The HELIX 5 CHIRP SI GPS G2 is one of the newest models from Humminbird for 2017. It comes with quite a few improvements over the older HELIX 5 SI GPS. The major differences are the CHIRP sonar technology and the AutoChart Live capability. As its name suggests, it's a unit with GPS and Side Imaging sonar, but it also has Down Imaging and DualBeam Plus standard sonar, all CHIRP enhanced. As for base maps for navigation, it comes with the Humminbird UniMap charts.
The HELIX 12 series also includes a unit without Side Imaging and Down Imaging, and this is the HELIX 12 CHIRP GPS. This unit comes with the standard XNT 9 20 T transom transducer, which is also temperature capable and features a transom mount. In case you’re wondering, the unit can use its CHIRP modes with this transducer. Since it’s a 200/83 kHz transducer, the unit will
The HELIX 12 CHIRP SI GPS is the head of the HELIX family from Humminbird. Not only it offers just about everything else the other, smaller units offer, it also has a huge display, comes with a HD transducer, and features CHIRP sonar technology.
It’s one of the best, if not the best Humminbird fish finder and GPS combos for 2016, and so far, in terms of price / quality ratio it stands quite a bit higher than the ONIX 10 SI Combo. So, let’s see what this unit has to offer.
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For the summer of 2015, Humminbird has launched a new line of fish finders: the HELIX 7 series. As terminology suggests, they all feature a 7-inch display, among other fish finding and navigation features. Evidently, one of the best models of the series is the SI model. Therefore, let’s see what the HELIX 7 SI GPS combo can do.
To begin with, the head unit features a 7-inch HD display, easy to read in direct sunlight or during night fishing, being LED backlit. The display is 256 TFT color
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