The Humminbird Helix 5 Sonar G2 sonar is a second generation sonar belonging to the Helix 5 line. As its name suggests, this line is made up of 5 different sonar models. We believe, however, that the best of all is the Helix 5 Sonar G2, which is why we are going to give you our opinion on this model only for now. If in the future we have to reverse our position, we will then discuss the other sounders of the Helix 5 line.
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But why such a decision? You will wonder. It can be summed up in a few words. All the models in this line are equipped with the technologies that have made the reputation of the Hummingbird. For example:
- AutoChart Live
- SmartStrike function, with algorithms that produce predictive maps of the position of fish.
Not to mention the latest version of the Hummingbird operating system. There are certainly differences between all models but note that the Humminbird Helix 5 Sonar G2, compared to other devices of the same kind, offers exceptional value for money.
Sonar Features of the Humminbird Helix 5 Sonar G2
Let’s start with the CHIRP. If you decide to use the Humminbird Helix 5 sonar with the supplied transducer, you will have frequencies of 83/200 kHz, so you will be able to reach a depth of around 450 meters, and the down view will allow you to obtain images. to a depth of about 180 meters.
You can of course view different ranges of pulses, individual or combined. You can set the CHIRP sonar to a specific frequency, send pulses within a certain radius, or choose to cover a larger area. In all cases, Hummingbird CHIRPs guarantee good target separation, minimal noise, and high-resolution images.
Sonar has two types of beams – longer and shorter – that emit sound pulses from different angles. Thus, if with an angle of 20 degrees you can intercept fish hiding in the seabed, with an angle of 60 degrees you will have a vision perhaps less detailed, but larger. All the data transmitted by the beams can be viewed individually, in dual screen mode, but also superimposed.
The side view and down view functions, similar to those of other brands’ sounders, allow you to get a complete overview of everything that is going on around or under the boat.
The GPS receiver stores 2,500 waypoints and 45 routes, which in most cases are sufficient. AutoChart Live is exclusive to Hummingbird sounders. In practice, you will obtain an accurate map of the depth of each watercourse, by collecting information that you can record for up to 8 hours. And this by referring to the hard drive of the sounder. If you need more autonomy, you can insert an optional memory card.
The Helix 5 Sonar G2 is compatible with all Humminbird LakeMaster cards, including SmartStrike. So let’s come to the feature that really sets the Helix 5 Sonar G2 apart from other sounders. If you follow this blog, it will not have escaped your notice that we sometimes shoot down powerful GPS level sounders but low sonar level. Those who are basically placed in the boats for good weather but do not detect much and make you return almost empty-handed, compared to others much luckier but simply equipped with a modest fishing rod.
But faced with SmartStrike cards, nothing to complain about. These are maps based on an algorithm which, depending on the species of fish, the seasons, the weather, the seabed, predict places that are full of fish.
We are there between GPS, maps and sonar. Note that this specific feature is not found in most other models, even those in a price range higher than that of the Helix 5 Sonar G2. Considering the rather economical side of this depth finder, the SmartStrike option alone justifies the price.
The Humminbird Helix 5 Sonar G2 Screen
As the name suggests, all the Helix 5 line sounders are equipped with a 5-inch display. The Humminbird Helix 5 Sonar G2 is very compact, but the color screen has a resolution of 800 x 480, so it’s perfect for making the best use of side view and down view.
In addition, you can easily change the visualization and choose how to view sonar data, add details, remove them, get information about water depth and possible turbulence – all on one screen. .
And for the most geeky among our readers, here are all the technical characteristics of this sounder:
- 83/200 kHz transducer included
- Maximum depth of 450 meters (if using the supplied transducer)
- Down view and side view functions
- Internal GPS antenna
- Memory for 2500 waypoints and 45 routes
- AutoChart Live pre-installed
- Compatibility with all Hummingbird cards
- Predictive SmartStrike maps of fish position
Objectively, this is far from being little, especially if we consider that we are dealing with a mid-range to low-end sounder, at least as regards its price.
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The Helix 5 Sonar G2 is perfect for those who want to learn how to use the down view and side view functions, and are looking for an affordable device that can be put in a small boat. The Helix 5 is indeed easy to install and use. The screen, although relatively small, offers a very clear definition, which is not always the case with pollsters belonging to this price range.
Those who are already familiar with Hummingbird depth sounders will love the Helix 5 Sonar G2. Those who have already dealt with the Helix 5 Sonar Generation 1 will appreciate the fact that the Generation 2 model is easier to install. However, we warn them that during the first installation, it will take a little time to check if Hummingbird has made available the software updates and to download the current maps.