The team has purchased three new Moultrie IR-40 camera traps. Since we are looking at replacing all existing film cameratraps with new digital units we decided to test the Moultrie model because the specifications appeared favourable in relation to the price of it. The units are capable of taking both still photos as well as IR-video clips. The unit comes with 40 IR lights but without the standard xenon flash light as normal cameras make use of. The advantage of this is that it can photograph wildlife without spooking these when the flashlight is triggered but the disadvantage is that IR shots only appear in black/white.
The manufacturer states that the camera can record video clips up to 30seconds. Whilst this is true for daytime (colour) video clips the camera automatically switches over to a default 5sec video mode under low light conditions, for example, at night. Although 5sec is better than nothing it is insufficient for capturing video clips of behaviour of wildlife. The cameras have recorded many hundreds of good quality pictures and video clips without drawing a huge amount of Amp-hours. Therefore, the cameras can easily operated up to 3 months on a set of batteries. The main weakness of the cameras is that they do not withstand the intense humidity of the Malaysian rainforest very well and the LED-display went off after only one month of operation. The team has discussed the possibility of purchasing additional Moultrie units, but we feel that, given the circumstances described above, it is not suitable for long-term rigorous operation in tropical Malaysia.