M-50i User Manual

Camera works really well, was able to identify what was eating my crops (woodchucks & raccoons).

This manual is poorly written. To a new user it is very confusing. There is no reference to the battery gauge on the display B00% means the batteries are depleted, B99% for fresh batteries. Wasted a lot of time thinking the camera was defective as I was able to power it up, change options and even record a test video but the camera would not record. Turns out batteries were drained (measured 1.12vdc for each battery with a voltmeter). Also there is no specification on the aux. power jack other than 12v input. Other equipment specifies a range ie. 11-14vdc along with current spec ie. 100mA (.1ampere). Does aux, power need to be exactly 12v ?

I couldn't find any setup information on Moultrie's website.

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  • I have the same camera and have had the same problems. That manual is terrible and confusing and is missing critical info like basic specifications, including the 12V power jack.
    I had to figure it out myself.
    The qty (12) AA batteries (@1.5V each) = 18V. I actually measured 19.5V with a fresh set of batteries, using a multimeter on each of the springs of the battery tray.
    So basically, the camera can handle between 12-20V. With AA batteries installed, it will select from the higher voltage source.
    So if you have say, 13.2V in the aux jack and a fresh set of AA batteries installed, it will latch to the AA batteries until the voltage is the same/less than the aux jack.
    I've been connected to a remote 12V battery for 8 months now and it's been showing 100% battery life, so that's the best way to go.

    The camera can get a little glitchy if the input voltage fluctuates substantially, like if you have 12.7V on the battery and then start to charge it up to 14V. The camera may snap some additional photos and/or miss a time lapse check in.

    If I can help with more questions please let me know, as I had to figure this out myself too.

  • GeorgeB thank you for your post. I feel the same way about the manual and I’m having the same problems you had trying to figure this thing out (with no help from Moultrie). I’ve emailed Moultrie three times and the only response I’ve gotten back is the email of questions about what they consider “related” to my issue. I answered the first time that no this does not answer my question. Very frustrating. I thought I had setup the camera correctly but after being out for less than two days in my woods the memory card had something like 2,999 images of the same nothing but vegetation. And now even though I thought I had deleted them all th memory card will no longer work in any device. It was brand new. The batteries were also brand new Duracells but ever since then the camera reads B00% which I assumed meant 100% so thanks for clearing that up for me. I guess the 2,999 pictures drained the new batteries. My other issue is I can’t figure out how to have the camera take images only by sensing motion and not with time lapse. How do I turn time lapse completely off Moultrie? Geez!
  • This is my first Moultrie, I have a bunch of Bushnell and they are easy to use and work great. I have been a week figuring out this screwed up manual, and still confused!!!!! I am also trying to figure out how to disable the the time lapse! There is nothing on the website for this new model yet. So pissed I bought this turd of a camera!!! Made sure to pass it along on social media, so my buddies don't end up with this thing.

  • Moultrie, are you listening! At least publish an on line manual.

  • I have the M50i and the manual is terrible, I agree. I had to figure it all out on my own, and with multiple calls to Moultrie, as well as the help from this forum.

  • @GeorgeB said:
    Moultrie, are you listening! At least publish an on line manual.

    The manual is on the website.

  • @Gjack said:
    This is my first Moultrie, I have a bunch of Bushnell and they are easy to use and work great. I have been a week figuring out this screwed up manual, and still confused!!!!! I am also trying to figure out how to disable the the time lapse! There is nothing on the website for this new model yet. So pissed I bought this turd of a camera!!! Made sure to pass it along on social media, so my buddies don't end up with this thing.

    There should be three options: Timelapse, Motion, Timelapse+Motion. If you're only wanting motion, navigate to that option and select it.

  • edited October 2018

    Bought 3x D-50i from Dick's using trade-in promotion - first of all don't know difference between D-50i and M-50i. Don't see D-50i anywhere on Moultrie web site. Got photos a few times but now nothing. Don't know if I am reformatting card incorrectly or if I have turned something on (accidentally) in Motion or Time-lapse menus. Not even sure how to properly start recording (from Quick Start or Custom Start). I have been using Bushnell, Browning, Primos, and recently a Cabellas-branded camera and all are intuitive to setup. This is the weirdest system I've ever seen. Don't know what I'm doing wrong. Any ideas? And oh yeah - most things are tinted heavily green - assume this is normal for this brand? Thank you for any suggestions.

    Well - after posting this, I tried something wild - checked the batteries. All run down on all three cameras. Owned these about 1 week. Either these products are really old and have been on the shelf a long time or the batteries were poor to begin with. Being a promotion from Dick's, I assumed this was a new model from Moultrie. Still have the strong, green tint. Still don't know the difference between a D-50i and an M-50i.

  • Someone can confirm but I believe the "D" is because it's a model for Dicks Sporting Goods. It's the same camera as the M50
  • I'm just going to echo some of the same complaints. This is my first game camera and I've spent (wasted) hours of time hunting for basic explanations for setup steps and readouts I'm seeing. I have no idea what I'm doing wrong or if I have a defective camera. The Moultrie manual is less than helpful and the Moultrie product videos are all about product promotion with hardly any mention of operating instruction details or troubleshooting. I'm sending it back (more wasted time). This may actually be a good product but it's worthless to me without a clear and complete instruction manual that anticipates the most obvious difficulties users will have to contend with.

  • I'm not sure I understand the confusion with the M-50 Manual. I don't have one but when I look at it online, the setup is very similar to all Moultrie cameras.

    Every camera manufacture I've used (with the exception of the "Proof" cameras) have a menu that requires the user to navigate up or down to a setting and then adjust it.

    Even if you don't like the flow chart in the manual (which is high level and self-explanatory) then it breaks it down to even more detail to get to specifics.

  • I am having all the same confusions with operating this camera. I un boxed a brand new camera and not sure what position to leave the switch on to operate it- e.g. Quick, Customer, Off or Aim. Can anyone write in this forum how to set the camera in a field operation mode?

  • edited November 2018

    @hannsm said:
    I am having all the same confusions with operating this camera. I un boxed a brand new camera and not sure what position to leave the switch on to operate it- e.g. Quick, Customer, Off or Aim. Can anyone write in this forum how to set the camera in a field operation mode?

    Quick Start has predetermined settings that will allow you to deploy the camera using default settings.
    Custom Start allows you to customize the settings to your preference.
    Aim allows you to see where the sensor will pick up movement. (the sensor light will display when it's triggered
    Off - Turns the camera off.

    If you're not very camera savy, just use the Quick Start setting and put the camera in your desired location.

    For more details, refer to page 4 of your manual.

  • where do i find a m-50i manual

  • I'm on this site today because I also can't figure out the horrible manual and thus, can not set up the camera they way I'd like. I have about a dozen questions however, I'll start with this one: how do you choose to record video rather than still photos? (M-50)

  • edited December 2018

    @gspet said:
    I'm on this site today because I also can't figure out the horrible manual and thus, can not set up the camera they way I'd like. I have about a dozen questions however, I'll start with this one: how do you choose to record video rather than still photos? (M-50)

    From the up and down arrows. "motion detect main screen". Arrow left to "photo or video". Select.

    Look at the up, down, left, right arrow map. You can then navigate your way to that particular box. I don't have a camera with me, but I'm going to guess when you find the box you hit the middle button.

  • @gspet said:
    I'm on this site today because I also can't figure out the horrible manual and thus, can not set up the camera they way I'd like. I have about a dozen questions however, I'll start with this one: how do you choose to record video rather than still photos? (M-50)

    Set switch to Custom.
    When the screen says Motion Detect, push the left arrow button until the screen says Photo/Video. Press the OK button in the center of the arrow buttons. The screen should flash, now push the up or down arrow until it says Video. Now press Ok again. The camera will now be set to video. Push Menu and the screen should again read Motion Detect. Now press the right arrow and the cam should be armed and ready.

  • Thanks for the clarification donejones and Sodbuster. I still think the interface and manual are terrible however, I'm beginning to understand how to decipher it. As an aside, I've been using Cuddeback and Stealth cameras for over ten years so it's not as if I have nothing to compare the M-50 to.

  • I just bought 3 of these to look over some property that has been broken into.

    Im confused what settings would be best for capturing bad guys.

    I set it for 3shot triggered and hd video.
    And NO delay between events.
    But it seems to take one pic and a video and thats it.... when i walk across.
    Is the 3shot and video just alternate 1 pic and one video while there is movement?

    Should i set it to just 3shot triggered with no delays so basically (my understanding) it would shoot a pic every second while there is movement?
  • I'm not a video guy, but I believe you can only do 1 pic before a video. Personally I would do straight video. A pic can be blurred by movement and video has a slower trigger time than pictures, so I would want the video to start asap to catch as much of the thief as possible. I would worry that it might take a pic that would not provide good info and by the time the video started the thief could be out of view. Stick with no delay. Best of luck on catching those useless life forms.

  • So if i shoot straight video..
    How long would you think?
    Delay between events? 0 ?
    Its a fine line between catching all the action and waisting space or risking missing something.

    The problem is the property is home to some outside cats so i dont want 1000 videos of back to back cats

    But with just a few test pics at night i agree alot of the pics were fairly blurry... and there wasnt a rushing bad guy etc...
    I got about 10-15 pics of two deputies at 11pm checking the doors and windows and it was a little fuzzy (this cam was set to pics only at 3shot triggered no delay
  • I would think if it was set to a longer vid that would allow you to set a longer delay between vids. Even with a 10 sec vid you probably would be fine with a 10 sec delay. If you could set your cams level about 4-5ft high, that should eliminate cat vids and easily pick up people or possibly set the cam really low and angle it up. If you can view vids on the spot then you can just experiment and see what detects you best. Glad local law enforcement is looking out for you.

  • I have the cams high and angled down so in the event they were seen it would be hard to take them (plus higher is more out of the line of sight)
    Im for sure anm wanting to try just vids after the few blurry pics i got.

    I was thinking of lowering the sensitivity (i have it on high so i get any and all movement)
    If i set it on low to hopefully not catch cats.. think it will trigger on humans in the dark maby 40-50ft away?
  • 40-50ft should be no problem. I have a m-50 and the sensing range is the best I've seen from a Moultrie camera. I had it set up in a spot that was taking pics of me walking by at 39 yards everyday. I've gotten regular pics of deer at 90ft at night. Trailcampro has the detection range tested at 110ft.

  • > @Sodbuster said:
    > 40-50ft should be no problem. I have a m-50 and the sensing range is the best I've seen from a Moultrie camera. I had it set up in a spot that was taking pics of me walking by at 39 yards everyday. I've gotten regular pics of deer at 90ft at night. Trailcampro has the detection range tested at 110ft.


    So you think on LOW PIR sensitivity at 40-50ft it will reliably trigger on people in the day and night?
  • I have not found a low setting to really effect range. It seems to make it less sensitive to swaying grass and the sun shining on the ground. 50ft should be no problem.

  • Ok sounds good
    I went and switched all 3 cameras to video only no delay
    Two on the darker side (and less cats) at high PIR.. the other thats on the door they kicked in and where the most cat action is set to LOW PIR sensitivity .. it picked me up at the door in the daylight.
    I have someone who is suppose to walk up to the door tonight and in the morning while it is dark out. I will check tomorrow if i have there videos
  • I'm new to trail cameras and just picked up the M50i. I'm assuming the B percent is battery? The manual really does not explain what the items on the display mean and want to make sure. Help appreciated, thanks.

  • @stubalter said:
    I'm new to trail cameras and just picked up the M50i. I'm assuming the B percent is battery? The manual really does not explain what the items on the display mean and want to make sure. Help appreciated, thanks.

    Yes B=battery %. If you use lithium batteries then it will not accurately read the battery %. It will read 99 or 100% until they start to go bad.

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