Moultrie M-990i Game Camera Review

Moultrie M-990i Game Camera Review

Moultrie M-990i Game Camera is a good quality game camera manufactured by Moultrie. It has 10 megapixel sensors, No glow IR flash, Eye-Fi SD card support, and many more features to discover.  It takes really good night time photos and videos. It is equipped with a microphone; hence the video contains sound as well. It records moon phase, temperature, date, and time and location data to every frame. Location information is not automatic but it is configurable and shows just what user has entered.

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Quick Facts

  • Trigger Speed: 0.79 second
  • Recovery time: 5.4 seconds
  • Detection Range: 40 feet
  • Flash Range: 70 feet
  • Batteries: 8 AA batteries
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.5 x 5 inches
  • Rating: 4.1/5

Detection Circuit

The game camera Moultrie M-990i 2014 model just has a detection range of 40 feet as compared to 70 feet of the earlier model. Also the night time flash range is reduced to 70 feet and camera takes lots of out of focus photos during the daytime. Hope that the out of focus problem gets solved with the next software update. It uses No glow IR LED flash, which is great and night time photos seems to be perfect.

It covers 50 degree field view, with an aspect ratio of 16:9.  Recovery time of this 2014 model is also increased and now it is 5.4 seconds. We really don’t have any idea why the manufacturer did this but surely it isn’t good for a game camera.  Irrespective of all these changes the trigger rate of the camera remains the same which is 0.79 seconds.

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Picture Quality

Picture quality of the camera seems fine. The day time photos are vivid and but some captured photos are out of focus while the night time images seem perfect with good contrast, sharpness and focus. Apart from that, it has 10 Megapixel sensor which is also capable of recording 720p videos at 30 fps. It also comes with a microphone hence the video are captured with the sound.

Still Image Resolutions (4-settings):

  • Low: 0.9 MP (1280 x 720),
  • Medium: 2.0 MP (1920 x 1080),
  • High: 4.0  MP (2688 x 1512),
  • Enhanced: 10.0 MP (4224 x 2376)
  • Video resolutions (2-settings):
  • VGA 640 x 480 (4:3)
  • HD 1280 x 720 (16:9)

Battery and Power Options

It can operate with 8-AA batteries, which take around 13,000 photos in a go while used with normal alkaline batteries. Instead of Alkaline batteries, rechargeable Li-ion battery or Ni-Cd battery can also be used. It can also be powered with 12 – volt DC external power source. It isn’t equipped with solar panel, which is a drawback. It also support AC power mode that might solve all the power problems in some cases.

 

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 puts date, time, location, temperature, and moon phase information on each of the photos. It is compatible with SD class 4 or higher and supports up to 32 GB SD card.

It has a memory management feature. In the “overwrite oldest” mode it erases the older photos to take the new photos when the SD card gets full.

Ease of use

Panoramic 150 has 2 x 16 character LCD display, using which user can easily navigate through the settings. It comes with a mounting strap using which it can easily be tied to a tree. The settings can be protected by 5-digits security code.

But the problem occurs with the camera because of the unexpected behavior with respect to the settings. So, user needs a bit of patience and experience to deal with the problem.

Price

The mid-range camera Moultrie M-990i is affordable camera that has some nice features for the price point. But there are some other cameras available in this range which performs better than this camera. If manufacturer solves the out of focus problem then it will be one of the best cameras in the price bracket.

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Conclusion

The Moultrie M-990i seems to perform well, if we ignore the daytime focus problem, which might be just a software problem and gets fixed with the new software release. After the fix it will be a must buy product, otherwise you can go for some other cameras available in the same price bracket like M-1100i.