I have never subscribed to setting up a game camera. I just didn’t really get to the field enough to make it worth it. But this year, I decided to pick one up. I got this one from tractor supply company and it was very easy to setup. It didn’t come with batteries or an SD card but the cards are coming down in price so I opted for a 32GB to make sure that it could hold enough photos between trips to the woods.
The M-888 features a quick setup for those of us who just want to get pictures of that monster buck at 2am under our stand but also includes video modes, delays, infrared flash, and an LCD display. There are external power supplies that can be attached for Solar Power options and even a USB port for Cellular transmissions…. I don’t need all of that.
Here is the link to Moultrie’s website: http://www.moultriefeeders.com/moultrie-m-888-mini-game-camera
The camera was simple to setup. Add the batteries, and SD card. Attach it to a tree and turn the switch to quick start. Done. If you want to check out more features then you will need to spend a little more time in configuration.
I walked directly up on it one morning when I was turned around in the woods and it took about 5 different pictures without me even knowing, which is a good thing.
I bring my laptop with me and import the photos each time I go into the woods and reset it when I am done. I have no need for a SD card reader but they are out there. Caught was was tearing up my corn (racoons) and my monster buck that is only out at 2am.
Infrared Flash so nothing is noticable at night.
100 Ft Max Flash range
.7 second trigger speed
The simplicity is great, easy to setup. Easy to offload pics. The range is fairly good, and for its price it is decent. Could be better but not bad. It does what it is supposed to. The batteries have lasted for 8 months thus far which is good. The biggest problem I have is trying to fix it to the tree. It is set at a single angle and the fastener to hook it on the tree is pretty long. It allows you to hook it up to a variety of tree sizes but are hard to handle by yourself. Aiming it to the right place can take some practice and adjusting to the right height also takes some practice. Occasionally I will get a bright picture at night from the flash, and the trigger is very sensitive, but not a problem if you have a large memory card and check it fairly often.
All in all, I would recommend this camera. It does it’s job with minimal issues. But I would still have to give it Four out of Five stars. While it works well, minor improvements could make it better even bu just including an option to lock it. Go out and get one if you can get it under $115. I am sure you can do better if you start going above the $129 price tag at Tractor Supply Company. It looks like cabela’s has it on sale for $99. Check that out here.