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Browning Dark Ops HD Pro X

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  • Browning Dark Ops Pro X Review

    The Dark Ops Pro X scores well in every single category we test for and offers possibly the best value low glow trail camera on the market. You'll have a hard time finding things you don't like about the Dark Ops Pro X. Big thumbs up from us. - TCP Staff

    Model # BTC-6HDPX  | Browning Dark Ops Pro X Owner's Manual

    Dark Ops Pro X FAQ's

    Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:


    Picture Quality:84/100

    Mpxl Rating | Video ResolutionSee Breakdown ▼

    Battery Life:17.3 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:89/100

    Dimensions | Battery Type | External Battery Jack See Breakdown ▼


    • Top-notch detection circuit
    • 17+ months battery life
    • Solid picture/video quality
    • User-friendly and hand internal viewing screen


    • Inaccurate temperature readings
    • *Does not work with NiMH rechargeable batteries.

    Trailcampro Analysis


    Picture Quality:  84/100

    Photo resolution: 20 mpxl (interpolated)  |  4.08 mpxl (native resolution)

    Video resolution:  1600 x 900 w/ audio

    Flash Type:  Low Glow IR

    Day pictures don't have the sharpest clarity and a somewhat "muted" color, however, they stop motion really well and are very consistent (an underrated quality in any trail camera). Night pictures have good flash range (when set in "Long Range") and stop motion really well (when in "Fast Motion"). We have found "Long Range" to be our favorite night IR setting, but you can play around with it to see what you prefer.

    Video quality isn't on the same level as the Browning Advantage cameras. It has average clarity and only 30 frames per second. The daytime videos are very average overall. The night videos are brightly illuminated, clear, and have good fluidity.

    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.

    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.  This is normal, and to be expected.

    Battery Life:    95/100

    Picture & Video Resting Power (on):   0.9 mw

    Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption:   1.0 Ws  |  1.4 Ws

    Video Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption:   12.5 Ws  |  38.7 Ws

    Picture Mode

    If this camera were to take 35-day and 35-night pictures every 24 hours, the Dark Ops Pro X would last 17.3 months in the field on a set of 6 AA Lithium Batteries. This is outstanding.

    Video Mode

    If this camera were to take 15-day and 15-night videos (10-second videos) every 24 hours, it would last 3.2 months in the field on a set of lithium batteries.

    Detection Circuit:     93/100

    Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.17 s.  |  0.6 s.

    Video Trigger & Recovery Speed:  0.53 s.  |  1.9 s.

    Detection Range & Angle: 90 ft. @ 41.3° detection angle (43.1°field of view)

    There is very little to critique here. The Dark Ops Pro X is super fast, detects out to 90 ft., and has a detection angle that is very close to the field of view. This is an excellent detection circuit.

    Quality of Design:     89/100

    Dimensions: 4.25" x 3.75" x 3.25"

    Battery Type:  6 AA

    External Battery Jack:  12-volt

    Case Design

    The Dark Ops Pro X's case design has seen a radical re-design. other Dark Ops models, the Pro is super small and easy to carry/conceal. The case feels really solid and durable. The Pro X has an adjustable metal back bracket that swivels up and down (about a 30° range of motion). The bracket allows for easy up and down adjustments without using twigs for shims. If you need more adjustability, we'd still recommend a Slate River Mount.

    Browning made the SD cards easier to load and unload (much easier than other Dark Ops models). The only downside we found is the battery eject button takes a bit of work to unlatch. Expect to use a sturdy fingernail.

    Temperature ratings the camera records have a tendency of being unreliable and off by a significant margin.

    Overall, the case design on the Dark Ops Pro is outstanding. It is nearly everything you'd expect from a quality trail camera. If you need extra protection from thieves or bears, we do have a Dark Ops Pro XD Security Case that fits perfectly.

    Camera Setup

    The Dark Ops Pro X has a small internal viewer that makes camera setup and picture/video playback extremely easy. The viewer's live-view element eliminates the guesswork to setting up for the perfect trailcam shot.

    The internal setup should only take you a minute or two - at the most. Even though the internal viewing screen is small, Browning was nice enough to enlarge the words on the screen for those of us with poor eyesight!

    The Dark Ops Pro can accept SD cards up to 512 Gigabytes. This is more than enough storage than you could ever use.

    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 Pro X could store 9,008 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 Pro X could store 508 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.


    The only issue we have noticed is a carry-over from 2016/2017/2018 models as well. If you turn the Dark Ops Pro X off, while standing in front of the camera and with the recovery time set to the fastest setting, the Dark Ops may continue to shoot dozens of pictures as long as you are being detected. We hoped to see a firmware update that fixes this, but to date, we have not. In the meantime, a quick and dirty fix for this is to place your hand over the PIR lens of the camera while shutting it off. This will keep the camera from taking pictures.

    Keep in mind, our 2-year warranty program is your free insurance program in case something goes wrong with a camera you purchase from us. This warranty protects you from any manufacturing defect the camera might experience for two years.

    Browning Dark Ops Pro X Review Conclusion:     90/100

    The Dark Ops Pro X scores well in every single category we test for and offers possibly the best value low glow trail camera on the market. You'll have a hard time finding things you don't like about the Dark Ops Pro X. Big thumbs up from us.

    Since 2005, our mission has to been to provide consumers with unbeatable value, advice you can trust, and customer service that exceeds expectations. There are plenty of places you can choose to do business with, if we are lucky enough to earn your support, we promise to give you our undivided attention. Trailcampro has grown each year not only by relying on your happiness but on the assumption that if we blow you away with customer service, you will brag about us to your friends (have you seen our referral/reward program?).

    As always, if you have additional questions, feel free to call, email or chat with us. We look forward to helping you find your next trail camera!

    Enjoy our reviews?  Please consider purchasing your next trail camera from us.

    FAQ's: Browning Dark Ops Pro X 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. Here are some other methods for viewing images:

    • 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.
    • 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 a low glow trail camera, meaning it has an extremely faint red glow when taking pictures or videos at night. We rate cameras as low glow if we can see the glow within 15 ft., but have a much harder time seeing it at a greater distance.

    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 a 16 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

    • Low Glow Infrared Flash
    • 20 mpxl interpolated photos (4 mpxl native sensor)
    • 1600x900 video resolution w/ audio
    • Accepts up to 512 Gig SD Card
    • Smart IR Video mode
    • SD card management
    • Picture info bar displays: time, date, moon phase, temperature, and camera ID
    • Timelapse mode plus IR triggered images
    • Standard tripod mount
    • Selectable delay between images: 1, 5, 10, 20, 30 seconds, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 minutes
    • Multishot up to 8 images
    • 12-Volt External Battery Jack
  • Trailcampro 90-day and 2-Year Warranty

    Buy your next trail camera or accessory from us and we will protect your purchase with our 90-day return policy and our exclusive 2-year warranty.

    Most manufacturer warranties are only one year.  In our opinion, that isn't good enough.  Our customers get a two-year warranty, directly from us.

    Trailcampro's 2-Year Warranty

    If the trail camera you purchase from us goes defective within two years of your purchase, we will quickly replace it.

    We strive to make the warranty process as quick and easy as possible. Simply fill out our warranty form.

    Trailcampro's 90-Day Return Policy

    We believe you have the right to return any game camera that does not meet your expectations within 90 days.

    Our return policy lets you field test products, at no risk to you!

    • Buyer's remorse? Return the camera to us for a full refund (minus shipping).
    • Purchased the wrong camera? We will ship you the right camera.
    • Something wrong with the camera you received? We will replace it at no cost to you.

    Want to talk to a trail camera expert?  Contact our friendly staff.

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    • Free shipping will be shipped via the most economical method.
    • Orders placed before 3 p.m Central Standard Time are usually shipped the same day
    • We are happy to offer expedited shipping options.  Prices are shown during checkout.
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  • Trail Camera Accessories

    Here are a few of the accessories we like to use in the trail camera.

    8 pack Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries

    Energizer Ultimate Lithiums | 8 Pack


    - 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 Dark Ops has brackets on the back specifically for this lock.


    Browning Security Case


    - This case works with the Browning HD Pro X and XD trail cameras.


    Sandisk 16gb SD card

    Extra SD Cards

    Start at $9.95

     - SD cards store your pictures and videos for easy removal.  We give you a free SD card with the M8000, but most people use two cards.  If you have two cards, you can swap them out when you retrieve the pictures.

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         We would love your feedback if you purchased this trail camera from us. We want your honest feedback, these reviews are a vital part in helping consumers choose the right game camera. 

Browning Dark Ops HD Pro X has a rating of 4.5 stars based on 39 reviews.