2017 Browning Strike force HD Pro Camera Review

Browning Strike Force HD Pro/July 27, 2017

The Browning Strike force HD Pro is another small camera, part of the sub micro series, and the next in line by Browning that we are testing this year.  Like the 850 HD, It uses only 6 AA batteries internally which allows Browning to shrink the foot print of this camera.  The Pro uses a small color LCD display screen which shows up to 5 lines while editing settings and allows for image viewing as well although it is pretty small.  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.

This camera utilizes 850nm LEDs which means there is a visible red glow when it flashes but this also means better night imaging typically.

The surface of the camera has a molded texture that is covered with a camo pattern on the entire surface of the camera, both front and back.  This textured approach helps to reduce flat surfaces which reflect light and the camo pattern helps it hide into the background.  The LED array has no glass surface to hide as there are 4 leds placed in the front surface, two on each side of the lens.

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.  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.

To go with the nice strap is a built in adjustable mounting system.  There is a metal bracket on the rear of the camera with thumb screw to adjust the tightness.  The camera will adjust to face only outwards and downwards and not upwards. Upwards is atypical in any case and I do not consider that an issue.  I like this addition to the camera.  The bracket and pin are metal but it is attached to a plastic sleeve.  It feels sturdy enough and unless whacked really hard should stand up in the field.

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.  As I went through the user guide I did pay attention to a setting called Night Exposure.  There are three values for this setting: Long Range, Fast Motion, Pwr Save.

I performed flash tests at night for each of these values.  Long Range definitely provides more light down range but my guess is that it will also increase motion blur.  I plan to capture night samples in each of these modes to see the effect if possible.

[Long Range]

[Fast Motion]

[Pwr Save]

Manufacturer model #: BTC-5HDP.

Manufacturers specifications:

  • 18 interpolated mpxl photos
  • 1280×720 video w/audio
  • Accepts up to 512 Gig SD Cards
  • Smart IR Video Mode (dynamic video)
  • SD Card Override
  • Picture stamp includes; time, date, moon phase, temperature, and camera ID
  • 12-Volt External Battery Jack
  • 1/4 x 20 threaded insert
  • Requires 6 AA batteries
  • Multi-shot up to 8 images
  • 6-foot camera strap with metal buckle

The MSRP on this camera is around $159.00.

Chasingame Test Results:

Test PerformedResult
Flash RangeUsable beyond 60 feet. Good clarity, contrast and white balance. Pretty grainy detail at 50+ feet.
Trigger Time without flash0.29s
Trigger Time with flash1.65s
Video Trigger Time0.46s
Photo Recovery Time (5s delay)avg 7.2s
Video Recovery timeavg 5.8s
Day RangeLess natural color. Hues lean toward green. Decent clarity beyond 60 feet.
Battery Life
Filter ClunkNo
Invisible FlashNo
Motion Blur
Sensing Test42 feet at 86F degrees.

Photo Samples captured in 12MP setting.

 

Video Samples captured in ULTRA settings.

2017 Browning Strike Force HD Pro from Chasingame.com on Vimeo.

 

Progress and Activity
07-27-2017 Update
07-30-2017 Update: Photo samples and video samples
07-31-2017 Update: Trigger test and sensing

 

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