Lowrance Elite-4 HDI Review in 2024 – Fish Finder

Lowrance Elite 4 HDI Review

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If you’re searching for a low-cost but high-performance fish finder, the Lowrance Elite-4 HDI is the one to choose. The Elite-4 HDI is the newest member of the HDI family and has all of the same capabilities as its bigger siblings, the Elite-5 and Elite-7 HDI. Hybrid Dual Imaging (HDI) stands for “Hybrid Dual Imaging,” which uses both conventional broadband SONAR (blobs and arches) as well as DownScan SONAR (which shows a much clearer picture). The best thing about it is that only one transducer is required!

The Elite-4 HDI transducer is a great choice for small boats and kayaks, as well as beginning fisherman looking for the top technology without spending too much. The transducer includes two conventional frequencies (usually 83/200 for freshwater and 50/200 for saltwater) as well as two DownScan frequencies (455/800 kHz).


The HDI series has a unique feature that combines the advantages of DownScan and conventional SONAR. Traditional SONAR isn’t very helpful in detecting particular fish because it is primarily used to discover structure. Traditional SONAR is superior for this purpose. The Elite-4 HDI has closed the gap with a DownScan overlay, allowing you to see one screen that displays bottom and structure with DownScan pictures – so you may identify every tree, rock, and submerged object for what it is – as well as showing suspended arches from traditional SONAR, which are most likely fish. You can now detect these sly fish lurking deep inside cover – which you couldn’t have discovered with either a conventional or a DownScan SONAR before.

Lowrance Elite-4 HDI


  • No Transducer
  • 83/200/455/800 kHz Transducer
  • 50/200/455/800 kHz Transducer
  • Gold Charts & 83/200/455/800 kHz Transducer
  • Gold Charts & 50/200/455/800 kHz Transducer


The updated version of this fishfinder features a brilliant LED-backlit display that makes it easy to read even in bright light. The overall screen area has increased, thanks to the bigger size. This allows you to view split-screen on a smaller screen.


With such a huge screen, you may now view more than ever before. The HDI is a significant upgrade from the Elite-4 series if you’ve used it previously. You can now split the display into three parts on this little guy, giving you data that was never possible before. So now you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get similar features. Even if you only have room for a tiny fish finder or are using a kayak, you don’t have to give up power and features for size any longer.



The Elite-4 HDI comes with a powerful GPS receiver that can pinpoint your position, as well as a detailed US map with 3000 lakes and over 1000 coastal regions. If you want even more charting capability, the Elite-4 HDI Gold is available; it includes Navionics Gold maps – which include many more contours and data – in addition to having Navionics Gold charts. We recommend you visit our page on Fish Finder Charting & Map Packages to learn more about Navionics Gold.


In a big city, you might not be able to use a detailed map of the body of water you’re on. You can make your own map with Lowrance Insight Genesis! Simply switch on SONAR recording to the memory card in your fish finder’s settings and criss-cross the area you wish to chart throughout. After that, transfer the maps from your computer into the Insight Genesis software (a yearly subscription is required; available from Lowrance). After that, you may download the updated maps to your memory card, put them on your fish finder, and you’re ready to go. You’ll have a map with detailed contours, vegetation, and bottom composition after this is completed.

easy to use lowrance elite 4 hdi


The Elite-4 HDI’s new page selector menu allows you to quickly move between screens with a single finger, eliminating the need for more advanced menus! So whether you want to see just SONAR, only DownScan, a combination of both, or even both SONARs and GPS, all you have to do is lift one finger.

The Elite-4 HDI has Lowrance’s famous Advanced Signal Processing technology, which adjusts the SONAR signal automatically to ensure that you are seeing the clearest possible picture. While seasoned anglers may prefer to manually perform this task, the automatic function is convenient for those who don’t want to deal with small adjustments all of the time – the fishfinder’s software will always try and provide you with the greatest image feasible.

Shane Baker

Shane Baker

My name is Shane Baker and when I am not with my family or working here I am out fishing! I caught my first fish when I was 6 – it was a trout at a stocked pond here in TX. Ever since fishing has been a passion of mine!

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