Browning Trail Camera Reviews for 2018

Browning Game and Trail Cameras

The Browning Arms Company, which was founded in 1878, is a world-renowned American maker of firearms and outdoor gear. The Browning company makes many of the products they sell. They also partner with other companies who are experts in their respective fields in an effort to offer more diverse product lines to their customers. These partner companies need to meet Browning's quality standards in order to sell products with the Browning name and logo.

There are several reasons to consider buying a Browning trail camera. First, they offer high-quality trail cameras at affordable prices – this is especially true when you consider the features included on each model. Plus, over the years Browning has done a great job reducing the size of their trail cameras while continuing to use quality materials and components. Each of their trail cameras come with a camo exterior, which is not something that you will always find with other brands. Another reason to consider Browning for your next purchase is that they stand behind their trail cameras and back them with a 1-year warranty.

If you find trail cameras from other manufacturers with lower prices, they might not use the same quality components or have the same features that you will find on a Browning trail camera. In addition, a lot of trail cameras from other manufacturers aren't as compact as the models offered by Browning.

In 2018, Browning has 16 trail cameras to choose from all with a variety of features and price points to cover each person's unique hunting or security needs. Honestly, having that many options can feel overwhelming when shopping for a trail camera. So we narrowed it down to our six favorite models to make it easier for you to find the perfect model to meet your needs.

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The first thing you should think about when shopping for a trail camera is the type of flash you want the camera to have. Both no glow and low glow flash will allow you to capture images and video during the overnight hours. However, there are differences between the two types of flash and reasons why you might prefer one type over another.

No Glow Flash

Trail cameras equipped with no glow flash don't emit any visible light when capturing pictures and videos at night. Since they are undetectable dark, trail cameras with no glow flash are ideal for people who want to use them for security purposes or hunters who are placing them on public land where they might be taken by unscrupulous hunters.

Trial cameras that are equipped with no glow flash are generally a little more expensive and have a little less flash range than a similarly equipped low glow model. 

Low Glow Flash

A trail camera that uses low glow flash will emit a red glow when it images or videos at night. This glow isn't overwhelming and in fact, you probably won't notice it unless you are looking at the camera when the flash is in use. However, this glow will give away the location of the camera and makes these cameras less than ideal for security purposes and use by hunters on public land.

Advantages of low glow cameras include the fact that they are typically a little less expensive and usually have a longer flash range than similarly equipped no glow models. 

No Glow Trail Camera Comparison and Reviews

Defender 940

A top performing compact rail camera. It boasts innovative WiFi/Bluetooth connectivity to go along with other great features.

  • 20MP Camera
  • WiFi/Bluetooth Compatible
  • 80 Foot Flash Range
  • 80 Foot Detection Range
  • Compact Case
Dark Ops HD 940

A great performing no glow trail camera that won’t wreck your budget.

  • 16MP Camera
  • 80 Foot Flash Range
  • 80 Foot Detection Range

Dark Ops Pro XD Review

Who is it for?/Description

If you are looking for a feature-packed trail camera that can take terrific pictures and videos in BOTH the daytime as well as in low light conditions the dark Ops Pro XD might be the model for you.

To go along the lightning fast 0.15 second trigger speed, and 0.5 second recovery time, the Dark Ops Pro XD has TWO camera lenses that can capture 24 MP pictures. Instead of going with the one size fits all approach for daytime and night time images this trail camera has one lens is specifically designed for taking daytime images and video while the other is calibrated specifically for capturing night time images and video. The combination of these two lenses ensures incredibly clear and detailed images regardless the time of day.

Other features that should make you seriously consider this camera include the 1.5 in color screen, the 80 foot detection range, the adjustable 80 foot invisible IR No Glow flash with 2 modes (power saving and long range), and the image stamp which includes the time, date, temperature, moon phase, barometric pressure, camera ID.

The great part about the image stamp is that it includes that barometric pressure. A lot of trail cameras don’t have the barometric pressure reading as part of the image stamp. However, if you are trying to figure out, or predict, the behavior and movements of deer you are missing out on an important piece of the puzzle if you don’t have the barometric pressure.

If you want a full-featured trail camera that you will be happy with now and in a couple of years the Dark Ops Pro XD is hard to beat.

Features:

  • 24 MP
  • Invisible Night IR Illumination
  • Dual Camera Lens Technology
  • 1.5” Color View Screen
  • 1920×1080 Full HD videos with sound (5 sec.- 2 min. length)
  • 0.15 Second Trigger Speed
  • 0.5 Second Picture Recovery Time
  • 80 ft. Flash Range
  • Adjustable Flash Range (power save, long range)
  • 80 ft. Detection Range
  • All-Steel adjustable Tree Mounting Bracket
  • Supports up to 512GB SDXC Memory Card (not included)
  • Compact Case Size 4.25” x 3.5” x 2.5”
  • Timelapse Camera Mode plus IR Triggered Images
  • Long Battery life from 6 AA Batteries (not included)
  • Up to 8 Multi Shot Images
  • Up to 8 Rapid Fire Images
  • SD Card Management
  • Smart IR Video
  • Camo Finish
  • 12 volt External Power Jack
  • Picture info bar displays: Time, Date, Temperature, Moon Phase, Barometric Pressure, Camera ID
  • Programmable Picture Delay (1 sec. – 60 min.)
  • Compatible with Browning Buck Watch Timelapse Viewer Software
  • ¼” -20 Tripod Socket

Defender 940 Review

Who is it for?/Description

The Defender 940 is one of Browning’s most innovative No Glow trail cameras. In addition to an impressive 20-megapixel camera, an 80-foot Flash Range, and an 80-foot detection range this trail camera has Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity, which is one reason we are so excited about it.

Not everyone needs or wants the expense of a cellular trail camera. That being said, some people just don’t have a great way to get to their trail camera without risking disturbing animals not to mention risking contaminating the area with human scent. If this describes your situation, the Defender 940 could be the perfect trail camera for you. Using its’ wireless connectivity you can use the Bluetooth feature on your phone or tablet to connect to the Defender 940 from up to 60 yards away to retrieve your images and videos (depending on the strength of your device’s signal). You can also adjust the camera’s settings from your tablet or smartphone using the Browning Trail Cameras mobile app.

Other important features include an adjustable Invisible IR (NO Glow) Flash that comes with 3 customizable settings (Power Save, Long Range, Fast Motion) and the ability to record 1080p HD video with audio. The 940 also has a very solid trigger speed of 0.4 seconds and a recovery time of 0.8 seconds between images.

The compact Defender 940 also comes with a 16GB micro SD card and batteries included. So you will have everything you need to get going right out of the box.

Features:

  • 20MP Camera
  • Compact Case Size (4.5” x 3.2” x 2.2”)
  • WiFi/Bluetooth Compatible via Browning Trail Cameras Mobile App
  • Adjustable IR Flash (Power Save, Long Range, Fast Motion)
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD videos with sound (Daytime Settings Range from 5 Seconds – 2 Minutes in Length; Nighttime Videos are Limited to 20 Seconds)
  • Built-In Adjustable Mounting Bracket
  • Timelapse Plus Camera Mode with Infrared Triggered Pictures
  • Supports up to a 128GB SDXC Card (SD Cards Not Included)
  • Includes One 16GB SDXC Card and Four CR123A Batteries
  • 80 ft. Flash Range
  • 80 ft. Detection Range
  • 0.4 Second Trigger Speed
  • 0.8 Second Recovery Time
  • Up to 8 Multi-Shot Images
  • Up to 8 Rapid Fire Images
  • Programmable Picture Delay (Delay Settings Range from 5 Seconds – 60 Minutes)
  • “Smart IR” Video Detection System
  • SD Card “Memory Management” Option
  • Preview and Save Images and Videos to your Smartphone or Tablet
  • Long Battery Life from Four CR123A Batteries (Batteries Included)
  • Picture “Data Strip” Displays: Time, Date, Temperature, Moon Phase, & Camera ID
  • Highly Effective Camo Finish
  • Compatible with Browning “BuckWatch Timelapse Viewer” Software

Dark Ops HD 940 Review

Who is it for?/Description

The Dark Ops HD 940 is a great option for people who want the quality of a Browning No Glow trail camera, but don’t want to break the bank.

This is one of the most affordable trail cameras Browning has to offer, but it has the features and performance we have come to expect from Browning.

It doesn’t matter if you are just looking to get the most value for your dollar in a Low Glow trail camera or if you are looking to buy multiple trail camera the Browning Dark Ops HD 940 is a solid performer that will compare favorably with the entry level trail cameras from other manufacturers.

Features:

  • 16MP Camera
  • Compact Case Size (4.5” x 3.25” x 2.5”)
  • 1280 x 720 HD videos with sound (Daytime Settings Range from 5 Seconds – 2 Minutes in Length; Nighttime Videos are Limited to 20 Seconds)
  • Invisible Infrared LED Illumination
  • Timelapse Plus Allows Camera Mode with IR Triggered Images
  • Supports up to 512GB SDXC Memory Card (Not Included)
  • 80 ft. Flash Range
  • 80 ft. Detection Range
  • 0.40 Second Trigger Speeds
  • 0.80 Second Recovery Time
  • Up to 8 Multi-Shot Images
  • Up to 8 Rapid Fire Images
  • Programmable Picture Delay (Delay Settings Range from 5 Seconds – 60 Minutes)
  • “Smart IR” Video Detection System
  • Highly Effective Camo Finish
  • Long Battery Life from 6 AA Batteries (Batteries Not Included)
  • SD Card “Memory Management” Option
  • 12 Volt External Power Jack
  • TV Out and USB Port
  • Picture “Data Strip” Displays: Time, Date, Temperature, Moon Phase, & Camera ID
  • Compatible with Browning “BuckWatch Timelapse Viewer” Software
  • Threaded Insert Size of 1/4” – 20 on Bottom of Camera for Mounting Purposes

Low Glow Trail Camera Comparison and Reviews

Defender 850

With its’ innovative WiFi / Bluetooth connectivity and other high-end features, it is a top performing trail camera.

  • 20MP Camera
  • WiFi/Bluetooth Compatible
  • 120 Foot Flash Range
  • 80 Foot Detection Range
  • Compact Case
Command Ops Pro

A solid performing low glow trail camera that is budget friendly.

  • 14MP Camera
  • 70 Foot Flash Range
  • 70 Foot Detection Range

Strike Force Pro XD Review

Who is it for?/Description

The Strike Force Pro XD captures great images and video in both daylight as well as low light conditions. If you are tired of trail cameras that only get clear images or video during certain times of the day the Browning Strike Force Pro XD might be the trail camera you are looking for.

In addition to the lightning fast 0.15 second trigger speed and the 0.5 second recovery time, the Dark Ops Pro XD has not one, but TWO camera lenses that can capture 24 MP pictures. One lens is dedicated specifically for daytime hours and the second lens calibrated to capture pictures and video during the nighttime hours The combination of both of these lenses ensures that you will get crisp images regardless of the time of day.

Other reasons to be excited about this camera include the 1.5 inch color screen, the 80 foot detection range, the adjustable 80 foot IR Low Glow flash that has 2 modes (power saving and long range), and the image stamp.

The great part about the image stamp is that not only does it show the time, date, temperature, moon phase,and camera ID, but it also includes the barometric pressure. A lot of trail cameras don’t include the barometric pressure as part of the image stamp. However, if you want to figure out, or predict, the behavior and movements of the deer in your area you are missing out on an important piece of the puzzle if you don’t have the barometric pressure.

So if you want a low glow trail camera with tons of top of the line features that will be a top performer now and for years to come the Strike Force Pro XD is hard to beat.

Features:

  • 24 MP Camera
  • Dual Camera Lens Technology
  • 1.5” Color View Screen
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD Videos with Sound (5 sec. – 2 min. length)
  • 0.15 Second Trigger Speed
  • 0.5 Second Picture Recovery Time
  • 120 ft. Flash Range
  • Adjustable IR Flash Range (Power Save, Long Range, Fast Motion)
  • 80 ft. Detection Range
  • All-Steel Adjustable Tree Mounting Bracket
  • Supports up to 512GB SDXC Memory Card (not included)
  • Compact Case Size 4.25” x 3.25” x 2.5”
  • Timelapse Plus Camera Mode with IR Triggered Images
  • Long battery life from 6 AA Batteries (not included)
  • Up to 8 Multi Shot Images
  • Up to 8 Rapid Fire Images
  • SD Card Management
  • Smart IR Video
  • Camo Finish
  • 12 volt External Power Jack
  • Picture info bar displays: Time, Date, Temperature, Moon Phase, Camera ID
  • Programmable Picture Delay (1 sec. – 60 min.)
  • Compatible with Browning Buck Watch Timelapse Viewer Software
  • ¼” -20 Tripod Socket

Defender 850 Review

Who is it for?/Description

Defender 850 is one of Browning’s most cutting-edge trail cameras. In addition to an impressive 20-megapixel camera, a 120-foot Flash Range, and a 120-foot detection range this trail camera has Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity, which is one of the reasons we are so enthusiastic about this model.

This wireless connectivity is perfect for the person who can check their camera regularly and doesn’t need a cellular trail camera, but also doesn’t want to risk disturbing animals or leaving their scent by the camera every time they go to check it. Using the Bluetooth feature on your phone or tablet you can connect to the Defender 850 from up to 60 yards away to retrieve your images and videos (depending on the strength of your device’s signal). You can also adjust the camera settings from your device using the Browning Trail Cameras mobile app.

Other noteworthy features include an adjustable IR (Low Glow) Flash that comes with 3 settings and the ability to record 1080p HD video with audio. The 850 also has a very solid trigger speed of 0.4 seconds and a recovery time of 0.8 seconds between images.

This super compact trail camera comes with a 16GB micro SD card and batteries included. So you will have everything you need to get the Browning Defender 850 going right out of the box.

Features:

  • 20 MP Camera
  • WiFi/Bluetooth Compatible via Browning Trail Cameras App
  • Smart IR Video
  • SD Card Management Options
  • Preview and Save Images and Videos to your Smartphone or Tablet.
  • Adjustable IR Flash (Power Save, Long Range, Fast Motion)
  • 1920×1080 FHD Videos with Sound (5 sec. – 2 min. length)
  • 120 ft. Flash Range
  • 80 ft. Detection Range
  • Built-in Adjustable Mounting Bracket
  • Support up to 128GB SDXC Memory Card
  • Includes 16GB micro SD Card
  • Camo Finish
  • Compact Case Size 4.5” x 3.2” x 2.2”
  • Timelapse Plus Camera Mode, with Infrared Triggered Pictures
  • 0.4 Second Trigger Speed
  • 0.8 Second Recovery Time Between images
  • Long Battery Life from 4 CR123A Batteries (included)
  • Up to 8 Multi Shot Images
  • Up to 8 Rapid Fire Images
  • Picture info bar displays: Time, Date, Temperature, Moon Phase, Camera ID
  • Programmable Picture Delay (5 sec. – 60 min.)
  • Compatible with Browning Buck Watch Timelapse Viewer Software

Command Ops Pro Review

Who is it for?/Description

The Command Ops Pro is a great option for people who are looking to buy a quality Browning Low Glow trail camera at an affordable price.

This might be one of the most affordable trail cameras Browning offers, but it isn’t lacking features and performance.

It doesn’t matter If you are looking to buy multiple trail cameras or you just want a good Low Glow trail camera for your money the Browning Command Ops Pro is a great way to go.

Features:

  • 14 MP Camera
  • 0.5 Second Trigger Speed
  • HD Videos with Sound (5 sec. – 2 min. length)
  • Infrared LED Illumination at night
  • 70 ft. Flash Range
  • 70 ft. Detection Range
  • Compact Case Size 4.5” x 3.5” x 2.5”
  • Timelapse Plus Camera Mode
  • Long battery life from 6 AA batteries (not included)
  • Up to 4 Multi Shot Images
  • Up to 4 Rapid Fire Images
  • 12 volt External Power Jack
  • Picture info bar displays: Time, Date, Temperature, Moon Phase, Camera ID
  • Programmable Picture Delay (5 sec. – 60 min.)
  • Supports up to 32GB SD Card (not included)
  • SD Card Management Feature
  • ¼” -20 Tripod Socket
  • Compatible with Browning Buck Watch Timelapse Viewer Software

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