The Moultrie D-555i 8MP No Glow Infrared Wide Angle camera is a reliable trail camera with all of the bells and whistles we’ve come to expect from hunting and hiking optics these days.
Not only is it affordable, it also produces high-resolution images and high-definition video footage, and comes with a variety of different programmable options. Though compatibility issues may prove to be an issue for Mac users, overall this camera is a good buy for the price.
Features and Specs
Moultrie D-555i 8MP is an 8-megapixel camera that is capable of taking pictures and video during the day and at night. It operates on 6 C-batteries, and can take close to 25,000 pictures before those batteries need to be replaced.
The camera’s display indicates the date, time, temperature, barometric pressure, and moon phase at the moment each picture is taken, making it ideal for tracking wildlife habits. It also shoots images in either widescreen or standard format, and can be set up to take up to 10 successive pictures in a row.
In addition to the aforementioned features, the Moultrie D-555i 8MP also comes with its own patented “Illumi-Night” and “Motion Freeze” technologies. The former optimizes the lighting, while the latter reduces blurriness, thus ensuring that that nighttime photos and video footage will be clear, and that users will not be left with the common “blackout” photos offered by some nighttime trail cameras.
Additionally, the camera comes with a 2-inch LCD screen that allows users to clearly see what they are photographing or filming.
Uses and Functions
Thanks to its flexibility, the Moultrie D-555i 8MP can be used for a variety of different activities. Its infrared motion sensor technology makes it ideal for hunters and researchers who are looking to track and study the habits of prey or wildlife subjects.
The camera’s time-lapse option also allows users to set up the camera for a significant amount of time to track wildlife habits over the long-term without actually having to be present to do so. These same features also make the camera a good alternative to a traditional surveillance camera, as it can be set up on personal property to catch intruders.
Drawbacks and Caveats
One of the disadvantages of purchasing the Moultrie D-555i 8MP is that its memory card is not compatible with Macs. PC users can easily upload photos and videos, but Mac users will have more trouble, and as of now will not be able to download the most recent updates for the camera’s firmware.
Moreover, the motion sensor technology and audio recording features are sometimes over-sensitive, meaning a user may end up with a lot of pictures of trees blowing in the wind, as opposed to wildlife activity.
Though the camera does come with some drawbacks, especially for Apple users, at around $130, it’s hard to beat the price. The value is particularly good when one considers its 8-megapixel feature, as most cameras in this price range only offer 5-megapixel images. The camera is also light and packable, making it a convenient option for hiking and backpacking.
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