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Garmin’s New Fantom Series Marine Radar

Garmin Fantom 254-256

Garmin unveiled its new GMR Fantom 254/256 open-array radars with more than double the power of its existing Fantom 124/126.

The company says the new radars yield the best combined short- and long-range target detection performance for boaters and anglers.

The new series has 250 watts of pulse compression power, its highest-powered solid-state marine radar on the market, for a target range of 20 to 96 nautical miles.

It also uses Garmin’s trademarked MotionScope technology to highlight moving targets in different colors to help users avoid collisions, track weather and find flocks of birds, for example. It detects moving targets in real time, using colored highlights as targets approach or retreat from the vessel.

New features include scan-to-scan averaging and improved MARPA with automatic acquisition to provide improved target precision and more visibility.

“We know that the demands of offshore navigation require the most reliable and feature-rich marine radars, which is why we are excited to offer customers our highest-powered solid-state radar series on the market,” said consumer sales vice president Dan Bartel in a statement. “The increased power and pulse compression technology of the new Fantom 254/256 radars gives best-in-class target detection range and image resolution, making them the ideal radar solution for anyone desiring to equip their vessel with the highest end marine tech.”

The 4-foot Fantom 254 or 6-foot Fantom 256 open-array are available now with suggested retail prices of $9,999 and $10,499, respectively. 

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