GardePro E5S 73/100

Manufacturer: GardePro

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Intro

This review of the GardePro E5S game camera is almost a carbon copy of our review of the Meidase P60 trail camera because those cameras are virtually identical. The GardePro E5S is an affordable camera capable of 32-megapixel resolution photos and 1296P high-def videos with sound. The Meidase E5S has three sensors; the trigger speed is only 0.1 seconds, and the detection range is listed at 90 feet. In addition, the camera's infrared flash can reach up to 100 feet. The E5S trail camera is compatible with a standard Python cable lock, and the camera latch can be secured with a small padlock. 

The 2.4-inch color screen is bright enough and provides an easy setup. The E5S has a dedicated start button, which is somewhat confusing. On the other hand, the memory card slot is easy to access and can fit large memory cards up to 512GB. The GardePro E5S camera can run on eight AA alkaline or lithium batteries. The supplied strap is of good quality but somewhat short. The manufacturer offers a similar model GardePro X50 with WiFi and Cellular options, but the E5S does not have those capabilities, hence the much lower price. 

Camera picture: GardePro E5S - GardePro E5S
GardePro E5S
Camera picture: GardePro E5S - Side View - GardePro E5S
GardePro E5S - Side View
Camera picture: GardePro E5S - Latch View - GardePro E5S
GardePro E5S - Latch View
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GardePro E5S - Back View
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GardePro E5S - Mount View
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GardePro E5S - Open View
Camera picture: GardePro E5S - SD Card Slot View - GardePro E5S
GardePro E5S - SD Card Slot View
Camera picture: GardePro E5S - Battery Tray View - GardePro E5S
GardePro E5S - Battery Tray View
Camera picture: GardePro E5S - Meidase P60 - GardePro E5S
GardePro E5S - Meidase P60
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GardePro E5S - Box
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GardePro E5S - Open Box
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GardePro E5S - Accessories

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Outstanding Daytime Images
  • Invisible Illumination
  • Easy Setup
  • Compatible with Large Memory Cards

Cons

  • Limited Nightime Illumination
  • Somewhat Bulky
  • Short Trap
  • Extremely Large Info Bar

Camera Ratings


Detection Range: 12/20

The detection range of the E5S version is better than previous GardePro cameras but still only about 50-60 feet. 

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Speed: 6/10

The video trigger is only average, and faster animals are often about to exit the picture before the camera start recording.


Accuracy: 9/10

The accuracy of this inexpensive unit is pretty remarkable. When the sensitivity option is set to Low, we have seen minimal false triggers on even highly windy days. However, false triggers will increase considerably when the detection sensitivity option is set to Medium or High. 


Battery Life: 8/10

Especially in picture mode, the Meidase and GardePro cameras have excellent battery life (if you can avoid false triggers). However, the battery life will decrease considerably when the side detection sensors are enabled. While not recommended by the manufacturer, we have successfully used rechargeable batteries during the warmer months. We do not recommend using rechargeable or even alkaline batteries in the winter. 


Daylight Images: 9/10

Daytime images are bright and sharp but would benefit from slightly more color saturation. Overall, especially considering the affordable price, daytime images are outstanding. 

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Mule Deer Buck

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Domestic Cows

Lowlight Images: 8/10

Lowlight images are a little more grainy but still acceptable. Also, compared to previous versions, the E5S is switching to the nighttime B&W monochrome mode sooner. That change has improved the image quality during dusk and down. 


Night Images: 7/10

The E5S is equipped with invisible infrared illumination, and as with most trail cameras, nighttime images are black & white. Nighttime images are not too grainy, but the flash is somewhat centered, resulting in uneven illumination. 

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Young Bull Elk

Design: 14/20


Verdict: 73/100


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Specs

Official specs from the manufacturer.
Name
GardePro E5S
Manufacturer
GardePro
Model
E5S
Model Year
2022
Series
E Series
Flash Type
No-Glow IR
Max Pixels
32
Max Video
1296p
No. of Sensors
3
Detection Range
90 ft
Flash Range
100 ft
Trigger Speed
0.10 second
Min Delay
0 seconds
Max Delay
60 minutes
Max Card Size
512 GB
Wireless
No
Wifi
No
MSRP
$92.99
Warranty
12 months

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