GardePro A3 43/100

Manufacturer: GardePro

Review

The GardePro A3 is one of the best-selling cameras on Amazon, and we were eager to get our hands on this camera. Since April 2020, we have had four GardePro A3 cameras in the field. Unfortunately, the results are mostly disappointing, and we have no plans to acquire more cameras of this model. Please note that the GardePro A3 and Meidase S3 are the same cameras sold under two different names.
Camera picture: GardePro A3 Front Shot - GardePro A3
GardePro A3 Front Shot
Camera picture: GardePro A3 - Open - GardePro A3
GardePro A3 - Open
Camera picture: GardePro A3 - GardePro A3
GardePro A3
Camera picture: GardePro Models - GardePro A3
GardePro Models
Camera picture: GardePro A3 on a Tree - GardePro A3
GardePro A3 on a Tree
Camera picture: GardePro A3 and Meidase S3 - GardePro A3
GardePro A3 and Meidase S3
Camera picture: GardePro A3 Mounted - GardePro A3
GardePro A3 Mounted
Camera picture: GardePro A3 Front Shot - GardePro A3
GardePro A3 Front Shot

Pros

  • Excellent daytime images
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Poor low light and nighttime images
  • Extremely slow video trigger
  • Limited detection range
  • No python cable security options

Camera Ratings


Detection Range: 7/20

The camera has a detection range of only 35 feet. Unfortunately, most owners don't realize how many images they have lost by having a limited detection range camera.


Speed: 3/10

While the manufacturer claims 0.1 detection speed, our experience is quite different. The photo trigger is average, and the video trigger is one of the slowest we have seen. Our estimated video speed is close to 3s.


Accuracy: 4/10

The GardePro A3 has three motion sensors and three sensitivity levels. However, we have found the cameras extremely sensitive to the wind resulting in thousands of blank pictures at medium and high sensitivity settings.


Battery Life: 6/10

We had quickly burned through several sets of batteries when the detection sensitivity option was set to medium or high. We have also noticed a low battery life when all three detection sensors are used. Therefore, our recommendation is to use low detection sensitivity and photo modes. In those settings, the batteries will last for over six months.


Daylight Images: 9/10

This is where the camera shines. The daylight images are crisp, colorful, and comparable with high-end trail cameras.

Day picture: Coyote in deep snow - GardePro A3
Coyote in deep snow
Day picture: Coyote in deep snow #2 - GardePro A3
Coyote in deep snow #2
Day picture: Mountain Lion - GardePro A3
Mountain Lion
Day picture: Mountain Lion #2 - GardePro A3
Mountain Lion #2
Day picture: Grey Wolf - GardePro A3
Grey Wolf
Day picture: Wolverine - Day picture - GardePro A3
Wolverine - Day picture
Day picture: Daylight Wolverine by GardePro - GardePro A3
Daylight Wolverine by GardePro
Day picture: Mule deer does from GardePro A3 - GardePro A3
Mule deer does from GardePro A3
Day picture: Cinnamon black bear from GardePro A3 - GardePro A3
Cinnamon black bear from GardePro A3
Day picture: Red Fox - GardePro A3
Red Fox
Day picture: Daytime Picture of elk - GardePro A3
Daytime Picture of elk

Lowlight Images: 3/10

The camera captures color pictures during dawn and dusk. Unfortunately, the image quality is just subpar. Photos are incredibly grainy and out of focus.

Lowlight picture: Bull Elk - GardePro A3
Bull Elk
Lowlight picture: Elk in rut - GardePro A3
Elk in rut
Lowlight picture: Grey Wolf from GardePro A3 - GardePro A3
Grey Wolf from GardePro A3

Night Images: 5/10

The nighttime images are grainy and slightly out of focus.

Night picture: Wolverine - Night picture - GardePro A3
Wolverine - Night picture
Night picture: Mountain Lion - GardePro A3
Mountain Lion
Night picture: Young Elk Bull in velvet - GardePro A3
Young Elk Bull in velvet
Night picture: Black bear from GardePro A3 - GardePro A3
Black bear from GardePro A3
Night picture: Black bear from GardePro A3 - GardePro A3
Black bear from GardePro A3

Design: 6/20

The camera does not provide an option to secure the camera with a python lock cable. While it has a door padlock option, it is pointless, as anybody can remove the camera from the tree. Another drawback of this model is its bulky size. The camera strap is thin with a flimsy plastic lock. The cheaply made plastic strap loops are thin and brittle to the point that one of our cameras felt the tree. 

Camera Design: GardePro A3 - Broken Strap Loops - GardePro A3
GardePro A3 - Broken Strap Loops
Camera Design: GardePro A3 - Broken Strap Loops - GardePro A3
GardePro A3 - Broken Strap Loops

Verdict: 43/100

The GardePro A3 takes impressive daylight pictures, but unfortunately, the low-light and nighttime images are dark, grainy, and out of focus. In addition, the slow trigger and limited detection range make this camera almost unusable for wildlife applications. However, if you are looking for an affordable feeder or mineral site camera on private property, this camera is often available at deep discounts.

Specs

Official specs from the manufacturer.
Name
GardePro A3
Manufacturer
GardePro
Model
A3
Series
None
Flash Type
No-Glow IR
Max Pixels
20
Max Video
1080p
No. of Sensors
3
Detection Range
82 ft
Flash Range
100 ft
Trigger Speed
0.10 second
Min Delay
5 seconds
Max Delay
60 minutes
Max Card Size
128 GB
Wireless
No
Wifi
No
MSRP
$92.99
Warranty
12 months

Questions & Answers

For the money ($70), the A3 is a good camera for beginners. That's me! But objects closer than about 20 feet seem out of focus. Suggestions?
That does not sound right. Assuming the glass is clean, the only option would be to use the Reset All Settings. Otherwise, a warranty replacement may be the best option.

Menu button not working
We are sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, your only option may be to contact the manufacturer and request a warranty replacement.

Nice Coyote!

That is a big cat!

Poor coyote!

Funny picture but sad!

looking for a lockbox for this camera