122 of 124 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2013
This camera is phenomenal. I just downloaded the memory card after the camera was in the field for one week. I had 398 images of deer, turkey and coons. There were some "landscape" photos, but we had a major storm move through the area on May 30th.
I set the camera up for a 2 shot burst and it performed flawlessly. The daytime picture clarity is second to none. Some of the night time photos were a bit grainy, but not bad. Be sure to use a Sandisk, class 10, 32MB data card with these cameras. They are a bit pricey, but you can typically find them on Amazon for half of what they cost at Best Buy or other big box stores. You will also want to use Energizer Ultimate lithium batteries.
48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2013
This is a really nice product. I did a LOT of reasearch before choosing the Moultrie. I use this for both deer hunting and coyote/coon trapping. Just one suggestion to buyers: unless you are going to leave this out for many days/weeks in an area of HEAVY deer activity, I suggest using a 4GB or 8GB card. Yes, this camera will accomodate a 32GB SD card, but it will slow the camera quite a bit and you might miss good shots. An 8GB card will give you thousands of pictures and the camera will run faster on the smaller capacity card. I also got the Moultrie security box and use it with lag bolts as well as a Python cable lock. (The Bushnell Bear-Proof security box is too small for this camera!)
First night I used the camera I got 50 pictures of 10+ deer at various times....evening, night and morning. All good quality fotos! I didn't even use the high-res/high pixelation/hi=quality setting! For my purposes, I bought 2 of the 8GB SD cards. I just swap them back and forth: take the card with pics back home and download and then put the clean/erased/reformatted card back in next time out. If you prefer, the camera will also re-format your SD card for you in about 5 seconds or so. Very convenient in the field. I have used this on windy days and was worried about lots of mis-fires from branches, etc. sucking up the batteries and wasting space on the card, but I have had very few errant pictures.
67 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2013
If Amazon would allow me to give this 4.5 stars, I would. This is my first Moultrie, but I've had several of the higher-quality game cams over the years from Bushnell, Primos and Wildgame Innovations, and so far, I think this is my favorite. I tested in my backyard for a few weeks and just had it out in the field for one day/night and it did great. The user interface is intuitive and the flexibility and options are great. It's also a great size and good camo design. The pictures are great during the day and as good if not better than any of the other cameras I have with night shots. I have not had any false positives that I noticed and I have not noticed the LED glow at night, so I think this is the best no-glow camera I've used. It has "FastFire" multi-shot mode as well as a regular multi-shot mode, and the FastFire is definitely very fast - good for putting on a trail where the game is moving fairly quickly. But, I find the regular multi-shot mode is better around feeders to get more angles of bucks' racks. After weeks of use, the battery life is still near 100% (using Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries, which I highly recommend for game cams).
The only disappointment I've had with this game cam is that I don't see a difference between VGA mode and HD mode on the video quality, other than the fact that the HD mode is a slightly larger file size on the SD card. In both modes, the video quality is not that great - it looks like both modes are really sub-HD quality (not the 720p that it claims to be in HD mode). I did the firmware update (which, again, was very easy and intuitive), but it didn't help this issue I sent examples of this to Moultrie. The customer service person is very nice and responsive, but their engineering group has not responded with their thoughts on the issue yet after a couple of weeks. I don't typically use video mode much, so this is not a big deal to me, but I would still like to see this corrected.
Overall, I would give this 5 stars if the HD video truly looked like HD. If Moultrie corrects this issue, I will update this review and upgrade my rating.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2013
11/23/13 The first M-990i I purchased lasted just over two weeks until it started getting cold outside, but we'd had it just over a month. It started draining the batteries. I put in a new set and set it outside and again drained batteries by the next day. Duracell batteries (Not Duralock) were used. I put in another fresh set and it would only allow me to punch in my password and set it up for pictures before the screen would go blank.
It was just past the vendor return policy of a month and I had to send it directly to Moultrie. $10 for shipping and two weeks later, I got a new one, as they could not repair the first one. They just sent a new camera and it showed up without any warning or communication about the bad one. Minimal customer service. That's OK, it keeps costs down.
Anyway, I got the new one and finally had a chance to set it up. This one also drains batteries within a day, but just does not take pictures or video; yes, it's below freezing. My wife said it took 3 pictures and then died. It has gone from the 30s down into the 20s outside. While it has been getting down to the mid 20s at night, that should not be an issue. We have 8 other cameras outdoors; 1 Wildgame Innovations 6MP(3 or 4 years old and our first camera) and 7 Primos Truth Cam 35s (4 that are 1.5 years old and 3 newer; our favorites at about $80 each). While they are less expensive game cameras than this Moultrie, we've had them for years and they are all still working.
We thought we'd upgrade to this Moultrie for the audio, video and resolution for one specific area. I will now have to send this one back, if I can't convince Amazon to have them refund my money and pay for its return. The 1st camera was promising and worked so well for about two weeks; not a day with the second. What is the point of purchasing an outdoor camera if it does not work when it gets cold outside?
I purchased this M990i through 17th Street Photo, Amazon is trying to go through them to get me a refund. As you all should know, Amazon is always awesome, so no issues there. As a matter of fact, while discussing this issue, I told them that a Guaranteed Prime package had not arrived on-time. Amazon apologized and gave me a complimentary one month extension on my Prime account.
12/13/2013 I got no help from 17th street Photo, so I called Moultrie and asked if they would pay to have the DOA shipped back and if possible give me a different but comparable model, as I had no confidence in this model or the M series. I was told that it was possible, but the representative said he needed to talk to his Manager. Five minutes later he got back on the line and told me that the manager was OK with emailing me a UPS shipping tag and also said he made a note in my file regarding an alternative camera, but both requests needed to be approved by corporate and to expect an email within a couple of days. It's been a week and a half and I've heard nothing. I will call on Monday as they are now closed and they do not accept phone messages; just as convenient as them responding to emails - non existent.
12/17/2013 I got hold of Moultrie. After putting me on hold, the first lie they told me was that there were delays with the UPS emails, when I asked what happened. Two weeks and they couldn't contact me? What does UPS have to do with their emails or them staying on top of issues when they obviously knew they had them? Anyway, they decided I needed to unpack the box I packed two weeks before, so we could do MORE troubleshooting. I purchased the first camera 4 months ago and am still hassling with Moultrie. I just want my money back, but that isn't going to happen. More hours wasted. So, Jordan the troubleshooter tells me this: You should only use Duracell, but not duralock or energizer batteries. You should use SanDisk memory cards, but NEVER intermingle the cards with other cameras. Do not use Motion Freeze, as it will drain the batteries quickly. So, now I will be waiting to see if the weather gets below freezing again to see if all this high maintenance pays off. My 8 other non Moultrie cameras are so low maintenance. We swap memory cards between them (different brands, speeds and memory capacities), no problems; different batteries, including Costco's Kirkland brand and rechargeables, no problems and in all types of weather, with no problems. I will update when I have tested the camera longer, but for the last two days, under a controlled and non freezing environment, the camera is working. Did I mention that Jordan also said that the Moultrie M990i is weather resistant, but not weather proof, so I must assume rain or snow can damage these outdoor game cameras, unless he meant you can't use them to video trout under water; hey some Mensa candidate might. Also, I just noticed that after I told Moultrie that I was documenting all this on Amazon, they almost immediately released comments to at least all the 1 star raters, who have similar complaints as mine. I'm to believe that everyone's issues must be Duracell's Duralock batteries. PLEASE! Always blame the other guy.
The only high drain camera I have owned is this one. More like a sieve if you ask me, at least with certain functions engaged.
March 13, 2014
Well, the camera made it through the winter. It looks like the issue is software or the electronics themselves; freeze frame function, et al. Sadly, that feature is for night vision and is what we bought this camera to shoot in. We have not received any updates to rectify the problem, so I think it is still there. I certainly won't waste any more batteries to find out, even if they had a firmware release to fix the flaw. Just be aware. I will keep this at a 1 star, so more people will read it, but if you don't need all the functions, I would give this 2.5 stars now. It is not complete junk, but per Moultrie Tech Support this camera has problems and it is absolutely not a battery issue. I wish they would quit lying and blaming Duracell Duralock batteries.
October 7, 2014
Almost two months ago I responded to Moultrie's request to contact them to try and resolve the issues with the M-Series 990i camera. I have not heard a word. Like I said, Quality is a reflection of Customer Service.
35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2013
I bought the camera to view the license plates of cars that come down my road. Other cameras that I purchased failed to do this; however, the M-990i is doing a great job. How it works for animals, I don't know, but it works just fine for me.
24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2013
perfect, just perfect, the pics i get are so clear its like looking out a window, the night time photos are great also, it seems to light up the night so i see the other deer deep in the woods, was a great choice, and well worth the money