Raymarine recently introduced the Dragonfly 4PRO in the latest generation of affordable fish finders. Though new to the market, the product has already garnered attention. Pacific Yachting recently awarded the Dragonfly 4 “Best in Show” at the Vancouver International Boat Show. Improvements in the new series include clearly marked zoom in/out, back and power buttons along with a simpler 4-way direction and enter button. The attachment mechanism is also much improved and merely requires screwing the unit onto the base via a large locking collar. The ball-and-socket design of the attached unit provides swivel rotation to whatever angle desired.
The waterproof unit is user friendly and ready to function out of the box within minutes, and the 4PRO is appropriate for use in fresh or salt water locations. A 4.3-inch, LCD screen provides images in high-definition 480 x 272 WQVGA resolution and in a 16:9 aspect ratio. With highly advanced, built-in optical bonding, images have brighter colors and sharper contrasts. The technology also means that the image is viewable at various angles. This feature was only previously offered on models costing significantly more. The device is additionally fog-resistant.
The Dragonfly 4PRO comes equipped with the latest sonar technology that modern-day anglers have come to enjoy. The 50/200 kHz and 83/200 kHz dual channel CHIRP pings wide conical-shaped beam pulses over multiple frequencies that create a conventional image with a greater degree of clarity compared to single signal transmission electronics. The CHIRP DownVision technology emits a wide 60 degree x 1.4 degree fan-shaped signal that creates a crisp monotone display for photograph-like images of what lies beneath the water’s depths. Both sonar applications emit and receive signals that create images in depths of up to 600 feet.
The integrity of the images displayed enable anglers to view schools of bait fish, game fish, vegetation and inanimate terrain features. The Dragonfly 4PRO also allows for single or split-screen illustrations. The image displayed also includes easy-to-read large numerals that depict of object depth and vessel speed. An additional sensor in the transducer provides water temperature.
The new Dragonfly series features an integrated Wi-Fi mobile app that effortlessly connects the fish finder with a smartphone or tablet. So when multiple anglers are on board, each receives the action as it happens without having to strain to see the same screen display. The app also conveniently rewinds or captures still images.
The unit comes with a factory-installed 50-channel GPS/chartplotter and C-MAP that allows high-speed tracking of lakes, rivers and coastal locations found in the United States. The GPS function allows anglers to plot up to 150 routes, 3,000 way points and 10,000 track points. A micro SD card slot makes saving or transferring routes or points from the unit via a SD card to another device. The SD card also provides the user with the ability to download software upgrades directly from the Raymarine website. The Dragonfly 4PRO is also compatible with Navionics or Raymarine’s LightHouse charts and maps.
Small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, the Dragonfly 4PRO is easily transferred and used whether in a canoe, kayak or any size motorized boat. The plug and play feature combined with quick detachment makes the unit easily removable and stored for safety. The wealth of features and economical price make the Dragonfly 4PRO a highly-desirable product.
|Lowrance Elite-4 CHIRP||Raymarine Dragonfly 4PRO||Garmin echoMap 43dv|
|Screen Size||4.3 in||4.3 in||4.3 in|
|Screen Resolution||480 x 272 pixels||480 x 272 pixels||480 x 272 pixels|
|Display Type||16-bit color TFT||WQVGA||WQVGA|
|Imaging||2D using CHRIP, Down Imaging, Downscan Overlay||2D, Down Imaging||2D, Down Imaging|
|Transducer Type||Transom Mount/Trolling Motor||Transom Mount/Trolling Motor||Transom Mount/Trolling Motor|
|Transmit Power||350W RMS|
|500 W RMS|
4,000 W Peak to Peak
|500 W RMS|
4,000 W Peak to Peak
|Sonar Frequency||455/800 kHz DownScan |
50 kHz/83kHz/200kHz CHIRP
|wide spectrum of sonar frequencies||70 kHz/200 kHz|
50 kHz/200 kHz transducer comes with the echoMap 44dv
|Maximum Depth||300 ft DownScan|
1000 ft CHIRP 200/83 kHz 3000 ft CHIRP 50 kHz
|600 ft both sonar and DownVision||2,300 ft freshwater|
1,100 ft saltwater
|GPS Antenna||Internal high-sensitivity WAAS + EGNOS + MSAS (optional external antenna)||Internal||Internal|