The Moultrie M-880 Game Camera (2014 Model) is a powerful mid range game camera. It has all the features that are needed for surveillance of game area or wildlife photography. The Game camera M-880 is capable of capturing photos very quickly as soon as it detects any motion. It has a pretty good trigger time of about 0.8 seconds. It comes with three modes of operations, which allows it to have very good control according to the need of the user.
There are only few differences between M-880 and M-880i. The Moultrie M- 880i uses No glow infrared LEDs, as compared to red glow infrared LEDs used in M-880. Their flash ranges are 70 feet and 100 feet respectively.
Let’s have detailed discussion about the camera on each of the parameters.
- Trigger Speed: 0.8 second
- Recovery time: 5.2 seconds
- Detection Range: 50 feet
- Flash Range: 100 feet/70 feet
- Batteries: 8 AA batteries
- Dimensions: 9.5 x 6 x 3.5 inches
The detection circuit of Moultrie M-880 works pretty well. The manufacture claims to have a detection range of 50 feet, which is a bit higher than what we felt during our tests. It detects nearly all the movements within 40 feet. When it comes to the night vision, it has two modes of operation of flash. In the Extended mode the picture gets darkened in almost all the areas other than the centre 40% area of the image but using this mode you can achieve maximum flash distance. In the other mode it performs pretty well.
The camera has three operational modes: Motion detect mode, Time-lapse mode and Hybrid mode. In the motion detect mode, it takes image when PIR motion sensor is triggered by any movement. The camera also has options for the multi-shot per trigger, allowing it to take up to 3 photos per trigger. In the Time-lapse mode, it just captures an image at the interval specified by the user. It allow user to take photos at a minimum interval of 10 sec. In the hybrid mode the camera will capture the images at the specified time interval as well as it will be triggered by the motion sensor.
It has a wide angle field view of 50 degrees. The camera leads in the recovery time setting. It has many option to choose from, starting just at 5 sec.
If we talk about the picture quality of the M-880 game camera, it is really good. It has 8 –megapixel sensor and many resolution settings to choose from. It has a motion Freeze setting that reduces the blur in the night time photos.
Still Image Resolutions: Low 1280 x 720, Medium 1920 x 1080, High 2688 x 1512, Enhanced 3840 x 2160 (4- settings)
Video resolutions: VGA 640 x 480, HD 1280 x 720 (2-settings)
Battery and Power Options
It can operate with 8- AA cells, where you can also place rechargeable batteries. It can also be powered with 12 – volt DC external power source. It isn’t equipped with solar panel or any rechargeable power source, which is a drawback. But with the 8 AA alkaline batteries it can take around 13,500 photos.
Type and Features
The camera comes with really good features. It supports Eye-Fi branded SD card, which allows it to connect to a Wi-Fi network and hence camera can directly upload photos to the internet. It is also equipped with a digital security lock.
Ease of Use
M- 880 is rugged and robust camera. The controls are very user friendly. There is a LCD to display all the setting such that user can easily navigate through them.
The price of the M-880 is set in such a way that it becomes really difficult to find any camera with such specification. Although many cheap game cameras are available in the market but this camera lives up to all the expectation came up with this price.
The Moultrie M-880 series are among the best trail camera I have ever used, it takes really good photos, the design of the camera is robust and rugged, even after dropping it a few times it was working. It competes well with high end game cameras. Go for it.