Browning Dark Ops BTC-6 Trail Camera

Browning Dark Ops Review

Browning Dark Ops ReviewIt 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.

In addition to quality images Dark Ops can also record HD video clips with sound. Or you can choose to use one of the other shooting modes (timelapse, raBrowning Dark Ops No Glowpid fire, multi-shot) that Dark Ops provides.

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

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Conclusion

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.

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Browning Strike Force BTC-5 Trail Camera

Strike Force Review
Strike Force Review

Browning Strike Force represents the new Sub Micro Series of Browning trail cameras. And it continues on the same path as the previous Browning models. No compromises have been made what comes to overall quality of this camera. And what’s best, compared to other similar trail camera models, the price of Strike Force is already at fairly affordable level.

Now don’t get me wrong, this camera is not among the cheapest ones on the market, far from it. Thus if your main concern is price you should check the reviews of cheaper models. But if you are looking for a high quality, value packed trail camera at $130 price range, then you should definitely read the rest of this review.

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Browning Strike Force trail camera (model number BTC-5) features 10 megapixel images and comes with powerful IR flash that has range up to 100ft. These features ensure that both day and night photos are quite astounding. Strike Force is also capable of recording HD video clips with sound.

Other impressive features of Strike Force include possibility to take up to 8 multi shot images or up to 6 rapid fire images, programmable picture delay options and time lapse mode.

Strike Force also excels in detecting the movement. Trigger speed is only 0.67 seconds, and the camera recovers in less than 2.5 seconds. Strike Force should be able to detect motion up to 50 ft and since the detection angle is wider than the camera’s field of view, you should not miss any animals (or humans) passing the lens.

Browning Strike Force 5 is powered by 6 AA batteries and the manufacturer claims that it can take up to 10,000 shots on one set of batteries. Like in most modern trail cameras, photos and videos are stored on a SD memory card (max. 32GB).

Browning Strike Force Features

  • 10MP images
  • HD videos with sound (up to 2 minutes)
  • IR LED flash with range up to 100ft
  • Timelapse mode
  • Multi Shot mode, up to 8 images
  • Rapid Fire mode, up to 6 images
  • Programmable picture delay (5 sec. – 60 min.)
  • Trigger speed 0.67 seconds, recovery time less than 2.5 seconds
  • TV out, USB port and 12V external power jack
  • Images tagged with time, date, temperature, moon phase 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 5” x 4” x 2.5”
  • 1 year warranty

Pros

Daytime photos don’t get much better than this. Shortly said they are outstanding. Night time shots are excellent as well, thanks to powerful flash and Browning’s “Zero Blur” technology. Only if the animal is really close in front of the camera some whiteout may appear. Other than that, the night time shots are bright and clear.

Strike Force BTC 5 can really detect even the fastest moving animals due to fast trigger speed and recovery time. Prepare yourself that you will be getting plenty of beautiful images with this camera.

Browning knows how to make trail cameras that are user friendly. First of all Strike Force is one of the smallest trail cameras on the market. Combine this to excellent camo finish and you have yourself a trail camera that is easy to conceal. You can install the camera with a strap or use a tree mount and secure it with Python cable lock if you like (who wouldn’t).

What comes to setting up the camera, it is easy, that’s all you need to know.

Battery life of Browning Strike Force 5 is excellent. It is recommended to use Lithium batteries to get the best operating time possible. In case you really want to set and forget your camera for a long period of time, you can use external power pack.

Cons

It is really hard to find big flaws or any flaws at all from this trail camera, but here are couple of minor ones.

Some customers might expect that you would get a viewing screen at this price, like in Browning Spec Ops, but Browning has decided to leave it out from this model and make the camera smaller instead. Whether that is a good or bad thing is up you to decide.

Buttons that are used for setting up the camera are rather small and not as convenient as slide switches that are typically used in trail cameras.

Conclusion

Browning Strike Force is an excellent package. It is versatile, offers impressive features, outstanding pictures and the price is more than reasonable. Only real competitors offering similar features at this price level are Browning’s Spec Ops and Moultrie M-880. There are minor differences between each model, but they are all quality choices.

All we can really say is that if Strike Force fits into your budget it will surely be a purchase that you won’t regret.

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Browning Range Ops BTC-1 Trail Camera

Browing Range Ops review
Browing Range Ops review

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

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. 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.

Cons

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.

Conclusion

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.

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Browning BTC-3 Spec Ops Trail Camera

Browning Spec Ops Trail Camera Review

Browning Spec Ops Trail Camera ReviewBrowning 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

 

 

ProsBrowning Spec Ops Features

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.

 

Cons

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.

Conclusion

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.

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Browning BTC 2 Recon Force Trail Camera

browning recon force review
browning recon force review

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 Recon Force battery tray

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

 Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Conclusion

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.

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