Garmin Panoptix all-seeing sonar differs from all other companies’ 3D products, though it shares some similarities with Furuno’s system. Panoptix is a phased-array multibeam sonar that employs hundreds of signals at a multitude of frequencies at any given time.
Panoptix functions in several modes, including LiveVü and RealVü 3D. “LiveVü is basically what you’re looking at when you’re looking for fish. It’s traditional sonar, except you see fish moving around,” says director of sales and marketing David Dunn. LiveVü literally shows you where the fish are within its beam and what they’re doing in real time.
With a trolling-motor-mounted transducer, anglers can spin the sonar to look up to 300 feet out, all around the boat. Garmin’s new PS22-TR transducer allows anglers to point the transducer down or forward.
“RealVü gives you more of a 3D look, similar to what you’re seeing from the other manufacturers,” he says. “With RealVü Down, you can sit still and paint what’s directly under you. You can spin the screen any way you want and look at the bottom from every angle.”
Panoptix transducers employ more than 100 elements and numerous frequencies, which, in itself, makes the product vastly different from other sonars. “This is kind of like chirp, but chirp is still only a few signals at a time. Panoptix is like a machine-gun pattern. We have a lot more chips in the transducer. Basically, it’s a smart transducer,” Dunn says.
Panoptix transducers are compatible with echoMAP 7- and 9-inch units and with any GPSMAP unit made since 2013, which have built-in 3D capability. The PS22-TR transducer costs $999. PS30 or PS31 transducers start at $1,499. for a boat at rest, instead of needing to be underway,” says Jeff Kolodzinski, brand manager.
Humminbird 360 Imaging is compatible with Solix and Helix MFDs (as well as selected earlier models) and costs $1,499.
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