Hum­min­bird MFDs can dis­play Mega Imag­ing in one split screen and a chart plot­ter in the other. and one or two net­worked through-hull trans­duc­ers for high-speed sound­ings.

Com­pat­i­ble Hum­min­bird MFDs have peak-to-peak power out­put of 8,000 W, but draw de­pends on screen size. For ex­am­ple, the top-of-the-line Solix 15 SI ($3,499) draws 4.56 amps, while the Helix 9 Chirp Mega SI GPS G2N ($1,299) draws 2.5 amps.

As with all sonars, Mega Imag­ing ren­ders crisper im­agery when op­er­at­ing above hard, dense seafloor. “Bot­tom type changes what the [Mega Imag­ing] looks like,” says Schaf­fart, who ad­vises ad­just­ing set­tings when op­er­at­ing above soft, murky bot­toms, which can ab­sorb and dis­perse sonar sig­nals.

While some salt­wa­ter an­glers will want more range, all an­glers will likely agree that — when op­er­at­ing in the cor­rect depths and bot­tom types — Hum­min­bird’s Mega Imag­ing sonar tech­nol­ogy is im­pres­sive. Given its pho­tograph­like im­age qual­ity, Mega Imag­ing could make a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact in the fish-find­ing world, al­low­ing an­gling neo­phytes to find fish quickly.

It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how this tech­nol­ogy per­forms in the wild, and whether the com­pe­ti­tion also switches to mega­hertz fre­quen­cies to bol­ster their short-range per­for­mance too.

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