Browning Patriot 81/100

Manufacturer: Browning Trail Cameras

Review

The Browning Patriot trail camera is one of our go-to cams for low-light and tight spaces. The 60-degree field of view provides a wider angle than other Browning models. In addition, the camera has two lenses for better night imagery. The invisible infrared illumination provides adequate night illumination and won't spook animals. The trigger speed is ultra-fast, even for videos. The detection range is excellent but, unfortunately, very sensitive to wind.
Camera picture: Browning Patriot - Front Open - Browning Patriot
Browning Patriot - Front Open
Camera picture: Browning Patriot - Front View - Browning Patriot
Browning Patriot - Front View
Camera picture: Browning Patriot - In Security Box - Browning Patriot
Browning Patriot - In Security Box
Camera picture: Browning Patriot - In Security Box #2 - Browning Patriot
Browning Patriot - In Security Box #2
Camera picture: Browning Patriot - Front Open - Browning Patriot
Browning Patriot - Front Open

Pros

  • Dual Lens for better night images
  • Invisible Infrared Illumination
  • Fast trigger for instant videos
  • Excellent detection range

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Prone to false triggers even under mild wind
  • No door security
  • Night videos are limited to only 20 seconds
  • Limited Warranty

Camera Ratings


Detection Range: 20/20

Excellent detection range well beyond 100 feet.


Speed: 10/10

Ultra-fast trigger provides instant video recording and recovery times.

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Mountain lion from Browning Patriot

Accuracy: 5/10

Unfortunately, the extremely sensitive sensor is prone to false triggers caused by even a very mild wind, especially in summer when temperatures rise over 75 degrees. This will also impact the overall camera lifespan as the image quality deteriorates with every trigger. We wish the camera had a sensitivity settings option. 


Battery Life: 7/10

The battery life is excellent, especially considering the 60 frames per second video recording, but false triggers heavily impact the battery life. 


Daylight Images: 7/10

The daylight images are very good, but do suffer from high ISO like grain.

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Six Elk Bulls

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Young mountain lion kitten

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Mule deer buck in snow

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Three Big Elk Bulls in Snow

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Elk Spikes in snow

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Mule Deer in snow

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Rocky Mountains coyote taking a break

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A pair of Rocky Mountains coyotes

Lowlight Images: 7/10

The Patriot camera uses a black & white mode during dawn and dusk. We are OK with that, as we prefer high-quality black & white images over low-quality color images, which is common in other models and manufacturers. 

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Early Morning Elk

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Mule deer in low light

Night Images: 9/10

Nighttime videos are of high quality and very sharp. While the invisible illumination is not as powerful as traditional infrared, it does provide enough light without suffering from the typical flash-burn.

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Big bull elk at night

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Big bull elk at night #2

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Mountain Lion Video (Cougar, Puma)

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A Lone Black Wolf

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Mule Deer Buck in Snowstorm
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Bull Elk - Browning Patriot

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Bobcat captured by Browning Patriot

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American Skunk

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Red Fox captured by Browning Patriot

Design: 16/20

Overall, the Patriot is a capable trail camera with some drawbacks.

The software is easy to use, and the two-inch color screen is bright and sharp.

Unfortunately, as with all Browning cameras, the camera door is not lockable, and anybody can access and remove the memory card.

Another drawback is the camera paint job. While the camo design looks OK, the orange-blueish color scheme makes the camera hard to conceal.

The paint job of most Browning cameras is of low quality and prone to fading, eventually turning blue.

The included strap is of good quality, but the green color is also very noticeable. 

Camera Design: Browning Camo Design - Browning Patriot
Browning Camo Design
Camera Design: Browning Green Strap - Browning Patriot
Browning Green Strap
Camera Design: Faded Browning Camera - Browning Patriot
Faded Browning Camera
Camera Design: Faded Browning Camera in Security Box - Browning Patriot
Faded Browning Camera in Security Box

Verdict: 81/100

It's not cheap, the warranty is limited, and a security box is a must, but we still like this camera and can recommend it if you have the budget.

Often, we select the Patriot for our most important locations.

For example, some of our cameras are deployed high in the Rocky Mountains without access over the winter.

Therefore, we must choose dependable cameras with good battery life.

We also like this camera for its invisible infrared illumination and use it in areas with wolves. As wolves are susceptible to traditional infrared illumination, this camera will not spook them.

Finally, unless you check your cameras often, we recommend using large memory cards, as the memory card will fill up quickly due to false triggers.

The Patriot camera has some excellent features, but if you dislike going through many empty files caused by false triggers or need to keep the camera concealed, this trail camera is not for you.  


Specs

Official specs from the manufacturer.
Name
Browning Patriot
Manufacturer
Browning Trail Cameras
Model
Patriot
Series
Standard
Flash Type
No-Glow IR
Max Pixels
24
Max Video
1080p
No. of Sensors
1
Detection Range
100 ft
Flash Range
100 ft
Trigger Speed
0.10 second
Min Delay
1 seconds
Max Delay
60 minutes
Max Card Size
512 GB
Wireless
No
Wifi
No
MSRP
$199.00
Warranty
12 months

Questions & Answers

Good afternoon, The Browning Patriot can take night videos of no more than 20 seconds, but in the example videos I see a night video with a bobcat of 40 seconds? How is that possible?
Sorry about the confusion. You are correct, the Patriot camera will only do 20 seconds of nighttime videos, and the only reason that Bobcat video is 40 seconds is that we have combined two videos. Right around the 20 seconds, you notice a small break between the two videos. The delay between videos is quick, and unless it is a fast-moving object, the delay is almost negligible.

Where is this camera made?
The Browning Patriot is made in Thailand.