Browning Defender 940

Rated 4.67 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)


  • Current, up-to-date model
  • Connects to smartphone via Bluetooth & WiFi
  • Camera can be controlled remotely
  • Long range no-glow LEDs
  • Images/videos can be played back on a smartphone
  • 1080p HD video
  • 2 year warranty included
Supplied with 4x CR123 Lithium batteries, a 16GB SD card and a NatureSpy Browning Start Up Guide!

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Browning Defender 940

The Browning Defender 940 camera trap has 20MP photos, 1080p HD video, a fast trigger speed and a host of other features. It’s main feature however is that it can be connected via the Browning Defender App (Android/iOS). This camera is identical to the Browning Defender 850, but has no-glow LEDs rather than low-glow LEDs, making it better suited to security operations as well as wildlife watching.

This means that when within Bluetooth range of the camera, you just need to get out your smartphone and connect to the camera. Once connected, you can switch to WiFi mode and then change any settings, review and download images and videos, and even get a live view from the camera so you can check its set up correctly. Range varies depending on terrain. A clear path will mean approx. 30-40ft bluetooth range.

This is ideal for situations when physically accessing the camera is difficult or not feasible – i.e. nest monitoring, camera in a difficult to reach place, mounting up trees/large posts for security etc.

The camera is also supplied with a Browning 16GB microSD card and adapter, as well as 4x CR123 Lithium batteries – so everything you need to get going is in the box.

The Browning Defender in particular delivers fantastic quality video footage, day and night. If you’re looking for a camera to take great videos, this might well be the one for you. There are two choices for video resolution  – ‘Ultra’ and ‘High’. Ultra is uncompressed 1080p HD video. The quality is undoubtedly amazing, but the file sizes are very large – over 400MB per video. Choosing ‘High’ resolution means the same 1080p and video quality is almost as good, but the file sizes are much more manageable.

Another bonus is that daytime videos are 60fps – and night time at 30fps. This means smooth footage, in addition to the brilliant quality.

The LEDs are no glow and Browning use a slightly different, long-range infrared LED with this camera, meaning just 4 are required an and have an impressive max. range of about 120ft. The camera has a setting which allows you to tweak the flash based on your requirements; Normal or Long Range. The Browning Defender camera trap can also detect movement out to about 60ft.

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An exciting innovation from Browning is ‘Smart IR Video’ – this means that the camera will continue recording video footage for up to 2 minutes during the daytime and up to 20 seconds at night as long as the wildlife/people continue to move in front of the camera. So if you’re worried about video length vs. battery life, this feature takes that concern off your hands.

Another useful feature on the Defender 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 8 images at 3 second intervals, or Rapid Fire, which can take up to 8 images at 0.3 seconds apart.

The Browning Defender 940 is powered by 4x CR123 batteries (4 batteries provided), and has the ability to use an SD card up to 128GB. We’re not sure if you’ll ever need that amount unless using ‘Ultra’ video resolution, but it’s nice to have the option of using a 64GB card for long-term monitoring, or if you don’t want to keep deleting captures from your SD card. The Defender also has a SD management option which will overwrite the oldest recordings/photos once the SD card fills.

The Browning Defender 940 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 trap direct to the manufacturer.

Browning Defender 940 Features:
  • 20MP high-quality full colour resolution
  • Full HD Video – 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connectivity via Browning Defender App (Andriod & iOS)
  • Settings can be changed via the app
  • Images/videos can be played and downloaded from the app without touching the camera
  • App can also give a live view from the camera
  • Smart IR video detection system
  • Powered by 4x CR123 Lithium batteries (supplied with the camera)
  • 4 long range no-glow infrared LEDs for large, invisible night time flash
  • 0.5 second trigger speed for photos, 0.6 second trigger speed for videos, with 0.8 second recovery
  • Built-in adjustable mounting bracket
  • Programmable trigger interval: 5 sec. to 60 min.
  • Multi-image mode: 2-8 images per trigger
  • Video length: 5 second to 2 mins (night time video limited to 20 seconds)
  • Records audio with video
  • Highly programmable time-lapse periods during the day
  • PIR sensor is motion activated out to 60′
  • Adjustable web belt and 1/4-20 socket
  • microSD card slot 128 GB max. – supplied with 16GB microSD with adapter
  • SD cycle option – so when the SD card gets full, it rewrites over the oldest images/videos
  • Weatherproof
  • 2 year warranty when bought through NatureSpy

For full specs, click the tab above.

Browning Trail Cameras 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 current range from Browning builds on their successes, pushing the boundaries and improving every time. The Recon Force Edge and Spec Ops Edge have some of the best video quality we’ve ever seen on a camera trap; comfortably 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 0.3 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.

We’re currently using Browning trail cameras on a number of NatureSpy projects – in Croatia (bear, wolf and lynx), Northern France (wolf and lynx) and of course the North York Moors (pine marten). We also work with a number of large environmental organisations and charities around the world also using Browning trail cameras.

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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 wildlife 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.

The below video is a demonstration of the Browning Defender App, published by Browning Trail Cameras.

Example footage from the Browning Defender in HD resolution – be sure to set to full HD!

Browning Defender 940


Key Features:


20MP Camera
Compact Case Size (4.5” x 3.2” x 2.2”)
WiFi/Bluetooth Compatible via Browning Trail Cameras Mobile App
Adjustable no-glow 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


Distance & Speed Features:


120 ft. Flash Range
60 ft. Detection Range
0.4 Second Trigger Speeds
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)



Additional Features:


“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 (4x batteries included)
Picture “Data Strip” Displays: Time, Date, Temperature, Moon Phase, & Camera ID
Highly Effective Camo Finish
Compatible with Browning “BuckWatch Timelapse Viewer” Software

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5
    Browning Defender 940

    Kevin (verified owner)

    Very pleased with NatureSpy’s service and also Defender Spy Camera. Installed it in our large rural garden and caught a fox on the second night. WiFi ability is great as I can sit in the conservatory and download results, delete results and change settings. It’s a pity battery condition and SD card state aren’t displayed over WiFi, but I can live with that. Perhaps this is a facility for the future.

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  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Grace (verified owner)

    I was quite hesitant when buying one of these cameras as I have zero knowledge with regard to the use and operation. Really fantastic service from an excellent company. I asked ALOT of questions !!! They were incredibly helpful and provided me with so much information. The camera is great – just what I needed. Thank you very much !

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      Aw thanks Grace, our pleasure!

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  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Paul Bromilow (verified owner)

    Great service from the company.
    Camera video is excellent especially with sound , not tried the stills just yet but don’t expect it to be poor quality.
    The app is somewhat unstable and to reconnect you have to go through BT then WiFi which is not good when your in bed.
    Having read the first review I’ll have a go a just relaunching the app as suggested.
    I was going to get the tree mount for a more flexible positioning option, but glad I didn’t as this model does not have the screw fitting that Browning claim all their Trail Cams have.
    Another niggle is the temperature monitoring seems poor reading-11 when it was 3.
    It certainly is well made so hopefully it will give us some great pics of what goes on in the garden after dark

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