PROS / It offers unparalleled image quality as the only game camera with a panoramic field of view and detection zone.
CONS / Because it takes three pictures per trigger, its recovery time is a bit high.
VERDICT / The Moultrie Panoramic 150 is the best game camera on the market, as it has an exceptional detection angle and takes stunning panoramic photos.
The Moultrie Panoramic 150 is a game camera that uses panoramic technology to take three side-by-side images and stitch them together into a 150-degree-wide photo. It's the first game camera to feature panoramic technology, and it has three times the field of view of a standard game camera. Plus, it's affordable. For these reasons and more, the Moultrie Panoramic earns our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award.
The Panoramic 150 has the best image quality of any camera we reviewed. Most trail cameras have approximately a 50-degree field of view. The Panoramic 150 uses one camera that quickly snaps three side-by-side shots. It then stiches the three shots together to provide one ultra-wide image.
This means that if a group of animals walks past your camera, it can capture the whole group. Panoramic pictures also add an air of realism to your photos, as their wide field of view is similar to the vision field of human eyes.
This camera's infrared flash has a range of 100 feet, which is extremely impressive. This means the Panoramic 150 easily has enough power to illuminate any animals it detects. It takes pictures with a resolution of 8 megapixels, which is high enough to allow you to zoom in on the captured images without losing too much detail. Some wildlife cameras capture images at 10 megapixels, but 8 megapixels is sufficient for all but the most demanding hunters' needs. It also shoots video in 720p, which is standard for game cameras.
The shots from the Panoramic 150 are fantastic, both because of the panoramic effect and because of the crisp, clear quality of the photos. It is important to note that panoramic mode does not apply to video. Video is shot with a 50-degree field of view, which is average for a game camera.
Of course, image quality only matters if the camera is able to detect movement and trigger the camera. The Panoramic 150 excels in this area as well, and it can detect movement 60 feet away from the camera, which is 10 feet better than most trail cameras.
Perhaps most importantly, the Panoramic 150 has a wide detection angle. A camera's detection angles closely mirrors its field of view, so while most cameras have a 50-degree detection angle, the Panoramic 150's is nearly three times wider.
The Panoramic 150's recovery time is 6.2 seconds, which is longer than the recovery times of several of the cameras we reviewed. However, considering that the Panoramic 150 can take three photos for every trigger, the recovery time should not affect your ability to get photos of multiple animals.
The Panoramic 150's trigger speed is 0.9 seconds, which is one of the quickest triggers among the game cameras we reviewed. If an animal runs past the camera, the Panoramic 150 is quick enough to capture it mid-frame.
In addition to its panoramic mode, this camera has a multi-shot mode that takes two or three pictures in rapid succession after a single trigger. This mode works only if the camera is in standard, non-panoramic mode. This means you can get multiple shots without having to factor in the cameras recovery time. In non-panoramic mode, the camera still senses movement in a 150-degree field. Once it senses movement, it moves the camera to the left, right or center zone and takes a picture of the animal that caused the trigger.
It also has time-lapse mode, so you can turn off the camera's detection circuit and program it to take one picture at a set time interval. This feature is especially useful in helping you to know exactly when animals are moving. Because time-lapse features don't depend on the camera's detection circuit, pictures taken in the daylight sometimes show animals in the distance that the camera would not have been able to detect otherwise.
The Panoramic 150 includes a case patterned with Mossy Oak Treestand, one of the top tree-bark camouflages on the market. The Panoramic 150 visually blends into a tree, which means it will be almost invisible to wildlife or other hunters.
Like many trail cams, the Panoramic has a power input jack, so you can attach a solar panel to it. This is especially useful if your hunting property is far away from your residence.
Help & Support
Moultrie offers a one-year warranty, which is standard in the game camera industry. The customer representatives we spoke to were friendly and knowledgeable, though they did have to do some research while on the phone with us to answer our questions. The company also offers prompt email support.
Moultrie is one of the most respected brands in the game camera industry, and the Panoramic 150 is a perfect example of why. Its groundbreaking panoramic technology just may change the way trail cams are made. Perhaps best of all, Moultrie makes the Panoramic 150 exceptionally affordable, which means it is a great buy for professionals and amateurs alike.