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Garmin announces Echo fishfinder range

Garmin has announced its new line of standalone fishfinders – the Echo series.

From economical 8-level grayscale units to a full array of super-bright colour models, these new units feature an updated look, and Garmin HD-ID target tracking technology for the bottom separation and definition fishermen need.

Garmin says its premier high resolution Echo 550c features an ultra-sharp video-quality 640×480 pixel 5-inch VGA screen, a powerful 500-watt sonar transmitter, and offers excellent fish arch display and bottom tracking as deep as 1,900 feet. The unit features a  dual beam (200/77 kHz) transducer to give optimum deep or shallow water performance with up to 120 degrees of effective fish scanning area.

Garmin’s Echo 500c has the same premium features, and offers a crisp 256-colour QVGA display which gives 320×234-pixel resolution for extra-sharp detail on fish returns, structure and bottom soundings.

For the fisherman on a budget, the Echo 300c is a great colour sonar option and uses Garmin’s exclusive HD-ID target tracking technology to give you a crystal-clear picture of fish returns and bottom features on its 3.5-inch TFT display. Garmin says the Echo 300c is the first in its class to offer dual-frequency compatibility that lets you optimise performance for deep or shallow water. The 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.

Garmin’s Echo series also features three fishfinder models with grayscale displays. The Echo 200 is a 5-inch, versatile fishfinder that combines easy operation with a powerful 300-watt RMS sounder. This fishfinder has a high resolution grayscale display, and is dual-beam capable. In a compact, space-saving design, Garmin’s Echo 150 dual-beam fishfinder features an ultra-crisp 4-inch, 8-level grayscale display, with 200 watts RMS of sonar power output.

Completing the Echo series, the Echo 100 is a single-beam (200 kHz) sonar that features fast screen updates on its 4-inch grayscale display. The echo 100 transmits with 100 watts RMS of power output, which gives you depth down to 600 feet.

The Echo series will be available in the 2nd quarter 2011.

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