Moultrie A5 Low Glow Game Camera
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- 5.0 megapixel Low Glow infrared game camera
- 50-ft nighttime illumination range (AKA flash range)
- Long-Range 850nm IR LED Infrared
- Moon phase, time, date and camera ID stamp
- Picture delay 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, & 5 minutes
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Moultrie's A-5 provides easy setup and great features at a price that makes it affordable to outfit your entire property. The Moultrie A-5 Game Camera makes scouting easy. Features: 5.0 megapixel Low Glow infrared game camera Up to 50-ft night range Day and night video clips Moon phase, time, date and camera ID stamp Picture delay 1, 5, 10 and 30 minutes SD memory card slot - up to 32GB (not included) 8,000+ images on 4 C-cell batteries Integrated strap loop with Python cable compatibility (cable not included)
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This camera is scouting made easy. Moultrie's A-5 provides easy setup and great features at a price making it affordable to outfit your entire property. This is a 5.0 megapixel Low Glow infrared game camera. The night range spans to 50-ft, and the A-5 captures day and night video. This camera has a picture delay of 1/5/10 and 30 minutes, and includes a moon phase, time, date and camera ID stamp. There is an SD memory card slot (up to 32 GB; not included), and 8,000+ images can be supported on 4 C-cell batteries.
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There are several big drawbacks to this entry-level camera. The first one is obvious from the specs - the shortest delay setting is 1 minute, so no matter what is going on, you cannot take pictures any faster than 1/min. I knew this before I bought it, but I was not sure just how important I would find that ability. But a LOT can happen between those pictures, and now that I have seen several sequences with deer and elk moving through, I can see I need something with a much shorter delay option. Update: Using video mode makes this limitation much less of a problem - the 10 second clips provide even more information than a multi-shot burst, so the 1 minute delay is acceptable (and may even be too short).
The biggest negative is that this thing takes WAY TOO LONG to wake up and take the first picture, so you miss a lot of first action when something triggers it to wake up. For example, I placed one of these in my driveway facing out from the corner of the garage (mounted right next to the door), angled slightly in so it would catch activity in front of the garage door too. When I left yesterday morning, I backed out at a fairly tentative speed since it was still dark, then I slowly pulled around in front of the camera to head down the drive. The first picture it took just barely caught the rear wheel and tail light as I was passing out of the frame. Apparently the whole time I was backing out and then starting to pull around it was still yawning and rubbing the sleep out of its eyes! (Update: A big part of this problem is that the motion sensor only functions in a relatively narrow band through the center of the frame, so even though my car was fully visible in the frame on the right side while I was backing out, the motion sensor did not trigger the camera to wake up and snap until I actually started pulling around through the center of the frame.) Another series of pictures later in the day showed my wife walking back and forth by the camera getting water from the rain barrels; but just by guessing on the few pictures she was visible in, and the time stamps on the many pictures that showed nothing but empty driveway, she was able to pass totally out of the frame before the camera snapped more often than not.
The next significant drawback is no sensitivity setting for the motion trigger. I put one camera on a dead tree near my stock tank - no leaves or branches hanging down at all, and no other brush or trees anywhere near it except for one big juniper about 15 yards away on the edge of the frame. The last couple of days have been fairly windy, and that one tree triggered the camera constantly! I have two days and nights of great time-laps series of 1 pix every minute for hours and hours. But watching shadows move is not what I was hoping for. So this clearly shows that just clearing brush and leaves "near" the camera is pointless - if you only want to see animals, you need to make sure there is NOTHING moveable in front of the camera within about 20 yards! Update: The extreme sensitivity to false triggers remains a big problem - these cameras are MUCH more sensitive to wind motion of grass or trees than the new M880 I bought, and in my kind of forest it is virtually impossible to find any setting that does not get hundreds of false triggers every day.
If these cost any more than $60, I would not have even given them 4 stars, but at that price, I think the limitations are to be expected. They do take good pictures and they provide significant value in the right situations where you can catch things moving towards and away from the camera instead of across the frame. For a game camera, however, I will happily pay more than twice the price to find one that overcomes the specific limitations I detailed above.
10/25 update: After several weeks of use I remain generally pleased with these cameras. The motion detector sensitivity remains a slight irritant as it triggers for just about anything, including just a few stems of gramma grass in a light breeze. It has helped to weed-eat all the grass in the first 10-20 yards, but I still get a trigger WAY too often all day long. Maybe it's the danged grasshoppers and flies? I have tried to identify exactly what is triggering it and where in the frame it needs to be, but not with any success. Using the IR aiming mode is pretty worthless. Even when I can see it trigger from my miniature dachshund walking through the frame, I cannot get it to trigger by waving a yard stick in the same place! On the plus side, that super sensitivity really gives it some range. I have one camera aimed along the side of my stock tank with the dirt road going up to the neighbor 45 yards away in the background (just paced it off to be sure). The camera triggers on cars at that distance. When they are traveling at a reasonable speed, The video will start with the car about 1/2 way across the frame, and even when they are racing by and the camera cannot wake up in time to catch the car in the frame, I know it was a car by the rolling dust.
Using the video mode does resolve one of my complaints - not having a delay shorter than one minute or a burst mode. Since the videos are 10 seconds long, you can actually see what is really going on. And with all the false triggers I get, I'd hate to see how many would be there if I did have a shorter delay option. The videos do take up a lot more space (and probably eat up batteries faster), but with a 16GB card, the storage is not a problem at all unless you are going to leave it unattended for several weeks. The worst thing is the amount of time it takes to review all the clips! Some days I have gotten more than 250 of them due to wind-related false triggers, so watching all of those takes at least an hour. I have gotten pretty good at quickly glancing at the time stamp on the clip and the still preview frame (generally from about 4 seconds into the clip) to guess that it is a false trigger and just skip it instead of wasting all the time to watch each clip.
Had a decent little rain for a couple of hours this morning, and both cameras were totally dry inside when I checked the memory cards.
One new issue has shown up since I started using the video mode - sometimes the brightness of the video clips is significantly different for no apparent reason. This happens with both cameras, and it does NOT seem to be cloud related, since the shadows visible in the clips are just as distinct in the darker ones. It is really evident when the camera has taken a bunch of false-trigger videos only one minute apart, where one will be extra bright, then the next might be a bit dark. Although I have not had any that were at the extremes where the resulting images were not usable, maybe that is why some folks have complained of total white-outs on some pix? Perhaps this is an inherent flaw in the unit? For me, the brightest seem to be just a bit overexposed, and the darker ones seem just a bit underexposed. Neither would be noticed as a problem by itself, but it becomes obvious when quickly switching between the clips of the identical plot of ground. I did not notice this at all the first few days when only taking still images, or even when I first started using the video setting, but it has been very obvious the last couple of days. I'll let y'all know if it gets worse. Update: I still have no idea what was causing this issue, but it has not gotten worse - some days I do not see it at all. I'm guessing maybe it was related to LIGHT cloud cover, enough to affect the brightness but not change major shadows?
As for the complaint some folks have mentioned about total white-out pictures - I have seen a few of those, but it is NOT an error with the camera. In most cases I have been able to tell it was either an elk or a deer standing right in front of the camera, so close that the flash just washed out everything.
11/10 update: After a month with these cameras (and comparing them to the M880 I recently bought), I have learned a whole lot more. As a consequence, I have made some corrections to the original review above. My complaint about how long they take to wake up is still valid, just not as bad as I originally thought - it is related to the narrow band where the motion detector is triggered - this is totally opposite from my M880, where side activity even out of the frame will trigger it! Battery life has been excellent on both cameras. I am using video mode exclusively now as a way to mitigate the lack of a multiple shot feature and only 1 min delay, and even with that extra drain, one camera is well over 2,000 pix and video clips so far on the original set of batteries.
I set the camera up, lashed it to a fence, and left it. The first night, we got our answer: big raccoon, who seems to enjoy tipping the can over, just for the fun of it. Now I plan on moving the camera around to see who else is visiting us in the small hours of the morning.
Technically, I've had no problems at all (one week in). Works as advertised, takes acceptable stills and video (AVIs), and doesn't seem to upset the animals, although it does produce a flash that they can see -- we confirmed that by setting it off ourselves, after we got several shots of the raccoon looking right at the camera. But they don't seem to care.
Summary: if I were going to rely on it for spying on game, I might buy something a bit higher up the line in terms of resolution and range, but if you want a simple camera to answer the question, "Who's out there?", this is a perfectly good one.
You'll also need: C cell batteries (takes 4, not included). A bicycle lock and cable is also a good idea, if you have any concerns about humans messing with it. The lock hasps not only secure the camera but also keep it from being opened, so no one can make off with your SD card or batteries.
I call Moultrie customer service and spent time going through all the troubleshooting. You know, things like: Did you turn the power on? Did you put batteries in? Did you put in a SD card? Did you format the card? Blah Blah Blah..... I explained that I had researched the problem through Google and that alot of guys were having very similar problems with the same camera. The A-5 simply doesn't work consistantly. She agreed that,"it is our base model with the fewest options". After 30 to 40 minutes of this, I finally decided that If I could return these four cheaper cameras, that I would be happy by paying the difference and upgrading to one of the higher priced models. I have several other Moultrie camera's that work great. The supervisor says that "we can't do that, but we can have you send them in for repair".
Well anyways, Here is my plan. I will send these four camera's in for repair, which will undoubtedly take several weeks, and leave four of my feeders with no camera. I will recieve them back eventually, and they may even work. But I will not rely on Moultrie to aid me in the ever increasingly costly sport of bagging the big Buck.
To make a long story short, DO NOT BUY THE MOULTRIE A-5.
The problems with these camera's are well documented online from many different sources. Just google "Moultrie A-5 stops taking pictures" I hope my story can save one or all of you from falling for the new A-5. It simply does not work, and the company is unwilling to help me overcome the issue in a timely fashion.
The Moultrie A-5 is designed for easy setup and to be affordable to outfit an entire property, while providing great quality. We at Moultrie are sorry to hear that you are displeased with your A-5 cameras. We apologize for the unacceptable experience that you have encountered with one of our products. We strive to create exceptional experiences with our products and our service; unfortunately, it seems that you have had a disappointing experience and we would welcome the opportunity to provide a better outcome for you. Our US based customer service team works diligently to serve our customers and provide support wherever needed. Thank you for being a Moultrie customer. For assistance with Moultrie products, our call center can be reached Monday Friday 8AM - 5PM CST at 1-800-653-3334.
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I have 2 of these cameras they both do the same thing