2017 Browning Dark OPS HD 940 Camera Review

Browning Dark OPS HD 940/July 31, 2017

The Browning Dark OPS HD 940 is another small camera, part of the sub micro series, and physically and functionally similar to the Strike Force 850 HD.  Like the 850 HD, It uses only 6 AA batteries internally which allows Browning to shrink the foot print of this camera.  The Dark OPS uses a small two line back lit LCD display screen.  For use in the dark, both the LCD and the buttons are back lit.  The screen is bright in the dark and easy to see and use at the right angle.

This camera utilizes 940nm LEDs which normally means that the flash is invisible to the human eye when it flashes but this also means poorer night imaging typically.

The surface of the camera has a molded texture that is covered with a camo pattern on the front surface of the camera, while the back is a brownish tan color.  This textured approach helps to reduce flat surfaces which reflect light and the camo pattern helps it hide into the background.  The LED array is black with a random break up pattern on it to reduce glint in the sunlight and to help the camera hide in its background.

Rather than the camera opening like a book, it has a small hinged flap on the front that uses a single secure latch and covers the LCD display, buttons, and SD card slot. The batteries are held in a removable tray with a push button release for access.  The bottom of the camera has a removable rubber flap covering the external battery port which is labelled 12V.  The bottom rear has a single standard screw in for mounting while the back of the camera supports both strap and a python.  Other than using a small lock on the hinge, in order to keep someone from opening or accessing your camera you will need a lock box.

Included in the box is a very nice strap with a metal clasp.  I find that so many cameras will come with a strap that is virtually useless because the plastic buckle will break the moment you put decent tension on it.  I feel that adding a usable strap with metal clasp is a nice touch and shows that Browning is in touch with the market and its customer base.

I still recommend a lock box for this camera for better security and protection.

I would consider this an easy camera to use and I was able to change the configuration with out referring to the printed manual so far.

 

Manufacturer model #: BTC-6HD-940.

Manufacturers specifications:

  • No glow infrared emitters (invisible to human eye)
  • 12-Volt External Battery Jack
  • Accepts up to a 512 Gig SD Card
  • Runs on 6 AA batteries
  • 16 mpxl (interpolated) photos
  • 1280×720 HD videos w/ audio
  • Video lengths 5 seconds – 2 minutes. 20-second max night videos
  • Picture stamp includes: time, date, moon phase, temperature, and camera ID
  • Timelapse plus mode (time lapse plus motion trigger)
  • SD Card Override
  • Smart IR video
  • Removable battery tray
  • TV out jack (cord not included)
  • USB 2.0 port (cord not included)
  • 1/4″ x 20 threaded insert
  • Multi-shot up to 1-8 images
  • Selectable time delay: 5, 10, 20, 30 seconds or 1, 5, 10, 30, 60 minutes
  • Includes 6 ft. nylon camera strap with all metal buckle

The MSRP on this camera is around $149.00.

Chasingame Test Results:

Test PerformedResult
Flash Range60+ but usable within 50 feet. At 50 ft poor resolution. Grainy overall.
Trigger Time without flash0.43s
Trigger Time with flash0.48s
Video Trigger Time2.50s
Photo Recovery Time(s)0.52
0.79
2.38
1.56
1.64
1.57
.46
2.77
2.09
0.55
2.20
1.46
2.09
No distinct Pattern found.
Video Recovery time (5s clips, 5s delay, smart ir=off)avg 1.84s
Day RangeThe 8 plate is clear at 30 feet. Decent clarity out to 50+ feet but beyond it gets very grainy when zoomed in.
Battery Life8095 Photos and 434 Video clips over 9 weeks
Filter ClunkNo
Invisible FlashYes
Motion BlurLow. Photos do not show much motion blur.
Sensing Test65+ feet at 83F degrees

Photo Samples captured in 16MP setting.

Video Samples captured in ULTRA settings [day].

2017 Browning Dark Ops HD 940 from Chasingame.com on Vimeo.

Video Samples captured in ULTRA settings [night].

2017 Browning Dark Ops HD 940 Night samples from Chasingame.com on Vimeo.

Progress and Activity
07-31-2017 Update: Range and trigger tests
08-01-2017 Update: Photo and Video samples
08-02-2017 Update: Range Test and Sensing
08-03-2017 Update: SD card mystery
08-05-2017 Update: Video samples - Night
10-20-2017 Update: Battery Life

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