In the six years we’ve reviewed metal detectors, we’ve come to realize most of them aren’t very accurate at estimating depth. The Bounty Hunter Titanium Camo, however, got the depth right 46 percent of the time during our tests, the most of any metal detector in our comparison.
Depth is displayed on a five-notch scale on the right side of the large LED screen. One notch means the object is up to 2 inches below the surface, two notches means it is between 2 and 3 inches deep, three notches is between 4 and 5 inches, four notches is around 6 or 7 inches deep and five notches means the object is 8 inches below the surface or deeper. The Titanium Camo was able to pick up brass, silver, zinc, iron, aluminum and gold buried 10 and sometimes 12 inches deep.
The concentric search coil is rated to search 11 inches into the ground, though the instructions do say accuracy will suffer any deeper than 8 inches. The Titanium Camo correctly identified 54 percent of the objects we buried, one of the highest accuracy rates in our testing. During our tests we tried to leave each detector’s sensitivity level as close to the factory setting as possible unless it picked up a lot of interference or didn’t pick up anything at all. This metal detector has eight sensitivity levels from 4 to 12, and the factory setting, which we were able to leave it on, was 8. Overall it picked up 86 percent of the objects we buried, regardless of whether it identified them correctly, so this device is going to find things for you.
The Titanium Camo has several features that make metal detecting easier and more accurate. For one, you can adjust the volume so the machine’s beeping doesn’t annoy people around you. Other metal detectors including the Winbest Master-200 and the Garrett Ace 400 lack volume control. It also has notching and discrimination capabilities. Notching allows you to selectively include or exclude target categories of metal from your search, and detailed, easy-to-understand instructions to do this are included in the manual. Discrimination is also explained, which gives you the ability to exclude certain ranges of metals from your search. These two features make it easier to, for example, search for a lost piece of jewelry.
This metal detector’s screen also has small tabs to show you what you might have found. While the target ID number reveals what kind of metal you’ve most likely found, the light-up tab is a bonus feature that tells you whether it might be a dime, a nickel or various other commonly found objects.
No screwdriver or other tools were necessary to assemble this 2.5-pound metal detector, though the shop we ordered it from on Amazon didn’t include a piece of the shaft necessary to put it all together. Due to time constraints, we used another detector’s shaft to finish assembly and start testing. You should get 20-25 hours of treasure hunting time from the 9-volt battery that powers the detector, and it comes with a two-year warranty in case the device has any issues.