Question: What is the difference between a Garrett AT Pro and Minelab CTX 3030?
Comparison of Garrett AT Pro and Minelab CTX 3030
The Garrett AT Pro has an adjustable 15 kHz frequency.
The Minelab CTX 3030 has multi-frequency and uses 28 different frequencies simultaneously between 1.5 and 100kHz.
The AT Pro has a scaled numeric target ID with a depth indicator, push-button power, sensitivity, iron discrimination, notch discrimination, pinpointing and mode toggles.
The CTX 3030 has a full-color touch screen with adjustable backlit display with all of those features plus more sensitivity settings on a quick menu.
The 3030 also has a built in Geostore GPS function.
Both detectors have manual and automatic ground balancing.
Target Identification and Discrimination
The AT Pro has six search modes, three standard – coins, custom and zero discrimination – and three pro modes with eight sensitivity adjustments. It also has iron and notch discrimination.
The CTX 3030 has ten customizable modes including coins, beach, relic, silver and high trash. The other five are custom options. The CTX can also differentiate between ferrous and conductive properties.
Both machines have iron audio.
The CTX 3030 and AT Pro are submersible up to ten feet so you can search in and under both fresh and salt water.
The CTX has an extra seawater function that reduces false signals from wet sands.
The Pro has three tone audio and uses wired MS-2 headphones.
The CTX has four tone audio with a noise cancel option and is wireless using WiStream.
The Pro uses Garrett’s PROformance 8.5” x 11” DD coil.
The CTX 3030 has Minelab’s 11” DD Smart coil with a skid plate.
Length and Weight
The Pro has an adjustable maximum length of 53" and weighs 3.03lbs.
The CTX has an adjustable length to 55" and weighs 5.20lbs.
The AT Pro takes standard AAs.
The CTX uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
The CTX 3030 is a more expensive investment than the AT Pro.