The Moultrie M-550 Game Camera is one of the best entry level game cameras. The camera provides a one of the best recovery time and trigger speed in the price bracket of 100$. Apart from that the camera is capable of detecting animals within 50 feet and the camera has a flash range of 70 feet which is totally impressive for an entry level camera. The camera operates on AA size batteries, where alkaline as well as rechargeable batteries can be used. The battery backup of the camera is outstanding. It is capable of taking around 17,500 photos on a single pack of batteries.
- Trigger Speed: 1.12 second
- Recovery time: 5.4 seconds
- Detection Range: 50 feet
- Flash Range: 70 feet (Low- glow)
- Batteries: 8 AA batteries
- Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.5 x 5 inches
- Rating: 4/5
Moultrie M- 550 has a good detection range of 50 feet. Its recovery time is just 5.4 seconds, hence we can set it to take another photo just after an interval of 5 seconds in motion detect mode. It has a fast trigger speed, and it can take photos just after 1.12 seconds once any motion happens. The camera has a 42 degrees wide view and the low glow IR flash reaches up to 70 feet, which is impressive just ignoring the fact that ‘No glow’ flash is not used.
The camera comes with 7- Mega Pixel sensor which records VGA video (640 x 480). Image quality seems to be good and I can say that it is one of the best in this price range. The camera adds date, time, moon phase, and camera ID information to every frame that it captures. Night time photos were a bit blurred but that’s totally acceptable for a camera of this price.
- Maximum Still Image Resolutions: 7 MP
- Maximum Video resolution: VGA (640 x 480)
Battery and Power Options
The camera can be powered with 8 AA batteries. The camera is capable of capturing 17,500 photos on 8 alkaline batteries. Since the camera uses the AA batteries, so we can also use rechargeable Li-ion or Ni-Cd batteries. [Note the fact that camera doesn't comes with any battery.] It can also be powered with 12- volt DC or domestic AC supply. Solar panel are not given with the camera, hence it has to be powered with batteries or power cables.
Type and Features
The camera doesn't support a Wi-Fi SD card, which is acceptable for this price range. It supports up to 32 GB of normal SD card (class 4 or above). The camera comes with a strap, so it can be tied with the tree. It can also be used with a tripod. The camera uses low glow flash, which is slightly visible, - definitely a drawback. It would have been better if this camera would have used no glow IR LED flash.
Ease of use
It comes with easy to operate slider switches and character display. The LCD displays the date and time. It doesn’t have a color display and hence it can’t show the captured photos. The camera can be locked with 5- digit security code.
Yes, It is an entry level game camera in terms of the price but not in terms of specifications. It is a must buy. The design is so rugged and robust that after dropping it several times, it was working properly. You can also go for bulk purchasing if you need many cameras for your yard without any doubt. It proves to be a good camera in all aspects including detection circuit, Image quality, flash range, design, security etc. The manufacturer provides us 1 year of warranty, so in case of any fault we can easily avail the warranty and get the product replaced or repaired. I strongly recommend this product.