Top Five Fishfinders

RankModelRatingMore Info
1Raymarine Dragonfly4.714.714.714.714.71
2Garmin echo 551dv4.84.84.84.84.8
3Humminbird 859ci HD DI4.64.64.64.64.6
4Garmin echoMap 70dv4.754.754.754.754.75
5Humminbird 698ci HD SI4.334.334.334.334.33

Raymarine Dragonfly Review

Overall Rating4.714.714.714.714.71
 

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The Raymarine Dragonfly is a combination of GPS and fish finder, making it an ideal tool for those who want a bit more fishing success even in unfamiliar waters. At just over $700 at most retailers, it is still considered an “affordable” model, and is packed to the gills with features. The most relevant to the average angler is going to be the sonar feature. The device’s “DownVision” technology helps to bring in remarkably clear images on the 5.7-inch screen, allowing the user to get a good look at where fish might be hiding. Also of note is the GPS acquisition—it picks up signals quickly and has a fairly large library of US coastal and inland waters upon which you can rely.


The DragonFly brings a new technology – CHIRP – that until now was only available on high-end fishfinders that cost thousands. Unlike traditional fishfinders that use single or double frequency, the new Raymarine model uses a range of frequencies at the same time. CHIRP stands for Compressed High Intensity Radar Pulse and is considered by many the future of sonar fishfinders.

The other major feature that should get users excited is the screen itself. It has remarkably high resolution for a screen of its size, even when the sun is shining directly onto the screen. Coupled with the slightly larger than average screen size, this makes for an intriguingly useful device for the price point.

Compare To…

The Dragonfly is frequently compared to finders in the the Lowrance HDS Series. All three devices are in the same price bracket, and all three function in a remarkably similar manner. The Dragonfly’s main edge over the competition is its screen size (5.7 inches versus 5 inches) and in the fidelity of the screen. The Garmin series tends to have a slightly better GPS function and the Lowrance might be a few dollars cheaper, but the Raymarine does tend to be the best of its class when actually taken out on the water.


The Final Word

The Raymarine DragonFly 5.7 is one of the better GPS/Fish finder combinations available at its price point. Its fish finding core is more useful than one would expect in a lower-priced model, while the GPS is just useful enough to help you stay on course no matter what happens. While there are certainly more sophisticated fish finders available, there are very few that are going to give you the same kind of value for your money. Whether you are experienced at the sport or looking to head out on the water for the first time, the Raymarine DragonFly will make you a bit more successful than is otherwise possible. You can get a great deal on Raymarine Dragonfly 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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User Reviews

  • 55555

This is the best downscan fishfinder I’ve used and I had a chance to use Humminbird 597 DI and Lowrance HDS with structure scan. The Dragonfly screen is bigger than Humminbird 597 and it is much cheaper than Lowrance. The display has more detail than the other 2 model, don’t know if it’s because of CHIRP or better software. This fishfinder is great value.

  • 33333

The best feature in this unit is the joystick which makes it very easy to use. The display is very clear and crisp, readable in bright sunlight. The sonar tracks the bottom very well but it has tendency to black out at times. Another drawback is that the GPS doesn’t seem very accurate. My biggest problem is the mounting bracket – the unit is very difficult to dismount. Overall it’s not a bad fishfinder but I should’ve bought a side-imaging Humminbird.

  • 55555

This fishfinder is in my opinion the best product in its price range and by a wide margin. The clarity of sonar returns is unparalleled. Down imaging sonars by Humminbird use 2 frequencies to produce the image, this fishfinder uses the whole spectrum and the difference is huge. Dragonfly is better than 9 inch displays from other manufacturers, great value.

  • 55555

Great touch screen, incredible detail, very easy to install and use. The transducer is really big and it’s also sturdy, it survived a few collisions with underwater stumps without a problem. And on top of that Navionics Gold card is included.

  • 55555

I got this unit about a week and used 3 times so far. This thing deserves to be called a FISHFINDER. You can see the fish arches clearly, no doubts or guessing. If you’re fishing in shallow water (less than 200 ft) this unit is the best fishfinder for you. The display is great, very easy to use, especially if you’ve used an IPAD before.

  • 55555

I was hesitant about buying this unit because CHIRP is a new technology that hasn’t been available at this price. It turns out this is a great product. Sonar accuracy is hands down the best of any fishfinders I’ve used before (HB 798, HDS 5, Garmin 550). If Raymarine comes up with a 10 inch display for this transducer they will take over high end market, nobody will be able to beat a professional angler equipped with that.

  • 55555

GPS in this unit is great but the sonar is really awesome. It finds fish at high speeds, no other fishfinder I’ve used can do that.

I did not purchase this UNIT because I decided to go with the Garmin 70DV, and I’ll tell you why, maybe this might put some logic in your decision process prior to purchasing.

I researched many GPS/Finders and narrowed it down to (2)
- Raymarine Dragonfly
- Garmin echomaps 70DV

But before I choose which one (because both have good ratings)I contacted their offices to speak with tech support for final questions/concerns.
Here’s my experience… with Garmin tech support I got through after 2 phone calls (1st call I waited 7 minutes then gave up) on the 2nd call I waited 1:40 minutes and spoke to a technician and we spoke for nearly 50 minutes, and all my questions were answered completely.
I then tried Raymarine for (3) days and could NOT speak to a tech support personal. The 1st day I tried twice (waiting 10 minutes, then another at 17 minutes). The following (2) days I tried at least 3 times both days and “on hold” waiting, NEVER spoke with tech support. I finally contacted a secretary there, she said they are low on support and very busy in the summer months. I gave up on Raymarine.

My suggestion, ALWAYS contact tech support BEFORE PURCHASING anything. So you get a feel what the future may hold for you if the unit goes bad… (a.k.a. wake-up call/red flag) Good Luck.

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