Lowrance Elite 5 DSI Review

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Lowrance Elite 5 DSI Review

Lowrance Elite 5 DSI ReviewIn the marine electronics industry, Lowrance has been a very reputable, quality brand for the last 50 years. With this in mind, it’s no wonder why Lowrance fish finder units are so popular among anglers. If you’ve never used a fish finder unit before, you should consider purchasing the Lowrance Elite 5 DSI DownScan Imaging Chartplotter/FishFinder.


The Lowrance Elite-5 DSI features a decently sized 5-inch display. While most fish finder unit displays are LCDs, the display of the Lowrance Elite-5 DSI is a TFT. One huge advantage of the TFT display is that it’s very sharp, eliminating the headaches, nausea, and eyestrain associated with prolonged use of a display.

The resolution of the Lowrance Elite-5 DSI’s display is 480 x 480 pixels. Due to this incredibly high resolution, you can be sure that all the images will come out sharp and clear. Best of all, the display supports 256-color. The color display will enable you to distinguish the miniscule details.

If you like fishing at night, you’ll be able to use the Lowrance Elite 5 DSI in the darkness or low light with no problem at all. The screen and keypad have adjustable fluorescent backlights.

DownScan Imaging

Lowrance’s DownScan is a brand new technology that offers fishermen a different view of everything underneath the boat than the traditional sonar view. The images produced are sharper, crisper, and often more life-like as well.

The difference between DownScan and traditional sonar lies in the shape of the transducer cone. For DownScan Imaging, the transducer cone is narrower than the transducer cone for traditional sonar. The Lowrance Elite-5 DSI utilizes just one tcone for DownScan Imaging.

Due to the technology of DownScan Imaging, no interpretation will be needed to identify fish, exposed thermoclines, uncovered bottoms, and structures. You will be able to see the boundary layer between the upper warmer water and the lower cooler water. Baitfish schools and predator fish will be very easy to see. DownScan imaging allows you to distinguish between soft and hard bottoms. Finally, you’ll be able to identify all types of structure, such as wrecks, ledges, and vegetation.


A huge advantage of the Lowrance Elite-5 DSI is that it comes equipped with precise GPS navigation. That way, you’ll never have to worry about getting lost while on a fishing trip. This fish finder unit also has a detailed basemap of the coasts and inland waters of the United States. Best of all, you’ll be able to use the GPS even if the fish finder unit is mounted in-dash. However, you also have the option of using an external antenna if that’s what you prefer.

Another advantage of the Lowrance Elite 5 DSI is that it has two modes: Full Automatic or Advanced User Mode. In the first mode, the fish finder unit does some automatic fine-tuning to ensure it produces the best images for your viewing pleasure. However, if you’re experienced when it comes to using fish finder units, consider using the Advanced User Mode, where you have full control of all settings.


One disadvantage of this Lowrance fish finder unit is that many users find it difficult to use. The Lowrance Elite-5 DSI doesn’t come with any step-by-step instructions, so unless you have previous experience using Lowrance fish finders, expect a large learning curve.

Video Demo

Check out this short video demonstration of Lowrance Elite 5 DSI.

Decision Time

The Lowrance brand has a great reputation among anglers, and for good reason.
This fish finder unit does have its disadvantages, but its many merits more than make up for them.