Moultrie M-50 Review
Model # MCG-13271 | M-50 Owner's Manual
Model # MCG-13271
The Moultrie M-50 has a lot going for it. The picture quality is top-notch, daytime video quality is impressive, picture battery life is really good, the camera has an excellent case design. The downside of this camera is the tricky menu setup, overexposed night videos, and terrible video battery life. -TCP Staff
Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:
Mpxl Rating | Video ResolutionSee Breakdown ▼
Battery Life:8.5 Months
Resting Power(on) | Daytime Power Consumption | Nighttime Power ConsumptionSee Breakdown ▼
Trigger Speed & Detection:84/100
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed | Video Trigger & Recovery Speed | Detection RangeSee Breakdown ▼
Quality of Design:86/100
Dimensions | Battery Type | External Battery Jack See Breakdown ▼
- Incredible picture quality
- Great day videos
- 8+ month battery life in picture mode
- Fast picture detection and 100+ ft. detection range
- Poor night videos
- Poor video battery life
Photo resolution: 20 mpxl (interpolated)
Video resolution: 1920 x 1080 w/ audio
Flash Type: Red glow IR
Daytime picture quality doesn't need much explaining, just take a look for yourself! We consider these to be "Wow" photos. Exceptional color, good clarity, and the M50 stops motion on a dime. Look at how many of the sample images are of animals running, yet there is barely any blur. This is really impressive.
Night pictures are nearly as impressive, they boast huge flash range, good contrast, and stop motion pretty well.
The M50 videos are 1080p and are impressive during the day. The videos are bright, clear and have excellent resolution. Night videos severely overexpose animals when they get closer and the flash isn't as impressive as in the pictures. There is an audible "whine" on all videos. You can hear it on our sample videos below.
Picture & Video Resting Power (on): 1.2 mW
Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 2.1 Ws | 7.0 Ws
Video Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 21.9 Ws | 216.3 Ws
Battery life is really good in picture mode and quite poor in video mode.
If this camera were to take 35-day and 35-night pictures every 24 hours, the 2018 M-50 would last 8.5 months in the field on a set of 8 AA Lithium Batteries.
If this camera were to take 15-day and 15-night videos (15-second videos are the only option) every 24 hours, it would last 1.0 months in the field on a set of lithium batteries.
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.30 s. / 1.2 s.
Video Trigger & Recovery Speed: 1.96 s. / 2.7 s.
Detection Range & Angle: 120 ft. (maximum) | 43° (36.7° F.O.V.)
Picture detection and recovery are outstanding. The M-50i takes the first picture quickly and recovers in just over one second. Video trigger speed is average, but the recovery speed is good.
Detection range is calculated from our 2018 Detection Shootout and the M-50 detected out a whopping 120 ft! This is obviously extremely impressive but it would be unrealistic to expect this capacity every time. Just realize this is a max detection range and probably not the average.
Dimensions: 5" x 3.25" x 3"
Battery Type: 8 AA Batteries
External Battery Jack: 12-Volt
The Moultrie M50 is a very well-made game camera. The plastic case is thick and sturdy. This camera is very small, which makes it easy to haul into the woods, harder to be spotted by a trespasser, and easier to mount on a tree.
The latch to open and close the camera has an unorthodox mechanism, but it is easy to manipulate, even with cold fingers. We think it is much more practical and durable than it may appear at first glance. The battery tray ejects from the bottom of the camera and fortunately, the batteries are easy to load and unload.
The M-50 has two python lock brackets. You can choose to use the traditional back bracket, or, slide the cable lock through the front brackets, which locks the inside of the camera as well. This was a smart upgrade from Moultrie. The 1/4" x 20 threaded insert for Slate River Mounts is on the bottom of the camera.
M-50 Game Camera Setup
We've struggled the last several years with Moultrie's setup process. To us, it isn't intuitive and feels clunky. You shouldn't need the owner's manual to set the camera up, but it does take some getting used to. This shouldn't deter you from purchasing the camera, though, after spending some time with the M50 it starts to feel more natural.
SD Card Storage Examples
With a 16 Gig SD Card and the camera taking 4 mpxl photos (this is our recommended setting as it is closest to the native resolution), the M-50 could store 19,998 pictures on the SD card. Keep in mind, day pictures (color) have larger file sizes than night pictures (black and white), so this number could go up or down.
With a 16 Gig SD Card and the camera taking 1920x1080 videos, the M50 could store 774 10-second videos.
From this data, you can extrapolate storage capacities for different sized SD card and different resolution settings. We give you a 16 Gig SD Card with the purchase of this game camera through us. If you need additional or larger SD cards, you can shop all SD card options here.
Through our 2-year warranty program on the trail cameras we sell, we are able to track warranty rates on all trailcam manufacturers. We do not publish this data but Moultrie game cameras were one of our most durable cameras the last two years. This is a new model, so we will continue to keep an eye on this going forward. If an issue arises, we will update this Moultrie M-50 Review immediately.
The Moultrie M-50 has a lot going for it. The picture quality is top-notch, daytime video quality is impressive, picture battery life is really good, the camera has an excellent case design. The downside of this camera is the tricky menu setup, overexposed night videos, and terrible video battery life. This is a really hard camera to "sum up" because there are things it does really, really well and things it just flat out struggles with. We think it should come down to how much the poor video battery life bothers you. If that isn't a concern, we think you will love this camera.
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FAQ's: Trail Camera
Q: How do I view the pictures?
A: There are a number of ways to do this. Pictures/videos are stored on the SD card you place in the camera.
- View pictures on your computer. Plug the SD card in a desktop computer or laptop via the built-in SD card reader or use a USB reader if your computer doesn't have one. This method works for most tablets as well. With this method, we recommend having two SD cards per camera so you can swap them in the field.
- View pictures on your smartphone. Choose between the iOS Reader for iPhones and the Android Reader. Phone readers require an app to access the photos, you can read more about these via the previous links.
- Trail Camera Viewers. While more expensive, handheld viewers are useful if you don't have a smartphone or run multiple trail cameras.
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.
Q: Where can I purchase this camera?
A: From us! We hope to woo you with our incredible charm, two-year warranty, 90-day returns, free continental U.S. shipping, and technical expertise. If that isn't enough, we give you a 16 Gig SD card with this camera and you can call and talk our ear off anytime.
Seriously, though, we know you have plenty of options of where to spend your hard-earned money. The internet can be the wild, wild, west of too-good-to-be-true deals. If you choose to do business with us, we will go out of our way to make sure you are happy with the camera you select and the service we provide you.
We are passionate about testing and reviewing trail cameras, but most importantly, we are passionate about treating our customers the right way. We do things differently from what you have come to expect from other internet retailers and we hope you give us the opportunity to prove that to you.
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- Red glow IR Flash
- 36.7° Field of View
- Compatible with optional Moultrie Field Modem
- Picture delay: 0/10/30 second - 1/5/10/30 minutes
- Photo stamp includes: Time, date, temperature, moon phase, and camera name
- 1-3 photos per trigger
- Accepts up to 32 gig SD card
- Requires 8 AA batteries
- 12-Volt External Battery Jack
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If the trail camera you purchase from us goes defective within two years of your purchase, we will quickly replace it.
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- Buyer's remorse? Return the camera to us for a full refund (minus shipping).
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Moultrie M-50 Accessories
Here are a few of the accessories we like to use in the Trail Camera.
- There is no downside to using lithium batteries. Long battery life, extreme durability, and better night pictures. You will be happy you did.
- 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.
- Use this with the security case, or just the camera itself. The M-50 has brackets on the back specifically for this lock.
Start at $9.95
- SD cards store your pictures and videos for easy removal. We give you a free SD card with the M-50, but most people use two sd cards. If you have two cards, you can swap them out when you retrieve the pictures.
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