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#12552943 - 12/27/17 11:45 AM Hummingbird vs Lowrance?
Rbob64 Offline
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Registered: 09/28/17
Posts: 10
Loc: Flower Mound, Tx
I'm in the market for graph on Console and understand this is somewhat religious topic. I've done moderate research on both the HDS Gen 3 and HDS Carbon's. Also the Hummingbird Mega's... I see charting, down scan as top 2 priorities. I'm not sure how much I would use side imaging at this point and 3d is evolving i.e. expect it to only get better over time.

Lowrance is my religion, however, for my priorities Mega maybe better fit based on my research

That said, love to hear recommendations..

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#12552974 - 12/27/17 12:10 PM Re: Hummingbird vs Lowrance? [Re: Rbob64]
i-Fish Offline
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Registered: 06/07/16
Posts: 605
I love my lowrance Gen 3’s and chose them over the HB’s. HOWEVER, if HB was as user friendly as Lowrance is it would have been no contest and I would have gone with HB. The price point is better and the picture clarity is superior but I was blown away by the interface that Lowrance comes with and, knowing myself, HB would have driven me crazy. Me 2 cents for ya.
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#12552987 - 12/27/17 12:20 PM Re: Hummingbird vs Lowrance? [Re: i-Fish]
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Registered: 02/27/13
Posts: 21665
Loc: Rockwall & a lake somewhere
Originally Posted By: i-Fish
I love my lowrance Gen 3’s and chose them over the HB’s. HOWEVER, if HB was as user friendly as Lowrance is it would have been no contest and I would have gone with HB. The price point is better and the picture clarity is superior but I was blown away by the interface that Lowrance comes with and, knowing myself, HB would have driven me crazy. Me 2 cents for ya.


Isn't it amazing how we're all wired different. I find HB to be much more user friendly than Lowrance. I love their 2D over HB but everything else I find easier to work. May have something to do with what you started out on. I don't know but I always find it so interesting that we are all different. cheers That said, if imaging is of any importance to you, MEGA cannot be touched by Lowrance right now. The two aren't even similar.
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#12553063 - 12/27/17 01:24 PM Re: Hummingbird vs Lowrance? [Re: Rbob64]
i-Fish Offline
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Registered: 06/07/16
Posts: 605
If my memory serves me correctly HB, as of about a year ago, had just come out with touch screen graphs while Lowrance had the tech out for a bit already. Several of the screen options were easier to get to and navigate with Lowrance in my opinion so I went with them.
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#12553075 - 12/27/17 01:35 PM Re: Hummingbird vs Lowrance? [Re: Rbob64]
Big Kahuna Fishing Offline
Angler

Registered: 05/21/17
Posts: 297
Loc: Mcgregor, Texas
If I were looking my breakdown would be:

Humminbird- Mega (nothing on the market like it), 360 is a good tool, and if you go Onix/Solix, then info sharing between units is awesome
Lowrance- better 2d (IMHO vs a non HB mega unit) easier to get around on the screens.
Garmin- (i know you didnt ask, just throwing it out there) really good down imaging (again compared to a non mega), mapping is awesome.
has pre-loaded maps, and has preloaded QuickDraw that can map any lake, plus there is a community to share them with.
And Pantopix, its like having a underwater camera in real time.

Again, these are my personel opinions, and I am sure you will get answers from every corner.

If you are looking to buy new, you may want to hang on till the HB Solix 10 comes out.
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#12553186 - 12/27/17 03:16 PM Re: Hummingbird vs Lowrance? [Re: Rbob64]
GIG'EM AGGIES Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 2477
Loc: texas
Since I have Lowrance they're the best, how unbiased is that. Never owned HB so nothing to say but I doubt you can beat Lowrance customer service. I'm running a touch screen and find it easier and faster to navigate than button punching and that's all I have to say about that.
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#12553275 - 12/27/17 04:25 PM Re: Hummingbird vs Lowrance? [Re: Rbob64]
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Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 3067
Loc: Arlington
Trust me, you will find the SI a great tool to search with., especially at the console. Being able to look at everything around 100’ left and right you will find things that you didn’t know existed. For me down imaging is my least used setting on my fish finder. Never used Lowrance so cant compare but you won’t be disappointed with a hummingbird mega for pic quality

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#12553286 - 12/27/17 04:33 PM Re: Hummingbird vs Lowrance? [Re: Bobby Milam]
GIG'EM AGGIES Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 2477
Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: Bobby Milam
Trust me, you will find the SI a great tool to search with., especially at the console. Being able to look at everything around 100’ left and right you will find things that you didn’t know existed. For me down imaging is my least used setting on my fish finder. Never used Lowrance so cant compare but you won’t be disappointed with a hummingbird mega for pic quality


Wonder how long it will be before some genius makes the SI picture looks like the sonar picture instead of gray scale like now or even better it shows a live or simulated picture. For instance A tree will look like a tree, a fish will look like a fish and so and so on.
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#12553328 - 12/27/17 05:12 PM Re: Hummingbird vs Lowrance? [Re: Rbob64]
BWBForney Offline
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Registered: 03/25/11
Posts: 206
Loc: Forney
I am from Tulsa and very loyal to my hometown, so in several boats I have owned I have started with Lowrance and just knew I'd love the units. However, I tend to always touch the screen while searching and so I was always changing the view. I purchased two Mega 10s, a Mega 9, and a 7, for two boats, got Slade to dial them in, and it was amazing how great they became!! I just bought a new Skeeter and I will be mounting both 10s, one on the bow and the other on a ram mount. Also bought the Mega 12 for the console. I honestly want to love the Lowrance units. I admit I am technologically backward, to put it nicely, but the Humminbirds, along with Slade, helped me a ton. I won't own anything else. I agree absolutely that the Humminbird is much more user friendly than the Lowrance as was mentioned by Frank. For this tech misfit, the SI images on the Birds are without compare!!

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#12553681 - 12/27/17 09:26 PM Re: Hummingbird vs Lowrance? [Re: Rbob64]
YAKaddict Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 561
Loc: Plano
Birds give you good features without needing lss boxes and all that extra stuff but lowrance in my opinion gives you your money worth with detail, but i havent seen the mega but i hear its nice

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#12553763 - 12/27/17 10:11 PM Re: Hummingbird vs Lowrance? [Re: Rbob64]
scottsoutdoorworld Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/04/09
Posts: 501
Loc: new summerfield tx
here is a 600 foot side scan and a down shot on my hds12
maybe someone can post a 600 ft scan of the mega i would like to see how they compare


Edited by scottsoutdoorworld (12/27/17 10:11 PM)
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#12553779 - 12/27/17 10:19 PM Re: Hummingbird vs Lowrance? [Re: Rbob64]
coachallentca Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 4080
Loc: crowley
this is Side image from my garmin 1040xs




Edited by coachallentca (12/28/17 09:30 AM)
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#12553784 - 12/27/17 10:25 PM Re: Hummingbird vs Lowrance? [Re: Rbob64]
Okyakfishing Offline
Angler

Registered: 12/06/12
Posts: 278
Loc: Tulsa OK
I always had Lowrance and recently purchased a boat with HB and I honestly think HB are better and the units I have are not even the HB Mega units. I do miss the touch screen on Lowrance and easy of that function.

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#12553993 - 12/28/17 05:43 AM Re: Hummingbird vs Lowrance? [Re: scottsoutdoorworld]
GIG'EM AGGIES Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 2477
Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: scottsoutdoorworld
here is a 600 foot side scan and a down shot on my hds12
maybe someone can post a 600 ft scan of the mega i would like to see how they compare


Wow, impressive picture on the side scan. Hard to beat that.
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#12554226 - 12/28/17 09:48 AM Re: Hummingbird vs Lowrance? [Re: YAKaddict]
grout-scout Online   content
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Registered: 12/08/08
Posts: 6524
Loc: Boerne, Texas
Originally Posted By: YAKaddict
Birds give you good features without needing lss boxes and all that extra stuff but lowrance in my opinion gives you your money worth with detail, but i havent seen the mega but i hear its nice


With any of the newer lowrance units (any Touch model) you don’t need a lss module anymore, unless you want the 3D. It changes every 2 years and less things are needed, but the price goes up every time too.


Edited by grout-scout (12/28/17 03:18 PM)
Edit Reason: I thought the carbon didn’t require the 3d module

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