Browning Dark Ops Full HD Extreme (Non-Cellular) Review

Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:

87/100

We are selling these as a 2 or 4 pack at a heavily discounted price to give you an option of an inexpensive but high-quality camera. Due to the heavy discount, these cameras do not come with our two-year warranty or returns but do still include Browning's 1-year warranty.

Browning Dark Ops Full HD Extreme Review

This legacy design has proven itself year after year - TCP Staff

Model # btc6fhdx

 

Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:

87/100

Picture Quality:79/100

  24 Mpxl Photos (interpolated)  |   1080p Video Resolution

Battery Life:34 Months (pics) | 3.1 Months (videos)

 Using 35 pics day + night  |  Using 15 vids day + night

Trigger Speed & Detection:93/100

 Trigger & Recovery: 0.09 s.  -  1.1 s. (Pictures)  |  0.75 s.  -  0.8 s.  (Videos)  |  80 ft. Range

Quality of Design:84/100

  6 AA Batteries  |  12-v External Battery Jack  |  No Internal Viewer


Browning Dark Ops Camera Review

 Pros

  • Incredibly fast detection circuit
  • Long battery life
  • Time Lapse Capability 
  • Comes with Alkaline Batteries
  • Comes with a Browning SD card

 Cons

  • Inaccurate temperature readings

Be Wary Of Megapixel Ratings

Megapixel ratings for trail cameras seem to increase more & more every year. In reality, the native resolution of 99% of all trail cameras is 5 megapixels or less.  Manufacturers artificially inflate megapixel ratings for advertising purposes through a process called interpolation. Interpolated photos are enhanced by software to mimic the file size of a higher megapixel photo, but seldom offer additional clarity or resolution.  The result is an exponentially larger file size photo which takes longer to load and slows down the speed of your camera.  We always program our cameras to capture photos at the image sensor's native resolution. This allows our cameras to operate as efficiently as possible and store more photos to memory.  With shorter load times,  this also allows us to review photos at a much quicker pace.  To put things in perspective, the trail camera widely considered to be the "Gold Standard" and used by more professional researchers than any other unit is just 3 megapixels.

 

 

Picture Quality:  79/100

Photo resolution:  24 mpxl (interpolated)

Video resolution: 1080p

Flash TypeNo Glow

 


Battery Life:    95/100

Picture & Video Resting Power (on):  0.24 mW

Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption:  0.9 Ws  |  1.2 Ws

Video Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption:  10.5 Ws  |  57.1 Ws

 

Trailcampro Choice: AmpTORRENT Rechargeable AA Lithium

If the Dark Ops Full HD Extreme were to take 35-day and 35-night pictures every 24 hours, this camera would last 23 months  in the field - per charge - on a set of AmpTorrent Rechargeable AA Lithium batteries. 

There are a number of benefits to these batteries:

  • Up to 1,200 charges
  • Consistent 1.5 volt operation
  • Charges with the included USB cable
  • Eco-friendly (less batteries in a landfill)
  • Batteries pay for themselves after 2-3 charges

If this camera were to take 35 day and 35 night pictures every 24 hours, it would last 34 months in the field on a set of Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries.

Video Mode

If this camera were to take 15 day and 15 night videos every 24 hours, it would last 3.1 months in the field on a set of Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries.


Detection Circuit:     93/100

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed:  0.09 s.  |  1.1 s. 

Video Trigger & Recovery Speed:   0.75 s.  |  0.8 s.

Detection Range & Angle:  80 ft. @ 46.3° detection angle (56.3° field of view)

 


Quality of Design:     84/100

Dimensions:  4.25" x 3.75" x 3.25"

Battery Type: 6 AA 

External Battery Jack:  12 AA

Case Design

This is one of the smaller game cameras on the market making it easy to conceal in a variety of ways. It feels sturdy and well built. There is a python bracket on the back for a Python Cable Lock. It also has the standard 1/4" x 20 threaded insert on the bottom for a Slate River Adjustable Mount.

Temperature readings can be off by a significant margin.

Camera Setup

The camera setup is familiar and easy to navigate. Click "Mode" to enter the menu, tap "Up" or "Down" to toggle settings, hit enter to highlight a setting, change the desired setting with the up or down arrow, and then hit enter to save that setting. Very simple.

The Dark Ops accepts up to 512 Gig SD Cards which is extremely helpful if placing the camera in video mode for long periods of time.

Durability

A version of this model has been in the Browning line for years. Other than inconsistent temperature readings, these units have proven to be one of the most reliable cameras we have sold. Although this model is limited to the one-year manufacturer's warranty, users should expect several years of reliable performance after the warranty expires.

All test results are achieved through the use of proprietary equipment used exclusively by Trailcampro.  Any re-publication of this data without prior written consent is strictly prohibited by law. COPYRIGHT TRAILCAMPRO, L.L.C. 2023, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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