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Lowrance Elite 7 CHIRP Review

Lowrance Elite 7 CHIRP has an average rating of 4 out of 5 based on 7 user reviews.



Lowrance Elite 7 CHIRP is the new incarnation of the HDI version. It is provides basic CHIRP capabilities using the same skimmer transducer found in the HDI version.
The processor found in the Elite 7 CHIRP is faster than that of its predecessor. The upgraded motherboard and processor along with the CHIRP software provide clearer views of bottom surfaces, plant structures and fish in greater detail, clarity and in real time. Equipped with advanced signal processing the Elite 7 CHIRP allows anglers to spend more time catching fish than having to focus images. The 7-inch, 480x 800 pixel display can produce images at low, medium and high CHIRP sonar ranges and allows users to view one or more ranges simultaneously.

The display clearly provides images along with boat speed, water depth, water temperature and time. Anglers have the option of quickly navigating through page options that include single, double split screen or triple split screens that simultaneously display chart, sonar and down-scanning abilities. The images produced by the CHIRP sonar more clearly distinguish between bait fish and game fish. When equipped with down-scanning ability, the images eliminate noise and simply display structural and marine life images. The Elite 7 also offers the opportunity to overlap sonar and down-scanning images for clarification of the display. For the money, the Elite 7 CHIRP delivers.

Models equipped with GPS function provide detailed U.S. maps along with zoom in and out functionality. The preloaded chart provides data for more than 3,000 lakes and rivers in addition to coastal contours. Using the GPS function, anglers have the ability to mark and name waypoints using latitudinal or longitudinal data or on-the-spot submission. The Elite 7 CHIRP is compatible with:

* Navionics Gold
* HotMaps Premium
* Fishing Hotspots PRO
* Lake Insight and Nautic Insight PRO

You can get a great deal on Lowrance Elite 7 CHIRP here.

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Screen Size7 in7 in7 in
Screen Resolution480 x 800 pixels480 x 800 pixels800 x 640 pixels
Display Type16-bit color, Full VGA SolarMax PlusTFTMulti-touch touchscreen WVGA displayWVGA
Imaging2D and Down Imaging2D and Down Imaging2D and Down Imaging
Transducer TypeTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling Motor
Transmit PowerMax 250W RMS
30,000W Peak to Peak analog equivalent
500 W (RMS)
4,000 W (peak to peak)
500W RMS
4000W Peak-To-Peak
Sonar Frequency455/800 kHz Down Imaging,
Low, Med, High (CHIRP),
50 kHz/83kHz/200kHz (Narrow Band)
77/200 kHz

50/200 kHz with an optional dual frequency tranducer
200 kHz Sonar/350 kHz Down Vision
Maximum DepthDown Imaging: 300 ft
CHIRP Sonar High Range/200 kHz: 1,000 ft
CHIRP Sonar Med Range/83 kHz: 1000 ft
CHIRP Sonar Low Range/50 kHz: 3,000 ft
2,300 ft at 77 kHz freshwater
1,100 ft at 77 kHz, saltwater
600 ft in both DownVision and Sonar modes
GPS Antenna TypeInternal, high-sensitivity GPS+WAASInternalInternal
Waypoint Storage300050003000

User Reviews

Posted by Tucker

  • 5/5

I bought the fishfinder a few days ago and I was able to try it a few times since then. I’m blown away by the capabilities and I can’t believe it only costs $599. my old Hummibird 858 cost me more when I bought it a few years ago and had half the features.

Posted by Ron C.

  • 5/5

This unit is absolutely awesome. This is my first GPS and down imaging fishfinder and love it. You don’t have to drive back and forth to find your spots, GPS coupled with sonar will put you right where you need to be. You can see clearly what’s below, you’ll have no problem finding fish with this unit on your boat. Look it up on Amazon, much better price than other sites.

Posted by Gary G.

  • 5/5

This is a very good unit if you’re planning on using the traditional sonar and GPS. The downscan on this unit is not as good as advertised but the traditional sonar is very accurate. Another reason to buy this one over the HDI version is the upgraded processor especially when Navionics maps are used. The CPU in the HDI units were too slow for Navionics which requires additional processing. If you’re a Lake Insight pro user you might as well go with the HDI unit.

Posted by Doug K.

  • 4/5

I bought this about month ago and I’m quite pleased with the purchase even though there are minor glitches. The unit works fine for the most part but CHIRP seems to be a bit over-rated in my view. Also, the transducer is very prone to interference, there seems to be very little shielding in the wire so you have to be extra cautious when installing the transducer cable. What I also don’t like about this unit is that it takes about 30 seconds for it to recover the bottom when the transducer goes above the water surface. All units will lose the bottom when that happens but this unit takes unusually long time to recover.

Posted by Bassmeister

  • 5/5

My old Humminbird 597 finally bit the dust and I had buy a replacement. Elite 7 CHIRP seemed like a good unit but I was hesitant because its pricey for recreational use. I decided to buy and I’m not disappointed. Elite7 is much better than any Humminbird unit I’ve used in the past in terms of display quality and image detail. The difference between 5 and 7” screen doesn’t seem like a lot but it makes a big difference.

Posted by Rossco

  • 2/5

Happy with sounder but chart plotter not good compared with HDS 5 , will take over 1/2 minute to show chart after using zoom, when chasing bait balls it drives me mad. Lowrance have been very good replacing unit but it must be an inherent problem. I am looking at changing brands as it is that bad.

Posted by John Blakey


I have just purchased a Lowrance Elite 7 CHIRP. As I have some waypoints written down, I’d like to manually enter them into the unit. Unfortunately, the Operation manual does not explain this and other more simple things such as do you leave the microSD card which has the maps in the unit? There does not seem to be a website that has a more detailed instruction manual.

Posted by Watersports Wales

  • 2/5

The unit worked well until I did an upgrade and then that’s where the trouble started, the chart plotter became slow and even gave a blank screen until the processor caught up, the directing set to heading up did not correct until well after I had altered course to the point that I had nearly gone off screen.
Don’t use it with high chrip as the plotter will go blank although the chirp seems to do what they claim you just wont know where you are until the unit catches up!!!!!!
Navico are trying to resolve it but that’s all I am being told.
One piece of advice if its working DONT UPGRADE IT.

Posted by Larry dull


I have an Elite 7, and can’t ever get thru to a technician to find out why it is locked up. You get ten different numbers to call from ten differ so called support numbers and still no real help. There apparently is no trouble shooting manual, and no one knows anything about the unit. If we can’t get some immediate help to get this working, we will be very verbal on all medias.Please respond to us.

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