Moultrie M-990i Game Camera is a high quality trail Cam manufactured by Moultrie. It comprises of some state-of-the-art technology and features that allow users to capture quality images and videos during daytime and nighttime. It has 10MP sensor, Eye-Fi SD card slot, No Glow IR flash, and many other features we shall discuss during the course of this review. Read our Moultrie M-990i Game Camera review to learn more.
It is equipped with a microphone meaning your video will contain sound as well. Your model can records temperature, date, time, location, barometric pressure, and moon phase data that is then stamped onto every photo. One thing to note is location information is not automatic and you will need to configure it yourself
Design and performance
It comes in a mossy oak tree-stand camouflage color that can be hidden just about anywhere. It features a rugged exterior that can withstand all elements. This model has a robust door and latch system seals that protect components from the harshest conditions, while still providing access to controls without exposing LEDS or sensors. This model is very lightweight and weight in under a pound making it very compact and easy to carry around.
It has a strong casing that protects it from poor weather conditions and other aspects that might cause harm. Just as any other device, do not drop your trail camera; yes, M-990i can endure more drops than other devices but when frequently dropped, it will end up breaking or getting dented.
This gadget has a detection range of 40 feet with nighttime flash range of 70 feet. As mentioned earlier, it uses No glow IR LED flash, which is just what you need for night time photos.
Your gadget will cover 50 degrees field view with an aspect ratio of 16:9. Users are able to see more area surface than before. Recovery time of Moultrie M-990i is 5.4 seconds and trigger rate is 0.79 seconds. This feature will enable you to take more photos.
Pictures and videos
M-990i takes images with a resolution of a whooping 10MP! From all trail Cams we have looked at, this is the highest resolution offered for this price range. It has great clarity and brightness. Daytime images are vivid and nighttime ones are just perfect. They are sharp, in focus, and have good contrast. Gone are the days of blurred still pictures. You can blow up your image to view small objects in the background at your picture will still be clear. 10Mp resolution is available for both daytime and nighttime intervals.
The maximum pixel size is 4,224×2, 376 and images look awesome on a HD television. If you want to save up on space, you can opt for medium 2MP mode. You can still save up more space by opting to use low resolution settings of 0.9MP (1280 x 720). Images are still clear but you can note the difference when you alternate from 1oMP down to 2MP.
Apart from fantastic pictures, you can use the 10MP sensor to capture video clips. This model is capable of recording 720p videos at 30fps. Other models tend to offer only 20fps. Its video clips come with audio, making your viewing experience that much more enjoyable.
Eight AA batteries are required to operate, which take approximately 13,000 photos before needing replacement. Types of batteries to choose from are normal alkaline batteries or opt for rechargeable Li-ion battery or Ni-Cd battery. There is an option for a 12V dc external jack that a user can use to charge their Cam – this will save you tons of cash in battery bills. M-990i also supports AC power mode just in case.
Moultrie M-990i Game Camera is better when used by individuals who are intermediate and upper levels. It is best suited for advanced users as they will benefit the most from all its additional features. If you are a beginner, the manual might be confusing and not too helpful – this is why intermediate users will have an easier time operating. Although, if you are someone who embraces challenges and are good with such devices, then give m-990i a go. Once you learn how to use it best, you will be amazed at all the customizable features available.
When well taken care of, your device should last you up to five years without any replacement. A user also gets a wide field of view. Compared to similar cameras in its price range, Moultrie M-990i Game Cam delivers more than expected.
– 4 image resolution settings; Low of 0.9MP, Medium – 2MP, High – 4MP, and Enhanced – 10MP.
– 2 video resolutions settings; VGA 640 x 480 and HD 1280 x 720
– Less than 1 second trigger speed – 0.79 seconds
– Recovery time: 5.4 seconds
– Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.5 x 5 inches
-Batteries: 8 AA
– 50Ft detection range
– 70Ft flash range
– Invisible IR LED flash technology
– Easy to install and operate
– Wide field of view
– Quick trigger speed and recovery time
– High quality pictures and video clips be it night or day
– Long battery life
– Supports other power sources that come in handy
– Supports Eye-Fi branded SD cards. This means that you can connect to a Wi-Fi network and directly upload photos to the internet
– All photos are stamped with date, time, etc allowing you to keep record
– You can protect your settings using a 5-digit security code
– Does not support solar panel charging
– Takes a while to learn how to operate it if it’s your first time
– Deleting photos on playback is a bit difficult
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I view my images on MAC?
Answer: Yes, you can view them on whatever platform that opens the file
- Can I view videos/ pictures using my Cam?
Answer: Yes, you can use the LCD display. Images will be relatively small though.
- Can I access my camera through a phone?
Answer: No, you cannot.
Overall, Moultrie M-990i Game Camera performs quite well. You shall not be disappointed by its video and picture quality. It has so many quality features and it is still affordable. It holds up well and stands up to Cams that cost almost twice as much. Thanks to its compact size, m-990i practically fits in your pocket! This model is durable, affordable, produces quality images and video clips, and reliable. You can use it for wildlife observation or for security purposes; the choice is up to you.