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GPS for world wide use that displays Lat/Lon

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Initial post: Mar 19, 2008 1:46:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 19, 2008 1:46:52 PM PDT
Amit Elhanan says:
I am looking for a GPS that will work all over the world and that has the functionality of displaying the Latitude/Longitude of where I am. If any cheap GPS unit will do that is great as long as it is able to do those two things. I am looking to start geotagging my photos and would like to have a good setup for this. Now- i assumed that all GPS receivers will display lat/lon information but when I look at pictures of the cheap devices on Garmin,magellan, or other sites I do not see lat/lon information. so basically I am asking for help finding an inexpensive gps system that will work world wide and display lat/lon (its ok if i cant use other countries maps in it, because I only want it for the coordinate information)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2008 2:28:38 PM PDT
All the nuvi series devices 200 thru 700, display lat/long. BUT... if you don't at least have a base map of the region, it's not going to give you your readings. Most of the nuvi's include North and South America basemaps (not full maps of SA), worldwide maps are available for nearly all areas. You can also download free maps for the Garmins from a couple of different sites. I'll be happy to give you the links if you get one.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2008 7:06:30 PM PDT
Amit Elhanan says:
Warren, Thank you for clearing that up, but I am specifically looking for a hand held unit,I do not really need anything fancy with color screen. I've seen the Magellan GPS300 on here, I am a little hesitant about it, because it is only 12 channel and all reviews about it are from around 2000,so I might be nervous about using such an old receiver these days- is this an issue I should be concerned with? what about the 12 channel thing? I know when I was looking into it earlier today I came across the Garmin GPS 76 and 72, do you know anything about those? they look sort of what I'm looking for,except that I was hoping there would be something cheaper that is similar

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2008 9:54:58 PM PDT
Mark says:
Hello Amit,

I would caution you against that Magellen if you are at all on the fence about it.

There are currently several products in development which may come closer to suiting your needs.

For now, to my knowledge there is nothing currently on the market that has the function you desire. For one thing, most of the retail GPS purveyors look at limited region offerings as a cash cow. It forces users to buy more maps when they travel, as well as every time maps are updated which is annually. Even though there is no inherent reason why GPS technology should be parsed by world regions, pretty much every device has this limitation.

With regards to those Garmins you mentioned, they still require purchasing base maps for regions outside the Americas. Though I own a few garmins and am a moderate fan of their usability, the nickel and dime approach to selling maps to other regions really puts a limitation as well as a extra layer of work on these devices.

Like I said, if there's one that does it I've yet to find it. But I do know of a few things coming down the pike so you may have to wait to find the solution you desire.



In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2008 5:07:19 AM PDT
Amit Elhanan says:

thank you for your answer as well.I do have something to clear up and a question following it. I am not really looking for a mapping GPS, one without maps would work just fine for what I need- so do I still need maps for it ? If they made a GPS device that worked worldwide and only displayed lat/long coordinates that would probably be what I buy. I know that for geotagging I could buy a GPS logger without a screen and just match the log to the pictures (I have done the research for this), but right now I am still looking for a GPS receiver with a screen,so I can geotag manually.

again- all I am looking for a is a GPS that displays coordinates, I dont need actual maps of where I am going,I just need it to be able to link up to satellites around the world

also,could you send me links/information about the devices you said are in development?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2008 8:19:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 25, 2008 8:22:25 PM PDT
The cheapest marine GPS will give you Lat/Lon. If that is all you want, get a simple model without maps. You can tell where you are and enter the lat/lon of other locations (waypoints) and name them. You can also press a button to create a waypoint where you are at. Nice for getting back to where you came from. A used garmin should meet your requirements. I have a sailboat and have navigated across Lake Michigan dozens of times with a Garmin GPS 12. I now use the GPS 12 to interface lat/lon to my PC for chartplotting. I have taken this unit on trips and it works in the Middle East, Europe and the Orient. I assume it will work throughout the world since the system setup shows countries I have never heard of. No maps, no updates no additional costs sincepurchasing this unit in 1998!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2008 9:38:53 PM PDT
T. Navarro says:
my Garmin etrex (it's a handheld GPS) will do that for you

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2013 4:01:31 PM PDT
Brian Cooper says:
Hi Philip - I too am a sailor and wanted to do something like this cheaply as a backup to my shipboard syste Can you tell me how exactly I can do this on a pc or mac? if it isn't too much trouble can you email me at

I'd appreciate it!
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