Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv with Panoptix LiveScope

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The Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv is a revolutionary chartplotter that offers superior fishing and navigation capabilities. It features innovative sonar capabilities, including forward-facing sonar at the bow and cutting-edge side-imaging technology at the console, which are particularly beneficial for bass anglers navigating shallow waters.

The LiveScope Scanning System, integrated with a 12″ touch-screen combo, BlueChart G3 coastal maps, LakeVü G3 inland maps, and Navionics data, provides real-time underwater views, enhancing fishing strategies. The chartplotter’s user-friendly design allows seamless data sharing with other devices, making it a top choice for efficient marine navigation.

The evolution of fish finders, from basic sonar to the Garmin LiveScope, has transformed the way we approach bass fishing. The Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv is a must-have for every angler seeking precision and efficiency on the water.

Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv with Panoptix LiveScope Scanning Sonar System
Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv with Panoptix LiveScope Scanning Sonar System, 12" Touchscreen Combo with BlueChart g3 Charts and LakeVu g3 Maps and Added High Def Scanning Sonar

Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv Specifications

SpecificationsGarmin Echomap Ultra 126sv
Dimension13.4″ x 9.0″ x 3.9″ (34.1 x 22.9 x 9.8 cm)
InputTouchscreen with Keyed Assist
Display Size10.3″ x 6.4″; 12.1″ diagonal (26.1 x 16.3 cm; 30.7 cm diagonal)
Display Resolution1280 x 800 pixels
Display TypeWXGA, IPS
Weight5.5 lbs (2.5 kg)
Mounting OptionsBail or flush
Accepts Data Cards2 microSD cards
Track Points50,000
Tracks50 saved tracks
Navigation Routes100
Has Built-In ReceiverYes
Receiver10 Hz
Supports WAASYes
Bluechart (Coastal)Yes
LAKEVU (Inland)Yes
Tide TablesYes
LAKEVÜ G3 UltraYes
Garmin Navionics+™Yes
Garmin Navionics Vision+™Yes
Standard MappingYes
Garmin Quickdraw ContoursYes
Supports Fusion-Link™ Compatible RadiosYes
Activecaptain® CompatibleYes
Sailing FeaturesYes
Displays SonarYes
Power Output600 W
Traditional Sonar (Dual Frequency/Beam)built-in (single channel CHIRP, 70/83/200 kHz, L, M, H CHIRP)
Clearvübuilt-in 260/455/800/1000/1200 kHz
Sidevübuilt-in 260/455/800/1000/1200 kHz
Panoptix™ SonarYes
Connections NMEA0183 Input Ports1
Garmin Marine Network Ports2 (large connector)
12-Pin Transducer Ports1 LVS sonar; 1 scanning sonar
Power Input9 to 18 Vdc
Typical Current Draw at 12 VDC3.0 A
Maximum Current Draw at 12 VDC3.3 A
Maximum Power Usage at 10 VDC26.2W

Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv Key Features

As someone who’s spent years around boats and marine tech, I’ve got to say, this new fish finder/chartplotter combo really caught my eye. It’s not just another gadget – it’s a game-changer for anyone who loves being on the water, whether you’re fishing, sailing, or just cruising around.

Compact Design Meets High-Tech Display

The first thing that strikes you about this fish finder/chartplotter is its compact, sleek design. Measuring 13.4″ x 9.0″ x 3.9″, it fits neatly on a variety of boat consoles. But don’t let its size fool you. The device boasts a 12.1″ diagonal touchscreen with a 1280 x 800 WXGA resolution, offering crystal clear visuals on an IPS panel. It’s impressively lightweight at 5.5 lbs, and with its IPX7 waterproof rating, it’s clearly built to withstand the elements. Whether you choose to bail or flush mount it, installation is a breeze.

Navigational Mastery with Enhanced Memory

Navigational efficiency is paramount in this device. It effortlessly handles extensive mapping data with its dual microSD card slots.

You can store an impressive 5000 waypoints, track 50,000 points, and manage 50 saved tracks. Planning and following complex navigation routes, up to 100, is smoother than ever, making it an invaluable tool for seasoned sailors and casual boaters alike.

Precision Tracking with Advanced Sensors

Under the hood, this unit is equipped with a 10 Hz built-in receiver, guaranteeing swift and accurate position tracking. It integrates seamlessly with NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 systems, broadening its utility across various marine setups. The inclusion of GPS with WAAS support adds another layer of precision, ensuring reliable navigation in all conditions.

Extensive Map Coverage and Support

Preloaded with Bluechart and LAKEVU maps, the device caters to both coastal and inland water navigation. Its versatility is further enhanced by supporting a wide range of additional maps, including LAKEVÜ G3, Garmin Navionics+, and more. This feature makes it a comprehensive companion for any maritime adventure.

Cutting-Edge Chartplotter Features

Safety and communication are at the forefront with its AIS and DSC capabilities, ensuring you’re always in control and connected. The device’s compatibility with Fusion-Link radios and the ActiveCaptain app provides additional connectivity, making it a modern sailor’s dream. The specialized sailing features are a boon, tailor-made for the sailing enthusiast.

Unmatched Sonar Capabilities

The sonar performance is where this device truly shines. With traditional sonar, Clearvü, and Sidevü options powered by a 600 W output, the clarity and detail in underwater imaging are unmatched. The addition of Panoptix and Livescope sonars offers real-time, detailed views, making it an essential tool for anglers.

Diverse Connectivity for Enhanced Integration

The device is well-endowed with connectivity options, including NMEA 2000 and NMEA0183 ports, Garmin Marine Network ports, and specialized 12-pin transducer ports. This extensive connectivity ensures it can easily become the nerve center of your boat’s navigation system.

Efficient and Reliable Power Use

Efficient power management is key in marine electronics, and this device doesn’t disappoint. Operating within a 9 to 18 Vdc range and with a typical current draw of 3.0 A at 12 VDC, it’s designed for extended use without draining your boat’s battery. The peak current draw at 3.3 A and the maximum power usage at 10 VDC of 26.2W attest to its efficient energy use.

What’s in the box?


  • LiveScope Technology: Offers real-time, unparalleled sonar image clarity.
  • Intuitive Interface: Easy to navigate, user-friendly for all experience levels.
  • High-Definition Display: 12.1″ touchscreen with crisp 1280 x 800 WXGA resolution.
  • Customizable Mapping: Preloaded with detailed Bluechart and LAKEVU maps, with depth range color customization.
  • Durable Design: Robust build with IPX7 waterproof rating, suitable for various marine environments.
  • Flexible Mounting: Multiple options including bail and flush mounting.
  • Seamless Device Integration: Compatible with various transducers and Garmin devices, including the Garmin Force trolling motor.
  • Extensive Waypoint and Route Storage: Capacity to store up to 5000 waypoints and 100 navigation routes.


  • Side Imaging Performance: The side imaging may not be as effective as competitors, particularly for soft targets.
  • Learning Curve: Switching from other brands to Garmin’s interface and features might require a period of adjustment.
  • Built-in Mapping Limitations: The preloaded maps may not fully meet the needs of users accustomed to different mapping systems.
  • Price: The advanced features come at a higher cost, which could be a significant factor for some buyers.

FAQ: Garmin Echomap Ultra 126sv

The Garmin Echomap Ultra 126sv’s DownVu is generally considered to perform well. However, opinions on the SideVu differ. Some users find that while it excels at detecting hard targets, it may not be as effective as Lowrance’s Active Imaging for soft targets. The 12″ screen of the Ultra 126sv does provide better resolution than smaller models, which can enhance the overall imaging quality.
It’s generally recommended to use Garmin transducers with Garmin units for optimal performance. The Ultra 126sv is specifically designed to work with Garmin transducers, and using a different brand may not yield the best results. For side scanning and down imaging, Garmin’s technology is still evolving and might not match the standards set by Lowrance or Humminbird yet.
The Garmin Echomap Ultra 126sv offers flexible mounting options, including bail or flush mounting, allowing for easy installation on a variety of boat types.
Yes, the Garmin Echomap Ultra 126sv has an IPX7 waterproof rating, making it capable of withstanding incidental exposure to water of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.
The Garmin Echomap Ultra 126sv can network with other compatible Garmin devices, specifically the newer Echomap generations like Plus, UHD, Ultra, and UHD2. However, it cannot fully network with older models like the Echomap CHIRP series, where the ethernet connection is only for Panoptix.
The Garmin Echomap Ultra 126sv offers enhanced features such as a larger, clearer 12.1″ touchscreen display, advanced sonar capabilities with the inclusion of Panoptix and Livescope technologies, and better compatibility with newer Garmin network systems. It also provides an increased resolution and improved user interface over previous models.
Yes, the Garmin Echomap Ultra 126sv comes preloaded with Bluechart for coastal areas and LAKEVU for inland waters. It also has options for additional map support like LAKEVÜ G3, Garmin Navionics+, among others.
The Garmin Echomap Ultra 126sv operates within a 9 to 18 Vdc power range, with a typical current draw of 3.0 A at 12 VDC, and a maximum of 3.3 A. This efficient power usage makes it suitable for extended use without significantly draining the boat’s battery.


The Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv with Panoptix LiveScope is a groundbreaking fish finder with real-time, crystal-clear images, offering unparalleled clarity and detail in locating fish and understanding underwater structures. Its 12” display and user-friendly interface cater to both seasoned mariners and newcomers.

However, its side imaging may not match competitors, especially on softer underwater targets. Transitioning to Garmin’s interface may require adjustment, especially for users loyal to different map systems. Despite its higher investment, LiveScope technology makes it a standout choice in the fishfinder market.

Gary Burrell

Chief Content Writer and Reviewer at Garmin Fish

Born in 1989, Gary Burrell is an Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of Tennessee. With 20+ years of experience, he has transitioned from engineering roles to becoming the Chief Content Editor. Gary’s unique blend of technical knowledge and editorial expertise has made him an essential figure in content creation, ensuring clarity and accuracy. His journey from an engineer to an editor showcases his adaptability and commitment to continuous learning.