Garmin updates low-cost outdoor GPS, releases new software

Garmin updates low-cost outdoor GPS, releases new software
Garmin yesterday announced an update to its range of low-cost outdoor GPS handhelds with the eTrex Legend H ($149.99) and the eTrex Vista H ($199.99).

These new units include a “high-sensitivity GPS receiver”, a fast USB interface and 24 megabytes of internal memory for loading detailed topo maps from a computer. The eTrex Vista H includes an electronic compass and barometric altimeter as well.

Both units are shipped with a basemap of North and South America, containing major lakes, rivers, cities, interstates, national and state highways, railroads and coastlines, which can be viewed on the devices’ 2.4-inch grayscale screen.

Garmin also introduced BaseCamp, a utility that allows users to plan and manage trips, routes, tracks, and waypoints and transfer them between a computer and a Garmin outdoor GPS.

BaseCamp lets users view both 24K and 100K topo maps in 2D or 3D renderings. This software offers map rotation, elevation profile, track drawing (with immediate elevation profile) as well as geotagging, geocaching and Google Earth export.

Beginning in the first quarter of 2009, the utility will ship with all new TOPO U.S. 24K DVD ($99 for one of the 4 U.S. regions) and TOPO U.S. 100K DVD ($116.65). For existing TOPO U.S. 2008 customers, BaseCamp will be available for a free download.

Thursday, January 15th 2009

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