Browning Dark Ops BTC-6 Trail Camera Review: Is it User-Friendly?

Today let us review the Browning Dark Ops BTC-6 Trail Camera.

It comes as no surprise that there are two Browning trail cameras on top of game camera sales charts at the moment.

Features Browning Dark Ops
Flash Invisible No-Glow IR LED flash 
Detection range50 feet
Supporting modesMulti-Shot mode, up to 8 images
Rapid Fire mode, up to 6 images
Power  6 AA batteries
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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 a lot of the same features with Browning Strike Force, the main difference being the type of IR flash.

Browning Dark Ops BTC-6 review

Build and design

Small and discreet, these are the first things that we’ve noticed with the BTC-6 Trail Camera.

With its dark color, users will have an easier time to hide the trail camera from animals or even from people that they are trying to observe.

It does a great job to blend with the environment. Given its inconspicuous appearance, some even used this trail camera as a security camera in their home, discreetly recording what goes on in front of their property.  

One common problem that users encounter with some trail cameras is a flimsy plastic casing for their trail camera.

The good news is that this trail camera can tolerate different situations outdoors. Its casing prevents the important parts of the trail camera from getting wet or affected by moisture.

Also, it keeps the dust away with its sealed plastic casing. This casing is also responsible for having a trail camera that can perform even during the winter or hot summer nights. 

When it comes to using the camera in the wild, it’s casing also plays a major role in its overall performance.

It offers ergonomics to its users allowing you to use either straps or a tripod when setting up the trail camera. Included in the package is a 6-inch long strap that you can use to strap the Browning Dark Ops BTC-6 to trees or posts.  

Camera

This camera features a no glow IR flash, meaning that the flash does not emit any visible light at all. This fact makes it an excellent choice for surveillance use but it also sets some limitations to the camera’s performance.

Typically trail cameras equipped with no glow flash are a 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.

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.

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, BTC-6 can also record HD video clips with sound. Or you can choose to use one of the other shooting modes (timelapse, rapid-fire, multi-shot) that Browing Camera provides.

Detection circuit

  1. Picture trigger: 0.67 seconds
  2. Picture recovery: 2.5 S
  3. Video trigger: 0.67 seconds
  4. Video recovery: 2.5 S
  5. Detection range: 50 feet

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.

Power

Browning runs on 6 AA batteries and according to the 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.

Only if you are planning to shoot a lot of videos both day and night should you start worrying about battery life and searching means to keep your camera running longer?

Pros

  • Daytime photos produced by this trail camera are simply beautiful.
  • The camera uses no glow flash and still produces well-illuminated images that are not blurry and very seldom suffer from whiteout either.
  • Browning has really managed to pack all the goodies into one tiny package without losing the user-friendliness.
  • The battery life of this camera is really good even though it only uses 6 AAs to run.
  • Fast trigger speed, fast recovery time and excellent detection area. Period.

Cons

  • The camera is controlled via buttons instead of slide switches.
  • A matter of opinion really, but small buttons may not be a convenient option for some users as the slide switches.

Conclusion

Browning Dark Ops is at least as an 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.

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 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.

Browning BTC 2 Recon Force Super Reliable Trail Camera Review:

Browning trail cameras were introduced to the public in 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.

Recon Force Product Specs:

Features Browning BTC 2 Recon Force
Image resolution8 MP
Detection range65 feet
Trigger speedLess than 1S
Battery8 AA batteries
Supporting modesRapid Fire shooting up to 6 images
Multi-Shot mode up to 8 images
Flash30 IR LEDs flash
Memory32 GB
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Browning also wanted to create a series of trail cameras that had some features exclusive to Browning cameras.

Thus three trail camera series was 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.

Build and design

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.

browning recon force review

Camera

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.

Daytime photos are bright and colorful and nighttime pictures are clear and sharp thanks to powerful IR flash.

Browning Recon Force provides 8MP image resolution, HD video clips with sound, time-lapse mode, as well as multi-shot and rapid-fire modes.

Pictures come stamped with moon phase, temperature, time, date, and camera ID info.

The IR flash of the camera consists of 30 red glow IR LEDs enabling an excellent flash range of 65+ ft. This Browning model also features “Zero Blur” technology that ensures the best picture quality day or night.

Detection circuit

The detection zone of the 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 approximately 2,5 seconds.

The trigger speed of less than 1 second combined with a wide detection area and fast recovery time ensures that you will not miss a shot.

Batteries

Browning Recon Force accepts SD memory cards up to 32 GB and operates on 8 AA batteries.

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.

 Pros

  • The quality of the photos both day and night is really good.
  • Browning Recon Force is easy to set up.
  • This camera really is fast when it comes to taking pictures.

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 the Recon Force really is not as good as some competing trail camera models.

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.