Browning Strike Force 850 HD
2017 Browning Strike Force 850 HD Review
The new 2017 Browning Strike Force 850 HD is a sub-micro trail camera designed to be a value wildlife camera. Improved trigger speed and battery life make this a winner. -TCP Staff
Model # BTC-5HD-850
Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:
Mpxl Rating | Video ResolutionSee Breakdown ▼
Battery Life:6.9 Months
Resting Power(on) | Daytime Power Consumption | Nighttime Power ConsumptionSee Breakdown ▼
Trigger Speed & Detection:85/100
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed | Video Trigger & Recovery Speed | Detection RangeSee Breakdown ▼
Quality of Design:87/100
Dimensions | Battery Type | External Battery Jack See Breakdown ▼
- Great night pictures
- 6.9-month battery life on 6 AA batteries
- Increased detection range for 2017 - 80 ft.
- Easy to program
- Accepts SD cards up to 512 Gigs (industry standard is 32 Gig)
- Lacks vivid color on daytime images
- Max of 20-second night videos
The Strike Force 850 HD is the latest, greatest version of Browning's sub-micro trail cameras. This is a red glow trailcam, meant primarily for general wildlife viewing.
Photo resolution: 16, 8, 4, 2 mpxl
Video resolution: 1280x720 w/ audio
Flash Type: Red Glow Infrared
Picture quality is identical to 2016 models. The daytime pictures have good clarity, depth, and focus. They just lack vivid color.
Night pictures are really good. The Strike Force 850 has plenty of flash range and stops motion very well.
Video quality is nearly identical to picture quality. The audio works, but is weak, you'll need to turn your audio up to high.
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): 0.88 mW
Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 3.57 Ws | 5.42 Ws
Video Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 15.7 Ws | 64.45 Ws
Battery life has stayed consistent and efficient. The consumption data has increased slightly from the 2016 models. This year, we are including video battery consumption and factoring it into our rating system on all our 2017 Trail Camera Reviews.
If this camera were to take 35-day and 35-night pictures every 24 hours, the Strike Force 850 HD would last 6.9 months in the field on a set of 6 AA Lithium Batteries. We consider this to be efficient, especially considering the camera only uses 6 batteries.
If this camera were to take 15-day and 15-night videos (10-second videos) every 24 hours, it would last 2.1 months in the field on a set of lithium batteries. Once again, considering the camera is only using 6 batteries, 2.1 months is very respectable video battery life.
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.63 s. / 1.3 s.
Video Trigger & Recovery Speed: 1.15 s. / 1.6 s.
Detection Range: 80 ft.
There were no improvements to detection speed from the 2016 Strike Elite to this Strike Force 850. The picture/video trigger and recovery times are almost identical. This camera remains fast, especially the recovery times. Picture trigger time is slightly above average for a modern game camera.
Browning told us to expect an 80 ft. detection range in the 2017 Strike Force cameras. Fortunately, our initial testing did show detection out to 80-85 ft. This is a rather large improvement from the 2017 camera and helps the overall detection circuit standout this year.
Overall, we wish Browning would have improved the picture trigger speed in 2017 to at least match their 0.4 second advertised times. However, this is still an excellent detection circuit, especially considering the improved detection range.
Dimensions: 4.75" x 4" x 3"
Battery Type: AA Batteries
External Battery Jack: 12-Volt
The Strike Force case design stayed the same in 2017. This is one of the smallest 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.
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 Strike Force 850 is the first trail camera to accept 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 an 8 Gig SD card and the camera taking 4 mpxl photos (this is our recommended setting as it is closest to the native resolution), the Strike Force 850 could store 4,652 pictures on the SD card.
With an 8 Gig SD card and the camera taking 1280x720 videos (called "Ultra" video quality in the settings), the Strike Force 850 could store 129 10-second videos.
From this data, you can extrapolate out storage capacities of different sized SD cards and different resolution settings. We give you an 8 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 models as well. If you turn the Strike Force off, while standing in front of the camera and with the recovery time set to 5 seconds (the fastest setting for recovery), the Strike Force will 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.
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. With the Strike Force 850 not changing in design or structure, we anticipate that will continue in this model. If an issue arises, we will update this Browning Strike Force 850 Review immediately.
The 2017 Strike Force 850 HD has made incremental improvements from the 2016 Strike Force Elite. By itself, this is a really good wildlife camera and we give it a glowing recommendation. However, when looking at the other Browning cameras on the market, we can't help but notice that the Strike Force 850 is essentially overlapped by the 2017 Strike Force Pro. The new Strike Force Pro offers a ton of upgrades for an additional $20. Here are a few:
- Better picture quality
- 11.2-month battery life
- Faster detection speeds
- Adjustable back bracket
- Internal picture viewer
In conclusion, the Strike Force 850 is a great camera, however, we believe you are much better served in the long run by upgrading to the Strike Force Pro. We can't justify purchasing this camera when a few extra dollars gives you a much higher rated camera.
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FAQ's: Browning Strike Force 850 HD
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 the Strike Force Elite 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 Strike Force 850. 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 the Strike Force?
A: Yes. This is a red glow trail cameras, meaning it has a faint red glow when taking pictures or videos at night. Humans and animals can see this if looking at the camera. This does not "light up" the woods, though.
If you need an invisible flash (no glow), check out the Browning Dark Ops 940 HD. That is the no glow version of this model.
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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- Red glow infrared emitters (emits a faint red glow when taking pictures/videos at night)
- 12-Volt External Battery Jack
- Accepts up to a 512 Gig SD Card
- Runs on 6 AA batteries (we recommend lithium batteries)
- 16 mpxl (interpolated) photos
- 1280x720 HD videos w/ audio
- Video lengths 5 seconds - 2 minutes. 20-second max night videos
- Picture stamp includes: time, date, moon phase, temperature, and camera ID
- Timelapse plus mode (time lapse plus motion trigger)
- SD Card Override
- Smart IR video
- Removable battery tray
- TV out jack (cord not included)
- USB 2.0 port (cord not included)
- 1/4" x 20 threaded insert for Slate River Mount
- Buckwatch timelapse CD software included (views the time lapse images, does not work with Mac computers)
- Multi-shot up to 1-8 images
- Selectable time delay: 5, 10, 20, 30 seconds or 1, 5, 10, 30, 60 minutes
- Includes 6 ft. nylon camera strap with all metal buckle
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Browning Strike Force 850 HD Trail Camera Accessories
Here are a few of the accessories we like to use in the Trail Camera.
- 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 to protect your new camera from bears and thieves. It provides much needed peace of mind when leaving your camera out in nature.
- Use this with the security case, or just the camera itself. The Strike Force 850 HD has brackets on the back specifically for this lock.
Start at $5.95
- SD cards store your pictures and videos for easy removal. We give you a free SD card with the Strike Force 850 HD, but most people use a second card. If you have two cards, you can swap them out when you retrieve the pictures.
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