moultrie panoramic 150 review

The Moultrie Panoramic 150 8MP Infrared Game Camera.

In its quest for the Best of the Best in the coveted Trail Camera category, Field & Stream’s Moultrie Panoramic 150 Review named this model the 2013 winner. So how does it work? Well, in what has become the most detailed post done here to date, we present to you… The Moultrie Panoramic 150 Review (A camera this awesome deserves everything we can throw at it).

The Panoramic 150 has three separate motion sensors, placed in a semi-rounded fashion. It has an 8 megapixel camera lens that slides silently to capture images. Once the images are taken, it seamlessly (almost) stitches them together to form a wide-angle, 150-degree picture.

You can also choose single shot mode, where the camera lens will auto-angle to any one of the three detection zones a deer may appear. That’s like having three, 50-degree view cameras mounted in the same spot. If that’s not enough, it also has a 20′ better detection range than the already-great range of the Moultrie M80.

And if using a trail camera for nature watching is your thing, this model will not disappoint. Birds, squirrels, raccoon, stray animals – you name it and the Panoramic 150 will catch it. Just set it on your back porch steps and you’ll be amazed at the wildlife in your own backyard!

The Panoramic 150 is backed by an industry-standard, 1 year manufacturer’s warranty, and is built by a leader in the trail camera industry. Now let’s go over some specifics.

 

Full Moultrie Panoramic 150 Review

Power and Life
The Panoramic 150 gets its life from 6 c-cell batteries, installed from the bottom. Consumers report 8,000 to 9000 images worth of battery life per set – not bad considering all the technology that’s going on behind the scenes.

It features a battery life display on the LCD screen, showing you approximately how many days you have remaining. A very nice feature – especially for the hunter who hunts a plot hours away from home. Keep a good set of Duracell or Energizer batteries with you and swap them out if you don’t plan on returning within the time it estimates is left. And if you prefer AA batteries, you can get an adaptor for this model.

Better even, you can also get an optional solar power panel that is made by Moultrie, for their cameras (2007 and later models).

Visibility
An important question on your mind might be if it’s visible at night. This is a low-glow camera, meaning it does emit a small amount of red light that is visible at night, so it’s not completely invisible. In order to get a completely light-less trail cam, you should be looking at  no-glow, or black flash models like the Moultrie M-990i.

As for any sound the camera makes, the Moultrie Panoramic 150 is as close to silent as it gets. Users report that animals (or themselves) typically don’t hear anything when it operates – even in Panoramic mode; be it at night or in the day.

Trigger Speed
Trigger speed is the time it takes for the motion sensor to tell the camera, “Take a picture!”, and the camera to respond, “Done”. With the impressive, sub-1 second trigger speed, coupled to the wide detection zone and panoramic mode, you’re nearly guaranteed to catch more complete pictures of bucks, instead of the back-half shots you might be used to.

Now, recovery time is a little longer. That’s the time it takes for that image to store on the SD card, and for the camera to report that it’s ready for the next detection. In the Panoramic’s case, it’s about 6 seconds. Not bad considering that it’s stitching three separate images together.

Again, as with the battery life, when you consider all that’s going on, these are very impressive times.

SD Card Capacity
The Moultrie 150 allows up to a 32 Gig SD card (not included). According to Moultrie, with a just a 4 GB SD card, you can expect at least 2500 pictures (that’s on the highest quality setting) or 45 total minutes of HD video (5 to 90 seconds each, depending on your settings).

You do have the option to reduce the image quality and it will store more pictures. It all depends on the length of time between camera visits.

Visit frequently? You can safely use a smaller card and use a higher quality setting and should not have any problem. But if you regularly find your camera batteries dead due to the length of time between visits, you will definitely want to use a 32 GB card, and reduce the image quality some.

Image Quality
We spend a lot of time scouring hundreds of reviews on dozens of sites. One of the things that stood out frequently in Moultrie Panoramic 150 reviews is image quality. Moultrie rates it at 8.0 megapixels.

Couple that impressive number with the motion freeze blur reduction technology, and it’s no surprise that we saw a lot of users reporting perfectly still-looking pictures of deer. Some went as far as to say they were frozen in time even though they were in a full run.

Day or night, this camera will deliver clear images with excellent detail.

Detection Range
Current owners of the camera pack site after site with excellent reviews on the range. It does seem to be a little less than the 100 foot night range claim by Moultrie, but that doesn’t slow down the glowing reviews. Owners are very happy with its performance. And in the end, what else matters?

The motion sensors do a great job in any part of their 150 degree view, telling the bank of LED’s and the camera lens where to slide and take photos.

Consumer Ratings
Many consumers report that they’re so happy with their Moultrie 150, they’ll buy another soon. And I don’t mean once or twice. A large portion of current owners made this statement, which speaks volumes more than any review could about the camera.

And if you consider that it’s doing the work of three typical trail cameras, each one you buy and place could actually save you money.

Just going off image quality, you can pick this up for about half what three comparable, single-shot cameras would cost you.

You can read more than 70 reviews from Panoramic 150 owners on Amazon – I think you’ll be very pleased with the consensus.

Dimensions
5 x 6.5 x 10 inches

Features

  • It has 3 motion sensors that cover a wide, 150-degree detection zone
  • Images in Single Shot mode are 16:9. In Widescreen or Panoramic Mode, they’re 48:9
  • Incorporates a highly-praised, Motion Freeze blur reduction technology
  • When movement is detected, the Silent-Slide lens slides quietly to take photos or videos
  • Day time videos are in color – nighttime are black and white
  • Imprints pictures with time, date, moon phase, user-generated camera nickname and temperature
  • Five operational modes: 150° Panoramic, infrared triggered game camera when on single image mode, a time lapse plot camera, a plot camera by day and motion detect camera at night (very nice feature), and 720p HD video day and night.

Optional Accessories

  • Solar power panel
  • Deluxe Tree Mount
  • EZ Tree Mount
  • Panoramic 150 Security Box
  • Python Cable Lock
  • SD Cards

Pros

  • Silent operation
  • Low price for the advanced technology
  • High image capacity
  • Moultrie known for long-lasting, well-built cameras
  • Excellent day and night image quality
  • Does the work of three traditional, single-shot trail cameras

Cons
Because of the panoramic design, images are very wide but not very tall. Some users may find the height to be too short. To fix this, you can set it to “single image” mode where they’re normal-sized pictures, and you’ll still get the work of three cameras – just not three images stitched together.

If not set in a tree properly, the Panoramic 150 can take “lots” of extra pictures from limb and leaf movement. You just have to remember with this one, the panoramic detection zone is much wider and aim accordingly. Same goes with limb trimming. Be sure to trim enough to avoid both blocking the field of view, and white out from limbs that are too close.

And Finally, Pricing
Who has the best price? Well, as with most electronics (and pretty much everything else in the world) Amazon sells the Panoramic 150 for the best prices I’ve found. Pretty awesome prices when you realize what you’re getting for the money!

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