Pros: Very small size, comes in a variety of camo patterns so as to be easily hidden no matter what kind of cover you’re hiding it in. Silent, invisible, infrared no-glow flash. 50 degrees field of view, 100 ft night vision range. One year manufacturer’s warranty. Weatherproof case. Flexi-lock friendly hasp.
Cons: Multiple reviews complain that this trail camera is not to be trusted in cold weather. Verified owners report problems below 40 degrees F, mainly being that the cold causes the batteries to drain rapidly and then the camera won’t function with new batteries.
This seems to be a common problem with Moultrie trail cams across the board, but, most of them actually state that they are not for extreme temps in the first place (although, one might not consider 32 degrees an extreme temperature). Made in China. But the customer service operators are in the US.
Thoughts on the Moultrie M-880
Since Dan Moultrie founded The Moultrie Feeder company in 1980, they have been well known for manufacturing consistent quality, affordable hunting tools, primarily feeders and trail cameras.
They excel at customer service, and offer pretty comprehensive warranties and return policies on their products. Many satisfied customers report replacements sent out in return for their damaged products in record-breaking time.
There are live technicians available online and by phone to help you with any technical difficulties you experience with any of their tech products.
New advances in technology keep bringing us better and better equipment at lower and lower prices! Back in the day when digital photography was first coming into vogue, huge trail cameras that produced blurry, grainy pictures were twice or three times the price that you can pick up this Moultrie M-880 for.
Offering you 8 crystal clear megapixels, and the data capacity of 32GB (that’s the biggest SD card you can put in it), it will take up to 13,500 images for you per battery life cycle. It takes 8 AA batteries (it will also accept a 12v DC power source connection). They base this estimate on 10 HD daytime and 10 HD nighttime images taken per day.
If you have a lot of activity in one area, you will probably get many, many more images, and also have a much shorter battery life.
You have the option of setting this camera (which you can lock with a flexible master lock to any tree, post, gate, or what have you) on several different modes.
First you have motion detect mode, which is a great option if you want to use this camera for home security purposes, or want to catch a glimpse of whatever ghostlike varmint is eating all the dog food. Time lapse mode offers you 13 different interval settings, it can take pictures every few seconds, to every few minutes.
The other option you have is hybrid mode, which is time lapse mode BUT doesn’t start up until the passive infrared motion detector system catches something of interest for you.
At night, the flash can catch objects up to 100 feet away. You have two options here. Motion freeze concentrates on getting you high-quality, crisp images, while extended flash focuses on capturing images from as far away as possible, hang the quality.
The best thing about this camera hands down is the HD images it takes. They are taken in 16:9 aspect ratio, and when you have it set to highest quality 8 mp the images day or night come out perfect. You may adjust them to your preference, however. There are 4 quality settings, from 2 mp up to 8, and you set the images to low VGA or medium, your choice.
So let’s recap. For a very affordable price, you can get yourself an 8 mp HD day and night photo capable trail cam. It probably won’t do well for you in temperatures lower than 40 degrees, but you should have an easy time getting it replaced if it quits on you.
You have an entire year to play with it and make sure it works before your warranty is up. If you don’t mind the many negative reviews this camera has earned online, and you baby it, you’ll get some great pictures. Happy shooting…pictures, that is.