Whites Prizm IIIPrice: $350
Based on 24 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.50
Avg. Ease of use: 4.50
Tree roots that show penny or quater
T. daniels from West columbia sc.
Good very easy to use relic hunter, mid grade coin
poor pinpointing = big holes-get a pinpointer.
Wish it had variable tone id = you'll be digging lots of trash in school yards if your coin shooting, even though the target id seemed accurate on coins- large bottle caps etc. also register strong maybe better on the Prizm V with tone id? In fairness digging trash is just part of life with most machines and I have found coins with this one, its just not a "great" coin shooter in trash, and Whites makes those. Other than the monotone it does have a low bass tone and if you hear it may a can, flat metal etc. but it also may be a cw buckle! Trust me on this one..dig..if your relic hunting.
Turn it on set the dis. and sens. and go, its that simple-had a spectrum xlt and spent alot of time just fiddling with the programs wondering if i missed something....stress. In fairness to that machine I did not spend more than 100 hours using it....and that marvel requires a bit more.
Light weight-you can use this all day, and I have, and not get the least bit tired of using it....more time...more treasure!
It will find good metal-I have a pile of it to prove this, buttons, coins, buckle, bullets, brass, nickel copper, LEAD. A good relic hunter and gets respectably deep in good ground, through rocks, works well in fresh water rocky rivers, just keep the box dry, bags and tape.
Well built, lightweight, like the composite lower rod. I've had the coil 2 to 3 feet deep in fresh water and its still dry and works fine.
Excellent battery life.
Excellent touch screen.
Will it find birdshot past 2 feet in Va. clay like my old XXXXXX XXXXXXX did?...probally not....thank goodness!..I'm hunting the rock filled mountains now.
Silent until you hit metal, comfortable to use and I'm still having fun, I like it.
For the newcomer to detecting- You need to dig EVERYTHING for at least 50 hrs to give whatever machine you buy a chance to prove itself and you need to do your RESEARCH. If your not finding good stuff......go where the good stuff is! Research and time are the keys to having success....I guarantee it wont find anything sitting in the closet. Don't be disappointed if the screen on any machine says "50 cent" or whatever and you dig a big chunk of something else out of the ground, they only register conductivity of metals and this can vary greatly depending on size, metal, age and ground.
BabaOriely from East coast mountains
The prism III works
Figure your settings out. I can almost determine the difference between P-tabs and nickles. It seems to have a low tone Beep when it's junk.
the monotone, inadvertant beep is easy to read. I use low descrimination and dig little junk (mostly deep).
Who cares if you find soda tabs when you're set for gold, It is just a reminder that your batteries aren't dead
YO71 from Slt CA.
What a Joke!
Chip from New York
Whites metal detectors are very good
Prakash from Mauritius
White's Prizm III - first White's disappointment
First off, the coin ID is terrible. Unreliable, jittery and utterly bad. Pinpointing is another issue. There is no swell on the volume level when you go to pinpoint. The whole surface of the coil causes a loud beep so you invariably must dig holes about the size of the coil to find the target. You're supposed to be able to identify a good target by a 2-way repeating signal. This is not the case. The bad coin ID coupled with the machines unreliability at producing repeatable signals, even on good targets -and- having no tone ID (like most other low-end machines by other manufacturers in the White's Prizm III price range) makes for a very insecure hunt. You'll find yourself digging lots of junk for fear you're passing up something that's a keeper. White's,
I hope you read this. I can't tell you how disappointed I am that you would foist something this bad (my god, the friggin' headphone jack is off to the side, so the headphone cable lands smack dab across the display! I swear they don't want you finding ANYTHING with this unit) I'm not good at writing reviews, but if you trust someone with years of experience and can learn by someone elses mistake, stay clear away from this overpriced piece of junk.
If you're new to the hobby, the Prizm III will assure you'll stay that way. You'll get so frustrated you'll never want to metal detect again.
Jim M from Green Bay, WI
It works better than I thought
finder and this is worth the price. I am happy I got it. A friend that hunts all the time told me not to buy any junk, and to buy a whites and he was right. I intend to have this for the rest of my life. Soon I will go to the beach.
Jack T from Richmond, Va
Andy from Palm Bay, FL
This detector works well in wet or dry sand with an upgraded 9.5 loop.
Ken Nohrden from Santa Cruz, CA
Nice machine but........
Rich battistoni from Barto,pennsylvania