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Raymarine ELEMENT vs Garmin ECHOMAP Plus

by | Last updated: Feb 14, 2021

• COMPARISON •

This week… We are comparing the  Raymarine ELEMENT HV to the Garmin ECHOMAP Plus.

Specifically, a comparison of the series and then a side by side of the 7″ & 9″.

So… How are they different.? Here are the basics.

 

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Control Type

The Element uses keypad controls and the ECHOPMAP Plus uses a KeyAssist TouchScreen.

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Screen Brightness

The ELEMENT is a little brighter @ 1500 Nits than the ECHOMAP Plus.

Garmin does not list brightness values but with a side by side comparison I would rate the ECHOMAP Plus at about 1200.

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Mounting Options

Both can flushmount or bracket mount, however the ECHOMAP Plus comes with a quick disconnect bracket.

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Waypoints | Routes | Tracks

  • Routes – Element 50 | ECHOMAP Plus 100
  • Tracks – Element 15 | ECHOMAP Plus 50

Waypoint storage is the same @ 5000*

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Chart Options

  • The ELEMENT supports options for LightHouse NC2,  Navionics and CMAP Charts.
  • The ECHOMAP Plus uses Garmin’s BlueChart g3 Coastal Charts.
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Radar Compatibility

This is a big plus for the Element as it can connect to a Raymarine Quantum radar via WiFi.

The ECHOMAP Plus doesn’t  support radar.

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GPS

The ELEMENT comes with a 10Hz GPS vs 5Hz GPS for the ECHOMAP Plus.

This means the ELEMENT would lock on to satellites a little sooner and get a better position fix a little quicker.

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Wireless Networking

The Element can network 2 units together to share data but only by wire and only waypoints.

The ECHOMAP Plus can share sonar, waypoints and routes  with other ECHOMAP Plus 7” and 9” units as well as ECHOMAP Ultra via WiFi.

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*** SONAR ***

This is definitely the biggest difference between the models.

 

The ELEMENT series – has a more advanced sonar with the addition of 1.2MHz HyperVision on DownVision, SideVision and RealVision 3D.

The HyperVision 1.2 MHz channel is exceptional to about 90-100′, with clarity for finding structure and fish outstanding.

RealVision 3D combines the channels together to give you a 3D interactive view.

The traditional  Chirp sonar uses 200kHz @ 100W.

 

The ECHOMAP Plus – has a little bit Stronger CHIRP traditional Sonar @ 500W  Traditional @  50-250kHz and is dual frequency capable.

It can use 50/83/200kHz and is a little more powerful than the ELEMENT.

The ECHOMAP Plus has SideVü and ClearVü scanning sonar also, but only up to 800kHz. Excellent but not quite as clear in shallow depths that HyperVision is designed for. 

A big plus for the ECHOMAP is its support for Panoptix all-seeing sonar transducers and the Panoptix LiveScope system. See videos below.

Another plus for the ECHOMAP is Sonar Recording. You can record sonar to a microSD card and view it later in Garmin’s HomePort software

 

NOTE: The Garmin ECHOMAP UHD  Sonar is more comparable to the ELEMENT Sonar.

Garmin ECHOMAP Plus vs UHD vs Ultra

 

Features - Element HV

PWTTSEAPerformance Features

  • Keypad Chartplotter/Sounder
  • WXGA Color Display
  • LightHouse Sport OS
  • 70° Wide Viewing Sngle
  • Sunlight-viewable LCD
  • Brightness at 1500 Nits
  • Internal Antenna
  • External over NMEA 2000
  • Built-in 10Hz GPS
  • Bracket | Flush Mount
  • Built-in Wi-Fi | Software Updates & Radar
  • Bluetooth 2.4 GHz – * Future Use
  • Supports AIS
  • Transmit VHF via NMEA 2000/SeaTalkng
  • Supports | Displays NMEA 2000/SeaTalkng Devices & Sensors
  • Send Navigation Data to Connected Autopilot
  • Receive Data from Autopilots, Engines, Sensors & VHF
  • Supports WiFi Quantum Radar Scanners
  • 3 User Programmable Quick-launch Buttons
  • Supports 2 Standard NMEA 2000 Trim Tabs
  • Supports Engine Data via an ECI-100

 

Charting | Mapping

  • Compatible with LightHouse NC2 charts with Fishing Hot Spots
  • Compatible with Navionics
  • Compatible C-MAP Cartography
  • Can Share Waypoints Between Networked Element Displays
  • 1 –  MicroSDXC Card Slot | 4GB to 32GB
  • 5,000 waypoints | 200 Waypoint Groups
  • 15 Track Logs – 10,000 Max Track Points
  • 50 Routes – 250 Waypoints Max

 

Built-In Sounder | Sonar

 

  • High CHIRP Sonar | 200 kHz | Conical
  • Output Power | 100 Watts
  • Maximum Depth – 900′
  • Personal Sonar Mapping using Raymarine RealBathy
  • Standard | 700 Watts | 350 kHz
  • DownVision | 600′
  • SideVision | 300′
  • RealVision 3D | 300′
  • HyperVision | 1000 Watts | 1.2 MHz
  • DownVision HV | 100′
  • SideVision HV | 100′
  • RealVision 3D HV | 100′
Features - ECHOMAP Plus

Performance

  • Chartplotter | Sonar Combo
  • Keyed Assist Touchscreen
  • 800 x 400 WVGA Color Display
  • Wide Viewing Angle
  • Excellent Vsibility in Direct Sunlight
  • Polarized Sunglasses Friendly
  • Internal Antenna
  • External over NMEA 2000
  • Built-in 5Hz GPS Receiver
  • Quick-Release Mount
  • Bracket or Flush
  • Garmin Network/Panoptix Ports | 1
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® to Pair with ActiveCaptain App
  • AIS and DSC Support
  • NMEA® 0183 and 2000.
  • Receive Data from Autopilots, Engines, Sensors & VHF

 

Charting | Mapping

  • BlueChart® g3 U.S. Coastal Maps
  • Navionics Data
  • Auto Guidance – *With Vision or Ultra Chart Upgrade
  • 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 Notifications | Garmin Quickdraw Community Data
  • 1 microSD Memory Card Slot | 32 GB Max
  • 5,000 Waypoints
  • Track Log – 50,000 Points | 50 Saved Tracks
  • 100 Routes (250 Waypoints Each)

 

Fishfinder | Sounder

 

  • Full Built-in Sonar Capabilities
  • Output Power | 500W Traditional | CHIRP
  • CHIRP Traditional Sonar | 50, 77, 83, or 200 kHz
  • SideVü CHIRP | 260/455/800kHz
  • ClearVü  CHIRP | 260/455/800kHz
  • Output Power | 500w
  • Maximum Depth Freshwater | 2,300’/77kHz, 1,100 ft
  • Maximum Depth  Saltwater | 1,100’/77kHz
  • Supports Panoptix Sonar
  • Sonar Recording
  • Sonar History Rewind

 


 

25 Ways the ELEMENT HV and ECHOMAP Plus are different.

 

FEATURES ELEMENT HV ECHOMAP Plus
Price Range $549-1049 $699-1099
Weight 3lbs to 5lbs 1.7lbs to 2.3lbs
Controls Keypad Key-Assist Touchscreen
Brightness 1500 Nits NA
Power 1.25A – 1.75A 1.5A
GPS Receiver 10Hz GPS 5Hz GPS
Mounting Options Bail | Flush Bail | Flush | Quick Disconnect
OS LightHouse Sport Garmin
Routes 50 100
Track Logs 15 50
Map Options LightHouse NC2
Navionics | C-MAP Essentials
C-MAP 4D MAX+
BlueChart g3 Coastal
BlueChart g3 Vision
LakeVü g3 | LakeVü g3 Ultra
Radar Compatible Yes | Quantum No
FUSION-Link No Yes
Planning Software Navionics HomePort
App-Control No Active Captain
SONAR
Conical CHIRP 200kHz @ 100W 50-250kHz @ 500W
DownView 350 kHz @ 700W/300′ 260/455/800kHz @ 500W
SideView 350 kHz @ 700W/300′ 260/455/800kHz @ 500W
HyperVision Down 1.2MHz @ 1000W/100′ NA
HyperVision Side 1.2MHz @ 1000W/100′ NA
Forward View NA Panoptix
RealVision 3D 350kHz | HV 1.2 MHz NA
NETWORKING | CONNECTIONS
NMEA 0183 output No 1
NMEA 0183 output No 1
Marine Network Ports No 1 Panoptix

 


 

ELEMENT vs ECHOMAP Plus Which one Should I Choose
  • So which one is Better? Opinion 🙂

 

The ELEMENT

  • If you don’t need touchcsreen control.
  • You are looking for exceptional sonar fishfinder performance in less than 90′ of water.
  • You are looking for an excellent standalone unit.

 

The ECHOMAP Plus

  • You want touchscreen controls.
  • Want to use 2 or more units and share sonar.
  • Want to use Panoptix LiveView.
  • Need to save more Tracks than 15.

 


 

 

Specs | Reviews • Current Prices

 

Raymarine ELEMENT vs Garmin ECHOMAP Plus Banner
ModelSpecs|Review
ELEMENT 7HV
ELEMENT 9HV
ECHOMAP Plus 74sv
ECHOMAP Plus 94sv
 

ELEMENT HV | ECHOMAP Plus

Rear Connections

Raymarine ELEMENT HV Rear Connections
^ ELEMENT HV Rear Connections ^

Garmin ECHOMAP Plus 94sv - Rear Connections
^ ECHOMAP Plus | Rear Connections ^

• MODEL COMPARISONS •

Raymarine ELEMENT 9 vs ECHOMAP Plus 94sv Comparison
GoTo ELEMENT 9HV REVIEW GoTo ECHOMAP Plus 94sv REVIEW
Best Price - Raymarine ELEMENT 9HV Best Price on - ECHOMAP Plus 94sv

 

ELEMENT HV 9 vs ECHOMAP Plus 94sv

  How are the ELEMENT 9HV and ECHOMAP Plus 94sv different?

Here are some of the main differences:

 

General

Model Raymarine ELEMENT 9 HV ECHOMAP Plus 94sv
Physical dimensions 11.3" x 6.3" x 2.4"
28.7 x 16.1 x 6.2 cm
11.4"x6.5"x2.4"
28.9x16.4x6.0 cm
Weight 5.0 lbs. 2.3 lbs.
Water rating IPX7 IPX7
Display type WVGA | Color Keypad WVGA | Key-Assist Touchsreen
Display size 9" diagonal
7.8" x 4.8"| 9" diagonal
Display resolution 800 x 400 pixels 400 x 800 pixels
Display - Brightness 1500 Nits Not Available
Power consumption 1.75A | 12V 1.5A | 12V
GPS Antenna Internal or external NMEA 2000 Internal or external NMEA_2000
GPS Receiver 10 Hz GPS/GLONASS 5 Hz GPS
Mounting options Bail or flush Bail or flush

Maps & Memory

Model Raymarine ELEMENT 9 HV ECHOMAP Plus 94sv
On-Board Memory No No
Accepts data cards 1 microSD card | up to 2TB 1 microSD card | 32GB Max
Waypoints 5,000 5,000
Routes 50 100
Track log 10,000 points; 15 saved tracks 50,000 points; 50 saved tracks
Preloaded Maps Support for:
Raymarine LightHouse NC2
Navionics | C-MAP Essentials
C-MAP 4D MAX+
BlueChart® g3 Coastal

Outdoor Recreation Features

Tide Tables Yes | With Chart Card Yes

Chartplotter Features

Model Raymarine ELEMENT 9 HV ECHOMAP Plus 94sv
Radar compatible Yes | Quantum No
Sonar compatible Built-In
High CHIRP | 200kHz
DownVision
SideVision
RealVision
Traditional CHIRP
ClearVü CHIRP
SideVü CHIRP
Panoptix
Supports AIS Yes Yes
Weather Yes No
Supports DSC - GPS Data / VHF Yes Yes
Supports FUSION-Link No FUSION-Link
Black Box sonar support No No
Planning Software Compatible Navionics No
App-Control Compatibility No Active Captain
Remote Input Device - compatible No No
Alarms Navigation
Anchor
Sonar
Navigation
Anchor
Sonar

Sonar Features & Specifications

Model Raymarine ELEMENT 9 HV ECHOMAP Plus 94sv
Transmit Power High CHIRP | 100W
Standard | 700W
HyperVision | 1000W
500W Traditional | 500W SideVü/ClearVü
Dual-frequency (50/200 kHz) sonar capable No Yes
Dual-Beam Sonar (77/200 kHz) capable No Yes - 50/200 | 77/200 | 83/200
CHIRP sonar technology 200 kHz CHIRP: 50-250
ClearVü | Down DownVision 350kHz | DownVision HV 1.2 MHz CHIRP ClearVü
SideVü | Side SideVision 350kHz | SideVision HV 1.2 MHz CHIRP SideVü
Forward View No Panoptix
Sonar | Additional RealVision 3D 350kHz | RealVision 3D HV 1.2 MHz

Connections

Model Raymarine ELEMENT 9 HV ECHOMAP Plus 94sv
NMEA 2000 compatible Yes Yes
NMEA 0183 input ports No 1
NMEA 0183 output ports No 1
Marine Network Ports 0 1 Panoptix
Video input ports 0 No
Video output ports 0 No
Wireless connectivity Yes Yes
BlueTooth connectivity Yes Yes
Other Ports 15 Pin Transducer

Additional

Model Raymarine ELEMENT 9 HV ECHOMAP Plus 94sv
SEE PRICE »» Raymarine ELEMENT 9 HV - Price ECHOMAP Plus 94sv - Price
Additional - 1 Sailing Features Sailing Features
Additional - 2 Supports HV transom and thru-hull transducers

In The Box

In The Box Element 9 HV display
Surface mount gasket
Suncover
Trunnion knobs x2
Documentation pack
Trunnion bracket
Surface mount stainless steel fixings x4 (M4x40 machine screw, M4 flatwasher, M4 lockingnut)
Power / NMEA2000 cable (includes 1.5m (4.92ft) power lead and 0.5m (1.64ft) NMEA2000 lead).
ECHOMAP Plus 94sv with BlueChart g3 for U.S.
Power/data cable
Tilt mount with quick release cradle
Flush mount
Protective cover
Hardware
Documentation
Raymarine ELEMENT 7 vs ECHOMAP Plus 74sv Comparison
GoTo ELEMENT 7HV Full Review GoTo ECHOMAP Plus 74sv Full Review
Best Price - Raymarine ELEMENT 7HV Best Price on - Garmin ECHOMAP Plus 74sv

 

ELEMENT 7HV vs ECHOMAP Plus 74sv

  How is the ELEMENT 7HV different from the ECHOMAP Plus 74sv?

Here are some of the main differences: 

 

General

Model Raymarine ELEMENT 7 HV ECHOMAP Plus 74sv
Physical dimensions 9.5" x 5.3" x 2.4"
24 x 13.5 x 6.2 cm
9.8" x 5.5" x 2.0"
25 x 13.9 x 5.1 cm
Weight 3.0 lbs. 1.7 lbs.
Water rating IPX7 IPX7
Display type WVGA | Color Keypad WVGA | Key-Assist Touchsreen
Display size 7" diagonal
6.1"x3.4" | 7.0" diagonal
Display resolution 800 x 400 pixels 400 x 800 pixels
Display - Brightness 1500 Nits Not Available
Power consumption 1.25A | 12V 1.5A | 12V | 15W
GPS Antenna Internal or external NMEA 2000 Internal or external NMEA_2000
GPS Receiver 10 Hz GPS/GLONASS 5 Hz GPS
Mounting options Bail or flush Bail or flush

Maps & Memory

Model Raymarine ELEMENT 7 HV ECHOMAP Plus 74sv
On-Board Memory No No
Accepts data cards 1 microSD card | up to 2TB 1 microSD card | 32GB Max
Waypoints 5,000 5,000
Routes 50 100
Track log 10,000 points; 15 saved tracks 50,000 points; 50 saved tracks
Preloaded Maps Support for:
Raymarine LightHouse NC2
Navionics | C-MAP Essentials
C-MAP 4D MAX+
BlueChart® g3 Coastal

Outdoor Recreation Features

Tide Tables Yes | With Chart Card Yes

Chartplotter Features

Model Raymarine ELEMENT 7 HV ECHOMAP Plus 74sv
Radar compatible Yes | Quantum No
Sonar compatible Built-In
High CHIRP | 200kHz
DownVision
SideVision
RealVision
Traditional CHIRP
ClearVü CHIRP
SideVü CHIRP
Panoptix
Supports AIS Yes Yes
Weather Yes No
Supports DSC - GPS Data / VHF Yes Yes
Supports FUSION-Link No FUSION-Link
Black Box sonar support No No
Planning Software Compatible Navionics No
App-Control Compatibility No Active Captain
Remote Input Device - compatible No No
Alarms Navigation
Anchor
Sonar
Navigation
Anchor
Sonar

Sonar Features & Specifications

Model Raymarine ELEMENT 7 HV ECHOMAP Plus 74sv
Transmit Power High CHIRP | 100W
Standard | 700W
HyperVision | 1000W
500W Traditional | 500W SideVü/ClearVü
Dual-frequency (50/200 kHz) sonar capable No Yes
Dual-Beam Sonar (77/200 kHz) capable No Yes - 50/200 | 77/200 | 83/200
CHIRP sonar technology 200 kHz CHIRP: 50-250
ClearVü | Down DownVision 350kHz | DownVision HV 1.2 MHz CHIRP ClearVü
SideVü | Side SideVision 350kHz | SideVision HV 1.2 MHz CHIRP SideVü
Forward View No Panoptix
Sonar | Additional RealVision 3D 350kHz | RealVision 3D HV 1.2 MHz

Connections

Model Raymarine ELEMENT 7 HV ECHOMAP Plus 74sv
NMEA 2000 compatible Yes Yes
NMEA 0183 input ports No 1
NMEA 0183 output ports No 1
Marine Network Ports 0 1 Panoptix
Video input ports 0 No
Video output ports 0 No
Wireless connectivity Yes Yes
BlueTooth connectivity Yes Yes
Other Ports 15 Pin Transducer

Additional

Model Raymarine ELEMENT 7 HV ECHOMAP Plus 74sv
SEE PRICE »» Raymarine ELEMENT 7 HV - Price ECHOMAP Plus 74sv - Price
Additional - 1 Sailing Features Sailing Features
Additional - 2 Supports HV transom and thru-hull transducers

In The Box

In The Box Element 7 HV display
Surface mount gasket
Suncover
Trunnion knobs x2
Documentation pack
Trunnion bracket
Surface mount stainless steel fixings x4 (M4x40 machine screw, M4 flatwasher, M4 lockingnut)
Power / NMEA2000 cable (includes 1.5m (4.92ft) power lead and 0.5m (1.64ft) NMEA2000 lead).
ECHOMAP Plus 74sv with BlueChart g3 for U.S.
Power/data cable
Tilt mount with quick release cradle
Flush mount
Protective cover
Hardware
Documentation

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