It is finally here! The 2022 Browning trail cameras have arrived! There are 7 new models for 2022. Below we explain what the main innovations are compared to the predecessors.
Browning 2022 Spec Ops Elite HP5 => successor to the Browning 2021 Spec Ops Elite HP4
Browning 2022 Recon Force Elite HP5 => successor to the Browning 2021 Recon Force Elite HP4
Browning 2022 Dark Ops PRO DCL => successor to the Browning 2018 Dark Ops PRO XD
Browning 2022 Strike Force PRO DCL => successor to the Browning 2018 Strike Force PRO XD
Browning 2022 Dark Ops Full HD => successor to the Browning 2021 Dark Ops HD MAX PLUS
Browning 2022 Strike Force Full HD => successor to the Browning 2021 Strike Force HD MAX PLUS
Browning 2022 Command Ops Elite 20 => successor to the Browning 2021 Command Ops Elite PRO
Elite HP4 versus Elite HP5
In general terms, the HP5 models are very similar to the HP4 version of 2021. The main difference is in the field of view of the new HP5 camera traps. These have a field of view of almost 54 degrees, while the HP4 models had a field of view of 40 degrees. Interestingly, the detection field of the new HP5 cameras is around 49 degrees, which is a pretty good match with the field of view (resulting in a small chance of the camera detecting an out-of-frame movement), whereas with the HP4 models, the detection field was a lot larger than the field of view (the detection field was 53 degrees with an field of view of 40 degrees). With the HP4 models, you therefore ran the risk of blank images because the sensor detected movement outside the image. This is no longer the case with the latest models. Another consequence of the larger field of view in the HP5 models is unfortunately that a small fish-eye effect can occur along the edges of the image field. In the centre of the image, however, this is not an issue at all.
Pro XD versus Pro DCL
Finally, after almost four years, there is a real successor to Browning's Pro XD models. We had to wait a long time for this, but it was worth it. The new Pro DCL models are a big step forward compared to the Pro XD models, especially in terms of image quality. But also the sensitivity of the new models seems to be better, and the matching between field of view and detection field seems to be improved.
Max Plus versus Full HD
Here the differences really seem to be minimal. Details on field of view and detection field are not known at the time of writing, so there may still be something of interest there, but for now, the 2022 Full HD models seem to be almost identical to the 2021 Max Plus models. That being said, sometimes the differences are in underlying aspects that will only become apparent later. For example, the 2022 models may well be more energy efficient than the 2021 models. Time will tell!
Elite Pro versus Elite 20
Also when comparing the specs between the Browning 2021 Command Ops Elite PRO and the Browning 2022 Command Ops Elite 20, we notice that there are hardly any differences on paper. So again, the 2022 model is simply a continuation of a successful design, and any differences in power management will likely only become apparent later.