So back to June. I began asking friends what cameras they used, and began asking the questions on Facebook and Twitter. If you ever ask the question I caution you to be careful! This time I was willing to spend a little more money to get a very high quality camera, but I was still shopping for a good deal. You will find that there is no overwhelming answer as to what is the best camera. This is just like the Ford, Dodge, Chevy debate! Don't say I didn't warn you. After about a week of listening to different opinions I simply ended up more confused than when I started. There are a lot of cameras out there now that all come with the same features now, and are in a similar price range. So I took to reading product reviews and checking out prices to make a decision. Easy enough? Nope! For every camera I found, I could find just as many bad reviews or "cons" as pros.
So after about a week of beating my head against the wall, by friend Steve Barker called me up. He went right in to telling me how impressed he was with the Moultrie M100, and keyed me in on where to look for a good deal. At this point, this was just what I wanted to hear, and I was going to give this camera a shot just to be done with the search!
http://www.promotive.com). Promotive is a site that offers great deals to emergency service workers, government employees, military, and other similar groups. I found the M100 for a great price, but I was discouraged with the $20.00 shipping charge! A quick Google and cruise of http://www.amazon.com and I found the M100 priced the same as what I could find at Promotive, but with free shipping! I picked the camera up for about $140 with free shipping, and added a 16GB SD card to the order. The best deal I could find tonight on Amazon was $135.49, and that includes the $5.49 for shipping. Not a bad deal at all.
The camera showed up at the worst time ever, about 2 days after I left home on a day fire assignment that lasted about 10 days! So, you can imagine that just as soon as I returned from the fireline I headed right out to set the camera up. I headed out for an early morning scouting trip and lucked onto a great bull elk that I just had to get on film. I returned about a week later just to see if by chance I had anything, and to see if the camera was actually working. To my surprise I had about 250 pictures! To my disappointment, all of those pictures were of moving branches in the background! OK, I got what I wanted, the camera obviously had a great range.
So I moved the camera to a lower elevation location (and more sheltered from the fierce June winds!) and I set the camera up in a much more open area that I believed was being traveled by a group of 8 bucks. The next day I headed out for another 2 week fire assignment, and when I returned home I headed right up to check it out. The results? Well, I never caught my group of bucks, but I did manage to snag several other small bucks, a group of turkeys, rabbits, and a raccoon. The picture quality was great, and the range of the flash at night was amazing! The only real disappointment I had was the hard time seeing the heads and antlers of the deer as they came too close to the camera. A simple adjustment of my Buck Jam would prevent this next time.
What happened next time? Well many of the bucks walked right by the Buck Jam, but at least they did come by, and now I know what time and from what direction. The awesome part was that the biggest buck, a 30-32" 4X4 muley walked right by with his head lowered, providing a great look at the impressive span of antlers!
- Built in LCD screen
- Great detection range (50')
- Amazing flash range (90') This is best in it's class
- Good picture quality
- Audio with video
- Digital zoom
- Blurry night photos
- Some day photos blurred when animal was movement
- Almost too sensitive. Be careful where you place it
- Can be hard to secure with only one strap. Camera can twist and move a bit
- Slow recovery time on night flash