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The Edge camera has been discontinued.  You can find the new Spec Ops Elite here.

Browning Spec Ops Edge Review

This is one of, if not the top, no-glow video trail camera currently on the market. This camera has outstanding battery life, excellent detection speeds, easy setup, and great images. This is a big winner for 2020. - TCP Staff

Model # BTC 8E / Browning Spec Ops Edge Owners Manual

Spec Ops FAQ's

Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:

88/100

Picture Quality:87/100

Mpxl Rating | Video Resolution

Battery Life:27+ Months

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

Trigger Speed & Detection:90/100

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

Quality of Design:90/100

Dimensions | Battery Type | External Battery Jack


Browning Spec Ops Edge Trail Camera Review

 Pros

  • Outstanding video quality
  • Extremely fast detection speeds
  • 27+ Months of picture battery life is incredible
  • Easy to set up and large internal view screen

 Cons

  • Detection zone is way wider than the field of view
  • *Does not work with NiMH rechargeable batteries.

 

 

Picture Quality:  87/100

Photo resolution: 20 interpolated mpxl

Video resolution:  1920 x 1080 (60 fps)

Flash Type:  No glow IR

Day picture quality is really solid and in line with other Spec Ops game trail camera models from the past. The pictures have good color and clarity and stop motion fairly well. Night pictures are a little darker than the red glow Recon Force model, which is exactly what you should expect. In general, night pictures have decent flash range but are a bit blurry.

Browning has released a firmware update to fix a clicking noise at the beginning of videos. You can find the firmware here.

 

 

Video quality is exceptionally strong and should be one of the reasons you purchase this camera. The Edge series are one of, if not our top, video trail cameras right now. 1920x1080 at 60 frames per second result in clear, realistic videos.

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:    85/100

Picture & Video Resting Power (on):   0.26 mW

Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption:   1.36 Ws  |  1.92 Ws

Video Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 24.88 Ws  |  80.69 Ws

Picture Mode

If this game trail camera were to take 35-day and 35-night pictures every 24 hours, the Spec Ops Edge would last 27.3 months in the field on a set of 8 AA Lithium Batteries. For a no glow trail camera using 8 batteries, we consider this to be elite.

Video Mode

If this camera were to take 15-day and 15-night videos (10-second videos) every 24 hours, it would last 2.2 months in the field on a set of lithium batteries. This is average life, maybe slightly below average.

*Does not work with nimh rechargeable batteries.

Detection Circuit:     90/100

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.02 s.  |  0.8 s.

Video Trigger & Recovery Speed:  0.39 s.  |  0.6 s.

Detection Range & Angle: 90 ft. @ 59.8° detection angle (@37.3 ° field of view)

Speed is the name of the game when it comes to the detection circuit in the Spec Ops. Picture trigger and recovery time is phenomenal and video trigger/recovery is outstanding.

Detection range is 90 ft., which means this camera can reach out on big foot plots, open fields, or most security situations. The problem is the detection angle is significantly wider than the field of view, which means this camera has the potential of false triggering consistently. 

Quality of Design:     90/100

Dimensions: 5” x 3.5” x 2”

Battery Type:  8 AA

External Battery Jack:  12-volt

Case Design

There isn't much to dislike here. The Edge is actually smaller than previous versions of the Spec Ops line, making this model sit flatter and more discreet on trees. The latch opens easily, even with cold fingers.

There is a 1/4" x 20 threaded insert on the bottom of the camera for a Slate River mount (see the basic package at the top) and a metal bracket on the back for a python cable lock (also included in the premium package, along with a security case and more). One thing to keep in mind is that the battery tray will "stick" when you hit eject (about an inch from the opening). This prevents the tray from falling to the ground. Just pull harder and it will break free to remove from the camera. Overall, case design on the Spec Ops is outstanding, we like everything about it.

Camera Setup

The internal picture viewer doubles as the setup screen. Setup couldn't be easier and more intuitive. You won't have a problem getting this camera up and running. New setup options include options to have a normal/fast trigger speed, adjustable PIR sensitivity, and to have economy/long range IR flash power. 

Durability

Durability has been really good for the Edge. 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. If an issue arises in this model, we will update this Browning Spec Ops Edge Review immediately.

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!

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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.

 

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Trail Camera Accessories

Here are a few of the accessories we like to use with the Browning Edge Trail Cameras. 

Energizer Ultimate Lithiums | 8 Pack | $15.95

energizer ultimate lithium's 

- 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 Edge has brackets on the back specifically for this lock.

 

Extra SD Cards

sd cards

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

Browning Edge Security Case

 

browning spec ops edge security case

- This security case works with the Browning Recon Force Edge and Spec Ops Edge Trail cameras.

Manufacturer Specifications

  • 20 mpxl (interpolated)
  • 2” Color Viewing Screen
  • No glow IR
  • Adjustable IR Flash (Power Save, Long Range)
  • 1920 x 1080 FHD Videos with Sound (5 sec. - 2 min. length)
  • 80 ft. Flash Range
  • Illuma-Smart Technology Automatically adjusts IR Flash
  • SD Card Management Options
  • Smart IR Video
  • Selectable Start / Stop Image Timer
  • 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, Barometric pressure, Camera ID
  • Multilingual Programming Menu
  • 12 volt External Power Jack
  • Support up to 512GB SDXC Memory Card (not included)
  • ¼” -20 Tripod Socket
  • Metal Tree Mount Bracket
  • Timelapse Plus Camera Mode, with Infrared Triggered Pictures
  • Compatible with Browning Buck Watch Timelapse Viewer Software  
Browning Spec Ops Edge has a rating of 4.4 stars based on 23 reviews.