Browning Range Ops BTC-1 Trail Camera

Browning Range Ops BTC-1 Trail Camera

Browing Range Ops review

Browning Range Ops BTC-1 is the third trail camera model that Browning introduced at 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 the same ambition than the other Browning models and that ambition has produced a solid mid-price trail camera.

BTC 1 trail camera is capable of providing exceptionally good 6-megapixel images and also HD video with sound. Powerful IR flashes with a nice range of 50+ ft. ensures that the nighttime picture quality is solid too.

When it 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.

Detection circuit

Range Ops BTC 1 detects motion up to 50 ft. and like in other Browning models, the width of the detection zone is roughly the same as the field of view (55 degrees) of the camera itself.

Browning trail cameras are famous for 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.

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 the field of view, your task becomes even harder.

These exact properties will ensure that you will get very few empty shots with Range Ops.

Batteries

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 BTC 1 is one of the best in its price range.

You can expect at least a couple of months lifetime on rechargeable NiMH batteries and up to six months with Lithium ones. There is also the possibility to use external 12V power source to further extend the operational time.

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

Pros

  • 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.
  • The pictures quality of Range Ops is simply good.
  • Daytime pictures are colorful and well balanced, and night time shots are quite good too.

Cons

  • It is hard to find big flaws in Range Ops. Well, actually it is hard to find any flaws in it.
  • 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.

Conclusion

Browning BTC 1 is an excellent trail camera choice for those who are not seeking the ultimately cheapest option on the market.

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 the equation you have yourself a versatile, newbie-friendly trail camera.