Lowrance Elite FS Review

Lowrance Fish Finder Reviews

Lowrance Elite FS 7 Active Imaging

Lowrance Elite FS 7 display unit

Pros:

  • 7″ touchscreen
  • Active Imaging 3-in-1 transducer with CHIRP, SideScan, and DownScan Imaging
  • Active Target compatible
  • Wide range of mapping options including C-MAP, Navionics, and more
  • Ethernet and NMEA 2000 ports for networking capabilities
  • HALO radar compatibility

Cons:

  • Screen resolution of 800×480 px is not HD

Lowrance Elite FS 7 with HDI Transducer

Lowrance Elite FS 7 display unit

Pros:

  • 455/800 HDI transducer with DownScan Imaging
  • Easily locate fish-holding structures, find wrecks or reefs to dive, or conduct searches and surveys
  • Active Target compatible
  • Wide range of mapping options including C-MAP, Navionics, and more
  • Ethernet and NMEA 2000 ports for networking capabilities
  • HALO radar compatibility
  • 7″ touchscreen

Cons:

  • No SideScan Imaging
  • The display is not HD

Lowrance Elite FS 9 Active Imaging

Lowrance Elite FS 9 display unit

Pros:

  • 9″ high resolution touchscreen
  • Active Imaging 3-in-1 transducer with CHIRP, SideScan, and DownScan Imaging
  • Active Target compatible
  • Wide range of mapping options including C-MAP, Navionics, and more
  • Ethernet and NMEA 2000 ports for networking capabilities
  • HALO radar compatibility

Cons:

  • Display is not HD

Lowrance Elite FS 9 Active Target Bundle

elite fs 9 with active target box
  • Elite FS unit with Active Target live sonar system
  • C-MAP Contour+ & Genesis Live
  • Mounting brackets and suncover included

Active Imaging 3-in-1 transducer

Active Imaging is available as a 3-in-1 transducer with CHIRP, SideScan, and DownScan Imaging in Lowrance Elite FS.

Active Imaging CHIRP Sonar DownScan and SideScan

The transducer is constructed with a polymer that efficiently transmit and receive sound waves in water without losing any signals. Thanks to the separate sonar element for SideScan transmit and receive, it has a high ping-speed.

These features enable Active Imaging transducer to quickly identifying fish-holding structures like rock piles, standing timber, weed beds, ditches, and drop-offs. With the high-level clarity, target separation, and detail of Active Imaging, you’ll be able to find more fish and also identify different species like Bass, Catfish, Crappie, etc under your boat.

Active Imaging transducer operates at 83/200 KHz frequency for CHIRP sonar. You can freeze, zoom in and zoom out the sonar in the Elite FS screen. The maximum depth of the CHIRP sonar is around 1000ft at 83 KHz. Whereas you will get high resolution detail of fish and bottom at the 200 KHz frequency.

Elite FS CHIRP Sonar

Active Imaging DownScan in Elite FS operates at 800 kHz or 455 kHz frequency. 455 kHz frequency provides the maximum depth penetration at 300 ft. While the 800 kHz frequency provides the highest resolution images with better target separation in shallow water.

Lowrance Elite FS DownScan sonar screen explained

455/800 KHz frequencies are supported in Active Imaging SideScan. 800 kHz provides the clarity and sharpest images in shallow water. It can scan an area of 150 ft on either side of the boat. While 455 kHz is more suitable for deeper waters. It can scan an area of 300 ft on either side of the boat.

Lowrance Elite FS SideScan sonar screen explained

Active Target Live Sonar System

active target live sonar system

Lowrance Elite FS 7 and Elite FS 9 combine with ActiveTarget Live Sonar to provide a real-time view of both your lure and the fish. This allows you to see how the fish are reacting to your lure, which will greatly increase your catch rate. 

You can optimize your retrieve, action, lure choice and where to cast or drop based on what you see on the screen. Active Target is perfect for professional anglers that will help to land more fish.

Lowrance Active Target offers anglers three viewing options to make each cast more successful.

active target mouting view modes

The forward view shows structure and fish in front of the transducer, so you can place your lure precisely.

active target forward view

The down view gives you the depth and live view of what’s directly below the transducer, so you can drop your bait right on top of the fish.

active target down view

The Scout View offers a wide view in front of your transducer, so you can see what is around and decide which direction to cast in next.

active target scout view

Lowrance Active Target includes all kinds of trolling motor mounts. Shaft mount offers forward, down, and scout views simultaneously. Motor mount 1 includes forward and down views, while motor mount 2 has a Scout View. Transom mount is also included as an optional extra.

FishReveal

The FishReveal feature in Lowrance Elite FS makes it easier to see fish and structure under the boat.

FishReveal makes fish appear more clearly as an arch by brightening and displaying them with greater clarity. It helps distinguish Bass from Baitfish and even identify when they are close to a structure or submerged grass.

Elite FS Fish Reveal

C-MAP Contour+ Charts with Genesis Live

Elite FS comes with preloaded C-MAP Contour+ inland and coastal charts. C-MAP Contour+ features high resolution bathymetric 1-foot contours on 15,000+ U.S. Lakes and 9,400+ lakes in Canada. Below image illustrates some of the features of C-MAP Countour+ charts.

C-MAP Contour+ features

Elite FS is also compatible with Navionics charts but you need to buy the charts separately. Navionics charts also provide in depth details of US inland lakes with fishing POIs, vector charting, and custom shading of reefs and depth.

Elite FS also features Genesis Live a real time mapping tool. You can overlay Genesis Live on current charts to create your own contour maps or create custom 1/2-foot contour maps of your local uncharted lake in real-time.

Elite FS Charts C-Map

High Resolution Touch Screen

Lowrance Elite FS offers a high resolution touch screen with an anti-reflective coating that offers excellent clarity and daylight visibility, even under bright sunshine. You can also create customized panels on the screen for quick access to the most used functions.

Networking

Lowrances Elite FS Fish Finder provides NMEA2000 and Ethernet networking. You can network Elits FS unit with HDS Live or another Elite FS unit with Ethernet. This helps to share Sonar data with other units connected on the same network. You can also easily transfer charts, waypoints, and other useful information between units and create a dynamic fishing system.

NMEA 2000 provides the capability of controlling trolling motor, outboard pilot, and Power-Pole directly through the Elite FS 9 touchscreen. You can also network boat engines line Yamaha with the unit through NMEA 2000.

Wifi Connectivity

The wireless connectivity feature in Elite FS allows you to mirror your display to compatible iOS and Android devices and access charts, radar, sonar, engine data, and more from the smartphone. You can remotely control your fish finder easily through your smartphone.

You can also upgrade your Elie FS to latest software through Wifi with fast internet connection. With the easy online software and map upgrades through any internet hotspot, you’ll always have access to the latest features and support for accessories.

elite fs wifi connectivity

Autotuning Sonar

Elite FS Autotuning sonar automatically adjusting settings as fishing conditions change. Sonar can be set to “Auto” or custom settings of your choice. This can save a considerable amount of time and hassle when starting a new fishing location.

Elite FS Installed on Boat

Built-in GPS

You can add, delete and edit the waypoints on Lowrance Elite FS maps. It can store up to 5000 waypoints and 200 routes, each containing 99 turns or stops.

FAQs

Is The GPS Antenna Built-In?

Yes, Elite FS has a built-in GPS antenna.

What SD Card To Use In Lowrance Elite FS 7?

You can add a 32GB SD card to Elite FS.

Is The Lowrance Elite FS 7 Waterproof?

Yes.

What Is The Warranty On The Lowrance Elite FS?

The Lowrance Elite FS comes with a one-year limited warranty.