Browning Range Ops BTC-1 is the third trail camera model that Browning introduced in the beginning of 2013 (you can check the reviews for other two Browning models in here). It was clearly designed to be the cheapest option in Browning’s selection, but at the same time it did not compete directly on price with the cheapest models on the market (models such as Primos 35 or Moultrie A5). It is obvious that Range Ops has been made with same ambition than the other Browning models and that ambition has produced a solid mid price trail camera.
Browning Range Ops is a trail camera capable of providing exceptionally good 6 megapixel images and also HD video with sound. Powerful IR flash with a nice range of 50+ ft. ensures that the nighttime picture quality is solid too.
Range Ops detects motion up to 50 ft. and like in other Browning models, the width of detection zone is roughly the same as the field of view (55 degrees) of the camera itself. Browning trail cameras are famous of fast trigger speed and recovery time and Range Ops is no exception. Trigger speed is close to 0.5 seconds and in roughly two second the camera is ready to take a new picture. Range Ops also features multiple photo delay options, as well as multi shot, rapid fire and time lapse modes.
Browning Range Ops Features
- 6 megapixel image resolution
- HD video clips (1280×720) with sound
- IR LED flash with range up to 50ft
- Timelapse mode (Browning Buck Watch Timelapse viewer software comes with the camera)
- Multi Shot mode, up to 4 images
- Rapid Fire mode, up to 4 images
- TV out and USB ports
- Pictures tagged with time, date, temperature, moon phase, and camera ID
- Programmable picture delay (5 sec to 60 min)
- Supports SD memory cards up to 32GB
- ¼” -20 socket for tripods and tree mounts
- Powered by 8 AA batteries
- 12 volt external power option
- Python cable lock compatible
You can find very few trail camera models on the market at this price point that can compete in trigger speed and recovery time with Browning Range Ops. And if you are trying to find a trail camera that also has a detection zone width of 55 degrees that is perfectly matched with field of view, your task becomes even harder. These exact properties will ensure that you will get very few empty shots with Range Ops.
Picture quality of Range Ops is simply good. Daytime pictures are colorful and well balanced, and night time shots are quite good too.
What comes to design and user friendliness, Browning Range Ops is as well executed as the other Browning trail camera models. Case finishing allows it to blend well into woods. You can mount the camera with the nylon strap that comes included, and also add Python cable lock for improved security. ¼” -20 threaded socket allows you to use various tree mounts with the camera.
Changing the batteries is really simple since you don’t have to open the camera casing for that. And what comes to battery life, Range Ops is one of the best in its price range. You can expect at least couple of months lifetime on rechargeable NiMH batteries and up to six months with Lithium ones. There is also possibility to use external 12V power source to further extend the operational time.
The camera is intuitive to use and if you encounter any problems you should easily find a solution from well laid out user manual.
It is hard to find big flaws in Range Ops. Well actaully is is hard to find any flaws in it. But if you have to dig something out, one of the minor flaws is the quality of night time shots. They tend to be little grainy and thus could be better. Also the video quality could be better during night time.
Browning Range Ops is an excellent trail camera choice for those who are not seeking the ultimately cheapest option on the market, but on the other don’t want to spend over $100 on a trail camera. It is easy to use, well designed, solid trail camera with exceptionally fast trigger speed and recovery time. And when you add excellent battery life into equation you have yourself a versatile, newbie friendly trail camera.