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Good but not perfect,
This review is from: Garmin Oregon 550T 3-Inch Handheld GPS Navigator with 3.2MP Digital Camera (U.S. Topographic Maps) (Electronics)After using the 550t for several weeks, I find the unit good but not perfect. It still has some issues, one of which I have been in touch with Garmin over. The main issue I have is it will periodically corrupt the track file and stop showing the tracks on the map or allowing for elevation plots on the tracks. The only way to clear it is to attach the unit to a computer and replace the track file with a new one from the computer.
The compass sometimes loses it's way and needs to be recalibrated.
I have not had an issue with the accuracy under tree cover, that some have reported, but I have had a few tracks that were not 100% accurate. Walking on known roads, it will be several 100 feet off in some cases. I am not sure if this is an issue with the preloaded Topo 2008 maps, or the unit's accuracy.
I love the camera and the tagging of each photo.
For a new unit, it is not bad, but it still shows a few rough edges.
Just an update - After comparing the tracks for accuracy, I found it was the 2008 Topo maps that were off. When superimposed over the City Navigator NT 2009 Street maps, the 550t was dead on. So the accuracy concerns I have are shifted from the 550t itself to the topo maps it comes loaded with.
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Initial post: Aug 5, 2009 6:38:06 PM PDT
Daryl Lafferty says:
Previous models in this line had a lot of complaints that they were hard to read in direct sunlight. Did you have that problem with this unit?
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2009 9:50:59 AM PDT
J. Barton says:
I have read the same about previous models as well. I own a Garmin iQue M5 (which I use for geocaching) and that also is hard to view in direct sunlight. I am thinking this may be a problem that is very Garmin-centric, unfortunately.
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