Customer Reviews: Moultrie Game Spy M-80
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on December 5, 2011
I bought this camera a few weeks before the hunting season opened and did a series of backyard tests before installing it at my feeder. All turned out satisfactorily, so I placed it near a huge scrape and switched it on. The camera functioned perfectly for a week, providing some stunning shots of big deer. However, after a week the camera became totally inoperable. When I turned it on, the sceen lit up, but no data was displayed. The only way I could turn it off was to remove the batteries. I contacted Moultrie by phone and, much to my surprise, the CR said all I needed was a software update. He walked me thru the process and in less than ten minutes the camera was functional again. Great job of customer service. I own two much older models that have never failed and still produce good shots.
Thanks Moultrie for a great product.Moultrie Game Spy M-80
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on November 10, 2011
I've used a lot of Moultrie equipment from feeders to seed spreaders to cameras. They are always a good value for the dollar. This camera keeps that faith going.

The Good:
It's fairly simple to setup.
It's compact.
The pictures are good.
The trigger speed is better than most for a camera in this price range.
Battery life seems reasonable so far, although it's going to be far short of their 1 year claim, but I didn't realistically expect that.

The Bad:
the deer seem to react more to the infrared flash than they do to a standard flash, they don't leave because of it, but I have more pics of the deer staring at it.
you still get wash out/ over exposure from the flash if your subject is too close, although it did make a neat negative picture of the rack on my 10 pt buck.
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on September 29, 2011
My previous cameras were Bushnell Tropy Cams, so this review is based on those as the standard. Thus far, compared to the Bushnell, the Moultrie M80:
- costs less
- same basic size
- superior form factor allows for easier changing of batteries and SD Card
- silent programming (no beeping unlike the Bushnell)
- Bushnell's always seem to let in the elements in the battery area - no issues with the Moultrie
- Widescreen view allows for wider pictures - a definite plus
- picture quality seems a tad better during the day, and much better definition at night
- does not have integrated slots for use with the Python MasterLock system of locks
- is totally silent when taking pictures whereas the Bushnell makes a audible clicking noise that deer alert to
- battery life seems to be not quite as good as the Bushnell

Conclusion - The Moultrie represents a superior value, will see how they hold up over the course of the next year or two, but I will be switching to these cameras going forward.
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on July 15, 2011
Camera works great. It is not the top of the line model but I knew what i was buying !
Easy to set up
great day pics ok night pic kind of blurry but that ok I do not hunt at night.
will be buy another if the price is right !
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on August 17, 2011
I have two of these now, one I have had for about 3 months, the other 2 weeks. So far no problems with either camera. Daytime pictures are very good. Much better than my old Moultrie cameras. I really like having the option for the Plot camera mode, also nice is the Hybrid mode of Plot cam by day, trail cam by night. Plot camera mode will drain the batteries quickly. Set to 1 picture a min, 8 rechargeable AA's will go about 10 days. They only show about 50% charged in the camera when fully charged, but that is probably expected. In normal trail camera mode I am still running on the same set of regular alkaline after 2 months. Battery life will not be a major concern with this camera in trail mode. I also, like how this camera has a strap that feed through the back. My old Moultrie just had little ears on the four corners on the camera to hook small bungie cord to, and after aging outdoors for a couple of years (all year), they had a tendency to break off. I paid $129 and it is worth that. The price is lower now, so even better. I would definatly reccomend this particular model, but I cannot say the same for some other Moultrie models like the D50. Each model must be evaluated on it's own.
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on December 24, 2011
Overall I am pleased with the camera for the price and would recommend it.
The pros:
-Large flash range, says 60 feet, It looks like more in the photos
-Small enough to fit in your pack
-Seems to trigger well
-Uses 8 AA batteries(not C or D)
-Can operate on only 4 AA's
-Setup is simple
The Cons:
-Plot mode captures in very low resolution and no option to change it
-When using all 8 batteries and in a normal plot watch they need to be replaced every 5-6 days. The camera is not flashing it shouldn't use that much battery.
-Cold weather causes alkaline batteries to cut the camera off with some voltage still remaining and camera does not come back on. Even though the switch is in the on position.
-The external power port is only for use with Moultrie's solar panel and the camera will not run solely on external power. If the internal AA's run out the camera will shut off.
-In order to open the door you have to disconnect the external power.
-When in plot mode the camera will only take normal game cam triggered photos at night

Most of these changes could probably be made with a firmware update. I would easily give the camera 5 stars if they were fixed.
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on February 17, 2012
Purchased the M-80 because I heard really good thinks about it & liked the idea of a wider view. So far I havent caught anything really awesome, but the pictures are crisp & clear & the motion detector goes FAR. The reaction time also appears to be pretty good considering that Moultrie tends to be notorious for horrible reaction time, especially as the batteries start to lose power. I bought this cam as a package deal that came with an 8gb mem card & the price was AWESOME. Free shipping & both the cam & mem card were about $120. On average both items would normally be close to $200 dollars, & since ive seen the package go for as low as $110 dollars Im miffed that I didnt wait a bit longer for the price to drop some more, but I will definitely be buy some more of these camera mem card deals from amazon when I have the extra money. GREAT job Moultrie & Amazon!!!
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on November 28, 2011
I've owned five different trail cameras and have done plenty of research before choosing each of them. All trail cameras seem to have flaws, I have yet to find one with the Moultrie!

Great picture quality! I've taken 3000 pictures and am still at 94% on the battery life!
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on September 4, 2011
I bought this camera a couple of months ago and was skeptical because all the other cameras I have had in the past turned out to be flops. I read the reviews on this one and was trying to decide between this and the bushnell trophy. After talking to a representative from the store I bought it from I decided to go with the m-80. I have not been disapointed. It takes great pictures both day and night and I love the plot watcher. Just tried the video this past weekend and found out you need to set it where you can shoot a bigger area because I had it facing a corn field that was about 10 yards away and didn't get much video because the animal would walk through before I could get good footage. My buddy has a couple of bushnell trophy 5mp and after seeing my pics and the plot watch feature he is going to buy the m-80. I only have cheap aa batteries in it and have had the same set in it for the past couple months, even after having it on plot watch, video and hybrid mode it still says I have 115days of battery life. I will be buying another M-80 soon. If you are in the market for a cheaper camera that really works and gets you the pics this is a good camera. I do not have money to be wasting and cant afford the more expensive cameras but this camera is impressive for the price.
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on January 1, 2012
This was a Christmas gift and the primary purpose was to view wildlife in the mountains on the deck and beside the house. The pictures are great both in daytime (color) and at night (black and white). They are very detailed and clear. I did notice that if the flood lights are turned on at night the camera takes color pictures. So far I have lucked out with great pictures of the local black bears, raccoon, coyotes, bobcats, possum, turkeys etc. The battery life seems good but it depends on the settings, of course, and since it is mainly a deck and yard camera, it can be turned off easily during the daytime when the wildlife is not prevalent. I am very happy with this camera for the purpose of viewing wildlife in my yard and would not be able to review it as a game camera for hunters. As a bonus when my cat put her face very close to the camera, it took a great reverse image picture of her.
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