If you’re interested in improving your hunting statistics, you’ll find that purchasing the right hunting accessories works wonders. One option to consider is the Moultrie M-990i No Glow Game Camera, which is designed to offer a host of exciting and practical technical features.
To help you familiarize yourself with this impressive model, which typically retails for about $250.00 at most larger online retailers, we’ve created a sensible and factual review.
This camera model clearly strikes a compromise between image quality, battery life, usability and price. Here are my observations:
- Daytime images are reasonably good; color appears a bit washed-out in some shots.
- Nighttime infrared images are quite crisp, with good detail and minimal blur (using the motion freeze setting).
- In the multi-shot setting, first image in a series usually appears dimmer, as if the camera were calibrating the shutter speed on the basis of the first image – a slight design flaw, in my view.
- Video has noticeably noisy background, and nighttime video appears to have lower actual frame rate, as other reviews have pointed out. Since the camera is meant to capture haphazard, non-staged images and video clips, this is perhaps adequate.
- The flash is completely invisible; camera operation is silent.
- Optical components are well-protected.
- Screen in the front of the camera can be used for image review, or to aim the camera’s view when mounting; screen display is not very visible in bright daylight.
- Motion sensor has a good range: furthest moving object detected was at the distance of ca. 60 ft.
- The manual contains good descriptions of the settings.
- Company logo in the images is contained within the information strip at the bottom, and is very unobtrusive.
- The inside of the camera has so far remained dry in rainy weather, but there are several potential leakage points. The front lid, which covers the controls and the screen, has openings for the camera lens and motion sensor: these openings have their own weather seals. Batteries reside in a drawer, which slides into the camera from the bottom and is not covered by the main lid; a separate weather seal protects the batteries.
- Padlock hasp is quite bulky and 3/4 inch long. This is a good security feature, but it requires a large padlock, or one with a long loop.
- Mounting strap is a textbook case of unthinking design: the strap has a steel clasp, spring-loaded and featuring prominent sharp teeth, attached to one end. To mount the camera on a tree, one has to thread the other end of the strap through the said clasp – it gave me a nasty cut the first time I attempted to mount the camera in the dark. There are also two perfectly good threaded sockets for the tripod mount.
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What You Will Get
This camera features ten megapixels for incredibly clear image resolution. It’s also equipped with night vision via its “no glow” infrared camera. Tracking game at night will be a total breeze – just let this inconspicuous camera do all of the hard work for you.
This product features seventy feet of night range, as well as an Illumi-night Sensor, and it also records video in glorious high definition. This video comes with sound and it will help you to find out where game animals are congregating on your property or hunting ground.
In addition, this still camera/video camera comes with a lot of exciting add-ons, including displays for barometric pressure, moon phase, time date, temperature and camera ID. So, you’ll always have tons of vital data at your fingertips.
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Pros and Cons of This Design
In terms of “pros”, this camera doesn’t glow at night, so it won’t alert people or animals while it’s being used. In addition, it offers superior night vision technology, so you’ll get clear shots when it’s dark, as well as in the daytime.
Since it has a very long range, you’ll be able to find out which game animals and people are spending time at your property (or hunting area) and you won’t need to spend a fortune in order to access still photographs and video footage. In addition, since this camera is manufactured by a trusted brand name, you’ll be investing in quality. It’s always smart to go with a respected brand name.
Some customers were thrilled to check their game cameras and discover ten or fifteen shots of deer which were taken during the night. They didn’t notice a lot of blank (no animal) photos. These customers loved knowing that deer were exploring their properties (or hunting grounds) and at what times. This type of information makes a successful hunt a lot easier to plan! It definitely boosts the odds of bagging a superlative animal which may even be a trophy buck.
As far as “cons” go, this camera is more expensive than some game cameras. If you want a rock-bottom price, you may be better off with another model which costs a lot less. However, in general, when it comes to these cameras, you will get what you pay for. So, paying a bit more for quality may be a wise investment.
Some customers have complained about glitches or problems with this camera, such as lots of unwanted pictures which are taken during the daytime. These customers aren’t sure why the camera triggers, since nothing of note is captured in these photographs. So, there may be an issue with overly-sensitive sensors or something of that nature. A lot of customers didn’t have this experience, but a few did have it and they were irritated by it, which is quite understandable.
Also, the “Plot Stalker” software program which works with this unit’s video footage may not be the best around. Luckily, it’s possible to use other forms of software in order to view and organize video footage from this camera. So, owners will have options.
After all, you will need a game camera that works well and is durable enough to stand the test of time. This model does have this kind of high performance and durability.
Balancing the pros and cons should help you to make a smart decision about whether or not this camera is right for you.
Why Buy a Game Camera, Anyway?
Most people buy these cameras in order to track game in specific areas. Since cameras of this type are portable, they are easy to move from place to place. They help hunters to find animals and get better results during hunting sessions. Without a game camera, the process of locating elusive game may be an uphill battle.
Moultrie M-990i No Glow Game Camera
- Small size - The game camera is a nice compact size.
- Photo Quality - The daytime and night time are both very nice. Clear crisp images
- Video Quality - The daytime and night time video quality is very nice.
- Long Battery Life - While battery life is reasonably good
- Built-in Display - This is probably the coolest feature.
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