Garmin Echomap UHD 73sv Review - U.S. LakeVü g3 and GT54UHD-TM Transducer

Garmin Echomap UHD 73sv is a big improvement over the old Garmin Striker 7sv. Garmin has done a great job at it, and you can tell from the moment you open the box that Garmin has been listening to your complaints.

In addition to making Garmin’s most advanced fish finder ever, Garmin also made Garmin’s most advanced Garmin Echomap UHD 73sv Review to date. It also fixes Garmin’s biggest problem with the Garmin Striker 7sv, which was Garmin’s Garmin echomap uhd 73sv review that are not angled properly are usually hard to read in the best of conditions.

Garmin has long been a favorite of anglers, especially kayak anglers. They have made some huge strides forward in the last couple years with the release of the Echomap series of fishfinders. The Echomap 73sv is currently Garmin’s top-of-the line sonar, combining nearly every feature anglers have asked for, including depth, temperature, smart phone connectivity and huge upgrades to the screen.

Garmin has long been a favorite of anglers, especially kayak anglers. They have made some huge strides forward in the last couple years with the release of the Echomap series of fishfinders. The Echomap 73sv is currently Garmin’s top-of-the line sonar, combining nearly every feature anglers have asked for, including depth, temperature, smart phone connectivity and huge upgrades to the screen.

External View of Echomap 73sv

New External Design

The external design of the new echomap 73sv is very different from the previous generation, but looks are subjective. I personally think it looks great in any color, with a nice new silver border around the edge of the screen. The 73sv has an upgraded transducer that goes through a completely new hole when installing it on your kayak. It is waterproof rated for 50 meters, which is more than most kayak anglers will ever need.

Garmin Echomap 73sv included with Transducer Display and Sonar:

The screen of the echomap is a 7″, 800×480 pixel touchscreen that tracks your GPS location as you move. It also has 260 different colors for the backlit display allowing you to see a wide range of shades and detailed contours. The 73sv uses a different transducer that allows for a screen tilt of 70 degrees left or right, an improvement from the previous 45 degree limitation. The built-in GPS makes drift tracking super simple, but if you prefer it can be removed.

The high resolution screen makes reading your sonar data easier than ever, allowing you to dial in on the exact location of that fish.

Pairing Echomap with iPhone

The new Garmin echomap 73sv has an internal memory of 8 GB, which can be used for waypoints, maps and even saving multiple charts. The built-in high-sensitivity GPS receiver works with both Garmin and third party charts, to give you the best possible mapping experience. It has a smooth operating system that makes it simple to switch between screens, along with an easy access menu for settings and preferences.

The echomap 73sv uses a DualBeam PLUS sonar with a narrow and wide angle. The beam is very accurate, even in deep water thanks to the new DownVu technology that can track down to a depth of 1,900 ft. This feature makes the 73sv one of the best sonar choices for large lakes, where big fish might still be lurking far from shore.

Want to look deeper? The new echomap 73sv has a max depth of 2,300 ft.

We have been using the Garmin Echomap series from the beginning and have loved all of them. This upgrade is exciting because it takes everything that was great before and improves it even further. You can use the built-in GPS unit or remove it, the screen is larger and brighter than before and you can now save multiple maps. Garmin has even added in an internal memory for use with waypoints, maps or your favorite fishing spot locations.

The new echomap 73sv has incredible sonar capabilities with DownVu technology that allows you to see 1/3 of the way to bedrock, making for an incredibly accurate reading. It is also the first Garmin fishfinder with smart phone connectivity, giving you access to both your location and sonar data through the Garmin app. The 73sv works great on lakes or even the ocean with it’s IPX-7 waterproof rating.

It has lots of fishing specific features including a fish alarm, waypoint and method of marking your favorite fishing spots. The new echomap 73sv has more than just a couple small upgrades from the previous generation, it is practically an entirely new device with some incredible features not seen on any other kayak sonar.

We have been loving this new model and can’t imagine going back to the old one. The best part about it is that because the case, screen and form factor are all identical, you can upgrade your unit without having to get a whole new transducer or install a hole in your kayak. If you have been using an echomap from Garmin before, this is definitely worth an upgrade.