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Garmin GPSMAP 78 2.6-Inch Marine GPS Navigator and Worldwide Chartplotter

by Garmin
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Base Model
  • Marine-friendly handheld with high-sensitivity GPS receiver and 2.6-inch color TFT display
  • Perfect for boating/watersports--waterproof to IPX7 standards; floats in water
  • Built-in worldwide basemap; microSD card slot for loading additional maps
  • Get a detailed analysis of your activities and send tracks to your outdoor device using Garmin Connect
  • Supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocaches and details straight to your unit
  • 1.7MB built-in memory
  • Transflective, 65-K color TFT display
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Garmin GPSMAP 78 2.6-Inch Marine GPS Navigator and Worldwide Chartplotter + Garmin Universal Carrying Case 010-10117-02 + Garmin Marine Mount 78 Series
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Product Information

Color: White | Style: Base Model
Technical Details
Item Weight7.7 ounces
Product Dimensions1.2 x 2.6 x 6 inches
Item model number010-00864-00
Batteries:2 AA batteries required.
Display Size4 inches
Display Resolution160 x 240
Warranty1-year limited parts and labor
Battery Life20 hours
  
Additional Information
ASINB003I86PIM
Best Sellers Rank #3,556 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableApril 23, 2010
  
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Technical Details

Color: White | Style: Base Model
  • Rugged case, Garmin Connect compatible, Garmin HotFix, Custom POIs, Automatic routing, Hunt/fish calendar, Geocaching, Photo navigation

Product Description

Color: White | Style: Base Model

Product Description

The Garmin GPSMAP 78 1.7MB Marine-Friendly Handheld GPS Navigator features crisp color mapping, high-sensitivity receiver, new molded rubber side grips, plus a microSD card slot for loading additional maps. The card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment, so you don't have to worry about getting it wet. It comes with built-in worldwide basemap and 1.7MB of map storage space. GPSMAP 78 also supports BirdsEye Satellite Imagery (subscription required), that lets you download satellite images to your device and integrate them with your maps. And the unit floats in water, and is IPX7 waterproof to withstand the accidental dunk or splash in the lake.

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For boaters and watersports enthusiasts who want to run with the best, the rugged GPSMAP 78 features crisp color mapping, high-sensitivity receiver, new molded rubber side grips, plus a microSD card slot for loading additional maps. And it floats!

GPSMAP 78
Colorful maps, durability, and a buoyant design--everything a mariner needs.
GPSMAP 78 Interface
Simple, intuitive user interface.
GPSMAP 78 Map
GPSMAP 78 comes with built-in worldwide basemap, so you can navigate anywhere with ease.

Everything a Mariner Needs

Explore

GPSMAP 78 comes with built-in worldwide basemap, so you can navigate anywhere with ease. And, like the rest of the 78-series, the 78 is IPX7 waterproof and even floats in water.

Keep Your Fix

With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver and HotFix satellite prediction, GPSMAP 78 locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. The advantage is clear--whether you're in deep woods or just near tall buildings and trees, you can count on GPSMAP 78 to help you find your way when you need it the most.

Add Maps

Adding more maps is easy with Garmin's wide array of detailed marine, topographic and road maps, available on microSD card. Conveniently plug in BlueChart g2 preloaded cards for a great day on the water or City Navigator NT map data for turn-by-turn routing on roads (see maps tab for compatible maps). The card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment, so you don't have to worry about getting it wet. GPSMAP 78 also supports BirdsEye Satellite Imagery (subscription required), that lets you download satellite images to your device and integrate them with your maps. In addition, the 78 is compatible with Custom Maps, free software that transforms paper and electronic maps into downloadable maps for your device.

Get Connected

You've been busy exploring and now you want to store and analyze your activities. With a simple connection to your computer and to the Internet, you can get a detailed analysis of your activities and send tracks to your outdoor device using Garmin Connect. This one-stop site offers an activity table and allows you to view your activities on a map using Google Earth. Explore other routes uploaded by millions of Garmin Connect users and share your experiences on Twitter and Facebook. Getting started is easy, so get out there, explore, and share.

Find Fun

GPSMAP 78 supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocaches and details straight to your unit. By going paperless, you're not only helping the environment but also improving efficiency. GPSMAP 78 stores and displays key information, including location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions, which means no more manually entering coordinates and paper print outs! Simply upload the GPX file to your unit and start hunting for caches. Slim and lightweight, 78 is the perfect companion for all your outdoor pursuits.

What's in the Box

GPSMAP 78, Wrist Strap, USB Cable, Quick Start Manual


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very accurate, convenient, floats, and easy to use.
shulerh60
The display is very easy to read in bright sunlight, even with the backlight turned off.
Michael Bender
It works perfectly when the operator learns what's needed.
Skater

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

165 of 171 people found the following review helpful By M. Keough on September 20, 2010
Style Name: Maps, Compass, Barometric AltimeterColor Name: Black
I got my Garmin 78sc in 2010, to use not only on the water (Chesapeake Bay), but for hiking and geocaching. By now (2010) I've sailed for 3 days,(about 15 hours total run-time), and the alkaline batteries are about half gone according to the meter, so I'm fairly satisfied with the battery life. I haven't tried NiMH rechargeables yet.

I was concerned the unit was going to be huge (it's intentionally large to give internal air space for water flotation ability), but it's not too big or heavy. It was smaller than I was expecting it to be. Also, having the buttons on top of the screen are a little weird, but it's not a big issue in use. It's very fast in finding the satellites and switching display screens, etc. The built in electronic compass (multi-axis)calibrates quickly, and reacts quickly to movement, but seems very accurate. There is an option to have the map orient to either the compass heading (direction you point the GPS) or from the track (direction you were moving in is oriented "up").

This is my third hand held GPS--before this I had a high end Magellan and a DeLorme with topo maps. I am much more impressed with this unit than the others. Of course, technology marches on, but the famed "ease of use" that Garmin GPS's are known for, along with the raw capabilities of this unit for marine use are there along with the faster speed. There's even greater functionality buried in the menus, so keep exploring if you don't see what you need. So far, I'm very happy.

It has all the marine functions I was hoping for. The included g2 coastal marine charts are good, very readable in bright sunlight. It has a "Man Overboard Button" where when pressed and held, not only marks the position, but immediately give you the option to navigate back to that position.
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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Sloop John B on May 20, 2011
Style Name: Maps, Compass, Barometric AltimeterColor Name: Black Verified Purchase
I've had some experience with the older GPS 76 and found it very hard to see in bright sunlight out on the water.

So, I was a bit nervous in ordering the GPS 78sc without being able to kick the tires. It arrived yesterday and I've spent about 6 hours total getting used to it. There were several concerns that I, at first, felt like I had bought a pig in a poke -- BUT, after a couple of phone calls talking to the Garmin technical people, all my issues were resolved.

This device is simply incredible with its accuracy and features for such a small package. I rely heavily on the MOB (man overboard) screen for use in setting upwind marks at specific bearings and distances from the committee boat in Race Committee work for Offshore classes. The color screen is very easily seen in the brightest conditions. The track log and reciprocal bearing back to the committee boat are highlighted in different colors and make for a superb display.

One of the reasons the color screen is so good (and they don't mention it anywhere) is that the lense window is polarized. I stumbled onto that by accident today on a hike while wearing my polarized sunglasses. I noticed that when turning the device at a right angle the image suddenly disappeared. That only happens when you are viewing a polarized lense from another polarized lense.

Now that I am familiar with the 78sc, my ONLY complaint is that the on-line Operation Manual is woefully inadequate for anything other than a basic introduction. However, all of your technical questions (and I am sure you will have some0 will be answered by their Customer Service department. Unlike many other companies, you won't have to wait more than a minute or so before getting through to a tech specialist. Pretty impressive.
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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful By GaryS on June 29, 2010
Style Name: Compass, Barometric AltimeterColor Name: Black Verified Purchase
I was in the market for a new GPS and came across this model while doing some research on the web. Although the Garmin GPSMAP 76 was available at very good prices, I decided to opt for the newer GPSMAP 78 model. I this will be only the third GPS I have owned in the past 15 years, so I wanted the very latest generation. The GPSMAP 78 has a very good feature set. It acquires a location very quickly after powering up. I was able to transfer waypoints to the unit when connected to my PC by using Google Earth. Very slick and easy! The only downside so far it the unit has lots of options and setup features. I'm still trying to remember them, but it's getting easier. I did contact Garmin and they confirmed that the unit does NOT charge the batteries when connected to a PC via the USB cable, nor will it operate on USB power. The unit is simply a mass storage device when connected.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Keough on September 20, 2010
Style Name: Maps, Compass, Barometric AltimeterColor Name: Black
I got my Garmin 78sc a couple of weeks ago, to use not only on the water (Chesapeake Bay), but for hiking and geocaching. By now I've sailed for 3 days,(about 15 hours total run-time), and the alkaline batteries are about half gone according to the meter, so I'm fairly satisfied with the battery life. I haven't tried NiMH rechargeables yet.

I was concerned the unit was going to be huge (it's intentionally large to give internal air space for water flotation ability), but it's not too big or heavy. It was smaller than I was expecting it to be. Also, having the buttons on top of the screen are a little weird, but it's not a big issue in use. It's very fast in finding the satellites and switching display screens, etc. The built in electronic compass (multi-axis)calibrates quickly, and reacts quickly to movement, but seems very accurate. There is an option to have the map orient to either the compass heading (direction you point the GPS) or from the track (direction you were moving in is oriented "up").

This is my third hand held GPS--before this I had a high end Magellan and a DeLorme with topo maps. I am much more impressed with this unit than the others. Of course, technology marches on, but the famed "ease of use" that Garmin GPS's are known for, along with the raw capabilities of this unit for marine use are there along with the faster speed. So far, I'm very happy.

It has all the marine functions I was hoping for. The included g2 coastal marine charts are good, very readable in bright sunlight. It has a "Man Overboard Button" where when pressed and held, not only marks the position, but immediately give you the option to navigate back to that position.
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