The Browning BTC 2 Trail Force Recon Camera is a wonderful product in the mid price range. It is ranked high in Amazon’s Game and Trial Cameras ratings, and is one of the few affordable camera models that can compete with theMoultrie D-444 and Bushnell Trophy Cam, both of which are similarly-priced products.
The BTC2 is an 8-megapixel camera that captures both still photographs and high-definition (HD) video with sound, and although the HD video is not as clear as purchasers might find in top-of-the-line trail cameras, still picture quality is excellent. In addition, the time, date, temperature and moon phase may be stamped on each image, which is ideal for tracking whatever game you may be after.
The camera also may be programmed to take time-lapse photos over a selected period of time. The BTC2 also has long-range night-vision flash that extends up to 65 feet and software designed to reduce blurriness. To add reliability and durability, the small, stealth camera, which features a camouflage body, operates on eight (8) AA-cell batteries.
Features of the Browning BTC2 Trail Force Recon
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Some of the outstanding features of the BTC2 include but are not limited to: eight (8) megapixel image resolution; 1280 x 720 AVI video capture (up to five (5) minutes) with sound; full-color daytime photos and black-and-white nighttime pictures; images stamped with time, date, temperature, moon phase and camera ID; less than one (1) second trigger speed; 30 infrared LEDs, which provide a flash range up to 65 feet; easy set up and programmability thanks to slide-switch controls; LCD text screen to display settings; programmable time-lapse settings of 5-, 10-, 15-, 30- and 60-seconds and 2- or 5-minutes; programmable trigger-delay settings ranging from five (5) seconds to 60 minutes; Multi-Shot mode capable of taking up to eight (8) images per trigger; operation on eight (8) AA-cell batteries (not included), which may produce up to 10,000 pictures on one set; external 12-volt power compatibility; an adjustable nylon mounting strap; SD card slot capable of handling up to 32 gigabyte memory chips (card not included); ¼-inch, 20 socket for tripods; USB port, offering ease of transfer to any computer; camo body finish; and, a one-year warranty.
- 8 megapixel image resolution
- Full-color day pictures or black-and-white night pictures
- Time, date, temperature, moon phase and camera ID stamp capability
- 1280 x 720 AVI video captures up to five minutes in length (with sound)
- Trigger speed less than one (1) second
- 30 infrared LEDs flash
- “ZeroBlur” technology
- 65-feet flash range
- Slide-switch controls that enable easy set up
- LCD text screen to display settings
- 5-, 10-, 15-, 30- and 60-second, and 2- and 5-minute time-lapse settings
- Programmable picture delay settings of five (5) seconds to 60 minutes
- MultiShot mode capable of taking eight (8) images per trigger
- “Buck Watch” software to assist while viewing images
- Powered by eight (8) AA-cell batteries
- External 12-volt power compatibility
- Adjustable nylon security strap
- SD card slot capable of 32 gigabytes of storage
- USB port
- Tripod-mount capability
- Camouflage body finish
- Stealth size (5 x 4 x 2.5 inches, 1.3 pounds)
The detection zone of the Recon Force, which has a 2.5-second recovery time, is nearly as wide as the camera’s field of view, which is approximately 55 degrees. In addition, after photos have been recorded, the camera is equipped with “Buck Watch” time-lapse software to assist in viewing images in a user-selected area from the camera’s field of view.
Pros & Cons
- Photo quality is excellent. Daytime photos are bright and colorful, and nighttime pictures are clear and sharp.
- Easy to set up, thanks to easy-to-read interface with large symbols and backlit display.
- Top-notch case design, featuring a tight seal to keep out moisture and camo design to blend well with bark patterns.
- The camera is fast, featuring a less-than-one-second trigger and quick recovery speed.
- Camera range – up to 65 feet – is not as great as some cameras in the price range.
- Video footage leaves something to be desired, especially nighttime AVIs. However, this can be easily rectified by using the MultiShot mode to produce a series of images that simulate motion.
In addition to the batteries and memory card, both of which must be purchased separately, owners of the Trail Force Recon camera may also want to buy the Browning trail camera security box, a master lock Python adjustable locking cable and/or a Browning trail camera tree mount.
Uses and Functions
The Browning BTC2 is a very nice option for hunters who may be looking to scout an area prior to hunting a particular area, as the camera may be easily mounted and left to monitor the activity of wildlife for days, weeks or months. The camera’s long-range flash and durability ensure that any activity will be captured and/or recorded, even in the pitch black. And, with its all-day function, time-lapse options and other programmable modes, the camera also may be used as a home surveillance unit on personal or commercial property.
Some users, including those of the Reconyx brands that cost nearly four (4) times the cost of the BTC2, admit being surprised by the Browning. One user, who acknowledged purchasing Wildview, Stealth, Moultree and Reconyx in the four years prior to purchasing his Browning BTC2, said the Recon Force, at ¼ the price of the $450 Reconyx model, “blows away” all other cameras by being more compact and offering stunning photographs.
The BTC2 is a quality camera and is an amazing deal for the price. Equipped with silent-image capture, time-lapse modes and the camouflage body, this camera may be discreetly hidden among leaves and branches, and will not scare away animals. It is difficult to find an 8-megapixel game trail camera that takes clear day and night photos for less than $200, but this one certainly meets those requirements. The Browning BTC 2 Trail Force Recon Camera, which features a new “ZeroBlur” technology, is a mid-level game camera from Browning’s selection.