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|Options||Fisher F44||Whites Prizm V|
|Battery Type||2 AA||Two 9V|
|Operating frequency||7.8kHz.||8.2 kHz.|
|Target ID||9-Segment viisual and numerical||8 Segment|
|Tone ID||Adjustable Iron Audio||8 Tones|
|Ability to change coils||Yes||Yes|
|Ground balance||Computerized Ground Balancing + Manual GB||Auto Preset|
|Waterproof||Weatherproof, waterproofcoil||Coil only|
|Warranty||5 Years||2 Years|
|Number of Reviews|| 4
|Avg. User Rating||3.50||3.93|
|Avg. Durability Rating||3.88||4.00|
|Avg. Ease of Use Rating||4.75||2.50|
|Avg. Depth Rating|
Most helpful review for Fisher F44Fisher f44-great detector for the money
The F44 provides a lot of performance for a machine a little over $300. No other machine on the market has near the features of the F44 for the money. The custom mode, where tones can be assigned to each category, is an industry first that I'm sure many others will copy. Depth is very good for a low priced machine, and separation is decent.
Fisher advertises it as weatherproof, but I've found that if you're water hunting and happen to drop it, it won't leak. I wouldn't intentionally submerge it though. The build quality is good and light. Just because it doesn't weigh five pounds and made of steel doesn't mean it's not durable. Fisher machines are a lot tougher than they look.
This would be a very good beginner machine, as it's not too complicated. But I've got over 40 years in the hobby and don't feel at a disadvantage using it.
John Samsky from Manassas, Va.
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Most helpful review for Whites Prizm VSo many people over look the Prizm V and it's capability's
Had the Prizm V since last April 3rd of 2005, and like with everything before you write you need to test it.
There are pro's and con's to all detectors, but with each one you learn what it's telling you, and it'll be fun to use.
It's light. You can swing this all day and still feel fresh.
It's accurate in depth.
It's accurate in telling what the find is. When it says it's a quarter, then that what it is.
Limited coils. But heard from White's that their researching new coils.
It has some lag time when hitting target.
It's not one of the deepest.
That about it for the con's.
The Prizm V is a fun machine to use. Even though there is a shortage of coils the two will do quite good. Except in trashy areas. A 5? coil is needed when doing these spots. Also it would be nice if they had a 12?coil.
I'm a coin, and jewelry hunter, and my spots are soccer fields, parks, playgrounds and even walking trails.
As with any machine learning what it is saying is the key to finding.
The Prizm V is not one of the deepest machines, but I have reached down to about 7".
The multi-tone feature (8 tones) is a pleasure to use since you need to look at the screen less often. When started you will be on single tone, but when touching the multi-tone key this will bring you into 8 tone. Holding the button for 3 seconds will give you a 3 tone unit. Until I became adjusted to the 8 tone I thought it was playing Pop Goes The Weasel, but now I would feel lost without it.
Pinpointing is accurate and target should be under the center of the coil with either the 8? or the 9.5?.
The Prizm V also has VCO pin pointing which means the tone of the freq changes to a higher tone when over the target. This is a nice feature, but many do without it.
The Prizm V when taking the factory defaults is a silent running machine. This is notching out nails and foil. When I first got the machine I had to shut it off and turn it back on just to make sure it was functioning, and with the touch pad you can adjust on the fly when hunting.
We make our trips to Maine about 5 times a year and have had no trouble with it on the beach.
In the dry sand you can open all the defaults and adjust the sen to the least falsing.
But in the wet sand it is best to take the factory defaults notching out the first two and making whatever adjustments needed to the sen.
The Prizm isn't one of the best, nor is it one of the worst. When comparing the cost to other's the Prizm will do what it is suppose to do, and that's finding coins.
Will the other Prizm's do just as well with less features, sure, but sometimes you just want it all.
So if your considering the Prizm V and it's price? You may be picking out a keeper.
Good Luck and Happy Hunting
Bruce from Upper NY
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