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The Moultrie PANORAMIC 150 Game Camera, which won Field and Stream’s Best of the Best Award for 2013 and is still rated #10 by Amazon in the Game & Trail Cameras category, is made with three (3) infrared motion sensors and is the first camera on the field trail camera market that covers a 150-degree detection area. This new, nearly incomparable camera retails at around $250 but may be found online from $150.
And it’s difficult not to be excited about the P-150. First, it monitors and photographs three (3) times the area of the standard trail camera. With an 8-megapixel capable image capability, the picture quality is simply outstanding. And, finally, the panoramic views captured by the camera are unique in the trail camera market. Imagine three times the monitoring capability, excellent photos and the ability to see nearly 130 degrees! With the Panoramic 150, hunters – or those with security concerns – can literally see what they have been missing!
When movement is detected by the PIR sensors, the Silent-Slide lens rotates nearly 180 degrees to capture impressive photos – color during the day and black-and-white at night – or nearly seamless videos of your next game trophy. With a trigger speed at under one (1) second, the camera is capable of shooting 8,000 images. And, with the 150-degree detection area, owners of the Moultrie Panoramic 150 can select from 16:9 or 48:9 ratio photos, which revolutionizes game scouting by offering three (3) times the capture area of most existing game cameras.
The P-150’s outstanding features include: 8-megapixel, Silent-Slide camera lens offering high-quality pictures without spooking game; Up to 100-feet night-time range; Illumi-Night sensors that provide well-lit nighttime images; Three (3) PIR motion sensors; 150-degree detection angle; Five operational modes, including 150-degree camera, IR-triggered single-image game camera, time-lapse plot camera, plot camera by day and motion-detection camera at night, and HD video day or night; Motion-freeze to reduce blur; Multiple-photo capability of up to three (3) photos per capture; Programmable 5-, 15- and 30-second speeds; One- to 60-minute picture delay settings; Password protection; SD memory card capability up to 32 gigabytes; Camouflage body casing; and, an integrated security strap loop with Python compatibility (cable not included).
Additional Products Of The Moultrie Panoramic 150
The P-150 operates on six (6) C-cell batteries (not included) and offers a battery life comparable to other game trail cameras when operating on the single-shot, one-side settings. This battery life, however, dips slightly when used to film video or capture 150-degree images. It is possible, though, to purchase C-to-AA spacers, and then operate the Moultrie P-150 on AA lithium batteries. In addition to the batteries and spacers, those who choose to purchase the P-150 must purchase an SD memory card, and they may also want to buy a more secure locking strap, such as the Python, or a security case.
- 8-megapixel infrared panoramic game camera
- Up to 100-ft night range
- 3 motion sensors cover super-wide, 150-degree detection angle
- 5 operational modes
- Silent-Slide lens rotates to take photos or videos wherever motion
is detected without spooking game
- Illumi-Night sensor provides bright, clear nighttime images
- Motion Freeze reduces nighttime blur
- Multi-Shot (1–3 pictures per trigger) capability
- Programmable 5/15/30 seconds, 1–60 minute picture delay
- Password protection
- SD memory card slot — up to 32 GB
- New Moultrie camouflage
- Integrated strap loop with Python® cable compatibility (cable not included)
- 125-degree field of view
- Top notch day and night pictures
- Sub-1 second trigger speed
- Superb flash range
- Triple normal detection zone compared to standard game trail cameras
- Uses C-cell batteries
- Too heavy, especially when filled with batteries, for some tree mounts
- Picture overlap in panoramic mode
- Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.5 x 5 inches
- Weight: 2.3 pounds (without batteries)
Trailcampro, which has tested and compared hundreds of game trail cameras, says the Panoramic 150 is “striking, to say the least. We have never run into anything quite like this.” After studying P-150 images and videos online, we have to agree, and we expect other manufacturers to follow suit in the panoramic phase of this new market.
The P-150 name, however, may be misleading, as the camera, which has an actual field of view of 122.6 degrees, includes software that overlaps images to create its panoramic photographs. This still is three (3) times larger than any other camera on the market at the time of this review. In addition, in July 2013, Moultrie released a firmware update that increased the P-150’s field of view to 125.9 degrees. When set to panoramic mode, every time the trigger is activated, the camera takes three (3) photos – from one side to the other – that are then streamed together to create a new single image. Settings on the camera allow owners to increase or decrease the time the three (3) photos are taken, or you may even set the camera to take just one picture in the area where motion was detected.
The detection circuit and trigger mechanism operates at .953 seconds, which is quick enough to capture nearly everything on any selected trail or path, and the six (6)-second recovery time is quicker or equal to nearly any other camera in the $250 price range. When added to a 100-feet detection range of depth, this makes the detection and trigger mechanism among the best in the game trail camera market.
The P-150 also features a small IR LED display, which makes flash power easy to underestimate. When transferred to a computer via memory card, daytime photos offer tremendous color and clarity, and nighttime photos, though black-and-white, are very clear and typically free from blur.
Ease of Use
There are many operating options for owners of the Moultrie Panoramic 150, all of which are easy to understand with the owner’s manual. And, the range of settings can be as simple or as complicated as you want. In addition, the camouflage case design is solid and is already equipped with a built-in bracket for a security cable.
The P-150 has two major moving parts – the lens and the IR array – and one might think that the durability could be an issue, but Cabela’s, Trailcampro and other online reviews did not offer a single warranty issue. And, as is normally the case with Moultrie Feeders, the P-150 comes with a one-year manufacturer warranty.