Lowrance Elite-4 & Mark 4 HDI Fishfinder/Plotters
January 24, 2014
Ideal for fresh- and saltwater use, Lowrance’s new Elite-4 and Mark-4 Hybrid Dual Imaging (HDI) series of fishfinders and plotters are affordably priced, easy to use and feature-packed. The HDI units feature a built-in GPS antenna, high-definition mapping options, and Lowrance’s exclusive Hybrid Dual Imaging technology that combines Broadband Sounder and Downscan Imaging for the best possible view beneath your boat.
Replacing previous Lowrance Elite-4 and Mark-4 models, the larger and brighter Elite 4.3” color and Mark grayscale displays have 70% more pixels and 36% more useable screen area. The units are available in fishfinder-only, chartplotter-only (HD) and fishfinder/chartplotter combo models.
Built into the new Lowrance HDI Skimmer transducer, Broadband Sounder technology is ideal for marking fish arches and tracking lure action, while Downscan Imaging provides easy-to-understand, picture-like views of structure and bottom detail. Users can combine the Downscan view with the Broadband recording for a presentation that separates and clearly exposes fish targets from surrounding structure. Overlay transparency is adjustable.
Lowrance’s Advanced Signal Processing (ASP) maximizes fishing time by reducing the need to manually adjust settings to see fish, structure and bottom detail more clearly. And TrackBack allows anglers to scroll through the recorded sonar history to review structure, transitions and fish targets, and pinpoint locations with a waypoint (on chartplotter models)—eliminating the need to circle back and retrace their path.
Elite-4 and Mark-4 HDI models with chartplotter capability feature a built-in GPS antenna and a detailed U.S. map featuring more than 3,000 lakes and rivers, and coastal contours to depths of 1,000’. A micro SD card can be used to display Lake Insight and Nautic Insight HD and PRO cartography, as well as Navionics Gold, HotMaps Premium, Fishing Hotspots PRO and Jeppesen C-Map MAX-N charts. All HDI/HD chartplotter models are compatible with the new online Insight Genesis map-creation service, which allows users to make their own custom, high-resolution contour, bottom hardness and vegetation maps from recorded sonar logs.
The Elite-4 HDI and Mark-4 HDI models feature high-resolution 4.3” color and grayscale displays, respectively, and employ a menu system with one-thumb operation. Multi-window display options, which show a variety of sonar imaging/chartplotter screen configurations, are easy to access thru preset page layouts that include a 3-panel view with chart, Broadband Sounder and DownScan Imaging.
The Elite-4 HDI line consists of Elite-4x HDI fishfinder-only, Elite-4m HD chartplotter-only and Elite-4 HDI combination models. The Mark-4 HDI is available as a fishfinder/chartplotter combination unit only. An Elite-4 HDI Gold bundle model includes Navionics Gold cartography featuring U.S./Canada coastal, Great Lakes and major Canadian lakes detail. Available only in Canada, and Central and South America, the Elite-4 HDI with Jeppesen C-MAP MAX-N cartography bundle features navaids, bathymetric contours, spot soundings and more, with coverage of North, Central and South America.
Elite-4 HDI and Mark-4 HDI models, with the 83/200 kHz Skimmer transducer, are suited for inland fishing and can reach a depth of 1,000’. Models featuring the 50/200 kHz Skimmer transducer, ideal for deeper coastal areas, are capable of reaching depths of 2,500’. DownScan Imaging depth capability on both models has a maximum range of 300’. Optional accessories include a series of bronze through-hull HDI transducers, a trolling-motor transducer adapter kit and a flush-mount kit. All Airmar transducers used with Lowrance HDS models are also compatible.
- Lowrance Elite-4 HDI models: $149 – $469
- Mark-4 HDI fishfinder/chartplotter: $179 w/o transducer; $329 w/ 50/200 kHz transducer