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 External Battery Pack

Browning Battery Pack
Browning Battery Pack

Keep your Browning trail camera running, running and running… With this Browning External Battery pack you can considerably extend the battery of your Browning Trail Camera.

This micro sized pack uses 8 AA batteries and it is compatible with alkaline and lithium batteries. Batteries are inserted hassle free via similar battery tray as in Browning trail cameras.


This Browning external battery pack also has a built in LED battery tester that allows you to easily check how much juice is left in the batteries. The battery pack is connected to your trail camera’s 12V power port with a simple twist lock plug. The pack is also equipped with tree strap for mounting.

this external battery pack comes with LED battery tester
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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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Security Box for Browning Trail Cameras

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Browning  Security boxBrowning Trail Camera Security Box ensures that your camera stays where you put it.

All steel construction from 16 gauge steel ensures maximum protection. You can use either standard padlock or Python Cable lock to lock the security box.

Product features

  • maximum protection from damage and theft
  • heavy Duty 16 Gauge Steel
  • powder coating finish
  • 2 locking channels for Python Cables
  • compatible with padlocks up to a 3/8″

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Tree Mount for Browning Trail Cameras

browning tree mount is compatible with all Browning trail cams

browning tree mount is compatible with all Browning trail camsBrowning Tree Mount aids in the placement of your trail cameras. The sturdy steel structure ensures that nothing breaks when you are operating in the field. Browning Tree Mount features a standard tripod mount that makes it compatible with most game cameras.

Product features

  • Heavy duty structure from 12 gauge steel
  • Powder coating finish
  • Weather proof gimbal mount
  • No plastic parts that can break
  • Includes a heavy duty strip with metal buckle

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