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Garmin STRIKER VIVID 4cv Fishfinder – REVIEW

For 2021, Garmin has once again made improvements to their budget 4 series and 5 series STRIKER fishfinders with their new Striker VIVID 4cv and Strikjer VIVID 5cv. The 7 and 9 series also get VIVID colors, but as they are not exactly budget models, we not be reviewing here. The new models feature the nine new VIVID palettes in the ClearVü screen only. Other than that there is not much new from the older 4cv plus and 5cv. However, the new models come with a GT-20 transducer included, rather that the CV-20. The GT-20 transducer is arguably better that the double beam CV-20, and was seen as an upgrade on earlier models. Other than that, there is little else over the previous model.

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We have some hands on review videos of the VIVID 4cv below. There are also some videos on our Amazon Video Channel. For the purpose of this review, I will quote the 4 series, as I have it here on hand. The screen is 4.3″ diagonal (not 4″ as some advertise as). That is 272 X 480 pixels which translates to QSVGA video quality. I found the unit bright and easy to see even in direct sunlight. The VIVID 4cv weighs just 0.7 pounds (0.3kg) and the quality of the plastic feels very durable. The output of this unit is 300w RMS, compared to the 200w from the standard STRIKER™ 4. The STRIKER™ VIVID 4cv has dual frequency and dual beam capability. You can actually have a split screen with a different frequency in each ‘window’ (ie 50 and 200 kHz) in the ‘traditional’ mode. The ClearVü mode has the choice of 260 kHz, 455 kHz or 800 kHz. Of course you can have both Traditional and ClearVü at the same time in split screen.

The Owner’s Manual for the Striker Vivid 4cv and Striker Vivid 5cv can be downloaded direct from Garmin here: STRIKER™ VIVID Owner’s Manual

Below is the first review video covering unboxing and setup:

Where this unit and the other ClearVü units stand out among the crowd, is their ability to create a contour map of the ocean floor as you sail up and down. This mapmaking ability is called ‘Quickdraw’. You basically just press a button and sail around the place. The areas already covered will be marked as so on the map. Note: In places with tides, such as open sea, you should scan during zero tides, or adjust depth to match in the settings. Non CV models such as the original STRIKER™ 4 and STRIKER™ 4 plus do not have quickdraw.

       

Here in our second video, we deal with home screen, basic settings of each mode including split screen: 

ClearVü screen

You can also set up waypoints such as ‘Home’ or obstacles, and there are built in many symbols to represent these, along with the ability to name them. You can save up to 5,000 map waypoints, 50 tracks, and 100 routes. You can also set up waypoints with coordinates in the comfort of your living room using Google Maps or other electronic mapping. We will deal with waypoints, tracks, and routes in the final video. We will also explain about quickdraw contour mapping.

We would have liked the addition of Wi-Fi and ActiveCaptain®, but this is only available on the more costly STRIKER™ VIVID 7cv, STRIKER™ VIVID 7sv and STRIKER™ VIVID 9sv models 

Quickdraw contour map + ClearVü

What’s in the box?

  • STRIKER Vivid 4cv fishfinder
  • GT20-TM transducer
  • Power/data cable
  • Tilt/swivel mount
  • Hardware
  • Documentation

“Vivid brings an enhanced sonar experience to the STRIKER series,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “There are a lot of variables to consider when choosing a sonar color palette – daylight, bottom composition, cover, even eyesight – and we’re excited to bring more choices in vivid colors to these popular fishfinders so anglers can have more success on the water.”

PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS3.9” x 6.9” x 1.8” (9.8 x 17.4 x 4.5 cm)
DISPLAY RESOLUTION272 X 480 pixels
DISPLAY TYPEQSVGA
WEIGHT0.7 lbs (0.3 kg)
WATER RATINGIPX7
TRANSMIT POWER300 W (RMS)
Sonar Features & Specifications
DUAL-FREQUENCY (50/200 KHZ) SONAR CAPABLEYes
DUAL-BEAM (77/200 KHZ) SONAR CAPABLEYes
FREQUENCIES SUPPORTEDTraditional: 50/77/200 kHzCHIRP (mid and high)ClearVü 260/455/800 kHz
BOTTOM LOCK (SHOWS RETURN FROM THE BOTTOM UP)Yes
WATER TEMPERATURE LOG AND GRAPHYes
Fishfinder Features
SPLIT-SCREEN ZOOM
ULTRASCROLL® (DISPLAYS FISH TARGETS AT HIGHER BOAT SPEEDS)
FISH SYMBOL ID (HELPS IDENTIFY FISH TARGETS)
AUTOGAIN TECHNOLOGY (MINIMIZES CLUTTER, MAXIMIZES TARGETS)
ADJUSTABLE DEPTH LINE (MEASURES DEPTH OF UNDERWATER OBJECTS)
A-SCOPE (REAL TIME DISPLAY OF FISH PASSING THROUGH TRANSDUCER BEAM)
WATER TEMPERATURE SENSOR INCLUDED
Additional
ADDITIONALOne 4-pin transducer portQuickdraw ContoursIntegrated GPSMark WaypointsCourse over Ground (COG)Current draw @ 12V: 0.40AWaypoints: 5,000Track Log: 50,000 points; 50 saved tracksRoutes: 100

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