I have a feeling this Moultrie M880 review is going to cost you about $140 bucks. Moultrie was one of the first manufacturers in the trail camera business. Year after year they delivered a bunch of units but have had some issues. In the last couple of years we have seen good things from Moultrie. The Moultrie m80 XT has been a very popular trail camera. The low price and dependable operation have made it hard to beat. So let’s get started with this 2014 Moultrie M880 review.
If you are looking the Moultrie M880I or M880C then please continue reading this review. All three cameras are basically the same. The major difference is the flash type. So finish this review and then check out our new post to determine which Moultrie M880 you should buy.
This trail cam definitely qualifies as a mini cam. The dimensions are a small 5″ x 4″ x3″. The case is good quality and seems to be locked up pretty tight. I have seen no personal evidence of moisture or other intrusion. The finish is a very realistic natural tree bark testure. This along with the gray tone paint helps in blend in quite nicely.
Moultrie M880 Trigger Speed
The M880 has a speedy .9 second trigger. With performance like this you can easily put the camera up over an active trail. Any deer moving on the trail should be captured with these sub-second trigger speeds. The Bushnell Trophy Cam HD is faster but the price tag is also $50 heavier.
The wide detection zone of the Moultrie M880 is also a big plus. Movement is captured right on the edge of the camera’s field of view. This movement triggers the trail camera and .9 seconds later a picture is snapped. This means very few deer pictures are missed unless they are flat out chasing a doe.
Moultrie M880 Flash Range
In my opinion the Moultrie Trail Cameras have traditionally had good flashes. The Moultrie M880 flash is strong and wide. Night pictures are very well lit but not over flashed. Some trail cameras have dim pictures with dark edges. Almost like the flash is in a tunnel. That is not the case with the M880. Seeing details like antlers and other features was not a problem.
Moultrie M880 Picture Quality
The picture and video quality of the Moultrie M880 is top notch. Trail camera picture quality from .5MP up to 8MP can be selected. For our test we ran 4MP and 8MP. There is not a huge noticable difference between the two. Viewing pictures on the laptop will not show much difference. The main benefit of selecting 4MP would be the ability to store twice as many pictures on an SD card. Below are few sample Moultrie M880 pictures as well as some video clips.
Moultrie M880 Battery Life
The Moultrie M880 does very well with 8 AA lithium batteries. With any trail cam be sure you are using high power lithium batteries. Anyway, you can expect to get 1 deer season use from one set of batteries. The strong flash, fast trigger and detection circuit needs juice. But consuming one set in about 6 months is still very good performance.
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- Moultrie M880 Manual
- Moultrie M880 Firmware Software Upgrade
Moultrie M880 Review Conclusion
Overall we have been very impressed with the Moultrie M880. Our own field test revealed no major flaws. Battery life is a little below some other models but for the price of the Moultrie M880 we saved enough money to buy a lot of batteries. We have the Moultrie M-880 Low Glow Game Camera with free shipping so take advantage of this discount.
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