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Humminbird 561 – Review

Humminbird 561 – has an average rating of 3 out of 5 based on 4 user reviews.



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.

You can get a great deal on Humminbird 561 – here.

 Garmin Echo 100Garmin Echo 150Humminbird 561
Screen Size4 in / 102 mm4 in / 102 mm5 in / 127 mm
Screen Resolution160 x 256 pixels160 x 256 pixels320 x 320 pixels
Display Type8-level grayscale FSTN8-level grayscale FSTN12-level grayscale FSTN LCD
Transmit Power100W RMS
800W Peak-To-Peak
200W RMS
1600W Peak-To-Peak
300W RMS
2400W Peak-To-Peak
Sonar Frequency200 kHz77/200 kHz83/200 kHz
Maximum Depth600 ft1300 ft800 ft

User Reviews

Posted by S. Crozier

  • 5/5

If you’re looking for a sonar that will tell you depth and help you spot fish, this is a good buy. It’s not high tech but it does those 2 things well. The installation was very simple.

Posted by BCFishin

  • 1/5

I was disappointed with this unit. it would not read the depth, the depth stayed at 10ft, no matter the real depth. Also, it was constantly emitting low battery alarm even though the battery was fully charged. I had to waste 2 hours with the Humminbird support only to find out that I had a defective unit. Will not buy Humminbird product again.

Posted by dutchangler

  • 1/5

Humminbird claims that the maximum depth for this unit is 800 ft. From what I can tell this fishfinder doesn’t work in depths over 150 feet. It works fine in shallow water though.

Posted by Ed

  • 5/5

I got mine at Amazon, low price and free shipping. This is a solid unit for the money. It’s precise, easy to install and use. If you’re looking for an inexpensive, black-and-white fishfinder without GPS and down imaging, this is a good unit for you.

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