Humminbird Fish Finder HELIX 5 Sonar GPS Review

Humminbird HELIX 5 Sonar GPS

The HELIX 5 Sonar GPS, is basically the same as the HELIX 5 SI GPS, the only difference is that it does not have Side Imaging sonar technology. This of course, cuts quite a chunk from its price as well. So, if you would like an affordable and performant fish finder, without SI or DI, this unit is definitely an option to consider.

Although it does not have Side Imaging or Down Imaging, it’s quite a reliable fish finder, with a depth capability of 1500 ft. It has DualBeam Plus sonar, which can be operated in two modes: one with a 20° / 200 kHz, more view, the other with a 60° / 83 kHz, wider view.

The two modes can be operated simultaneously and observed in split screen. This unit features a 500 Watts RMS power output (4,000 Watts PTP), and comes with a standard Transom Transducer XNT 9 20 T.

Speaking of the screen of this unit, it’s basically the same as for the other units in the HELIX series. It has a 5-inch diagonal screen, 256 Color TFT, with a 480V x 800H pixel matrix. It also has LED backlight, making it easy to read when it’s dark or in direct sunlight. The mounting system of the head unit is Gimbal type, or you can opt for an in-Dash mounting kit.

The navigational features of this HELIX 5 chartplotter, include Internal Precision GPS, and the built-in UniMap cartography package. It can store up to 2500 waypoints, 45 routes and 50 tracks (20,000 points each). It also has a SD card slot, in case you want to add the Navionics Gold/HotMaps, or Humminbird Mapping. Does not support Navionics Platinum though.

Among other features, the HELIX 5 Sonar GPS has the standard Selective Fish ID+ mode, Split Screen Zoom and Wide / Narrow Cone, Snap Shot and Sonar Recording, Temperature Alarm, SwitchFire and many more.