The first night I stayed in our new house in the countryside I slept for about 30mins max, no one warned me how noisy it would be away from the traffic, police sirens and drunken folk stumbling back from the pub.
With the local wildlife entering a competition of who could be the loudest each night I decided to use a trail cam to capture these yobbos and prove to myself they weren’t in fact monsters. The Browning Spec OPS Edge was my weapon of choice with a 20 MP image resolution and invisible, adjustable power “Night Vision” IR illumination that reaches out to 80 ft. This camera also features a 1920 x 1080 Full HD video processor, this means your images can be put on a big screen tv without losing detail.
The Edge can take up to a 512GB memory card (not included), the compact case measures up at 5” x 3.5” x 2” and has a camouflage paint job to blend into the surrounds and not spook the wildlife. The set up is reasonably simple, it requires a whopping 8 AA batteries to operate (again not included), although a removable, rechargeable battery would possibly be better you can invest in some high-quality rechargeable AA batteries. The camera has a standard ¼” -20 tripod socket as well as a metal tree mount bracket (tree mount sold separately) and strap, this gives you a range of options when it comes to positioning. The 2” view screen helps you line up the optimum spot to capture animals, you can select the trigger speed (0.2 – 0.7 Seconds), how many images are taken, whether you record videos, how long it records for and the quality of the images.
Other features include the invisible infrared LED illumination, adjustable IR flash (Power Save, Long Range), 80 ft Flash Range, Illuma-Smart technology that automatically adjusts IR flash, Smart IR Video and an adjustable start / stop image timer. You can select up to 8 multi shot images and up to 8 rapid fire images, the programmable Picture Delay (1 sec. – 60 min.) is handy for setting it up just before it gets dark. The images will store the time, date, temperature, moon phase (in case you capture werewolves), the barometric pressure and camera ID, useful for finding patterns in animals’ behaviour.
I was really impressed with the images the Edge produced, in daytime they are bright and sharp, understandably the quality at night was reduced but was still clear enough to distinguish the animals baring in mind it was pitch black when it took the photos. The strap and mount held the camera firmly in place even during 40mph winds, I was also impressed it didn’t trigger constantly from plants blowing in the wind and acorns falling from the tree. I was concerned that battery would drain quickly but after three weeks of leaving it on for up to 12hours at a time it is still on 36%. I can sleep well knowing the noises I hear are hedgehogs, owls and rather randomly a Guinea fowl. Waking up and checking the camera genuinely fills me with excitement, this camera is a great way to connect with the nature on your doorstep. RRP $199.99
- Adjustable IR flash
- Video, Camera and Time lapse mode
- Long battery life
- Clear 20MP images
- Up to 512GB SD (rewrites when full)
- Wide range of settings
- Weatherproof casing
- Distinguishes animals from moving plants etc
- Screen preview for easy set up
- Reasonable sound quality
- Batteries and SD not included