The Moultrie D-333 Infrared Game Camera features Low Glow technology and is equipped with 18 LED that issues a red flash that is difficult for game to detect. It’s not quite completely hidden from the notice of the animals but most won’t realise that their photo has just been taken. The camera has a 7.0 MP resolution and that means the images produced should be clear enough for most scouting.
Here is a quality trail camera that will suit the budget conscious. It is one of the least expensive cameras in the new for 2013 range and delivers a good range of options and features.
The camera is powered by the larger C-cell batteries and that means the overall size of the camera to be a little larger than those that take AA batteries. The larger battery capability means that the camera has a potentially longer operating life-span before they have to be replaced however the option of using rechargeable lithium batteries is gone.
Trigger Speed and Detection
The trigger speed of the camera is a little slower than some of the other comparable Moultrie cameras such as the D-444 and the D-555i. But at 1.5 seconds it most likely going to capture slower moving animals that are feeding or loitering in the area.
A very nice feature that will allow for good series shots is the burst mode which enables up to 10 shots to be taken through a single trigger. This means that it is possible to get a series of shots taken a second apart that will give you a good idea of the action that is taking place without setting up for video mode.
The Field of View of the camera is 50 degrees which is the same as you will get from the more expensive M-888 and M-999i cameras. The flash is a Low Glow infrared flash that has a range of up to 70 feet.
The camera is equipped with Passive Infrared (PIR) sensing which detects changes in the surrounding temperature and movement and triggers accordingly to capture images. One of the most noticeable complaints about this camera, though, is the fact that there appears to be a high incidence of false triggers which results in empty frames. (See customer opinions at the end of this review). This could either be that the motion detector is being triggered by movement other than animal movement or that the trigger time is too slow to capture the animal in the frame.
The Moultrie Illumi-Night sensor ensures that the pictures that are taken at night are clear and the Motion Freeze technology reduces night-time blur.
Four Capture Modes
The trail camera is equipped with four capture modes: Motion Detect, Time Lapse, Hybrid Cam and Video.
Motion Detect Mode relies on the IR technology to trigger image capture. As already mentioned the field of view of the camera is 50 degrees but the detection zone itself is narrower and the night time range is advertised as 70 feet.
Time Lapse Mode allows the camera to be programmed so that it will take a series of captures at set intervals during the day to get an idea of the more active wildlife in the area. When it is combined with the Moultrie Plot Stalker software it is possible to turn the captures into video file format.
The Hybrid Cam Mode works as a combination of the Time Lapse and Motion Detect Modes over the course of day and night time scouting.
HD Video Mode can be set to record at predetermined times of the day or for shorter bursts up to 20 seconds at night.
Securing the Camera
A security feature that has been included into the camera is the ability to password protect the device which will give you the satisfaction of knowing that the camera cannot be used if it has been stolen. Naturally it is also possible to secure the camera from the outside with a built-in bracket to take a Python Cable Lock and it also has a threaded insert to attach a game camera mount. It is also possible to buy a separate CamLockBox security box that will not only prevent thieves from taking the camera but will also protect the camera from curious animals.
The camera operates on 6 C-cell batteries which provides around 4-6 months of life. The big drawcard to this low-cost camera is the lifespan of the batteries that you can expect to get. In fact it boasts the highest number of shots that you can take before the batteries die with an advertised 30,000 pictures. The memory can be expanded by using the SD memory-card slot that takes up to a 32 GB capacity memory card.
Features of the Moultrie D-333 Game Camera
- 7.0 megapixel Low Glow infrared game camera
- 1.5 second trigger speed
- Up to 70-ft night range
- Motion Freeze reduces nighttime blur
- Provides 50-degree view
- 4 operational modes:- IR triggered game camera
– Time-lapse plot camera
– Plot camera by day, motion detect camera at night
– Day and night video
- Multi-Shot (1-10 pics)
- Moon phase, temperature, time, date and camera ID stamp
- Picture Delay Settings allow delay settings allow for 1, 5, 10 and 30 minute delays.
- Password protected
- SD memory card slot — up to 32GB
- 30,000+ images on 6 C-cell batteries
- Integrated strap loop with Python® cable compatibility (cable not included)
The following customer opinions have been compiled from reviews found on various online sites and placed here to give you an all-around view of other customer experiences with the trail camera. We have included an attribution to each of the websites so you can visit them and get the full picture there. Because we acknowledge that there are many positive, negative and neutral experiences with all products we have included the comments that cover all three reactions.
I like the D 333’s burst mode as you can set it to take up to 10 pics each trigger,all of them spaced roughly a second apart,so you are getting pics for a full ten seconds. The cam has all kinds of features for a cheap cam including “motion freeze” ,but the one that stands out is the battery life,it is unreal and advertises 30k pics per set of batteries. I really like the pics so far from mine but just haven’t used it enough to really make a judgement it seems to be a lota of cam for the money. I will tell you the flash is noticeable at night a little more than I like but you could tone it down with the adhesive tape.
— from ChasinGame.com
This camera is the easiest trail camera I have ever used. Set up is simple and it takes great images……the program in it is very simple to set up. I haven’t seen anything yet that I don’t like about it. The support from Moultrie is good too, very friendly and willing to help you.
— from BHPhotoVideo.com
Most of my trail cameras i own are under $100. Its hard to expect much for that price. This camera is one of my favorites though. The quality of the camera is great. The battery life is AWESOME on this compared to my other cameras. Picture quality is average, but it gets the job done. I purchased mine from the amazon warehouse deals for a great price. If i saw another for the same price i wouldnt hesitate to pick it up.
— from Amazon.com
I purchased my Moultrie D-333 game camera about 2 months ago (6/13). During that time I have set it up in 3 or 4 different locations. Overall, the camera takes great pictures, both day and night. Daytime photos are in color, and are quite crisp / clear (7 mega pixels clarity is a great feature). Night time photos are taken in black & white and are fairly clear, of reasonable quality for a camera in this price range. However, I have been disappointed with the number of “misses” that this camera takes. What I mean is that motion triggers the camera, but there are no animals in the photo.
— from Amazon.com
Bought this and put it out…6 days later i checked on it and it was dead. Replaced the batteries, still dead. Checked the card and it had only taken 26 pictures..most were from when i was sitting it up due to the set up to tare multiple shots at once.
— from Cabelas.com
The first one of these I bought worked for about 1 week then just stopped functioning all together. I returned it and the second one seemed to work but wouldn’t load images to the sd card. Then it stopped working altogether as well. I would not recommend this camera.
— from Cabelas.com
I just received it and set it up in my yard to make sure it was functioning ok. I should have known something wasn’t right being that after I set the date and time, and then reviewed it a few minutes later it was way off. I then set it up in my yard and walked around which caught several pictures. I went out at dark to check the night photos and noticed the IR wasn’t triggering. I pulled the SD card and found that the camera actually had shut down late afternoon. Numerous attempts were made to get it to power back on with no luck. VERY DISSAPOINTED!!!!!
— from Cabelas.com
I believe I received a defective unit. I mostly use “motion detect” mode, and sometimes it just did not function properly, sometimes it worked fine. When it did not function well it seemed like the trigger speed was 20+ seconds and I had to do jumping jacks for it to detect anything. I like the feature set on the unit but the way the menu was set-up made it difficult to navigate.
I have not lost confidence in Moultrie, however, I’m returning this unit cause I believe it to be defective and I ordered another Moultrie (D55IRXT). I’m not getting another D-333 cause of the way the menu is set up.
— from Amazon.com
We have included here a link to the Moultrie D-333 Manual in case there are any further questions not covered here that need to be answered.
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