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The Moultrie A5 Low Glow Game Camera is an affordable solution for anyone that wants a decent entry-level game camera. If you are an experienced hunter looking for something that has more advanced features the Moultrie A5 might feel a bit limited to you, but it is hard to argue with the price. I have seen other game cameras that easily cost double or even triple the price of the Moultrie A5, so if you are on a tight budget or have no need for all the extras, you’ll appreciate what it has to offer. The cheaper price point also makes it a more cost effective solution if you require multiple game cameras for effective coverage of your entire property. Leaving a game camera outside always poses the risk of theft so the lower price tag does soften the financial blow somewhat if your camera is stolen. You can avoid this scenario though as the camera can be secured with an optional security cable and lock.
When it comes to Moultrie game cameras, the A5 is their base model, so it would be unfair to compare it to some of their more high-end products. The durability of the unit did impress me as it continued to function perfectly even when left in the elements. As always, face the camera North or South in order to avoid over exposure from the sun which can cause damage over time.
As far as game cameras go, the Moultrie A5 sports a pretty straightforward design. The casing exterior is designed to resemble the rugged bark of a tree and while it isn’t going to fool any humans it does offer sufficient camouflage. When viewed from the front only the LED flash, Camera lens and motion sensor is visible and the rest of the buttons as well as the battery chamber are tucked away beneath the protective covering. On closer inspection you will also notice two LEDs on the top corner, one is the status indicator and the other is the battery indicator. Flipping open the cover reveals the switches for setting options such as the status LED and the setup menu where you can customize the time, date and other categories. Four face buttons allow you to scroll up and down as well as select your choices, which are shown on the LCD display. The design is very compact and wastes no space with unnecessary features.
The side of the camera is where you will find the SD card slot and Mini USB port while the external power port and mount is located on the bottom. The A5 requires four C-cell alkaline batteries to operate and according to Moultrie the batteries are good for up to 30,000 photos.
When it comes to features, the Moultrie has everything you need from a basic game camera. The 5.0 megapixel camera is able to photos as well as videos during the day and at night. There are four presets for the picture delay so you are able to set to camera to take photos every minute or every 5, 10 or 30 minutes depending on your needs. If the one minute delay is too long you can make use of the video mode which captures ten second clips at 30 frames per second. You can set the camera to stamp the moon phase, time, date and camera ID on the photos or videos, which is a very useful feature, especially if you use multiple cameras and want to keep track of your footage. The camera supports low and high modes for photos with the former offering a resolution of 640 x 480 and the latter 2560 x 1920. The video clips are saved in standard AVI format at a resolution of 640 x 480.
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Pros & Cons
While I like the low price tag it wouldn’t have meant much if the camera wasn’t up to the task. Fortunately, Moultrie knows what they are doing when it comes to game cameras and were able to pack everything you need into an affordable package without compromising on the quality. There is not a whole lot that can be faulted about the camera when taking the price into consideration, but I did notice that the lens tends to fog up during rapid temperature changes. The motion sensor is also somewhat on the sensitive side and can easily be triggered by movement from grass or trees in the wind. All things considered, let’s compare the pros and cons to see what the A5 has to offer.
Moultrie A5 Low Glow Game Camera Pros
- Affordable price without sacrificing quality or durability
- Able to take video clips day and night
- Customizable picture delay settings
- Can stamp media with moon phase, time, date and camera ID
- Easy to setup
- Operates without making any noise
- Long battery life and support for external power sources
- Great customer support
- Supports firmware updates to fix issues
- Automatically goes into standby mode to conserve battery power
- Infrared flash not noticeable enough to spook animals
- Coverage range of up to 50 feet
Moultrie A5 Low Glow Game Camera Cons
- Motion sensor is triggered very easily which can lead to unnecessary shots
- Can only capture video in ten second increments
- Shortest delay setting is one minute
Due to the low price I was honestly not expecting miracles from the Moultrie A5 Low Glow Game Camera, but it surprised and impressed me in almost all areas. The picture quality is great and setting up the camera was a breeze. Whether you want to use the camera for scouting game or property surveillance you’ll find it to be an efficient and reliable bit of equipment. The motion sensor sensitivity can be a bit of a nuisance, but it is something that can be remedied by trimming some of the foliage in the area around the camera. Overall, I really liked this camera and recommend that you invest in a few of them for better coverage if you can afford it.