Moultrie D55IR Review

     2.4 Stars

Bottom Line:  This is an "ok" camera if you are on a budget.  Good day pictures stand out but the poor detection circuit limits the camera greatly.
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Quick Facts
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2.414 s
60 seconds
30 ft.
30 ft.
6 C

9" x 7" x 5"

  • Wide detection zone
  • Good daytime pictures
  • Slow recovery time
  • Limited detection range
  • Poor battery life
  • Poor night photos
Trailcampro Analysis

     The first thing I want to point out about the Moultrie D-55 IR, is it is an inexpensive camera.  With that being said, we will review it just like any other camera, pointing out its good qualities as well as its faults.  However, just please note, you should not expect this camera to do anything more than just the "basics."  We must keep realistic expectations for cameras in the $120 price range.

Detection Circuit       1.5 stars
     The D55 IR's detection circuit is typical of a Moultrie camera; slow trigger (2.4 seconds), slow recovery (60 seconds) and limited detection range (30 ft.).  However, they did widen the detection zone, making this a more viable option for small food plots.  We should also note, the 2.4 second trigger is actually an improvement over older Moultrie cameras.

Picture Quality    
  2.8 stars
     We are actually quite happy with the quality of the daytime pictures.  That is what the D55 will hang its hat on, great daytime pictures. 

     While the night pictures are plenty bright enough, almost every object is extremely blurry.  Also, you can see there is a fuzzy or grainy aspect to each night picture.

Battery Life    
  2.8 stars
     The D55 requires 6 C cell batteries and you should only expect 3-4 weeks of battery life from typical alkaline batteries.  This is below average.  This camera also performs rather poorly in colder climates.

As you can see from the data below, both day and night current draws are top-notch.  However, the resting current draw is slightly high and the duration of photo is extremely long.  This, coupled with the camera using C cell batteries, is why you can expect a short battery life.

Resting Current Draw
Day Current Draw
Night Current Draw
Duration of Photo
0.58 ma
65 ma
97 ma
12 s

s = seconds
ma = milliamps

     Alkaline batteries are the only kind of batteries that can be used with the D55 IR.

Ease of Use       2.2 stars
     As with most of the older Moultrie cameras, the cameras design is large and bulky.  The camera measures at 9" X 7" X 5" and weighs several pounds.  The camera is designed to blend into a tree or stump but it does a poor job of that.

     Programming is very simple, but there aren't many options to choose from.  Durability of the camera is what you typical of the inexpensive cameras.  You can expect about a year of life from this camera.

     At the end of the day, you have to take this camera for what it is; an inexpensive camera that will do the basics but can't really be expected to do much more than take a few pictures on a food plot or bait station.
D55 IR Sample Photos