Some fishfinders opt for flash and glitz; others for basic functionality. The Humminbird 561 throws its lot in with the reliable and effective, making it a top choice for a monochromatic fishfinder. Its display showcases detailed, thorough results on its 12 level grayscale 320V X 320H 5” screen, so you reap the benefits of Humminbird DualBeam Plus technology. For the 561 model, this means 20° (which gives highly accurate results) and 60° beams (which give broad, expansive results). It also means never having to choose between accuracy and distance, since the beams’ results can be seen one at a time, but also on side by side screens or fully integrated. The beams reach a deep (and useful) 800 feet. Because of the TrueArch Technology, much interference and noise is weeded out, providing superior sonar visuals.
There are a variety of other features which make the 561 model shine. For instance, it has an optional Triplog feature, in case you want to connect a speed accessory or Paddlewheel. This lets you keep tabs of how fast, how far, and how long you’ve been traveling. It also has a super fast Real Time Sonar Window (in Sonar View) that updates at the speed of life; the window can be displayed in a variety of ways, including standard and wide.
|Garmin Echo 100||Garmin Echo 150||Humminbird 561|
|Screen Size||4 in / 102 mm||4 in / 102 mm||5 in / 127 mm|
|Screen Resolution||160 x 256 pixels||160 x 256 pixels||320 x 320 pixels|
|Display Type||8-level grayscale FSTN||8-level grayscale FSTN||12-level grayscale FSTN LCD|
|Transmit Power||100W RMS|
|Sonar Frequency||200 kHz||77/200 kHz||83/200 kHz|
|Maximum Depth||600 ft||1300 ft||800 ft|