Raymarine is a highly respected manufacturer of marine electronic equipment, both commercial and recreational. Raymarine’s Dragonfly 4, 5, and 7 PRO are some of its newest products in the recreational and sport fishing vein, a new generation of sonar fish finders. The Raymarine Dragonfly-5 Pro Sonar/GPS is an example of a really great product. Here in this article I will share all the features of the Raymarine Dragonfly-5. I hope this article will elucidate its qualities such that you can judge for yourself whether it is the right choice for your specific needs as a fisherman.
The Raymarine Dragonfly-5 has array of features which are useful and effective enough to be worth every penny. Its 5-inch, optically bonded display with LED backlight is easy to see in all weather conditions, bright or dim. That it is optically bonded means that it does not fog, it is vivid and sharp, and it can be viewed from most angles. Optical bonding used to be available for only the absolute most expensive fish finders, but Raymarine has brought their fish finders up to date by having optical bonding on a more affordable product. Additionally, the Dragonfly-5 measures 10 x 8 x 4 inches and weighs only 3.4 pounds for incredible portability. It also has a mounting ball that is compatible with ball-and-socket mounts. This mounting ball is also removable for greater versatility, allowing use with whatever mounting system works for you.
Dual-Channel Sonar Technology: Practically X-Ray Vision
This product employs some seriously advanced technology with its transducer: dual-channel CHIRP sonar. CHIRP transducers provide extremely precise, accurate results by emitting a wide range of frequencies; this is in contrast with more primitive fish finders, which emit only one frequency and thus produce much less vivid and accurate images. The Dragonfly-5 actually has two CHIRP sonar types. One is the wide-spectrum CHIRP DownVision Sonar, which provides nearly photographic underwater images, allowing you to map the topography of a body of water. The other is a CHIRP conventional sonar that focuses in on the fish themselves, showing you their size and trajectory with incredible clarity. CHIRP technology is widely known for its astonishing accuracy. It is just about the next best thing to underwater X-ray vision. Compared with other transducer types, there is much less interference from other sounds– you receive only the results you are looking for. This way you are not spending a big chunk of your fishing time trying to filter through the interference to find the useful information. You thus spend more time fishing, and less time just looking for fish.
GPS And Smartphone-Link Capabilities
The Raymarine Dragonfly-5 has some extremely useful and advanced GPS capabilities. It comes with a built-in GPS of 50 channels, which offers extremely precise mapping to the user. Also built in is its Wi-Fi capability, which allows you to send sonar to your smartphone or tablet in real time. This Wi-Fi capability works in tandem with the downloadable Wi-Fish mobile app. The Wi-Fish app also allows you to pause, rewind and zoom in on footage, and to send images to other fishermen online. Furthermore, the Dragonfly-5 can also store 15 tracks and a total of 3000 waypoints! If you choose an extra microSD memory card, this already extensive storage is made even greater. One of my favorite things about GPS is that it lets you mark great fishing spots for future reference and return. This is so useful, because when you find a good spot, you do not want to spend half your day searching for it again. You want to be out there actually fishing.
Overall, A Great Choice For Any Fisherman
The Raymarine Dragonfly-5 Pro Sonar/GPS is a great product with a host of features and one that I would highly recommend to any fisherman. If you are looking for a great deal, something relatively affordable that still offers an array of features, this is a perfect option. It has some of the most advanced technology out there: incredible smartphone/tablet link capabilities, dual-channel sonar, an optically bonded screen, and more.