The game camera, Moultrie A-8 is an 8- Megapixel budget range Game camera. The camera performs well when it comes to the detection of heat and movement but the captured image quality is not up to the standard. Image size is 8- megapixel but by seeing the quality you will say that it is taken from less than 5 megapixel camera. When it comes to battery life the camera leads, it can take 25,000 photos on a single set of batteries (see our Trail Camera Buyer Guide).
It has three operation modes, single line character display LCD, minimum delay of 60 seconds. Nothing seems brilliant; it is just a budget range game camera with standard features.
- Trigger Speed: <1.5 second
- Recovery time: 1 minute
- Detection Range: 40 feet
- Flash Range: 50 feet (low glow flash)
- Batteries: 4 C – cell batteries
- Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.5 x 5 inches
- Rating: 3.4/5
Moultrie A-8 game camera detects almost all the animal within 40 feet and captures them within 1.5 seconds. It has a low glow IR LED flash, which has a range of 50 feet. The camera disappoints when it comes to recovery time. It doesn’t allow you to capture any image with less than 1 minute of interval between them. It provides you a wide angle view of about 42 degrees.
The camera has 3 operation modes: Motion Detect, Delay timer, and hybrid. In the motion detect mode the minimum delay between two shot can be set to 1 minute. The same minimum duration can also be used in delay timer mode while the maximum limit can be set up to 30 minutes. The camera inserts the date, time, moon phase, and camera ID information to every frame it captures.
The camera comes with 8- Mega Pixel sensor which records VGA video (640 x 480). But the image quality was not up to the expectation. It looks like very poor quality optical sensors are used in this camera.
Still Image Resolutions (3-settings):
- Low: 0.3 MP,
- Medium: 3.0 MP,
- High: 8.0 MP,
- Video resolution:
- VGA 640 x 480
Battery and Power Options
The camera can be powered with 4 C – Cell batteries. 4 C – cell alkaline battery can power it to capture approx 25,000 images, which is impressive. It can also be powered with 12- volt DC supply. But there isn’t any option for AC or solar- power.
Type and Features
The camera supports up to 32 GB SD cards. It comes with strap to tie the camera with the tree. It can also be used with tripods using the ¼“ socket. The camera doesn’t support Wi-Fi SD card, hence the photos can’t be synced to cloud directly. You will have to connect the SD card to a PC in order to use the photos. No USB port is available.
Ease of use
It comes with easy to operate slider switches and single line character display. The LCD displays the date and time. You can also lock the user interface using an external lock (No software security).
The entry level camera satisfies the user in terms of trigger time, and battery life. But it fails to meet the requirement when it comes to the image quality and recovery time. The camera also fails to illuminate the up to the 50 feet distance as claimed by the manufacturer. The camera uses low glow flash instead of no glow, which is also a drawback.
I think, we should not expect everything from a entry level camera. The camera is available with 1 year manufacturer warranty. Apart from that, the design is rugged and robust; it passed several drop tests. Build quality and texture is also good. With the tree like texture it minimizes the chance of getting noticed by any animal.