Top Five Fishfinders

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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

Lowrance Elite-5 HDI – Review

Overall Rating44444
  • 4 / 55
17 votes, 4 avg. rating (80 % score)
 

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The Lowrance Elite-5 HDI features Dual Hybrid Imaging. This is a combination of two technologies, which are Downscan Imaging and Broadband Sounder. These technologies offer fishermen a great view of the water column and everything that’s in it.

The Broadband Sounder Technology is built into the new skimmer transducer which makes it easy to track lure action and mark fish arches. This can be done while the Downscan Imaging offers lifelike views of the details of the bottom and structure. Boaters can use the Downscan Overlay to layer the view from the Downscan Imaging system over the Broadband Sounder for an excellent view that clearly exposes and separates the surrounding structure from fish targets. Also, using the rotary knob on the Elite-5 HDI, the overlay transparency is easily changed and completely adjustable. This fishfinder also has a TrackBack system that permits fishermen to review fish targets, transitions, and structure by scrolling back the recorded sonar history. Anglers don’t have to circle back and retrace their path because the TrackBack system can pinpoint locations.


The chartplotter capability features a highly accurate built in GPS antenna as well as a detailed map of the US with over 3,000 rivers and lakes in addition to coastal contours upto 1,000 feet. The new online Genesis map creation service permits anglers to create their own high resolution, custom, contour vegetation and bottom hardness maps from the sonar logs that are recorded with this chartplotter feature.
The five inch color display has high resolution and a user friendly menu system that offers fast access to all features. There are many different display options and many different configurations of chartplotter, imaging, and sounder screens. While live chart and sonar are displayed, anglers can even choose a multi window.


The HDI 50/200 kHz Skimmer transducer is great for Great lakes and deeper coastal locations. The HDI 83/200 kHz option is best applicable to fishing inland. The HDI 50/200 kHz and the 83/200 kHz Broadband Sounder will reach respective depths of up to 2,500 and 1,000 feet. The depth capability of DownScan Imaging is up to 300 feet. Transducer accessories that are optional include a trolling motor flush mount and adapter kits as well as many bronze thru hull HDI transducers.

The Lowrance Advantage Service Program provides a one year limited warranty and the Elite-5 HDI series can be bought from authorized Lowrance distributors and dealers throughout Canada and the US starting in August 2013. You can get a great deal on Lowrance Elite-5 HDI – here.

 
 

Garmin EchoMAP 50s vs Raymarine Dragonfly vs Lowrance Elite-5 HDI

Garmin EchoMAP 50sRaymarine DragonflyLowrance Elite-5 HDI
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Screen Size5 in5.7 in5 in
Screen Resolution480 x 640 pixels 640 x 480 pixels480 x 480 pixels
Display TypeColor VGAColor VGA256 Color TFT
Imaging2D2D and Down Imaging2D and Down Imaging
Transducer TypeTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling Motor
Transmit Power500W (RMS) / 4,000W (peak to peak) 500W RMS
4000W Peak-To-Peak
250W RMS, 30,000W Peak to Peak
Sonar Frequency 200/77 kHz 200 kHz Sonar/350 kHz Down Vision (50/200 kHz or 83/200 kHz) 2D
455/800 kHz Down Scan
Maximum Depth1,900 ft fresh water / 700 ft salt water 600 ft in both DownVision and Sonar modes1000 ft/2500 ft 2D
300 ft Down Scan
GPS Antenna TypeInternalInternalInternal
Waypoint Storage50003000 3000
Routes100150100
MSRP$499.99$649.99$499.99
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  • 33333

This is a good fishfinder. Split screen feature is nice but it’s not very readable when you have all three views displayed at once. I should’ve bought HDI 7, bigger screen and higher resolution are definately worth the price difference.

  • 55555

This fishfinder is very to install and use. I like the split screen feature – displaying both broadband and downimage at the same time. I bought the Gold Charts bundle and I was surprised to find out that you can’t update the maps that come with the unit. You can update the card only if it was sold separately. It’s not likely I’m going to need an update but it would be nice to have that option. Other than that – a great unit.

Very disappointed with this unit, hopeless at speed and doesn’t show fish.

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