Sunday, July 09, 2006

Garmin - latest

The latest GPS units from Garmin take familiar models and add MicroSD cards. Included in this GPS update are the eTrex Legend C, eTrex Vista C and GPSMap60C(s) models. The new models are denoted by an 'x' at the end of the name, e.g. eTrex Vista Cx.

What's New? Each GPS remains entirely unchanged bar the addition of a MicroSD card, used to store maps downloaded from Garmin's MapSource products. The eTrex models are bundled with a 32MB card, the GPSMap60C(s) models include a 64MB card. In all cases the MicroSD slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment as illustrated.

About MicroSD Cards : MicroSD is the smallest of the plug in memory card standards and can be found in many portable devices such as mobile phones or MP3 players. The cards are about the size of the tip of your finger and come in a variety of capacities from 32MB upwards.

What are the Cards Used For? The MicroSD cards are used to store maps inside the GPS. The only maps which can be downloaded are maps from the Garmin MapSource range of products. The idea behind the removable card is to download different maps onto each card minimising the amount of kit required when travelling over large areas.

TrackLogs Support : The new 'x' models are supported by TrackLogs Digital Mapping. Support includes the transfer or routes, tracks and waypoints to and from the devices. Requires TrackLogs v3.11.1 or later.


Farqui said...

It's about time that manuf's released devices that show the terrain rather than just your "bread crumb" route. Has anyone seen one of these in use?

I suspect that the prices will be high for a while tho :(