Raymarine in its Element with megahertz sonar

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Latest Element displays introduce HyperVision megahertz imaging.

The move towards megahertz scanning technology in recreational fishfinders continues to gather pace with electronics manufacturer FLIR Systems announcing a new range of CHIRP sonar displays under its Raymarine brand featuring a 1.2 megahertz scanning frequency.

The new Element series brings together Raymarine's RealVision 3D sonar technology with a new HyperVision 1.2 megahertz sonar technology which Raymarine says will deliver “lifelike imaging” for its DownVision, SideVision, and RealVision 3D sonar views. The HyperVision mode is optimised for high resolution imagery at a distance of up to 30 metres.

The HyperVision mode increases underwater image clarity in the DownVision view.
The HyperVision mode increases underwater image clarity in the DownVision view.

The Element series, comprising 7-, 9-, and 12-inch display models, also feature a new LightHouse Sport operating system which includes a new RealBathy real-time sonar map generator. The units include built-in GPS plus Bluetooth and wi-fi networking.

“With the new Raymarine Element series, we are making our most advanced sonar technology and intuitive user experience available to a larger audience of recreational boaters,” said Jim Cannon, president and CEO at FLIR Systems. “Element has impressive performance for its category, with the remarkable clarity of HyperVision imaging and our new LightHouse Sport operating system.

“Together, Element redefines the category for combined sonar and GPS navigation displays, giving anglers topline capabilities.”

Element units will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2019 through FLIR’s maritime dealers and retailers.

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