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Wildlife Camera Review

By Rachel on the 4th November, 2018


This year we started using the Browning Dark Ops HD Pro wildlife camera. Our main use of this is for monitoring activity around badger setts. These cameras have turned out to be great to use in the field.

Browning Dark Ops HD Pro

Our Thoughts

Small Size

They are so small against other wildlife cameras we’ve previously used measuring around 10.8 x 7.6 x 6.4 cm. This makes it much easier when setting multiple cameras up in the field, as you can carry more at once.



Browning Dark Ops HD Pro Tree Mount Easy Installation

There are two options for installing the cameras. They come with an adjustable metal tree mounting bracket and strap with which they can be installed around trees or posts. The adjustable bracket then makes it easy to change the angle of the camera to point at the area you’re interested in. At the base of the camera there is also a threaded insert where you can attach ground spikes. The ground spikes (sold separately) can easily be hit into the ground and then the camera attached.



Browning Dark Ops HD Pro Colour View Screen Colour View Screen

Once in place the camera has a small (1.5”) colour view screen which is found behind a small hinged flap on the front. You can turn the camera on and easily see what the camera is viewing and adjust as necessary. Not many cameras offer this feature within this price range, and it’s really useful to ensure that you’re not just guessing that the camera is pointing in the right position.




Supplier

We ordered our cameras online from Nature Spy. This company were really helpful, they spent time on the phone with me discussing our requirements and were even able to supply ground spikes which would definitely fit the cameras.



Conclusions

All the technical specifications can be found on the manufacturer’s website so I won’t repeat them here. Just to say the night time image quality is great (see for yourself below with a video of a badger we captured this year), it’s easy to set up, has a long battery (it uses 6xAA batteries, we used lithium batteries and they’ve lasted all season and are still going) and the build quality is very robust.




Author

Rachel

Rachel Barber

Rachel has an MSc (Distinction) in Ecology and Management of the Natural Environment from Bristol University. Prior to founding Smart Ecology Rachel worked for a respected Gloucestershire ecology consultancy and has also worked for a large multidisciplinary consultancy. Rachel is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM). Rachel is an experienced ecologist specialised in European Protected Species (EPS). She holds survey licences for bats, hazel dormice and great crested newts.