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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.

RealVü 3D mode helps an­glers iden­tify both how GHHS WKH ƓVK DUH KROGLQJ DQG KRZ IDU RII WKH VLGH of the boat.

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