Muddy Manifest Trail Camera Review
The Muddy Manifest struggled in our battery life and detection circuit tests and the photos did not match our expectations. It is easy to set up and the field of view and detection angles are nearly identically matched. - TCP Staff
Model # Mud -VRZ V2
Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:
Mpxl Rating | Video ResolutionSee Breakdown ▼
Battery Life:1.6 Months
Resting Power(on) | Daytime Power Consumption | Nighttime Power ConsumptionSee Breakdown ▼
Trigger Speed & Detection:66/100
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed | Video Trigger & Recovery Speed | Detection RangeSee Breakdown ▼
Quality of Design:82/100
Dimensions | Battery Type | External Battery Jack See Breakdown ▼
Muddy Manifest Cellular Trail Camera Review
- Easy to setup and add to the Stealth Cam Command app
- Closely matched detection and field of view angle
- Below average photo quality
- Less than 2 months of battery life
- Poor detection circuit
The Muddy Manifest is a 4G/LTE cellular trail camera that operates on Verizon towers. Please not, Muddy is owned by Stealth Cam and thus, the Manifest will use the Stealth Cam app to operate the camera and view photos. The Muddy Manifest cellular trail camera only takes 16 megapixel photos, no videos.
Photo resolution: 16 mpxl interpolated
Flash Type: Red Glow
The Muddy Manifest cellular trail camera takes below average 16 megapixel day pictures, most notably because of the lack of clarity. Many of the day photos are blurry if there is any motion and the pictures simply don't have the clarity others cameras currently do.
Night pictures are average, overall. The Muddy Manifest cellular trail camera does not have a strong flash, but seemed to stop motion relatively well. Contrast and clarity are average at night.
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 16 megapixel 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): 1.59 mW
Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 84 Ws | 88.4 Ws
If this camera were to take 15-day and 15-night pictures every 24 hours, this camera would last 1.6 months in the field on a set of 8 AA Lithium Batteries. This is rather poor for a cellular camera.
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.86 s. | 69.6 s.
Detection Range & Angle: 60 ft. @ 48.8° detection angle (47° field of view)
The trigger speed is nearly one second and the recover time is over one minute, both are slow by today's standards. The detection range is only 60 ft., which brings the overall detection circuit down even more. The closely matched field of view and detection angle are a nice surprise and would keep false triggers at a minimum. Overall, this detection circuit is well below average.
Dimensions: 5" x 3.5" x 2.75"
Battery Type: 8 AA
External Battery Jack: 12v External Battery Jack
The Muddy Manifest cellular trail camera is smaller than most cellular cameras and operates on 8 AA batteries (we only recommend lithium batteries). The plastic case feels a little thin and flimsy to the touch, but it is doubtful that would cause any real issues. There is a threaded insert on the bottom of the camera for a Slate River Mount and a bracket on the back for a Python Cable Lock.
- Easy to setup and add to the Stealth Cam Command app
- There is no viewing screen or setup screen on the camera, all setup will need to be done via the smartphone app. Batteries are easily loaded once you open the camera and remove the tray that is sandwiched inside. The only buttons inside the camera are the on/off switch and a sync button.
- Download the Stealth Cam Command app (Stealth Cam owns Muddy)
- Create you account and sign in. Add device, the QR code is under the battery tray inside the camera. Follow the rest of the prompts on the app after that step.
- Tap on your camera within the app and select Camera Setup to begin customizing your camera settings.
- Install batteries and SD card into the camera. They recommend a class 10 card (which is the class of SD card we give you with the purchase from us). Install the antenna.
- Power the camera on and let it sync.
Cellular Setup Instructions
Getting the Muddy Cell Camera up was pretty easy and intuitive. It does not take much technical knowledge and certainly didn't take long.
Durability is not yet known.
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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: Yes. This is a red glow trail camera, meaning it has a faint red glow when taking pictures or videos at night. Humans and animals can see this if looking at the camera. This does not "light up" the woods, though.
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