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Humminbird imaging technologies bringing structure to life

The Humminbird Helix units now offer more technologies with new innovations designed to deliver better, more usable information about what lies below the surface. The next generation Helix series boast models that features Mega Imaging with Chirp digital sonar, Autochart Live vegetation and bottom hardness mapping, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Mega Imaging with Chirp digital sonar delivers unprecedented detail 

With a sonar frequency nearly 3-times greater than traditional 455 kHz frequencies, Humminbird takes fish-finding sonar to the megahertz range, resulting in clear, sharpest underwater views. The quantum leap to megahertz frequency provides improved Mega Side Imaging and Mega Down Imaging, giving anglers a clear choice when it comes to underwater sonar.


Autochart Live expands with vegetation and bottom density mapping 


When Humminbird first introduced Autochart Live in 2015, it allowed anglers to map the depth of their favourite body of water, revealing some of the best hiding places for fish. It was a step forward for fishermen everywhere. Now, Humminbird has expanded this technology even further.

In addition to mapping depth, Autochart Live now gives anglers the ability to map aquatic vegetation and changing bottom hardness. This is regarded as the “trifecta” in essential information, since fish relate so specifically to depth, weed lines and transition points in bottom type – for example where a soft bottom meets hard sand or rocky structure.

Bluetooth connects everything 

Select new Helix units for 2017 also feature built-in Bluetooth, which allows users to sync their smartphones and other devices, delivering text messages, missed calls, signal strength and battery life right on the Humminbird display.

The Helix second generation networking (G2N) family consists of four screen sizes (7-inch, 9-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch), with each size offering three Chirping sonar model options – GPS 2D sonar, GPS 2D sonar/Down Imaging, and GPS 2D sonar/Side Imaging. Regardless of the model selected, all three sonar elements Chirp. Exclusive to the G2N models, each one includes Autochart Live vegetation/bottom hardness and Bluetooth capability. Mega Side Imaging and Mega Down Imaging can only be found on the GPS 2D sonar/Side Imaging Helix 9, 10 and 12 G2N models.

The Helix second generation (G2) family consists of two screen sizes (5-inch and 7-inch), each one offering the same Chirping sonar model options as the G2N. The G2 units are now equipped with Autochart Live, an update over the first generation Helix models. For the value-conscious angler, three select G2 units have an upgraded user-interface-only.

The G2 family models are not networkable and do not include the new Mega imaging or Bluetooth technologies, however all models allow registered users to receive software updates when available. The new units are also compatible with Navionics Gold. 

All units feature an updated operating system and allow for gimbal mounting, or in-dash mounting with an optional kit. International models support 200/50kHz. Optional 50 kHz transducers are available for extreme deep-water use. ­­



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