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Review by:
Mark Ellington
User Experience:
7+ years
Submitted on:
Aug 6, 2008
User Rating:
*****


Okay...are you ready for this? I'm going to open this F5 review with a very bold statement. The new Fisher F5 has the BEST user interface of ANY metal detector I've ever used! And I've used a bunch!

The Fisher F5 is yet another weapon in Fisher's ongoing "War on bad ergonomics and interfaces" that tends to plague the hobby industry. The absolute brilliance of the design makes me wonder "why in the world hasn't someone already done this?" Sure...hobby detectors have used knobs in the past to control functions (like Fisher's own venerable CZ series), but never before has there been this perfect storm of digital, software driven power combined with the ease of tactile knob control.

The F5 knob settings are instantly relayed to the user in a window in the bottom left of the display (settings). When you give the gain a tweak, the window intelligently switches to the gain setting... adjust the ground balance, it shows you that too! The same goes for Threshold, Discrimination, Tones and more. When you're not adjusting something, the window displays the current ground "phase" setting. It's a great concept... all adjustments can be made on the fly, and you're instantly informed on what you're changing (and by how much).

Each of the knobs on the F5 is strategically placed so you can "thumb" the controls. If I hear a deep target that is on the fringe of detection, I don't have to dig through layers of menus to adjust the gain or threshold...a quick reach with the thumb of my detecting hand and I can ease the controls up quickly and efficiently! When I'm done, it's a very simple task to "thumb" it right back to my starting point...

Speaking of gain and threshold, the F5 puts these to control knobs side-by-side for a reason. There is a very synergistic relationship that has to be seen to be believed! High gain or high threshold…which will be best for my current hunting site? The flexibility offered for adapting to all your various hunt sites and their challenges are incredible. There is a local farm that I hunt that is surrounded by an electric cattle fence. I have had to hunt this spot with ridiculously low settings on older detectors just to make it bearable. With the F5, I can adjust the Threshold control to around -1 or -2 and still get very impressive depths!... without the noise and chatter this spot usually bombards me with. Since using the F5 in this pasture, I've recovered several old silver coins that I just could not hear with my older detectors!

The threshold control also does something else. Have you ever hunted a site that drove you nuts due to tiny bits of foil, rusted tin, etc.? By lowering the Threshold control, you can partially eliminate the F5's sensitivity to 'em! As a precaution, I tested this in my coin garden to see if it would have a major impact on the depth I could get coin sized targets. Although there was a very slight loss of depth, I was still able to hear coin sized stuff within about ½ of an inch of the "zero" setting on the threshold (this was adjusting the threshold to around -2 or -3...plenty to get rid of the tiny stuff on most sites).

The audio on the F5 is amazingly descriptive. You have the option to choose single, two, three or four tones. However, there's a lot more to the F5 audio than just the number of tones! There are some amazing tonal qualities that change according the cleanness of the signal, proximity to other targets, tone mode selected, etc. I'm reminded of a few old analog detectors I've owned that although 1 tone, gave me a lot of information about the target due to the "little things" you hear in the audio. In other words, there's much more going on here than just "BEEP!" on a target.

Another super-cool feature on the F5 is the "Phase lock" button. I mentioned earlier that the F5 has a brilliant user interface. The F5 is also spectacular in another area... user information! The F5 feeds the hunter with important data in "real time". The "Phase lock" button allows you to "grab" one of these real-time bits of information...the phase reading! Phase and ground balance are nearly synonymous (at least in practical use terms). While hunting, you can glance at the "phase" reading on the right, and if it is several numbers off from the static ground balance reading in the "Setting" window, you have two options. One is to manually tweak the GND BAL knob to match the setting, or my favorite method, a quick press of the "Phase Lock" button, and it's set for you!

You have the usual TID (target identification) on the big, clear LCD screen, but you also have other key bits of intelligence streaming to you. One is the Fe3O4 bar on the GND DATA window on the right. This tells the user about the amount of "magnetite" in the soil, which can affect the accuracy of the target ID circuits in the F5. The other is the previously mentioned "PHASE" reading, and lastly there's the CONFIDENCE bar. The bar tells me how "sure" is the detector that the target identified along the TID arc (Fe, Foil, Tab, 5ct, etc.) is indeed what it says it is. It is yet another piece of information for the user to add to his/her list of "evidence" when investigating a possible goody! Really deep targets, and targets partially "masked" by other junk items can fool even the best, so good practice is "when in doubt...DIG!".

Hunting with the F5 is sheer, ecstatic joy! The weight and balance are great...the controls intuitive and useful...the ground and target information...actually practical! Minutes can turn into hours while hunting without the usual fatigue setting in...a testimony to a metal detector that has both the physical stuff right (weight, balance and ergonomics) , as well as the abstract stuff... (Can I call it "mental and emotional fatigue?). I have hunted with detectors in the past that "wore me out!" both physically and mentally due to bad physical design, constant chatter and horrible menu systems that made you have to dig through layer after layer to change something. NOT so with the F5!

F5 features:
* Tremendous battery life (I've gotten over 40 hours from a pair of 9 volt batteries!)
* Incredibly descriptive adjustable audio ID (1 tone, 2 tones, 2 tones or 4 tones)...tones also adjustable in All-metal mode
* Great in-ground depth performance
* Very accurate target ID at depth
* Visual target ID while in all-metal mode
* Brilliant user interface
* Tons of useful ground/target information in real time
* Nice big LCD display
* Solid construction and materials
* Great and simple NOTCH feature for eliminating (or adding) targets
* Excellent elliptical concentric coil
* Included Velcro cable and arm cup straps!
* Frequency adjustment for hunting near other detectors or electric fences, power lines, etc.

Summary
The new Fisher F5 is a metal detector that will set a benchmark for it's incredibly well designed interface. I can see new Metal Detectorists and Veterans having a blast with it, as well as anyone who just likes the feel of knobs better than button pushing their way through menus. All the control is there for the power user...but in a whole new way! "Simple…yet intelligent" may sum up the F5 quite well! I find it quite ironic that Fisher Labs, the "Oldest name in Metal Detecting" is on the cutting edge of the newest technology! I very vigorously tip my hat to Jorge Anton Saad who was Lead Engineer on the F5 project...and well supported by the legendary Dave Johnson, John Gardiner and Mark Krieger. A job well done on what is sure to become a favorite metal detector for a lot of people!

Mark Ellington

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Review by:
GREG
User Experience:
Newbie
Submitted on:
Apr 13, 2009
User Rating:
*****


So far, I'm very happy with my Fisher F5. It is a little tricky to tune in. But if you give it a chance, you'll find that it does pick up small objects up to 10'' deep. The F5 is nice and lightweight. The pinpoint feature is also very nice. Yes, it has a lot of buttons and knobs, but I'm finding that it's getting easier to use. The Fisher F5 is easy to tune out, foil, pull tabs, nails, and empty bullet shells.
GREG
WILLIAMSTOWN, NJ

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Review by:
Kevin L
User Experience:
6 months to 2 years
Submitted on:
Oct 25, 2009
User Rating:
*****


The Fisher F5 Metal Detector is an excellent value for the money. I bought mine from Kellyco and I love it! One of the unit’s best traits is its recovery speeds. I put it to the ultimate test when in the field I found a nickel and a quarter stuck together. The F5 toned out for each of these! It does not get any better than that! I have been using the unit in Dry and Semi/Wet sand and I would classify the performance as EXCELLENT. This baby is a coin and jewelry magnet. The F5 is light, easy to swing and a solid design. You can't go wrong with this unit. I bought it as a mid range unit and I am so very pleased. I suspect you will be too!
Kevin L
Saco, Maine

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Review by:
Barry
User Experience:
7+ years
Submitted on:
Mar 22, 2010
User Rating:
*****


I have been metal detecting since the 1970s on and off. I have had luck with the cheaper model metal detectors, but have always had to dig the cans, tabs, and nails. I finally decided to upgrade. I was wanting a detector that would tell me what I am digging, one that I could ignore the things I wanted to ignore, and be able to hunt around old houses and parks but also be able to do some beach detecting. After a lot of research (several weeks) I decided on the Fisher F5. I am so happy. I thought that I was going to have to explain to my wife why I needed to buy a $1000 detector. The Fisher F5 has it all and at a mid-range price! I love having knobs and buttons instead of all buttons, I feel more in control of my settings. A slight learning curve, but after reading reviews, Youtube videos, and some forums I was pretty much set. It is easy to ground balance yourself, discriminate, and notch out what you don't want. Even if you don't want to discriminate it still shows you what you are over. It still picks up cans, but you learn to tell what they are in the display.
Just turn it on and ground balance, set your desired discrimination and your set to hunt. You can then set the number of tone ID variations between 1 and 4 (I like 4) with the push of one button. If you are picking up frequency interference you can change frequencies with the push of one button. When you are over a target you can pinpoint it with the touch of one button.
When over a target it will tell you what it most likely is at the top bar graph and how confident it is in the middle with a two digit number that IDs the target also. Then you just pinpoint it and it tells you the depth!
I would highly recommend this detector because it has everything you need at a mid range price. AWESOME!
Barry
Needville, Texas

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Review by:
Kevin
User Experience:
Newbie
Submitted on:
May 30, 2009
User Rating:
*****


I am very pleased with my new F5. I did a great deal of reading and research before I selected the F5. For my first detector, I wanted a unit that was about "middle of the road" and I had $500 to buy with.... the F5 was the obvious choice. Excellent company, 5 year warranty and the price was right in the range I wanted to spend. I've waited to write this review because I wanted to get some time on the unit ... so far I have been very pleased with the performance. The F5 does very well with coins! I actually had a quarter and a nickel on top of each other about 3 inches deep and the F5 gave me a dual tone for both! I could hardly believe it when I dug the coins and found them stuck to each other! They did not fool the F5! Battery life is BEYOND excellent and the VDI is very good as well. The F5 does well at the beach (If found an aluminum can 9" deep in dry sand) Once you ground balance this unit it works well in semi-wet sand and "OK" in the very wet sand. You need to back down the gain and the threshold settings in the surf, resulting in a loss of depth, but for shallow objects (1-3") it does find things!

My only complaint is that I would like to see more coils for this unit. Right now I understand there are only 3 types available. The F5 is an excellent land machine and does pretty well at the beach too... making it a good cross over machine for the beginner-Intermediate MD'er to cut their teeth on. The unit is very easy to use right out of the box, discrimination works like a charm and setting the ground balance is VERY easy to do with this unit. I really like the continual ground conditions read out! I am very pleased with my purchase and would highly recommend the F5 to a newbie or intermediate MD'er.

Kevin
Saco, Maine

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