This is brand new item with a damaged outer box – the box has damaged in transit to us from the USA but the camera undamaged, as new and comes with the strap, manual, full packaging and the original 2 year warranty.
Brand new for 2020 is the Browning Spec Ops Edge wildlife camera trap; with 20MP photos, really high quality 1080p HD video, a fast trigger speed and a host of other features, and builds on the highly successful Spec Ops Advantage. It also adds a few exciting new features…
One of these sought-after new features is the Spec Ops 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 near you.
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 Spec Ops Edge 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 day and night videos are 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 no-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 Spec Ops Edge can detect movement out to about 80ft and has the new ability to adjust the sensitivity and therefore the detection ranges to between 55-80ft. If you’re after low-glow, the Recon Force Edge offers the same features as the Spec Ops but with low-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 2 inch 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.
An exciting innovation from Browning is ‘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 Spec Ops 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 3 second intervals, or Rapid Fire, which can take up to 8 images at 0.3 seconds apart.
The Browning Spec Ops 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 Spec Ops also has a SD management option which will overwrite the oldest recordings/photos once the SD card fills.
The Browning Spec Ops 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 Spec Ops 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 80 ft.
36 no-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 80′
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
2 year warranty when bought through NatureSpy
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Browning Spec Ops Edge – Our Rating:
This is a customer returned item – the box has been opened but the camera is as new and comes with the strap, manual, full packacing and the original 2 year warranty.
The Browning Spec Ops Edge builds on the Spec Ops Advantage and is one of our favourite camera traps at NatureSpy. The video quality day and night is superb, better than on any other no-glow 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, along with a faster trigger speed to boot.
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 0.2-0.5 seconds – a stat that few can match. Detection is reliable and consistent.
The build quality and overall design of the camera is excellent and has had some improvements, 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 Spec Ops Edge is also straightforward to use – uncomplicated, without a vast array of settings, but quick and simple. The only difference between this and the Recon Force 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 the Browning Spec Ops Edge 9 out of 10.
Read more of our Browning Spec Ops Edge review below…
Max res: 1080p (60fps day, 60fps night) Max length: 2mins day, 20 secs night Trigger speed: about 0.3 seconds Recovery time: about 0.6 seconds
Video quality is a massive strong-point on the Spec Ops Edge – its really good. 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 Spec Ops 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 mainly 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 Spec Ops 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.
Max res: 20MP (lowest 4MP) Max number per trigger: 8 photos Trigger speed: about 0.2 seconds Recovery time: about 0.6 seconds
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 Spec Opse Edge gives you the best of both worlds.
LEDs are no-glow, which are what we’d recommend if you’re after wildlife and/or security uses. There is a low-glow version if you want the benefits of the extra range low-glow LEDs give; the Recon Force Edge.
Photo triggers, as with all camera traps, are faster – but only marginally so on the Spec Ops 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 Spec Ops 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 Spec Ops 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 Spec Ops 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 15 months battery life for photos (taking around 60 pictures every 24 hours) and about 2-3 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.
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 Spec Ops 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 wildlife 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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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.
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.
Model: Browning Spec Ops Edge (BTC-8E)
2” Color Viewing Screen
Infrared LED Illumination at Night
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)
Timelapse Plus Camera Mode with Infrared Triggered Pictures
Programmable start/stop timer
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
00 ft. Detection Range
0.2 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)
SD Card “Memory Management” Option
“Smart IR” Video Detection System
Fast 0.2 ‐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
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