Moultrie Panoramic 150 Game Camera Review
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- Best in class day and night pictures
- 122º panoramic field of view (125.9º with latest firmware)
- Superb flash range
- Requires C cell batteries
- Some overlap on panoramic pictures (this is almost gone with the latest firmware)
Welcome to our review of the Moultrie Panoramic 150 Trail Camera. Moultrie is known for its fine trail cameras, and I was eager to put the Panoramic 150 through its paces. Read on to find out what was a hit and what was a miss with this game camera.
How Well Does the Moultrie Panoramic 150 Trail Camera Detect Movement?
The Panoramic 150 has a 0.9 second trigger time, making it fast enough to capture just about anything that might come into range of the camera. Recovery time is 6 seconds, which might sound like a long time, but really isn’t when you consider the camera is taking three pictures for every trigger event. The detection zone has incredible width and is sensitive out to 60 feet. What’s truly amazing about this camera is that you can set it to 1-shot mode and the camera will swivel, taking a single photo in whichever zone the camera detects motion in.
How Reliable Is This Field Camera?
I’ve had the Moultrie Panoramic 150 Trail Camera operating in rain, sleet, freezing rain, ice storms, and snow storms. It has never given up on me or let me down, working perfectly in every possible weather condition northeast Ohio can throw at it. The camera is extremely reliable, and has remained one of my primary game cameras for watching deer trails and feed plots.
What Is the Image Quality Like?
Images cranked out by the Moultrie Panoramic 150 Trail Camera are nothing short of breathtaking, whether it’s day or night. The 4MP camera sensor is designed with more than enough quality to produce images that have tremendous color and clarity, along with fantastic crispness and detail. Nighttime pictures are just as outstanding, and the 30 low-glow LED flash illuminates game up to 100 feet away in total darkness. 100 feet. That’s astounding. Fast movers are a bit blurry, and close-up objects show some white-out, but other than that the images are amazing.
The panoramic mode of the Moultrie Panoramic 150 Trail Camera is just as amazing. When the camera first came out, there was a bit of overlap among the three pictures stitched together to form the panoramic image, but Moultrie has resolved that issue in a firmware update.
When shooting video, the Moultrie Panoramic 150 Trail Camera is capable of recording 640×480 low VGA video or 1280×720 video in a 16:9 aspect ration.
Every image captured can be imprinted with an infostrip that includes the date, time, ambient temperature in either Fahrenheit or Celsius, the moon phase, and a programmable 12-character camera name.
Finally, the Moultrie Panoramic 150 Trail Camera supports geotagging. If you enter the GPS latitude and longitude where your camera is located, that information will be embedded into the picture files.
What Picture-Taking Modes Does This Camera Offer?
The Moultrie Panoramic 150 Trail Camera can shoot in panoramic mode, single mode, timelapse mode, or a hybrid mode in which the camera can be triggered by both the PIR sensor and the time-lapse program. Photo delay is adjustable to 5, 15, and 30 seconds or 1, 5, 10, 30, and 60 minutes. You can also set the camera to multi-shot mode, which takes 2 or 3 shots for every trigger event.
In time lapse mode, you can configure the camera to take a picture every 30 seconds, 60 seconds, 2 minutes, or 5 minutes.
If you have the camera set to video mode, you can select the video length from 5 to 90 seconds. Nighttime IR video length is limited to 30 seconds, though.
How Many Pictures Can the Moultrie Panoramic 150 Trail Camera Store?
The Moultrie Panoramic 150 Trail Camera does not have internal memory and does not include an SD card, so you’ll have to purchase a card for use in the camera. The trail camera supports up to 32GB SD cards, and is compatible with Eye-Fi or other Wi-Fi-enabled SD card.
Of course, how many images or videos you can store depends on the size of the card and the camera settings for photo and video resolution. My recommendation is to use the largest capacity card possible, which is 32GB. I hope that one day game cameras will start supporting larger SD cards, but that day has not yet come.
How Is the Battery Life?
The battery life of the Moultrie Panoramic 150 Trail Camera is quite poor; mine ate through a set of batteries in less than 3 months. What’s worse is that the Moultrie Panoramic 150 Trail Camera uses 6 huge C cell batteries. I’d much rather this camera operate off of AA batteries, but I’ve seen other users run the camera using lithium AA batteries in a set of C to AA spacers. An external power port allows you to connect the camera to a Moultrie PowerPanel or Moultrie Battery Box accessory. You could probably also use this port with other power sources, but doing so will void your warranty.
Is This Field Camera Easy To Use?
The Moultrie Panoramic 150 Trail Camera has a ton of different options for setting up the camera, but the device is still remarkably easy to use. The instruction manual is very well-written, and the menus are intuitive and easy to access.
Retrieving the photos can be done a number of ways. You can remove the SD card or you can connect the camera to your computer using the Micro USB port. Unfortunately, Moultrie does not include a USB cable with the camera, but these are quite easy to come by.
Mounting the Moultrie Panoramic 150 Trail Camera can be accomplished either using the included adjustable web belt to attach the camera to a tree trunk, or by using the tripod socket to use the camera with another mounting solution. The Moultrie Panoramic 150 Trail Camera also includes a built-in bracket to slide a Python cable through the camera and lock it to a tree.