I’m looking for some new electronics for the bow of my electric only boat. I’ve been comparing the Humminbird/Lowrance units with both GPS and Down Imaging. I’ve heard some conversation that is making me question exactly how DI functions without having Side Imaging as well. Any thoughts or suggestions on Down Imaging? Also any input on the Lowrance Elite 5 DI vs the Humminbird 597ci HD DI would be appreciated!
I have an HDS-8 with side imaging and down scan as part of the structure scan system. I use down scan in split screen with the chart 90% of the time. It’s a must have. I don’t know about Hummingbirds, but the Lowrance imaging works sitting still.
Side imaging, well, scans off to the sides of the boat and down imaging scans down below the boat. Think of down imaging as conventional sonar but in ultra high detail. If you have used conventional sonar graphs then the merits of down imaging should be apparent. If not, then trust me, it’s something you’ll like.
Details: The Lowrance HDS series do not have down imaging and side imagine built into the units. You have to purchase a $600 structure scan system that has both down imaging and side imaging built into it and then network your HDS unit(s) into the structure scan system. It’s expensive. Now, Lowrance also offers GPS sonar units with down scan built into them such as the Elite-5 and others. These are smaller units aimed at anglers looking for GPS, down scan and value/money ratio.