Top Five Fishfinders

RankModelRatingMore Info
1Raymarine Dragonfly4.864.864.864.864.86
2Garmin echo 551dv4.864.864.864.864.86
3Humminbird 698ci HD SI4.714.714.714.714.71
4Raymarine Dragonfly74.84.84.84.84.8
5Garmin echoMap 70dv4.754.754.754.754.75

Fishfinder comparison – Lowrance DSI vs Humminbird DI

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There are so many exceptional fishfinders out on the market today that it makes your job as a consumer easier to get the one that best suits your needs. There are a variety of models with different options, designs, and most importantly prices for you to choose from. If you are in the market for a fishfinder for your boat then you will want to consider two of the top brands, Humminbird and Lowrance. Each of these companies have multiple model types, but today I want to compare the Humminbird DI fishfinders with Lowrance DSI fishfinders because of their comparable features.
Next we will compare their sonar, power, and advanced technological features. The sonar comparisons are very difficult on these two models because they are similar. Humminbird has Down Imaging and Lowrance has their DownScan Imaging and they both give you a spectacular view down to 250-feet using DI or DSI technology, but as low as 1,000-feet without those options turned on. Another similarity is the power output, because both units are rated at up to 4,000 watts peak-to-peak. The only difference is that the Humminbird has a little more technology built into their fishfinders, but up and down the comparable models are basically the same features. I believe because of their similarities that the power, sonar, and technology review winner is ….. a tie.

In conclusion, I find these units to very similar in features and options. The deciding factor is the Humminbird DI having a much higher resolution. In this head-to-head competition I am crowning the Humminbird DI models victorious over the Lowrance DSI units.

Lowrance HDS-5 vs Lowrance Elite-5 vs Humminbird 597ci HD DI

Lowrance HDS-5Lowrance Elite-5 DSIHumminbird 597ci HD DI
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Screen Size5 in / 127 mm5 in / 127 mm5 in / 127 mm
Screen Resolution480 x 480 pixels 480 x 480 pixels640 x 640 pixels
Display Type16-bit color SolarMAX™ PLUS TFT 256-color SolarMAX PLUS TFT 256 Color TFT
Imaging2DDown Imaging2D and Down Imaging
Transducer TypeTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling Motor
Transmit PowerMax 250W Broadband, analog equivalent 30,000W and 32W Broadband, analog equivalent 3,750 W 500W RMS
4000W Peak-To-Peak
500W RMS
4000W Peak-To-Peak
Sonar Frequency 50/83/200 kHz 455/800 kHz 200/455 kHz 2D
455/800 kHz Down Imaging
Maximum Depth1900 ft1000 ft600 ft 2D
250 ft Down Imaging
GPS Antenna TypeInternal, high-sensitivity GPS+WAASInternal high-sensitivity WAAS + EGNOS + MSAS Internal
Waypoint Storage50003000 2,500
Routes20010050
Plot TrailsUp to 10 trails - up to 12,000 points/trail 100 retraceable plot trails/up to 10,000 points per trail50 w/ 20,000 points each
Background MapLake InsightOver 3,000 enhanced lake maps with depth contour and shoreline detail, plus coastal shoreline detail with offshore depth contours to 1,000 ft./305 m and spot depth soundingsHumminbird UniMap
MSRP$719.99$629.99$649.99
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Lowrance HDS-7 vs Humminbird 798ci SI vs Humminbird 858c DI

Lowrance HDS-7Humminbird 798ci SI Humminbird 858c DI
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Screen Size6.4 in / 163 mm5 in / 127 mm7 in
Screen Resolution480 x 640 pixels 640 x 640 pixels480 x 800 pixels
Display Type16-bit color Full VGA SolarMAX™ PLUS TFT256 Color TFT16:9 Color TFT
Imaging2D2D and Side Imaging2D and Down Imaging
Transducer TypeTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling Motor
Transmit PowerMax 250W Broadband, analog equivalent 30000W and 32W Broadband, analog equivalent 3750W 500W RMS
4000W Peak-to-Peak
500W RMS
4000W Peak-To-Peak
Sonar Frequency 50/83/200 kHz 83/200 kHz 2D
455 kHz Side Imaging
200/455 kHz 2D
455/800 kHz Down Imaging
Maximum Depth5000 ft / 1524 m1500 ft 2D
100 ft Side Imaging
600 ft 2D
250 ft Down Imaging
GPS Antenna TypeInternal, high-sensitivity GPS+WAASInternalInternal
Waypoint Storage500025003000
Routes2005050
Plot TrailsUp to 10 trails - up to 12,000 points/trail 50 w/20,000 points each 50 w/20,000 points each
Background MapExpanded U.S. BaseMap or Insight USAHumminbird ContourXDHumminbird Contour XD
MSRP$1119.99$1109.99$1199.99
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Lowrance HDS-8 vs Humminbird 898c SI vs Humminbird 958c DI

Lowrance HDS-8Humminbird 898c SI Humminbird 958c DI
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Screen Size8.4 in / 213 mm7 in8 in
Screen Resolution600 x 800 pixels 480 x 800 pixels480 x 800 pixels
Display Type16-bit color Super VGA SolarMAX™ PLUS TFT 256 Color TFT16:9 Color TFT
Imaging2D2D and Side Imaging2D and Down Imaging
Transducer TypeTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling Motor
Transmit PowerMax 250W Broadband, analog equivalent 30,000W and 32W Broadband, analog equivalent 3,750 W equivalent 3750W 1000W RMS
8000W Peak-to-Peak
500W RMS
4000W Peak-To-Peak
Sonar Frequency 50/83/200 kHz 83/200 kHz 2D
455/800 kHz Side Imaging
200/455 kHz 2D
455/800 kHz Down Imaging
Maximum Depth5000 ft / 1524 m1500 ft 2D
150 ft Side Imaging
600 ft 2D
250 ft Down Imaging
GPS Antenna TypeInternal, high-sensitivity GPS+WAASInternalInternal
Waypoint Storage500030003000
Routes2005050
Plot TrailsUp to 10 trails - up to 12,000 points/trail 50 w/20,000 points each 50 w/20,000 points each
Background MapExpanded U.S. BaseMap or Insight USAHumminbird ContourXDHumminbird Contour XD
MSRP$1819.99$1666.99$1499.99
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Lowrance HDS-10 vs Humminbird 1198ci SI vs Humminbird 1158c DI

Lowrance HDS-10Humminbird 1198ci SIHumminbird 1158c DI
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Screen Size10.4 in / 264 mm10.4 in / 264 mm10.4 in / 264 mm
Screen Resolution600 x 800 pixels 480 x 800 pixels480 x 800 pixels
Display Type16-bit color Super VGA SolarMAX™ PLUS TFT 4:3 Color TFT 4:3 Color TFT
Imaging2D2D and Side Imaging2D and Down Imaging
Transducer TypeTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling Motor
Transmit PowerMax 250W Broadband, analog equivalent 30,000W and 32W Broadband, analog equivalent 3,750 W equivalent 3750W 1000W RMS
8000W Peak-to-Peak
500W RMS
4000W Peak-To-Peak
Sonar Frequency 50/83/200 kHz 83/200 kHz 2D
455/800 kHz Side Imaging
200/455 kHz 2D
455/800 kHz Down Imaging
Maximum Depth5000 ft / 1524 m1500 ft 2D
150 ft Side Imaging
600 ft 2D
250 ft Down Imaging
GPS Antenna TypeInternal, high-sensitivity GPS+WAASInternalInternal
Waypoint Storage500030003000
Routes2005050
Plot TrailsUp to 10 trails - up to 12,000 points/trail 50 w/20,000 points each 50 w/20,000 points each
Background MapExpanded U.S. BaseMap or Insight USAHumminbird ContourXDHumminbird Contour XD
MSRP$2429.99$2799.99$2199.99
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