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
Muddy Manifest FAQ's
Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:
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 ▼
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.
Picture Quality: 78/100
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.
Battery Life: 50/100
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.
Detection Circuit: 66/100
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.
Quality of Design: 82/100
Dimensions: 5" x 3.5" x 2.75"
Battery Type: 8 AA
External Battery Jack: 12v External Battery Jack
The Muddy Manifest 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.