Back in 2021 when we reviewed the Moultrie Mobile Delta cellular trail camera we were pretty impressed. It was one of the few cellular trail cameras that came with a no glow flash and still a very affordable price, which put it in some pretty exclusive company.
In 2022, Moultrie released an updated version of this camera, the Moultrie Mobile Delta Base. Despite its familiar-looking exterior, the Delta Base has a new backend platform to help improve performance. This new version keeps its position as one of the most affordable cellular trail cameras on the market, and one of the few affordable cellular trail cameras that comes with a no-glow flash helping to make it extra versatile.
The extremely popular Moultrie Mobile Delta Base comes in two versions – one for the AT&T network and one for the Verizon network. This gives you the option to buy a Delta Base that will work for you regardless of your location.
In addition to its no glow flash and cellular connectivity, this trail camera has a great set of other features that help to make it very versatile. You can keep reading our review for a deep dive into the features of the Delta Base to see if it has everything you are looking for in a cellular trail camera.
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Summary of Moultrie Delta Base Review
Looking for an affordable no-glow cellular trail camera to help you keep an eye on your hunting land or other property? The Mobile Delta Base could be a perfect choice. Despite its low price, this trail camera packs a punch in terms of features and performance. This camera is packed with features, like an adjustable PIR sensor, fast trigger speed, and the option to record and transmit videos.
- No glow flash
- Great mobile app
- Adjustable PIR sensitivity
- Ability to record and transmit video
- Verizon and AT&T versions are available
- Affordable price
- Affordable data plans
- Easy to use and set up
- 2-year warranty
- 0.75 second trigger speed isn’t as fast as some competitors
- Limited number of video transfers each month (unless you purchase more)
- No GPS On-Demand like on its predecessor the Moultrie Mobile Delta
- Owners manual could have a bit more detail
Review of Key Features and Benefits of the Moultrie Mobile Delta Base Cellular Trail Camera
The Delta Base does not only have the Photo and Video modes that are commonly found on other cameras, but it also has a Photo + Video mode. The Photo + Video mode on the camera doesn’t work the way you might expect. Instead of capturing a picture and then recording a video, it makes a thumbnail for the video. Then within the Moultrie Mobile app, which we will talk about later, you can then decide if you want the camera to send you the video based on what you see from the thumbnail image.
Thanks to its ILLUMI-NIGHT 3 camera sensor, the Delta Base takes clear pictures and videos day and night. When in Photo Mode the camera has the ability to take up 24MP HDR photos. After capturing the image the Base will send a lower resolution image to the app with the option for you to download the high-resolution version of the image.
When capturing video the Delta Base can record 15-second video clips with audio at 1080p video resolution. If you want to record videos at different time durations, you’re out of luck, but not recording longer clips isn’t that bad when you consider that keeping the video length shorter both saves on battery life and helps reduce the amount of cellular data usage.
After you unbox the camera, the first thing you should do is download the free Moultrie Mobile app, which is available in both Google Play and Apple App Store. Once the app is installed, you can easily activate your camera using the app. Once you activate the camera and power it on for the first time, it will look for a firmware update. This may take a few minutes, so just be patient and wait for it to finish.
The Moultrie Mobile app is the key to being able to interact with the camera. With it, you can not only activate your camera and select your data plan, but also change the camera’s settings, as well as view and sort through the pictures and videos that the Delta Base has captured.
The Moultrie Mobile app is a great app and helps you get the most out of your camera. With the activity tab, you can find patterns of activity for each of your cameras that relate to factors like weather conditions or time of day. This can help you choose a hunting location for a specific day. In addition, the filtering feature really lets you dig deeper if you want to search for specific details. You can even filter for things like deer, buck, doe, turkey, vehicle, and people. The video below shows an example of how to use the app.
Moultrie offers several data plans to choose from with a wide range of prices and the number of uploads available.
The plans kick off with the super affordable, Standard plan, which has 1,000 image transfers and 10 video transfers per month. Next up is the Unlimited plan which provides unlimited image transfers and 50 video transfers per month.
If you like the Unlimited plan but find yourself needing to purchase four or more cameras, consider the Pro Series Unlimited plan. This plan allows you to share your unlimited photo and 50 video transfers between multiple cameras, potentially saving you money in the long run.
It is also worth pointing out that you have the option to easily change your plan or buy more videos within the app.
Speaking of video, I really like capturing videos with my trail cameras. So it would be great if there were more video transfers included in each plan, but I understand that this is an issue with the data plans for most cellular trail cameras as they try to minimize the amount of data used in an effort to keep the prices of the plans down. That being said, as we mentioned earlier, you can purchase more video transfers if you need to.
There are two payment options for whichever plan you choose. A monthly price and a yearly price are available and the latter will save you money if you plan on running your camera(s) year-round. A list of available plans and prices is shown below.
|Images per month
|Video Transfers per month
|Monthly Price - Paid Monthly*
|Monthly Price - Paid Annually*
Unlimited (for multiple cameras sharing same plan)
|1st cam $34.99/mo.
Add'l cams $7.99/mo. or $95.88 annually
|1st cam $22.99/mo.
Add'l cams $7.99/mo. or $95.88 annually
*Note: You can get an additional 50 video downloads for $1. If you are on the Standard plan you can get an additional 500 images for $4.99.
Motion (PIR) Sensor
The PIR sensor on the camera has a detection range of up to 80 feet, and the sensitivity can be adjusted to high, medium, or low settings.
The ability to adjust the sensitivity of the PIR sensor depending on the camera’s environment is always helpful. You can turn up the sensitivity to high to maximize how far away the camera can detect activity, which is the setting I would start out with in most situations. Conversely, you can also reduce the sensitivity level if you have the camera placed in an area where you are struggling to stop false triggers.
The Moultrie Mobile Delta Base has a trigger speed of 0.75 seconds.
With several highly-rated cellular trail cameras currently boasting trigger speeds of 0.2 to 0.5 seconds, the Delta Base can feel a little bit pedestrian. Though a few years ago a trigger speed of 0.75 seconds was considered good and most people did just fine with it. Plus, it is fair to point out that cellular trail cameras with trigger speeds faster than the Moultrie Delta Base’s are usually more expensive, and often lack no-glow flash technology.
As we mentioned earlier the Moultrie Mobile Delta Base cellular trail camera has a no glow flash with an 80-foot flash range.
The no glow flash ensures that the camera won’t spook animals while still being able to capture a good photograph or video. This also means that the camera’s location isn’t given away at night, which is important if you are using it as a security camera or to monitor deer or other game animals on public hunting land and want to keep it hidden from other people. So the Delta Base’s no glow flash is a valuable feature, setting it apart from the competition, since many cellular trail cameras have a low glow flash.
The dimensions of the Moultrie Mobile Delta Base are 6.5 x 5 x 3.25 inches., which is the same dimensions as its predecessor the Delta.
As you examine the exterior of the camera you will notice a threaded tripod mount on the bottom of the camera allows you to buy a trail camera mounting bracket and angle the camera down at an angle from an elevated position, which is ideal if you’re worried about people stealing or tampering with the camera or if you just want to get the camera away from the line of sight of the animals it is monitoring.
The Moultrie Mobile Delta Base has a time-lapse feature. This is a useful option if you want to monitor the area that is beyond the range of the PIR sensors, or if you want to capture a slow occurring event. While not the first option for how to deal with false triggers some people will also use this feature if they are struggling to get rid of false triggers.
Remember that when using the time-lapse feature on this camera, as well as with most other trail cameras with the time-lapse feature, the PIR sensors will be disabled. So the camera will not be triggered to take pictures or record video when an object comes into the detection area.
Hours of Operation Timer
The Delta Base cellular trail camera comes with an “hours of operation timer”, which is listed in the settings menu as Scheduler Settings. This can be really helpful if you don’t need the camera to monitor its surroundings around the clock as it can help conserve your data plan, battery life, and storage space on the SD card.
This camera doesn’t have an LCD screen, but it doesn’t need one because you can set it up and update its settings using the free Moultrie Mobile app on your cell phone.
In addition to 4 LED indicator lights that tell you the status of the camera, there are actually only 3 buttons on the camera itself. The power button, a button that connects the camera to the network, and finally there is a button that tells the camera to format your SD card. So as you can see, there is little need for an LCD screen on the Delta Base. Plus, not having a built-in LCD screen helps keep both the size and price of the camera down.
The Delta Base can accommodate SD and SDHC memory cards up to 32GB in capacity. Class 10 cards are required. If you want to shop around for and memory card, but don’t know a lot about SD cards you can check out our article on how to choose the best SD card for trail cameras. Otherwise, the Moultrie 32GB SDHC memory card is an excellent choice for this camera.
It can feel kind of limiting to only be able to use cards up to 32GB on a camera that you could leave unattended for long periods of time, especially if you plan on using it to record video. Thankfully the Delta Base has a Managed Memory feature that when enabled will allow the camera to overwrite the oldest files on the card to make room for new pictures and videos, should the memory card become full.
Tips from Moultrie about memory cards:
- Do NOT use micro SD cards, SDXC cards, or cards designated as “turbo”, “ultra”, or “super speed”, as the speed required by these cards to operate may cause instability in the cameras.
- Don’t use a microSD card with an adapter with this camera. You should only use full-sized memory cards with this camera. Moultrie specifically states that you shouldn’t use SDXC cards, Micro/Mini cards, Ultra Capacity, or High-Speed cards. If you don’t follow Moultrie’s advice on which type of card to use and actually get it to work you should expect that the results you get from the camera will be lacking.
- Remember to format your SD card before using it in your camera. If you look around online you will see reports of people who are using the right type of SD card in the Delta Base, but the results they are getting are disappointing and they think there is something wrong with the camera. Eventually, they come to the realization that they didn’t format the SD card before using it in the camera. Then after formatting the SD card the videos and pictures that are saved on the card look much better.
- Upload data, erase and reuse without losing quality
- Write-protect switch prevents accidental overwrites or deletes
- Use in all SDHC compatible devices
- Can be used with all 2007 and newer Moultrie game cameras
The Moultrie Mobile Delta Base runs on 12 AA batteries; alkaline or lithium batteries may be used, but lithium batteries are preferred for longest life and optimum performance.
Whichever type of batteries you use how long they will last depends on the settings you choose (especially the upload frequency) and the activity in the location where the camera is placed, but in the end, the Delta Base is pretty energy efficient.
- 24 Pack of Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA Batteries
- Leak proof construction protects the devices you love (based on standard use)
- Powers your most critical devices ideal for your smart home devices, outdoor surveillance systems, digital cameras, and handheld games
- Holds power up to 20 years in storage for trustworthy backup energy, so you’re always prepared. Warning: Risk of fire. Battery can explode or leak and cause injury if installed backwards, disassembled, charged, crushed, mixed with used or other battery types, or exposed to fire or high temperature
- Performs in extreme temperatures, from -40F to 140° F, for year round, indoor and outdoor use
Input for External Power Supply
The Delta Base has an input for a 12V external power supply.
As we already stated you can expect the battery life on this camera to be pretty good, but that is compared to other cellular trail cameras. However, cellular trail cameras use more energy than their non-cellular counterparts, which is probably why the Base uses 12AA batteries to extend the amount of time before you need to change the camera’s batteries.
One way to reduce the number of trips you make to check your camera is to pair it with an external power source like Moultrie’s solar panel which is shown above. This can be especially helpful if your camera is in a remote location with a lot of activity.
The camera can display an image stamp that displays the time, date, temperature, moon phase, and the camera name of your choosing at the bottom of the pictures and videos it captures. You can turn the image stamp on or off. However, unless you are using the camera strictly for nature photography, there’s really no reason to have this feature turned off.
The cellular signal strength in the area where you will be using the cellular trail camera is always important. If the signal is weak in that area, it could interfere with the camera’s ability to transmit pictures and videos, as well as cause the camera to use up batteries more quickly.
In case you’re wondering, you don’t need to have a preexisting account with AT&T or Verizon to have a cellular trail camera that uses their networks.
If you go back to Moultrie’s 2015 and older trail cameras, they only had a 1-year warranty. However, since that time Moultrie has really upped their game as far as their warranty is concerned with the Delta Base being backed by a 2-year warranty. In comparison, most trail cameras these days only have a 1-year warranty for manufacturer’s defects.
The packaging includes the following items:
- Mounting strap
- Quick Start Guide
- QR code which brings you to a Quick Start Video
Areas of Use
This versatile Moultrie Mobile Delta Base can go anywhere you need it to. Thanks to its cellular capabilities and no-glow flash, you can feel confident using it on public hunting land, as a security camera, and in remote or other hard to get to locations.
Much like its predecessor, one of the attractive things about the Moultrie Mobile Delta Base Cellular Trail Camera is that it has a very affordable price. When you look at Moultrie’s affordable data plans, excellent mobile app, and the Delta Base’s many top-notch features like no glow flash, it’s easy to see that it’s also an incredible value.
SPYPOINT LINK-MICRO-S-LTE Trail Camera
If you don’t need a cellular trail camera with no glow flash, but would really like a small camera that you can leave unattended for extremely long periods of time the SPYPOINT LINK-MICRO-S-LTE cellular trail camera (AT&T) or the SPYPOINT LINK-MICRO-S-LTE-V cellular trail camera (Verizon) could be just what you are looking for. With their compact size and integrated solar panels, the SPYPOINT LINK-MICRO-S-LTE and SPYPOINT LINK-MICRO-S-LTE-V can blend into their surroundings and be left alone for as long as you need without fear of them running out of power.
Despite being loaded with a lot of great features, the one thing the LINK-MICRO-S-LTE can’t do is record video. While this might be a deal-breaker for some people, these cameras are worthy of your attention if you are OK not having video.
If you want to learn more details about these cameras you can read the full review we did on them. Otherwise, you can see the current prices for the SPYPOINT LINK-MICRO-S-LTE (AT&T) and the SPYPOINT LINK-MICRO-S-LTE-V (Verizon) here.
Exodus Render 4G LTE Cellular Trail Camera
If you are looking for other no glow cellular trail cameras the Exodus Render 4G LTE Cellular Trail Camera is another great option to consider. The Render has a higher price tag but gives you a lot for your money. On top of a faster trigger speed, the Render comes with an adjustable no glow flash and a Dynamic Video Recording feature. Plus, the Render comes with Exodus’ industry-leading 5-year warranty, which also protects you from accidental damage and theft.
While the Render doesn’t transmit videos at the same high resolution that the Delta Base does, there are many data plans to choose from and you can decide how you want to use your data plan and you’re not limited in how many videos you can transfer each month.
Moultrie Mobile Delta Cellular Trail Camera vs. Moultrie Mobile Delta Base
Our review of the Moultrie Mobile Delta Cellular Trail Camera showed it to be a very capable cellular trail camera despite its amazingly affordable price. While Moultrie provided the new Delta Base with a new backend for better performance there are still a few reasons why people may consider getting the older Moultrie Mobile Delta.
There are three things that may attract buyers to the Moultrie Mobile Delta over the Delta Base.
- 32MP images on the Moultrie Mobile Delta Trail Camera vs 24MP on the Moultrie Mobile Delta Base Trail Camera – While this looks pretty significant, this actually isn’t that big of an issue. This is because a big portion of the way most trail cameras reach these high megapixel marks is through the use of interpolation, which is a method used to estimate the missing data in an image and create a more detailed image from it. The problem is that interpolation doesn’t always produce accurate results, and it creates a lot of images with incorrect information where there was none before. That is why you will sometimes hear about people thinking that a lower megapixel image looks better than a higher megapixel picture. As it relates to these two cameras, remember that the Moultrie Mobile Delta Base has a whole new backend resulting in pictures and videos that most people will find to be better than what they get from the Moultrie Mobile Delta.
- 0.35 second trigger speed on the Moultrie Mobile Delta Cellular Trail Camera vs 0.75 seconds on the Moultrie Mobile Delta Base Cellular Trail Camera – Not that long ago everyone raved about trail cameras that had a trigger speed of less than 1 second. So most people will be fine with the 0.75 second trigger speed, especially if they have their camera posted by a food plot or other area that doesn’t have a lot of fast-moving action. However, if you place the camera right on top of and perpendicular to a game trail and animals come running through right in front of the camera having a slower trigger speed could be an issue, but you can remedy some of this by how you position the camera.
- Onboard GPS on the Moultrie Mobile Delta Cellular Trail Camera vs no Onboard GPS on the Base Cellular Trail Camera – Some people appreciate having a cellular trail camera with the GPS feature as it helps them find or remember where they placed the camera. This is mainly an issue for people who have a lot of trail cameras or for those who are using them in a new area that they aren’t as familiar with. That said, if you get a GPS mapping app for your smartphone, like onX, where you can place waypoints on a map, you can keep track of where you placed your cameras that way. The one time you may miss having the GPS feature on the Delta Base would be if someone stole the camera and you are trying to locate its current position. I have never had a camera stolen, but I know others who have. So you will need to decide how important the GPS feature would be for you based on where you plan on using the camera.
At the time of the writing of this review, you can still find places that still have the Moultrie Mobile Delta cellular trail camera for sale. Similar to the Base, the Moultrie Mobile Delta was made in both AT&T and Verizon versions. You can see its current sale price here.
Hear what others have to say about the Mobile Delta Cellular Trail Camera vs. the Delta Base.
The versatile Moultrie Mobile Delta Base cellular trail camera is a great addition to any hunter’s arsenal. It is affordable, easy to set up, has a very good image quality, and comes with a terrific app. If you are looking for a cellular trail camera, you can’t go wrong with the Moultrie Mobile Delta Cellular Trail Camera.
You can check its current price here.
- STOP GUESSING and tag your target buck with the ultra-reliable BASE cellular trail camera
- BEST-IN-CLASS 24MP IMAGE SENSOR captures sharp photos and crisp 720p video with sound
- 36 INVISIBLE IR LEDs provide superior night image quality with even flash that won't spook game
- 80-FOOT MOTION DETECTION range and 0.75-second trigger speed ensure you don't miss the action
- STRONG CELLULAR CONNECTION virtually anywhere through external antenna optimized for AT&T
- STRONG CELLULAR CONNECTION virtually anywhere you place your camera through included external Cellboost antenna
- INDUSTRY-LEADING APP - Together with the Moultrie Mobile app, the BASE cellular trail camera delivers on reliability so you can have confidence for your hunt; The Moultrie Mobile app offers everything you need to plan your hunt; Get real-time alerts, adjust camera settings, chart game activity, view maps, check multi-day weather forecasts and receive dynamic images and video wherever you are (plans purchased separately)
- STOP GUESSING; TAG YOUR TARGET BUCK with the ultra-reliable BASE cellular trail camera;Controller Type:Android;Connectivity protocol:Verizon Cellular Provider;Power source type:Solar Powered;Battery Powered
- Activity Charting lets you see which camera locations have the highest traffic for bucks, does, and turkeys based on the time of day, temperature, and moon phase
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