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Raymarine AXIOM vs ELEMENT

Feature & Specs | Comparison

Raymarine AXIOM vs ELEMENT

Feature & Specs | Comparison

by | Last updated: Feb 23, 2024

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

AXIOM or ELEMENT?


 

How is the Raymarine AXIOM different from the Raymarine ELEMENT HV? 

 

In short…

  • The AXIOM units are full multifunction network chart plotters with RealVison 3D sonar.
  • The ELEMENT series is an excellent fish-finder/GPS combo designed more as a standalone unit for fishing.

 

The touchscreen-controlled Axiom RV is an excellent navigational and boat management system with a good built-in sonar running on the more advanced LightHouse 3 operating system.

It is easily able to connect to a range of other onboard systems like radar, instrumentation, autopilot, video cameras, thermal cameras, marine radio, and additional NMEA2000 and SeaTalking compatible devices. The Axiom can even fly a DJI Mavic Drone.

It comes with a 4-channel sonar that supports RealVision 3D, CHIRP DownVision, CHIRP SideVision and a High-frequency CHIRP Sonar.

 

The keypad-controlled Element HV on the other hand was designed to get advanced sonar technology into a reasonably priced stand-alone system.

It runs on the LightHouse Sport operating system and has an excellent built-in fishfinder which includes 1.2MHz HyperVision that takes inland and coastal sonar to a new level of precision.

It also comes with a Single channel built-in High CHIRP Sonar, DownVision sonar(Standard/Hyper), SideVision sonar (Standard and Hyper) and RealVision 3D (Standard and Hyper).

 

► See our detailed Series Comparison Table below.

Raymarine ► AXIOM | ELEMENT
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AXIOM 7
AXIOM 9
AXIOM 12
ELEMENT 7HV
ELEMENT 9HV
ELEMENT 12HV
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Series Comparison Table

AXIOM ELEMENT
Touchscreen Keypad Control
LightHouse 3 LightHouse Sport
1200 Nits 1500 Nits
WXGA IPS WXGA LCD
Power 10 W Power 15 W
View Angle 88° View Angle 89°
Networkable Standalone
Weighs 6.25lbs Weighs 6.50lbs
Memory 4GB Memory 8GB
Waypoints 10,000 Waypoints 5000
Routes 150 Routes 50
More Radar Options Quantum Only
Thermal Camera NA
Video – Up to 10 NA
NMEA 0183 *Adapter NA
Gyro-Stabilized NA
RealVison HyperVision
$2449-3099 $1750-2000

 

 

Recommendation

So which is better, the AXIOM RV or the ELEMENT HV?

 

► AXIOM RV

If you need a fully functional network chart-plotter that will be part of a bigger system or the heart of a complete boat management system, then the AXIOM is the right choice.

 

Raymarine Axiom - Family

Raymarine AXIOM | Family

 

► ELEMENT HV

If you want a great standalone unit with an advanced sonar, versatile mapping capabilities, and a very intuitive user experience and you don’t need all the features of the more expensive networked units, then the ELEMENT HV is an excellent fit.

 

Raymarine Element HV - Family

Raymarine Element HV – Family

 

Sonar / Fishfinder – Comparison

 

How is the AXIOM SideVision different from the ELEMENT HyperVision?

 

The image below shows the AXIOM SideVision running at 350kHz (top) and the ELEMENT HyperVision running at 1.2Hz (bottom).

You can clearly see how much more detail the ELEMENT sonar shows. For details, see the individual model reviews.

 

AXIOM SideVision 350kHz vs Element HyperVision 1.2Hz

AXIOM SideVision 350kHz vs Element HyperVision 1.2Hz

 

 

Rear Connections

Axiom Top |  Element Bottom

 

Raymarine AXIOM Rear Connections
Raymarine ELEMENT HV Rear Connections

Raymarine AXIOM 12 vs Element 12 HV

 

AXIOM 12 ELEMENT 12 HV
Touch ~ Control KeyPad ~ Control
LightHouse 3 OS LightHouse Sport OS
1200 Nits Bright 1500 Nits Bright
1280×800 WXGA IPS 1280×800 WXGA
88° Viewing Angle 89° Viewing Angle
Power ~ 10 Watts Power ~ 15 Watts
RealVision 3D Realvision 3D
NA HyperVision 1.2kHz
Gyro-Stabilized NA
Networkable Standalone
Powerful MFD Excellent Fishfinder/Chartplotter
6.23lbs 6.5lbs
12.36″x8.54″x3″ 11.3″x6.3″x2.4″
Thermal Camera NA
Video – Up to 10 NA
4GB Memory 8GB Memory
10,000 Waypoints 5,000 Waypoints
150 Routes 50 Routes
More Radar Options Quantum WiFi Only
More Available Apps  
NMEA 0183  *Adapter NA
$2449-3099 $1750-2300

 

 

 AXIOM 12 vs ELEMENT 12HV

 

Check out the these detailed reviews »
Full – ELEMENT 12 HV Review 
Full – AXIOM 12 Review

Raymarine AXIOM 9 vs Element 9 HV

 

AXIOM 9 ELEMENT 9 HV
Touch ~ Control KeyPad ~ Control
LightHouse 3 OS LightHouse Sport OS
1200 Nits Bright 1500 Nits Bright
Power ~ 10 Watts Power ~ 15 Watts
RealVision 3D Realvision 3D
NA HyperVision 1.2kHz
Gyro-Stabilized NA
Networkable Standalone
Powerful MFD Excellent Fishfinder/Chartplotter
9.65″x6.22″x3″ 11.3″x6.3″x2.4″
Thermal Camera NA
Video – Up to 10 NA
4GB Memory 8GB Memory
10,000 Waypoints 5,000 Waypoints
150 Routes 50 Routes
More Radar Options Quantum WiFi Only
More Available Apps  
NMEA 0183  *Adapter NA
$999-1599 $849-1049

 

Raymarine AXIOM 7 vs Element 7 HV

 

AXIOM 7 ELEMENT 7 HV
Touch ~ Control KeyPad ~ Control
LightHouse 3 OS LightHouse Sport OS
1200 Nits Bright 1500 Nits Bright
Power ~ 10 Watts Power ~ 15 Watts
RealVision 3D Realvision 3D
NA HyperVision 1.2kHz
Gyro-Stabilized NA
Networkable Standalone
Powerful MFD Excellent Fishfinder/Chartplotter
7.92″x5.24×3.00 9.5″x5.3″x2.4″
Thermal Camera NA
Video – Up to 10 NA
4GB Memory 8GB Memory
10,000 Waypoints 5,000 Waypoints
150 Routes 50 Routes
More Radar Options Quantum WiFi Only
More Available Apps  
NMEA 0183  *Adapter NA
$849-1249 $549-749

 

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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