Qualities & Features
- New for 2023
- Full 1080p HD video
- New version of Dark Ops HD Pro X
- 0.18 second trigger speed
- Long-range IR flash
- Fantastic all-round camera
Browning Dark Ops Pro X 1080
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Small & light unit
1.5" colour screen
Although we appreciate that some conservation efforts require wild animals to be controlled, we have a strict anti-hunting policy. As such we cannot supply camera traps for the purposes of wildlife monitoring with the intention of dispatching any animal.
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We’re a small organisation that aims to produce a big impact. Through our wildlife work we also want to educate people and communities about their local green spaces and wilder neighbours. In doing so we hope to achieve a dual purpose of encouraging people to care for and protect wild animals and habitats while using nature for their own health and well-being.
Introducing the Browning Dark Ops Pro X 1080: new for 2023.
Elevate your wildlife monitoring experience with the Browning Dark Ops Pro X 1080, a trailblazing wildlife camera that builds on the immense success of the Dark Ops HD Pro X. Featuring 6 powerful no-glow LEDs, enhanced image quality, faster trigger speeds, and an extended flash range, this compact camera is an exceptional addition to the Browning lineup for 2023.
The upgraded no-glow LEDs increase the infrared flash range to an impressive 90 feet, making them ideal for security applications as they remain invisible to the human eye. This camera is the no-glow counterpart to the Strike Force Pro X 1080.
Boasting industry-leading video trigger speeds of just 0.3 seconds, and photo triggers of 0.18 seconds, this unit is incredibly fast. With speedy recovery times of 0.6 seconds for photos and 1.8 seconds for videos, you won't miss a moment of action.
Significant improvements in photo quality compared to its predecessor ensure you capture great images of both daytime and nighttime activities, with minimal motion blur during the night. The 1080p video quality, at 30fps, provides smooth and sharp recordings, enhanced by automatic exposure balance.
Retaining the best features of the Dark Ops Range, the Dark Ops Pro X 1080 includes a 1.5" forward-facing color screen for easy setup and image/video review without removing the camera from its location. A handy steel bracket allows the camera to pivot for optimal positioning, making it incredibly user-friendly.
Designed with simplicity in mind, the Dark Ops Pro X 1080 is easy to use, quick, and uncomplicated.
The 9V power system limits nighttime videos to 20 seconds per clip. However, if activity continues, the camera can recover in under 2 seconds and record another 20-second clip. With a 2-year warranty available through NatureSpy in the UK, you can trust the quality of this product.
The Browning Dark Ops Pro X 1080 successfully builds upon and enhances the Dark Ops HD Pro X. Combining advanced specifications with a sleek and compact design, we rate this great new wildlife camera an 8.5 out of 10.
Max res: 1080p (30fps) Max length: 2mins day, 20 secs night
Trigger speed: about 0.3 seconds Recovery time: about 1.8 seconds
Night videos on this camera trap are really good for such a small and affordable unit. The flash and detection ranges have been improved on compared to its predecessor. The auto exposure is still just as effective as on the previous model and the contrast is a good balance for a nice all round image.
The Dark Ops Pro X 1080 has a resolution of 1080p at 30fps, which is great for capturing footage in smooth high definition quality in both day and night.
It has two video resolution settings; ‘High’ and ‘Ultra’. The Ultra resolution is uncompressed 1080p HD video. 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 376MB in size. We generally use the camera on the High resolution – the quality isn’t really much different at all and it relieves the pressure on the SD Card.
The Dark Ops Pro X 1080 also records audio which is of pretty good quality, similar to that on other similar priced camera traps.
Max res: 24MP interpolated (lowest 4MP) Max number per trigger: 8 photos
Trigger speed: about 0.18 seconds Recovery time: about 0.6 seconds
The Dark Ops Pro X 1080 is a photo-taking machine. As with its predecessor the daytime shots are great but the night time shots are where the camera really performs, giving a crisp and clear image. It stops motion really well and delivers a punch of contrast which allows for good clarity – particularly useful if using the Dark Ops Pro X 1080 for security.
We generally like to use the photo mode with ‘Rapid Shot’ and 8 images. This gives 2-8 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 very rewarding.
The Multi-shot mode gives up to 2-8 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.
Speed and detection
Trigger speed: approx. 0.18s (photos), 0.3s (videos) Recovery speed 0.6s (photos), 0.9s (videos)
Detection range: approx. 100ft LED type: No-Glow LEDs
The Pro X 1080 has a very fast detection circuit with a good recovery speed, which is great for capturing animals the moment they enter the camera's field of view. The camera can capture an image and recover, ready to take another in almost instantly. This helps avoid the problems experienced when recording videos of fast moving animals with older, slower camera models where you would often only catch the tail end or nothing at all.
Photo triggers are slightly faster than videos, as always. Whilst it’s true there are certainly faster triggers for photos on some cameras (i.e. SpyPoint Force Dark, Browning Elite HP5, Bushnell Core DS-4K) it’s still easily fast enough.
Recovery times are also very strong. 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 about 1.5-2.0 seconds for video, and well-under a second for photos.
Detection is amongst the best currently available. The detection angle is narrow, but means it can detect out to around 100ft. 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.
Build quality & batteries
Warranty: 2 years (through NatureSpy)
Batteries: 6x AA (Lithium recommended)
The camera build has been designed to ensure this newer model maintains the same sturdy construction and compact size.
One of our favourite features which has been maintained is the metal bracket on the back of the camera. This allows you to strap it up – with the metal teeth gripping the tree/fencepost – and then tilt the camera down to whatever level required. It means an end to finding the perfect tree, or wrestling with sticks behind the camera. It’s quick, easy, and very well thought out.
The battery life on the HD Pro X cameras was exceptional and these new models have further extended this. Generally, you can expect around 22 months battery life for photos (taking around 60 pictures every 24 hours) and about 3 months for video (taking around 20 videos every 24 hours) when used with Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries. This will obviously vary depending on how active and how long each video is, and if there are more night shots than day. It requires 6x AA batteries at a time.
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 Dark ops Pro X 1080 is certainly easy 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.
The forward-facing colour screen is extremely useful – you can strap the camera up, then use the screen (coupled with the bracket) 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!
It is a small screen, at 1.5 inches, but actually still easy to use. You don’t find yourself squinting to read it and the text is nice and bold.
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 Strike Force Pro XD 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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- Audio Recording: Yes
- Battery Life - Photos: Up to 22 Months
- Battery Life - Video: Up to 3 months
- Can use rechargable batteries: Yes - Eneloop Pro only
- Cellular: No
- CMOS Sensor: 4MP
- Detection range max: Up to 100ft
- Encryption option: No
- External power jack: 12V 5.5mm DC Input, min. 2A max. 7A
- FPS: 30fps
- GPS Geotag: No
- Hybrid capture: No
- Image data strip: Yes
- IR flash range: 90ft
- LCD Display: Colour
- LED Type: No-Glow
- Max Images per trigger: 8
- Max SD Card capacity: 512GB
- Max video resolution: 1080p
- Memory overwrite: Yes
- Night vision flash: No-Glow
- No of batteries: AA x6
- Number of LEDs: 6 Power LEDs
- Power supply: AA batteries
- Recovery speed: 0.60s
- Resolution: 24MP
- Solar compatible: Yes
- Start Stop Timer: Yes
- Strap included: Yes
- Timelapse: Yes (daylight only)
- Trigger speed - Photos: 0.18sec
- Trigger speed - Videos: 0.30sec
- Tripod mount: Yes
- Video length: Up to 2 minutes daytime, 20 seconds night
- Warranty: 2 year
- Weatherproof: Yes
- Wireless connectivity: No
Browning Trail Cameras - what do we think?
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 and Spec Ops 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.
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 some further help with camera traps or Browning Trail Cameras in general, check out our support section - packed full of videos, FAQs and support.
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