Humminbird® Releases Their Upgraded Fish-Finder

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Humminbird’s new Fishfinders offer powerful functions for kayak anglers.

Humminbird® Launches HELIX™ 5 G2 with CHIRP and AutoChart® Live

Second generation of the compact HELIX 5 family features CHIRP, AutoChart® Live, SmartStrike™ and updated user interface

RACINE, Wis., October 13, 2016 – Humminbird® is pleased to announce the HELIX™ 5 G2 units, the second generation of the Humminbird HELIX 5, bringing anglers new features and a compelling value. The GPS units in the family all come pre-loaded with AutoChart® Live and are compatible with all Humminbird LakeMaster® charts, including SmartStrike™. In addition, the new units include digital sonar, Side Imaging and Down Imaging capabilities that have been enhanced through the use of CHIRP operating frequencies.

All units feature the original HELIX 5’s best-in-class, ultra-bright 5-inch diagonal HD widescreen color display and professional features, but also include a new updated user interface.

“Easy viewing and operation are now only part of the story,” says Humminbird Brand Manager, Ray Schaffart. “With the new HELIX 5 G2 we decided to deliver flagship Humminbird fish-finding technologies like CHIRP digital sonar, AutoChart® Live and Smart Strike™ at an accessible price point, giving more anglers state-of-the-art capabilities. Now, fishermen are not limited to what they can do because of screen size.”


The HELIX 5 G2 family consists of five models to meet the individual needs of anglers and boaters. All units feature an updated operating system, 800H x 480V 5-inch 256-color TFT display, and allow for gimbal mounting, or in-dash mounting with an optional kit. International models support 200/50kHz. Optional 50 kHz transducers are available for extreme deep-water use. All models in the HELIX 5 G2 family are upgradeable, allowing users to receive software updates when they are available.

Three new units have GPS capabilities built-in – the HELIX 5 CHIRP GPS G2, HELIX 5 CHIRP DI GPS G2, and HELIX 5 CHIRP SI GPS G2. The new GPS units feature a Micro SD card slot for use with advanced cartography or to save screenshots, sonar recordings or waypoints.

All three GPS-enabled units have the following features:

  • CHIRP digital sonar and GPS chartplotting with internal GPS receiver for 2,500 waypoints, 45 routes, 50 tracks and 20,000 waypoints.
  • Pre-loaded with AutoChart Live, giving users the ability to map the depth of any body of water; includes space for 8-hours of mapping on the hard drive with additional storage available on an optional AutoChart Zero Line map card.
  • Compatible with all Humminbird LakeMaster charts, including Smart Strike.
  • SmartStrike identifies the best places to fish based on species, time of year/day, weather, bottom contours, and more.
  • Navionics® Gold/HotMaps™ compatible.
  • Water surface temperature gauge built into transducer for finding fish-holding locations.
  • GPS speed included.
  • 1,500 feet depth capability.


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The HELIX 5 CHIRP DI GPS G2 includes CHIRP Down Imaging, with 600 feet depth-capable sonar and 350 feet Down Imaging® capability. The HELIX 5 SI CHIRP GPS is the flagship unit of the family and includes CHIRP Down Imaging and CHIRP Side Imaging®  with 1,500 feet depth-capable sonar, 350 feet Down Imaging capability and 100 feet Side Imaging capability on both left and right sides.

In addition, there is a portable model, HELIX 5 CHIRP GPS G2 PT (Portable), which includes Humminbird shuttle, soft-sided carrying case, suction cup transducer, 7aH battery and charger, and the same capabilities as the HELIX 5 CHIRP GPS G2.

Designed for anglers who do not require GPS, the HELIX 5 SONAR G2 and HELIX 5 DI G2 bring HELIX 5 users a new, more intuitive and streamlined user interface and operating system.

The HELIX 5 SONAR G2 and HELIX 5 DI G2 include:

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  • Sonar capabilities designed for the angler/boater who requires DualBeam PLUS Sonar, allowing users to select a narrow, high-detailed beam, and/or a wide beam for a larger search area.
  • Water surface temperature gauge built into transducer for finding fish-holding locations.
  • 1,500 feet depth capability.
  • Optional paddlewheel speed sensor to gauge speed on the water.

The HELIX 5 DI G2 is designed for the angler who requires Down Imaging® and DualBeam PLUS Sonar. It delivers 600 feet depth-capable sonar and 350 feet Down Imaging capabilities.  

The HELIX 5 SONAR G2 is also available in a portable model, HELIX 5 SONAR G2 PT (Portable), which includes Humminbird shuttle, soft-sided carrying case, suction cup transducer, 7aH battery and charger.

For more information visit, contact Humminbird, 678 Humminbird Lane, Eufaula, AL 36027, or call 800-633-1468.

About Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc.

Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson Outdoors and consists of the Humminbird®, Minn Kota® and Cannon® brands. Humminbird® is a leading global innovator and manufacturer of marine electronics products including fishfinders, multifunction displays, autopilots, ice flashers, and premium cartography products. Minn Kota® is the world’s leading manufacturer of electric trolling motors, as well as offers a complete line of shallow water anchors, battery chargers and marine accessories. Cannon® is the leader in controlled-depth fishing and includes a full line of downrigger products and accessories.

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