problem except I plan on using this camera on my spring bear hunt.  When I set up bear bait I like to know what different color phases of bears are using the bait.  This problem had me a little confused.

Moultrie M-880 Gear Review 005I hiked back in to see if I had the wrong setting on the camera but everything seemed ok.  I then pulled the camera out of the security box and set it up  without the box.  When I came back in a week and checked the SD card I had good color day time photos and IR night time photos.  The problem that I was having was the security box shaded the sensor on the camera, thus telling the camera it was darker outside then it really was.  I was going to experiment with the box to see if I could cut away some of it to see if it would let in more light, but I haven’t done that yet.

That was the one and only downside that I could see with this camera.  The camera is very easy to use and set up.  The control panel is set up very good and very easy to use.  I feel for the price of this camera it is a great bargain. It will also outperform cameras costing twice as much.  I would highly recommend this camera or any other Moultrie products to anyone.  The only problem I have now is it need about 6 more cameras to cover all of my hunting spots.  I am hoping I have been a good enough boy this year that Santa has some stashed away in his sleigh for me (I have been hinting).

Thanks for taking the time to read my post.  Good luck this fall and have a wonderful holiday season.

Camera features:

  • 8.0 mega pixel Low Glow infrared mini cam
  • Less than 1-second trigger
  • Up to 100-ft night range

4 operational modes:

  • IR triggered game camera
  • Time-lapse plot camera
  • Plot camera by day, motion detect camera at night
  • – HD video day and night Illumi-Night sensor      provides bright, clear nighttime images Motion Freeze reduces nighttime blur

HD video (720p) with sound
16:9 widescreen images and video
FastFire Continuous Shooting (1-4 pics/sec)
Multi-Shot (1-3 pics)
Moon phase, temperature, time, date and camera ID stamp
Picture Delay Settings allow delay settings ranging from 5-sec. to 1-hr.
Password protected
SD memory card slot — up to 32GB
9,500 images on 8 AA batteries
Integrated strap loop with Python® cable compatibility (cable not included)

Product Rating

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Rating scale: 4

Overall rating: Great product, would highly recommend this camera to anyone.

MSRP: $164.99

Performance: Camera performed great. Only trouble I had was the camera taking IR pictures during day light hours when I used the security box.

Ease of Use:  Camera is very easy to use.  Controls are very well set up. The different function screens are very easy to navigate and use.

Versatility: Camera is very versatile with 4 different operation modes to choose from.

Other uses: Camera could also be used as a home or business security camera.
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