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Browning Ridgeline Trail Camera Review

- TCP Staff

Model # BTC-4G-RLDC

FAQ's

Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:

In progress

Picture Quality:In progress

Mpxl Rating | Video Resolution

Battery Life:14.7 Months

Resting Power(on) | Daytime Power Consumption | Nighttime Power Consumption

Trigger Speed & Detection:94/100

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed | Video Trigger & Recovery Speed | Detection Range

Quality of Design:79/100

Dimensions | Battery Type | External Battery Jack


Browning Ridgeline Trail Camera Review

 Pros

  • Outstanding battery life
  • Extremely fast detection circuit and the camera sends pictures quickly

 Cons

  • Clunky and difficult cellular set up process

 Photo resolution:  20 mpxl (interpolated)

Flash Type:  No Glow IR

We are placing cameras in the field and will post samples when we get them.

 

 Night IR Blur Test

The equipment for the test consists of a target moving along a track from left to right at a constant speed controlled by a stepper motor and a sensor to trigger the capture of a picture near the center of the field of view of a trail camera. 

The target is moving at 1.25 feet per second and is 10 feet from the camera at the center of field of view.  The test is conducted in a dark room.   Two pictures are taken, one with the target not moving and one with the target in motion.  A visual comparison can now be made of the two pictures.  All settings that affect the quality of night photos will be tested.

Economy

No Motion 

Economy 

W/ Motion

Long Range

No Motion 

Long Range

W/ Motion 

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:    100/100

Picture & Video Resting Power (on):   2.28 mW

Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption:   12.0 Ws  |  14.1 Ws.

If this camera were to take 15-day and 15-night pictures every 24 hours, the Ridgeline would last 14.7 months in the field on 2 sets of 16 AA Lithium Batteries.

*Does not work with Nimh batteries.

Detection Circuit:     94/100

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed:   0.05 s.   |  0.8 s.*  (*see note below)

Video Trigger & Recovery Speed:    0.51 s.  |  0.7s.  (Videos are not sent until motion stops on 1-second setting)

Detection Range & Angle:   90 ft. @ 42.1° detection angle (40.3° field of view)

The Ridgeline has an extremely fast trigger speed and a fast recovery time. See the note below on recovery.

*Picture recover time: It starts transmitting as it is taking pictures.  On a 1 second recovery it gets behind on sending pictures on constant motion for a minute and will transmit for over 10 minutes after motion stops.  The recovery times will be about all other settings.

Detection range is more than adequate and the field of view and detection angles are closely aligned. Overall, only good things to report from the detection circuit.

Quality of Design:     79/100

Dimensions:   5.5" x 4.25" x 4"

Battery Type:    16 AA (we recommend lithium batteries)

External Battery Jack:   12.volt

The Browning Ridgeline is a cellular camera with a modem that can work on ATT or Verizon. During the set up process, you will choose which carrier's towers you would like your camera to work on. 

Case Design

Case design is simple and solid. The Ridgeline feels solid in your hands and the latch is easy to open and close. There is not an internal viewing screen, but there is a LCD screen for simple programming options. There is a python cable lock in the metal bracket and a threaded insert on the bottom of the camera for a Slate River Mount.

The biggest downside to the case design of the Ridgeline, and it is a considerable one for many of you, is the antenna. The antenna is a small plastic nub that is great if you have good reception (because there is nothing for animals to chew off) but is not removable, which means you can't add a booster antenna to the Ridgeline. Many of our customers require a booster antenna as they are in an area that has less than 3 bars of reception (what we recommend for a cell camera). Keep this in mind if you are putting the camera in a low-reception area.

Camera Setup

Setting up the Ridgeline has been one of our least enjoyable experiences from cell cameras in 2021. The camera has a QR code that is accessed in the settings and is extremely hard to read when scanning with the app on your phone. It took far too many attempts and reading and relaying the ICCID and IMEI numbers manually to the set up process is just as bad. The ICCID number flashes on the screen but because the numbers are 20 digits, it displays part of the sequence for about a second and a half before flipping to the last sequence. Overall, set up was painstaking and MUST be improved by Browning if they want to sell a lot of these models. Hopefully we will be updating this review in the future to tell you of all the improvements, if you are still reading this... it hasn't been improved.

Cellular Set Up Process:

  1. Download the Strike Force Wireless app or go to www.strikeforcewireless.com and create an account. 
  2. Turn the camera on and go into the menu. Towards the bottom, hit select carrier and select whether you want to utilize Verizon or AT&T towers. Confirm your choice and a QR code will be revealed.
  3. Go back to your app, select add a camera or hit the + button. Scan the QR code. As mentioned previously, this is a pain in the you-know-what. If you continue having problems, enter the numbers manually (IMEI is on a white sticker inside the camera case and ICCID is under the setting "LTE Info.")
  4. Once the app accepts the camera, select a data plan and pay for it.
  5. Turn the camera off and then turn it back on after a few seconds. Hit the "E" button to take a photo. Once the photo is taken, go into the menu and run a "LTE Test." This will upload the photo and show the signal strength. If photo comes through, you are good to go.

Durability

We have no current 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.

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.

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: Trail Camera

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 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:

Camera Features:

  • 20 MP
  • Built in Chipset for either Verizon or ATT Activation
  • Pre Installed ATT and Verizon SIM Cards
  • 90 ft. Invisible Infrared Illumination at Night
  • Adjustable IR Flash (Power Save, Long Range)
  • Adjustable Trigger Speeds Ranging from 0.135 - 0.7 Seconds
  • Adjustable Detection Range up to 80 ft.
  • 1920 x 1080 FHD Videos with Sound (5 sec.- 2 min. length)
  • Recovery Time of 0.5 Seconds Between Images
  • Illuma-Smart Technology Automatically Adjusts IR Flash for Perfect Nighttime Photos
  • SD Card Management Options
  • Smart IR Video
  • Long Battery Life from 16 AA batteries (Not Included)
  • Battery Meter Functions with Both Alkaline and Lithium Batteries
  • Up to 8 Multi Shot Images
  • Up to 8 Rapid Fire Images
  • Programmable Picture Delay (1 sec. – 60 min.)
  • Picture Info Bar Displays: Time, Date, Temperature, Moon Phase, and Camera ID
  • 12 volt External Power Jack
  • Supports up to 512GB SDXC Memory Card (Not Included)
  • ¼” -20 Tripod Socket
  • Metal Tree Mount Bracket

 

Cellular Functions:

  • Operates on a Nationwide 4G LTE Network (Verizon or ATT)
  • Dual Carrier Technology Allows the Customer to Decide between ATT and Verizon Networks After Camera Purchase
  • Uploads Standard Images During Regular Operation
  • Standard Images Can Be Sent Immediately or can be Scheduled
  • Uploads HD images or Video clips Upon Request
  • Email / Text images or Video Clips
  • Create and Manage Images and Videos in Folders
  • Month-to-Month Data Plans
  • No Contracts
  • Activate Cameras Only When Needed
  • Easy-to-Use Mobile App
  • ATT and Verizon Provider Options

Domestic Shipping Options

  • Free 2-Day Shipping on all orders over $99 to U.S. addresses
  • 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.

International Orders

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Springfield, MO 65807
1-800-791-0660

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.

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Browning Defender Ridgeline has a rating of 3.2 stars based on 9 reviews.