Garmin Striker 7sv
So far, it has been a rule of thumb that fish finders which offer side sonar technology, also offer chart plotting functions. Garmin has broken this rule at the beginning of 2016, by releasing the Striker 7SV unit. This model focuses on offering the best sonar technologies available, but only with minimal navigation functions. In other words, you will get the best sonar possible, including CHIRP SideVü, but without having to pay extra for plotter functions.
There are two unit part numbers for the Striker 7SV: 010-01554-00 and 010-01554-01. They both come with a transducer, the only difference is that the -00 one comes with English US documentation, while the -01 one comes with World Wide documentation.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Screen: 7.0″ diagonal, 800H x 480V pixel resolution, WVGA color, backlit
- Sonar: High Wide Traditional CHIRP, CHIRP DownVü, CHIRP SideVü
- Frequency and Coverage:
- 2D Sonar: High CHIRP 150-240 kHz, 24°-16°
- DownVü: 455 kHz (425-485 kHz) 2.0° / 50° and 800 kHz (790-850 kHz) 1.0° / 30°
- SideVü: 455 kHz (425-485 kHz) 2.0° / 50° and 800 kHz (790-850 kHz) 1.0° / 30°
- Depth Capability:
- 2D: 800 ft (244 m)
- DownVü: 500 ft (152 m)
- SideVü: 500 ft (152 m)
- Transducer: GT52HW-TM (12-pin)
- Power Output: 500 Watts (RMS)
- GPS: High-precision, internal
- Maps: No
- Waypoints: 5,000
Sonar and transducer
First of all, the Striker 7SV unit is capable of 50/77/200 kHz for traditional sonar, and 260/455/800 kHz for DownVü and SideVü. But enforced by CHIRP technology, and powered by the supplied CHIRP GT52HW-TM transducer, you will gain much more from this unit. For example, for DownVü / SideVü instead of using just the 455 kHz or 800 kHz frequency for a continuous pulse, it will modulate each pulse between 425-485 kHz, and respectively 790-850 kHz, with the help of the transducer which also incorporates CHIRP elements. This way, a much clearer view will form on the screen, eliminating all clutter, and contouring the targets much better.
Both CHIRP SideVü and CHIRP DownVü are great sonar technologies for observing structure. However, fish targets or bait clouds will also appear on the screen. SideVü will help you understand the position of a certain target in relation to the boat, or in relation to other targets. It has a range of up to 750 ft (228 m) on each side of the boat. DownVü will help you understand a target’s shape better, and also clearly see how far up in the water column it reaches.
For SideVü / DownVü, the transducer will use thin beams, of up to 2° fore to aft, but 50° wide for 455 kHz, and 30° for 800 kHz. Evidently, SideVü will use two beams for each frequency, one on each side of the boat, while DownVü will “look” directly under the boat.
When it comes to traditional sonar, with the supplied GT52HW-TM transducer, the Striker 7SV will only use one beam, for High Wide CHIRP, modulating each pulse between 150-240 kHz. The transducer beam is conical, and the beam will vary between 24° and 16°. However, the unit can support dual frequency, and work with a 77/200 kHz transducer, or with a 50/200 kHz transducer.
Now, since 2D sonar is much better at observing targets, this sonar technology will help a lot to distinguish between targets in a fish school, get a better idea of their size, and even help you tell whether you’re looking at a school of crappie, or a school of white bass.
The 2D sonar also makes available several useful functions. For example, there’s a vertical flasher function, great to use for down dropping or ice fishing. A-Scope, Bottom Lock, Split Zoom, Fish Symbols and several types of alarms, are also included.
Although the maximum depth you can reach with this unit is approx. 2,300 ft for freshwater, and 1,100 ft for saltwater, this can only be achieved with a 50 kHz capable transducer. With the supplied transducer, the maximum depth that you will be able to scan is 800 ft for 2D and up to 500 ft with SV and DV.
One last aspect to mention here also regards the transducer. The GT52HW-TM supplied with the unit has a 12-pin connector, while the unit has a 4-pin connector. However, a cable adapter is included. The transducer comes with both transom and trolling motor mounts, and 20 ft. (6 m) of cable. It also incorporates a temperature sensor, thus the unit will be able to read the topwater temperature. The control unit also has the temperature graph function, which indicates temperature variance over the scanned area.
Although this Striker unit focuses on offering the some of the best sonar technologies available, it also has a basic GPS system. It doesn’t have a chartplotter, but nonetheless, it lets you know your current coordinates, and track the speed of your boat. The best part regarding this function is that it allows you to mark waypoints, offering a selection of various, suggestive icons. It can store up to 5,000 waypoints. Also, you can transfer waypoints between this unit and echoMAP units via data cable.
The control unit features a 7-inch display, just about wide enough to offer great detail for side imaging, and also to supply enough screen space for a 3-panel, split-screen view. The display has an 800 x 480 pixel matrix, just like the Striker 5DV, a WVGA colorful screen, with LED adjustable backlight. Its backlight makes the view bright and clear enough even in direct sunlight. It’s also a polarized sunglasses friendly unit.
Just like the other Striker units, the 7SV features a more compact and rugged design, more suitable for outdoor use. It’s also IPX7 waterproof, which means rain or splashes won’t harm it. But nonetheless, the box also includes a cover.
Finally, this unit supports Minn Kota and MotorGuide trolling motors with integrated transducers, and there’s also the option of a portable kit, which makes it easier to dismount or use for ice fishing or kayak. However, the box comes with the tilt, standard mount.
- Dual frequency capable unit – 77/200 kHz or 50/200 kHz 2D CHIRP sonar (Mid CHIRP and High CHIRP);
- CHIRP SideVü / DownVü sonar – capable of 260/455/800 kHz;
- GT52HW-TM (12-pin) transducer included, along with trolling and transom mount, and 4-pin cable adapter;
- Various 2D sonar functions available, such as A-Scope, Bottom Lock, Split Zoom, Flasher, Fish Symbols etc;
- Temperature graph function;
- High-sensitivity GPS;
- GPS speed;
- Can save up to 5,000 waypoints, with suggestive icons;
- Can share waypoints with echoMAP units via data cable;
- Tilt mount included;
- IPX7 waterproof;
- Protective cover and power cable included;
- Adjustable backlight.
- Easy to use and install.
- No NMEA connectivity;
- No SD card reader;
- Cannot copy waypoints from other units than Garmin;
- Resets settings with every shutdown.
Most 7-inch fish finders with side view and down view sonar that you’ll find out there, also include a whole bunch of features that you may not want, such as advanced GPS and chartplotter functions, sonar recording, or SD card reader. The Striker 7SV cuts back on all these features, in order to provide the best sonar available, including CHIRP technology for 2D, SideVü, and DownVü, at an extremely affordable price. In other words, it’s a unit with minimal navigation and connectivity features and functions but does offer some kick-ass sonar. The transducer is also included so you won’t have to pay extra for it. It is actually one of the most affordable, if not the most affordable 7-inch unit with SideVü that you can find at the moment.