Garmin announced its new echo series standalone fishfinders that raise the standard for freshwater sonar performance and ease of use. These devices all come with Garmin’s HD-ID target tracking technology to deliver the separation and definition fishermen need and expect.
The high-end model echo 550C features a 5-inch 640×480 VGA color screen, a powerful 500-watt sonar transmitter. It offers excellent fish arch display and bottom tracking as deep as 1,900 feet; and up to 120 degrees of effective fish scanning area. The 550C is also dual beam (200/77 kHz) capable. The echo 500C offers similar function and comes with a 320×234 256-color QVGA display.
Garmin echo 300c is a budget-priced model with color display. It has a 3.5-inch TFT display and is the first in its class to offer dual-frequency compatibility that lets you optimize performance for deep or shallow water. It’s 300-watt RMS sounder can scan as deep as 1,500 feet with up to 120 degrees of viewing angle to see target fish well beyond the sides of your boat.
There are also three fishfinder models with grayscale displays. The 5-inch echo 200 sports 300-watt RMS sounder for scanning as deep as 1500 feet, and is dual-beam capable. The echo 150 dual-beam fishfinder has a 4-inch 8-level grayscale display and 200 watts RMS of sonar power output offering scan depths down to 1,300 feet. Lastly, the echo 100 features a single-beam (200 kHz) sonar that features fast screen updates on its 4-inch grayscale display and 100 watts RMS of power output for 600 feet scan depth.
The priced are $449.00 for the echo 550c; $349.99 for the echo 500c; $219.99 for the echo 300c; $159.99 for the echo 200; $99.99 for the echo 150; and $79.99 for the echo 100.