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Helix G2 & G2N

It changed the game once. Now it's poised to do it again. The HELIX® Series has evolved-with new, best-in-class technologies including standard CHIRP Digital Sonar, enhanced networking, and new MEGA Imaging™ for the most detailed sonar returns that anglers have ever seen. Innovation. Bold styling. Ease of use. In this family, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

 

See the underwater world like never before with the unprecedented clarity of new Humminbird MEGA Imaging, available on select HELIX® models. Delivering nearly 3X the output of standard Side Imaging®, this groundbreaking technology takes fishfinding into the megahertz range for the very first time. It's indisputably the clearest, sharpest sonar image ever-brought to you by the undisputed leader. Because when you made the rules, you reserve the right to reinvent them. 

MEGA SIDE IMAGING

MEGA SIDE IMAGING

Gain a 180-degree, side-to-side perspective on the world below the surface with remarkable Side Imaging. In an instant, the ultra-thin beam scans the area to the left and right of your boat location.

MEGA DOWN IMAGING

MEGA DOWN IMAGING

Get a fish-eye's view of what's happening below your boat with Down Imaging®. As you patrol the water, you'll watch timber, brush, bridge pilings, rocks, and any other structure or cover pop with stunning detail.

DIGITAL CHIRP SONAR

DIGITAL CHIRP SONAR

Don't miss a thing. By scanning multiple frequencies to improve target separation and reduce noise, Humminbird CHIRP helps you clearly identify structural details and even fish.  
 

HANDS-FREE FISHING BUILT IN

 

Bluetooth® capability keeps your phone out of the water and in your pocket by displaying notifications on your HELIX. You can also take control of your most-used features with an optional Bluetooth remote.

Ultra-Bright LCD Displays

Ultra-Bright LCD Displays

Shed more light on what's below with impressive, best-in-class brightness of the HELIX Series, delivering maximum clarity even in direct sunlight.

Plug-and-Fish Networking

Plug-and-Fish Networking

High-speed Ethernet allows you to easily connect to Minn Kota® i-Pilot® Link™, Humminbird 360 Imaging and additional HELIX units. Available on select HELIX units.

QUICK RELEASE CABLES

QUICK RELEASE CABLES

Plug and play. The HELIX 12, 10, and 9 Series cable management system allows you to connect all your networking cables at once, then secure them with an advanced clamp mechanism.

Slim Profile Display

Slim Profile Display

Level the playing field. The integrated screen and frame of the HELIX Series form a single, continuous surface, surrounded by an ultra-slim bezel to minimize space and maximize cool factor.

SD Card Doors

SD Card Doors

Open the door to a world of possibilities. The SD card door allows quick, easy and secure access to LakeMaster® mapping, waypoint and screen capture storage, as well as software updates for your HELIX 12, 10 and 9.

 

We're redrawing the boundaries yet again by making AutoChart® Live, LakeMaster Plus and i-Pilot Link part of the HELIX Series. Together, these game-changing technologies will help you know-and navigate-the water like the back of your hand. Discover hot spots and important contours using your charts, then use that information to automatically guide your boat with your Minn Kota® trolling motor. Select HELIX Series models are also compatible with Navionics+® as well as Navionics®  Platinum+. Now, there's no such thing as uncharted water.

Depth contours

Depth contours

With a major assist from your transducer, AutoChart Live draws a map of your lake's depth contours-complete with actual depth labels-as you drive your boat.

bottom hardness

bottom hardness

Now the detail goes even deeper. AutoChart Live uses sonar to measure and chart bottom hardness, tipping you off to likely hotspots.

vegetation

vegetation

The weedline can no longer hide. With help from your sonar beam, AutoChart Live can now instantly map weeds, brush and other vegetation

humminbird mapping + i-pilot link follow

Navigate with the detail and exclusive features of Humminbird LakeMaster, identify hotspots with SmartStrike™ compatibility and map any lake with standard AutoChart Live capabilities, all available on GPS-equipped HELIX units. Use optional i-Pilot Link to automatically follow map contours

smartstrike compatible

smartstrike compatible

Predict where the fish are biting at any given moment. Based on search parameters like season, time of day, weather and fish species, an optional SmartStrike SD Card highlights areas of the HD lake map where your prey is most likely to be located. Available on GPS-equipped HELIX units.

lakemaster plus

lakemaster plus

From easy-to-read contours to depth highlight range to scrollable lake lists, LakeMaster charts give you a serious edge. Available for HELIX 12, 10 and 9, Humminbird LakeMaster PLUS gives you all the features of LakeMaster, with one key addition: satellite imagery. View this high-detail aerial photography on your fishfinder as a single layer, overlay it with LakeMaster contours, or overlay it with the full LakeMaster map for maximum detail.


Mega Imaging

Look closely. You've never seen anything like new MEGA Imaging™. Delivering nearly 3X the output of standard Side Imaging®, this groundbreaking technology takes fishfinding into the megahertz frequency for the very first time. It's indisputably the clearest, sharpest sonar image ever-brought to you by the undisputed leader.

MEGA Imaging has you covered from multiple angles. Choose MEGA Side Imaging for an incredible view to the left and right of your boat. Opt for MEGA Down Imaging® for a crystal clear picture below your boat. Both technologies are built into HELIX® 12, 10 and 9 CHIRP MEGA SI GPS G2N models

higher frequency means greater clarity

Some of the best fishing happens in depths less than 125 ft. And that's where the high frequency beam of MEGA Imaging shines brightest. In MEGA Side Imaging mode, you'll have coverage out to 125 ft on either side of your boat. For depths in excess of 125 ft and coverage out to 400 ft to either side of your boat, the blended beam gives you traditional Humminbird Imaging clarity.

higher frequency means greater clarity

 

Zoom in to reveal a single fish and its shadow.

Only from Humminbird

We were first to bring the unprecedented detail of Imaging Sonar to anglers, and now we're doing it again. MEGA Side Imaging and MEGA Down Imaging are only available in the following models:

Unit Sonar Type Features Cartography Display Type Display Size
HELIX 12 CHIRP MEGA SI GPS G2N

 

CHIRP Digital Sonar, MEGA Side Imaging, MEGA Down Imaging, DualBeam PLUS  Switchfire 360 Imaging, GPS, Minn Kota iPilot Link, Bluetooth, NMEA 2000, Networking, Radar AutoChart, SmartStrike, LakeMaster, LakeMaster PLUS, ContourXD Color 10 inches and higher
HELIX 10 CHIRP MEGA SI GPS G2N

 

CHIRP Digital Sonar, MEGA Side Imaging, MEGA Down Imaging, DualBeam PLUS  Switchfire 360 Imaging, GPS, Minn Kota iPilot Link, Bluetooth, NMEA 2000, Networking, Radar AutoChart, SmartStrike, LakeMaster, LakeMaster PLUS, ContourXD Color 10 inches and higher
HELIX 9 CHIRP MEGA SI GPS G2N

 

CHIRP Digital Sonar, MEGA Side Imaging, MEGA Down Imaging, DualBeam PLUS  Switchfire 360 Imaging, GPS, Minn Kota iPilot Link, Bluetooth, NMEA 2000, Networking, Radar AutoChart, SmartStrike, LakeMaster, LakeMaster PLUS, ContourXD Color 9 inches

 

Note the individual stones surrounding this bridge.

 

A bicycle is seen here on the edge of a submerged swimming pool.

 

Observe the school of fish holding over this debris pile in zoom mode.

Humminbird CHIRP Sonar

Conquer the Full Spectrum

Only Humminbird lets you view low, medium and high CHIRP ranges, either individually or all at once. Dial in a specific kHz, search a defined range or cover the entire spectrum—it’s up to you. Because it uses a broader range of frequencies, Humminbird CHIRP also delivers extreme target separation, lower noise and richer, higher-resolution images and the power to reach depths of 10,000 feet (3,000 meters).

 

Your fishing arsenal isn’t limited to one or two lures. No sir. It’s filled with options. Imagine your Humminbird® as a tackle box. You have a wealth of tools at your fingertips, each with its own job. And think of Humminbird CHIRP as yet another lure, with a specific task: showing you fish that other forms of SONAR cannot.

Improved Fish Detail

Improved Fish Detail

Nothing fishy here. With CHIRP, you can tell the difference between a sport fish, a baitfish and a weed based on the finely detailed arches.

Greater Clarity

Greater Clarity

Don’t miss a thing. Thanks to the precision of CHIRP, you can clearly identify subtle structural details, like bridge cables, that can clue you into where the fish are.

More Target Separation

More Target Separation

No more “blobs.” In traditional 2D SONAR, it can be difficult to tell where one object begins and another ends. That’s not the case with the target separation of CHIRP.

Reduced Noise

Reduced Noise

Filter out the nonsense. CHIRP sweeps multiple frequencies to eliminate confusing noise and interference. For example, see separation between fish and brush.

Unmatched Precision

Unmatched Precision

Dial it in. CHIRP allows you to select individual frequencies, enabling you to see the smallest details. For instance, monitor your jigging action on screen.

Increased Depth

Increased Depth

Get to the bottom of it. By blasting more energy below the surface, CHIRP SONAR can take you to extreme depths with greater accuracy.

All forms of CHIRP are not created equal. While competitors were flooding the market with technologies that barely qualify for the term, Humminbird was developing and perfecting a true Broadband CHIRP worthy of its innovative legacy. We did not cut corners—with full broadband capabilities built into our HELIX™ 12 Series CHIRP models. And while our competition picks just a few frequencies for you, we give you full spectrum capability, plus the power to select your own start and end frequencies.
Superior Data Processing

Superior Data Processing

Unless you have a PhD in SONAR interpretation, raw CHIRP information is meaningless without the right software to connect the data points. Humminbird’s CHIRP Processing Engine uses proprietary algorithms to more efficiently compare and crunch CHIRP data, instantly drawing an easy-to-understand image.

More Pulses

More Pulses

Traditional transducers put you on hold, wasting valuable time “charging up” before each SONAR pulse. Humminbird CHIRP transducers are engineered to minimize charge time, firing off more pulses in a given period of time. More pulses mean more information and improved target separation.

Greater Power

Greater Power

By bouncing more energy off the bottom, Humminbird CHIRP is able to provide more detailed returns, especially in deep water.

Ultra-Wide Broadband

Ultra-Wide Broadband

Some so-called CHIRP SONAR products only sweep a narrow range of frequencies, giving you a very limited view of the underwater world. By comparison, Humminbird CHIRP unlocks your transducer’s full CHIRP capability, scanning its widest possible band of frequencies. With more frequencies to compare, Humminbird’s CHIRP Processing Engine can more effectively filter out noise, delivering a clearer, more precise picture.

 

No matter your boat, fishing application or preferred body of water, Humminbird has a CHIRP solution for you. Choose from two industry-leading solutions in order to best meet your needs.

Broadband CHIRP (1kW / Built-In)

Broadband CHIRP (1kW / Built-In)

Humminbird Broadband CHIRP delivers impressive detail and accuracy in virtually any freshwater application. Compared to peer technologies, this best-in-class CHIRP sweeps more frequencies, while using superior transducer and data processing to deliver unrivaled fish-finding precision. For maximum convenience, this 1kW technology is built into your Humminbird HELIX 12 head unit.

1kW / Built-in
Range of 28kHz-490kHz on the HELIX 12 DI to a range of 28kHz-250kHz on the Helix 12 SI and GPS. Depths down to 3,500 ft

Learn more about:
HELIX 12 CHIRP SI GPS
HELIX 12 CHIRP DI GPS
HELIX 12 CHIRP GPS

HD Broadband CHIRP

HD Broadband CHIRP

For deepwater applications, up the ante with HD Broadband CHIRP. You’ll be able to target frequencies from 42kHz to 210kHz, sweeping low, medium and high ranges, with coverage down to 10,000 feet. This fully networkable, 2kW powerhouse is offered as a black box addition to your Humminbird ONIX® or ION™.
 

We're Changing the way you see the water

“Enough” never is. We’ve come too far, delved too deep and tied too many lines to turn back now. Years on the water, in the factory and back at the lab have made us smarter, sharper and hungrier for more. Because your biggest fish will always be the one you haven’t caught yet. Our search has yielded some of the best sonar technologies on the water. But our success isn’t measured in the number of features we put in our products; it’s measured in the pounds you put in your livewell. 

Angling is in our blood. And like any serious fisherman, we’re never satisfied. There’s always more water to explore and bigger fish to hook. Our sonar technologies have taken fishing to the leading edge but even that wasn’t enough. We want it all. And we’re ready to outsmart, outmuscle and outlast anything that stands between you and your next big catch. Because that’s what makes us Simply. Clearly. Better.

AutoChart Live™

Create richly detailed maps of your favorite fishing spots in real time with Humminbird's patent pending AutoChart Live™, a free feature only available with the ONIX Series. Map the water as you drive the boat, with eight hours of built-in recording time. No added fees. No need to upload your data for the world to see. The future of digital charting has arrived.

AutoChart Live™

Create richly detailed maps of your favorite fishing spots in real time with Humminbird's patent pending AutoChart Live™, a free feature only available with the ONIX Series. Map the water as you drive the boat, with eight hours of built-in recording time. No added fees. No need to upload your data for the world to see. The future of digital charting has arrived.

Lakemaster Features

Lakemaster Features

Your AutoChart Live maps offer the powerful features of Humminbird LakeMaster, including Highlight Depth, Shallow Water Highlight and Water Level Offset.

Perfect for Saltwater

Perfect for Saltwater

AutoChart is ideal for the ever-changing contours of Saltwater. Map artificial reefs, moving tidal cuts and channels with up-to-the-minute accuracy.

Store & Share

Store & Share

ONIX has 8 hours of recording memory built in. For years of recording, get a ZeroLine SD Card, which lets you export and share your secret fishing spots anywhere in the world with a buddy.

 

Step 1: Get the Software
Sign up for a myhumminbird account and register your ONIX or ION. If you’ve already completed these steps then simply go to your account page and download the latest software update.

Step 2: Turn it on and Go
From any chart view, choose menu and select the AutoChart Live tab. Press record and you’re ready to make a map. Now start driving back and forth over the water, as if you were mowing your lawn.

Step 3: Your Map Appears
Watch your own AutoChart Live map appear before your eyes, live on your screen. You now can begin using exclusive Humminbird Lakemaster features and i-Pilot Link Follow the Contour.

Humminbird Cross Touch Technology

 

How do you improve on a Humminbird® display? We couldn’t quite put our finger on it— until now. Legendary sonar innovation, premier navigation, life-saving situational awareness—everything that makes a Humminbird a Humminbird has been made even better by Cross Touch, standard on the new ONIX® and ION™ Series. The simplicity of a touchscreen, the peace of mind in rough waters of a touchpad. It’s the best of both worlds. And from now on, neither of them will ever be quite the same.

MULTI-GESTURE CONTROL
Some touch interfaces limit you to finger pointing. Not this one. Multi-gesture capability lets you navigate menus and activate features with a tap, swipe or pinch. Cross Touch also minimizes false touches from splashing water.

EXCLUSIVE FULL REDUNDANCY
Take command of your display like never before. Others might claim hybrid control, but Cross Touch actually delivers it. Everything you can do with the touchscreen, you can also do with the touchpad—so rough conditions will never compromise your control. For instance, use the Cross Touch integrated flywheel or a simple touch command to quickly change range scale. Now you can easily adjust to conditions, whether the water’s choppy or you've got sunscreen on your fingers. 

Swipe Down

Swipe Down

Swipe two fingers down for instant access to your home screen.

Tap and Type

Tap and Type

Tap and type on the virtual keyboard to name waypoints and more.

Press and Hold

Press and Hold

Press and hold to mark waypoints.

Pinch to Zoom

Pinch to Zoom

Pinch to zoom in for a closer look at your sonar returns and charts.

Bluetooth Remote and Dongle

Bluetooth Remote and Dongle

Bluetooth Remote
Take wireless control of your Humminbird. Our all-new remote lets you mark waypoints on the fly, zoom in and out, adjust sonar sensitivity and toggle through your favorite custom views. Each key has a short press and long press function, enabling you to customize the remote’s capabilities to reflect your fishing style. For instance, a long press of the Mark button can be programmed to power your unit on or off, deploy your 360 Imaging transducer or even create an i-Pilot Link Spot-Lock. Everything’s visible and controllable from anywhere on the boat, so you don’t have to stop fishing to control your Humminbird.

Wireless Dongle
The remote comes with this wireless dongle, which plugs into the back of your fishfinder to receive the remote’s signal.

CHIRP Sonar

CHIRP Sonar

Only Humminbird® lets you view low, mid and high CHIRP ranges, either individually or all at once. Dial in a specific kHz, search a defined range or cover the entire spectrum—it’s up to you. Because it uses a broader range of frequencies, Humminbird CHIRP also delivers extreme target separation, lower noise and richer, higher-resolution images and the power to reach depths of 10,000 feet (3,000 meters).

Exclusive Multi-Range CHIRP

Exclusive Multi-Range CHIRP

With full access to high, medium and low ranges, you can adjust your frequency to sea conditions, your desired search area, or the species of fish you’re after. You’ll be able to distinguish between baitfish and gamefish, pinpoint steep drop-offs, and identify wrecks laying on the seabed. In order to view all three ranges, you’ll need two CHIRP transducers, plus two SM3000 black boxes.

HIGH RANGE

HIGH RANGE

130 KHZ TO 210 KHZ - UP TO 3,300 FEET
Identify baitfish and gamefish commonly found at shallower depths with a precise, high-frequency beam.

MEDIUM RANGE

MEDIUM RANGE

85 KHZ TO 135 KHZ - UP TO 6,500 FEET
Find gamefish from tuna to swordfish at mid-range depths with this medium-frequency beam.

LOW RANGE

LOW RANGE

28 KHZ TO 65 KHZ - UP TO 10,000 FEET
Go all the way to the ocean floor to track bottom with the low-frequency beam.

 
Unit Sonar Type Features Cartography Display Type Display Size
ION 12

 

Broadband Chirp, Digital Signal Processing, Side Imaging 360 Imaging, AIS, Autopilot, GPS, Minn Kota iPilot Link, Networking, NMEA 2000, Radar, Wireless Browser TriFuel World Base Maps, LakeMaster, LakeMaster PLUS, Navionics Gold Hot Maps, Navionics Platinum, C Map 4D, AutoChart, SmartStrike Color Touch 10 inches and higher
ION 10

 

Broadband Chirp, Digital Signal Processing, Side Imaging 360 Imaging, AIS, Autopilot, GPS, Minn Kota iPilot Link, Networking, NMEA 2000, Radar, Wireless Browser TriFuel World Base Maps, LakeMaster, LakeMaster PLUS, Navionics Gold Hot Maps, Navionics Platinum, C Map 4D, AutoChart, SmartStrike Color Touch 10 inches and higher
ONIX10ci SI Combo

 

Broadband Chirp, Digital Signal Processing, Side Imaging, DualBeam PLUS  Switchfire 360 Imaging, AIS, Autopilot, GPS, Minn Kota iPilot Link, Networking, NMEA 2000, Radar TriFuel World Base Maps, LakeMaster, LakeMaster PLUS, Navionics Gold Hot Maps, Navionics Platinum, C Map 4D, AutoChart, SmartStrike Color Touch 10 inches and higher
ONIX10ci Combo

 

Broadband Chirp, Digital Signal Processing, DualBeam PLUS  Switchfire 360 Imaging, AIS, Autopilot, GPS, Minn Kota iPilot Link, Networking, NMEA 2000, Radar TriFuel World Base Maps, LakeMaster, LakeMaster PLUS, Navionics Gold Hot Maps, Navionics Platinum, C Map 4D, AutoChart, SmartStrike Color Touch 10 inches and higher
ONIX8ci SI Combo

 

Broadband Chirp, Digital Signal Processing, Side Imaging, DualBeam PLUS  Switchfire 360 Imaging, AIS, Autopilot, GPS, Minn Kota iPilot Link, Networking, NMEA 2000, Radar TriFuel World Base Maps, LakeMaster, LakeMaster PLUS, Navionics Gold Hot Maps, Navionics Platinum, C Map 4D, AutoChart, SmartStrike Color Touch 8 inches
ONIX8ci Combo

 

Broadband Chirp, Digital Signal Processing, DualBeam PLUS  Switchfire 360 Imaging, AIS, Autopilot, GPS, Minn Kota iPilot Link, Networking, NMEA 2000, Radar TriFuel World Base Maps, LakeMaster, LakeMaster PLUS, Navionics Gold Hot Maps, Navionics Platinum, C Map 4D, AutoChart, SmartStrike Color Touch 8 inches
ONIX10ci NT Combo

 

Broadband Chirp, Digital Signal Processing, DualBeam PLUS  Switchfire 360 Imaging, AIS, Autopilot, GPS, Minn Kota iPilot Link, Networking, NMEA 2000, Radar TriFuel World Base Maps, LakeMaster, LakeMaster PLUS, Navionics Gold Hot Maps, Navionics Platinum, C Map 4D, AutoChart, SmartStrike Color 10 inches and higher
ONIX10ci NT SI Combo

 

Broadband Chirp, Digital Signal Processing, Side Imaging, DualBeam PLUS  Switchfire 360 Imaging, AIS, Autopilot, GPS, Minn Kota iPilot Link, Networking, NMEA 2000, Radar TriFuel World Base Maps, LakeMaster, LakeMaster PLUS, Navionics Gold Hot Maps, Navionics Platinum, C Map 4D, AutoChart, SmartStrike Color 10 inches and higher
ONIX8ci NT Combo

 

Broadband Chirp, Digital Signal Processing, DualBeam PLUS  Switchfire 360 Imaging, AIS, Autopilot, GPS, Minn Kota iPilot Link, Networking, NMEA 2000, Radar TriFuel World Base Maps, LakeMaster, LakeMaster PLUS, Navionics Gold Hot Maps, Navionics Platinum, C Map 4D, AutoChart, SmartStrike Color 8 inches
ONIX8ci NT SI Combo

 

Broadband Chirp, Digital Signal Processing, Side Imaging, DualBeam PLUS  Switchfire 360 Imaging, AIS, Autopilot, GPS, Minn Kota iPilot Link, Networking, NMEA 2000, Radar TriFuel World Base Maps, LakeMaster, LakeMaster PLUS, Navionics Gold Hot Maps, Navionics Platinum, C Map 4D, AutoChart, SmartStrike Color 8 inches
Welcome to 360 Imaging

Welcome to 360 Imaging

 

Revolutionary Humminbird® 360 Imaging™ offers a detailed, 360 degree view around your boat. Visualize it as a thin sonar wall extending 150 feet to either side of your vessel. This wall rotates to create a 300-foot circle enabling you to see areas virtually impossible to reach with other types of sonar. And, because the sonar wall moves, you don't have to, so you can see where fish are, before they see you.
 
For greater on-water flexibility, 360 Imaging lets you choose from five beam speed settings. Lower beam speeds lead to higher image quality but lower refresh rates. Conversely, higher beam speeds result in lower image quality but higher refresh rates. With five options, you can find the ideal setting for your boat speed, water conditions, and need for detail.

 

 

Welcome to the inner circle. See fish before they see you with new Humminbird 360 Imaging.

 

Want to get the most of 360 Imaging and its unprecedented coverage area? You're in the right place. We've broken down several screenshots to help you make sense of this revolutionary technology.

Submerged Bridge

Submerged Bridge

This screenshot reveals a reservoir with bridge ruins (left of the boat location) and what was once a river channel. The white streaks to the direct left of the bridge and on the far right indicate fish. Shaded areas represent the channel's descending terrain, while lighter areas are rising terrain.

Train Tracks

Train Tracks

A manmade structure of sunken railroad tracks remains after filling this reservoir. The area directly beneath boat icon in the center of the screen is shown brighter than the surrounding area indicating a rise in bottom contour. Conversely, the areas to the left of the tracks grow gradually darker indicating a descending terrain. The individual railroad ties are clearly visible.

Bridge Pilings

Bridge Pilings

The areas near the base of the bridge pilings are shaded darker than the surrounding area due to the scouring action of tidal flow.  

Bottom Contours

Bottom Contours

Intermittent hard bottom and corals rise up from rippled sand bottom. Relative height of hard bottom and corals is indicated by the intensity of the shadow behind them. This is important information when targeting gamefish trying to ambush prey. The screen shot is shown in optional color pallet "Amber #2."

Combined Technologies

Combined Technologies

Fish, in this case Hybrid Striped Bass, are shown as individual white streaks that make up one large school. The split screen view of traditional 2-D Sonar shows the fish clearly working between depths of 22 – 45 feet.

Boca Grande Ledge & Bait

Boca Grande Ledge & Bait

Boat pulls up on Boca Grande Ledge from 60+ feet into 48’ – Dark shading on 360 Imaging indicates the drop in depth. A secondary ledge is also shown. Clouds of bait are depicted directly under the boat. Bait clouds also shown on 2-D Sonar screen between 14 – 30 feet. The 360 Imaging screen is shown in optional color pallet "Amber #1" ideal in bright sun.

Tarpon on Ledge

Tarpon on Ledge

The ledge runs across top of 360 Imaging screen and is depicted by darker shading indicating the drop in depth.

Tarpon Holding Tight in Boca Grande Pass

Tarpon Holding Tight in Boca Grande Pass

Large fish holding close to the bottom often give a shadow. In this case, a school of Tarpon shadows are shown on 360 Imaging. They were confirmed as tarpon after jumping 2 fish from the school.

Now that you can look forward, there's no looking back

Now that you can look forward, there's no looking back

For the first time ever, you can see up to 150 feet in front of your sonar pod, either in full 360 mode or by isolating your sweep area. 
New 360 Imaging allows you to isolate your sweep area of water from 10 to 360 degrees. You can lock in your beam anywhere - but the area in front of your boat is especially useful. With valuable intelligence on fish-holding structure and cover waiting up ahead, you can cast to productive areas without spooking fish. Because your beam has less ground to cover, you'll also benefit from a faster refresh rate.

Split-Screen Views

Split-Screen Views

 

View 360 Imaging side-by-side with SwitchFire™ or GPS cartography. SwitchFire lets you see what’s going on below your boat while GPS puts valuable waypoints, routes and other navigational information at your fingertips.

 

 

Mark a Waypoint

Mark a Waypoint

Mark interesting returns with a waypoint directly on your 360 Imaging screen. The exact location will be stored in your unit’s memory and is viewable on GPS cartography.

Customize Your Display

Customize Your Display

Choose from eight color palettes for more flexibility. Based on water conditions, adjust sensitivity for the best returns. Even adjust sharpness to enhance edges and detail depending on lighting. 

Sweep Areas

Sweep Areas

Humminbird 360 Imaging also allows you to isolate your sweep area over a section of water from 10˚ to 360˚. You can lock in your beam anywhere—but the area in front of your boat is especially useful. Point your beam in any direction and let 360 start bringing you the fishing information you need. Because your transducer has less ground to cover, you'll also benefit from a faster refresh rate

Transducer Deployment System

Transducer Deployment System

The Transducer Deployment System is the hardware behind the remarkable images of Humminbird 360 Imaging. This ruggedly constructed add-on works with any Ethernet-ready, Side Imaging-equipped Humminbird model.

Bow Mount

If the front of your boat is your prime fishing turf, mount up. Clamped to your Minn Kota® Fortrex™, Maxxum® or Edge trolling motor, 360 Imaging Bow Mount gives you a 360-degree, detail-rich view of the water—with you standing literally in the middle of your sonar return as you troll. So you’ll be at the center of the action—without becoming the center of attention.

Quick Dismount
In seconds and with the pull of a latch, you can unclamp 360 Imaging Bow Mount from your trolling motor, for easy storage at home and away.

Transom Mount

Transom Mount

Deployed from the transom of your boat, 360 Imaging Transom Mount delivers amazing, 360-degree images of the world below. And with this freestanding system, you won’t need a trolling motor in the water to see what lies ahead.

Two Deployment Options
When the timing’s right, you can deploy 360 Imaging using your Humminbird unit or the control buttons found on the Transducer Deployment System. Easily manage the depth to which the Transducer Pod deploys to avoid grounding in shallow water. Deploy 360 Imaging using your Humminbird unit or the control buttons found on the Transducer Deployment System (TDS). The transducer drops below your boat’s hull and prop for an unobstructed, 360-degree view. Easily set deployment depth based on your prop clearance and it will be stored in the TDS memory. The system operates quietly, escaping the notice of nearby fish.

Fully Loaded

 

Start fishing smarter today with a fully loaded Humminbird.
To get the detail and unprecedented coverage of Humminbird 360 Imaging, you'll need an Ethernet-ready, Side Imaging-equipped Humminbird fishfinder. See the list below for compatible models.

Welcome to Side Imaging

It’s all in the details. Gain a 180 degree side-to-side perspective on the world below the surface with remarkable Humminbird® Side Imaging®. In an instant, the ultra-thin beam scans the area up to 240 feet to the left and right of your boat location—for total coverage of up to 480 feet. The return image for each slice is then added to the images taken immediately before and after to build an incredible view of the lake bottom. You can then magnify the detail of the image with the zoom feature or mark the GPS location of promising cover or structure directly on the screen. 

Side Imaging's high-frequency beams reveal structure, cover, and contour changes with crystal clarity. The images are so real you might think it’s a camera, but it’s not, so it doesn’t matter how murky the water is.

Side Imaging Tutorial

Watch as we take you through a video tutorial of how to make Side Imaging help you catch more fish.

How to Read Side Imaging

Understanding a few simple concepts will help you grasp the detailed images of Humminbird Side Imaging and make you a master of the lake or sea bottom. Compare the screenshot and diagram to help visualize how Side Imaging works. We’ve included several callouts to explain what you’re seeing. Remember, Side Imaging is a history of what you’ve already passed by.

A- Boat Location 
The position of your boat in relation to the on-screen image. The on-screen image is a history of what you have passed over.
B- Water column
The dark blue area shows structure, cover and activity between the surface and lake bottom.
C- Bottom Profile
Reveals depth and terrain directly beneath the path of your boat.
D- Flat Terrain
Neutral shades of blue represent flatter terrain.
E- Descending Terrain
Dark shades of blue represent descending terrain.
F- Rising Terrain
Lighter shades of blue typically represent terrain rising from the bottom. Sometimes, very hard bottoms appear as a whiter shade.
G- Fallen Log
The shortened horizontal shadows indicate cover very close to the bottom of the lake. The angle of the shadow gives away the orientation of the log.
H- Standing Timber
Objects standing off the bottom directly below the boat will appear in the water column. Structure to the left or right of the boat will appear as a clearly defined bright shape with an adjacent, dark sonar "shadow." This shadow is not caused by light; rather it's the lack of sonar return because the object has already reflected the sonar energy. Generally, long shadows indicate the object is tall, and small shadows indicate something is short. It's important to note the shadow will often tell you more about the object than the primary sonar reflection.

Visualizing Side Imaging

Visualizing Side Imaging

Reading the image produced by Humminbird Side Imaging is easy. Simply visualize the screen folded in half down the middle (behind the boat). Then, fold the image again at the lowest point of the water column. The dark blue area provides a visual representation of the water column and lake bottom directly below your boat.

Understanding the Beam

Understanding the Beam

Humminbird Side Imaging Sonar uses a razor thin beam to take a “sonar snapshot” of the area up to 240  ft. to the left and right of your location. The return image for this slice is then added to the images taken immediately before and after to build an incredibly detailed view of the lake bottom.

Bridge Pilings

Bridge Pilings

Submerged bridge pilings on lake bottom. 

Finding Bait

Finding Bait

Side Imaging reveals balls of bait that you can use when targeting where fish are feeding.

Mark Waypoints

Mark Waypoints

See something interesting like the sunken sailboat shown here? Save its exact GPS location as a waypoint on your Humminbird Imaging screen for easy return trips.

Zoom

Zoom

Enable the zoom mode to hone in on the tiniest details. Here, we’re able to identify predators feeding on baitfish in the water column.

Split Screen

Split Screen

View multiple Humminbird sonar technologies at once for a complete picture. Here, we’re able to see this wreck from several angles for optimal lure/bait presentation.

Range Lines

Range Lines

Enable range lines to judge the distance between your boat and underwater objects. Here, we can easily see the main hull of this wreck is 27 feet from our starboard side.

Contour Mode

Contour Mode

Use Contour Mode to remove the water column. Note how this submerged railroad track now appears as though we’re looking straight down at it from our boat.

Color Palette

Color Palette

Adjust color palette, sensitivity and sharpness to match conditions, enhance detail and target fish species. Changing color schemes helped shed new light on this cover.

Wield our full arsenal

Storm the seas with a fully loaded Humminbird. Incredible Side Imaging® and Down Imaging® combine for a detailed, 180˚ view of the water. Dynamic SwitchFire™ Sonar shows you baitfish, thermoclines and other dead giveaways of where fish are hiding. 

Bringing it all together

Watch the video here to help explain how to use Humminbird's exclusive sonar technologies Side Imaging®, Down Imaging®, and SwitchFire™ together for greater versatility on the water.

Understanding Down Imaging

The detailed images of Down Imaging are created with high-frequency sound waves emitted in ultra-thin slices. The sonar returns from these waves produce a "snapshot" of what's below your boat.

SwitchFire / Down Imaging

SwitchFire / Down Imaging

This view provides complete understanding of what exactly is going on below your boat. Quickly identify cover and structure with Down Imaging, while using SwitchFire® to locate and target fish. Together, they take the guesswork out of sonar fishfinding.

 

 Here Down Imaging and Switchfire display a detailed image of a sunken sail boat.

Down Imaging / Side Imaging

Down Imaging / Side Imaging

Get a complete 180 degree view. Down Imaging provides incredible detail directly below your boat while Side Imaging® extends 240 feet to either side of your boat. These two detailed images are unlike anything you've ever seen.

Down Imaging / Charts

Down Imaging / Charts

Use the split screen feature to view you lake charts with the Down Imaging sonar simultaneously.

Down Imaging / SwitchFire / Side Imaging

Down Imaging / SwitchFire / Side Imaging

Don't miss a thing with these three Humminbird technologies working together. Use SwitchFire and Down Imaging together for a stright down view, while Side Imaging reaches out to both sides.

Down Imaging Tutorial

What is Down Imaging Sonar? Learn more about Down Imaging and how it can help you while on the water. Humminbird's exclusive sonar technologies add unparalleled versatility on the water.

SwitchFire

Building on our legacy of sonar innovation, exclusive Humminbird® SwitchFire™ puts anglers in complete command of how their sonar returns appear. With two unique display modes, you can adjust to your fishing conditions on the fly. Add or remove detail; account for water depth, temperature and turbulence; even experiment with lure presentations—all at the push of a button. SwitchFire adds a whole new dimension to 2D fish-finding. It’s one more reason Humminbird is simply, clearly, better.

CLEAR MODE

CLEAR MODE

Easy viewing in rough water. Filter out noise in agitated or shallow (8 feet or less) water for a clearer image of fish and structure.
See only what you want. Reduce undesired clutter in the water column, such as interference caused by suspended particles.

MAX MODE

MAX MODE

Incredible detail. See cover, structure, fish, even thermoclines and water currents.
Easy lure monitoring. Keep an eye on your bait or jigging action for optimal lure presentation.

SwitchFire Tutorial

What is SwitchFire Sonar? To learn more about SwitchFire and how it can help you while on the water, watch the video to the right.

SINGLE BEAM

SINGLE BEAM

Humminbird Single Beam Sonar gives you a precision, 20º down-looking beam optimized for the best image of the bottom and structure. Because it's more focused than wider beams, you'll have better definition to see fish in structure and close to the bottom. Coverage of an area equal to 1/3 your depth. 

EXCELLENT COVERAGE

EXCELLENT COVERAGE

Get a clearer, more precise look at cover, fish and the bottom.

DUALBEAM PLUS

DUALBEAM PLUS

Two beams combine great detail and a wide coverage area. Use the narrow beam for high-accuracy returns of fish, structure, detail and the bottom profile. Opt for the wide beam when you want a larger search area. You can view the beams separately, side-by-side or blended together for the complete picture. Your coverage area will be equal to your depth.

PRECISION & COVERAGE

PRECISION & COVERAGE

Blend wide and narrow beams together for great precision and coverage.

QUADRABEAM PLUS

QUADRABEAM PLUS

Full 90-degree coverage will give you a major advantage. 20-degree and 60-degree beams shoot below the boat, while two fan-shaped 35-degree beams look to the left and right—for precise fish placement below and to either side. A unique display mode lets you see to the sides and directly below in two separate views. Search an area equal to twice your depth.

SEPARATE VIEWS

SEPARATE VIEWS

See to both sides and directly below as two separate views.

Digital Signal Processing

Digital Signal Processing (DSP) is mathematical data manipulation technology. Sonar products produced by Humminbird® use transmitters and receivers that produce actual analog sound pulses and bounce them off objects, such as suspended fish and the bottom, and these analog signals must be converted to a digital format using an Analog-to-Digital converter in order to be understood by the sonar processor.
That's when the real magic of DSP technology can be used. DSP utilizes advanced computer algorithms to manipulate the (now) digital data to filter, reduce noise, finely tune and enhance sensitivity of sonar data which equals a clearer screen, greater target separation, and more productive fish finding.






  
       


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