Tested: New Moultrie Edge Mobile Trail Camera


Moultrie has been upping its trail-cam game in recent years, and perhaps the best sign of their commitment is the new Edge. This camera is a super reasonably priced wireless model that not only serves as a good stepping stone to mobile – for those not already wading in that pool – but also has some interesting features that are quite innovative.

The Edge is new for 2022 and, for around $100, it’s proof that you don’t have to break the bank to own a wireless camera. In addition to a great price, the Edge features “auto-connect technology”; instead of choosing a wireless provider, the camera searches for the strongest signal in the area and automatically connects to it. Edge also doesn’t require an SD card to be installed; Photos are downloaded to the camera’s internal memory and then sent to the Moultrie app for viewing. I tested Edge for ease of setup, picture quality, detection frenzy, activation speed, and more. Here’s how it performed.

Moultrie Mobile Edge Trail Cam

Moultrie Mobile Edge Cam

specification

  • Price: $99.99
  • Camera: 33 MP
  • Detection range: 80 feet
  • Trigger Speed: .85 seconds
  • Power: 8 AA batteries

First impressions

The Edge has a nice looking case and the controls are easily accessible and quite simple. To set up the camera, simply install the batteries, download the Moultrie Mobile app, and follow the instructions—which, even for seniors like me, are very easy to follow. When you turn on the camera, a series of lights on the side start flashing; these let you know the battery level and that the camera is searching for a signal. When the latter is reached, the lights stay on for a second, then turn off. You are connected and ready to go. If you want to take a test shot, just press the “connect” button and the test shot will let you know if you’ve aimed the unit correctly.

The Moultrie app is pretty impressive. Not only can you control the camera’s settings remotely, but the app sports species recognition (which lets you remove photos of possums and raccoons and focus on deer, for example) as well as the activity graph that examines your photos and shows the best time for deer movement. The app also features interactive maps that allow you to drop pins to mark stands, food plots, cameras and other relevant locations. There’s also a weather setting that can keep you informed of temperatures, barometric pressures and approaching fronts.

How I tested it

As mentioned, I read the instructions, installed the Moultrie app, and then charged the camera with the battery. I have to admit it was very strange not asking for an SD card slot, as the edge doesn’t ask for an SD card and just loads the photos into the app. I then mounted the camera to a tree in my yard and did some “penetrating” tests at various distances to check trigger speed, detection range and picture quality. Then I took the Edge out to a small waterhole that normally sees pretty good activity to see how it would perform on real animals in real-world conditions. I left the camera out for three days and reviewed the photos as well as the performance of the app.

Tested: New Moultrie Edge Mobile Trail Camera
Edge is easy to manage through the Moultrie app. Moultrie Mobile

performances

There’s a lot to love about any trail camera that costs a C-note, especially a wireless model. So I’m confident that the Edge will be a popular choice for any budget-conscious hunter looking to get into the wireless game.

One stumbling block many hunters face as they consider entering the wireless market is the fear of being in over their heads. After all, many of the really good conventional cameras are simple and intuitive to set up, so when talk of installing apps and operating cameras from a phone comes up, it can sound intimidating. Trust me, as an older hunter only slightly comfortable with the high-tech world, installing and running the Moultrie app is very simple. Plus, changing camera settings requires zero special skills. If you’re moderately comfortable with technology, the app is extremely cool; in addition to photo management, it can provide detailed weather reports and mark locations for cameras, stands, deer signs and more.

In terms of pure camera performance, I found color in Edge photos taken during the day to be solid and of good quality. Night shots were good, although my unit fell short of the advertised detection range of 80 feet. As expected with this unit’s slower shutter release, pictures were often blurry in any shots involving movement.

Of course, a .85 trigger speed is pretty lethargic in this market; there are many cameras that can score this better, often by a lot. But that doesn’t stop this camera from being very useful. Limit the Edge to places you know the deer will stop and spend some time (fake scrapes, mineral licks, bait piles, etc.) and do well. Put it on a trail or funnel, especially during a scrape, (when bucks usually cover the ground in a hurry), however, and it will probably result in some blurry photos. But after years of playing with cameras, I’ve learned to place each model in the areas where it will perform well. As an affordable wireless camera with a stellar app, the Edge is sure to find its place in my annual camera lineup.





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