Updated: May 29, 2015

Moultrie Game Camera Review - Best Digital Game Cameras

Does Moultrie Make the Best Game Camera?
Hunters everywhere are always looking for ways to bag the biggest buck or the largest boar. The problem is, of course, that the game is always trying to avoid us. How many times have you walked a trail only to come back down and discover new prints right behind you? Wouldn't it be great to be able to monitor the behavior of game species, mapping out their habits, without being detected? With monitoring devices such as the Moultrie Game Spy camera lines, hunting is made a lot easier. Moultrie has been helping hunters for over 30 years, with the top selling deer feeders in the business. It's recently become a player in the game camera showdown, throwing in its offering alongside major competitors such as Bushnell and Predator. The Moultrie Game Spy digital camera's main claim to fame is that it comes at a lower price than equivalent models from the competition, but you might well ask, is anything sacrificed for this more economic model? Let's take a look at what Moultrie has to offer in the way of game cameras.

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What are the Differences Between Moultrie Game Spy Cameras?

In total, Moultrie offers five different game camera models, and we will get to the differences between them in just a minute, but first it's worthwhile to talk about what all the camera lines have in common. From the basic Moultrie D-40 Game Spy digital camera, to the top of the line offering from the company in the Moultrie Game Spy I - 65, all of Moultrie's cameras are digital, and come with a one year warranty. They also include USB and TV out cables for easy data transfer, weatherproof casing, and mounting straps. The mounting straps on all models are equipped with locks, so that the digital game cameras are hard to steal (should anyone even come across them).

The different Game Spy Cameras Moultrie has to offer are different from one another in several ways. First of all, of course, there is the price. The Moultrie Game Spy Digital D-40 is, as we mentioned earlier, the basic model that the company offers, selling for around $120. The D-40 requires 6 D cell batteries to function, and the battery life will last for up to two months. It's a pretty basic camera, taking pictures with a 45 foot flash that produces grainy pictures and may scare game as well. Resolution is 4 mega pixels; it's a good camera for the person beginning work with a game camera but most serious hunters prefer the higher end models offered by Moultrie in its I and M series. These two series are different in the imaging system they use to capture pictures of game. The Moultrie M series takes images using a flash system. This is great for hunters looking for clear pictures at night; there is no motion blur during the darker hours. On the other hand, the flash is visible to both humans and game; it may alert other hunters to a prize spot, and it may spook game and make them wary of the spot. There are two cameras in the Moultrie Game Spy M line, the M-40 and the M-65. Priced at $289, the Moultrie M-40 game camera runs on four D batteries and includes a 45 foot flash, which is on the short end as far as game cameras go. It also allows a 16 GB memory card to be used for image storage, which means you can get a lot of pictures before you have to wipe it clean. The M series is also touted for having the ability to take color videos during the night hours, something which the infrared imaging I series cannot do.

Infrared Game Cameras - Accessories for the Moultrie Digital Game Spy Camera

Some people prefer the infrared imaging system to the flash imaging system because of its suggestion of stealth. The Moultrie Game Spy Digital Camera I series (I for infrared) will not scare off game or attract other hunters, but the picture quality is sacrificed somewhat (you will get blurs if there is movement), particularly at night. The cameras themselves follow the same line as the Moultrie M flash series. There is the I-65 and the I-45. The only difference between these and the M series is the imaging mechanism, and since we've already outlined the basic features of the lesser priced 45s, we'll take a look at what the 65s have to offer. First of all, there is a jump in price between the Moultrie I-45 and the I-65, matched in the M series. 65 models will cost $389, and with that you get several extra features. First is an increased range, both the I-65 and the M-65 will image up to 50 feet. Both are also equipped with a security feature; if the camera does get stolen, it will not operate for anyone else. Like the 45 series, the 65s operate with four D batteries, and include displays monitoring time, date, camera number, and moon phase. The big feature added to both the I-65 and the M-65 is compatibility with the Moultrie GPS Connect system.

The Moultrie GPS connect system can be purchased separately from the cameras themselves for a price of $160, or it can be bought in a package. Buying the package is by far the better deal, as with both the M-65 and the I-65 it adds only $20 to the overall purchase. The Connect system allows hunters to monitor their cameras from anywhere in the world, as long as they have an Internet connection, right from the Moultrie site. Camera angles can be adjusted, pictures reviewed, and batteries monitored without ever going into the field. The implications for the committed hunter are vast; less disturbance of the spot, less money spent on field trips, less time tampering with the camera itself. You can also purchase memory cards at several different levels, a power panel ($90), tripods, and other accessories for the Moultrie game cam.

Reviews of the Moultrie Game Cameras

As we mentioned earlier in the review, Moultrie makes a more economic version of the game camera than its competitors. Unfortunately, the decrease in quality that comes with a lower price has been well noted in many of the reviews we consulted about this product. From Whitetaildeer-hunting-and-management.com to Amazon to chasinggame.com, people were at times underwhelmed with what the Game Spy digital cameras had to offer. Pictures were said to be grainy and of poor quality; but one of the real recurring issues seemed to be with defective products and Moultrie's addressing of the issues. At the same time, the Moultrie Game Spy D-40 and I-40 managed to garner nearly 4 out of 5 stars from 60+ reviewers on Amazon, so the news is not all bad. You can be the judge - take a look at some of the photo samples snapped by the I-40 on this page (top left corner). One reviewer noted: "I currently own 3 game cameras, two of which are (Moultrie) I40s and if I need more, I won't hesitate to get another I40." Other words of warning were that windy conditions can trigger a lot of false, blank shots.

In all, the Moultrie Game Spy Digital Camera will fill a need for the average hunter looking for some experience with a game cam in the D40. The compatibility of the higher models with the Connect system is a neat feature, but for $400 you may want to consider other brands when looking for the best high-end game camera. You can check out more game cameras from companies like Bushnell and Wildview.