Seeing Is Believing

By Mark Corke

Garmin re-writes the angling rules with the brilliantly detailed imagery of its Panoptix LiveScope scanning sonar.

Garmin LivescopeGPSMAP942xs with LiveScope

The sonar units for recreational boats in the 1980s and '90s seemed miraculous at the time. Today, we expect more from our technological miracles, and Garmin has delivered with its new Panoptix LiveScope.

While anglers were once thrilled to see vaguely fish-shaped digital images beneath their hulls, now thanks to the active scanning capabilities of Panoptix LiveScope, anglers can see images and movement so clear and precise that it’s even possible to distinguish between species of fish. This new technology truly is groundbreaking.

"We took scanning sonar and made it Panoptix," says Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of global consumer sales. "By combining two game-changing innovations — scanning sonar and live sonar — Panoptix LiveScope delivers the best of both technologies, and there’s nothing out there even close to it. Once you’ve seen fish in this level of detail in a live, real-time image on your chartplotter, all other sonar is history — literally."

We have to agree, all the BoatUS Magazine editors who have seen this in action have been blown away. You can see the fish swimming under the boat in exquisite detail, fins and all.

The Panoptix LiveScope scanning sonar system includes a compact GLS 10 sonar black box with an LVS32 transducer and a simple plug-and-play Garmin Marine Network connector for easy installation and integration with a compatible Garmin chartplotter. A trolling motor barrel and shaft mounting kit and a transom mounting kit are also included. Panoptix LiveScope is compatible with Garmin's GPSMAP 8400/8600 multifunction displays, GPSMAP 7400/7600, GPSMAP 10X2/12X2, GPSMAP 10X2/12X2xsv Touch and GPSMAP 7X2/9X2 series chartplotters, and the ECHOMAP Plus 7Xcv/7Xsv/9Xsv chartplotter/sonar combo series.

BoatUS Magazine will be at ICAST, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, where all the latest and greatest angling gear will be showcased in mid-July, so look for an in-depth report in an upcoming issue. $1,499.99 | garmin.com/panoptix 

— Published: June 2018


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