Which Sonar/GPS Combo...

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I've narrowed down my choice to either:

Humminbird® Helix 5 Sonar/GPS Combo
    • Built-in Humminbird UniMap
    • 5", 480V x 800H 256-color screen
    • 4,000 watts peak-to-peak power
    • SwitchFire sonar
    • Internal GPS receiver
  • $279 at Cabalas.

Humminbird® Helix™ 5 CHIRP DI Sonar/GPS G2 Combo
    • 5" screen with 800x480 resolution and 1,500-nit brightness
    • CHIRP sonar for impressive detail and accuracy
    • GPS chartplotting with built-in UniMap
    • Down Imaging to 350 ft.
    • 4,000 watts of peak-to-peak power out
  • $349.00 at Cabalas

$350 is my upper limit for cost.
Needs to be easy enough to use for children.
I haven't used a fish finder for fishing since 80's.

Is there a noticeable need to upgrade to the Chirp 5 DI?




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I picked up a Lowrance Elite7 at the end of last year. Only had a chance to use it once. Sure looks nice though.


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Cant go wrong with either one. We have the DI unit, it's been our first real unit and has been very easy to learn/use. The DI feature does stand alone, it can help determine or get a better look at something but I think I could live without it if I still only had sonar and gps. If I had or was getting one for my bow/trolling motor I'd probably get DI tho for dropshotting fishing off shore stuff.

Lake Bum

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I have the Humminbird Helix 5 DI GPS and love it. I had it on my old boat, I removed it, and I'll be installing it on the new boat once weather permits! :cool:


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Thanks for the replies. I went down to Cabelas today and had a knowledgeable salesman go over all the different GPS/Sonar units with me. It really helps to just play with them a little bit.

I was impressed with the Lowrance elite 7 on sale, but the reviews are 4/5 and the size is probably too big for my console.

So now I'm looking at the Helix 5 DI. I think the screen is too small at 5" for Side Imaging.

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