The Browning Defender Pro Scout has great picture quality, good videos, super fast detection circuit, and best-in-class battery life. The Pro Scout has delivered on both performance and reliability. We highly recommend the Browning Pro Scout. - TCP Staff
Resting Power(on) | Daytime Power Consumption | Nighttime Power Consumption
Trigger Speed & Detection:89/100
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed | Video Trigger & Recovery Speed | Detection Range
Quality of Design:84/100
Dimensions | Battery Type | External Battery Jack
Browning Defender Wireless Pro Scout Trail Camera Review
Great photo quality
Option to send videos
Outstanding Battery Life
Fast trigger speed and recovery time
No internal viewing screen
No unlimited data plan
Will not send multi-shot photos unless the thumbnail upload is set to By Schedule.
Picture Quality: 90/100
Photo resolution: 18 mpxl (interpolated)
Video resolution: 1600 x 900
Flash Type:Red Glow IR
Daytime pictures are pretty impressive and display good color, depth and clarity - which is typical for a Browning trail camera. If we were to nitpick, the full resolution images on this game trail camera (what you would see from the SD card) do have some pixelation. Overall, day pictures are great.
Night pictures have outstanding flash range, clarity, and contrast. They seem to stop motion well and have performed well in both wooded areas and open pastures.
The video playlist below shows the quality of the sent videos. If you have the camera set to video mode it will alert you and show a thumbnail from the video. To download the video you will have to select it and request the HD version. The HD version will be available the next time the camera connects to the network.
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, whichdigitally 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):0.36 mW
Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption:10.6 Ws | 11.2 Ws
If this camera were to take 15-day and 15-night pictures every 24 hours, the Pro Scout would last 10.5 months in the field on a set of8 AA Lithium Batteries.
*Does not work with Nimh batteries.
Detection Circuit: 89/100
Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.29s | 26.2s
Detection Range & Angle: 90 ft. @ 43.6° detection angle (42.6° field of view)
The detection circuit boasts a fast trigger speed, recovery time, long range, and a detection angle that mimics the field of view. There isn't much more you could ask for, this is a great detection circuit.
Quality of Design: 84/100
Dimensions:6" x 4" x 3"
Battery Type:8 AA
External Battery Jack: 12-volt
The Pro Scout is slightly larger than the typical Browning trail camera but is averaged-sized compared to most cellular models on the market. The latch to open the front of the case is medium-sized but manipulates easily, even in cold weather. All the buttons that control the internal program are easy to flip through.
The python cable bracket and the 1/4" x 20 threaded insert (for a Slate River Mount) are both made of metal. This helps both the appearance and feel of the camera but also keeps the user from torquing too hard and snapping a plastic bracket.
The Pro Scout does not have an internal viewing screen but has a small LCD screen for programming the set up. Overall, this is a nice case design even though it lacks an internal viewer.
The ONLY way to set up this game trail camera is through Browning, do not contact AT&T to set up this camera. You CAN'T use an existing sim card you already have. Please follow the instructions that come with the camera or our own instructions below.
If you follow these instructions step-by-step, you won't have problems setting this camera up. This cellular set up is similar to some of the other cellular cameras on the market. It is neither the hardest to set up nor the easiest. we prefer cameras that can be activated just from the app on your smartphone, but overall, Browning cellular set up shouldn't take longer than 15 minutes.
Step 1:Simply set up a user name and password, contact information and select the desired plan package to begin.
Step 2:On the Services and Equipment page you will need to enter the ICCID and IMEI numbers from your camera in the ACTIVATE NEW SUBSCRIPTION fields. The ICCID and IMEI numbers are on a label inside of the control panel door of your camera (just to the left of the internal viewer, on the side of the camera body).
If you are activating a camera that operates on the ATT network, enter your ICCID and IMEI numbers in the ATT field. There is a separate field area to enter your ICCID and IMEI numbers for units operating on the Verizon network.
The sim card in your camera will be activated within 2-3 minutes. Download the Strike Force Wireless App on your smartphone. Login. Let's send a test photo now.
Step 1:Power on your camera and take a test picture. Your SD card meter on the home screen will show the number of pictures taken.
Step 2:On your camera, navigate to Mode>LTE Setup>LTE Status.
Your camera will make connection with a cell tower and transmit the images to your Strike Force Wireless Account. You can view the pictures on your laptop or mobile app. Your camera screen will display the cellular signal strength. If your camera registers the cell tower strength low (as indicated by a red icon), you may need to relocate the camera to an area with a stronger signal.
Upon a successful images transmission, your images will appear in your image inbox within a couple of minutes. Remember to refresh your app (by swiping down on the screen) or refresh your computer screen to see the images.
When you set up your camera in the field, the camera will automatically connect to the Browning servers and connect to your account. The camera will update its settings and communication times with the ones set in the camera settings menu of your online account or mobile app.
In order for the camera to operate in Rapid Fire with the app the Thumbnail Upload setting must be set to the “By Schedule” option. Thusly, the camera will transmit via the predetermined schedule the user sets.
We have not seen any durability issues with the Browning Defender Wireless. If that changes, we will update this review immediately.
Through our 2-year warranty program on the trail cameras we sell, we are able to track warranty rates on all trailcam manufacturers.
Keep in mind, our2-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!
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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. 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 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.
- SD cards store your pictures and videos for easy removal. We give you a free SD card with the HD Pro X, but most people use two cards. If you have two cards, you can swap them out when you retrieve the pictures.