Browning Dark Ops Extreme
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Browning Dark Ops Extreme Review
Model #BTC-6HDX | Dark Ops Extreme Owner's Manual
The Dark Ops Extreme is a solid true no 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
Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:
Mpxl Rating | Video ResolutionSee Breakdown ▼
Battery Life:9.5 Months
Resting Power(on) | Daytime Power Consumption | Nighttime Power ConsumptionSee Breakdown ▼
Trigger Speed & Detection:93/100
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed | Video Trigger & Recovery Speed | Detection RangeSee Breakdown ▼
Quality of Design:85/100
Dimensions | Battery Type | External Battery Jack See Breakdown ▼
- Solid picture quality
- Easy setup
- 9+ months of battery life in picture mode
- Fast detection speeds
- Max of 20-second night videos
- Temperature readings are wildly inaccurate
Photo resolution: 16 mpxl (interpolated
Video resolution: 1280 x 720
Flash Type: No glow IR
Picture quality is identical to Browning no glow cameras from the past. The daytime pictures are good, but a step behind the Browning Pro and Advantage models. Outside of that, the pictures are clear and well focused.
Night images are very solid, especially for a no glow camera. These pictures work well for wildlife and security surveillance.
Video quality mimics picture quality. It is good, but for the best video resolution, you should look at the Browning Advantage cameras.
What if you purchase from us and aren't happy with the image quality?
This is a common question and we have a very simple solution. Call, email, or chat with us and we can take a look at the images and offer suggestions or immediately tell if something is wrong with the camera. If so, we will warranty the camera for you (with the free 2-Year warranty you receive from us) or return the camera for a full refund (within 90 days of purchase). You have control of the process, remember, we work for you.
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. This is normal, and to be expected.
Picture & Video Resting Power (on): 0.49 mW
Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 3.3 Ws | 3.6 Ws
Video Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 16.1 Ws | 52.2 Ws
If this camera were to take 35-day and 35-night pictures every 24 hours, the Dark Ops Extreme would last 9.5 months in the field on a set of 6 AA Lithium Batteries. This is excellent battery life.
If this camera were to take 15-day and 15-night videos (10-second videos) every 24 hours, it would last 2.5 months in the field on a set of lithium batteries. This is respectable battery life for video mode.
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: .38 s. / 0.6 s.
Video Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.62 s. / 1.0 s.
Detection Range & Angle: 90 ft. | 46.9° (42.7° F.O.V.)
Detection doesn't need much explaining, the Dark Ops Extreme is flat-out impressive in this category. Fast picture detection, fast video detection, and long detection range. There are no holes in this circuit.
Dimensions: 4.75" x 4" x 3"
Battery Type: 6 AA Batteries
External Battery Jack: 12-Volt
The Dark Ops case design stayed the same in 2018. This is one of the smaller game cameras on the market, making it easy to conceal in a variety of ways. The camera feels sturdy and stable. The latch remains a touch close to the camera, making it somewhat difficult to unlatch with cold fingers.
Temperature ratings the camera records have a tendency of being unreliable and off by a significant margin.
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 Extreme 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.
SD Card Storage Examples
With a 16 Gig SD card and the camera taking 4 mpxl photos (this is our recommended setting as it is closest to the native resolution), the Dark Ops Extreme could store 9,304 pictures on the SD card.
With a 16 Gig SD card and the camera taking 1280x720 videos (called "Ultra" video quality in the settings), the Dark Ops could store 258 10-second videos.
From this data, you can extrapolate out storage capacities of different sized SD cards and different resolution settings. We give you a 16 Gig SD card with the purchase of this camera through us. If you need additional or larger SD cards, you can shop all SD card options here.
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 2018 Browning cameras, so if this is a big concern for you, we would recommend a different brand as they all tend to be inaccurate.
Through our 2-year warranty program on the trail cameras we sell, we are able to track warranty rates on all trailcam manufacturers. We do not publish this data but Browning trail cameras have proven to be a durable camera for us.
On its own, the Dark Ops Extreme is a really good camera. Our problem is Browning has too many cameras this year and it confuses the heck out of us (and probably you too). So many of the cameras overlap and don't truly fill a need. Take this camera, for example. The Dark Ops Extreme is a really good camera in nearly every category, but for $20 more you can have the Dark Ops Pro, which is an outstanding camera in every category. Do we recommend this camera? Of course. Is it worth spending $20 more for significant upgrades in picture quality, battery life, and an internal viewer... Absolutely, that's a no-brainer.
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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.
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Trail Camera Accessories
Here are a few of the accessories we like to use in the Trail Camera.
- Use this to protect your new camera from bears and thieves. It provides much needed peace of mind when leaving your camera out in nature.
- There is no downside to using lithium batteries. Long battery life, extreme durability and better night pictures. You will be happy you did.
- Use this with the security case, or just the camera itself. The Extreme has brackets on the back specifically for this lock.
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- SD cards store your pictures and videos for easy removal. We give you a free SD card with the Extreme, but most people use two sd cards. If you have two cards, you can swap them out when you retrieve the pictures.
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