According to the Moultrie Feeders game trail cameras website, the Moultrie A-5 Low Glow game trail camera is “scouting made easy.” The A-5 provides easy setup and great features at a great price. This makes it one of the most affordable cameras available to outfit your entire property or hunting plot. Continue to read our review of the Moultrie A-5 Low Glow camera below.
This is a five (5) megapixel “Low Glow” infrared LED game camera – featuring 12 LED lights – with a night range that scans to 50-feet. It captures color photographs or movies during the day and black and white images or movies at night. Each picture may be stamped with time, date, moon phase and camera identification. The A-5 may be programmed for one (1), five (5) 10 and 30 minute intervals.
The camera, which operates on four (4) C-cell batteries, is capable of holding more than 8,000 images on an SD memory card (up to 32 GB; not included) on one set of batteries. It also provides easy setup and great features. Both designed for entry-level users – at a price that makes it affordable for every hunting need and locale. In addition, it comes integrated with a strap loop for a Python security cable (which is not included with purchase).
Features of the Moultrie A-5 Low Glow Game Trail Camera
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Features of the Moultrie A5 Low Glow Game Camera include but are not limited to: 5.0 megapixel game camera; 12 “Low Glow” infrared LEDs that offer up to 50 feet nighttime range; Time, date, moon phase and camera ID stamp capability; Capable of capturing (color) day and (black and white) night images and video clips. Passive infrared motion sensor; Programmable picture delays of one (1), five (5), 10 and 30 minutes. Integrated mounting brackets with Python security cable compatibility (cable not included); SD memory card slot capable of storing cards up to 32 gigabytes. Weather resistant body; Brown and black camouflage body casing; Product dimensions: 7.5 x 9.5 x 5 inches, 1.4 pounds; and, operates on four (4) C-cell batteries.
- 5.0-megapixel game camera
- 640 x 480 video resolution
- 12 “Low Glow” infrared LEDs for quality nighttime images and videos
- Passive infrared motion sensor
- Up to 50 feet detection range
- Time, date, moon phase and camera ID stamp capability on images
- Day and night video clips up to 10 seconds
- Picture delay one (1), five (5), 10 and 30 minutes
- Weather resistant body
- Brown and black camo body
- Integrated mounting brackets with Python security cable compatibility (not included)
- SD memory card slot: up to 32GB (not included)
- 8,000 images on one set of four (4) C-cell batteries (not included)
The A-5 is Moultrie’s entry-level model and, for approximately $60, a few drawbacks are expected when compared to much higher priced game trail cameras. However, the camera delivers a few surprises despite its limitations, taking especially good pictures – day and night – when subjects are moving toward or away from the camera, rather than moving across the frame when the trigger is slow to reactivate (limited to only one (1) photo per minute).
Using the video mode helps solve most of the still-image camera’s drawbacks, most notably the camera’s inability to capture more than one image per minute. Rather than waiting for the camera to reset and take a second photo, at which time the subject may already be out of the frame. The 10-seconds capture of videos provides movement and more information for hunters seeking knowledge of animal types and their movement and patterns. The negatives for shooting video, meanwhile, are storage space on the memory cards and decreased battery life.
Pros & Cons
- Color and black and white photos are good quality for the price
- Among the lowest-priced cameras in the game trail and/or surveillance market
- No sensitivity setting for trigger and extremely sensitive default setting, resulting in many false triggers
- Detection range is too narrow
- Only captures one image per minute
- Slow detection when in “PowerSave” mode
When compared to the Moultrie M-880, which has a manufacture’s retail price nearly double that of the A-5. The entry level A-5 naturally comes up short in detection range and quality of photograph and movies, especially nighttime images and movies. The M-880 offers nearly double the depth of field and side-to-side range. It features an eight (8) megapixel camera, and may be programmed to be far less sensitive (trigger) than the default setting of the A-5.
The A-5 also falls short of the Moultrie D-444 , which also retails in the $125 price range (but may be found online for less than $100). The eight (8) megapixel D-444 delivers high-quality images and better nighttime depth of field (80 feet) and all with the same “Low Glow” technology. But, again, the Moultrie A-5 Low Glow is sold for half the price of the D-444.
When compared to the Bushnell 8-MP Trophy Cam HD Max, the Bushnell has a faster recovery time, deeper depth of field (70 feet compared to approximately 50 feet) and produces larger, clearer photos with its 10-MP format. And, at 2/3 the price of the Bushnell, this Moultrie game trail camera does just about everything that the most expensive camera claims to do. Although the Bushnell does provide more programmable setting combinations.
In addition to the batteries, memory card and security cable, owners of the Moultrie A5 may also want to purchase a security case for added security. Owners of the A-5 may also want to purchase a Moultrie Digital Picture Viewer, which retails for $79.99 but may be found online for $48.43, or a Moultrie USB Multi-Card Reader and retails at $15.54.
Rankings and Ratings
The Moultrie A-5 Low Glow is second ranked in Amazon’s Game and Trail Cameras category, #26 among Amazon’s Hunting Optics and #29 on Amazon’s Security and Surveillance list.