This is my first venture into side imaging, and it looks like if I REALLY want side imaging, a 7" screen is roughly the minimum (with the HELIX 5 as the exception). I fish A LOT of shallow inland lakes so I figure side imaging would be useful. From what I understand, a wider screen is better with side imaging.
I'm comparing/contrasting these models:
- Garmin Striker VIVID 7sv - https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/73904 ... 0-02553-00
Lowrance HOOK Reveal 7 Tripleshot - https://www.lowrance.com/lowrance/type/ ... ifications
Humminbird Helix 5 - https://humminbird.johnsonoutdoors.com/ ... -si-gps-g2
Humminbird Helix 7 CHIRP MEGA SI GPS G3 - https://humminbird.johnsonoutdoors.com/ ... -si-gps-g3
The Lowrance Hook Reveal 7 TripleShot w/ US Inland maps seems like a lot of fish finder for the price (currently on sale at Cabelas, and a $100 rebate). Any experience with this unit? Can this unit be upgraded later with the C-Map Contour+ chip (I'm not seeing that it can)? The same unit with CMap jumps to about $750, so I'm trying to understand the features and possibilities with this model.
Thanks for any real world testimonials on any of the models I mentioned, or others I didn't!