Browning trail cameras were introduced to public in the early 2013. The core idea behind the launch was to provide a trail camera series that would be a step above the rest trail camera models on the market, and still be affordable. Browning also wanted to create a series of trail cameras that had some features exclusive to Browning cameras. Thus three trail camera series were introduced; Browning Range Ops, Browning Recon Force and Browning Spec Ops. With these trail camera models, Browning also introduced a range of trail camera accessories like tree mounts, security boxes, external power packs and even their own memory cards and batteries.
Browning BTC 2 Recon Force Trail Camera is the mid-level game camera of the selection that was introduced. In a nutshell, it is a reliable trail camera that offers excellent day and night picture quality and is easy to use.
Browning Recon Force provides 8MP image resolution, HD video clips with sound, time lapse mode, as well as multi-shot and rapid fire modes. The IR flash of the camera consists of 30 red glow IR leds enabling excellent flash range of 65+ ft. This Browning model also features “Zero Blur” technology that ensures the best picture quality day or night.
The detection zone of Recon Force is almost as wide as the field of view of the camera (55 degrees) and the detection range is 45ft. on average. The trigger speed of recon Force is impressive; less than 1 second. And this camera also recovers quickly, the recovery time being approximetely 2,5 seconds.
Pictures come stamped with moon phase, temperature, time, date and camera ID info. Browning Recon Force accepts SD memory cards up to 32 GB and operates on 8 AA batteries.
Recon Force Product Features
- 8 megapixel image resolution
- full color day pictures, black and white night pictures
- photos stamped with time, date, moon phase, temperature and camera ID info
- 1280×720 AVI video (up to 5 minutes)
- trigger speed less than 1 s
- 30 IR LEDs flash with range up to 65 ft
- easy to set up due to slide switch controls
- LCD text screen to display settings
- time lapse delay settings: 5/10/15/30/60 seconds, 2/5 minutes
- programmable picture delay (5 s. – 60 min.)
- Rapid Fire shooting up to 6 images
- Multi Shot mode up to 8 images
- powered by 8 AA batteries, up to 10000 pictures on one set
- external power compatible, 12V
- adjustable nylon mounting strap
- SD card slot, supports SD memory card up to 32GB
- ¼” -20 socket for tripods
- size 5” x 4” x 2.5”, weight 1.3 pounds
- Camo finish
- one year warranty
The quality of the photos both day and night is really good. Daytime photos are bright and colorful and nighttime pictures are clear and sharp thanks to powerful IR flash.
Browning Recon Force is easy to set up. The interface is easy to read due to large symbols and display backlight. The case design is top notch; a tight seal keeps the moisture out and camo design blends the camera well into bark patterns.
This camera really is fast when it comes to taking pictures. Trigger speed of less than 1 second combined with wide detection area and fast recovery time ensure that you will not miss a shot.
There really are not many weaknesses in this camera. One small flaw is the power consumption both day and night. The battery life of Recon Force really is not as good as some competing trail camera models. To get the best out of the camera and to extend the battery life, it is recommended to use Lithium batteries. On the other hand if you want to save money in the long run and you don’t mind a shorter lifetime you can use rechargeable NiMH batteries.
Browning Recon Force is an excellent trail camera at this price range. At the moment it is one of the few affordable trail camera models that can seriously compete with popular models like Moultrie D-444 and Bushnell Trophy Cam.