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Lowrance® HDS-12 Gen2 Touch Fishfinder/Chartplotter with Insight USA®


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83/200 kHz with LSS 2

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  • High-definition, 12" widescreen color display with touchscreen functionality
  • Dual Ethernet ports and two full-size SD card slots, and video camera input
  • Built-in, exclusive Insight USA mapping, Broadband Sounder, and StructureScan HD Sounder*
  • Brilliant, enhanced SolarMAX™ PLUS display
The Lowrance HDS-12 Gen2 Touch Fishfinder/Chartplotter with Insight USA has the largest Lowrance screen yet: a 12" widescreen color display that features high-definition, touchscreen functionality for fast and easy operation! A brilliant, enhanced SolarMAX PLUS display offers superior sunlight and wider-angle viewing. There are also dual Ethernet ports and two full-size SD card slots, plus a video-camera input. Built-in 4-Channel Sonar Technology provides dedicated StructureScan HD signals for left-, right- and down-looking images. Real-time StructureMap™ capability allows you to overlay StructureScan® Sonar Imaging data onto your favorite chart for a lifelike underwater view with greater perspective of your boat's position to nearby structure. For the ultimate fish- and structure–finding display, overlay DownScan Imaging™ onto your BroadBand Sounder view. A super-accurate GPS receiver is standard.

The LSS-2 StructureScan HD Sonar Imaging Skimmer Transducer, which may be purchased together with the HDS-12 Gen2 Touch, features a low-profile, low-drag design and water temperature sensor. Operating frequencies: 455/800 kHz.

HDS® features:
  • Built-in StructureScan HD*
  • Easy-to-Use touchscreen control
  • Built-in Four-Channel Sonar Technology
  • Powerful navigation tools
  • Insight Genesis™ compatibility
  • Performance upgrade options
  • Flexible Networking options
  • Advanced memory

*NOTE: StructureScan® capability requires LSS-2 transducer.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by 3 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best purchase ever I bought supposedly the best fish finder ever took it to the lake. I was extremely disappointed at its performance. So I called BassPro Marine dep. and talked to Jeff and told him about the problems with using the brand new fish finder. I was very pleased with the way Jeff handled the issue. He was very kind and investigated all of the problems with my equipment. He connected me with a member of lowrance staff by the name of Jack Neu. I had an appointment with Jack at the lake and he gave me a lot of useful tips and instructions. Now I am very pleased with my LOWRANCE fish finder and am very comfortable with using it. Thank you very much for your time, Jack! June 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by INSANE! this finder is awesome...purchased it with LSS-2 bundle and also have the Lowrance Point-1 Antenna, as well as Lowrance GoFree Module to use my iPad 2 on bow...ease of use is incredible, my 4 year old daughter could operate it...and the features are best on the market, period...touch screen works flawlessly, even when wet and/or when fingers are wet...def glad I got the 12 instead of 7 or 9, the huge screen comes in handy with split screens...get you one, you will NOT be disappointed March 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best on Market This fish finder is like having a tv on your boat. I recommend getting the 12 because with all the cool features you will want to have them all going at the same time. Great fish finder. Many features. Surprisingly simple to operate. June 29, 2013
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I will be in vegas the first week of june and im keen to purchase this unit useable in Australia and do you sell Australian cards for our waters. does this have structure scan etc. what is insight usa about as I wont need it. thanks in advance and will see you soon. cheers Andrew
2 months, 2 weeks ago
 - broome western australia
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Hi, thank you for your inquiry. Per the Owner’s Manual (see link below) units designed for sale in the American will have limited language and units functionality outside of a zone defined as 30 degrees west longitude on the East and the International Date Line on the West Language options will be restricted to English (US) only and units will be restricted to non-metric measures. Units sold with Enhanced US Base map, Nautical Insight, Lake Insight or Insight USA units are impacted and will not have this functionality outside of the defined region. Units sold with Worldwide Base map will function without these restrictions.
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This equipment is intended for use in international waters as well as inland waters and coastal sea areas administered by countries of the USA, E.U. and E.E.A.

Australia Dealers:

SKU 2060153 will include the StructureScan. SA Insight Cartography gives you inland and coastal mapping-including the Great Lakes with detailed shorelines and depth contours, plus Fishing HotSpots data for more than 500 U.S. lakes.
2 months, 1 week ago
 - Springfield, MO
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Right one for my boat?

I have a 2013 tracker 175 TF, is this unit too big for my boat???...I'm brand new to boat ownership but I love these new lowrance units and the screen size of the HDS-12...May b a stupid question but wanted feedback before I spend over 3k on a unit...thanks!
7 months ago
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Hi, thank you for your question. Here is information found on the manufacturer web site:

There are a number of factors that a potential purchaser will want to consider when deciding which fishfinder will suit him best. Generally speaking, the bigger the screen the better, when it comes to viewing detail of the water volume beneath your transducer. However in practise the decision tends to be a trade-off between available budget and a number of additional factors:


– the first consideration will be where the fishfinder is to be mounted. Most fishfinders can be either flush mounted into a dashboard or bulkhead, or mounted on a bracket. The latter option can allow the user to have a larger unit in a small boat where the dash does not have the necessary room, but for those who wish to have the security and convenience of a flush-mounted fishfinder then choosing the right casing size for the position is the first priority. Most quoted screen sizes refer to the diagonal distance across the screen.

Screen quality

– the display resolution, generally given in pixels, indicates the extent to which a screen can display fine detail. The higher the total number (width x height) the better. With other terminology an SVGA monitor is generally superior to a VGA monitor in terms of viewing quality, and a TFT screen is a widely used type of LCD flat-screen monitor. Sunlight viewability is another factor that should be considered on units that will be used in conditions of direct sunlight.


– the power of a fishfinder is measured in watts, and while the higher the number the greater the depth penetration of the sonar signal, it is worth bearing in mind that there are two ways of measuring the signal strength; peak to peak and RMS. A 500W RMS (4000W peak to peak) fishfinder should have plenty of power for most coastal applications. The latest broadband fishfinders use a lot less power than their conventional alternatives, while at the same time giving far more detailed returns.

Dual vs. single frequency

– a dual frequency fishfinder emits both a high frequency (200kHz) beam that gives a high quality but narrow view of what lies below, and a lower frequency beam (generally 50k or 83Hz) that gives a broader but lower quality view to enable you to see fish further away from the boat. A dual frequency unit will general be a little more expensive.


– the transducer sends out the actual signal into the water. If you have a dual frequency sounder then make sure you have a dual-frequency transducer to match.
There are three types of transducer, with regards to how they are mounted. The through-hull type requires a hole in the hull with the business end of the transducer fitted flush with the exterior, and sends its signal direct out into the water. The in-hull type is fitted flush against the inside of the hull, and its signal has to travel through the hull before entering the water. The transom mount version is generally used on smaller day boats and is entirely external, being mounted on an exterior bracket on the outside of the transom below the waterline. Each type has its merits, but always seek expert advice before drilling holes in your hull, particularly below the waterline.


- modern fishfinders come with a wide variety of features that aim to help the angler to distinguish fish from underwater obstacles and thermal anomalies. Buyers should consider which may be applicable to the type of waters in which they fish.

Combi units

– fishfinders and chartplotters are widely available as single ‘combi’ units. These can be great space as well as money savers, and are ideal for smaller boats. If both applications are run together they will of course have to share the same screen, so purchasers may wish to opt for a larger screen than they would otherwise have chosen.


– all good models should be waterproof to at least IPX7 (immersion in 1 metre of water for at least 30 minutes). This is vital for units mounted in a cockpit or any other exposed position.

Touch screen or conventional buttons

– this is really a matter of personal preference. Touch screen controls do reinforce the structural integrity of a unit, yet many people still prefer the combination of buttons, scroll wheels and on-screen menus to achieve the same multi-option effect. On the latter, back-lit buttons will aid operation of the unit after dark.

– those who may wish to integrate their fishfinder into a broader navigation network should select a unit that is NMEA2000 compatible. Many larger units are these days, enabling them to function as multifunction displays, but many simpler models are available that are standalone instruments.
5 months, 1 week ago
 - Springfield, MO
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