GardePro T5WF (Non-Cellular) Review

Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:

93/100

 

Gardepro T5WF Trail Camera Review

We can confidently say this is the best white LED trail camera we have ever reviewed. It has excellent picture quality, long battery life, solid detection speeds, and is easy to program. If you are looking for a top-notch white flash trail camera, this is a no-brainer. - TCP Staff

Model # t5wf

Trailcampro Comprehensive Score:

93/100

Picture Quality:93/100

  32 Mpxl Photos (interpolated)  |   1080 Video Resolution

Battery Life:24.4 Months (pics) | 5.7 Months (videos)

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

Trigger Speed & Detection:90/100

 Trigger & Recovery: 0.54 s.  -  1.5 s. (Pictures)  |  0.94 s.  -  2.3 s. (Videos)  |  100 ft. Range

Quality of Design:89/100

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


 Gardepro T5WF Trail Camera Review

 Pros

  • Awesome battery life, especially for a white flash camera
  • 100 ft flash range
  • Excellent picture quality
  • Easy programming

 Cons

  • We're still looking

 

 

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:  93/100

Photo resolution:  32 mpxl (interpolated)

Video resolution:  1920 x 1080

Flash Type:  White Flash

 

 

 

 


Battery Life:    80/100

Picture & Video Resting Power (on):  0.51 mW

Picture Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption: 1.3Ws  |  2.5 Ws

Video Daytime/Nighttime Power Consumption:  16.1 Ws  |  31.9 Ws

Here are your best battery options:

Trailcampro Choice: AmpTORRENT Rechargeable AA Lithium

If this camera were to take 35-day and 35-night pictures every 24 hours, it would last 16.1 months in the field - per charge - on a set of AmpTorrent Rechargeable AA Lithium batteries. 

If this camera were to take 15-day and 15-night videos every 24 hours, it would last 3.8 months in the field - per charge - on a set of AmpTorrent Rechargeable AA Lithium batteries. 

There are a number of benefits to these batteries; up to 1,200 recharges, consistent 1.5 volt operation, charges with the included USB cable, eco-friendly (less batteries in a landfill), and the batteries pay for themselves after 2-3 recharges.

Longest Lasting Choice: Energizer Ultimate Lithium

If the this camera were to take 35-day and 35-night pictures every 24 hours, it would last 24.4 months in the field on a set of Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries. 

If the this camera were to take 15-day and 15-night videos every 24 hours, it would last 5.7 months in the field on a set of Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries. 

Ultimate Lithium batteries provide the longest-lasting battery choice due to their incredible consistency and capacity. We have loved these batteries for a long time, however, in recent years they have become incredibly expensive and not the most cost-effective option. 

 


Detection Circuit:     90/100

Picture Trigger & Recovery Speed:   0.54 s.  |  1.5 s.

Video Trigger & Recovery Speed:   0.94 s.  |  2.3 s.

Detection Range & Angle:  100 ft. @ 47.3° detection angle (58° field of view)

 


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 it does not have one 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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