SD Cards

Can I use a Digital Camera to view my Images?

No, due to formatting differences between Moultrie cameras and most digital cameras this may cause the SD card lock.  Once the SD card is locked up, the pictures on that card can not be retrieved.  At that time you will need to reformat the card (for instructions on formatting, see below), which will erase all images currently saved to the card.

The best thing to do is download the images from a card onto your computer.  Then try to read it on your digital camera.  If it works, great!  If not, you at least already have the images on your computer.

Formatting SD Cards

Formatting a memory card is recommended after every time you download pictures.  To format your SD card, follow the instructions below:

  1. Simply put the card in your computer (or memory card reader)
  2. go to "My Computer."  
  3. Once you have located the SD card on your computer, right click on the file
  4. Click the "formatting" option
  5. On the "formatting" screen select the "32" formatting option.  
  6. Then click ok. 

Note: It's important not to erase SD card from any device other than your Moultrie camera. Any time you erase an SD card or take a picture on a card you are formatting it.

Clearing Images from SD Cards

Because erasing images from an SD card can reformat a card, it's important to follow the instructions in your user manual for erasing images on your game camera. To find your model's user manual, search our product resources section.

Maximum card sizes

  • Unless noted below, all current model Moultrie cameras will accept a 32GB SD card.
  • The I-45, I-65, M-45, and M-65 will accept up to a 16GB SD card.
  • The D-40, DGW-4.0, D-40S, D-40G1, CDC5.0, CDC5.0V, I-40, I-40RT, I-50, I-60, M-40, or M-60 it will accept up to a 4 GB SD card.

Reccomended SD Cards

For your convenience, Moultrie offers a full line of SD cards that are compatible with all our camera models.

Note: Though many SDHC card are compatible with Moultrie cameras; models that are ULTRA or HIGH SPEED are not.

Erasing Images

It's important not to erase SD card from any device other than your Moultrie camera. Any time you erase an SD card or take a picture on a card you are formatting it. If you erase your card in the computer, another digital camera or any other device, you will format your card to that device and your Moultrie camera may no longer be able to recognize it and read it properly.

Locked SD Cards

Read the Locked SD Cards Troubleshooting Article

General Use

Always turn the camera off anytime you insert or remove your SD card.

Internal Memory

In order for your SD card to function properly in a Moultrie camera with internal memory follw these steps prior to inserting an SD card:

  1. In order to find out if you have pictures on the internal memory, turn the camera OFF and remove the SD card
  2. Turn the camera back on and put it in AUTO mode, either by pressing the mode button or turning your mode dial to the AUTO position. 
  3. When the camera is in AUTO mode it will have a letter "P:" followed by eight numbers. The first four numbers are how many pictures the camera has taken or in this case the number of pictures on the internal memory. 
  4. If the first four numbers are not all zeros then you have pictures on the internal memory and you need to erase them before re-inserting the SD card.

Does it come with an SD card or internal memory?

A: All newer model cameras require an external SD card. If you have an older model camera, follow these instructions to determine whether there is internal memory with saved images:

Internal Memory

In order for your SD card to function properly in a Moultrie camera with internal memory follow these steps prior to inserting an SD card:

  1. In order to find out if you have pictures on the internal memory, turn the camera OFF and remove the SD card
  2. Turn the camera back on and put it in AUTO mode, either by pressing the mode button or turning your mode dial to the AUTO position. 
  3. When the camera is in AUTO mode it will have a letter "P:" followed by eight numbers. The first four numbers are how many pictures the camera has taken or in this case the number of pictures on the internal memory. 
  4. If the first four numbers are not all zeros then you have pictures on the internal memory and you need to erase them before re-inserting the SD card.

What happens when the SD card is full?  Will it overwrite or stop recording files?

A:  With the exception of the A-5, A-8, and M-550 models, newer camera models come equipped with Moultrie’s Managed MemoryTM   feature.  When set to "Overwrite Oldest," this feature will erase the oldest photos and videos to create free space for new photos and videos when the memory card is at full capacity. Or if you want to keep all of your old images, you can also set the camera to stop recording new images when the SD card memory is full.

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