The Best Trail Camera
The Moultrie M40 is a compact trail camera with a fast and efficient detection circuit that produced the highest quality images in our reviews. The impressive images, along with the camera’s durable design and solid feature set, made it an easy decision for testers to name the Moultrie M40 the best trail camera of 2017.
Pros: This 16MP camera produced the best images in all aspects of our testing. The Moultrie M40 has a faster-than-average trigger time of 0.3 seconds and recovery time of 1 second. With a detection angle of 55 degrees, this was the only camera we tested that consistently triggered at more than 80 feet away and has a flash range of 100 feet. Best of all, the M40 comes with an affordable price tag.
Cons: There is no preview screen to help with positioning, and one big downfall of the detection circuit of this game camera was the noticeable disparity between lens angle and detection angle.
Bottom Line: Moultrie is one of the most respected brands in the trail camera industry, and the M40 is a perfect example of why. The 16MP camera is also capable of 1080p video recording, and it captured the best images in our test.
Best for: Professionals and first time buyers of trail cameras alike looking for the best image quality
Key Attribute: Image Quality
- 16MP images
- 1080p HD video with audio
- 2" full-color display to check footage in field
- Moultrie Mobile system allows mobile-device compatibility
- Swift, reliable 0.3-second trigger speed
- 80-ft. flash range
Size: 7 x 6.5 x 8.5 inches ; 1.3 pounds