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Trail Camera Review

What is not to love about the Browning Spec Ops HP4? This is a no glow IR trailcam that takes incredible video quality, excellent photos, is extremely fast, and lasts up to 3 years on batteries. That speaks for itself. - TCP Staff

Model #BTC-8E-4HP

FAQ's

Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:

93/100

Picture Quality:92/100

Mpxl Rating | Video Resolution

Battery Life:36 Months

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

Trigger Speed & Detection:93/100

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

Quality of Design:90/100

Dimensions | Battery Type | External Battery Jack


Trail Camera Review

 Pros

  • Incredible video quality
  • Excellent picture quality
  • 36 months of battery life
  • Insanely fast detection speeds
  • Easy to use and set up

 Cons

  • Detection zone is wider than the field of view by 13°

Picture Quality:  92/100

Photo resolution:  22 mpxl (interpolated)

Video Resolution: 1920x1080 @ 60 fps w/ audio

Flash Type:  No Glow IR

It is really hard to find any issues with picture quality on the HP4 cameras. Daytime pictures are colorful, clear, and realistic. Night pictures, especially for a no glow IR trail camera, have great contrast, improved flash range, and stop motion really well.

 

If pictures are hard to find fault with, video is even harder! The Spec Ops HP4 shoots at 1920 x 1080 at 60 frames per second. The result is a video that is smooth, clear, and incredibly realistic. Videos are outstanding all-around.


 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.

 Blur Reduction

No Motion

Blur Reduction

W/ Motion 

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:    98/100

Picture & Video Resting Power (on): 0.45 mW

Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 1.1 Ws  |  1.2 Ws

Video Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption:  22.4 Ws  |  37.9 Ws

Picture Mode

If this camera were to take 35 day and 35 night pictures every 24 hours, it would last 36.3 months in the field on a set of Lithium batteries.

Video Mode

If this camera were to take 15 day and 15 night videos every 24 hours, it would last 3.8 months in the field on a set of Lithium batteries.

Detection Circuit:     93/100

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed: 0.01 s.  |  0.6 s.

Video Trigger & Recovery Speed:  0.4 s.  |  0.6 s.

Detection Range & Angle: 90 ft. @ 53.1° detection angle (40.3° field of view)

The HP4 is notably fast in every category of detection speed. The trigger speed is insane and the recovery times aren't that far behind. There is not question that this is the fastest trail camera on the market.

Detection range is very solid but the detection angle is 13° wider than the field of view. We would expect semi-frequent false triggers based on the fast detection speeds and the detection angle that is too wide. Other than that, this is a great detection circuit.

Quality of Design:     90/100

Dimensions:5.5" x 4.25" x 3"

Battery Type:  8 AA (we recommend lithium)

External Battery Jack: 12-volt external battery jack

Case Design

The case design of the Spec Ops HP4is almost flawless. The camera feels sturdy and well-built. The strap and python cable bracket on the back is metal (most cameras are plastic) and the camera has a threaded slot on the bottom for a Slate River Mount. The battery compartment and SD card slot are both easily accessible.

Something to note, the battery tray is tough to get out the first couple of times. It has a "sticking point" that prevents the tray from hitting the ground when you hit eject. After removing it several times it will loosen up for future operation.

Temperature ratings the camera records have a tendency of being unreliable and off by a significant margin. In general, this is an outstanding case design. 

Camera Setup

The Spec Ops HP4 has a 2" internal viewer for picture playback, live preview, and setting adjustments. The settings respond quickly and the HP4 is very easy to set up. Whether you are a techie or not, this camera can be set up by any experience level.

The Spec Ops HP4 has nearly every setting we have become accustomed to. The Spec Ops can accept SD cards up 512 Gigabytes. This is far more than you would ever need.

Durability

The only thing of note on durability that continually shows up on all Browning trail cameras is the inconsistent temperature variation. Do not expect the temperature readings on the photos to be correct.

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: 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 Elite 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  

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.

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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.

Want to talk to a trail camera expert? Contact our friendly staff.

Browning Spec Ops Elite HP4 has a rating of 4.4 stars based on 5 reviews.