Browning Spec Ops FHD

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Read the trail camera review for the 15BTC8 FHD full HD 1920 no glow trail cameras2015 Spec Ops HD can take a python cable.1920 HD video BTC-8 FHDSpec Ops FHD takes 8 aalithium batteries and up to a 32gb cardBrowning Spec Ops FHD nylon tree strap slate river game camera mount
Price: $179.95
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Browning Spec Ops FHD Manufacturer Specifications

     - 2015 Model # BTC-8FHD


Photo Resolution
Video Resolution
Time Lapse Settings
10, 8, 4, 2 mpxl
1-8 multi-shots
1920 x 1080 w/ audio
5/10/20/30/60/120 s.
5/10/20/30/60 s. to 2/5/10/30/60 min.
1/2/3 hr (am & pm) or
All Day (Sunrise to Sunset)



Photo Stamp
Hybrid Mode Temperature Range
Time, date, moon phase, temperature, barometric pressure and camera ID
Yes
-20 - 130° F.



Field of View
Start/Stop Time
Password Protection
42.5°
No
No



SD Card Overwrite
PIR Settings
Flash Settings
No
No
No
No Glow Infrared



External Battery Jack
Batteries Required
Owner's Manual
12 Volt
8 AA
Spec Ops FHD Owner's Manual



2015 Browning Spec Ops FHD Review

     - Last update 5/20/15

Quick Facts
 Picture Trigger Time:
 Video Trigger Time:
 Picture Recovery Time:
 Video Recovery Time:
 Detection Range:
 Flash Range:
 Battery Type:
 Dimensions:
0.76 s.
0.79 s.
2.4 s.
2.7 s.
90 ft.
40 ft.
8 AA
5.5" x 4.25" x 3"



Pros
  • Great video trigger speed
  • Incredible daytime video quality
Cons
  • Only capable of 10 second night videos
  • Poor picture quality
Trailcampro Star Ranking
3.6 Stars

Trailcampro Analysis

    The 2015 Browning Spec Ops FHD has undergone some changes since 2014.  The 2015 model no longer has an internal viewer but it gained 1920 x 1080 video resolution along with a metal python/strap bracket on the back of the camera (you can view the back of the camera with the product photos at the top of this page).

    The Spec Ops FHD is a no glow trail camera, which makes it useful for both security and wildlife surveillance.

Detection Circuit       4.2 Stars
     The picture trigger time isn't surprising but the video trigger time certainly is.  0.79 second video trigger is incredibly quick compared to all the other cameras out there.  The picture and video trigger speeds are both really quick as well.

     The Spec Ops hit at 90 ft. once in our Shootout, so that is the official detection range.  We would expect the camera to reasonable detect from 70-80 ft. more consistently.  The detection angle is 7.5° wider than the field of view, this could create some false triggers.  Overall, we are impressed with the detection range and the speed in which the camera is capable of triggering.


Picture Quality       3.3 Stars
     Picture quality really surprised us, and unfortunately, it isn't in a good way.  A large majority of the day pictures have a digitized appearance that gives the picture almost a fake look to it.  The big question we can't answer, is why the Spec Ops has this and not the Strike Force or Dark Ops.  All in all, the day pictures turned out poorly.

     Night pictures lack serious flash range and there is plenty of "white noise" in the photos.  Even for a no glow trail camera, the night pictures are dimmer and not as clear as we would like to see.  Animals within 30 ft. turned out pretty well, but anything to the sides of the pictures or past 30 ft. were hard to decipher.

     In the past, many people get confused with the megapixel ratings trail camera manufacturers advertise.  Don't get caught up in this.  We consider 99% of megapixel ratings to be a marketing gimmick.  Companies inflate the mpxl rating to attract eyes to their products.  They do this through interpolation, which digitally adds megapixels to a photo without actually improving the picture.  The only way to judge picture quality is through the pictures a trail camera takes.  For instance, the Spec Ops FHD interpolates its photos out to 10 mpxl (if you choose "ultra" photo quality in the settings).  We consider interpolation completely unnecessary, however, every manufacturer employs this tactic.  You will notice this the most when you zoom in on a full size image that the camera has taken.  The details of the photo will appear hazy or even digitized.  This is normal and to be expected.



    The video quality is certainly living up to its billing.  Check out the full HD videos below.  The audio is clear and the video is crystal clear.  Extremely impressive.  These daytime videos are some of the best we have seen to date.




Battery Life       3.0 Stars
     Resting Power is outstanding, 1.08 mW is barely a blip on the radar.  The Day and Night Power Consumption numbers are both considered high.  To last longer in the field, both these numbers need to decrease significantly. 

Resting Power (on)
Daytime Power Consumption
Nighttime Power Consumption
1.08 mW
6.52 Ws
9.53 Ws

mW = Milliwatts
Ws = Watt Seconds


     The camera operates on 8 AA batteries.  You will get the best performance out of your camera if you use Lithium batteries.  Alkaline batteries will work, but they are very unreliable and drain faster in cold weather.  The Spec Ops FHD will work with Tenergy Nimh Rechargeable batteries.

    
If this camera were to take 35 day pictures and 35 night pictures every 24 hours, this camera could last 5.5 months in the field (with lithiums).
 
Ease of Use       3.0 Stars
     Case design was improved upon with the metal back bracket.  This improved the durability of the bracket from the plastic one the Spec Ops had last year.  The latch to open the camera is very "springy."  The weather stripping around the external jack is so thick, it puts a tremendous amount of tension on the latch and it springs open upon the slightest touch. 

     Programming is pretty simple and easy to figure out.  The only downside to the programming is the lack of password protection, overwrite, PIR/Flash settings and start/stop time.

     Durability has been pretty standard for a camera made overseas.

     Overall, the Spec Ops FHD has been a bit of a disappointment.  Picture quality and battery life should be much stronger than what we are seeing.  On the flip side, the detection circuit and video quality are exceptionally impressive.  If you plan on using the camera for pictures, we do not recommend this unit.  If you will be using videos exclusively, this would be a fine choice.

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