new Garmin GPSMAP 62sc 62stc


Garmin has added two new models to the loved GPSMAP series. The new models are GPSMAP 62sc and 62stc. Before you skip to the end, the names with “s” in them means they include a 3-axis tilt-compensated e-compass, “t” means preloaded topo maps, and “c” means built-in camera which can take 5MP auto focus photos and geotag them. So the only difference between 62sc and 62stc is the topo maps which are 100K for entire U.S. and 50K for the Canadian version. GPSMAP 62sc has an MSRP of $500 and GPSMAP 62stc $600. They will be available 3rd quarter of this year.

Some of the other specs include wireless sharing of waypoints, tracks, routes, and geocaches, runs on two AA batteries for up to 16 hours, microSD card slot, barometric altimeter, and the 2.6″ non-touch screen.

Garmin GPSMAP 62, 62S, and 62ST now on Amazon


Not too long ago we talked about the new Garmin GPSMAP 62 series. The new series consist of the base model Garmin GPSMAP 62 which is now available for pre-order on Amazon for $324. However Garmin GPSMAP 62S is already in stock for $450, and the top of the line Garmin GPSMAP 62ST is also in stock for $550.

The difference between these latest models is that GPSMAP 62S adds microSD card slot, electronic compass, barometric altimeter, wireless data sharing, high speed USB to the base model whereas the 62ST tops everything off with a preloaded 100K topographic maps for the entire US.

Garmin GPSMAP 695 and 696


Garmin just announced new chart capabilities for the GPSMAP 695 and GPSMAP 696. Soon you will be able to refer to georeferenced Garmin FliteCharts. With its 7″ portrait style screen pilots will be able to view the entire approach plate, and see their plane’s exact position while monitoring other tidbits of information on approach charts.

With Garmin GPSMAP 695 and 696 if the current approach is known, it will automatically select the correct chart based on the flight plan.

You will have to wait until 4th quarter of 2010 to get your hands on the new georeferenced version of Garmin FliteCharts. It will cost one-time fee of $500 and can be enabled at fly.garmin.com.

Garmin GPSMAP 62 series


The Garmin GPSMAP 62 series we mentioned couple of weeks ago was just made official by the company. Their website does not reveal shipping date just yet but all the specs are there including prices. You can even do side by side comparison of all the models in the 62 series which range from $350 to $550.

All models have a 2.6″ sunlight readable screen, up to 20 hours of battery life on 2 AA’s, IPX7 waterproof, have 1.7GB internal memory, and of course support geocaching.

  • Garmin GPSMAP 62: base model
  • Garmin GPSMAP 62s: add microSD card slot, electronic compass, barometric altimeter, wireless data sharing, high speed USB
  • Garmin GPSMAP 62st:preloaded 100K topographic maps for the entire US

GPSMAP 62


Successor to the GPSMAP 60 series has been leaked. It is the new Garmin GPSMAP 62 series which include GPSMAP62S, GPSMAP62ST, and GPSMAP62STC where C is for Canada.

Rumor has it that we’ll be able to get our hands on the GPSMAP62 series starting this July. The series will keep quad helix GPS antenna and support paperless geocaching, custom maps, BirdsEye aerial imagery, and tri-axial electronic compass and barometric altimeter on some models. They all have a 2.6″ sunlight readable screen, 500MB internal memory, and microSD card slot for expansion.

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Garmin GPSMAP 78, GPSMAP 78s, GPSMAP 78sc


Garmin just announced three new marine GPS handheld devices. Garmin GPSMAP 78, GPSMAP 78s, and GPSMAP 78sc. Before we go into their differences and unique features let’s go over this newly remodeled series. They all have the same form factor which now has contemporary industrial design with rubber side grips. They can last up to 20 hours on a pair of AA batteries, and all use the HotFix GPS receiver from SiRF. 2.6″ color TFT screen, IPX 7 waterproof, 1.7GB internal memory and microSD card slot are also standard.

  • GPSMAP 78: ($350) base model
  • GPSMAP 78s: ($450) add barometric altimeter, tilt compensated 3-axis electronic compass, wireless unit-to-unit transfer
  • GPSMAP 78sc: ($550) add preloaded maps

You can even also paperless geocaching on all the new GPSMAP 78 models.

Oh and the maps. They all have a built-in worldwide shaded relief basemap and the GPSMAP 78sc adds BlueChart g2 cartography for the coastal U.S.

new Garmin GPSMAP 700 series


Garmin today announced the GPSMAP 700 series, touchscreen controlled stand-alone marine chartplotters with radar and built-in sonar.

One of the models in the series is GPSMAP 740 which comes preloaded with offshore maps for all U.S. coastal areas, including Alaska and Hawaii and even Explorer Charts for Bahamas. Another model is the GPSMAP 720, same features as 740 - but designed for non-US markets. If you want sonar though you’ll have to look for the ‘s’ in the name such as GPSMAP 740s and GPSMAP 720s. This will get you a 1kW sonar transceiver that can find fish targets and terrain features as far down as 2,000 feet.

The new GPSMAP 700 is much more affordable than previous Garmin GPSMAP chartplotters. GPSMAP 720 has an MSRP of $1400 and the GPSMAP 720s has a MSRP of $1600. GPSMAP 740 is $1500, and the GPSMAP 740s is $1700. You’ll have to wait until April 2010 for availability.

Garmin GPSMAP 4208

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There’s the Garmin GPSMAP 5012, the portable and dual function GPSMAP 640, and the brand new GPSMAP 6000 and GPSMAP 7000 series. But maybe you need something else - not so expensive - but still more functional than the portable GPSMAP 640. In that case you’ll find the Garmin GPSMAP 4208 quite useful. Garmin GPSMAP 4208 is a WAAS enabled chartplotter with 12 channel GPS receiver and a 8.4″ VGA display.

The device is preloaded BlueChart g2 maps of the U.S. coast, and supports connecting to the Garmin Marine Network, where you can add sonar, radar and weather updates. If the onboard maps are not enough you can always bring your own on an SD card, or use the video-in port to get live pictures from other places on your boat.

Costs $1740 on Amazon which is $260 cheaper than the price posted on Garmin.

new Garmin GPSmap chartplotters

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We’ve talked about Garmin’s GPSmap series here on Navigadget but just today they came out with a bunch of new models including this one pictured above - the GPSmap 7215.

Their new series of chartplotters are the GPSmap 6000 and GPSmap 7000 which include the new Garmin G Motion technology that promises to smooth map panning, and zooming with super fast updates. Unlike most other devices out there when it comes to marine GPS devices it is sometimes really important to have a really really dim backlight - and all the new models in these series boast a display that can dim down to 0.5 nits.

The new models are:

  • GPSMAP 7015: touchscreen, 15″, basemap only
  • GPSMAP 7215: touchscreen, 15″, U.S. coastal charts and more
  • GPSMAP 7012: touchscreen, 12″, basemap only
  • GPSMAP 7212: touchscreen, 12″, U.S. coastal charts and more
  • GPSMAP 6012: soft key interface, 12″, basemap only
  • GPSMAP 6212: soft key interface, 12″, U.S. coastal charts and more
  • GPSMAP 6008: soft key interface, 8″, basemap only
  • GPSMAP 6208: soft key interface, 8″, U.S. coastal charts and more

Youll have to wait until February 2010 to get one of these MFD chartplotters. Expect to pay more than $3000…

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Garmin to use MediaTek GPS chipset

mediatek-gps-chipNo, not for all their devices. They’re smarter than to rely on only one supplier for their GPS chipsets. But apparently Garmin is going to use and have been doing so for a while - the new all-in-one MediaTek MT3329 GPS chipset on their GPSMAP 60 series.

MediaTek MT3329 is very sensitive at -165dBm and consumes very little power as well as boasting rapid time-to-first-fix (TTFF). Also listed as a feature is the ability to provide positioning even under slow movements like hiking or mountain climbing.