Browning Spec Ops Elite HP5 (Non-Cellular) Review

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Browning Spec Ops Elite HP5 Trail Camera Review

The Browning Spec Ops HP5 is an outstanding no-glow trail camera. Loved by consumers and used extensively by research professionals, it's easy to see why this is our #1 ranked camera of the year. - TCP Staff

Model # BTC-8E-HP5 | Browning Spec Ops Elite HP5 Owner's Manual


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Picture Quality:93/100

24 Mpxl Photos (interpolated) | 1920 x 1080 Video Resolution

Battery Life:30 Months (pics) | 2.6 Months (videos)

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

Trigger Speed & Detection:98/100

Trigger & Recovery: 0.02 s. - 0.9 s. (Pictures) | 0.38 s. - 0.8 s. (Videos) | 90 ft. Range

Quality of Design:90/100

8 AA Batteries | 12-volt External Battery Jack | 2" Internal Viewer

Browning Spec Ops Elite HP5 Review


  • Solid pictures and great video quality
  • Incredible battery life
  • Exceptional detection circuit


  • 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: 93/100

Photo resolution: 24mpxl (interpolated)

Video resolution: 1920 x 1080 (60 fps)

Video coding format: MP4

Flash Type: No Glow Infrared




Night IR Blur Test

The equipment for the test consists of a target moving along a track from left to right at a constant speed controlled by a stepper motor and a sensor to trigger the capture of a picture near the center of the field of view of a trail camera.

The target is moving at 1.25 feet per second and is 10 feet from the camera at the center of field of view. The test is conducted in a dark room. Two pictures are taken, one with the target not moving and one with the target in motion. A visual comparison can now be made of the two pictures. All settings that affect the quality of night photos will be tested.

Blur Reduction

No Motion

Blur Reduction

With Motion


No Motion


With Motion

Long Range

No Motion

Long Range

With Motion



Battery Life: 90/100

Picture & Video Resting Power (on): 0.33 mW

Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 1.3 mW | 2.0 Ws

Video Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 22.7 mW | 87.2 Ws

Picture Mode

If this camera were to take 35 day and 35 night pictures every 24 hours, it would last 30 months in the field on a set of Lithium batteries.

Video Mode

If this camera were to take 15 day and 15 night videos every 24 hours, it would last 2.6 months in the field on a set of Lithium batteries.


Detection Circuit: 98/100

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.02 s. | 0.9 s.

Video Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.38 s. | 0.8 s.

Detection Range & Angle: 100 ft. @ 47.8° detection angle (53.7° field of view)


Quality of Design: 90/100

Dimensions: 5.5" x 4.25" x 3"

Battery Type: 8 AA batteries (we recommend Lithium, it will work with nimh rechargeable)

External Battery Jack: 12-volt

SD Card Size: Up to 512GB

Case Design

The case design of the Spec Ops HP5 is exceptional and the camera feels sturdy and well-built. The strap and python cable are threaded through a steel bracket affixed to the case. Most manufacturers use plastic. The HP5 has a threaded slot on the bottom for a Slate River Mount and the battery compartment and SD card slot are both easily accessible.

The battery tray is tough to get out initially. However, after removing it several times it loosens up for future operation.

Temperatures recorded on the HP5's data strip are rarely accurate

Camera Setup

The Spec Ops HP5 has a 2" internal viewer for picture playback, live preview, and settings adjustments. The buttons respond quickly and the HP5 is very easy to program.

The HP5 has nearly every programming option imaginable and accepts SD cards up to 512 Gigabytes.



The vast majority of consumer-grade trail cameras are inexpensive, imported devices exposed to harsh conditions 24/7/365.  Most manufacturers only offer a one-year warranty.  We stock only the most durable units and provide an additional year of warranty at no extra charge. The Trailcampro exclusive 2-year warranty allows you to deal directly with Trailcampro avoiding long wait times on hold with the manufacturer and prolonged periods without a replacement camera.  We turn around most warranties in just one business day!


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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