2018 Browning Command Ops Pro

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2018 Browning Command Ops Pro – Our Rating:2018 Browning Command Ops Pro trail camera review


Overview

2018 Browning Command Ops Pro review UK

The 2018 Browning Command Ops Pro is a big improvement on the 2017 version – adding better video, new LEDs, smaller size and better design, better photo quality and faster trigger speeds. Phew.

Browning are certainly making a statement with this camera at the lower end of the budget range. It packs a lot of punch for the price, and is completely redesigned compared to last year’s version.

It now uses a new kind of low-glow LEDs introduced on some models in 2017 to give it a decent flash range and much improved battery life. These low-glow LEDs make it better suited to wildlife-only setups, rather than security. Read more about the LEDs further below.

Trigger speeds are decent, especially for a camera at this price – at around 0.5 seconds for photos, and similar for videos – few cameras at this end of the market are as quick.

Video quality is improved, though the same resolution as last year. However, definition and colour has improved quite a bit – but still a long way short of the Recon Force cameras. The daytime quality suffers a little if the lighting isn’t great, for example around dawn and dusk. If the light is good, the video is pretty decent.

Photo quality is strong, with decent definition and colour. Again, expect a little loss of definition is daylight isn’t great.

The build quality and overall design of the camera is exceptional, and follows a similar design to the Sub Micro series of Browning cameras (i.e. the Strike Force HD Pro). It doesn’t have the metal bracket at the back, but curved strong plastic to make it pretty straight forward to strap up. Settings are changed via a little LCD screen, which is bright and easy to use.

Due to it’s 9V power system, night time videos are limited to 20 seconds per clip. However, if activity remains, the camera will record another 20 second clip. The warranty length in the UK through NatureSpy is 2 years.

This camera is not at all bad, fun to use and gives good quality for the price – we give the Browning Command Ops Pro 7 out of 10.

Read more of our review below…

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Video quality
Max res: 720p (30fps day, 30fps night)   Max length: 2mins day, 20 secs night
Trigger speed: about 0.6 seconds   Recovery time: about 1.5 seconds

Last year’s Command Ops fell down on video quality, and this is one area that’s really improved this year. We were pleasantly surprised when reviewing the first footage we captured – definition has got a lot better, particularly during the day. The video recovery speeds are very impressive for a camera at this end of the market too.

Night videos are pretty good, though the way you set the Command Ops Pro up is important to maximise the IR flash range and lighting.

The day video does seem to suffer if the light isn’t great however – notice the change in colour quality at different times of the day, particularly just around dawn.

Frame rates are 30fps day and night, which is better than a lot of other cameras at this price point. File sizes are pretty large, at about 100MB per 30 second daytime video. Not unmanageable, but big – a 16GB card will hold about 270x 20 second videos.

The Browning Command Ops Pro also records audio which is of pretty good quality, similar to that on other similar priced camera traps.

Photo quality
Max res: 14MP interpolated (lowest 4MP)   Max number per trigger: 4 photos
Trigger speed: about 0.5 seconds   Recovery time: about 0.8 seconds*

Photo quality is again good on the Command Ops Pro. Colour has improved from last year, and its good at freezing motion.

Night images are decent – the new LEDs have a good range on them, but its nothing massive. The Command Ops Pro is best at distances of about 10-20ft away from any activity.

We generally like to use the photo mode with ‘Rapid Shot’ and 4 images. This gives 2-4 images per trigger (pre-set by the user), at 0.2 seconds apart. This results in an almost stop-motion animation sequence which can be vary rewarding. The Multi-shot mode gives up to 2-4 images at 2 seconds apart, which means longer sequences and is useful if you want to record behaviour. Alternatively, turn this modes off and the camera will just take 1 shot every time its triggered.

Just a note on photo recovery speeds – it does change depending on the mode selected. More on this in the review section below.

Forest photo examples from our Yorkshire Pine Marten Support Programme

Trigger speed and detection
Trigger speed: approx. 0.5s (photos), 0.6s (videos)   Recovery speed: about 0.8s* (photos) / 1.5s (videos)
Detection range: approx. 70ft   LED type: Low-Glow LEDs

The Command Ops Pro has got a lot faster than last year’s model, and now has some decent speed about it. Both triggers are also similar in speed too, so there is no need to choose the mode based on the trigger speed you need – either is pretty fast. You can get a feel for the trigger speed looking at the examples above.

Detection is pretty good – Browning’s official figure is 70ft, which is for larger animals such as deer (or humans!). For smaller British wildlife, you ideally want to use the camera with a max. range of about 40ft in mind.

Due to the way PIR sensors work, it is best to place the camera so that animals will move across the sensor, rather than directly towards it.

Recovery speeds, in general, are very fast. Video recovery of about 1.5 seconds is very quick for a camera this price.

*Photo trigger speeds are a little different, and can vary however. Turning the multi-shot modes off, you get the 0.8 second recovery speeds – very quick. However, after every 8th photo, the recovery speed then goes to about 6 seconds, and then back to 0.8 seconds again.

If using the Rapid-Fire mode, you get each photo at 0.2 seconds apart after the initial trigger. After the last photo however, the recovery is about 4 seconds.

Build quality & batteries
Warranty: 2 years (through NatureSpy)   Batteries: 6x AA (Lithium recommended)

We really love the new Command Ops Pro design. The camera is sturdy, well-constructed and feels good in the hand. The camouflage is also great – either in standard or the new ‘Mossy Oak’. Because you don’t have large numbers of small LEDs, there is little that gives the camera away.

Battery life is exceptional on the Command Ops Pro, particularly if you use Lithium batteries. It requires 6x AA batteries at a time. Generally, you can expect around 13 months battery life for photos (taking around 60 pictures every 24 hours) and about 6-7 months for video (taking around 20 videos every 24 hours). This will obviously vary depending on how active and how long each video is, and if there are more night shots than day. We’ve found that this camera is excellent on battery life, and one of the best available, thanks to the new IR LEDs used.

Browning cameras in general have been also very reliable for us and are covered by a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty in the UK when bought through NatureSpy.

Ease of use
 
The Browning Command Ops Pro is certainly straight forward to use. When turned on, the little LCD screen lights up and has good contrast – no squinting needed. It shows the files recorded and the space remaining at a glance. If you don’t press any button within 10 seconds (to access the menu etc) the camera arms itself and is ready to go. The menu is self-explanatory (set time/date etc) and easy to navigate through.

There are three main modes; Trail Cam (photos only), Video, and Timelapse Plus. Most of the time, you’ll be using either photos or videos. The timelapse function only works during the day – and with timelapse plus, you can have photos taken at set intervals plus the camera will trigger day and night based on any detections.

There is also a ‘Motion Test’ feature, like most camera traps have, where a test light on the front will blink when it detects you. You can use this to find the right distances or angles and it can help with setting up the Command Ops Pro in the best place possible.

Overall an easy camera trap to use, but if you do require any help or have any questions you can just get in touch with us.

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Product Description

Why choose NatureSpy?


 

2018 Browning Command Ops Pro

New for 2018 is the updated Browning Command Ops Pro camera trap. It has 14MP photos, improved 720p HD video, a fast trigger speed and a host of other features – building on the 2017 Command Ops.

The 2018 Browning Command Ops Pro is a great place to start with Browning camera traps – the 720p video is very good quality and the 14MP image quality is excellent. The camera itself is very small and packs in a lot of value for the price – just 4.5” x 3.5” x 2.5”.

One interesting feature on the Command Ops Pro is being able to select how many images you want the camera to take per trigger. You can select either Multi-shot, which takes up to 4 images at 3 second intervals, or Rapid Fire, which can take up to 4 images at 0.3 seconds apart.

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The 2018 Browning Command Ops Pro is powered by 6 AA batteries (not provided). Batteries will last around 8 months under normal usage usage (i.e. taking approx 40 pictures a day).

The Browning Command Ops Pro is supplied with a 2 year warranty when bought through NatureSpy. Browning are an American company; but if anything goes wrong with your camera, we’ll deal with all warranty returns here in the UK. We’ll never ask you to send your Browning camera direct to the manufacturer.

2018 Browning Command Ops Features:

 

  • 14MP high-quality full colour resolution
  • HD Video – 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Day/night autosensor
  • 2 new style, power efficient low-glow infrared LEDs with 50′ range
  • 0.5 second trigger speed (photos)
  • Programmable trigger interval: 5 sec. to 60 min.
  • Multi-image mode: 1-4 images per trigger
  • Video length: 1 second to 2 mins (night time video limited to 20 seconds)
  • Records audio with video
  • Highly programmable time-lapse periods
  • LCD internal screen for setup
  • PIR sensor is motion activated out to 55ft
  • Adjustable web belt and 1/4-20 socket
  • SD card slot (32GB max.)
  • SD cycle option – so when the SD card gets full, it rewrites over the oldest images/videos
  • Weather proof
  • 2 year warranty when bought through NatureSpy

For full specs, click the tab above.

Browning are an American-based camera trap manufacturer with a growing reputation. They’ve innovated fast and won loyal customers across the pond – and its easy to see why. We’re proud to be a main UK distributor.

The new 2018 range from Browning builds on their successes, pushing the boundaries and improving every time. The Recon Force Advantage and Spec Ops Advantage have some of the best video quality we’ve ever seen on a camera trap; comfortably challenging (and even beating) the previous leaders, Bushnell.

Browning say that you can watch their 1080p footage back on a 60 inch TV and not lose clarity – and we can see what they mean. Add excellent video trigger times (which are always slower than photo triggers) of about 0.4 seconds, and you can start to see why we’re so excited about these trail cameras. You can see videos for the product you’re viewing on the ‘Example video’ tab or in the ‘Our Review’ section.

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Photo quality is also generally good, though differs throughout the range. Trigger times again are strong. All models also have Multi-Shot and Rapid-Fire modes, which give you control and choice over what you want your camera to do when taking photos.

Many models also have built-in, forward facing colour screens and a host of smart features and simple set ups to make camera trapping that bit easier and convenient. Add this all together with the excellent price and it can be difficult to look beyond a Browning camera trap.

And as NatureSpy are an official UK distributor, you’re fully covered by our 2 year warranty and if in the unlikely event something goes wrong, we’ll deal with it entirely in the UK.

If you need to have a chat about Browning or any other camera trap, just get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

Key Features:

 

Model; 2018 Browning Command Ops Pro (BTC-4P)

 

14MP Camera
HD Videos with Sound (Daytime Settings Range from 5 Seconds- 2 Minutes in Length; Nighttime
Videos are limited to 20 Seconds.)
Infrared LED Illumination at Night
Compact Case Size 4.5” x 3.5” x 2.5”
“Timelapse Plus” Camera Mode

 

Distance & Speed Features:

 

70 ft. Flash Range
55 ft. Detection Range
0.5 Second Trigger Speeds (photos)
Up to 4 Multi-Shot Images
Up to 4 Rapid Fire Images
Programmable Picture Delay (Delay Settings Range from 5 Seconds – 60 Minutes)

 

Additional Features:

 

Long Battery Life from 6 AA Batteries (Batteries Not Included)
12 Volt External Power Jack
TV Out and USB Port
Picture “Data Strip” Displays: Time, Date, Temperature, Moon Phase, & Camera ID
Supports 4GB – 32GB SD Card (SD Cards Not Included)
SD Card “Memory Management” Option
Threaded Insert Size of 1/4” – 20 on Bottom of Camera for Mounting Purposes
Compatible with Browning “BuckWatch Timelapse Viewer” Software

1 review for 2018 Browning Command Ops Pro

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Albert Winn (verified owner)

    I wanted to record what the wildlife were doing in my garden at night, so I bought a second hand wildlife camera from ebay, but with no backup I found it difficult to use, then a friend recommended I look at NatureSpy website. The information, advice, recommendations and help with choosing the right camera was brilliant, I made the exact right choice for me in choosing a 2018 Browning Command Ops Pro thanks to NatureSpy, it is straight forward to use, with positive controls that are easy to use and read, even in the cold, the SD card is easy to load and eject, a well made camera. From NatureSpy this camera is good value for money with its free SD card, and with NatureSpys back up and support you cannot do better. I am now looking at buying my second camera from NatureSpy.
    Albert Winn
    In Lincolnshire

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