Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Lowrance Elite 5 HDI Fish Finder Review

The HDI affixed to a wide variety of Lowrances products stands for Hybrid Dual Imaging and it's pretty much what it sounds like. This technology will allow you to combine the DownScan and standard sonar readings this device will take into one easily readable image. In addition to the HDI features, the Elite series continues to impress and this one comes equipped with everything youll need for your next fishing trip.

Screen: 5 16-bit Color Screen
Transducer Type: Transom Mount
Frequencies: 83/200 or 455/800 kHz
Power: 250W RMS
Effective Depth: 1,000

Great Technology in a Small Package

In addition to the usual suspects in the line-up of features like temperature and speed, the Lowrance Elite 5 HDI boasts GPS and waypoint capabilities.  Most anglers will find these almost indispensable, especially if youre using it for near-shore ocean fishing.

It boasts a pretty good amount of power, allowing readings down to a thousand feet. While this probably isnt an appropriate finder if youre going out into the open ocean, it just might be indispensable for applications in lakes or close to shore where the waters tend to remain at shallower depths.

Like most of Lowrances GPS-enabled finders, the Elite 5 HDI comes equipped with a high-powered GPS and Navionics software with the North American maps already on them. The angler who is frequently changing boats will be glad to know that this unit supports a micro-SD card to save valuable location data. It also features routing, so youll be able to keep track of the best and safest ways to and from your waypoints.

Youll also be glad to know that this unit features an intuitive interface which will allow you to easily find the information you need. Less time spent scratching your head and wondering means more time fishing.

Apart from the respectable technology included the Elite 5 HDI is a respectable sonar unit. Using the HDI feature youll be able to receive a vast array of information condensed on your screen. This will allow you to make the most of where youre at, and keep bringing in fish.

The 83/200 kHz part of the transducer will function as a standard sonar unit while the higher frequency 455/800 kHz part of the frequency is used for your DownScan capabilities. With the overlay function, youll be able to see fish arcs even in heavy cover that would normally not be able to be seen with either type of reading on their own. More than a gimmick, the HDI capabilities of this unit make for an impressive new level of functionality.


The clever fisherman will see that this unit comes in at a great price with a lot of features which are normally reserved for much higher end products. The HDI function is probably the most impressive feature here, but the entire unit is compact and perfect for almost any recreational fisherman. If the screen size and 1000 depth readings are capable of what you want, then youd be crazy to pass up the excellent Lowrance Elite 5 HDI. Youll be glad for the investment as soon as you hit the water.

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