The Moultrie Game Spy M-100 is a fully-loaded hunting and trail camera that boasts a number of different settings, high quality pictures and video, patented night vision technology, and a long battery life.
Though there are some minor drawbacks regarding the camera’s infrared and motion sensor technology, the camera’s low price and numerous capabilities largely outweigh these disadvantages.
Features and Specs
Moultrie Game Spy M-100 is equipped with a 6-megapixel camera, time-lapse photography capabilities, infrared motion sensors with patented “Illumi-Night” technology, and an efficient battery life. The camera also boasts a zoom lens for close shots, widescreen images for an increased range of vision, and a password protected memory for enhanced security.
The camera operates on 4 AA batteries or on lithium batteries (which can last up to a year), and its display indicates the time, date, barometric pressure, temperature, and moon phase at the time of each shot for improved tracking.
The Moultrie Game Spy boasts all of the various features that the most up-to-date trail cameras offer, with the additional benefit of offering some of the clearest and most precise daytime photos and videos available, even with just its 6-megapixel camera.
Its Motion Freeze technology also reduces blurriness often found in nighttime photos, and the Illumi-Night feature improves the clarity and visibility of images as well. The Game Spy also offers a top-notch audio system, so users can capture sounds as well as visuals.
Ideal Uses and Functions
Thanks to its daytime and nighttime function and programmable settings, the Moultrie Game Spy can be used in a variety of different scenarios. Hunters can use the camera as a scouting device, setting it up to monitor prey over the course of a few days or even a few weeks.
Though the camera is technically designed for such a purpose, it can just as easily be used to track intruders (either human or animal) on a homeowner’s personal property. Biologists and researchers can also use the camera to track the behavior of animal subjects, programming the device to be a plot camera by day and a motion-sensor camera by night.
Drawbacks and Caveats
One of the minor disadvantages of the Moultrie Game Spy has to do with its infrared flash. The key to optimal nighttime photography is stealth, particularly when monitoring wildlife, and the light emitted from the infrared flash on this particular camera is bright enough to potentially scare away a number of different animals. The flash also lasts longer than that of other cameras (in order to capture images at a distance), but this can negatively impact close-range subjects.
The impact of a brighter, longer flash is certainly something to consider when debating whether or not to buy this particular camera. However, the price tag may sway you in the direction of purchase; at around $150, it’s a steal when compared with competitive products. It is also easy to use, camouflaged to blend in with natural surroundings, and backed by Moultrie’s warranty, all of which speak in its favor.
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