Lowrance has introduced a new line-up of compact, dual-frequency fishfinders with DownScan ImagingTM (DSI) and sonar/chartplotter options, the Mark-4 and Elite-4 series.
Ideally suited for use in kayaks and small open boats, both series feature bright, LED-backlit, 8.9cm displays that provide exceptional visibility at wider viewing angles, as well as readability in all conditions, including direct sunlight.
The Mark-4 (greyscale) and Elite-4 (colour) range comprises six models: the Mark-4 fishfinder/chartplotter; Elite-4x dual-frequency fishfinder; Elite-4x DSI fishfinder; Elite-4m chartplotter; Elite-4 fishfinder/chartplotter; and Elite-4 DSI fishfinder/chartplotter.
Non-DSI models feature Lowrance’s legendary dual-frequency, transom-mount 83/200kHz Skimmer® transducer with up to 120° of coverage, advanced signal processing and accurate water temperature readings. Utilising proven greyscale or colour technologies, the units reach depths in excess of 300m (1000ft) to deliver clear readings of bottom and fish.
DSI-equipped models deliver remarkable below-the-boat views of bottom structure such as rocks, vegetation and drop-offs, as well as thermoclines, baitfish and target fish. Providing crystal-clear underwater definition in shallow and deep, fresh or saltwater, the DSI models also help anglers recognise variations in weed growth and bottom composition.
The rugged, low-profile, dual-frequency DSI Skimmer transom-mount transducer with built-in temperature sensor operates at 455kHz for wider and deeper coverage, or at 800kHz for more concentrated scans in shallower conditions with greater target separation.
All fishfinders in the Mark-4 and Elite-4 series also feature Lowrance’s TrackBackTM function, which allows anglers to scroll back into sonar history and pinpoint possible fishing hotspots.
Featuring a built-in GPS antenna, the chartplotter models are pre-loaded with a built-in background map and also feature a waterproof microSD memory-card slot for Navionics charts. Owners can store up to 3000 waypoints, 100 routes with 100 waypoints per route, 100 retraceable plot trails and up to 10,000 points per trail.
Easy-to-use, all Mark-4 and Elite-4 models feature a simplified user interface with a start-up wizard to optimise performance for specific user needs, while the backlit-enhanced keypad provides fast one-handed control of the menus.
The slimline design allows the units to be flush-mounted or bracket-mounted for tilt-swivel operation, and each model features a quick-release latch for easy removal. Fully waterproof to IPx7 standard, all models are also covered by a one-year limited warranty.
Lowrance’s new Mark-4 and Elite-4 series will be available to consumers in the first quarter of 2012. RRPs start from AU$349 for the Mark-4 and round out at AU$499 for the Elite-4 DSI.