What's New in 2016
2016 brings a new crop of fishfinders that are better than ever - both in value and in technology. Here's the quick rundown of what's new this year, see our fish finder reviews to find out which is the best fishfinder for you:
Humminbird is expanding their Helix series. There are now 9, 10 and 12 inch Helix models. Each display comes with a choice of sonar only, down imaging or side imaging transducer. The down imaging and side imaging transducers are the 1000W versions. MSRP varies from $699 for the 9 inch sonar only unit to $2299 for the 12 inch CHIRP side imaging version.
Garmin adds CHIRP functionality to their echoMap series along with the more competitive pricing. For the budget oriented customers, Garmin introduced the new Striker series. The Striker units don't have mapping capability, they offer only basic chartplotting. The low end model has a 4.3 inch display and costs $119, the 7 inch side imaging unit has a very attractive price of $499 and should be a big hit this season.
Lowrance is introducing the new Touch Imaging lineup. The 5 and 7 inch displays have touchscreen capability. There are 2 types of transducers available - TotalScan transducer provides side imaging and down imaging while DownScan supports down imaging only. Prices vary from $449 for the 5 inch downscan unit to $749 for the 7 inch totalscan version.
|Lowrance||Elite 9 CHIRP||2/29/2016||$100 Back||Form
|Lowrance||Elite 7 CHIRP|
Elite 5 CHIRP
Elite 4 CHIRP
|Lowrance||Elite 3x CHIRP||2/29/2016||$10 Back||Form
|Raymarine||Dragonfly 7 PRO||4/30/2016||$150 Back||Form
|Raymarine||Dragonfly 5 PRO||4/30/2016||$100 Back||Form
The Helix 10 SI GPS unit weighs under five pounds and measures 13.44 inches wide x 7.12 inches high x 4.2 inches deep. The fish finder features an impressive 10.1 inch wide screen having a 16:9 ratio that presents images in 1024 x 600 high-definition adjustable color resolution. The larger screen provides more room for split-screen views, which makes navigating and tracking fish that much simpler.
Lowrance understands the passion that anglers have for fishing. Keeping this in mind, the company continues improving tools that make the pastime more productive and enjoyable. For the convenience of people who fish for fun or profit, Lowrance introduced the Elite 5Ti fishfinder/chartplotter at the beginning of December 2015. The comprehensive device comes equipped with a host of features while being user friendly and providing optimal performance.
The Garmin Striker 5dv is a compact, waterproof, and easy-to-use 5-inch fishfinder with CHIRP sonar. The rugged design withstands the harsh marine environment with excellent performance. The Striker is designed to allow you to mark your favorite fishing spots and navigate back easily, saving you time and money.
The Elite-7 Ti from Lowrance is a combination touchscreen fishfinder/chartplotter with powerful performance matched with high-end features and functionality at an affordable price. The 7-inch high-resolution, LED-backlit touchscreen provides quick access to all its features. High-performance sonar provides views of the environment underneath your boat. Balanced sonar needs are covered by simultaneous Low/Mid/High CHIRP or alternatively, StructureScan HD while offering 83/200/455/800 kHz frequency coverage.
At one and a half pounds, the Garmin Striker 7sv measures 9.3 by 5.5 inches with a 2.3 inch depth. It bears a 3.6 by 6 inch screen with a definition of 800 by 480 pixels that allows multiple sharp images to be displayed simultaneously. The display is also brilliantly backlit to make it legible even on the sunniest days and is flanked by a group of control buttons. Power from the device’s built-in rechargeable battery is sent through an included cable to a GT52 transducer where it generates an assortment of sonar pulses.
Humminbird continually surveys product consumers for suggestions in order to make their line of fishfinders more in tune with the needs of anglers. In response, for November 2015, the company introduced a new series of Helix units that include the Humminbird Helix 9 DI. Whether you enjoy an occasional day at the lake or are a professional angler, the new Humminbird Helix 9 DI was designed to make your efforts more productive.
No one wants to waste time casting their line into an empty stretch of water. The Garmin Striker 4dv is designed to be easy to use while eliminating the guesswork, so fishermen can focus on the true challenge of the sport. The Garmin Striker 4dv has a compact form that fits easily into any size of boat.
Here it is, the Humminbird model anglers around the country have been waiting for – the 7 inch Helix. The technology is a step up from the 5 series and provides anglers with brighter, clearer, faster and bigger images. The Helix 7 is appropriate for fresh or salt water use to depths ranging from 150 to 1,500 feet.
The freshwater sonar market has become very competitive in the last couple years with Garmin and Raymarine becoming major players. If you’re looking for a fishfinder/GPS combo for under $700, you have three great choices: Lowrance Elite-7 HDI, Garmin echoMap 50dv and Raymarine Dragonly. Let’s put them all to the test and find out which one is the best.
It’s Saturday morning, very early. It’s quiet, enough to hear a pin drop in your boat. The lake is like a mirror, and you marvel at the silent beauty as you float along. But wait, there’s something missing in this scene, something quite important. Where are the fish? If your instinct can’t find them, don’t panic–technology can.
Our Editor’s Choice Award for the Best Side-Imaging Fishfinder goes to the Humminbird Helix 5 SI GPS. The Helix 5 series offers anglers a range of pricing and options to fit any need without breaking the bank. No other manufacturer can match theses versatile units on functionality and value.
The Garmin echoMap 53dv has a 5 inch high-contrast color display with keypad control and a MicroSD port. The LakeVu cartography and mapping solution provides you with instant access to over 17,000 lakes and rivers throughout North America.
Our Editor’s Choice Award for 2015 goes to the Raymarine Dragonfly 5PRO. We feel that the new Dragonfly offers superior CHIRP imaging capability that surpasses other units on the market. The wide spectrum CHIRP sonar pulses across multiple sonar frequencies simultaneously. With more sonar pulse entering the water, the Dragonfly can see
Lowrance Mark-4 CHIRP is a great choice for everyday anglers who are looking to gain an upper hand on gamefish without spending a lot of money. The new Mark 4 is an inexpensive addition to any angler’s toolbox. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with some excellent fish finding features.
New for 2015 is the Garmin echoMAP 73sv fish finder/chartplotter. The unit comes with the power/data cable, a quick-release and flush mounts, a protective cover, the GT 40-TM, 12-pin transducer, all of the necessary hardware and an owner’s manual. The quick-release mount is exclusive to Garmin and enables anglers to permanently install the swivel mount and cable.
Raymarine recently introduced the Dragonfly 4PRO in the latest generation of affordable fish finders. Though new to the market, the product has already garnered attention. Pacific Yachting recently awarded the Dragonfly 4 “Best in Show” at the Vancouver International Boat Show.
Combining GPS with sonar and detailed mapping, Garmin has created a fishfinder unmatched by any rivals in its price range. With the Garmin echoMAP 93sv, the challenge of guessing where the fish are is virtually at an end, and the fisherman can focus on the real sport of getting the fish to take the bait.
The Helix series features affordable, compact fishfinders that offer all of the features of the larger, more expensive models at the fraction of the cost of similar, older units. The Humminbird Helix 5 DI GPS in particular comes loaded with features that rival the Humminbird 859.
echoMAP 43dv is the new addition to the Garmin’s growing line-up of sonar products. Upon opening the box, anglers find the head unit, the power and data cable, the quick-release mount, GT20-TM/4-pin transducer, a trolling motor mount and all of the necessary mounting hardware in addition to the manual.
Dragonfly 5PRO is Raymarine’s latest offering and it comes with all sorts of bells and whistles such as CHIRP sonar. CHIRP is a wide spectrum sonar technology. It basically means more signals are sent into the water, resulting in better detail coming back to the unit. The end result is better clarity to help you distinguish what you are seeing.