The Moultrie Panoramic 150 trail camera is unique in the industry for the 2013 season in that it is the first trail camera to take panorama style photos. The wider range and ability to get a 150 degree view from the camera means that the resultant photos are extremely impressive.
The way in which the camera works starts with the detection system. When movement is detected through the three infrared motion sensors the Silent Slide lens rotates around to take three shots from one side of the field to the other covering the 150 degree width. The three photos are then merged together to form the panoramic picture.
As well as being capable of taking these rather spectacular styles of photos it is also possible to set the camera so that it takes a normal single photo in the direction that the motion was detected. This is a great addition to the other features of the camera because by putting it in this mode you are trebling its battery life.
The motion detection area is impressive in its size. It is effectively three times as large as the normal trail camera detection zone. The photos that can be produced are of a very high standard with great color and clarity. There was a slight problem with some picture overlap for the Panoramic view photo but this has largely been fixed with the release of a firmware update in the middle of 2013.
The trigger time is just under a second and this is quick enough to pick up anything that wanders into the motion detection range.
The camera can be operated in one of five different modes: 150 degree Panoramic camera, single image mode, time-lapse plot camera, plot camera / motion detect camera for day and night shots and 720p HD video day and night.
One of the aspects of this particular camera that some people don’t appreciate is the use of C batteries and 6 of them at that.
There are many different options that are available to you when you set up the camera in terms of how many photos it will take and how often it will be activated. Although it can be set to take 3 photos in quick succession to form the panoramic photo it can also be set to take a single photo or two photos if you prefer.
Information about the conditions under which the photos are taken is included with each photo having an imprint of the temperature, moon phase, time, date and camera ID.
It is also possible to get a 14 gauge steel security case for the camera to keep it protected from curious bears or potential thieves. The security case is custom fitted to the camera. Holes are drilled into the back of the case to slide the Python Cable Lock through to secure it to a tree without having to lock the front. It has also been pre-drilled in the bottom of the case to allow rain to drain straight out.
Here are the listed features of the camera that have been provided by the Moultrie website.
- 8.0 megapixel infrared panoramic game camera
- Under 1-second trigger speed
- Up to 100-ft night range
- 3 motion sensors cover super-wide, 150-degree detection angle
- 5 operational modes:
- – 150-degree Panoramic camera – IR triggered game camera (Single Image Mode)
- – Time-lapse plot camera
- – Plot camera by day, motion detect camera at night
- – HD video day and night
- Silent-slide lens rotates to take photos or videos wherever motion is detected without spooking game
- Illumi-night sensor provides bright, clear nighttime images
- Motion freeze reduces nighttime blur
- Multi-Shot (1–3 pics)
- Picture Delay Settings allow delay settings ranging from 5-sec. to 1-hr.
- Password protection
- SD memory card slot — up to 32 GB
- 9,000 images on 6 C-cell batteries
- New Moultrie camouflage
- Integrated strap loop with Python® cable compatibility (cable not included)
This is a very interesting new type of trail camera from one of the leading companies in the industry and it is sure to prompt a new range of camera types as other manufacturers attempt to keep up.
For more information about the Panoramic 150 trail camera as well as the other models the company produces it is definitely worthwhile visiting the Moultrie website.
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