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Moultrie GameSpy i40 Trail Cameras (m-s)

Trail Cameras (m-s) Manufacturer: Moultrie
Moultrie Model: GameSpy i40
Review Category: Trail Cameras (m-s)

Purchase: Trail Cameras (m-s) Sportsman's Warehouse. $209.99 (they discounted when I asked nicely). Used to monitor guzzlers and figure out time that elk are hitting the haystacks in the winter.

Things I like about the Moultrie GameSpy i40 Trail Cameras (m-s): It completely blows the competition out of the water. I actually went in the store to buy a Cuddeback for over $400, but this one had just made it to the shelves the week before. It actually has better resolution that cameras costing twice as much. The IR flash does not attract attention but still takes nighttime photos. It takes photos up to 4 megapixels and will take up to 4GB of SD card memory (2GB cards were on sale at Office Max for $19.99 and will hold about 2000 photos at the highest resolution or over 10,000 at low resolution). You can hook it up to a car, motorcylcle or other 12Volt DC battery to run for months. It will take video - with a 2GB card I can take over 1,300 different 15second video clips. It has a laser beam to help you determine the proper setup (kick up some dust to see exactly where the beam goes).

What I don't like about the Moultrie GameSpy i40: As with virtually every trail camera, it can be a little tricky to get good photos every time. It is helpful to keep in mind that Moultrie cameras were designed specifically to catch deer at feeders. There is up to 1 second delay before the photo is actually taken, so if something runs by within about 10 yards you will probably get scenery. The sensor also has a hard time picking up anything over 20 yards, so you are left with a target window of 10-20 yards (but every trail camera has this problem to varying degrees). Even though this is an IR camera, there is a red flicker when the flash goes off at night. Therefore, it is not entirely invisible at night - but then again, how many people are out in the woods at night? Higher resolution photos and video do burn up more batteries. You will run out of juice before you can fill up 1GB of SD card unless you use an external power source.

Trail Cameras (m-s) GameSpy i40 quality: Considering it is plastic, the case is very sturdy. It is ready to mount on a tree a post or a tripod with a vinyl strap and an adjustable spike. There are holes for a cable if you actually think that would deter somebody who wants the camera more than you do.

GameSpy i40 summary: As of today's date, this is the absolute best trail camera in the $200-500 range. Even at retail value ($239.99) it is the best value for a trail cam in any store.

Rating for this Moultrie product: 5

Author of this review on Moultrie Trail Cameras (m-s): Edward Despain

Date: 2007-06-28

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