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Raymarine AXIOM vs ELEMENT

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Raymarine AXIOM vs ELEMENT

by | Last updated: Nov 20, 2020

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• COMPARISON •

 

ReviewMarine Comparison AXIOM vs ELEMENT
How is the Raymarine AXIOM different from the Raymarine ELEMENT HV? 

 

In short… AXIOM units are full multifunction network chartplotters with RealVison 3D sonar and the ELEMENT series is excellent fish-finder/GPS 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 SideVison 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).

 

Here are 18 ways they are different:

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

 

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

 

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.

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 is an excellent fit.

 


 

 

Specs | Reviews • Current Prices


ModelSpecs|Review
AXIOM 7
AXIOM 9
AXIOM 12
ELEMENT 7HV
ELEMENT 9HV
ELEMENT 12HV

 


 

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

 

AXIOM & ELEMENT Rear Connections

Raymarine AXIOM Rear Connections
^ AXIOM Rear Connections View ^
Raymarine ELEMENT HV Rear Connections
^ ELEMENT Rear Connections View ^

 

• MODEL COMPARISONS •

 

AXIOM 12 vs ELEMENT 12HV

 

Raymarine AXIOM 12 vs ELEMENT 12HV

 

How is the AXIOM 12  different from the ELEMENT 12HV?

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

Here are the main differences side by side:

 

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 9 vs ELEMENT 9 HV

 

Raymarine AXIOM 9 vs ELEMENT 9 HV

 

How is the AXIOM 9  different from the ELEMENT 9 HV?

Full – ELEMENT 9 HV review
Full – AXIOM 9 Review

Here are some of the main differences:

 

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

 

AXIOM 7 vs ELEMENT 7HV

 

 

How is the the AXIOM 7 different from the ELEMENT 7 HV.

Full – ELEMENT 7 HV review
Full – AXIOM 7 Review

Here are some of the main differences: 

 

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

 

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