Muddy Manifest 2.0 Trail Camera Review
The Muddy Manifest 2.0 has been average in nearly all of our tests. It doesn't have a fatal weakness but we are also hard-pressed to give you anything it excels at. Overall, it is an inexpensive camera that should send photos to your phone without much fluff. - TCP Staff
Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:
Mpxl Photos (interpolated) | Video Resolution
Battery Life:4.4 Months (pics)
Using 15 pics day + night
Trigger Speed & Detection:77/100
Trigger & Recovery: 0.3 s. | 1.1 s.(Pictures) | 0.7 s. | 1.3 s. (Videos) | 70 ft. Range
Quality of Design:81/100
8 AA Batteries | 12-volt External Battery Jack | No Internal Viewer
Muddy Manifest 2.0 Trail Camera Review
- 4+ months of battery life
- Limited flash range
- Only a 70 ft. detection range
Photo resolution: 16 mpxl (interpolated)
Flash Type: Red Glow IR
Day pictures have a slightly washed color and just "ok" clarity. They aren't bad - by any stretch - but they aren't the cleanest photo on the market. Night photos appear to have good clarity and a solid flashif the animal is within 30-40 feet. Outside of that and the flash range goes down significantly.
Night IR Blur Test
The equipment for the test consists of a target moving along a track from left to right at a constant speed controlled by a stepper motor and a sensor to trigger the capture of a picture near the center of the field of view of a trail camera.
The target is moving at 1.25 feet per second and is 10 feet from the camera at the center of field of view. The test is conducted in a dark room. Two pictures are taken, one with the target not moving and one with the target in motion. A visual comparison can now be made of the two pictures. All settings that affect the quality of night photos will be tested.
What if you purchase from us and aren't happy with the image quality?
This is a common question and we have a very simple solution. Call, email, or chat with us and we can take a look at the images and offer suggestions or immediately tell if something is wrong with the Muddy Manifest 2.0 cellular trail camera. If so, we will warranty the camera for you (with the free 2-Year warranty you receive from us) or return the camera for a full refund (within 90 days of purchase). You have control of the process, remember, we work for you.
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.
Picture & Video Resting Power (on): 1.07 mW
Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 27.7 Ws | 31.8 Ws
If this camera were to take 15-day and 15-night pictures every 24 hours, the Manifest 2.0 would last 4.4 months in the field on a set of 8 AA lithium battteries.
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.54 s. | See Note
Detection Range & Angle: 70 ft. @ 55.8° detection angle (46.9° field of view)
Picture trigger speed is middle of the road and the 70 ft. detection range is a little lower than the industry standard. In our 2022 Detection Shootout the Muddy ranked 2nd to last in detection circuit.
* Recovery Time: With constant motion and 3 second setting it takes pictures until motion stops, then it starts transmitting them. Pictures were about 3 seconds apart. On all other settings 4 second and more, it adds the setting time to about 30 seconds (the time of the transmission time). So 4 second setting would have a recovery of about 34 seconds and a 1 minute setting would have a recovery of 90 seconds and so on.
Battery Type: 8 AA
External Battery Jack: 12-volt
The Manifest 2.0 feels like a camera in the $100 price range. However, the latch operates efficiently and the battery compartment seems to hold the batteries really well. We do like that the antenna port comes off the side of the camera (and not the top) as this can help keep moisture from pooling at this entry port. There is a threaded insert on the bottom of the camera for a tripod mount and it has a bracket for a python lock.
Camera set up is quite simple.
- Download and create an account with the Stealth Cam Command Pro app.
- Hit the + button and add your camera. The QR code is underneath the battery tray
- Go to camera setup and configure your camera.
- Add antenna, batteries and SD card and turn the camera on. The camera should start to sync.
Keep in mind, our 2-year warranty program is your free insurance program in case something goes wrong with the Muddy Manifest 2.0 cellular trail camera you purchase from us. This warranty protects you from any manufacturing defect the Muddy Manifest 2.0 cellular trail camera might experience for two years.
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FAQ's: Trail Camera
Q: Will this trail camera trigger on small animals (birds, rodents, etc.)?
A: Trail cameras detect on a combination of heat and movement, so, yes, small mammals will trigger the camera. However, if you are going after smaller warm-blooded mammals, we recommend getting the camera closer to your target. For best performance, place the camera in an area that would enable picture detection from 3 - 20 ft.
Q: Can animals see the infrared flash on this camera?
A: This is somewhat controversial. Humans can't see the flash as the nanometer spectrum is above what the human eye can detect. It's also much harder for an animal to see, but that could depend on the species of animal as different species see in different light spectrums.
Q: Where can I purchase this camera?
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