Browning Strike Force HD Max Review

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  • Browning Strike Force HD Max Review

    Model #BTC-5HD-Max / Browning Strike Force HD Max Owners Manual

    Strike Force HD Max FAQ's

    The Strike Force HD Max is a really good red glow trail camera. It takes good pictures, is fast, and has good battery life. For the money, we believe the Browning Pro models offer more value for just a few bucks more. - TCP Staff

    Browning Strike Force HD Max Trail Camera Review


    • Solid picture quality
    • 10 Months of battery life
    • Exceptionally fast detection circuit


    • *Does not work with NiMH rechargeable batteries.

    Picture Quality:

    Photo resolution: 18 mpxl (interpolated)

    Video resolution: 1280 x 720

    Flash Type: Red glow IR

    The daytime pictures are really good, but a step behind the Browning Pro and Edge game trail camera models. We do believe there is a slight improvement to the color daytime images from previous Strike Force sub-micro cameras (850, Elite, and HD models). Outside of that, the pictures are clear and well focused.

    Night images are very solid with this 18 megapixel camera. We see high contrast photos and good illumination. You should be pleased with the night photos from a Strike Force Extreme.

  • Video quality mimics picture quality. It is good, but for the best video resolution, you should look at the Browning Advantage cameras.

  • Megapixel Ratings:

    In the past, many people get confused with the megapixel rating trail camera manufacturers advertise. 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 best way to judge picture quality is to look at actual pictures. You will notice this the most when you zoom in on a full-size image that a camera has taken. The details of the photo will appear hazy or even digitized. With this 18 megapixel camera, this is normal and to be expected.

    Battery Life:

    Picture & Video Resting Power (on): 0.4 mW

    Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 1.96 Ws | 5.04 Ws

    Video Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 15.45 Ws | 87.5 Ws

    Picture Mode

  • If this Browning Strike Force HD Max 18 megapixel trail camera were to take 35-day and 35-night pictures every 24 hours, the Dark Ops would last 10 months in the field on a set of 8 AA Lithium Batteries. For a trail camera using 6 batteries, we consider this to be excellent.

    Video Mode

    If this Browning Strike Force HD Max 18 megapixel trail camera were to take 15-day and 15-night videos (10-second videos) every 24 hours, it would last 2.4 months in the field on a set of lithium batteries. This is fairly average life for video mode.

    *Does not work with nimh rechargeable batteries.

  • Detection Circuit:

    Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.11 s. | 0.6 s.

    Video Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.44 s. | 0.9 s.

    Detection Range & Angle: 90 ft. (37.4° field of view)

    The Strike Force HD Max has plenty of speed, whether in picture or video mode, and a good detection range. The detecting circuit is without weakness, you should expect this camera to be a picture and video taking machine.

    Quality of Design:

    Dimensions: 4.75" x 4" x 3"

    Battery Type: 6 AA Batteries

    External Battery Jack: 12-Volt

    Case Design

    This is one of the smaller game cameras on the market, making it easy to conceal in a variety of ways. The Browning Strike Force HD Max 18 megapixel trail camera feels sturdy and stable. The latch remains a touch close to the camera, making it somewhat difficult to unlatch with cold fingers.

    There is a python bracket on the back of the Strike Force for a Python Cable Lock. It also has the standard 1/4" x 20 threaded insert on the bottom for a Slate River Angle Mount.

    Temperature ratings the camera records have a tendency of being unreliable and 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 Browning Strike Force HD Max 18 megapixel trail camera accepts up to 512 Gig SD Cards. That allows for tons of memory storage and most useful if placing the camera in video mode for long periods of time.


    We have no concerns over durability, if anything arises, we will immediately update this review. The only thing we see on a regular basis is incorrect temperature readings. We see this on all Browning cameras, so if this is a big concern for you, we would recommend a different brand as they all tend to be inaccurate.

    The Strike Force HD Max is a really good red glow game trail camera. It takes good pictures, is fast, and has good battery life. For the money, we believe the Browning Pro models offer more value for just a few bucks more.

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    FAQ's: Trail Camera

    Q: How do I view the pictures?

    A: There are a number of ways to do this. Pictures/videos are stored on the SD card you place in the camera.

    • View pictures on your computer. Plug the SD card in a desktop computer or laptop via the built-in SD card reader or use a USB reader if your computer doesn't have one. This method works for most tablets as well. With this method, we recommend having two SD cards per camera so you can swap them in the field.
    • View pictures on your smartphone. Choose between the iOS Reader for iPhones and the Android Reader. Phone readers require an app to access the photos, you can read more about these via the previous links.
    • Trail Camera Viewers. While more expensive, handheld viewers are useful if you don't have a smartphone or run multiple trail cameras.

    Q: Will this trail camera trigger on small animals (birds, rodents, etc.)?

    A: Trail cameras detect on a combination of heat and movement, so, yes, small mammals will trigger the camera. However, if you are going after smaller warm-blooded mammals, we recommend getting the camera closer to your target. For best performance, place the camera in an area that would enable picture detection from 3 - 20 ft.

    Q: Can animals see the infrared flash on this camera?

    A: This is somewhat controversial. Humans can't see the flash as the nanometer spectrum is above what the human eye can detect. It's also much harder for an animal to see, but that could depend on the species of animal as different species see in different light spectrums.

    Q: Where can I purchase this camera?

    A: From us! We hope to woo you with our incredible charm, two-year warranty, 90-day returns, free continental U.S. shipping, and technical expertise. If that isn't enough, we give you an 8 Gig SD card with this camera and you can call and talk our ear off anytime.

    Seriously, though, we know you have plenty of options of where to spend your hard-earned money. The internet can be the wild, wild, west of too-good-to-be-true deals. If you choose to do business with us, we will go out of our way to make sure you are happy with the camera you select and the service we provide you.

    We are passionate about testing and reviewing trail cameras, but most importantly, we are passionate about treating our customers the right way. We do things differently from what you have come to expect from other internet retailers and we hope you give us the opportunity to prove that to you.

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  • Manufacturer Specifications

    • 18 MP interpolated
    • 1600 x 900 HD Videos with Sound (5 sec. - 2 min. length)
    • Supports up to 512GB SDXC Memory Card (not included)
    • Compact case size 4.5” x 3.25” x 2.5”
    • Timelapse Plus camera mode with IR triggered images
    • Programmable start/stop
    • Up to 8 Multi-Shot Images
    • Up to 8 Rapid Fire Images
    • SD Card Management
    • Smart IR Video
    • 12-volt External Power Jack
    • Camo Finish
    • Picture info bar displays: Time, Date, Temperature, Moon Phase, Camera ID
    • Programmable Picture Delay (1 sec. – 60 min.)
    • Compatible with Browning Buck Watch Timelapse Viewer Software
    • ¼” -20 Tripod Socket
  • Domestic Shipping Options
    • Free 2-Day Shipping on all orders over $99 to U.S. addresses
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  • Trail Camera Accessories

    Here are a few of the accessories we like to use with the Browning HD Max Trail Camera.

    Energizer Ultimate Lithiums | 6 Pack | $11.95

    lithium 6 pack batterys

    - There is no downside to using lithium batteries. Long battery life, extreme durability, and better night pictures. You will be happy you did.

    6 Foot Python Cable Lock

    - Use this with the security case, or just the camera itself. The Patriot has brackets on the back specifically for this lock.

    Extra SD Cards

    sd cards

    - SD cards store your pictures and videos for easy removal.

    Browning HD Max Security Case

    browning hd max security case

    - This security case works with the Browning HD Max Trail Cameras.

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