Go To The Homepage
Electronics Reviews


New for 2011 from Lowrance is the Elite-5 Series of fishfinders and combo fishfinder/GPS chartplotters, all featuring Lowrance’s unique DownScan Imaging (DSI) technology.
By Capt. John Raguso
For more information:
View Website Lowrance
The Elite DSI lineup includes the Elite-5x DSI fishfinder, Elite-5 DSI fishfinder/chartplotter and Elite-5 DSI Gold fishfinder/chartplotter, which is bundled with a special-issue Navionics Gold micro SD chart card.

All Elite-5 DSI fishfinder/chartplotter models feature a built-in 16-channel GPS +WAAS antenna for out-of-the-box, plug-and-play navigation, along with an external antenna option. The built-in U.S. basemap provides enhanced details for more than 3,000 enhanced lake maps, as well as coastal/offshore maps with depth contour details out to 1,000 feet. To insure maximum flexibility, the Elite-5 DSI units also feature a waterproof micro SD memory card slot that supports multiple map card options, including Navionics Gold charts. Anglers can store up to 3,000 waypoints, 100 routes with 100 waypoints per route and 100 retraceable plot trails with up to 10,000 points per trail.

With DSI technology at their command, anglers will experience a new standard in fish finding with remarkable below-the-boat, picture-like views of bottom structure such as rock piles, wrecks, drop-offs, channels and the often elusive thermocline, as well as sharp images of both predator gamefish and baitfish. The Elite DSI series provides crystal-clear underwater definition in shallow and deeper water, including impressive bottom readings at higher boat speeds. DSI sonar not only allows users to see vegetation and bottom structure more clearly, but also helps anglers recognize variations in visible structure and bottom hardness. The DSI features are brought to life by a rugged new low-profile dual-frequency Skimmer transom-mount transducer with a built-in temperature sensor that operates at 455 kHz for wider and deeper coverage, or at 800 kHz for more concentrated scans in shallower conditions with greater target separation. Elite DSI models have automatic fine-tuned fish-finding modes for simplified operation, while also allowing manual options for advanced control. Anglers can position the cursor anywhere on the sonar display to determine the depth of a marked object, such as suspended baitfish, a thermocline, or predator fish identified among suspended tree branches. In addition, DSI models feature Lowrance TrackBack that allows anglers to scroll backward into sonar history and pinpoint possible fishing hotspots. With the Elite-5 DSI fishfinder/chartplotter, users can also set waypoints, for easier navigation back to a desired location.

Designed with a 5-inch 480 x 480-pixel SolarMAX 256-color TFT display for optimum brightness and great visibility from wide viewing angles, all Elite DSI series models offer excellent target separation down to 200-foot depths. Waterproof to IPx7 standards, the new Lowrance Elite-5 units are protected by a one-year limited warranty.