Thursday, June 16, 2011

It's here... Quick Takes: Moultrie M-80

Image Credit: Moultrie
Just as promised, when I got home from work yesterday my new trail camera, a Moultrie M-80 was waiting in my mailbox for me. I must admit that this is a welcomed change from the big box stores, normally your order takes a day or two to process, this wasn't the case with  Custom 1 Enterprises **. After placing my order early Monday morning, I had hoped to revieve my camera by Friday so I could put it up this weekend, I was shocked when I recieved an e-mail from Chuck at Custom 1 Enterprises ** stating that he had received my order and it will be shipped out that same day and more importantly that I should have it in two to three days! I know where I'm going next time if I need a trail camera ASAP, not to mention their accessories, custom mounts, and security boxes.

Quick Takes
M-80 vs Dollar Bill
  • Size: The fist thing I noticed about this camera is the size of it. It's small! Yes, that is one reason why I wanted it, but still getting it on my hands for the first time was a little awkward (in a good way) in comparison to the more traditional size of trail cameras.
  • Construction / Casing: The construction and durability of camera seems to be par with most of what Moultrie is producing at the current time. One thing I am happy to see is that the housing/case and camera and one piece (compared to my older camera where the camera latched into the case), I know I had my issues before with the case. I think that having a camera that is connected to the case, allows the camera to have more protection from the elements. Where as in the example of my older Moultrie CDC 5.0, if the seal on the case wears out or becomes damaged the case can fill with water or snow and damage the camera, that would prove more difficult to happen with the M-80.
  • Mount: This was the only area I am unsure of at this point. I have used a Moultrie I-65 before with this type, it is a nylon strap with a hard plastic clasp. I know it holds it to the tree fine, but I am worried about the longevity of this clasp and strap as well as the how it will fair in the snow and cold of winter.
  • Overall: I am very happy and excited to get this camera out and in action. Only time will tell how it holds up, but as you all know if there's anyone out there that can test how well this trail camera will work, it's me. In a matter of days Moultrie's M-80 will be tested against Foggy Mountain. Look for a full review in the months to follow.

** I am not associated or sponsored by  Custom 1 Enterprises, I am merely trying to inform any of my readers of a good deal and what looks to be a good company with work with thus far.


  1. i'm anxious to hear how you like it. after your post, i went and checked out their site and was tempted to order one to put up along the pond trail or creek area. i'll wait to see how you like it before i decide if i'm going to venture into trail cam land...

  2. I am guessing that in W. Virginia you won't have to worry much about below freezing temps BUT I have found the LCDs on the Moultrie's fail fast in these low temps.

  3. Looking forward to the full review I've had my eye on this cam as soon as I saw the ads start popping up for it. I'm looking forward to seeing how well the 'plot watcher' feature works! I'd love to get one of these and dip it in Ultimate Camo!

  4. I can't wait to see its pictures! Looking forward to the review.

  5. I have had 3 Moultries and they worked at first but once the problems started it was downhill fast. Hope you have better luck. I finally just threw mine away.


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