GardePro T5CF (Non-Cellular) Review

Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:

93/100

Gardepro T5CF Non-Cellular Trail Camera Review

The Gardepro T5CF is a close-focus trail camera that can produce clear photos of animals as close as 20 cm. All other trail cameras use an infinity focus that produces clear shots of everything beyond one meter. This Gardepro trail camera is perfect for bird watching, various wildlife studies, and much more.  - TCP Staff

Model # t5cf | GardePro T5CF Manual

 

Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:

93/100

Picture Quality:95/100

  32 Mpxl Photos (interpolated)  |  1080p Video Resolution

Battery Life: 26.8 Months (pics) |  6.6 Months (videos)

 Using 35 pics day + night  |  Using 15 vids day + night

Trigger Speed & Detection:89/100

Trigger & Recovery: 0.55 s.  -  2.0 s.  (Pictures)  |  1.9 s.  -  2.0 s. (Videos)  |  100 ft. Range

Quality of Design:89/100

8 AA Batteries  |  12-v External Battery Jack  |  2.4" Internal Viewer


 Gardepro T5CF Trail Camera Review

 Pros

  • Optimized for close-focus photography
  • Fantastic battery life
  • Long detection range
  • Easy programming
  • Time Lapse
  • Hybrid Mode

 Cons

  • You must go to your files app to view photos when viewing on Apple products 

 

Be Wary Of Megapixel Ratings

Megapixel ratings for trail cameras seem to increase more & more every year. In reality, the native resolution of 99% of all trail cameras is 5 megapixels or less.  Manufacturers artificially inflate megapixel ratings for advertising purposes through a process called interpolation. Interpolated photos are enhanced by software to mimic the file size of a higher megapixel photo, but seldom offer additional clarity or resolution.  The result is an exponentially larger file size photo which takes longer to load and slows down the speed of your camera.  We always program our cameras to capture photos at the image sensor's native resolution. This allows our cameras to operate as efficiently as possible and store more photos to memory.  With shorter load times,  this also allows us to review photos at a much quicker pace.  To put things in perspective, the trail camera widely considered to be the "Gold Standard" and used by more professional researchers than any other unit is just 3 megapixels.

Picture Quality:  95/100

Photo resolution:   32 mpxl (interpolated)

Video resolution: 1080p

Flash TypeNo Glow

 

 


Battery Life:    85/100

Picture & Video Resting Power (on):  0.71 mW

Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 1.3 Ws  |  1.8 Ws

Video Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption:  15.8 Ws  |  23.5 Ws

Here are your best battery options:

Trailcampro Choice: AmpTORRENT Rechargeable AA Lithium

If the T5CF were to take 35 day photos and 35 night photos every 24 hours, this camera would last  17.8 months in the field - per charge - on a set of AmpTorrent Rechargeable AA Lithium batteries. 

There are a number of benefits to these batteries. They provide up to 1,200 recharges with the included USB cable, have consistent 1.5 volt operation, are eco-friendly (less batteries in a landfill), and the batteries pay for themselves after two recharges.

Longest Lasting Choice: Energizer Ultimate Lithium

If the T5CF were to take 35 day videos and 35 night videos every 24 hours, this camera would last 26.8 months in the field on a set of Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries. 

Ultimate Lithium batteries are the longest-lasting battery choice due to their incredible consistency and capacity. Although we have loved these batteries for a long time, their expense has risen drastically so they are not a cost-effective option. 

 


Detection Circuit:     89/100

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed:  0.55 s.  |  2.0 s.

Video Trigger & Recovery Speed:  1.9 s.  |  2.0 s.

Detection Range & Angle: 100 ft. @ 47.6° detection angle (94.6°)

 

 

 


Quality of Design:     89/100

Dimensions: 6" x 4.5" x 3"

Battery Type:   8 AA 

External Battery Jack:  12-volt

SD Card Size: Full size, Up to 512GB 

Case Design

The case design is simple and intuitive. There have been improvements to the latch design, it is now beefier and easier to open than older Gardepro's. The weatherproof seal has seen some minor improvements as well. 

The camera has a tripod mount on the bottom of the case, but not on the back.

The batteries are snuggly held in a covered battery compartment on the inside of the camera. The camera has a super handy internal viewer that allows for picture viewing and for easy programming. 

Camera Setup

Programming is done on the internal picture viewer and the screen makes reading all the options incredibly easy. It has all the popular options like hybrid mode, photo burst, pir sensitivity, timelapse, and programmable start/stop time. Overall, the setup is very easy and intuitive.

 

Durability

 

The vast majority of consumer-grade trail cameras are inexpensive, imported devices exposed to harsh conditions 24/7/365.  Most manufacturers only offer a one-year warranty.  We stock only the most durable units and provide an additional year of warranty at no extra charge. The Trailcampro exclusive 2-year warranty allows you to deal directly with Trailcampro avoiding long wait times on hold with the manufacturer and prolonged periods without a replacement camera.  We turn around most warranties in just one business day!

 

 All test results are achieved through the use of proprietary equipment used exclusively by Trailcampro.  Any re-publication of this data without prior written consent is strictly prohibited by law. COPYRIGHT TRAILCAMPRO, L.L.C. 2023, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 

 

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