What Is The Difference Between Garmin Striker 4 Vs Striker 4 Plus?

PUBLISHED 27 NOVEMBER 2021

by Robert Ceran

The Garmin Striker 4 has been the most popular low cost fish finder on the market for many years.

But in 2017 Garmin created a new version of the Striker 4 called the Striker Plus 4, which raises the question – what are the differences between these two Striker 4 models?

In this article we’ll compare the Garmin Striker 4 vs Striker Plus 4 depth finders side by side, and will cover their key differences.

We’ll also discuss their pros and cons, so you can decide which one is best for your purposes.

Garmin Striker 4 vs Plus compared side by side

 Garmin Sriker 4Garmin Striker Plus 4
Image
Price
Display size3.5"4"
Resolution320 x 480 px272 x 480 px
Display typeHVGA colorQSVGA
Quickdraw contoursNoYes
Dual beam sonarYesYes
Sonar frequencies50/77/200 kHz50/77/83/200 kHz
CHIRPYesYes
Fish IDYesYes
Split screen zoomYesYes
GPSOptionalYes

The table above compares the key specs of the Garmin Striker 4 vs Plus depth finders.

Now let’s cover the key differences between these fish finders in full detail.

The most important differences between Garmin Striker 4 vs 4 Plus

Here are the key differences between the two models:

Display size: While the Striker 4 has a 3.5” display, the Striker 4 Plus has a 4” display. While this doesn’t sound like much, the larger display size of the Plus 4 helps when trying to identify small details on the screen. The 3.5” display size of the Striker 4 is really the minimum size that you can get on a fish finder, and having a little more space to display sonar and mapping data helps a lot. 

Screen resolution: While the Striker Plus 4 has a bigger display than the Striker 4, it unfortunately comes with a slightly lower screen resolution. The number of pixels on the horizontal axis is 15% less on the Plus 4 compared to the Striker 4 (272 pixels vs 320). If you add to this the larger display size, it results in a noticeably more pixelated image on the screen of the Plus 4. 

Quickdraw contours: While the Striker 4 Plus comes with Quickdraw contour mapping functionality, the Striker 4 does not. In fact, the addition of Quickdraw contours was the main new feature introduced in all Striker Plus models, and allows you to create custom maps with 1 foot resolution, and record routes and waypoints on your map. This is obviously a big step up in terms of mapping capabilities compared to the regular Striker 4.

Sonar frequencies supported: While the Striker 4 supports 3 sonar frequencies (50/77/200 kHz), the Striker Plus 4 supports 4 frequencies (50/77/83/200 kHz). However, this is a relatively minor difference, and doesn’t impact the sonar capabilities very much.

Bottom line: The Striker 4 Plus has two key advantages compared to the Striker 4: it comes with a bigger display, and with the Quickdraw Contours mapping functionality. On the other hand, the original Striker 4 has slightly higher screen resolution, resulting in a more detailed image. 

Now let’s take a closer look at each of these Garmin Striker 4 models.

Garmin Striker 4 review

The Garmin Striker 4 has been the most popular 100 dollar fish finder for many years, and continues to dominate the market as the best budget fish finder available. Also, its compact size makes it an ideal choice as a kayak fish finder. 

And don’t be fooled by the highly affordable price – you still get access to high end Garmin CHIRP that generates excellent target separation and allows you to track individual fish on the screen.

Finally, it comes with a flasher functionality, which means you can use it very effectively for vertical fishing during the ice fishing season.

Features:

  • Built-in GPS
  • Set waypoints
  • Flasher modality

Garmin Striker Plus 4 review

While the Striker Plus 4 is broadly similar to the regular Striker 4, it comes with the Quickdraw Contours feature, which uses the sonar data to create custom maps as you drive over them. 

When combined with waypoints marking specific GPS coordinates, Quickdraw is a very powerful mapping tool for any angler who wants to revisit productive locations and routes. You also get access to the Quickdraw community, where users share their contour maps. 

Features:

  • Quickdraw contours
  • 4 inch display
  • Dual beam sonar

What are the different Garmin Striker 4 models?

There are currently 5 different Garmin Striker 4 models on the market:

  • Striker 4
  • Striker 4cv
  • Striker Plus 4
  • Striker Plus 4cv
  • Striker Vivid 4cv

We’ve already covered the differences between the regular Striker 4 vs Striker 4 Plus above, but what about the other Striker 4 variants?

All Striker 4 models that have ‘cv’ at the end come with ClearVu sonar, which is Garmin’s version of down imaging. In contrast to traditional sonar, this gives a much clearer and more detailed view of structure and fish straight underneath the boat.

Also, Striker 4 Vivid models come with additional color palettes in their display, which helps to visualize a larger number of different types of sonar data with rich colors that make it easier to identify topographical features and fish.

Does Garmin Striker Plus 4 have ClearVu?

No, Garmin Striker Plus 4 doesn’t have ClearVu. If you want to have this type of sonar on your Striker 4, you need to get one of the following models: Striker 4cv, Striker Plus 4cv, or Striker Vivid 4cv. When in doubt, just make sure that the model in question has the letters ‘cv’ at the end, which indicates that it has ClearVu functionality.

Is Garmin Striker 4 a touch screen fish finder?

No, none of the Garmin Striker 4 models are touch screen fish finders, and are instead keypad operated. If you’re looking for a touch screen fish finder, then check out the Garmin Echomap or GPSmap lineups. 

Does Garmin Striker 4 have Quickdraw?

While the regular Garmin Striker 4 doesn’t have Quickdraw, the Striker Plus 4 does have this feature. In fact, the addition of Quickdraw contour mapping was the main change introduced with the entire Striker Plus series. 

Can you ice fish with Garmin Striker 4?

Yes, the Garmin Striker 4 comes with a flasher modality (including a circular display of sonar data) which is ideal for vertical fishing. In fact, it is currently the best budget ice fishing fish finder on the market, and comes with in an ice fishing bundle that includes an ice transducer and a portable pack. 

Final remarks

This concludes our review comparing the Garmin Striker 4 vs Plus fish finders. Hopefully this helps you to decide which one is best for your purposes.