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Garmin GPSMAP 7212 vs 5212

Feature & Specs | Comparison

Garmin GPSMAP 7212 vs 5212

Feature & Specs | Comparison

by | Last updated: Mar 15, 2024

About Review Marine - Rodney on Deck of the HUNA Flying the Drone

GPSMAP 7212 or 5212?

 


 

What’s the difference between the Garmin 7212 and the 5212 Series?

 

SPEED SPEED SPEED

 

Should I Upgrade?

Maybe… if you want better video, faster chart redraw and need more routes or waypoints.

Here’s the detailed breakdown.

 

Processor Speed – The GPSMAP 7212 pans and zooms amazingly fast, menu selections are instantaneous, instead of sometimes taking a few seconds. Doesn’t sound like much, but after a day of fishing and changing the display all day long, it makes a difference.

 

Video Image – Another major feature difference is with the Video in. If you use the video on the 5212, you get a 640×480 image that takes up about 1/2 to 2/3’s of the display. The 7212 upscales the video to fill the display so you get a much larger video size.

 

Physical Size – They are just about the same. The 7212 will fit in the same hole as the 5212 when flush mounted but it is a little deeper and a tad bit heavier.

 

Color Radar – The 7212 will show Color Radar when using xHD and has the added capacity for future software upgrades as they release new features.

 

Waypoints & Tracks

  • 5000 waypoints on 7212 vs 1500 on the 5212
  • 100 Routes on the 7212 vs 20 on the 5212
  • 50,000 points; 50 saved tracks on the 7212 vs 10,000 points; 20 saved tracks on the 5212
  • Garmin Meteor Audio System compatible on the 7212, not on the 5212

 

► See the – Comparison InfoGraphic Below

 


 

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Series Comparison InfoGraphic

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Comparison Table

General

Garmin 7212Garmin 5212
Model 7212 5212
Physical dimensions 13.3" x 9.9" x 5.8"
(33.7 x 25.1 x 14.9 cm)
13.0" x 9.5" x 4.7"
(33.0 x 24.1 x 11.9 cm)
Weight 15.3 lbs (6.9 kg) 9.5 lbs (4.3 kg)
Water rating IPX7 IPX7
Display type Touchscreen XGA display Touchscreen XGA display
Display size 9.7" x 7.3"; 12.1" diagonal
(24.6 x 18.4 cm; 30.7 cm diagonal)
9.7" x 7.3"; 12.1" diagonal
(24.6 x 18.4 cm; 30.7 cm diagonal)
Display resolution 1024 x 768 pixels 1024 x 768 pixels
Display - Brightness Not Available 1400
Power consumption Max power usage at 10 Vdc: 45W
Max current draw at 12 Vdc: 2.9 A
Max power usage at 10 Vdc: 40W
Max current draw at 12 Vdc: 3.2 A
GPS Antenna External only External only
GPS Receiver 10 Hz high-sensitivity 10 Hz high-sensitivity
Mounting options Bail or flush Bail or flush

Maps & Memory

Garmin 7212Garmin 5212
Model 7212 5212
Accepts data cards 1 SD™ card 1 SD™ card
Waypoints 5,000 1,500
Routes 100 20
Track log 50,000 points; 50 saved tracks 10,000 points; 20 saved tracks
Preloaded Maps BlueChart® g2 (coastal maps) BlueChart® g2 (coastal maps)

Outdoor Recreation Features

Garmin 7212Garmin 5212
Tide Tables Yes Yes

Chartplotter Features

Garmin 7212Garmin 5212
Model 7212 5212
Radar compatible Yes Yes
Sonar compatible Yes (with GSD™ black box) Yes (with GSD™ black box)
Supports AIS Yes Yes
Weather SiriusXM SiriusXM
Supports DSC - GPS Data / VHF Yes Yes
Supports FUSION-Link Yes No
Black Box sonar support Yes Yes
Planning Software Compatible Yes (Wi-Fi Adapter Kit required) - BlueChart® Mobile Yes (Wi-Fi Adapter Kit required) BlueChart® Mobile
App-Control Compatibility No No
Remote Input Device - compatible Yes (Wi-Fi Adapter Kit required) Remote | Mouse Yes (Wi-Fi Adapter Kit required)
Alarms Navigation
Anchor
Radar - when connected
Sonar - when connected
Weather - when connected
Navigation
Anchor
Radar - when connected
Sonar - when connected
Weather - when connected

Sonar Features & Specifications

Garmin 7212Garmin 5212
Model 7212 5212
Dual-frequency (50/200 kHz) sonar capable Yes (with external black box) Yes (with external black box)
Dual-Beam Sonar (77/200 kHz) capable Yes (with external black box) Yes (with external black box)
CHIRP sonar technology Yes (with external black box) Yes (with external black box)
ClearVü | Down No No
SideVü | Side No No
Forward View No No

Connections

Garmin 7212Garmin 5212
Model 7212 5212
NMEA 2000 compatible Yes Yes
NMEA 0183 input ports 4 4
NMEA 0183 output ports 2 2
Marine Network Ports 3 3
Video input ports 2 - RCA composite 2 - RCA composite
Video output ports 1 - VGA 1 - VGA
Wireless connectivity Yes (Wi-Fi Adapter Kit required) Yes (Wi-Fi Adapter Kit required)
BlueTooth connectivity No No

Additional

Garmin 7212Garmin 5212
Model Garmin GPS map 7212 Garmin GPSmap 5212
SEE PRICE »» Garmin GPSMap 7212 - Price Garmin GPSMap 5212 - Price
Additional - 1 Garmin Meteor™ Audio System compatible BlueChart® Mobile (planning) compatible
Additional - 2 BlueChart® Mobile (planning) compatible

In The Box

Garmin 7212Garmin 5212
In The Box GPSMAP 7212
Top & bottom snap covers
Bail mount and knobs
GPS 19x NMEA 2000® (with pole mount, flush mount and under deck mount adapters)¹
Protective front cover
Power cable
Video cable¹
NMEA 0183 cable¹
NMEA 2000 drop cable
NMEA 2000 10 m backbone cable¹
NMEA 2000 power cable¹
NMEA 2000 T-connector
NMEA 2000 terminator kit¹
Flush mount hardware
Flush mount gasket
Marine grommet kit
Manual case with user documentation
GPSMAP 5212
Flush mount
Bail mount
GPS 19x NMEA 2000®
Power cable
NMEA 0183 cable
Video cable assembly
Marine grommet kit
Protective front cover
Owner's manual
Installation instructions
Rodney L.

Rodney L.

NavGuy | Lead Writer

Charter Boat Captain, Avid Cruiser, Boat Builder & Marine Electronics Pro:

With over a decade of experience in the marine electronics industry and over 30 years of cruising the Bahamas on boats of all kinds, Rodney is well-positioned to help boaters of all levels sift through the many choices we have today in marine electronics.

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