By Rich Miller
Last week, I wrote about the new decoys from Carry-Lite; but this week I want to talk about something even better – Moultrie and their new lineup of cameras that are about to hit the market. They have outdone themselves this year with cameras that are above and beyond anything that we have seen yet.
One of the neatest cameras for the year is the Plot Stalker. It is a little different from their previous style cameras, but it has a totally different purpose. This camera is for daylight use only and is a time-lapse camera – not a motion sensor. The purpose of this camera is not to get pictures of a particular deer and judge him from the photo. This camera is more of a scouting tool that will help us with placing our stands and what time of day deer are entering and leaving fields or food plots. With a wider-angle lens that really has an infinite field of focus, it is going to cover a lot more ground than a regular motion picture camera. Every camera comes with software that will turn all of the pictures you get into a video so you won’t have to flip through thousands of pictures looking for the animals. The best thing is the price of this camera is going to be $104.99.
Now, the new models of motion sensor models have raised the bar for the camera industry and I don’t know how they are going to be able to top this. Moultrie has developed their own technology when it comes to their infrared flashes. They are calling it the “Illumi-Night Sensor” and this thing is amazingly bright. It is a lot brighter closer to the camera and it also increases the flash range to 60’, compared to the 50’ ranges of the previous models. Another great feature of the new models is the wide-angle lens that is on all the cameras with the Illumi-Night Sensor. Another plus to this camera is it has a hybrid mode – you can set these cameras up for motion pictures, Plot Stalking or both. That means you can have it on a trail on the edge of a food plot to take pictures of the deer entering of leaving the area all day long and then at night have it take motion sensor pictures.
Moultrie has the only cameras that I know of that are capable of doing this, and I can’t wait to use it! The M-80 and M-100 Mini Cams can operate off of 4 or 8 AA batteries that will last up to a year! Now, if you run these cameras in Plot Stalker mode, it will cut the battery life down considerably but that is because of the amount of pictures that are being taken.
The folks at Moultrie have really outdone themselves this year with all the new models they have out. I can’t wait to see what kind of pictures and videos that everyone will be sending in. Keep your eyes open at your favorite retailers for the M-100 and M-80 later this spring that have this new technology and you will be amazed at the pictures that you will be seeing from this lineup of cameras.