The picture-like images of Humminbird® Down Imaging™ are created with high frequency sound waves emitted in razor-thin slices. The sonar returns from these waves create an instant ''snapshot'' directly below your boat. Our exclusive software analyzes the returns to verify the position of the echoes to ensure Down Imaging only shows you structure and activity directly beneath you, and not off to one side or the other. Humminbird® 596c HD DI Sonar Fishfinder features a high-resolution 640Vx640H LCD 5'' display with Down Imaging™, Dual Beam Plus sonar that has 25º and 16º beams, 4000 PtP power output, and 350' (DI)/600' depth. Speed capable/temp included. In-dash mount: 5.4''H x 6.9''W.
Down Imaging™ Use Down Imaging to reveal cover and structure detail below your boat. 455kHz/75º @ -10db; 800kHz/45ordm; @ -10db.
SwitchFire™ Exclusive Humminbird® SwitchFire Sonar gives you the power to choose how displays are returned. Max Mode displays every return for the most complete picture while Clear Mode filters returns to display only fish and structure.
Dual Beam Plus Optimized for excellent coverage of the bottom, Single Beam features 25º and 16º beams for precision with coverage of an area equal to one third of your depth.
Rated 5 out of 5 by blade4130 Nice Unit
The only thing that I don't like about it and goes for all new humminbird depth finders. I hate the fact that it doesn't come with a manual. However saying all that. The unit is very user friendly and super easy to understand. <lol> still it should have a manual instead of a cd.
May 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Catfsher Hummingbird 596c
I bought the Hummingbird 596 for cat fishing and Crappie fishing. I didn't even have to read the directions and was set up using it in only a few minutes. Clear screen and good graphics. So far I've used it in 30 feet of water or less. It was easy to set up to my trolling motor with built in transducer using the adapter cable that was sold separately. I plan on buying another unit for the back of my boat. Very pleased with this product.
May 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by GGToledoFishing Best Purchase
The options are great switch fire, split screen, sonar, down image + modify it the way you want. So easy a caveman can do it. It's comes with a disc that shows you all one would need to know. Regardless what others say about not having instructions. It even come with a quick guide so you can go strait to the lake. All bells and whistles + the fasteners is in the box. If some one say it don't have instructions it didn't come from Bass Pro.
March 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Famine Good Bang for Buck!
I recently purchased this fishfinder to introduce myself to the Down Imaging family. This fish finder thus far, seems easy to install and displays some pretty sexy quality outputs of what's under my boat.
I was extremely impressed with the picture quality and the usefulness of having splitscreen between SwitchFire and Down Imagining. It fully displays most of the structure and anything between the bottom and your boat in pretty good HD quality.
My only disappointments thus far is the fact that you are limited by the screen size. I'm a huge tech nerd and the screen size does hinder the picture clarity to some extent. I have this set on the console, so I'm always in close view to examine the details on the move. But, that's what you pay for when you're going with this model other than the bigger 7inches and above that can cost over a grand or more.
If you're looking for a quality HD DI unit that does what you expect, then I highly recommend this unity over say the equal DI unit for Lowrance. The main reason I choose this one over the unit Lowrance offered at the same time is because of the picture quality. I actually went in store to make the comparison and Humminbird dramatically does DI in better quality in comparison. I would only recommend going to Lowrance over this unit if you happen to want the new 7 inch DI's they just released a few months ago due to new HD quality picture and of course the bigger screen size. The only thing to note however, when you go to the bigger Lowrance size, you can snag the DI and SI unit from Humminbird that's currently on sale with a rebate for 799 bucks. SI is surely needed when you're finally seeing how restrictive DI is on the water with your first DI unit.
March 16, 2013
There isn't a demo on this unit. However, Humminbird does offer several videos online that show their technology and the features of the unit. I've included a link to the unit on the Humminbird website (there are 2 videos on this page), and I've also included a link to the Humminbird Video Gallery.
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Electronic interference from the trolling motor. You can go to Humminbird site and try what they suggest in the FAQ section. Didn't help me. Can't use the unit at all. Waiting for an answer from Humminbird.