Moultrie A8 Review

Small photo in a moultrie a8 reviewThe Moultrie A8 is like a grown up version of the Moultrie A5.  Season after season they continue to bring innovation and features to the world of trail cameras.  With a respectable trigger speed, 8 MP resolution and the mossy oaks bottomlands camouflage…you’ll be set up for successful scouting.  Combine all of that with the low glow infrared technology and this year’s hit list is going to have nowhere to hide!

Product Details

  • 8.0 MP
  • 640 x 480 video
  • Less than 1.5 seconds trigger speed
  • Detection Range: 40 feet
  • Flash Range: 50 feet
  • Battery life: 25,000 images
  • Flash Technology: Low-Glow Infrared
  • Camouflage Case: Mossy Oak Bottomland
  • 12V external power connection
  • adjustable mounting strap and Python® cable lock compatibility
  • supports SD memory card up to 32GB
  • ¼” -20 socket for tripods and tree mounts

Cons

  • Slow recovery time
  • Night pictures leave a lot to be desired

 

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This is what a couple of owners have to say:

I’ve had this camera for a few weeks set up on a feral hog trap and it has worked flawlessly. The picture quality is very good day or night. The IR flash doesn’t seem to phase the hogs at all when it goes off and the battery life has been very good so far.  Setup of the camera was fairly straight forward…

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Purchased because of the less than 1.5 second trigger speed, even said so on the box. The actual camera and instructions have the fastest speed at 1 minute. I’m trying to get a picture of what might be living under a mobile home and at 1 minute the critter is long gone…

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The Moultrie A8 (as well as the A5) are both respectable trail cameras that provide basic essentials needed in a trail camera.  If you have large areas of land to manage they can be a great option due to the price.  It’s much easier on the wallet to buy 10 of these than something like a Reconyx HC600.  And the features are robust enough that you will have plenty of data available about the patterns of your prey.  Another bonus of this is the simple setup.  It really isn’t hard to operate…it’s likely you won’t even need a manual.

The downside is that you get what you pay for.  The trigger speed on this trail camera is faster than that on the Moultrie A5, but the recovery time is roughly the same.  It will snap the first picture in less than 1 ½ seconds, but the second one comes almost a full minute later!  (Not an issue if you hunt turtles!…  Might be an issue for other game).  The other thing is the quality of the night pictures is less than stellar.  Now, obviously taking pictures at night is something that top of the line trail cameras struggle with as well… but if you expect a quality picture past 20 or 30 feet, you should look at some other models.

Overall, I think that this is a great value for the price.  It really is a respectable camera that offers quite a number of features for less than one hundred dollars!  If you are looking for something a little more robust, you should have a look at our Moultrie 990i review.

 

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Moultrie A8 Review
Moultrie A8
Written by: John Russell
Date Published: 11/19/2014
3.5 / 5 stars