The Element HV is the new sonar & GPS unit series released by Raymarine in 2019. So far, it includes units of 7″, 9″ and 12″, which are available in various bundles with different charts, and with or without a transducer. In this post, we’re going to address the Raymarine Element 7HV which includes the Hv-100 transducer and the Navionics+ charts. For reference, this is the Raymarine part number E70532-05-NAG.
Key Features and Specifications
- Display: 7″ diagonal, 800H x 480V pixel resolution, WVGA color, LED backlight, LightHouse Sport
- Sonar: 2D CHIRP, DownVision Hyper, SideVision Hyper, RealVision 3D Hyper
- Transducer: Hv-100
- Operating frequencies: 200 kHz / 350 kHz / 1.2 MHz
- Depth Capability:
2D CHIRP: 900 ft (274 m)
DownVision: Standard 600 ft (183 m) / Hyper 100 ft (30 m)
SideVision: Standard 300 ft (91 m) / Hyper 100 ft (30 m)
RealVision 3D: Standard 300 ft (91 m) / Hyper 100 ft (30 m)
- Operating Voltage: 12V DC (8 V to 16 VDC)
- GPS: Internal, 28 channels
- Maps: Navionics for U.S. and Canada
- Routes, Waypoints, Tracks: 50; 5,000; 15 (10,000 pts / track)
Sonar and transducer
The Raymarine Element 7 HV incorporates four sonar technologies; these are 2D CHIRP traditional sonar, and structure scanning sonar DownVision Hyper, SideVision Hyper, and RealVision 3D Hyper. This being said, you don’t need an external sonar module to use any of them; all you need is the included HV-100 transducer.
This sonar of this Raymarine fish finder supports three frequencies. These are 200 kHz for the 2D traditional CHIRP sonar, 350 kHz for the Standard modes of DownVision, SideVision, and RealVision 3D, and 1.2 MHz for their Hyper modes. Needless to say, the new HyperVision 1.2 MHz sonar technology offers considerably higher detail and a crisp clear view of the underwater environment.
As we’ve mentioned above, this is the E70532-05-NAG part number which includes the HV-100 transducer. This transducer supports all the sonar types built-in the unit, including their HyperVision modes. It’s a plastic transducer with a plastic transom mount. It integrates a temperature sensor and has 20′ (6 m) of cable with a 15-pin HyperVision-specific connector. A 13′ (4 m) transducer extension cable is also optionally available for this transducer; its part number is A80562.
The HV-100 transducer uses a High-CHIRP conical beam for the unit’s 2D sonar. For SideVision, DownVision, and RealVision 3D, the beams are thin, with an oval shape. Their exact coverage is not specified. Its depth capabilities are 900′ (274 m) for 2D CHIRP, 600′ for DownVision, 300′ (91 m) for SideVision, and 300′ (91 m) for RealVision 3D. For all the Hyper modes, the transducer’s maximum depth capability is 100′ (30 m).
The unit makes available a consistent base of standard sonar features. The list includes A-Scope, Bottom Lock, Sonar Scrollback, White Line, Fish Icons, various alarms, and more. For the RealVision 3D mode, you can add or remove the 3D boat icon, as well as change the angle of the 3D view. A Temperature Graph function is also available. However, the unit does not have a Circular Flasher view for ice fishing.
The Raymarine Element 7 HV is a chartplotter unit, offering a pretty decent array of navigation features. To begin with, it has a 28-channel internal GPS with an operating frequency range between 1574 MHz and 1605 MHz. It is GLONASS compatible and can provide position enhancements via EGNOS, MSAS, WAAS, GAGAN, and QZSS.
The unit can save up to 5,000 waypoints in its memory and you can create up to 200 waypoint groups. It also has a route creation function and a track plotting function, giving you the possibility to save up to 50 routes and 15 plotted tracks. Each route can contain up to 250 waypoints and each track can have up to 10,000 track points.
The unit does not have a built-in chart base but it is compatible with all the charts listed in the Raymarine Chart Store, including LightHouse NC2, Navionics, C-MAP Essentials, and C-MAP 4D MAX+. A Navionics+ microSD card is included with this unit. These charts provide in-land and coastal coverage for US and Canada. They offer 1′ HD contours for more than 22,000 inland lakes, and a lot of information for each listed point of interest.
The Navionics charts open access to the SonarChart application which allows you to create personalized 1-foot contours HD bathymetry maps in real-time. It uses the GPS and 2D sonar data to create the depth contours of the body of water that you’re scanning as you sail your boat.
The unit has its own bathymetry application, similar to the SonarChart, as well. It is the new RealBathy feature which is included with all the Raymarine Element units. This feature also allows you to create 1-foot contours bathymetric charts, also offering features such as safe depth colorization and variable transparency. It is important to mention that RealBathy requires a data microSD card as support for the created charts; it cannot save them into the internal memory of the unit.
The Raymarine Element 7 HV does not support Radar. However, it does support VHF Radio units, GPS heading sensors, and various SeaTalk instruments.
Control unit features
The Raymarine Element 7 HV features a 7-inch display, optically bonded, WVGA type with a pixel resolution is 800H x 480V. It has LED backlight with brightness up to 1,500 nits, providing excellent readability from angles up to 70°. It is also IPX7 waterproof which means it can withstand incidental water exposure with no problem.
Similar to the other units of the Element HV series, this unit has a keypad-operated interface. It does not have touchscreen technology. Its internal operating system is the new LightHouse Sport, specific to the Element HV line of units. The homescreen features three pages which can have up to 6 application combinations for quick access. The controls and navigation are highly intuitive, and due to the quad-core internal processor, all the applications are highly responsive. Also, the unit has 8.0 GB of internal memory for waypoints, routes, and other data storage.
In terms of networking, the unit supports NMEA 2000 and SeaTalk so you can integrate it into an already existent boat grid and enable communication and feedback from other devices such as heading sensors, VHF radio, etc. Wireless connectivity (WiFi and Bluetooth) is available as well. Therefore, you can connect it to a WiFi hotspot to download software updates, or sync it with your smartphone or tablet. Plus, the unit has a microSD card reader placed near the On/Off button and secured by a thick rubber cover.
Finally, the unit comes with a classic trunnion bracket, surface mounting kit, a transom mount for the transducer, and a sun cover.
- 2D CHIRP Sonar
- HyperVision sonar (including RealVision 3D Hyper, SideVision Hyper, and DownVision Hyper);
- Supports 1.2 MHz sonar frequencies for crisp-clear structure scanning images;
- Hv-100 all-in-one transducer included;
- Multiple sonar functions available such as Scroll Back, Bottom Lock, White Line, A-Scope, Fish Icons etc.
- Fast and accurate, 28-channel internal GPS / GLONASS receiver;
- Navionics+ charts for U.S. and Canada included;
- Various navigation features powered by Navionics, including tide information and correction, deep water color, SonarChart Live, depth shading, fishing range and many more;
- Compatible with various other charts, including Raymarine LightHouse NC2, Navionics, C-MAP Essentials, C-MAP 4D MAX+;
- RealBathy sonar mapping;
- VHF Radio capable;
- Trackplotting, routes and waypoints functions;
- 800 x 480 resolution, optically bonded LCD, multitouch display, with LED backlight;
- LightHouse Sport OS, which offers a highly customizable, easy-to-use interface;
- Fast quad-core processor;
- NMEA 2000 and SeaTalk networking possibilities;
- WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity;
- MicroSD card reader (1 slot);
- IPX6 & IPX7 waterproof;
- Trunnion and flush mounts included;
- Sun cover included;
- Fairly easy to install.
- No circular flasher sonar view;
- Does not support 83 kHz and 50 kHz sonar.
The Raymarine Element 7 HV E70532-05-NAG is a mid-range fish finder and chart plotter offering HyperVision Sonar, 2D CHIRP sonar, GPS, Navionics+ charts, and the RealBathy sonar mapping feature. It includes the new Hv-100 HyperVision transducer and it is powered by the LightHouse Sport operating system. It also offers excellent networking possibilities via NMEA 2000 and SeaTalk; plus, it has internal WiFi and Bluetooth. It’s an excellent unit for inland fishing and navigation, but can also be used offshore with no problem if you don’t require deepwater scanning.