Moultrie M880 Review

Last Updated: September 5, 2013By

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.

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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.

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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 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 [easyazon_link asin=\”B00AP30RVE\” locale=\”US\” new_window=\”default\” nofollow=\”default\” tag=\”deepro-20\” add_to_cart=\”no\” cloaking=\”default\” localization=\”default\” popups=\”yes\”]Moultrie M-880 Low Glow Game Camera[/easyazon_link] with free shipping so take advantage of this discount.

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  1. Ben from Ohio September 5, 2013 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    I had several Moultrie M80 trail cameras so I was really looking forward to the new Moultrie M880 coming out. So far the pictures have been great. I did have a few empty pictures but that must have been from a really hot day or maybe wind. The flash is perfect and it is easy to setup. It has been out 2 months and the batteries are still above 80%.

    Ben – Ohio

  2. Pat March 23, 2014 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    We have four Moultrie 880, purchased October 2013. Recently returned one to Moultrie. No pictures, screen is black. Counter read over 200. Moultrie returned the camera, said they took 500 picture, no problem. We set the camera back at the deer feeder with new batteries, and a new SD card. Waited two weeks and checked the pictures. Same result, black screen, no day or night pictures Counter reads 231 pictures. Any advice?

  3. Larry June 4, 2014 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Bought a new M-880 (Mod.# MCG-12631)and is locked in 00000 Security Code. Moultrie had me try and clear it and try to find a reset button. Nothing, now has to be sent in for service. Moultrie customer service was a lady that didn’t know how to anything without asking her “supervisor”. Very poor customer service on a new item and damn inconvienent.

    If anybody has a fix that would save me the trouble that would be great.

    • MThompson August 18, 2014 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      I am having the same exact problem! She told me it would take 7-10 days for them to try and unlock it! She also told me that someone at Academy must have been playing with it and set the code.

  4. Rusty October 13, 2014 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    I too find that Moultrie like our CDC is not, never has been, and will not in future be into real customer service….my Iphone cost 49.99, takes great pictures, movies and records, and I can talk to anyone on the other side of the world… $130 game camera can’t even stop the blur of a moving deer…all blurry…lol…the people that spec these cameras are sitting on their butts…the cheap technology is there…its been around since the electric cams have been around…digital cams have been around for ever…these companies need to stop producing crappy product…put a few dollars into r-d…and come up with a strong base line for these cams…but then again…this is America…we don’t believe in quality any more…just sell something so we can get a short payback….hell man send a cam to Japan ask them to knock it off and make it better….you’ll have it all in one selling for about 99 dollars…with a 3 year warranty…oh my cam is active for 3 months of the year…what’s with this one year warranty….its really 3-6 months and the product craps out…poor…poor quality…lol as hunters we need to seriously stop accepting hype, poor quality, blurry pictures, short range…etc…its really dirt cheap to have a cam properly wired for above average quality….

  5. Mark Hisey January 6, 2015 at 12:01 am - Reply

    i have a 4 year old M80 that is great & dependable. No problems. I too bought an M-880 expecting the same. After only one full season, my 880 has quit working. Took probably 500 pictures in October and then went black. Changed batteries – Nothing. Looking at these reviews, I Am not looking forward to dealing with Moultrie to fix it. I suppose I will try. Wish me luck.

  6. Dale September 28, 2015 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    M-880i Security Code will not unlock. Customer Service would not help, solve problem.
    See above…. locked in 00000 Security Code.
    I have 3 Moultrie cameras, that still work, but they have lost a customer.

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