What is the difference between Vector and Raster Maps?

In essence Raster maps are very much akin to paper maps with layers built upon one another at a static scale. They are very rich in detail but digitally are problematic due to the size of the files which can cause stability and speed issues. These maps do not offer a multi-level-zoom experience because of its single scale level. We have many Hema customers who love this style of map and in the new 4x4 Explorer Raster maps are offered as a downloadable subscription option for our key map areas including the Great Desert Track and Iconic Map series.


The Vector Maps are built to suit a digital platform. They are responsive, fast and versatile, offer the ability to rotate maps and show 3D views. The world's major mapping companies are moving to this platform for their digital mapping products and enables enhanced navigation possibilities on the platform.