The Browning Range Ops Trail Camera is the BTC #1 camera in the Browning range and provides crisp pictures in 6.0 MP resolution. This is a lower cost camera (recommended price is $120) that performs strongly with a great range of features such as multiple shot modes, time lapse and HD video. It’s performance is worthy of a camera that costs significantly more.
It has a flash range of 50’ and display features include time, date, temperature and moon phase to help track the exact conditions under which the picture was taken.
The camera is powered by 8 AA batteries that are located at the bottom of the unit. They can be accessed very easily when the camera is mounted by simply sliding out the tray at the bottom. This makes it a simple task to replace spent batteries without having to take down the entire unit.
Like the other cameras in the Browning range the trigger speed of the Range Ops is particularly fast at under 0.70 seconds. Add to that the recovery speed of a shade over 2 seconds and this is a camera that has one of the best detection circuits in the business. It certainly outperforms other cameras that are far more expensive than this one.
The default setting of the camera is a single shot but it is equipped with two types of multiple shot capabilities: either Multi-Shot or Rapid Fire. The Rapid Fire burst mode of the camera enable you to take up to 4 shots with 0.3 seconds between pictures. The camera also has a Multi-Shot function that gives you the capability of taking up to 8 multiple shots with an interval of 3 seconds between each shot.
As well as the single and multi-shot image captures that are movement triggered the camera is also capable of being set to time-lapse mode and can also take HD video. On top of this is a further function known as Time Lapse+ which will allow you to take time lapse pictures during the day and motion activated pictures at night.
The Time Lapse Mode gives you a great deal of flexibility in how you wish to set up the frequency of shots with a range starting from as quick as 5 seconds out to 60 minutes.
There is an option of taking shots in single picture mode, multi shot standard which can be set to take up to 8 shots with 3 second intervals between each shot or rapid fire mode which can be set to take 2-4 shots with an interval of only 0.3 seconds between shots.
HD Video Mode can be set to record at predetermined times of the day and can be set to take video in increments of 5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds. It is also possible to take longer streams of 1 or 2 minutes in length.
Securing the Camera
The camera comes equipped with a 1” nylon strap that can be threaded through mounting loops that are located at the back of the camera. In addition to this the camera is also equipped with cable loops that are designed to take a locking steel cable or a 5/16” Python cable lock (which is not included). It can also be secured inside a CamLockBox security box which serves the dual purpose of deterring thieves from taking the camera as well as hiding it away from the damage that might be caused by curious animals.
Features of the Browning Range Ops Trail Camera
- HD videos with sound (5 sec.- 2 min. length)
- 50+ foot flash range
- Compact case size 5” x 4” x 2.5”
- Timelapse camera mode
- Less than 1 second trigger time
- Long battery life from 8 AA batteries (not included)
- Operates on 8 AA Alkaline batteries
- Takes up to 10,000 pictures on 1 set of Alkaline batteries
- Up to 8 multi Shot images
- Up to 4 Rapid Fire images
- 12 volt external power jack
- TV out and USB port
- Picture info bar displays: time, date, temperature, moon phase, camera ID
- Programmable picture delay (5 sec. – 60 min.)
- Support up to 32GB SD card (not included)
- Includes Browning Buck Watch Timelapse viewer software
- ¼” -20 tripod socket
The following customer opinions have been compiled from reviews found on various online sites and placed here to give you an all-around view of other customer experiences with the trail camera. We have included an attribution to each of the websites so you can visit them and get the full picture there. Because we acknowledge that there are many positive, negative and neutral experiences with all products we have included the comments that cover all three reactions.
We have never written such a glowing report on such an inexpensive camera before. To be honest, at each turn in the road we expect ANY camera to have a fault or two that sticks out like a sore thumb. If there is a fault, we have yet to find it on the Browning Range Ops. We even delayed this review for an entire month to get more field work expecting something to arise.
Go ahead, compare the Range Ops to any of the other cameras in the $120 price range. It will beat all of them handily.
— from TrailCamPro.com
Bought one a couple of months ago have been thoroughly pleased with it. So much so that I am ordering another one today.
Takes SHARP pictures, the time lapse is a great way to keep an eye on an area larger than the sensor’s range.
— from Amazon.com
It is very well made (albeit in China), small in size and takes great pictures. The menus are also simple enough that no manual is needed. I tried the time lapse and video modes and they work great. The LEDs are low glow but I think if it’s mounted high enough it should be unlikely to spook game.
— from ArcheryTalk.com forum
No neutral comments have been found to this point.
The following is a list of issues I had with the cameras.
1. Picture quality was not very good. If the animal was not directly in front of the camera and close up the pictures were so grainy that you could not see any detail in the photos. Night time IR pictures are typically a bit grainy but these were the worst of any camera I have used to date.
2. Timelapse plus feature malfunctioned on all three cameras. The timelapse feature would work for a day or two then just not function for a few days and then would work again for a few days. Very unreliable and frustrating.
3. One of the cameras would get stuck in IR mode even during daylight hours.
4. Battery life seemed week as well. One camera was down to 68% battery after less than two weeks in the field and not taking more than a few hundred photos.
Overall I personally would not recommend anyone purchase the Browning Range Ops model. Perhaps the other two higher end models that Browning put out are better but after the experience I had with these I am not about to pay to find out.
— from ChasinGame.com/forum
This camera is junk. I was terribly grainy and it had a horrible time trying to switch from night/day. The pics would jump back and forth from b&w to color and then just go all black about 30mins after sunup. I’ve had much cheaper cameras perform much better than what this one did. I had it out for about two weeks and pulled it off of the tree yesterday.
— from TexasBowHunter/forum
We have provided a copy of the Browning Range Ops Trail Camera manual which will provide you with information about how to set up, program and use your trail camera.
To find out more details about this or other Browning cameras it is recommended that you visit the Browning website.