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Garmin 8610xsv

Garmin 8610xsv

Brand: Garmin
Category: Chartplotters | Fishfinders
  • Screen Size: 10" WUXGA display
  • Input Type: IPS | Touchscreen
  • Charts: BlueChart® g3 | LakeVü g3
  • Chart Card Slots: 2 microSD cards
  • Wifi: Wifi | Bluetooth | ANT
  • Sonar: Traditional CHIRP | SideVü•ClearVü | UHD

Garmin GPSMap 8610xsv - Price



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Garmin 8610xsv



Garmin GPSMAP 8610xsv Review



Should I upgrade to a – Garmin 8610xsv?

We take a detailed look at the specs and look at a couple reviews from some who already have.



The Garmin 8610xsv is a 10” Chartplotter/Sonar Combo that is built around the new Full HD In-plane Switching (IPS) Touchscreen technology.

Its preloaded with both BlueChart® g3 U.S. coastal and LakeVü g3 maps and features Navionics® data and Auto Guidance right out of the box.

As with most Garmin MFDS, its fully network capable with NMEA 2000 and the Garmin Marine Network. Adding more modules like panoptics, radar, autopilot, instruments, cameras and multimedia is pretty simple and straight forward even though figuring out what you want to include might leave you scratching your head.

It has built-in support for ANT® technology,  Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networking for connecting with additional Garmin devices like a quatix™ 5 marine smartwatch, VIRB action cameras, or gWind Wireless 2 wind sensors.

Also included are SmartMode station controls a full suite of Garmin sonar options and support for OneHelm.  The all-in-one design eliminates the need for black-boxes, monitors and external Wi-Fi antennas.

The ultra fast processor makes easy work of map drawing, running sonar, radar, cameras, video and digital switching, with little or no delay. The screen can be split to show up to six different features simultaneously, including HDMI video input.

Pair the GPSMAP 8610xsv with the free ActiveCaptain mobile app for access to OneChart, smart notifications, trip planning, chart upgrades and software updates.

I’ll take a detailed look at the 8610xvs features, but first here is a quick view on how the 8610xsv compares to the 7610xsv. There are some key differences, mostly in performance but also in features and connections.


Garmin 8410xsv vs 8610xsv


p   The only difference between the 8410xsv and the 8610xsv are the charts.

The 8610xsv is preloaded with BlueChart g3 coastal and LakeVü g3 inland mapping with Navionics data and the 8410xsv only comes with a worldwide base map.



Garmin 8610 vs 8610xsv


p   The only difference between the 8610 and the 8610xsv is the depth sounder capability.

The 8610xsv has built-in support for dual-channel 1kW traditional CHIRP, CHIRP ClearVü and CHIRP SideVü scanning sonars plus built-in support for Ultra High-Definition scanning sonar. It also supports the entire Panoptix all-seeing sonar.

The 8610 has all the same chartplotter features but does not have sonar. Since they can share sonar, if you have 2 units only one needs to be the xsv version to use sonar on both.




Garmin 8610xsv vs 7610xsv

Garmin 7610xsv vs 8610xsv



Excellent Clarity and Sunlight readability

This is definitely the first thing you notice with the 8610xvs. The new In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology used for the display provides very consistent, accurate colors that can be seen from all viewing angles, even with polarized sunglasses.

IPS has been used on smartphones and desktop computer monitors for several years, but Garmin is the first to bring it to marine chartplotters in the GPSMap 8400 and 8600 Series multifunction displays.

IPS changes the orientation of the screen crystals so they are parallel to the surface (or in plane) when energized which just makes for a better user and viewing experience with a super-bright colorful screen when looking at it from virtually any angle.



Complete Garmin Sonar Support

Built-in support for a bunch of Garmin sonar capabilities: Dual channel 1kW CHIRP traditional, ClearVu and SideVu scanning sonars, Ultra-High Definition scanning sonar, the Panoptix LiveScope system and the full line of Panoptix sonars.

Support for the Panoptix™ all-seeing sonar line comes with the additional black box and transducer.


1kW TRADITIONAL CHIRP SONAR –  Instead of sending just 1 single frequency at a time, Garmin CHIRP traditional sonar sends a continuous sweep of frequencies ranging from low to high.


Garmin - CHIRP traditional sonar

Garmin – CHIRP traditional sonar


Garmin GPSMAP 8610xsv - Traditional Chirp Sonar Target Separation

Garmin 8610xsv | Traditional Chirp Sonar


The 8610xsv has a 1kW CHIRP sonar that sweeps a continuous range of frequencies, from low to high, in a single transmission. The returns from each frequency in that transmission are then interpreted to be drawn on the screen.

Since this continuous sweep of frequencies provides CHIRP with a much wider range of information, CHIRP sonar is able to create a very clear, high-resolution image. 

As you can see above, you get far greater target separation and more defined arches than you would with standard 77/200 kHz sonar.



ClearVü SONAR – ClearVü  scanning sonar is mainly used to identify structure scanning sonar and gives you a nearly photographic image below the boat.

With ClearVü, you clearly see structure, submerged objects, and fish.


Garmin 8610xsv | ClearVü SONAR

Garmin 8610xsv | ClearVü SONAR


Garmin 8600 | ClearVü SONAR

Garmin 8600 | ClearVü SONAR


Garmin 8610xsv | ClearVü vs CHIRPTraditional


Instead of a cone-shaped beam like traditional CHIRP sonar, ClearVü scanning sonar sweeps a narrow beam of very high-frequency (455 or 800kHz) from side to side, producing “slices” that are combined to create very detailed images.

Fish are easily identifiable on Traditional View with CHIRP where as Structures are well defined using ClearVü. See Image Above

For fishermen and divers looking for structure like wrecks, reefs, log piles and other underwater natural and man made features, ClearVü is a great tool.

Fish are easily identifiable on Traditional View with CHIRP where as Structures are well defined using ClearVü



SideVü SONAR  –  SideVü  is a high frequency sonar that give you a true to life view of structures and targets on the either side of the boat.

You see a crystal clear image that makes it easy to identify wrecks, structure, rocks and even fish that are stacked up next to or above them.

The distance you can scan out to the side depends on the depth but can be usable out several hundred feet which is excellent for covering and searching lots of area quickly.


Garmin 8610xsv - Sidevu Sonar Shallow

Garmin 8610xsv | Sidevu Sonar Shallow


Garmin 8610xsv - Sidevu Sonar Deep

Garmin 8610xsv | Sidevu Sonar Deep


On the GPSMAP 8610xsv you can view SideVü, ClearVü and Traditional CHIRP sonar images on the same split screen.


Garmin GPSMAP 8610xsv - Split Screen Sonar

Garmin GPSMAP 8610xsv | Split Screen Sonar



Ultra-High Definition scanning sonar – is a new technology that puts more power on the targets with a higher frequency range, for a much clearer images, detail of structure and fish below and out to the sides.

The detail of fish, rocks, brush piles, structure are noticeably sharper with Ultra High-Definition ClearVü and Ultra High-Definition SideVü sonar.


Garmin GPSMAP 8610xsv - Clearvu vs Ultra High-Definition Scanning Sonar

ClearVü vs Ultra High-Definition Scanning Sonar


Garmin GPSMAP 8610xsv - Ultra High-Definition Scanning Sonar

GPSMAP 8610xsv | Ultra High-Definition Scanning Sonar


Ultra-High Definition CHIRP frequencies range from 760-880kHz for ClearVü and 1,060-1,170kHz for SideVü and are excellent for depths up to about 200′.



OPTIONAL  | Blackbox required

Panoptix Livescope – Panoptix all-seeing sonar is pretty amazing sonar technology. It gives us the ability to see all around the boat in real time and in 3 dimensions.

Panoptix shows highly detailed, easy-to interpret live scanning sonar images of structure, bait and fish swimming below and around your boat in real time, even when the boat is stationary.

Images are so clear, that Garmin says with a little practice, we might be able to identify species!

Both LiveScope Forward and LiveScope Down modes are included in one transducer and are available with either transom or trolling motor mounts.



Garmin 8610xsv - Panoptix Livescope Forward


Panoptix Livescope Forward is cool tool for scouting and fishing out ahead of the boat. You get live, detailed images of structure and fish out to about to 200′ – even while the boat is siting in one spot.




Garmin 8610xsv - Panoptix Livescope Down


Panoptix LiveScope Down gives us live scanning sonar images of structure and swimming fish in awesome detail below the boat up to 200′ out from the transducer.




OneHelm™ | Control Everything –  The OneHelm system coordinates full control of onboard systems – such as digital switching, lighting, stabilization and more – conveniently on the 8610xsv screen.


Garmin 8610xsv - Digital Switching

Garmin 8610xsv – Digital Switching


Garmin 8610xsv - Digital Switching Menu

Garmin 8610xsv – Digital Switching Menu


Here is a short list of integrated third party systems. For most recent list – see Garmin OneHelm™


  • Victron Energy:  Distribution systems, batteries, chargers, inverters & system monitoring.
  • Yacht Controller: wireless control for maneuvering, docking, anchoring
  • Maretron: Digital power distribution. Programmable 12 or 16-channel DC load modules.
  • PowerPlex: Onboard switching and automation solution for lighting, climate control, AC, pumps.
  • Quick® Spa: Stabilizers, lighting, windlasses, anchoring, battery chargers, thrusters, docking and water heaters.
  • Scheiber: controls for lighting, air-conditioning, heating, generators and tank monitiors.
  • GROCO®: Water pumps, toilets and sanitation, raw water strainers, fittings, heat exchangers and pumps.
  • HP Watermakers: Automated watermakers.
  • Lumitec: LED lighting – underwater, courtesy, accent, dome, down, flood, utility and navigation.
  • Seakeeper: Stabilizers Systems
  • Shadow-Caster: LED Lighting



Charts and Mapping –  The 8600 series comes preloaded with the latest BlueChart g3 coastal cartography and LakeVü g3 inland mapping featuring Navionics data for very detailed, clear and concise charts and maps.

Upgading  charts to BlueChart® g3 Vision and LakeVü g3 Ultra is easy with 2 microSD cards slots located on the back of the device.


BlueChart g3 coastal cartography


BlueChart g3 Detail - Auto Guidance

BlueChart g3 Detail – Auto Guidance


Also included is Garmin’s Auto Guidance technology, which shows a suggested route to a destination, based on specs that you enter in the the device like draft, and verticle height restrictions.


BlueChart g3 - 1' Depth Contours

BlueChart g3 – 1′ Depth Contours


Detailed Contours  –  1′ contours that provide a more accurate look of bottom structure for improved fishing charts and enhanced detail in swamps, canals and port layouts.


BlueChart g3 | Depth Range Shading

BlueChart g3 | Depth Range Shading


Charts display high-resolution Depth Range Shading for up to 10 depth ranges, so you can see your needed depth at a glance by color.


BlueChart g3 | Shallow Water Shading

BlueChart g3 | Shallow Water Shading


Shallow water shading allows for shading at a user-defined depth to give a clear picture of shallow waters to avoid based on your own draft.

LakeVü g3 inland maps – coverage, excellent clarity and detail with integrated Garmin and Navionics® content. The charts also let you easily calculate suggested routes with Auto Guidance. You’ll get coverage on more than 17,000 lakes with up to 1’ contours.

LakeVu g3 Detail - Inland Charts

LakeVu g3 Detail – Inland Charts


Garmin Quickdraw™ Contours – Quickdraw Contours instantly creates personalized HD maps with 1’ contours and depth labels for any body of water as you fish.

When Quickdraw Contours records data, a colored circle surrounds the vessel icon. This circle represents the approximate area of the map that is scanned by each pass.


Garmin Quickdraw Contours

Garmin Quickdraw Contours


The maps are all yours – tailor them to fit your needs. Keep the data for yourself, or share maps with others in the QuickDraw Community.



Active Captain |  Connected Boating App –  The free all-in-one ActiveCaptain app gives your 8610xsv a powerful connection for upgrading charts, maps and access the Garmin community.

Wherever you are, you can have unlimited access to your cartography, purchase new maps and charts, and access the Garmin Quickdraw™ Contours Community.


Garmin GPSMAP 8610xsv - Active Captain Features

Active Captain


Active Captain Features

  • With OneChart™ you have access to all your charts and maps from your mobile device.
  • Receive smart notifications, such as calls and texts, on your display when paired with the app.
  • Download software updates and notifications from the app directly to your Garmin devices.
  • Connect to other boaters for up-to-date feedback on marinas and other important info.
  • Make, save and transfer routes and waypoints between the app and chartplotter.
  • Easily upload and download the latest Garmin Quickdraw™ Contours content from the community.
  • View and control your chartplotter from your smartphone or tablet



Garmin SailAssist -Special preloaded sailing features such as laylines, enhanced wind rose, heading and course-over-ground lines, true wind data fields and tide/current/time slider.


Garmin SailAssist

Garmin SailAssist


For sail racing, there are prerace guidance, synchronized race timer, virtual starting line, time to burn and lay line data fields.



Garmin GPSMAP 8610xsv | Help & Support

TheHulltruth – excellent user review 

TheHullTruth – comparison thread 8600 vs 7600 



Garmin 2019 | GPSMAP 8600 – Brochure PDF


Garmin GPSMAP 8600 - Brochure

Garmin GPSMAP 8610xsv – Brochure




Rear Connections


Garmin 8610xsv - Rear Connections

Garmin 8610xsv – Rear Connections


  • See – 2nd Video below for a detailed description of the connections and how they can be used.


2 microSD slots, 32 GB max
NETWORKGarmin Marine Network
CVBS INComposite video in
AUDIONMEA® 0183 and audio out
USBTouchscreen input from a computer or other third-party device
12-PIN XDCR12-pin transducer
LVS XDCRLiveScope™ single-array transducer
8-PIN XDCR8-pin transducer
NMEA 2000NMEA 2000® network
J1939J1939 network


Key Facts:

Garmin 8610xsv



  • 10” Chartplotter | Sonar Combo
  • Full HD In-plane Switching (IPS) Touchscreen
  • 1920 x 1080 pixel WUXGA Color Display
  • Fast High Performance Processor
  • Wide viewing angle & excellent clarity
  • Excellent visibility in direct sunlight
  • Polarized sunglasses friendly
  • Internal antenna or external over NMEA 2000
  • 10 Hz Internal GPS/GLONASS/Galileo
  • Mounting | Bail, flat or flush
  • Garmin Network Ports | 2
  • Wireless | Bluetooth | ANT
  • Wi-Fi for – quatix 5 | VIRB 360 | gWind Wireless 2
  • Supports GMR FANTOM™ RADAR
  • OneHelm – Integrated control of boat systems like lights, pumps, stabilizers & anything that can be digitally switched
  • NMEA 0183 in/out | NMEA 2000
  • Video In | 1 BNC  | 1 HDMI
  • Video Out | 1 HDMI
  • J1939 Compatible | Engine monitoring


Charting | Mapping

  • BlueChart® g3 U.S. coastal maps
  • LakeVu g3 inland maps
  • Navionics® data & Auto Guidance
  • SmartMode™ station controls – monitor presets for one-touch access to docking, cruising, fishing & anchoring screens
  • SailAssist –  pre-race guidance, synchronized race timer, virtual starting line, time to burn and lay line data fields
  • ActiveCaptain app for access to – OneChart  | Smart notifications2 | Garmin Quickdraw Community data
  • 2 microSD memory card slots | 32 GB max
  • 5,000 Waypoints
  • Track Log – 50,000 points | 50 saved tracks
  • 100 Routes (250 waypoints each)
  • Supports AIS | DCS | Fusion-Link
  • Supports spoken audio alerts


Fishfinder | Sounder

  • Full Built-in Sonar Capabilities
  • Output Power | 1kW traditional | 1kW CHIRP
  • CHIRP Traditional Sonar | 50/200 • 77/200 • 83/200kHz
  • Single Channel CHIRP | 40-250kHz
  • Dual Channel CHIRP | 40-250kHz
  • SideVü | ClearVü CHIRP | 260/455/800kHz
  • Output Power | 500w
  • Ultra High-Definition ClearVü | 800kHz • CHIRP 760-880kHz
  • Ultra High-Definition SideVü | 1.2MHz • CHIRP range 1,020-1,230kHz
  • Maximum Depth – 5000′
  • Sonar capabilities are dependent on transducer
  • Black Box sounder support if needed


Garmin GPSMap 8610xsv - Price






Model GPSMAP 8610xsv
Physical dimensions 10.25" x 8.0625 "x 2.95"
25.9cm x 20.5cm x 7.5cm
Weight 5.2 lbs.
Water rating IPX7
Display type WUXGA | IPS Touchsreen
Display size 8.6" x 5.4"; 10.1" diagonal
21.8cm x 13.7cm; 25.7cm diagonal
Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Display - Brightness Not Available
Power consumption 2.7A | 10-32V
GPS Antenna Internal or external NMEA_2000
GPS Receiver 10 Hz GPS/GLONASS/Galileo
Mounting options Bail, flat or flush

Maps & Memory

Model 8610xsv
On-Board Memory No
Accepts data cards 2 Micro SD™ cards
Waypoints 5,000
Routes 100
Track log 50,000 points; 50 saved tracks
Preloaded Maps BlueChart® g3 and LakeVü g3

Outdoor Recreation Features

Tide Tables Yes

Chartplotter Features

Model 8610xsv
Radar compatible Yes
Sonar compatible Traditional CHIRP:
Single Channel CHIRP:
Dual Channel CHIRP:
SideVü/ClearVü: CHIRP
Ultra High-Definition ClearVü:
Ultra High-Definition SideVü:

Panoptix - With Black Box
Supports AIS Yes
Weather SiriusXM
Supports DSC - GPS Data / VHF Yes
Supports FUSION-Link FUSION-Link
Black Box sonar support Yes
Planning Software Compatible No
App-Control Compatibility Active Captain
Remote Input Device - compatible GRID
Alarms Navigation
Radar - when connected
Sonar - when connected
Weather - when connected

Sonar Features & Specifications

Model 8610xsv
Transmit Power 1kW Traditional | 500W SideVü/ClearVü
Dual-frequency (50/200 kHz) sonar capable Yes
Dual-Beam Sonar (77/200 kHz) capable Yes - 50/200 | 77/200 | 83/200
CHIRP sonar technology Single CHIRP: 40-250 | Dual CHIRP: 40-250
ClearVü | Down ClearVü: | UHD ClearVü
SideVü | Side SideVü: | UHD SideVü:
Forward View Yes | With Black Box


Model 8610xsv
NMEA 2000 compatible Yes
NMEA 0183 input ports 1 differential
NMEA 0183 output ports 1 differential
Marine Network Ports 2
Video input ports 1 - BNC composite | 1 - HDMI
Video output ports 1 HDMI
Wireless connectivity Yes
BlueTooth connectivity Yes
Other Ports J1939 Compatible


Model Garmin GPSmap 8610xsv
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Additional - 1 Sailing Features
Additional - 2 Supports OneHelm
Additional - 3 Supports Smartmode monitor presets

In The Box

In The Box GPSMAP 8610xsv
Power cable
NMEA 2000® drop cable
NMEA 2000 T-connector
Bail mount with knobs
Flush mount kit
Sun cover
Trim piece snap covers


Downloadable PDF:


Garmin GPSMAP 8610xsv - Manual

Garmin GPSMAP 8610xsv – Manual



Garmin GPSMAP 8610xsv - Installation Manual

Garmin GPSMAP 8610xsv – Install Manual


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