Moultrie M-888i Review

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The 2016 M888i was discontinued by Moultrie.

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- If you don't need a camera to detect past 50 ft., the M-888i was a solid option. It excels at taking bright night photos and has very fast picture detection. - TCP Staff

Moultrie M888i tree view

2016 Moultrie M-888i Review

Model # MCG-13068 | M-888i Owner's Manual


  • Great picture recovery time
  • Excellent pictures, especially at night
  • Great night videos


  • 7-second video recovery
  • Only detects out to 50 ft.

Trailcampro Analysis

The Moultrie M-888i is a no glow IR trail camera. Since the human eye can't see the camera take a picture at night, this camera is ideal for security or wildlife surveillance.

Quality of Design

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

back of moultrie m888i 2016 game camera

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 M888i, have not experienced any durability problems the last year. No major complaints or warranties.

Detection Circuit

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.65 s. / 0.7 s. | Video Trigger & Recovery Speed: 1.46 s. / 7.3 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 video recovery time is very slow, though.

Detection range is 60 ft. This is an average range. The slower video times keep this detection circuit from scoring higher.

Picture Quality

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

Day pictures are exceptionally colorful with good, not great clarity. It does tend to struggle with the color black in heavy shade, but overall, we like these day pictures.

The M-888i is the no glow IR sister to the red glow M-888. Red glow cameras typically produce a bright, better night photo. In this case, we actually like the night pictures from the M-888i quite a bit more. The more subdued flash gives a better appearance and doesn't white out close objects like the 888.

We feel the night pictures on the M-888i are outstanding and among the best we have seen on a no glow game camera.

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Video resolution is 1280 x 720 video. The videos lack the clarity that you see on some of the higher resolution cameras, but overall, these are good videos. Night videos are outstanding and capture nocturnal movement very well. You can see in the bear videos the lack of white out on a close object. These are very good night videos.

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): 1.02 mW | Daytime Power Consumption: 2.04 Ws | Nighttime Power Consumption: 9.97 Ws

Battery life is very good for a no glow game camera. Night consumption is high, but everything else operates quite efficiently.

If this camera were to take 35-day pictures and 35-night pictures every 24 hour period, this camera would last 7.1 months in the field on a set of lithium batteries.

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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 No Glow infrared LEDs
  • Backlit navigation buttons
  • External 12-volt battery jack
  • Integrated python cable loop bracket
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      Moultrie M-888i Accessories

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

      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-888i, 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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