Pros: Low-price for quality pictures, has lock hasps that effectively lock in your SD card and batteries (cable lock not included) while securing it to its location, offers night-view capability, and is 5.0 megapixels.
It also takes video clips.
The return policy is limited to those who can prove purchase and whose camera does not show signs of abuse resulting in the damage to be repaired.
Cons: Not waterproof or weather proof, the shortest time delay option available is 1 full minute in between pictures, which leaves a lot of time for things to happen in between shots.
It doesn’t take very good night shots, according to verified owners.
The Moultrie A5 Trail Camera Review
The Moultrie company has an excellent reputation for producing high-quality feeder cameras, in addition to other feeding equipment.
They have quite a few camera options available, the Moultrie A-5 is their absolute base option, no bells, no whistles, just the bare necessities.
At an average online price of $70 (usually less on Amazon.com), this camera is pretty inexpensive.
Unfortunately, you usually get what you pay for, and even though Moultrie has a great reputation, multiple reviews show that their usually loyal customers aren’t impressed with this particular camera.
It isn’t water or weather proof, making it kind of useless for an outdoor, hunting tool, feeder camera, unless you are into building a little house for it to take pictures from.
It is apparently sensitive to the cold, and one reviewer had four separate cameras succumb to the elements even though he says he followed the manufacturer’s precautions. So the general idea is that this isn’t a very hardy camera.
As for the details, this camera does offer a couple of cool features. It takes 5.0 megapixel images, and you can set the time delay feature to take pictures every 1, 5, 10 or 30 minutes.
It will put the moon phase, time, date, and camera ID stamp onto each image it takes, and it will take up to 30,000 images before its 4-C batteries run out. It will also take short video clips, and it says it will take them day or night, but a few verified owners report that the quality of its night images and video clips are very sad quality.
The camera uses a standard SD card to store the images on (SD card not included), and will configure up to a 32 GB card. That’s a lot of pictures! There are a lot more specs here, at the Moultrie website.
Some of the nice things people had to say about this camera, were that it is very easy to configure and install where you want it. If it’s protected from inclement weather and severe cold, it lasts a good long time and takes excellent quality pictures.
The flash apparently doesn’t scare wildlife away, even though it startles humans, and plenty of users report great success in using it to find out what kind of animals have been stealing their chickens, or knocking over their trash cans.
It has a 50 ft day and night range, so any motion within that length will set off the picture taking party… however, with the shortest delay option being one full minute, you don’t get to see very much sometimes.
The Moultrie A-5 is easy to procure. You can walk right into Cabelas or Wal-mart and find it in the hunting sections of the stores, and it’s readily available online as well. Refurbished cameras sometimes pop up on Amazon.com for a really low price, so if you’re willing to wait, you could find yourself a great deal there.
So let’s recap: you get what you pay for, and if you’re looking for an inexpensive trail camera to play around with and learn on, this is a good buy for the money. It takes excellent quality pictures, when it actually takes them, and the company will repair and re-guarantee any defective cameras that you can prove you didn’t damage.
The price for this camera isn’t going to break the bank, and if you get some entertaining footage all while learning how to figure out how to use a game camera, the perks may well be worth it. Happy shooting… pictures, that is.