Browning came to trail camera market by introducing three series of trail cameras. Upon the introduction the Spec Ops series was considered as the crown jewel of Browning’s selection (nowadays Strike Force and Dark Ops are the top models). In a nutshell, Browning BTC-3 Spec Ops is an amazing trail camera with all the features that you can possibly need. It does not matter if you are looking for a game camera for hunting, observing a feeder or for property surveillance, Browning Spec Ops can handle everything.
Browning Spec Ops BTC-3 is an 8MP trail camera that is equipped with No Glow LED flash with range up to 50ft. No Glow flash is invisible for human eye, making the camera excellent for surveillance purposes.
The photos produced by the camera are outstanding. Daytime pictures are bright, full of color with superb contrast. It is quite typical that night time images of no glow cameras are not as good as those taken by similar cameras using low glow flashes. Since no visible light is emitted by no glow LEDs, it is normal that night time shots tend to be little dim and grainy. However, the night shots of Spec Ops are actually quite good. Blur and graininess can be found from the pictures occasionally, but most of the times night shots are clear with good contrast and lighting.
BTC-3 features a time lapse mode, rapid fire mode (4 shots in 2 seconds) and multi shot mode (up to 8 shots). You can also set the picture delay from 5 seconds to 60 minutes. The camera is also capable of recording HD videos with sound (up to 2 minutes video clips).
Spec Ops is powered by 8 AA batteries and it stores the images and videos on SD memory card (supports up to 32GB)
Browning BTC-3 Specs
- 8MP image sensor
- HD videos with sound
- Invisible no glow LED flash with range up to 50ft
- 2” TFT viewing screen
- Trigger Speed less than 1 second, recovery time approx. 2.5 seconds
- Timelapse mode (Browning Buck Watch Timelapse viewer software comes with the camera)
- Multi Shot mode, up to 8 images
- Rapid Fire mode, up to 6 images
- TV out and USB port
- Picture info bar displays: time, date, temperature, moon phase, barometric pressure, camera ID
- Programmable picture delay (5 sec. – 60 min.)
- Support SD memory cards up to 32GB
- ¼” -20 socket for tripods and tree mounts
- Powered by 8 AA batteries
- 12 volt external power option
- Security code for increased protection
As already mentioned in the beginning of this Spec Ops trail camera review, the picture quality of the camera is outstanding. One of the things enabling the great images is the detection sensor of the camera which works like a charm. The trigger speed is under 1 second and the recovery time is less than 2.5 seconds. Thus this camera can detect even the fastest moving animals. The detection zone is both wide and deep, so you will most likely get very few empty frames with this camera.
As with their other trail camera models, Browning has really hit the home run what comes to ease of use and design. Setting up the camera is quick and easy, thanks especially to internal 2” TFT viewer that provides you a live preview, making positioning of the camera so much easier. The small size and excellent camo finishing make concealing of the camera easy. Like in competing model Moultrie M-880, also in Browning BTC-3 the batteries are conveniently located in a removable battery tray on the bottom of the camera.
Browning Spec Ops is nearly perfect trail camera. One minor flaw of the camera is slightly high power consumption. If you want the best possible battery lifetime you should use lithium batteries that can last approximately 3-4 months. However if you want to save some money you can use NiMH rechargeables that should keep your camera powered for max. two months.
Another flaw reported by users is slightly disapponting video quality during nigh time. The videos taken at night tend to be grainy. As mentioned earlier, at the moment this is typical for no glow cameras. If you know that you are going shoot lot of videos, especially during night time, BTC-3 may not be the number one choice for you.
Browning BTC-3 Spec Ops black flash camera is exceptionally good trail camera in every sense. Due to fact that it is equipped with no glow flash, and that it has excellent detection circuit, it is one of the most versatile trail cameras in this price point. Currently there really is only one trail camera in addition to Spec Ops that can provide as much value in such a small package and that is (in our opinion) Moultrie M-880.
In the end it all comes down to planned use of the camera. If you need to use your camera as a security camera, then Browning Spec Ops might just be the best option for the task. On the other hand, if you are planning to use your camera for observing wildlife, then you will have more options to choose from. These are the facts, the choice is yours.