As usual, our Minelab GPZ 7000 review is unbiased - we purchased the new machine at full price to test it and then develop training for use in our Gold Prospecting Seminars in Cue West Australia.
We have no affiliation with Minelab so you can be sure that what we say is how we see it!
Here is a video of a 21 Grammer found at 450-500mm in May 2015 in calcrete - we still have a some testing to do on different ground like salt lakes and essentially for big deep gold.
I does appear however that your decision will be based on the excessive cost of the machine compared to what ever perceived benefits the GPZ 7000 has over the GPX 5000 for finding gold.
Do you Agree or Disagree with what we think about the Minelab 5000?
Why dont you add your Minelab GPZ 7000 review to the bottom of this page there is a lot of people just like you that are trying to work out whether to invest the $AU10700 in this machine?
Help them make their decision either way.
...Help them out by including your review at the bottom of this page - at Here My Unbiased Minelab GPZ 7000 Review.
In terms of design, features, settings you cannot compare the GPZ 7000 with the GPX models or even the New SDC 2300 machines they are poles apart, so we will attempt to provide a comparison based on different criteria so it can help you make a more informed decision on whether to spend the excessive $10700 price that Minelab charge for the GPZ 7000 machine .
Comparison Between the Minelab GPZ 7000 and the Minelab 5000 and Minelab SDC 2300 Metal Detectors.
Note however that these detectors are used for different circumstances e.g the SDC2300 is for small gold close to the coil and is designed that way - it is not for Deep gold detecting! So how you view these criteria will depend on the main use you want for your metal detector!.
Holy Guacamole Batman! - you have to be a serious semi-professional (or a millionaire) using the GPZ 7000 on a permanent basis to justify the cost of the machine!
Looks like Minelab are penny pinchers on this one - a poor effort for the GPZ 7000
|Out of the Box Setup and Use.||
|Weight of Machine and Comfort in Use.||
40% additional weight in the 7000 does have an effect, this is not for older folk or those that have arm, shoulder, hip or back weaknesses. Make sure you hire and try before you buy to test how it will impact on you physically!
|Learning Curve and Experience to Master.||
|Small Gold Sensitivity||
This is a difficult criteria to judge because you will not e buying the GPZ 7000 specifically to find small gold whereas the 2300 is specifically for that task and the 5000 is very sensitive to small gold.
|Large Deep Nuggets.||
|Noise and difficult Ground.||
The Minelab 5000 can be tuned so there is no extraneous noise, this is extremely important because if there is any extraneous noise apart from your threshold hum you are definitely leaving gold in the ground!
If you are using headphones you are not getting all the target sound and unless you have excellent hearing will miss small targets - external speakers are essential in our opinion and the only time you should not use them is in windy or stealth conditions.
Minelab have themselves to blame over this which is the commonest criticism we have encountered by people using the GPZ 7000. Lack of information and initial user training really made this an issue that maybe should not have been so damaging.
|After Market Gear and Protective Bags||
Minelab deserve a kick in the butt for this, also the fact that there was no protective bag, or cover for the LED screen control panel and it was either a lack of planning or disinterest in their customer needs that caused it. Either way, for the most expensive metal detector ever released to the consumer market it was unforgiveable.
This will be a decision you need to make after reading this Minelab GPZ 7000 Review and others below - I think it should be based on a number of criteria such as
If it helps your decision in any way, Udo has not been using the GPZ 7000 and I have been doing all the testing.
He is of the belief that everything that I have found with the 7000 would have been found with the Minelab GPX 5000 using a 17x11' mono NuggetFinder coils for the deeper nuggets (21grams at 450-500mm in calcrete) and a 11x7" NuggetFinder Mono coil for the smaller nuggets.
We have not yet found any deeper bigger nuggets because, basically, you have to walk over them first!
One advantage is that you can metal detect small gold and large deep gold nuggets with the one Metal detector by simply changing the settings. This eliminates buying and changing coils which is necessary with the Minelab GPX 5000 and earlier models.
Right now there is a lot of Minelab 5000's coming on to the market second hand with plenty of additional parts supplied. So it may be a good time to upgrade to the 5000 if you do not have one.
Just beware when you are buying a second hand machine that the scum of the world are not taking advantage of you.
There are MANY Minelab detectors that are counterfeit, I would imagine you can find these on Gumtree or Ebay but just beware and make sure that you buy legitimate machines.
Buy form a Minelab Dealer and pay the slight premium for protection.
See this page Counterfeit Minelab Metal Detectors
What is your experience of the GPZ 7000 is it value for money, are you finding extra gold, is it noisy?
Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...
Learnt a lot in Cue.
I used a brand new GPZ 7000 this year in Cue over 2.5 months in my first journey to the Western Australian goldfields. To start with I found difficulty …
GPZ 7000 vs GPX 5000
After owning a 7000 for several months and trying all the settings and advice from JP and others I still felt something was amiss. I got a hold of …
From my understanding these reviews are spot on It's unfortunate no cover for the lcd screen and paper instructions are not there. I feel this has …
Ground Balancing in iron rich and or salty ground
In WA much of our ground is iron rich, we export the stuff. Swing a magnet and it comes back with a fuzz of magnetite attached. Generally however …
GPZ 7000 ,The Verdict is still out
Hi everyone Camel Catcher here- Well I purchased the 7000 after much debate and before a lot of people started to put there two cents in at forums and …
G. P. Z. 7000. How good is it really ?
Hello everyone. First off can I say what a terrific report on the GPZ 7000, really well done, congratulations. In 2007 Jonathan Porter released a double …
We all know the 7K is heavy and that's why minelab have included the harness u all to assemble and adjust to carry the weight of the machine. Most …
2018 experience with GPZ7000 Not rated yet
Since writing an article in 2015 describing the unsatisfactory performance of the GPZ 7000 in some of WA's iron rich areas several events have occurred. …
Over priced Not rated yet
Listening to your theory it is 100% correct, Minelab in my eyes, are greedy and went for the consumer $$$ .. I work very hard for my money and in my eyes …
GPZ 7000 only heavy if unbalanced Not rated yet
I've found the GPZ 7000 to be a dream to use,I dont use the harness, but the best practice is to use the 7000 close to you, You only need to sweep 25 to …
Minelab 7000 - The Best Metal Detector Ever Made Not rated yet
We have had the GPZ 7000 since they first hit the scene, also we have bought 2 of them and had very good results in virgin ground a 29 gram piece at 800mm …
Is it worth it? Not rated yet
Hello everyone I been detecting since 2006 and since the last 3 years I am a full-time Prospector, Detectorist, Operator, call me what you will. I …
7000 Getting More Nuggets - From Old - Same Ground Not rated yet
We stopped going to one area in SE Queensland ,no more targets then along came the 7000 back to the same targetless area and after 5 months we are over …
Comment by taillight prospecting Regarding the Minelab GPZ 7000 Not rated yet
Had a GPX5000 but because I generally upgrade to each new Detector Minelab bring out. I like the concept of the 7000, but believe Minelab have presented …
Return to Gold Prospecting home Page from Minelab GPZ 7000 Review page