Browning Recon Force Edge

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)

£169.99

  • Brand new for 2020
  • Our favourite trail camera
  • Fantastic quality 60fps 1920 x 1080p HD video
  • Hi-res 20MP images
  • 0.2 (photos) and 0.3 (videos) second trigger speed
  • Latest V35MA processor
  • Long-range IR flash
  • 2 year warranty
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Browning Recon Force Edge – Our Rating:2020 Browning Recon Force Edge trail camera review


Overview

We’re currently putting the new 2020 Browning Recon Force Edge through its paces for this review – check back soon for more info, photos and videos!

The Browning Recon Force Edge builds on the Recon Force Advantage and is comfortably our favourite camera trap at NatureSpy. The video quality day and night is superb, better than on any other camera trap, and photo quality is very solid.

It offers faster trigger speeds, day and night video definition is improved, clearer audio and some extra menu options compared to the previous version. Detection and sensitivity have also been improved and the trigger speed has got slightly faster still.

One big new feature is the addition of a start and stop programmable timer – allowing you to set when you want the camera to be active, and avoid those times when the pigeons are in the garden, or the cat is let out etc – essentially, so you can focus on the wildlife.

Many of these improvements are thanks to an upgrade to the latest best-in-class V35MA processor.

Trigger speeds, particularly for videos, are very impressive and quick, at an improved 0.2-0.4 seconds – a stat that few can match (regardless of what the manufacturers tell you!). Detection is reliable and consistent.

The build quality and overall design of the camera is excellent and has improved, with a forward-facing colour screen to help with set up and so you can review images/videos without dismounting the camera in the field. The warranty length in the UK through NatureSpy is 2 years.

The Recon Force Edge is also straightforward to use – uncomplicated, without a vast array of settings, but quick and simple. The only difference between this and the Spec Ops Edge is that this camera has no-glow, rather than low-glow, LEDs.

Due to it’s 12V power system (the reason night footage is so good), night time videos are limited to 20 seconds per clip. However, if activity remains, the camera can recover in under 1 second and record another 20 second clip.

Also taking into consideration the price of the camera, we feel it’s a fantastic choice for nearly every purpose – therefore we give it 9 out of 10.

Read more of our Browning Recon Force Edge review below…

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2020 Browning Recon Force Edge trail camera features review

Video quality
Max res: 1080p (60fps day, 60fps night)   Max length: 2mins day, 20 secs night
Trigger speed: about 0.3 seconds   Recovery time: about 0.8 seconds

Video quality is a massive strong-point on the Recon Force Edge – its fantastic. Clear, crisp, good colour and excellent audio to boot. It ticks all the boxes.

Daytime videos are nice and clear – you can watch on a large screen and not lose any clarity. Night footage is very strong, with good contrast and an excellent level of definition. There is just something about it that is pleasant to watch. There is a small improvement on daytime colour and video definition on this new version, as well as clearer audio.



More video examples coming soon…

The Recon Force Edge has two video resolution settings; ‘High’ and ‘Ultra’. The Ultra resolution is uncompressed 1080p HD video – and records at 60fps during the day and now also at night, for very smooth footage. However, the only drawback here is the larger file sizes generated at this resolution. If you want to use the Ultra setting, an SD card of at least 32GB is recommended, with a 1 minute daytime clip being around 130MB in size.

We generally use the camera on the High resolution – the quality isn’t really much different, and at 30fps is still very smooth – just to help with the file sizes.

The accompanying sound is also really clear, and improved compared to the 2018 version. Using this camera you get to really add another dimension to the videos through the audio – whether its badgers crunching through leaves on the forest floor or hedgehogs snuffling at a feeding bowl.

The exposure control at night is also fantastic, with the Browning instantly adjusting to maintain the correct light levels. This year, Browning have tuned the Recon Force Edge to slightly brighter night time videos.

It also has ‘Smart IR Video’ – with this turned on, the camera will continue recording up to 2 mins in the day and 20 seconds at night if activity remains. This can be quite useful – for example, if you set the video length to 10 seconds and Smart IR video on and a badger stops to have a big scratch in front of the camera, it will continue record until either the badger is gone or the maximum video time is reached. And if the badger just runs past, then you just get a 10 second video – not wasting any batteries or SD card space.

Photo quality
Max res: 20MP (lowest 4MP)   Max number per trigger: 8 photos
Trigger speed: about 0.2 seconds   Recovery time: about 0.6 seconds

Photo examples coming soon…

Trigger speed and detection
Trigger speed: approx. 0.2s (photos), 0.3s (videos)   Recovery speed 0.6s
Detection range: approx. 90ft   LED type: Low-Glow LEDs

The Edge is a quick wildlife camera, both in photo and video mode. Triggers on this model are super quick, both around 0.2 and 0.3 second, and detection is strong – its a wildlife camera that doesn’t miss much at all.

Video trigger speeds have seen big improvement across the proper manufacturers in the last few years – however, this camera is one of the quickest – clocking in at around 0.3 seconds for video. When you consider that the Bushnell Essential E3 is around 1.8 seconds for video, that’s pretty impressive. It’s also marginally quicker than the Bushnell Core camera traps.

This is a big deal because previously, if camera trapping fast animals, or something passed your camera quickly and you had it in video mode, you’d often catch the tail end or nothing at all, and therefore need to use photo mode. The Recon Force Edge gives you the best of both worlds.

LEDs are low-glow, which are what we’d recommend if you’re only after wildlife. There is a no-glow version if you are worried about those pesky humans however; the Spec Ops Edge.

Photo triggers, as with all camera traps, are faster – but only marginally so on the Recon Force Edge, at around 0.2 seconds. This brings the photo trigger speed in line with other fast camera traps (i.e. SpyPoint Force Dark, Bushnell Core DS).

The Recon Force also appears to recover very quickly too. This is the time the camera takes after finishing once capture to be ready to trigger again. The lowest ‘Delay’ setting is 1 second; however, that just tells the Browning to recover as fast as it possibly can. We have consistently found that the Browning will generally re-trigger in under a second for video and photos – seriously quick, especially for the former.

Detection, as you’d expect, is excellent and consistent, at around 80-90ft for a human-sized animal. 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. Remember that PIR sensors are looking for a change in ambient heat + motion, so detection distances can vary based on ambient temperature.

The Recon Force Edge also updates some of the menu options; the sensitivity of the camera can be raised and lowered more easily, and there is the popular option to set an operation time allowing you to tell the camera to be active only at a certain point over 24 hours – avoiding the dogs, or when you’re cutting the grass for example.

Build quality & batteries
Warranty: 2 years (through NatureSpy)   Batteries: 8x AA (Lithium strongly recommended)

The build quality on the Recon Force Edge trail camera has moved up a peg – the camera is smaller than previous versions and has been slimmed down, in the right way. The build is strong and sturdy and the seals have improved too.

The contact with any tree/fence post etc is actually via a steel bracket at the back of the camera, meaning you can pull the strap tight and never worry about breaking any plastic. The edge of the steel bracket has small metal teeth, so it grips what it is attached to well and doesn’t slip. The strapping is the standard nylon webbing, with a strong metal clasp.

It also has a battery tray which is released using the eject button. This has a catch about 3cm down, which stops the tray flying out into rivers, puddles, mud etc when out in the field. On the first few uses, it requires a very firm pull to release it and a firm press to click back into place – this ensures any rain is kept well out!

Battery life is good on the Edge; it requires 8x AA batteries at a time. We strongly recommend using Lithium batteries, as they don’t care about cold temperatures, have much higher currents and voltages, and can provide power consistently. This in turn improves the detection rates of the wildlife camera.

Generally, you can expect around 6-7 months battery life for photos (taking around 60 pictures every 24 hours) and about 3-4 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.

Browning cameras have been 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 Recon Force Edge is certainly not a difficult wildlife camera to use. When turned on, you’re presented with an overview screen showing a view of what the camera can currently see and what it is set to take. It shows the files recorded and the space remaining at a glance. If you don’t press any button within 30 seconds (to access the menu etc) the camera arms itself and is ready to go.

This forward-facing colour screen is extremely useful – you can strap the camera trap up, then use the screen to perfect the positioning. Its also very handy when you want to review the images/videos captured without taking the SD card out and using a computer/tablet etc – just open the door and have a quick check – useful if out and about, or a sneaky look before you head to work!

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 Recon Force Edge in the best place possible.

Overall a very straight-forward 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

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3T- 2020 Browning Recon Force Edge trail camera

 

Browning Recon Force Edge

 

New for 2020 is the updated Browning Recon Force Edge wildlife camera trap. It’s main, standout feature is the fantastic quality 1080p, 60fps video quality and also has 20MP photos, a very fast trigger speed and a host of other features, building on the hugely popular 2018 Recon Force Advantage.

Another much-sought after new feature is the Recon Force Edge now has a programmable start and stop timer – meaning you can tell it when you want it to be active. This means with this wildlife camera, you can avoid the early morning pigeons or the dog in the backgarden, and focus solely on the best times for wildlife.

It also uses the latest V35MA processor from iCatch, the leading camera processor maker to deliver the next step up in performance and quality.

The Browning Recon Force Edge in particular delivers best-in-class 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 day and night videos are now 60fps when in ‘Ultra’ mode – the highest available on any camera currently. This means smooth footage, in addition to the brilliant quality.

The LEDs are low-glow and have an impressive max. range of about 60ft. The camera has a setting which allows you to tweak the flash based on your requirements; Power Save, Fast Motion or Long Range. The Browning Recon Force Edge can detect movement out to about 90ft and has the ability to adjust the sensitivity and therefore the detection ranges to between 60-80ft. In the UK, we’d always recommend leaving it on the 80ft option. If you’re after no-glow, the Spec Ops Edge offers the same features as the Recon Force but with no-glow LEDs.

You can also adjust the trigger speed of the camera to between 0.2 and 0.7 seconds – if you have a slow or fast moving animals, for example. This new model adds a faster recovery time too, down to 0.6 seconds.

The forward-facing colour screen not only lets you view the images/videos captured, but is invaluable during set up as it shows exactly what the camera can see – so if you’ve set it too high, a look at the screen will tell you and you can then adjust.

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It includes the exciting innovation from Browning of ‘Smart IR Video’ – this means that the camera will continue recording video footage for up to 5 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.

One interesting feature on the Recon Force Edge 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 2 second intervals, or Rapid Fire, which can take up to 8 images at 0.2 seconds apart.

The Browning Recon Force Edge is powered by 8 AA batteries (not provided), and now has the ability to use an SD card up to 512GB – unprecedented in camera trapping.  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 Edge also has a SD management option which will overwrite the oldest recordings/photos once the SD card fills.

The Browning Recon Force Edge 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 Recon Force Edge features:
  • 20MP high-quality full colour resolution
  • Full HD Video – 1920 x 1080 pixels at 60fps
  • 2″ colour viewing screen
  • Programmable start/stop timer
  • Smart IR video detection system
  • Fast 0.2 ‐0.7 Second Adjustable Trigger Speeds with 0.6 second recovery
  • Adjustable Detection Range up to 90 ft.
  • ‘Zero-blur’ technology – ensuring crisp photos
  • Day/night autosensor
  • 36 low-glow infrared LEDs with 60′ range
  • Programmable trigger interval: 5 sec. to 60 min.
  • Multi-image mode: 1-8 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
  • PIR sensor is motion activated out to 90′
  • Adjustable web belt and 1/4-20 socket
  • SD card slot (512 GB max.)
  • 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.

Key Features:

 

Model: Browning Recon Force Edge (BTC-7E)

 

20MP Camera
2” Color Viewing Screen
Infrared LED Illumination at Night
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)
Timelapse Plus Camera Mode with Infrared Triggered Pictures
Compact Case Size 5.0” x 4.0” x 2.5”
Supports up to a 512GB SDXC Card (SD Cards Not Included)

 

Distance & Speed Features:

 

60 ft. Flash Range
80 ft. Detection Range
0.4 Second Trigger Speeds
0.6 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:

 

SD Card “Memory Management” Option
Programmable timer
“Smart IR” Video Detection System
Fast 0.4 ‐0.7 Second Adjustable Trigger Speeds
Adjustable Detection Range up to 80 ft.
Long Battery Life from 8 AA Batteries (Batteries Not Included)
12 Volt External Power Jack
Picture “Data Strip” Displays: Time, Date, Temperature, Moon Phase, & Camera ID
Camo Finish
Compatible with Browning “BuckWatch Timelapse Viewer” Software
Threaded Insert Size of 1/4” – 20 on Bottom of Camera for Mounting Purposes

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  1. One person found this helpful

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Thanks

    Mike (verified owner)

    Ordered the Browning Recon Edge on Saturday 28th March and received it on Tuesday 31st March. Very impressive service I thought. Knowing nothing about trail cameras, my decision was based purely on your review.
    I set it up in my garden Tuesday evening, using your recommended settings and to say i’m delighted would be an understatement.
    Thank you and, be assured, I will have no hesitation in recommending you in the future.
    With best wishes.
    Mike

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  2. One person found this helpful

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Our first trail camera

    Geoff Brownlow (verified owner)

    Having had foxes visit our garden during the night for some time now I decided to finally purchase a decent trail cam. I had had enough of standing out in the pitch black on very cold nights trying to catch the fox on my old video camera without any success. Having visited Naturespy website I found all the advice and information concerning buying a trail cam for the first time. Any questions I had were quickly answered and so I decided to go for the Browning Force Edge. I put the order in on the14th March and it promptly arrived on the 17th.
    The camera was well packed and on inspection I was really surprised at the robust construction, good design and quality of the materials used.
    The instructions are make it easy to set the camera up and I constructed a mobile stand to attach the camera to ( there are no suitable sized trees to use in the garden. After three nights of filming we captured the fox suddenly appearing from underneath a new fence via a deep hole that had appeared a few weeks ago. But then on the third night at about 2am a badger suddenly appeared obviously using the same hole and spent some time looking around the garden. The quality of the film is outstanding and the camera has already justified it’s cost. Whilst the fox was being filmed we notice another pair of eyes peering down out of the darkness from the top of the fence. It became apparent that was a cat obviously keeping a safe distance from this new intruder on his territory. Once you have started using these cameras it opens up a whole new world in the night time garden so if you can afford it think seriously about getting one.

    I would just like to say a big thankyou to all at NatureSpy Shop for all the advice given plus a superb service and good luck with all the research you carry out.

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  3. Rated 5 out of 5
    Excellent camera worth every penny

    Brian Ludwig (verified owner)

    Excellent picture quality especially during the day. The led at night images are the best I have seen as long as the subject is not too close. I’d say keep at a distance of around 6 feet (2 metres). The LED’s do not seem to upset the field mice or birds. RECOMMENDED !

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  4. Rated 5 out of 5
    Camera purchase

    Stephen

    I received this as a gift – the camera is excellent and exceeded my expectations. I am currently filming (have been for the past 2.5 years) a complex of Badger setts where I am filming 4 pairs of adults. Of all the cameras I use this one is far more superior.
    Thank you again.

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  5. Rated 5 out of 5
    Recon Force Edge

    Francesca (verified owner)

    Love it. Got it as tried the cheap ones off a well-known site beginning with ‘A’ and they were useless. This is much, much better and well worth it. Video quality is great and it just works really reliably.

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  6. One person found this helpful

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Excellent ... useful software changes

    David (verified owner)

    This is my third Browning trail cam. Functionally similar to the Recon Force Advantage and Spec Ops Advantage, but with a useful addition to the software allowing activity to be restricted to certain times only. I have cameras set up for pine martens in an area near a bird feeder. During the day the never-ending parties of finches and tits lining up for the feeders trigger the older camera repeatedly. By setting the camera to only function between 7pm and 7am you can save having to review dozens of 10-20 second videos of birds flitting across the screen. Sensitivity, trigger speed and range appear at least as good as the earlier models, but I’ve not done a true side-by-side comparison.

    This camera, like other Brownings, can take an AUX power supply rather than the 8 lithium AA cells recommended. I use a DIY solar powered rechargeable lead acid battery to power them, saving both the cost of replacing the lithiums and the disposal of non-rechargeable batteries – details at https://www.sunartdiaries.co.uk/2020/02/29/solar-powered-trail-camera/. That said, battery life is excellent with 6-9 months from a set of lithiums.

    Could the camera be improved? Yes. The option to erase the SD card is buried in the menu and would be better moved to the end of the list of options. A minor gripe.

    Service, as usual, was excellent from NatureSpy.

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