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.