Browning Dark Ops Elite (2016)


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Browning Strike Force Elite trail camera

2016 Browning Dark Ops Elite Review

- Invisible night flash, speed, picture quality, 7-month battery life and easy programming. It isn't the best at anything, but it is really good in every category.  - TCP Staff

Model # BTC-6HDE  |  Browning Dark Ops Owner's Manual


Pros

  • Night pictures adjust to the distance of the animal
  • Good picture quality
  • 7.1-months battery life on lithium batteries
  • Improved picture & video trigger speed

Cons

  • Day pictures could use a boost in color
  • Max of 20-second night videos

Trailcampro Analysis


The only difference between the Dark Ops Elite and the Strike Force Elite is the type of infrared flash. The Dark Ops is no glow - meaning the human eye can't see the camera take a picture at night. The Strike Force is red glow - it produces a faint red glow when taking pictures.

Picture Quality

Photo resolution: 10 mpxl (interpolated)

Video Resolution: 1280 x 720 w/ audio

Flash Type:  No Glow Infrared

Day pictures are exactly what we expected from the Dark Ops Elite.  Day pictures have clarity, depth, and contrast.  The worst thing you can say about these pictures is the color could use a boost.  Everything else is really good.

Night pictures have good contrast and solid flash range.  As with any no glow camera, if you compare to the red glow counterpart (the Strike Force Elite), the night pictures will be a little darker and grainier.  This is what you should expect from a no glow camera - it produces less light than a similar red glow model.

Overall, night pictures are very good and right in line with expectations.

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Video resolution is 1280 x 720 (with audio).  We love the videos from the Dark Ops Elite. They capture motion well and the night videos are extremely impressive.  Flash range, contrast, and depth are all present.

The Dark Ops Elite has dynamic video.  When this is turned on, the camera will record daytime videos as long as there is activity in front of the camera.  When the activity has stopped for 4 seconds, the video stops recording.  This is designed to keep the video from shutting off at pre-determined intervals just as the action is getting started.

 

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

Resting Power (on):  0.97 mW

Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption:  3.47 Ws |  4.94 Ws

Video Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption:  14.46 Ws  |  60.17 Ws

Runtime on a set of 6 lithium batteries has increased from 4.9 months to 7.1 months on the 2016 Dark Ops Elite.  This is a huge improvement.  Remember, the Dark Ops is achieving this on only 6 batteries, not the 8 or 12 other cameras need to match this.

This calculation is based on that camera taking 35-day and 35-night pictures in a 24 hour period, with lithium batteries.

Trigger Speed & Detection

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.65 s. / 1.5 s.

Video Trigger & Recovery Speed:  1.31 s. / 1.9 s.

Detection Range:  60 ft.

Trigger speeds improved across the board, while recovery times remained similar (video actually slowed down half a second).  Detection range is an average 60 ft.

Overall, this detection zone is very fast and capable of capturing movement quickly.

Quality of Design

Dimensions: 4.75" x 4" x 3"

Battery Type:  6 AA Batteries

External Battery Jack:  12-Volt

back bracket of Strike Force Elite

Outside of the camouflage pattern, the case design remains identical to earlier Dark Ops/Strike Force designs. The weak point with the case is the latch.  We have replaced quite a few latches the last several years. While this can be annoying if they do break, we keep extra latches to replace these for our customers.

The setup looks similar to last year, with two added setting options - sd card overwrite and dynamic video. Dynamic video is an incredible tool if you plan on capturing trail camera videos.

"Dynamic video is an incredible tool..."

The back of the camera has a built-in bracket for a python cable lock.  There is a 1/4" x 20 threaded insert on the bottom of the Dark Ops for a Slate River Mount.

While the camera is new, the basic components of the Dark Ops have been around for several years now.  Last years cameras durability rating was plagued by a run of cameras that took black night photos.  No such issues have arisen with the Dark Ops Elite.  We continually update the reliability portion of this category throughout the year.

 

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Manufacturer Specifications 

  • No Glow Infrared Flash
  • 12-Volt External Battery Jack
  • 1280 x 720 HD Video w/ audio (5 - 120 second clips)
  • Picture Info Displays: Time, date, moon phase, temperature and camera ID
  • Backlit display and controls for easy programming in low light conditions
  • Timelapse mode plus IR triggered images
  • Runs on 6 AA batteries (We recommend Lithium on Nimh rechargeable batteries only)
  • Supports up to 32 Gig SD Card
  • TV out jack
  • USB 2.0 port
  • 1/4" x 20 threaded insert on the bottom of the camera
  • Smart IR video (dynamic video)
  • Buckwatch timelapse viewer plus PC software
  • Multi-shot up to 8 images
  • 4 picture resolutions
  • Time delay: 5, 10, 20 and 30 seconds.  Or, 1, 5, 10, 30 and 60 minutes
  • Aim test mode
  • Comes with 6 foot nylon strap with all metal heavy duty buckle
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Trailcampro L.L.C.

3048 S. Clifton Ave
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Browning Dark Ops Accessories

Here are a few of the accessories we like to use in the Dark Ops Elite.


Energizer Ultimate Lithiums | 6 Pack

$11.95

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

 


 

Browning Sub-Micro Security Case

$31.95

- 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.


6 Foot Python Cable Lock

$19.95

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

 



Extra SD Cards

Start at $9.95

 - SD cards store your pictures and videos for easy removal. If you have two cards, you can swap them out when you retrieve the pictures.

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Trailcampro's 2 Year Warranty | 90 day Return Policy

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Trailcampro 90 Day Return | 2 Year Exclusive Warranty Details 

If you purchased your trail camera from us (Trailcampro.com), here are the following warranty stipulations. If you purchased from another retailer, we recommend contacting that retailer or the manufacturer of that product for their warranty details.

If You Purchase From Trailcampro.com

We attempted to make our return policy and 2-year exclusive warranty as simple as possible.  However, there are a few stipulations.

90 Day Returns

You may return or exchange anything purchased from Trailcampro for a full 90 days from the date of purchase. Please use the items as you normally would and much as you like subject to the rules below.

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.

90 Day Return Policy Rules:

  • 90 days from date of purchase.
  • In order to receive a full refund, items must be returned with their original packaging (including UPC code) and all contents
  • Cameras or products must be returned in their original condition.  You cannot write on the cameras, paint them or deface them in any way.  This completely voids the warranty with both us and the specific manufacturer.
  • If you purchased one of our "Package Deals" and only return part of the package, we will refund the items full price minus the package discount.
  • Orders with quantities of 5 or more are not eligible for a refund or exchange.  They are still eligible for warranty replacement.
  • There are no returns on used cameras or cameras that clearly state "No Returns"
  • If you are returning for a refund, you are responsible for return shipping.  Your refund amount will be minus the cost of the initial shipping to you.

2 Year Warranty

We strive to make our customer experience superior to anything available.  Traditional warranties only last a year and must be processed directly through the manufacturer.  This process usually involves frustrating minutes on hold with call centers and oftentimes weeks, if not months of down time waiting for your replacement product.  We process our warranties in-house and expedite the replacement process. When you call Trailcampro you'll speak directly with an expert who will immediately identify the problem and offer a solution. 

2 Year Exclusive Warranty Details: 

  • Warranty starts from the time of purchase and continues for a full 2 years.
  • Replacement cameras receive the remainder of the 2-year warranty leftover from the original purchase.
  • Warranty is only valid for full retail priced orders (quantity discounts void our 2-year warranty). Discounted items still receive the manufacturer warranty.  Price matches void the 2-year warranty as well.  
  • If your defective camera has been discontinued, we will exchange it for a similarly priced item to your liking.  
  • If you have a 3G cellular trail camera, it is not considered manufacturer defect if you lose 3G reception in your area.
  • Used cameras do not apply for our 2-year warranty
  • Cameras cannot be marked on, damaged, or defaced in any way.  Warranty is for manufacturer defect only.  Defect does not include damage, whether intentional or not.

If you have any questions that were not answered here please feel free to contact us.

To warranty a camera please use the form below.  Upon receipt of an RMA number, you will need to ship the camera back to us.  You will be responsible for the shipping charges of the defective camera back to us.  We will ship the replacement back to you for free.  

 

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