Review: Raymarine Dragonfly 7 Pro

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Outdoor Empire top pick as GPS combo fish finder.

The Raymarine Dragonfly 7 Pro is a feature-packed fish finder that can help you learn about the marine environment, locate the fish, and thanks to the integrated GPS circuit, navigate around the water.

It is available in several software package options, but the base model is essentially a high-end fish finder priced like an intermediate-level unit.

 

Features 

The Raymarine Dragonfly 7 Pro is designed to be a high-quality fish finder with GPS functionality that is simple to use and easy to install. The unit’s screen is unrivaled in this price class. It displays information in a clear, detailed and easy-to-see manner.

Display

Its colors are vibrant and pop off the display screen. Raymarine guarantees that the display never fogs up.

Nevertheless, some users needed to add an aftermarket sunscreen to improve visibility in very bright sunlight, but this is a common complaint among most electronic angling tools.

 

CHIRP Technology

Like all models in the Dragonfly lineup, the Dragonfly 7 Pro features wide-spectrum, CHIRP down-imaging sonar. This means that more sonar waves are sent out into the water, which yields more data for the computer and a more detailed image for the angler.

You’ll surely appreciate this capability when you are trying to determine if you are looking at a fish or some inanimate object under your boat. It also helps you to see the detail on the cover and structure you are fishing like never before possible.

 

What’s More

To ensure that new anglers have the ability to maximize the value of the Dragonfly 7 Pro, Raymarine has designed them to be compatible with different valuable software applications.

Plus, it is available with various software packages — more elaborate packages increase the price of the scanner accordingly.

This allows you to upload different maps (unless you purchase one preloaded with maps) to help you navigate during your journeys. You can even send the data collected by your fish finder to your smartphone, courtesy of the included WIFI system.

 

Specifications

Dimensions: 4.7 inches x 5.7 inches x 2.2 inches
Display Type: High-definition, LCD color
Maximum Sounding Depth: 600 ft DownVision; 900 ft CHIRP Sonar
Weight: 4.5 pounds
Display Resolution: 800 x 480 WVGA
Aspect Ratio: 15:9

 

 

Comparison to Similar Products

ProductRaymarine Dragonfly 7 Pro
Raymarine Dragonfly 7 Pro

Simrad GO5 XSE Combo
Simrad GO5 XSE Combo

Humminbird 1 Helix 7 DI
Humminbird 1 Helix 7 DI

Screen Size7 inches5 inches7 inches
TouchscreenNoYesNo
ImagingDownDown and sideDown
Maximum Depth600 ft DownVision; 900 ft CHIRP Sonar490 ft350 ft DI; 600 ft 2D
GPSYesYesNo
CostCheck PriceCheck PriceCheck Price

 

Rating the Raymarine Dragonfly 7 Pro

This is based on a 1 to 5 stars rating.

Display

four star rating

While it has a larger screen than most entry-level fish finders, pilots of large crafts will want a considerably larger screen so they can see it from a distance.

However, unlike smaller screens, most users report that it is large enough to make the split-screen function useful. 4 stars are given for its display.

 

Features

five star rating

The features included in it are quite impressive.

In addition to the integrated GPS capabilities, the scanner features two different sonar channels – one is a down-imaging channel designed to reveal the underwater contours, while the other is a fish-targeting, high-resolution channel.

Several models come pre-loaded with various maps and software packages. Its ability to scan down to 900 feet is sure to please those working deeper waters, and its WIFI capability makes it easy to send data to your smartphone or similar device.

5 stars are given for its features.

 

Ease of Use

four star rating

Most users find it easy enough to use, although it may take some thought and research to figure out how to use the more advanced scanning and navigational features.

However, the basic operation is very straightforward. And because the unit automatically optimizes the sonar signal for the conditions, it doesn’t require constant tweaking while you are cruising around the water.

Note that it is important to mount it in such a way that you can still access the rear of the unit to remove or insert Micro SD cards.

Raymarine recommends leaving at least 4 inches. But if you use an aftermarket quick-release-style mounting bracket, you can just remove the entire unit to access the Micro SD card slot. 4 stars for ease of use.

 

Value

four and half star rating

It is a high-quality GPS and fish finder that will leave you wanting for very little more.

For the price point, it is hard to find a truly comparable product – many users find it to be better than other fish finders that cost twice as much. Most similarly priced fish finders either feature smaller screens or lack the ability to scan depths of 900 feet.

4.5 stars are given for its value.

 

Summary

The Raymarine Dragonfly 7 got an overall rating of 4.4 stars. It easily outperforms most of the other fish finders at the same price point, and it isn’t that far from being a high-end unit suitable for professional anglers, charter captains, and guides.

The only thing most users missed in the unit was side-scan capabilities to compliment the down-scan mode. Nevertheless, the included features and the unit’s high-performance easily offset these shortcomings.

 

 

 

Final Impression

Most users quickly fall in love with the Raymarine Dragonfly 7 Pro. It does not only contain the features and capabilities that modern anglers require, but it also offers some of the best performance available in any unit.

Users rave about the ability of the fish-finding, high-resolution channel, which helps anglers target even small schools of fish.

The GPS functions of the Dragonfly 7 Pro rival that of most dedicated, stand-alone GPS devices. It helps anglers to mark as many as 3,000 waypoints and return to them at a later time. It is also a capable navigation tool even when used off-shore.

Additionally, most users report that it tracks bottom contours accurately even when moving at high speeds.

Given the combination of its reasonable price tag, an incredible slate of features and user-friendly interface, the Raymarine Dragonfly 7 Pro is one of the finest choices that an angler can make.

 

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Ben is a lifelong environmental educator, former ISA-certified arborist and avid angler who writes about the natural world. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his beautiful wife and spoiled rotten Rottweiler. You can read more of Ben’s writing at FootstepsInTheForest.com.

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