Browning Spec Ops Camera Review

Browning Spec Ops/July 06, 2013

ImagesFactory SpecsCG ClassificationCG TestingTriggerSamples
Specifications:

  • 8MP
  • HD videos with sound (5 sec.- 2 min. length)
  • Invisible “Night Vision” Infrared LED illumination at night
  • 50+ foot flash range
  • Camo finish
  • 2” color TFT viewing screen
  • 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)
  • Up to 8 multi Shot images
  • Up to 6 Rapid Fire images
  • 12 volt external power jack
  • Security code setting
  • TV out and USB port
  • Picture info bar displays: time, date, temperature, moon phase, barometric pressure, camera ID
  • Programmable picture delay (5 sec. – 60 min.)
  • Support up to 32GB SD card (not included)
  • ¼” -20 tripod socket
SpecificationValue
ClassOptics
CategoryScouting Cameras
Model Year2013
ManufacturerBrowning
ModelSpec Ops
Flash TypeIR Black Flash
Battery Type8 x AA
MSRP179.00
Test PerformedResult
Flash Range
Trigger Time without flash0.85s
Trigger Time with flash0.87s
Video Trigger Time1.21s
Day RangeGood clarity and contrast. Natural color
Battery Life3847 photos. 161 videos. over a period of 8 weeks.
Filter Clunk
Invisible FlashYes
Motion Blur
Sensing Test
The following samples were captured on the original with the stuck filter arm.  Browning replaced this camera and I no longer experienced the pinkish tinted images.
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The camera runs on 8 AA batteries that are inserted into a pull out drawer very similar to the Moultrie 880/990 this year.  The controls and setup menus are very straight forward and user friendly and did not require the setup guide. This is the second camera by Browning the we have looked at so far.  This camera is stacking up well against the Browning Recon Force (BTC2) tested earlier.  Trigger times are the same and day range photo is acceptable..
Progress and Activity
07-20-2013 update
07-20-2013 update:  I gathered several days of photo samples in 8mp.  I noticed an IR filter issue creating both pink and orange photos while I did get some full black and white and color at times.  See samples below.  We will capture some video samples next.
07-23-2013 update
07-23-2013 update: I managed to capture some good normal looking video samples on this camera.  I heard back from Browning and I will be returning this camera for a replacement because of the pink photos which the called a stuck IR filter.  As soon as I get the replacement camera, I will get the review going again.
12-08-2013 update
12-08-2013 update:  Browning promptly replaced this camera and the replacement camera did not exhibit the pink photo issue which is caused by a stuck filter arm,  aproblem we have seen is nearly every camera brand over the years.  This camera has taken a total of 3847 photos and 161 video clips over a total of 8 weeks.  This review is closed.
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