Scouting game for extended periods of time can be achieved with the D-555i No Glow Infrared game camera. This is a trail camera that delivers high quality pictures with high resolution 8 MP color photos taken by day or clear black and white photos at night. The camera also has the capability of producing 720p HD video with sound either during the day or at night.
The camera is powered by the larger C-cell batteries and this means that the size of the camera is a little larger than comparable models, but not overly so. The larger battery capability means that the camera has a potentially longer operating life-span before they have to be replaced.
Trigger Speed and Detection Range
The trigger speed of the camera is good at around a second delay. The Illumi-Night sensor has a 60 foot night range with the no glow technology delivering high quality images anywhere from its field of detection. The camera provides a 90 degree wide angle view for an extremely generous range which is almost double that of a standard trail camera.
The detection range of the camera during the day works out at around the 70 to 80 foot mark with great reliability. At night-time the is around 60 feet and at this range you can be virtually guaranteed of 100% success.
The camera features a multi-shot continuous shooting option that enables up to 10 images to be captured through a single trigger. The recovery time after the images are captured takes 10 seconds as the pictures are stored onto the SD card and the camera re-arms itself. This extended period of time could be a problem for some who require faster repeatability.
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 generous at 90 degrees but the detection zone itself is narrower and the night time range is advertised as 60 feet. Independent testing of the range with walk-through tests show that the reliability of the camera being triggered starts to slip at around the 80 foot mark.
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.
A recent firmware update has been implemented into the 2013 release of this camera. This update helped to improve the quality of the daytime pictures so that they are brighter and more vivid.
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. In number of picture terms, if you only take still pictures with the camera you can expect to get more than 24,000 pictures before the batteries go dead. 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-555i Game Camera
- 8.0 megapixel No Glow infrared game camera
- 1-second trigger speed
- Up to 60-ft night range
- Provides 90-degree wide angle view
- 4 operational modes:
– IR triggered game camera
– Time-lapse plot camera
– Plot camera by day, motion detect camera at night
– HD video day and night
- Illumi-Night sensor provides bright, clear nighttime images
- Motion Freeze reduces nighttime blur
- HD video (720p) with sound
- 16:9 widescreen images and video
- 2” built-in LCD viewing screen
- Multi-Shot (1-10 pics)
- Barometric pressure, moon phase, temperature, time, date and camera ID stamp
- Picture Delay Settings allow delay settings ranging from 10-sec. to 30-min.
- Password protected
- SD memory card slot — up to 32GB
- 24,000+ images on 6 C-cell batteries
- Features new Moultrie camouflage
- 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.
This camera has one of the best detection zones I have ever seen. Include the 90 degree coverage with black flash, Moultire hit the nail on the head with this one. The ONLY downfall to this camera is that the sensor is touchy, so make sure to knock down high weeds/low branches that may trigger the camera. Awesome product!
— from Cabelas.com
I bought one of these cameras in May, 2013 and have been impressed by the high quality pictures I have gotten both day and night! !! Fast trigger time and long battery life are also a plus. Has range that exceeds factory specs.
— from Basspro.com
For under $120 this trail camera is quite amazing for what it can do. While not the fastest trigger, and not the best resolution or night distance, the wide angle lens makes this camera. I tried the 990i and returned it. This one came in, tested it and bought a 2nd one. I use these for different applications but found that the wide angle lens makes it perfect for my use. Have had no issues with the use or operation and with an aiming LCD screen and video capability, hard to complain. If you want amazing quality, buy a reconyx for speed and long term durability. If you want to capture more of the scene and have ease of use and nice night vision video or photo, this guy rocks.
— from Amazon.com
Love this D-555i by Moultrie. There is really no flash or lights visible at night and the shutter is very quiet. Love the viewer that helps you aim the camera quickly, and review pics. Audio recordings with the video are very good. The only negative I’ve found is the temp readings on my unit tend to read about 5 degrees higher than actual – no biggie.
— from BHPhotoVideo.com
The thought process behind the design of this camera was functional, useful and unique. Unfortunately, the D-555i has one serious flaw – nighttime picture quality. The night pictures are simply not up to snuff with what we expect from a scouting camera. If you are more concerned about daytime operation, then this camera will really shine. Covering a large area with one camera is ideal. Bottom line: this camera is perfect for daytime operation covering a large area.
— from TrailCamPro.com
Overall it’s a good camera and I would recommend it. Pictures are of good quality. It takes ok video, but there is room for improvement here. I really like the invisible infrared night time flash that this camera offers. One feature that I really wish this camera had is the ability to set the time of day that the camera is active while in motion detect mode. During the middle of the day this camera takes lots of unneeded photos.
— from Amazon.com
Camera was too sensitive to motion and there is no way to adjust it or select IR only. IR flash range was too short. Got many night photos that were completely dark.
— from Amazon.com
Have owned several Moultrie cameras over the years and taken many thousands of photos. This one however is junk. 99% of the photos and videos have been blank. Camera is “hyper-sensitive” and takes lots of photos of waving leaves and grass. Just down-loaded 244 videos and one had a deer in it.
— from Cabelas.com
We have included here a link to the Moultrie D-555i Manual in case there are any further questions not covered here that need to be answered.
To find out more details about this or other Moultrie cameras it is recommended that you visit the Moultrie website.