The Helix series features affordable, compact fishfinders that offer all of the features of the larger, more expensive models at the fraction of the cost of similar, older units. The Humminbird Helix 5 DI GPS in particular comes loaded with features that rival the Humminbird 859. The device is the perfect angling tool whether an you are an amateur not wanting to invest a lot of money or a seasoned fisherman.
Contained within the box, new owners find the Humminbird Helix 5 DI GPS unit that measures 7.55w x 6.64h x 3.3d. The box also contains the power cable, a transducer, a swivel transom mount, all of the necessary hardware and an instruction manual with DVD. Gimbal or in-dash mounts are optional. On the front of the Helix is the 5-inch wide-screen display that provides crisp, clear images in 256 colors and 480 x 800 resolution. The user-friendly, self-explanatory control buttons turn the Helix on/off, access menu functions, enable image zoom, make sonar selections, mark waypoints and choose single or split screen views in addition to navigating through menu functions.
Once on the water, power the unit on via a 10 to 20 volt DC power source. LCD backlighting adjusts to ensure visible images regardless of outdoor lighting conditions. Large digits provide water depth and temperature along with vessel speed. If new to the location, access the GPS function. The Humminbird Helix 5 DI comes with factory-installed UniMap cartography that provides highly detailed, full-colored 3D charts of thousands of lakes and rivers along with the coastline of the United States. Mapping data also includes a variety of land-based features. The Helix capably stores up to 2,500 waypoints or 45 designated routes. Insert a microSD card to capture images or enhance current software storage.
Using high-frequency sound waves transmitted in thin slices, the down imaging sonar provides a picture perfect view of what is happening beneath the water’s surface up to depths of 350 feet. See bait balls, game fish and vegetation along with man-made structures and terrain contours. The display also illustrates the depth at which these features are found. View these images via the wide 75 degree/455 kHz setting or the sharper 45 degree/800 kHz option.
The DualBeam Plus function provides traditional sonar images to depths of up to 600 feet. The beams pick up images at 28 degree angles on a 200 kHz frequency and at a 16 degree angle on a 455 kHz frequency. Choose a narrow beam for greater accuracy or the wider beam went desiring to scan larger areas.
View both DI and Dual Beam sonar images simultaneously on a split screen, or navigate using the map and sonar at the same time. Change the color scheme for better viewing. In addition, the Helix 5 DI GPS comes equipped with Freeze Frame and Snap Shot capabilities, Selective Fish ID, sonar recording and water temperature alarm among other functions. Humminbird also encourages anglers to register the device in order to take advantage of software upgrades that are available online on the company’s website. The upgrades become available once or twice a year.
Humminbird Helix 5 DI GPS offers technology that takes fishing into the 21st century. The device is designed to provide anglers with an advantage whether located on fresh or salt water. All in all, the device is well worth the money.
|Raymarine Dragonfly 5PRO||Garmin echoMap 53dv||Humminbird Helix 5 DI GPS|
|Screen Size||5 in||5 in||5 in|
|Screen Resolution||800 x 480 pixels||480 x 480 pixels||480 x 800 pixels|
|Display Type||16-bit color TFT||WQVGA||256 colors TFT|
|Imaging||2D using CHIRP|
DownVision using CHIRP
|2D, Down Imaging||2D, Down Imaging|
|Transducer Type||Transom Mount/Trolling Motor||Transom Mount/Trolling Motor||Transom Mount/Trolling Motor|
|Transmit Power||500W RMS|
|Sonar Frequency||200 kHz Sonar/350 kHz Down Vision||77/200 kHz||200/455 kHz 2D|
455/800 kHz Down Imaging
|Maximum Depth||600 ft|| 2,300 ft freshwater|
1,100 ft saltwater
|600 ft 2D|
350 ft Down Imaging