It comes as no surprise that there are two Browning trail cameras on top of game camera sales charts at the moment. These cameras are Browning Strike Force and Browning Dark Ops. Both cameras provide performance and overall value that you wouldn’t expect receiving at this price.
Browning Dark Ops (model number BTC-6) is a Browning Sub Micro series trail camera and shares lot of the same features with Browning Strike Force, the main difference being the type of IR flash. Browning Dark Ops features a no glow IR flash, meaning that the flash does not emit any visible light at all. This fact makes Dark Ops an excellent choice for surveillance use but it also sets some limitations to camera’s performance.
Typically trail cameras equipped with no glow flash are bit more expensive than the corresponding low glow models. But surprisingly you can find both of these Browning models selling roughly at the same price at Amazon.com.
Browning BTC-6 provides similar beautiful 10 megapixel images than its sister model BTC-5. In other words, the daytime images are near flawless.
Typically the flash range and coverage in no glow cameras is quite modest. However the 70ft flash range of Dark Ops tells us that there is plenty of power in the no glow LEDs and that can be seen in the quality of night shots as well. There is only a very moderate amount of graininess and dimness in the images. In general most other no glow trail cameras produce much dimmer and grainier pics.
When it comes to detecting the objects, Dark Ops is at least as good as its sister model. The trigger speed is one of the fastest on the market, 0.67 seconds only, and the camera is ready to shoot again in less than 2.5 seconds. When you combine fast trigger and recovery with the excellent detection zone that reaches easily up to 50ft, you can really trust that this trail camera captures the objects that are passing by.
Browning Dark Ops runs on 6 AA batteries and according to manufacturer the camera can take up to 10,000 shots on one set of batteries. Photos and videos are saved on max. 32GB SD memory card.
Browning Dark Ops Features
- 10 megapixel images
- HD videos with sound (up to 2 minutes)
- invisible No-Glow IR LED flash with range up to 70ft
- Timelapse mode (timelapse software included)
- Multi Shot mode, up to 8 images
- Rapid Fire mode, up to 6 images
- programmable picture delay (5 sec. – 60 min.)
- fast trigger speed of 0.67 seconds, recovery less than 2.5 seconds
- TV out, USB port and 12V external power jack
- images tagged with time, date, temperature, moon phase, barometric pressure and camera ID info
- supports SD memory cards up to 32GB
- ¼” -20 socket for tripods and tree mounts
- Python Cable Lock compatible
- powered by 6 AA batteries
- camo finish
- small size 4.5” x 3.25” x 2.5”
- 1 year warranty
Daytime photos produced by this trail camera are simply beautiful. And even though there is some graininess in the night time shots we still consider the night time image quality as one of the strong points of this camera. This is because you have to take into consideration that the camera uses no glow flash and still produces well illuminated images that are not blurry and very seldom suffer from white out either.
It is surprising how small the smallest trail cameras are nowadays. And Dark Ops is no exception. Browning has really managed to pack all the goodies into one tiny package without losing the user friendliness.
Battery life of Browning Dark Ops is really good even though it only uses 6 AAs to run. Only if you are planning to shoot lot of videos both day and night should you start worrying about battery life and searching means to keep your camera running longer.
Fast trigger speed, fast recovery time and excellent detection area. Period.
Browning’s quality in both Dark Ops and Strike Force is unbelievably good. It is nearly impossible to find any flaws, big or small, from these models. But if you have to come up with at least one smallish downside…
Camera is controlled via buttons instead of slide switches. A matter of opinion really, but small buttons may not be as convenient option for some users as the slide switches.
Browning Dark Ops is at least as impressive package as the Browning Strike Force. It is really, really hard to find better game cameras at the price that these two models are sold. Thus when you are looking for high value cameras at a very reasonable price consider buying either one of these Browning models.
Especially when you need an excellent option for surveillance use or keeping your camera totally invisible is otherwise really important to you, get Browning Dark Ops.