Moultrie M-888 Review

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2016 Moultrie M-888 Review

- The M888 has 7+ month battery life, fast recovery, huge flash range and a good trigger speed. Overall, this is a solid red glow IR game camera that takes great night pictures. - TCP Staff

Model # MCG-13067 | M-888 Owner's Manual


  • Good battery life
  • Solid day & night picture quality
  • Sub-1 second picture recovery time


  • Slow video recovery
  • Poor python bracket design

Trailcampro Analysis

The 2016 Moultrie M-888 is a red glow infrared game camera designed for taking pictures or videos of wildlife. The red IR flash can be seen (it is a faint red glow when taking a picture or video), so this is best for areas where the risk of theft is minimal.

Picture Quality

Photo resolution: 14 mpxl (interpolated) | Video Resolution: 1280 x 720 (no audio) | Flash Type: Red Glow Infrared

Daytime pictures have plenty of bright, vivid color. Clarity looks similar to last year, which is good but not great. The camera tends to struggle with dark objects in shade. You can see this most on the turkey pictures below. Overall, day pictures are really solid.

Night pictures have plenty of flash range, illuminating the entire area in front of the camera evenly from left to right. There will be white out on close objects, as the flash can be a bit overpowering. Overall, these are super bright night photos and score very well.

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Video quality is almost identical to the picture quality. This is 1280 x 720 video but does not have audio. The videos lack the clarity that you see on some of the higher resolution cameras, but overall, these are good videos. Night videos have tons of flash and good contrast.

Megapixel Ratings:

In the past, many people get confused with the megapixel rating trail camera manufacturers advertise. Companies inflate the mpxl rating to attract eyes to their products. They do this through interpolation, which digitally adds megapixels to a photo without actually improving the picture.

The best way to judge picture quality is to look at actual pictures. You will notice this the most when you zoom in on a full-size image that a camera has taken. The details of the photo will appear hazy or even digitized. This is normal, and to be expected.

Battery Life

Resting Power (on): 1.04 mW | Daytime Power Consumption: 2.0 Ws | Nighttime Power Consumption: 9.4 Ws

Battery life is very good for a red glow game camera. The night consumption is high, but everything else is very efficient.

If this camera were to take 35-day pictures and 35-night pictures every 24 hour period, this camera would last 7.4 months in the field on a set of lithium batteries.

Detection Circuit

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.65 s. / 0. 7 s. | Video Trigger & Recovery Speed: 1.46 s. / 7.4 s. | Detection Range: 60 ft.

Picture recovery is outstanding and well under 1 second. Trigger speed is above average for both pictures and videos. 7 second recovery time is very slow, though.

Detection range is 60 ft. Overall this is a solid detection circuit that would score much higher with quicker video detection speed.

Quality of Design

Dimensions: 5.75" x 4.75" x 3.25" | Battery Type: 8 AA Batteries | External Battery Jack: 12 Volt

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The case design is a touch larger than other cameras but feels very sturdy. The latch is huge, which has made opening and closing with cold fingers quite easy.

"The latch is huge... easier to open with cold fingers"

The python lock bracket is an extremely poor design. The loops are angled which makes the camera sit poorly on a tree if you are only using the python lock and not the security case. It would also be pretty easy to torque the camera in a way to easily snap the brackets. We don't like this design at all, the only way to truly correct this is to use the camera with a security case.

"Python lock bracket is an extremely poor design"

The programming definitely takes some getting used to but after playing with it for several minutes we got the hang of it. Whether we magically got smarter in 2016 or just more accustomed to the new Moultrie programming, the learning curve wasn't a steep as the 2015 Moultrie cameras.

The higher end Moultrie game cameras, like the M880 and M888, have not experienced any durability problems the last year. No major complaints or warranties.

2016 Moultrie M-888 Conclusion

The 2016 M-888 is the prototypical no-frills wildlife game camera. This camera is well-balanced in nearly every category and possesses excellent night photos.

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Moultrie M888i internal setupManufacturer Specifications

  • 14 mpxl interpolated photos
  • 1280 x 720 video resolution
  • Compatible with Moultrie Mobile Field Modem
  • Time, date, temperature, moon phase, and camera name info strip
  • PIR sensitivity - High/Low
  • 1-3 pictures in multi-shot mode
  • Accepts up to 32 gig SD cards
  • Requires 8 AA batteries
  • 36 Red Glow infrared LEDs
  • Backlit navigation buttons
  • External 12-volt battery jack
  • Integrated python cable loop bracket
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      Moultrie M-888 Accessories

      Here are a few of the accessories we like to use with the M-888.

      lithium batteries

      Energizer Ultimate Lithiums | 8 Pack


      - There is no downside to using lithium batteries. Long battery life, extreme durability and better night pictures. You will be happy you did.

      Moultrie Security Case


      - Use this to protect your new camera from bears and thieves. It provides much-needed peace of mind when leaving your camera out in nature.

      6 Foot Python Cable Lock


      - Use this with the security case, not just the camera itself.

      Extra SD Cards

      Start at $5.95

      - SD cards store your pictures and videos for easy removal. We give you a free SD card with the Moultrie M-888, but most people use a second card. If you have two cards, you can swap them out when you retrieve the pictures.

      Slate River Mount


      - If you aren't using a security case, this is a must-have. Screws into the tree and rotates to any angle. You no longer need to find the perfect tree to mount the camera.

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