No glow infrared trail cameras are here to stay. Invisible to the human eye (and certainly less visible to an animal), no glow is invaluable for wildlife observation as well as security surveillance. An animal or person walking by the Moultrie M-990 in the middle of the night, would have no clue that the camera just snapped a series of photos of them.As no glow cameras become increasingly more popular, the competition to create the highest quality for the lowest price comes with a lot at stake.
Here comes the M990i model – With a fast trigger, 2.5 second recovery time, 2″ internal viewer, great day pictures and tremendous durability packed into a camera that could fit in your back pocket; we think the M-990i stacks up better than any other camera under 300 ₤.A 0.88 second trigger time is fast enough to catch even the quickest animals.Anything that comes in under 1 second makes catching thieves or animals a cinch. Most impressive is the 2.5 second recovery time that is currently the second fastest recovery time on the market.
The detection zone is plenty wide and is at least as wide as the field of view. Moultrie rates the detection zone at 40 feet and they have said this is the range they feel confident the camera will detect 100% of the motion. After multiple tests though we are confident that the actual detection zone is 60 ft.Overall, this detection circuit would be impressive on a camera that costs twice as much.
The quality of the pictures is impresive. You can set the camera to take pictures at 0.5, 2, 4 or 10 megapixels. An interesting aspect of this camera is the digital zoom. This is a feature in the setup menu that allows the camera to zoom in 1.5x, 2x or 3x. This is a digital zoom and works best when the camera is set to a higher megapixel (like 10 mpxl). The M-990 does have “Motion-Freeze” technology. This simply adjusts the shutter speed to be quicker or slower depending on your preference for blur.The slower the shutter speed the brighter the photo, the faster the shutter the dimmer the picture will be.
This camera does operate on 8 AA batteries. We recommend nimh or lithium batteries but it will work with alkaline as well. There is the standard 12 volt battery jack for those that want to use an external battery.The case design of the M990 is among our favorites. Small, compact, well-built but most importantly it is functional.The internal viewer has a “Live Preview” mode that shows exactly what the camera sees at that particular moment. Mount the camera to a tree, turn on the preview, and aim the camera perfectly – in seconds.The batteries are housed in a battery tray that slides in and out of the camera. This makes for easier loading when the camera is still on a tree.The camera also has 1/4″ x 20 threaded inserts on the back and bottom of the camera to work perfectly with a Slate River Angle Mount. The programming is extremely simple, we never had to crack the owner’s manual. There is a security code you can program the camera with along with a manual entry of latitude and longitude and a custom name tag (i.e. tag a photo with “food plot #1, or lower creek crossing).The durability of this camera (along with all the other Moultries the last two years) has been outstanding. In fact, next to Reconyx, Moultrie has rated as our second most durable camera (of the past 2 years).
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- 10MP Resolution
- No Glow Infrared Flash
- 0.9 Second Trigger Speed
- 70Ft Nighttime Flash Range
- HD Video
- Plot Watch During Day and Trail Cam at Night
- Time Lapse Capable
- HD video (720p) with sound
- 2″ built-in LCD viewing screen
- 16:9 widescreen images and video
- FastFire Continuous Shooting (1-4 pics/sec)
- Multi-Shot (1-3 pics)
- Moon Phase Stamp
- Barometric pressure Stamp
- Date and Time Stamp
- Temperature Stamp
- 5/15/30 seconds, 1–60 minute picture delay
- Password protected
- SD memory card slot — up to 32GB
- 9,500 images on 8 AA batteries
- Master Lock Python Cable Ready
- Moultrie M990i Camera
- Mounting Strap